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Recap: Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re feeling energized for a great week ahead! I know I sure am.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the career panel last week. From what I can tell, the event was a success! The speakers all told me they were impressed by your curiosity and they were very happy to stay well beyond the time the event was scheduled to finish at.

I just thought I would touch on a couple of points brought up by the panellists. First, we learned that while there is a trend to eliminate the cover letter, most pamellists agree that it is what sets you apart that will get you the job. So, make sure to highlight what makes you special in a well written and engaging cover letter and don’t neglect that small section titled “interests and hobbies”. For additional job hunting resources, Mr. Boulton highly recommends checking out Eco Canada (www.eco.ca) and Mr. Philopoulous suggested you pick up the book “What Color is your Parachute“. The panellists also all seem to agree that while a graduate degree isn’t a prerequisite for most junior positions, many professionals do seek additional education at some point. A Masters of Public Policy was recommended if you’re interested in government and an MBA, a Masters of Applied Science or a PhD would serve you well in consulting.

Another point brought up by the panellists is that sometimes you need to physically get in front of the people who are hiring. Firing off your resumes into cyberspace can only get you so far. The career panel was an excellent opportunity for you to do just that! Becoming part of professionals associations, such as the A&WMA, is another. Did you know that all of the panellists that came out last Thursday did so because they were asked by a member of or are themselves a member of the A&WMA board of directors? The panellists are just a small example of the wonderful people you could meet by participating in A&WMA events. I encourage you to learn more about the A&WMA and attend other of their excellent events and meet people in your field (or future field). I also encourage you to check out other professional organisations such as the OGG, CSCE, ASHRAE, WEAO, YEP… you get the picture. Just get out there and good luck!

All the best,


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Green Energy Symposium

The second annual Carleton University Green Energy Symposium (CUGES) is set to take place next Saturday November 5th in Minto Foyer at Carleton University.

The best thing about this day-long conference is that it is free for all attendees and includes lunch and refreshments. The conference aims to break new ground when it comes to raising awareness and knowledge of sustainable development, on both a social and technological level. Guests will be exposed to several educational morning presentations from industry experts in various facets of sustainability. During the afternoon, a thought-provoking panel discussion on Poverty and the Environment will challenge industry experts to present their ideas on global consumption.

  •  Date: Saturday, November 5
  • Location: Minto Centre Foyer, Carleton University Campus
  • Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (see attached agenda here for detailed schedule)
  • Cost: Free, including refreshments and lunch; pre-registration is not required

 Students of all ages, faculty members, industry professionals and outside guests are all welcome. Any inquiries may be directed to the Carleton University Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering Society (SREE Soc.), at carletonSREE@gmail.com.

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WISE Presents: Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

The Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering is a showcase of graduate  students, faculty, and alumni of Carleton University. The number of women who enrol in many  science and engineering programs is quite low, so the amazing things they do can easily go  unnoticed. This day puts them in the spotlight.

The event takes place on April 6, 2011 and everyone is invited!

For more details, including a schedule and descriptions of presentations,  please visit: http://www.carleton.ca/wise/misc/celebration.html

Carleton Celebration of Women in Science and Engineering

  • Date: Wednesday April 6 2011
  • Time: 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
  • Place: Porter Hall (2nd Floor University Centre)

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REMINDER: RSVP for the Environmental Challenge International Workshop

Just a reminder to please RSVP for the Environmental Challenge International Workshop coming up this weekend.

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OGG February Lunch Presentation about Presentation

No More Bullet Points

By Jim Moran, MA Ed., President of The Learning Alliance Inc.

  • Date: Wednesday, February 10
  • Time: Registration 11:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm (hot buffet), Presentation 12:45 pm
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive (15 min walk from Carleton, map)
  • Admission: $10 students (incl. hot buffet)
  • RSVP: Michel Timmons (OGGtreasurer@hotmail.com)

Abstract: This educational presentation is designed to expose you to the most current techniquesfor improving knowledge transfer during your slide presentation. In this 45 minutes presentation you’ll experience what a slide deck can look like without bullet points and lean how to use planning tools to prepare a slide set that will inform and inspire your audience.

For more information about the presentation and the speaker, see the files for download on the right hand side of the page.

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WISE + SEEDS = Yoga Love

Let’s be honest, exams are stressful but WISE and SEEDS want to help! That’s why we have teamed up to offer you a FREE yoga session during the exam period. On December 15th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Richard Hudspith, a yoga instructor at Carleton, will show us how to melt the stress away in the Multipurpose room in the Athletics center.

Interested? Space is limited so make sure to RSVP by clicking here. While you are doing that, you can also let us know if you need a yoga mat and will be automatically entered into a raffle to win some cool prizes!

WISE + SEEDS = Yoga Love

  • Instructor: Richard Hudspith
  • Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2009
  • Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Location: Multipurpose room in the Athletics Center
  • Cost: FREE

** Space is limited so make sure to RSVP**

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OGG December Lunch Presentation

Application of Geotecnhnical Engineering in the Industry and Beyond

By Dr. Myint Win Bo

  • Date: Wednesday, December 9
  • Time: Registration 11:45 am, Lunch 12:00 pm (hot buffet), Presentation 12:45 pm
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive (15 min walk from Carleton, map)
  • Admission: $10 students (incl. hot buffet)
  • RSVP: Michel Timmons (OGGtreasurer@hotmail.com) by Noon December 7th

Abstract: The history of geotechnical engineering is not very old and it was initiated by an understanding of soil mechanics in the early 19th century. However significant applications of geotechnical engineering can be traced back as early as the 11 th century.

Geotechnical engineering involves ground investigation, geotechnical laboratory testing, geotechnical instrumentation, geotechnical design and analysis, ground improvement and ground engineering. These engineering principles are not only applied in the construction industry but also have been applied in rescuing  valuable heritage structures, transporting extra heavy equipment,  investigating the new planet, demolition and reconstruction of  famous structures, warship engineering, protecting the environment etc.

This presentation will describe services provided by the geotechnical  engineering discipline and will introduce some well known case  studies of geotechnical engineering services provided during history and demonstrate how geotechnical engineers have been involved  around the world; well known construction projects, incidents and  operations will be presented and explained.

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NEXT WEDNESDAY! Where are they NOW?!

SEEDS presents: “Where are they NOW?!”

Past graduates help current students see their future after university!

With the end of another semester, it is important to take a step back and ask what life after university can hold. To help you figure it all out, SEEDS presents “Where are they NOW?!”. Featuring two graduates from Carleton’s own Environmental Engineering program, Where are they NOW?! will take place on Wednesday, December 2nd 2009 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Mackenzie Building room 4332. Please RSVP by clicking here (not required but it helps us).

The two invited speakers, Jodi Johnson and Selena Fraser, will be speaking about their experiences in the job market since leaving Carleton University and answering any question you may have. Jodi Johnson was part of the first graduating class of Environmental Engineers at Carleton in 1996 and is now a professional engineer working for the City of Ottawa. Selena Fraser graduated in 2005 and is now working at Marbek, an energy and environmental consulting firm.

Details for Where are they NOW?!

  • Guest Speakers: Jodi Johnston and Selena Fraser
  • Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 4332, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive

** Snacks and Refreshments will be provided. **

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OGG Lunch Presentation: Water Related Excavation Problems for Amphitheatres in Quebec City

On November 17th, the Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is having a very interesting lunch presentation. The talk titled Water Related Excavation Problems for Amphitheatres in Quebec City will be given by Professor Robert Chapuis, a professor from École Polytechnique de Montréal. To attend this event you must RSVP to OGGtreasurer@hotmail.com by noon on Friday, November 13, 2009. Additional details can be downloaded from the “files” section on the right hand side of this page.

  • Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
  • Time: 11:45 am: Registration, 12:00 pm: Lunch (Hot Buffet), 12:45 pm: Presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Community Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Admission: $10 for students (pay at door)
  • Abstract: Two public amphitheatres were built in 1982 in Québec City. Their foundations required excavation in uncontrolled backfill materials along the St-Lawrence River. Old wooden wharfs were known to have been buried in backfill materials, and thus a large water inflow was expected to occur there and to depend on tide levels. An impressive pumping system was used. The pumped flow rate reached 114 m3/min at the highest tide. The origins of these water inflows were determined with the help of old drawings, boreholes, water tests and tracer tests. Most pumped water was coming through cobbles and boulders backfilled around a sewer pipe 2.1 m in diameter. This presentation will describe the work carried out to control the exceptional water inflows in order to complete the foundation and structure within the required schedule.

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Tomorrow – Info Table at Carleton University

SEEDS is now an official group at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa and soon to be a group at Algonquin College.

If you are at Carleton University tomorrow (Oct. 27), come by our info table at the Clubs and Societies day for NEW groups in the Galleria (4th floor Uni Center) from 11 am to 2 pm. We have a little something to announce, that we are excited to share that you will want to know about!

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