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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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