With 2020 now behind us and as we look forward to a busy 2021, North Shore’s operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize some individuals for their outstanding contributions and efforts for the month of January. The following individuals are being recognized:

Dave Simmill

As one of North Shore’s Senior Remediation/Reclamation Coordinators, Dave keeps busy managing several of our client’s reclamation portfolios. Dave is an expert in reclamation and has been instrumental to North Shore’s success, passing along his knowledge to staff in the field and giving guidance to his colleagues working on other client programs. Thinking outside the box and utilizing the experience he has gained over his career, Dave has successfully obtained reclamation certificates on several sites using unique approaches to minimize disturbance and heavy equipment time. This has led to huge cost savings for our clients and reduced the timelines for achieving overall site closure. Thank you Dave and keep up the great work!

Mallika Senevirathna

Since joining the Technical Resource Group (TRG) in August 2020 as our Senior Technical Advisor, Mallika has brought considerable hydrogeological experience and expertise to our complex contaminated sites projects. This includes analyzing and interpreting field and analytical data and developing Tier 2 site specific guidelines, Conceptual Site Models, Remedial Action Plans, and Risk Management Plans for various soil and groundwater contaminated sites. Her technical expertise and experience have driven continuous improvements in North Shore’s internal processes, templates and reporting. Further, she is an excellent resource and has provided considerable mentorship and direction to our staff on complex environmental issues. Mallika’s warm and friendly disposition makes her easily approachable and she is always excited to embrace a new challenge and share her knowledge. Her contributions to the organization have made a huge impact in ensuring the success of client projects and we are very excited to head into 2021 with her on our team.

Katherine Taylor

Since joining the Air and Regulatory team, Katherine has become a key employee behind the scenes of all technical areas, invoicing support, and social media presence. She has been a crutch for all of North Shore’s key regulatory deadlines with a special acknowledgement on her significant support over the Christmas holiday break to meet the December 31st deadline for Annual Emissions Inventory Reporting (AIR) under the Alberta Air Monitoring Directive (AMD). Katherine has also been integral to the successful completion of 31 AEIR reports. Regardless of this being her first reporting period for this program, she was able to successfully navigate facility-specific supporting documents to find the information needed for the AEIR Forms and Quantification Methodology Documents. Katherine’s dedication and positive “can-do” attitude during the team’s reporting deadline crunch, was much appreciated and ensured North Shore was able to meet all of its reporting commitments. Thank you Katherine for your dedication and effort and North Shore is very fortunate to have you as part of our team!

Congratulations to these three individuals! North Shore’s management team is very proud of all of its staff and appreciates everyone’s hard work over the last month. So far 2021 is off to a great start and we are excited to continue our success and growth as the year unfolds. Take care everyone and stay safe!

As we come into the home stretch of closing out 2020 projects, North Shore’s operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize a few individuals for their contributions and efforts in helping ensure the overall success and timely execution of many of North Shore’s on-going projects. For the month of November, the following individuals are being recognized:

Cale Bennett

Cale joined the Technical Resource Group (TRG) midway through 2018 and has since played a key role within both the TRG and our organization as a whole. As a Senior Technical Report Reviewer and Advisor, Cale supports our various project teams with report reviews, template development, work plans, cost estimates, and analytical review. Additionally, Cale has taken a lead role in mentoring and providing direction to our more junior office and field staff with respect to B.C. regulations and guidelines. Cale is patient, easy-going, and is always willing to support project teams in any capacity he can. He is a great leader and plays an important role in ensuring the success of client projects. The TRG is extremely lucky to have Cale as part of our team and we would like to extend a big thank you to him for all of his hard work.

Ryan White

Throughout the 2020 season, Ryan has proven that he is a very well-rounded consultant who knows how to think on his feet, make critical decisions, and complete work safely. Ryan has successfully completed a variety of projects, ranging from full scale reclamations, a large remediation with multiple areas of concern, native prairie detailed site assessments, and numerous Phase 2 environmental site assessments. He was also a prime client contact for one of North Shore’s junior oil and gas clients, showing that he is able to communicate and operate on a Project Management level. Throughout the year, Ryan’s peers have consistently acknowledged Ryan’s exemplary field notes, timely updates, and overall organization skills. Ryan is a very versatile consultant at North Shore and is an asset to not only the reclamation and remediation team, but to multiple divisions within the company. Thank you Ryan for your high standard of work ethic, your ability to adapt and support, and your ongoing commitment to safety.  

Lucas Hewitt

Lucas started with North Shore as an Environmental Consultant in 2014 and over the last six years he has grown into a strong leader within the company. He is a self-driven individual who is known for his positive attitude and adaptability. Over the last couple of years, Lucas has taken on the Project Management duties of one of North Shore’s large client programs in northeastern British Columbia. This has required mastering various new client processes and regulatory criteria all while managing and training a large team of field staff. Lucas has taken on these duties in stride and has been instrumental in the success of the program. When he’s not managing client programs, completing field work, or mentoring junior staff, Lucas still finds the time to impress his colleagues with his tremendous baking skills! Thank you Lucas for your hard work and dedication!

Kyle Selle

Kyle is well known for his contributions within North Shore’s spill team, but he also deserves recognition for his tireless call to duty throughout our other service branches.  Kyle has made a concerted effort over the last few years to diversify his knowledge and gain experience in any role North Shore has to offer.  Whether he is conducting SST Phase 2 site assessments, reclamation, air monitoring, or helping out with wildlife sweeps, he is always willing to lend a hand to get the job done.  Kyle recently applied all of his diverse knowledge while assisting with a large scale spill response and remediation project for a high priority client; his leadership and ability to work alongside our clients, contractors, and peers within the industry helped ensure this particular project was successful.  North Shore thanks you Kyle for a job well done!

Congratulations to these four individuals! North Shore’s management team is very proud of all of its staff and appreciates everyone’s hard work over the last month as we round the bend of closing out our 2020 workloads. Take care everyone and stay safe!

Ann joined North Shore 15 years ago in our first Sherwood Park office. I distinctly remember the day she interviewed, a new grad from NAIT Biological Sciences and Forestry, she had 2 years of experience as a Forestry Technician, and she was just coming back from her first maternity leave. Ann was exactly who we were looking for, a fresh, optimistic person, willing to take on any challenge. Fast forward 15 years later, Ann is the Manager of our Technical Resource Group with 4 separate divisions and 13 team members ranging from new grads to Senior Specialists.

As Technical Resource Group (TRG) Manager, Ann works to support project teams and promote consistency in technical reporting at North Shore by developing and ensuring the implementation of policies and procedures for the team. She provides technical advice and manages the Data Management Group (DMG), Drafting, Phase I ESA Reporting Team and the Senior Specialists to support the preparation, compilation and review of various technical reports including environmental site assessments, remediation, spill and reclamation projects.

When asked what the best part is about working at North Shore, Ann answered “the people, I love working with such a diverse group of professionals” she explained. “I get to collaborate with different Divisions and project teams, each group has their own roles but we all work together for the same goal. This position exposes me to new challenges daily and allows for both personal and professional growth and the opportunity to create relationships with people throughout the organization.”

Team Growth & Leadership

Over the past few years Ann’s team of professionals has grown significantly. Curiously I asked her what she looks for in an interview candidate.  She smiled and said “someone with energy, and who is self-motivated. I always gravitate to people who show the initiative and who are outwardly positive. We work within a highly functioning team environment and we all have to be dependable and organized, especially in a remote workplace.”

Ann’s team is professionally diverse but it is 75% female. She is a strong female leader and some of the members of her team have been with her for almost a decade. When asked about what the best part about working with Ann was, Tianna, one of Ann’s senior members and TRG Supervisor replied “I have learnt so much from Ann. She’s an incredibly fair manager that has provided stepping stones for me to learn the ins and outs of the industry. I don’t know if I could pin point one thing that I feel is the best part of working with her. It might be her disposition which is always warm and her willingness to help solve any issue. She really takes her group’s well-being to heart”.

Priorities

Outside of the North Shore family, Ann has a family of two wonderful teenage girls, a great husband, Rob and 2 beautiful Airedales, Charlie and Chungo. To unwind, she loves to spend time outdoors. “We have a great family tradition in our house, every Easter and Thanksgiving we take the girls and the dogs camping off the beaten track. We spend time exploring nature and disconnecting; it is important to have that time with family and a place to unwind and escape”.  I couldn’t agree with her more.

North Shore Family

Over the past 15, I have had the privilege of working with Ann. She is an extraordinary member of the North Shore Family and has positively impacted all of us. She builds teams, relationships and guides and mentors daily. We are extremely appreciative to have her in our work family and although we are all working remotely, I often take the time to virtually reach out to her. Ann brings people up and embodies leadership, we are grateful she chose to grow her career with us.

Hopefully everyone had a bountiful Halloween and managed to stock up on candy and treats while maintaining safe distances! We continue to be fortunate with decent weather coming into November which means our field staff are still very busy wrapping up projects and office staff are doing their best to keep up with reporting. The Management Operations Board (MOB) would like to recognize the following four individuals for their contributions over the last month:

Lee Ann Pettinger

As a long-standing Environmental Administrator within North Shore, Lee Ann plays an integral role in the success of our client programs. Lee Ann is a meticulous and detail orientated individual who, among many other things, oversees cost tracking, invoicing, and project updates for several Remediation/Reclamation and Spill programs (and is somehow able to keep the subtleties of various client databases straight!). In addition to her role with our client programs, Lee Ann supports internal teams including the Technical Resource Group, Accounting, and the Health and Safety team. Recently, Lee Ann has played a key role in the success of North Shore’s Alberta Site Rehabilitation Program (ASRP) funded projects by updating program costs and maintaining North Shore’s SiteView® database. Lee Ann’s positive attitude is infectious and the commitment and care that she puts towards her work can always be relied upon.

Paul Saunders

In Spring 2020, Paul took over the Project Management duties of one of North Shore’s larger and more intricate client programs. This was no easy task, as the client made numerous changes to their program over this last year including new processes, software, and additions to their internal team. With 100’s of sites to manage throughout the four corners of Alberta, Paul had to quickly learn and adapt to the new systems and processes being put in place. In addition to overseeing the execution of multiple phases of reclamation and remediation work, Paul’s new role also included collaborating with a new internal team and working with a diverse group of contractors. Paul has shown exceptional communication and organizational skills, as well as a natural ability to think outside the box. These skills have translated into a significant amount of reclamation and remediation work being successfully and safely completed this season as part of the client’s program. Congratulations to Paul on a job well done!

Emily Harrison

Emily recently celebrated her first anniversary with North Shore’s biophysical group. Over the past year, Emily has become known for the positive attitude she brings to work each day and her contribution to the overall cohesion and morale within North Shore. With Emily’s ongoing willingness to help out other groups and take on new tasks, she found herself pulled into the Spill team over the last few months working as part of a major spill response. Throughout the project, she has shown the ability to step up and take the lead where needed and has been a great overall ambassador for North Shore.

Simon Fense

Simon is a relatively new hire and has been alternating between the Remediation/Reclamation group and the Air and Regulatory group over the past few months. Simon is always looking to stay busy and find opportunities to learn new things. He has caught on well to project processes and requirements and has been a great resource to rely on by both groups. As well, while completing some air and regulatory projects over the last month, Simon was subjected to an unplanned field safety audit by the client. Simon scored 100% on the audit and the client was very impressed with how he represented North Shore’s safety culture in the field. Thank you Simon for representing North Shore so well!

Congratulations to these four individuals! North Shore’s management team is very proud of all of its staff and appreciates everyone’s hard work over the last month. Take care everyone and stay safe!

Luckily, we have been graciously spared by Mother Nature so far coming into the full swing of fall (knock on wood…) and the weather has been great for completing and continuing many of our projects throughout western Canada. Everyone has been working very hard, putting in some long hours, and doing everything they can to finish up field work before the dreaded “S” word is upon us. North Shore would like to thank all staff for their contributions and efforts over the last month, keeping up with the demanding pace, and ensuring that our commitments are being met. As part of our regular weekly meetings, the Management Operations Board (MOB) nominated numerous individuals to be recognized for their contributions over the last month. This month the following individuals are being recognized:

Tyler Barabonoff

In late August, Tyler was called upon to complete an emergency spill response for a client in northern Alberta. After arriving on site in the later evening, Tyler initiated assessment and delineation activities within some extremely challenging site conditions to assist with the client’s active containment and recovery strategy. Over the course of the next 2 weeks, Tyler put in a significant number of hours in the field to meet the demands of both the client and the project.  These types of situations are not new to Tyler. He is a cornerstone piece of North Shore’s spill response team and has always put the needs of the client as a top priority regardless of the situation.  Tyler’s commitment and dedication has helped make North Shore’s spill response team a recognized leader in the industry.

Zac McCargar

Throughout the summer Zac has been working as part of large area based reclamation program and managing a large batch of reclamation and remediation sites in the East-Central area of the province. Aside from the sheer number of sites he has completed, he has also successfully managed a number of challenges and always presented the problem or issue to management along with a well-thought out solution to overcoming the obstacle placed in front of him. The challenges Zac faced included a seemingly endless number of rain days, multiple stakeholders per worksite, massive ‘out of the ordinary’ reclamation scenarios, continuous surface water management, a sensitive salamander species relocation, and working within restrictive wetland regulations. Zac’s ability to constructively come up with solutions to problems, as opposed to seeking out others for answers, is a true sign of an excellent consultant. Zac is recognized for the incredible dent he put into the client program site list this year, his exemplary safety record, and the commitment and care he puts into his work.

Mike Easton

As North Shore’s senior fugitive field technician, Mike has been extremely busy over the last few months completing our various client projects within a shortened time frame due to pandemic related delays and project deferrals. Mike has been an absolute workhorse, putting in a ridiculous number of hours to ensure our client projects are completed on time while maintaining the operational client relationships that North Shore has built. He’s been integral to North Shore’s Grande Prairie office, responsible for facilitating many of our internal training programs, and has managed to help grow North Shore’s list of clients for fugitive emission and other air and regulatory services. Mike has represented North Shore and the Air & Regulatory team impeccably well both in and out of the field.

Alison Wilson

Since joining the Data Management Group (DMG) last year, Alison has played an integral role in supporting our project teams by compiling and summarizing project related data. Alison has demonstrated excellent attention to detail and frequently goes above and beyond of what is expected of her. Recently, Alison played a key role in supporting our Spill Response group by ensuring she was available and putting in a significant amount of extra time to meet client expectations and ensuring the delivery of time sensitive results. Alison has proven herself to be a leader within our DMG and a valuable resource within the entire organization. Alison is reliable, dependable, and her energy and enthusiasm motivates all who work with her.

Congratulations to these four individuals! North Shore’s management team is very proud of all of its staff and appreciates everyone’s amazing dedication and work ethic coming in to the end of the season “push”. Take care everyone and stay safe!