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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.
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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.
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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.

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