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ACE ECi 2014

The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) for 2014 has been announced!

SEEDS, in collaboration with the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter want to send a group of students from Ottawa to represent us in this challenge.

What is the ECi?  ECi is a student competition that takes place during the annual A&WMA conference.  Students are challenged to propose a solution to a given problem, and present it in both a poster presentation and a public forum style presentation.  The competition is being hosted in Long Beach, California, USA this June!

Carleton University has competed three times in the past, and has always represented the university well.  This year we wish to bring more students from the University of Ottawa on board.  The ECi is an amazing opportunity for students to compete internationally, network internationally, and develop their poster and presentation skills. Plus, there are large cash prizes!  (which students from Carleton have won several times in the past.)

The competition this year will be to propose an environmental plan to perform a dredging operation.  The full problem statement can be found here.

In order to put together a team, we need you to email your interest to asap.  If we receive enough interest, we’ll host a mini-competition among those who want to go.  This format of the mini-competition will be to draft the proposal required for the actual ECi, so in that way it’s a great prep round.

Once a team is formed, SEEDS will offer any support and advice that we can, including organizing mock presentations to local professionals to get a real-world perspective on the proposal.

In order to qualify, you must be a student, and able to travel to the US this June.

Dates & Deadlines are all tentative but will be posted soon.  Roughly however,

  • April 1st – Deadline to email informing SEEDS of your interest in participating.
  • Late April – Mini-Competition to determine term to sponsor
  • Early May – Refine your proposal and have it reviewed by previous competition attendees and local experts.
  • Late May – Submit proposal to competition
  • First week of June – Present your poster to a panel of former competition attendees.
  • Second week of June – Present your idea (full mock presentation) to local industry professionals
  • Late June – Fly off to California and win!

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Career Paths 2014: A career panel for the young environmental professional

People in academia always talk about industry and the “real world”, ever wonder what this is? Looking to be part of it?

Join us February 26th 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m for the SEEDS 2014 Career Paths!

Career Paths is a career panel made up of working professionals that have agreed to come and answer all and any of your questions. Career Path: A career panel for the young environmental professional takes place on Wednesday, February 26th 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the University Centre room 280 (UC280). You can reserve your spot by clicking here.

At the time of this writing, we have booked 3 panellists and are awaiting confirmation from a couple more. Each new panellist will be announced here upon confirmation.

The panellists, Camille Taylor, Justin Théoret, Mike Gerbis, will be speaking about their experiences in the job market since leaving University and will answer any questions you may have. Keep reading for a short bio of each of the panellists!

Camille Taylor is a project manager and senior air quality engineer at Golder Associates Ltd.  and the past chair of the Air & Waste Management Association. She is a licensed air quality engineer in Ontario and Quebec with over ten years of experience in atmospheric science, air dispersion modelling, emission inventories, and environmental compliance. She has also been very involved in greenhouse gas inventories, reporting, validation and verification, and has performed assessments of carbon revenue potential from biomass to energy projects, completed greenhouse gas reports. Camille has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering with an Environmental Option from the University of Ottawa. Ms. Taylor has completed a variety of air emission estimates and advanced dispersion modelling projects in support of regulatory compliance and environmental assessment.

Justin Théoret is a 2008 graduate of the Environmental Engineering program at Carleton University. Since that time, he has worked as an environmental specialist, focusing on soil management, hydrogeology, and wastewater and groundwater remediation. Justin has worked on two major transit projects in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, overseeing soil remediation, water treatment, and laboratory analysis, in addition to supporting project planning. He has also designed an alternate wastewater disinfectant system for the City of Niagara.

Joe Rogers As a key part of Delphi’s Climate Change services team, Joe provides technical support including quantitative analysis and the development of emission reduction project documentation and reports. Through his experience as a doctorate-level researcher in environmental chemical engineering, he has developed an extensive understanding of baseline and project emissions, and estimating overall emission reductions and removals. Joe is an expert in greenhouse gas and criteria air contaminant (CAC) emissions generated from combustion and the behaviour of trace elements during high-temperature processes.

Prior to joining us, Joe worked for a wastewater treatment technology company where he liaised with site owners and designing engineers, providing technical and regulatory information for treatment plant design and installation.

Full bio available at

Colin Welburn: Since joining RWDI in 2000, Colin has been involved in a wide range of air quality and noise impact projects.  He has conducted over 100-assignments in air quality and acoustics, considering the full range of potential scales of potential impact, including indoor air quality, exhaust re-entrainment, fence-line evaluations, and regional airshed modelling.  His projects have used a full range of tools including on-site measurement, physical scale (i.e. wind tunnel) modelling, computational dispersion modelling and photo-chemical modelling.  Colin has extensive experience in projects related to risk communication and interaction with the public.

  • Guest Panellists: Camille Taylor, Justin Théoret, Joe Rogers, and Colin Welburn
  • Date: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: University Centre, Room 280
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but helps us)

** Free food! **

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Next Gen Entrepreneur Award at the GLOBE Awards

February 28th is the deadline to apply for the Next Gen Entrepreneur Award at the GLOBE Awards.

This award will be presented to a post-secondary student (undergraduate, graduate, college student, trades) or a recent graduate who is within the first 5 years of their career (under 30 years of age), who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, commitment, innovation, and entrepreneurship with regards to the principles of sustainability (environmental stewardship, social responsibility, economic excellence). The award will recognize either a body of work that has been completed, the implementation of a program or initiative, a technical innovation, and/or the formation of a business/social enterprise that is effectively tackling an environmental challenge, while at the same time demonstrating improved environmental, social, and economic performance.

Follow this link to read more.

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2014 A&WMA Ontario Section Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

Between 2011 and 2013 the Air & Waste Management Association Ontario Section (A&WMA OS) has awarded $45,000 in scholarships to exceptional students!

This academic year the A&WMA are pleased to invite students to apply for another round of scholarship awards.  Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to two successful applicants in 2014.  Applications are due to A&WMA Ontario Section by March 15, 2014.

Applicants must be A&WMA Ontario Section Student Members

CLICK HERE for more information.

Questions can be directed to

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Potluck, Thursday Nov 28, ME 4356

Can you believe that the fall term is flying by and we haven’t had a chance to all get together?

Tomorrow evening, in ME 4356, SEEDS is hosting a general potluck as a get together to help plan the next term. Come out and enjoy the tasty dishes and treats!

Totally free if you bring a dish, otherwise it’s 4$ to partake.  Disposable dishes will cost 1$.

We’ll also be taking a few minutes for general SEEDS announcements, so if you want to get involved, we’d love to have you, and this is your chance.

We’d like to host more tours and talks next term. Where would you like to tour? Who would you like to have come talk to us?

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Plasco Tour – Tomorrow 1:30 pm!

Hi All,

There is a tour of Plasco Energy Group’s plant and operation scheduled for Friday March 22, 2013 at 1:30PM. This is a new and innovative company in Ottawa which is converting municipal solid waste to a syngas, which is utilized for energy production. The process has a positive energy balance and the remaining mass is extremely small, which allows mitigates the necessity expanding current landfills. The following link is to their main webpage.

This will be a great opportunity for networking. If you are interested in going on the tour please send a RSVP to Bahman Banihashemi <>, there is a limit of 10 students from Carleton University. Travel will be organized based on the response.

Hopefully we will see you Friday March 22.

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by | March 21, 2013 · 4:09 pm

ACE ECi 2013 – Cancelled

Unfortunately, the ECi at the annual A&WMA conference this year has been cancelled.

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