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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 eci@seedsottawa.ca 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 eci@seedsottawa.ca 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 delphi.ca/company/our_people

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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ACE ECi 2013 – Cancelled

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

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Career Paths 2013: 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 28th 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m for the SEEDS 2013 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 28th 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Canal Building room 3101 (CB3101). You can reserve your spot by clicking here.

At the time of this writing, we have booked 6 panellists and are awaiting confirmation from a couple more. Each new panellist will be announced here upon confirmation.

The panellists, Erin Down, David Cotsman, Andre Bourque, Christine Skirth, and Camille Taylor, 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 air quality engineer at Golder Associates Ltd. and the current 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 permits, compliance assessments, internal audits, and emission inventories for a wide variety of industries including cement, transportation, chemical, rubber and paint manufacturing as well as work for landfill sites and quarry operations.

David Cotsman is an Air Quality Specialist and Project Manager in RWDI‘s Ottawa office. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario. Over the past decade, David has been involved in technical aspects of many air quality-related projects including: comprehensive environmental impact assessments; emission inventories; advanced air quality dispersion modelling; regulatory emission reporting; regional airshed modelling; fugitive dust impact assessments; and Environmental Compliance Approvals.

Erin Down has been a professional in the environmental and health field since 1998. She holds a graduate degree in economics and environmental studies (MA, Toronto), and an undergraduate degree in international business (BBA, Bishop’s). Erin started her career working in environmental and energy policy at The Conference Board of Canada. She worked with two private environmental consulting firms in Ottawa before joining the federal public service in 2007. Erin has experience on a range of health, environmental and sustainability policy files. Currently, she is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Strategic Policy Branch at Health Canada.

André Bourque is a Project Manager with CH2 MHill in their Ottawa office. He has 20 years of experience, primarily in the field of municipal drinking water treatment and wastewater treatment, however, his experience covers all aspects of water distribution and wastewater collection. His experience covers all stages of study, design, construction, and facility start-up and operation. André has a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering from Dalhousie University. André is also a guest-lecturer at Carleton University covering topics such an Environmental Assessment, engineering design, and various aspects of municipal engineering.

Christine Skirth from Congestoga-Rovers & Associates is no longer able to attend.

Karen Risto is an Environmental Engineer with Plasco Energy Group in Kanata, Ontario. Plasco is a global leader in advanced thermal technologies utilizing plasma gasification applications to convert municipal solid waste to green power. Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and specializes in environmental compliance, permitting & project management in a wide variety of jurisdictions, including Ontario, United States, Bahamas, China and the European Union. She joined Plasco during the company’s early stage start-up phase and is working with an integrated engineering, permitting and business development team to deploy the technology both locally and globally. She has almost 15 years of varied experience as an environmental professional and is also a licensed engineer in the province of Ontario.

  • Guest Panellists: Camille Taylor, Erin Down, Dave Cotsman, Andre Bourque, and Karen Risto
  • Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2013
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Canal Building, Room 3101
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but helps us)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Panellist 6: Wayne Boulton

Our sixth panellist is Mr. Wayne Boulton and you can read more about him below. Don’t forget that The Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is taking place THIS Thursday January 26th from 7pm to 8:30pm in ME 3275. You can RSPV by clicking here. Read more about Mr Boulton:

Wayne Boulton, M.Sc.: Wayne joined RWDI in 1997, was made an Associate in 2003, and became a Principal of the firm in 2010. He is currently a Senior Consultant / Project Principal in RWDI’s Ottawa office.  RWDI is an internationally renown engineering and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Guelph, Ontario.
Wayne earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at Trent University before completing an M.Sc. at the University of Guelph.  Over the past 14 years Wayne has been involved in a wide range activities, including: business development for niche service areas such as regional emissions inventory development, photochemical modelling, meteorology modelling, custom software development, and GIS; project management; and managing RWDI’s Middle East Operations in Abu Dhabi for over two years.

** Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional**

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, Wayne Boulton from RWDI.
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Panellist 5: Micheal Wallace

Our fifth panellist is Michael Wallace who is currently working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is taking place Thursday January 26th. You can reserve your spot by clicking here. Read more about Mr. Wallace below:

Michael Wallace: Michael Wallace is an environmental officer working for the Small Craft Harbours (SCH) program of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  SCH operates and maintains a national system of over 1,000 federal harbour facilities with an estimated replacement cost of over $2B.  Mike provides analysis and recommendations to SCH engineering staff and senior management on environmental management and regulatory compliance of SCH operations and assets.  He has considerable knowledge of public sector environmental management, having experience within federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government.  Mike holds an Ontario College Diploma as an Environmental Technician from Canadore College, a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology and Technology from Nipissing University, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, Michael Wallace from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and more!
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Panellist 4: Laureen Chung

Our forth panellist, Laureen Chung, works at Infrastructure Canada and is one of two civil servants on the 3rd annual Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional taking place Thursday January 26th. Space if filling up quickly so make sure to reserve your spot by clicking here. Read more about Mrs Chung below:

Laureen Chung is a Senior Project Manager of Environmental Review and Approvals with the Program Operations Branch of Infrastructure Canada.

She has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and is a licensed Professional Environmental Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.  Laureen has 15 years of experience working in Canada and internationally with environmental infrastructure projects involving water, wastewater, green buildings, solid waste and energy efficiency.  Upon graduation, Laureen went to Bolivia to work with the non-governmental organization Plan International and the World Bank/United Nations Water and Sanitation Program.  She then returned to Canada to work with various public and private sector organizations in Ottawa.  In her role with Infrastructure Canada, she is responsible for ensuring that federal environmental assessments are completed on projects funded under the Economic Action Plan and other programs.


Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, and more!
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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