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OSPE working to welcome next generation of women engineers with open arms

The number of women working in engineering over the last decade has increased by only 2% in Ontario. Groups across the province are calling for action.
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Applying multi-criteria decision making in wastewater treatment process selection

Sustainability, expandability, adaptability with new and upcoming regulations, and social impacts of a treatment system are some examples of a long list of parameters that have to be considered and evaluated during the selection of a treatment process.
Remote project communication

The project delivery process has suddenly become much more complicated

As was the case for most businesses that were to continue to deliver services, consulting engineers had to scramble to address issues, not only those relating to the sustainability of their business, but also on the long-established mechanics of delivering projects.
Note taking

Why keeping a notebook can help young engineers become reliable and promotable

We take notes to record and comprehend what is said or what we read. The last part, to comprehend, is essential. When we engage with others or read written material, we must think critically to dive below what was said to what was meant.
Virtual meeting, working remotely

Considering all the impacts of the pandemic on the consulting industry and client relations

When COVID-19 hit Canada in March of this year, many in the consulting engineering business had never heard of Zoom. Web-X meetings had to be set up by one of our administrative staff, and we watched teams play sports, rather than do our work on Teams. Working from home was something only a few of us did, and the daily commute was a normal part of life.
ACROS Fukuoka building, Japan

What is environmentally conscious building?

Advances in construction continue to happen as people look in closer detail at how buildings are created. Environmentally conscious building, also known as sustainable construction, is an innovative design idea that introduces more environmentally, socially and economically aware construction methods.
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Environmental sector jobs to see growth in spite of pandemic, report says

A recent environmental employment outlook report from ECO Canada forecasts moderate 8.1% growth from 2019 to 2029, representing more than 50,000 new jobs in spite of an economy hit hard by COVID‑19.
Golder internal technical excellence conference

How your organization can gain the innovation advantage

Charlie Voss of Golder Associates discusses how organizations can foster innovation and creativity by breaking down barriers between disciplines and sharing knowledge between colleagues.
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Optimization should not make wastewater plants less reliable

This article by Patrick Coleman of Black & Veatch discusses the role and importance of operational safety, excess capacity and reliability in wastewater treatment plant optimization.
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Talent management – Are our firms thriving or surviving?

Bill De Angelis of Metrolinx outlines what firms and organizations can do in order to retain and develop talented staff.
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Canada’s Bill C-69 and the evolution towards sustainable project planning

Canada's recently enacted Bill C-69 is an example of an emerging paradigm towards wholistic consideration of project impacts and contributions towards sustainability. This article discusses Bill C-69 and how it fits into the expanding Social Impact Assessment process.
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Giving communities real-time information on infrastructure

Governments and municipalities can turn to information, communication and other technologies to build smarter and more sustainable cities for their residents. The smart city concept helps communities have real-time information, allowing the right decision to be made at the right time.

How to implement a successful succession plan for small firms

For small engineering business owners, planning for corporate succession is a vital but often overlooked process. This is because we get busy taking on challenging projects and are constantly adding value for clients as we grow our consulting practices, add staff, add services lines, and even expand geographically.
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How can consultants better share ideas with clients?

Consultants are in a unique position to connect with all sectors of the economy. Being vigilant in noticing trends and differences among the sectors can provide great value to our clients and provide insights they may need to solve large or persistent problems in the sectors they know best.
ES&E Magazine Consultants’ Forum

5 misconceptions environmental engineers have about the SR&ED tax-incentive program

It is hard to find anyone in the environmental engineering community who has not heard about this program, but the paradox is that environmental engineers are claiming SR&ED credits more rarely than cabinetmakers or welders.

Networking is an important part of building successful long-term client relationships

Unlike management succession planning, relationship succession is often problematic, as its importance is generally overlooked.

An effective strategy to develop and retain young engineering professionals is important

Multi-faceted programs that combine mentoring, formal training and exposure to a variety of areas can encourage young graduates to continue as consulting engineers.
Shawn Scott, RVA President, CEO

Challenges and opportunities for Canadian Consulting Engineering Firms

ES&E Magazine spoke with Shawn Scott, President and CEO of R.V. Anderson Associates (RVA), to talk about the company’s new look, and opportunities for...
Peter Laughton

Reflections on engineering excellence in the 21st Century

In June 1997, I delivered a convocation address to engineering graduates of all disciplines at Ryerson Polytechnic University, titled: Towards Engineering …

Rethinking cities in the age of increasing urbanization

When it comes to water, we see the same disparity. North Americans use more than 4,000 litres per person per day, compared with 1,800 litres in India, about 1,200 litres in China, and remarkably, less than 500 litres in Denmark.

The continuing evolution of consultant–client relationships

The relationship between consultants and clients has been transformed by changes on both sides. There is hope that the dynamic will continue to improve.

Time management in the age of distraction

Open plan offices and increasing numbers of inboxes provide a growing number of distractions. Time management is crucial to ensuring productivity.

Alternative project delivery offers significant opportunities for 2016

Alternative project delivery models are increasingly selected by clients and agencies as the preferred option to procure large infrastructure projects.

Environmental consultants can support Canadian manufacturers

Environmental consultants allow manufacturers to focus on running their business without worrying about environmental regulations and guidelines.

Developing the next-generation workforce of the water industry

The need is growing steadily for specialized researchers, engineers and consultants to implement water and wastewater related infrastructure projects.

The view from the other side: What clients look for in consulting engineers

As a consultant, I sometimes wondered what owners thought of the performance of their engineering consultants in the delivery of capital works projects.

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