North Shore’s Management Operations Board (MOB) would like to take a moment to recognize a few of the individuals who have really been going above and beyond in the last few weeks. At our last MOB meeting, the managers nominated individuals from their Divisions that they felt stood out – we actually had a lot of employees nominated, which is no surprise given the amount of hard work that has been happening during these busy summer months. Below are our winners:

Jiwon Moon

Jiwon joined North Shore in March 2020. She has a chemical engineering degree and several years’ experience as a process engineer. Jiwon joined the Air Team to support in GHG and NPRI reporting (direct support to Hillary Yeung). Jiwon demonstrated a high attention to detail, utilizing her background in process engineering, adding a different perspective to the emissions quantification projects. Through Jiwon’s hard work and dedication to learning, she excelled within the team and became an instrumental member; completing tasks that are normally given to more senior members of our team. This year’s reporting season would not have been as successful without her!

Sara Page

Over the course of the last two months, Sara has played in influential part in providing training and mentorship to new and returning members of our team. As we kick off work on many projects funded under the Alberta Site Rehabilitation Program, we would like to recognize Sara’s contributions to the growth and development of our team. Sara’s patience, hard work, and attention to detail make her a strong leader within our group and organization. Sara has quickly become an expert in Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments in both Alberta and BC and her knowledge and proficiency is necessary to help ensure the success of the many projects we have in progress. Sara’s contributions to our team are a direct result of the importance she places on quality and efficiency. On behalf of the TRG and North Shore, I would like to acknowledge and thank Sara for her tireless efforts and commitment.

Mackenzie Jackson

Since he began in 2018, Mack has continually been relied on for his strong biophysical background. This month, Mack is recognized for his dedication and positive attitude in dealing with some extremely challenging schedules and countless last minute calls to head out to the field. His willingness to help out across Divisions, and learn new tasks has been a huge asset to North Shore. Mack’s practical approach to problem solving has recently been recognized not only at North Shore, but by our clients as well. Great work Mack!

Congratulations to these three individuals being recognized this month!

North Shore is extremely proud of our outstanding team members and their achievements. Earlier this year, Shauna Stack and members of the Landhäusser Research Group published a paper in the journal of Ecological Engineering titled “Surface and subsurface material selections influence the early outcomes of boreal upland forest restoration”.

The paper discussed the findings of a five-year study that assessed early tree seedling growth on a reclaimed overburden landform in a northern Alberta open-pit mine. This large-scale study covered 36 hectares of land and consisted of 13 different reconstructed soil profiles. The overall findings from this study indicated that different soil capping strategies affect the performance of forest regeneration during post-mining site reconstruction and boreal forest species may vary in responses according to their ecological life strategies. The abstract can be viewed and the electronic version of the paper can be purchased using the link below:

Science Direct Article Link

The follow-up study focused on the effect of nutrient availability in the cover soils of this site and the use of a targeted fertilizer application to improve tree growth was recently accepted for publication, stay tuned for more details!

Shauna is a Junior Environmental Scientist based out of our Sherwood Park office. Her duties include technical report writing and data management for Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs), Phase 2 ESAs, and Detailed Site Assessments, in addition to assisting with statistical applications for contaminant projects and potential GIS work in the coming months. Shauna has five years in academic research, ranging from remote sensing applications in secondary forests, hydrological monitoring of mountain watersheds, and reclamation of open-pit mines in central and northern Alberta. For more information regarding this study, feel free to contact Shauna via sstack@northshoreenv.com.

The cat is out of the bag! North Shore has officially opened an office in Grande Prairie, AB to better serve our clients.

“We have decided that expanding our geographic presence within northwestern Alberta is the best way to support our existing clientele,” said Darren Cherniak, President, North Shore Environmental Consultants.

Opening a fifth location was part of North Shore’s strategic plan for the company, and something that was important to the executive team.

“Although we do spend a lot of time working in the area, we are excited to finally be local to the Peace Region market. It is a great opportunity for us to have boots on the ground and have a permanent presence where our clients need us,” he added.

Growing the Team

Mike Easton, Emissions Testing Supervisor.

Mike Easton, Emissions Testing Supervisor, has joined the North Shore family as our first locally based employee. Originally from Ontario, Mike now calls Grande Prairie home; and having lived there since 2007, he is well immersed in the community and knows the area well.

Mike started with North Shore in December 2019, and said he has been welcomed by friendly faces from other North Shore employees who have spent time training and getting to know him better.

“Over the last several weeks I have been getting familiar with the processes and policies of the company and learning how to use specialized equipment,” said Mike who is supporting our Air Quality and Emissions team.

“My background is in the area of emissions testing, so this role is a great fit,” he adds.

Mike said over the next few months, select employees from our existing locations will head up north to participate in cross-training. Mike is looking forward to learning more about other areas of the business such as reclamation and remediation, or biophysical services; and he is excited to share his knowledge with other employees about air quality and testing.

“I am excited to get into the swing of things and help support our clients with operations in the north, and as always, I am ready to serve new clients that are looking for services that North Shore can offer in the Grande Prairie area.”

Come Visit Us

North Shore’s Grande Prairie office is located at #103 10071-120 Ave Grande Prairie, AB. Feel free to drop in anytime, say hello, and learn more about all the services we offer.

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Contact us to learn more about our new location and how we can help with your next project.

At North Shore, our team is always looking for new and innovative ways to serve our clients and complete projects efficiently. This summer, our Environmental Consultants traded in air transportation for a new form of ground transportation to access a few project sites, resulting in saving time and money for our clients.

“There were a few projects we did this summer where using a helicopter was not an option,” says Aaron Batke, Environmental Consultant, out of the Sherwood Park office.

“Whether it was for budget or logistical reasons, we needed to find other modes of transportation to access the sites,” he says.

“After researching various types of ATVs and quads, we decided to test out a new style of vehicle – the SHERP,” he adds.

Aaron Batke and Lucas Hewitt inside the SHERP ATV.

SHERP ATVs are Russian-built, completely amphibious, all-terrain vehicles with capabilities to safely and effectively transport staff and equipment to various sites.

“At first glance, they look big and cumbersome, but they are actually very agile.”

The vehicle can travel at a max speed of 40 km/h and carry more than 2,200 lbs.

Aaron says operating the SHERP is simple and he and other North Shore employees really enjoyed the benefits of the vehicle while completing projects this summer.

Benefits of the SHERP

A major concern for our team substituting a helicopter with an ATV, was potentially causing damage to site access roads. By using the SHERP, this was avoided because of its low ground pressure and minimal impact on the routes, as opposed to using other types of ATVs.

“The SHERP is so spacious inside; there is enough room for all of us and all of our equipment. In the past when using quads to access sites, we have been forced to make several trips to and from the sites to transport our gear and equipment, but with the SHERP, we can take everything at once and that really saves time.”

The SHERP can move around obstacles with ease, making it easy for our Environmental Consultants to access sites with fallen trees, logs, and long grassy, bushy areas.

The SHERP was used on several projects this year to help save time and money for North Shore clients.

Aside from being enclosed, the SHERP can float on bodies of water, and be used in snowy and icy conditions, making it a great choice for our Canadian winters.

“Travelling through water is easy,” he explains. “I was a little hesitant entering water and muskeg areas the first time, but to my surprise, we were able to navigate these areas with ease while causing very minimal disturbance to the environment.”

Future Projects

Going forward, North Shore will continue to use the SHERP ATVs for certain projects. The feedback from our team of consultants has been positive and our clients have been happy with the results.

“I think they are great machines and they offer a lot of versatility. They adapt well to the changing landscapes and I look forward to spending more time using them!”

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North Shore has joined Waterline Resources Inc. to work on a Special Project awarded to us by PTAC, the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada. The project has our companies working together to review drilling waste compliance documents prepared in 2014 by the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER).

The work requires a deeper look into Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) data from past drilling waste disposal locations, with hopes to better understand the effectiveness of the AER document Assessing Drilling Waste Disposal Areas: Compliance Options for Reclamation Certification.

Jim Purves, Technical Advisor.

“It’s a two-year project,” says Jim Purves, Technical Advisor, North Shore. “There are two phases; the first one will end in July 2020 and the second one will wrap up in March 2021,” he adds.

“The first phase involves data gathering and analysis from hundreds of sites. The second phase will spatialize the data using Geographic Information System (GIS), to determine geographic trends along with providing recommendations and proposed guideline adjustments.”

Jim says being selected as part of the project team is likely because North Shore has previously completed similar work and research internally.

“We are always looking for ways to accelerate the progression of our client’s sites towards reclamation certification. Prior to this PTAC initiative, North Shore internally reviewed 374 sites and ran statistical analysis to help identify relationships,” he explains.

“This process helped us understand trends in the data and ultimately make better decisions for our clients. PTAC and was curious about our findings and wanted us to work on this project, as we already understand the purpose and goal.”

Strong Working Relationship

Working with Waterline Resources is nothing new for North Shore, as we have often partnered with the company to complete past projects for our clients. Jim says he is one of the team leads along with Michelle Taylor, M.Sc., P.Eng., from Waterline.

“Data collection and analysis will be completed primarily by North Shore, while Waterline will be leading the GIS spatialization and statistical analysis portion of the project,” he adds.

Project Benefits

The intended outcome of this project is to determine if the compliance options: are appropriate as currently written, require adjustment to reduce false positive or negative triggers for Phase 2 ESAs, or are in need of other changes.

Reducing the conservatism in the compliance options is believed to have multiple benefits with the same environmental protection including; more accurate and reproducible compound calculations and DST assumptions, reduced number of unnecessary Phase 2 ESAs conducted, and accelerated progression of sites to reclamation certification.

It is also recognized that in certain cases there may be a need for a particular trigger/criteria to be more stringent; this will also be investigated as part of the project.

Jim has been with North Shore since 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of Alberta, and earned his designation from the Alberta Institute of Agrologists as a P.Ag.

“I’ve been involved in thousands of Phase 1 and 2 ESAs over the span of my career and I’m excited to be part of refining the decision-making process and collaborating with industry and the regulator.”

Upcoming Presentation

To learn more about this project, join Jim Purves at RemTech, October 16-18, 2019, in Banff, AB, as he presents more in-depth on the scope and methodologies being applied.

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Contact us to learn more about this Special Project, our Technical Resource Group, and how we can help with your next project.