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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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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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SEEDS visit Orgaworld’s Compost Facilities

Orgaworld!

This morning, a group from SEEDS was invited to Orgaworld’s compost facilities. For me, this is a dream come true! I am a huge supporter of composting and it was so great to be able to see how a full scale facility worked. Orgaworld processes the organic waste that is collected as part of Ottawa’s Green Bin Program. So, for those of you who weren’t able to come today, let me step you through some of the highlights.

A big'old compost pile!

When organics arrive, they are shredded and piled in big piles, just like the picture above. The immature compost is then placed in large tunnels… but it was hard to take a picture of that. The tunnels are equipped with air spigot on the floor and water sprayers in the ceiling.

Enjoying the tour!

When the compost comes out of the tunnels, it is screened. In the above photo we are getting some of the inside scoop from our wonderful tour guide.

Checking out the biofilter.

All air from Orgaworld’s facilities is filtered through a biofilter. In this picture (above), Bahman is checking out the biofilter, which is basically a  pile of hardwood.

Examining the final product.

Here is a pile of the final product. It’s nice and fluffy and has a nice earthy smell… and Kennedy agrees!

Thanks again to Orgaworld again for the lovely visit and for the fine people at the A&WMA for making it happen for us. If you want to see more photos, check out of Flickr stream!

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Lunch Potluck

As another semester is coming to a close, it’s time for one more SEEDS potluck! Please join us on Friday, March 30 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to share a lunch and some great conversation. The golden spoon award will once again be up for grabs.

SEEDS Lunch Potluck:
Date: Friday March 30, 2012
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: ME 3328 (Carleton University)
Cost: Free if you bring a dish to share, $4 if you don’t. Disposable dishes are $1 so, be green and bring your own!

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Congratulations to Professor Ormeci!

I am very proud to announce that Professor Ormeci has been awarded a renewal of her Canada Research Chair. This a significant award demonstrating that Professor Ormeci is a leader in her field. To read more about it check out the story here: http://newsroom.carleton.ca/2012/03/13/two-new-canada-research-chairs-announced-for-carleton-university/

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Orgaworld Visit

Have you ever wondered what a municipal composting facility would look like? Orgaworld is charged with composting the organic material collected from Ottawa’s Green Bin Program and have invited ten (10) Carleton members of SEEDS and ten (10) UofO members of SEEDS for a vist!

The visit is set to take place on Thursday March 22nd. Selected students will meet at 9 am in parking lot P2 and carpooling to the site facilities located in Ottawa’s east end (approximately 30 minutes away). There is no charge for the event however you will be responsible to bring your own safety equipment including:

  •  Safety boots or boots with rubber soles or hiking boots
  • Hard hat
  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty

This invitation is open to all SEEDS members, however the space is limited, therefore please reserve your spot by clicking here. Selection of students will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

As a teaser, check out this Orgaworld video:

 Orgaworld Visit Details

  •  Date: Thursday March 22nd
  • Time: 9 a.m. meet at P2 (in front of Unicenter) at Carleton and 770 King Edward Ave at U of O
  • Admission: Free
  • You need to bring: Safety boots, boots with rubber soles or hiking boots, hard hat and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
  • RSVP: Required! Click here

Don’t delay, sign up quick!

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Meeting this Week

Hi Everyone,

We will be having a meeting on Thursday March 1st (that’s tomorrow!) at 4pm in the SGRC (that’s on the 5th floor of ME, use the stair between the 2nd and 3rd blocks). Everyone is welcome.

Hope to see you there,

Natalie

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Skating on the Canal

Hi Everyone, here is a message from Bahman, the UofO SEEDS president. I hope  you can join us on Thursday for some fun skating on the canal! 

– Natalie

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Hi all,

A highlight of winter in Ottawa is the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink. Now that the entire length of the canal is open to skaters, it would be hard to resist the temptation of not only skating, but also eating beavertails, chatting and drinking hot chocolate!!!

The Society of Environmental Engineering, Development, management, and Science (SEEDS) would like to invite you to its first outdoor winter activity of 2012 “Skating on the Rideau Canal” which is set to take place on Thursday February 9th between 6-8pm. We will start skating from the Mackenzie King bridge skate rental station (so, even if you do not have skates you can still rent some and have fun!). After skating for about 1.2 km, we will take a break at the resting area closest to Fifth Avenue to enjoy beavertails and hot drinks. As of today, the ice conditions for that portion of the canal are good. Walkers are also welcomed if you don’t feel like traveling on blades. Don’t be shy, grab your skates and experience the Capital tradition of skating on the Rideau Canal!

  • Meeting Location: Mackenzie King bridge skate rental station
  • Date: Thursday February 9th
  • Time: 6:00pm
  • Admission: Free

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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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