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What is a consultant’s role in helping clients adopt new technologies and managing change?

As engineering consultants, we rarely discuss our role in advising and assisting clients with adopting new technologies and managing change — even though they trust us to deliver infrastructure projects, and seek our assistance in planning, selecting, implementing, and testing technology solutions.
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When a design team makes errors, or does not pay attention to details, operations...

When he was a toddler, my wife taught my son a song that they sang together at crosswalks: “Red means stop, green means go, and yellow means pay attention.” The greatest risk to a young pedestrian is during the transition when vehicles stop for a red lightand start for a green light. Similarly, the greatest risk to a design occurs when “we fail to pay attention” while developing a design.
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Why now is the time to ensure the future success of the environment sector

The next 10 years represent a critical time for Canada’s earth and environment sector. Climate impacts are getting worse, and our industry is scrambling to help reduce carbon emissions, save sensitive ecosystems, restore biodiversity, and plan future development that is climate resilient.
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Complacency to catastrophe: The perils of neglecting cybersecurity

In the fast-paced world of consulting engineering, where digitization is as much a part of the daily grind as our morning coffees, we may not fully appreciate the impact cyberattacks can have on our ability to serve clients.
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Engineering firms can bolster internal teams by hiring outside consultants

One person, or firm, cannot be the best at everything. Many owners and engineering firms struggle to find the perfect combination of skilled and experienced staff to meet their needs in today’s changing world.
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The importance of attending regional water and wastewater association events

Compared to the big city shows, the Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference event may seem small, but more than 150 enthusiastic water and wastewater professionals attended the two-day event to join their peers and learn about new policies, trends and technologies related to their industry. 
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Making trash cans mandatory in women’s washroom stalls may prevent disasters in our sewer...

Opinion: Our industry has been messaging for years that toilets are not trash cans, but women’s toilet stalls are not provided with trash cans!
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Canada to welcome the global water treatment industry at ACE23 in Toronto

Toronto will host the 2023 America Water Works Association Conference and Expo on June 11 to 14, and while the association can be proud of its continued mission to advance the water industry and operations for both consumers and water companies, there’s still much to do, here and abroad, to improve water management, protection and even access.

Nature-wide thinking must replace climate tunnel vision

Guest Comment By Max Boucher As world leaders and the large contingent of NGO, community, business and finance representatives pivot from climate talks at the...
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Partial pause of Ontario’s Excess Soil Regulation announced

On April 20, 2022, O. Regulation 388/22 (the “Amending Regulation”) came into effect pausing certain requirements of the Regulation until December 31, 2022.
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The COVID-19 pandemic can be a catalyst towards sustainability thinking

The UN General Assembly sustainable development goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to “achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Not only did the pandemic take the limelight off the SDGs in most countries, but it also removed these goals in the short term from partial and general planning at both national and international levels.
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Understanding Extended Producer Responsibility: The Basics

Extended producer responsibility is a policy strategy where producers must take responsibility for the end-of-life management of their products.

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