In mid-April, North Shore employees from across all four of
our locations came together for our annual Technical Day which involves
company-wide training, employee networking and celebrating some of our
Employees participated in a full-day event at the Cambridge
Hotel & Conference Centre in Red Deer, where they took in a series of
presentations from peers and received a corporate strategy update from executives.
North Shore’s President, Darren Cherniak, handed out service milestone awards to honour and thank employees who have been with the company for 5, 10, and 15 years, and employees were presented with special gifts as a sign of appreciation.
Congratulations to the following employees for their service
Aaron Batke, Sherwood Park Brett Delday, Calgary Cody Halleran, Calgary Colin Bergen, Lacombe Greg Tough, Sherwood Park Hillary Yeung, Calgary Jeff Grubbs, Sherwood Park Kayle Watson, Lacombe Kyle Selle, Sherwood Park Lacy Wilson, Sherwood Park Lee-Ann Pettinger, Sherwood Park Lucas Hewitt, Sherwood Park Tyler Barabonoff, Lacombe
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North Shore recently took part in
EnviroTech, an industry-wide conference bringing Environmental Professionals
together for educational seminars and networking opportunities. North Shore has
been a proud supporter of EnviroTech for many years and this year was no
different, as we partnered with the conference as a returning Diamond Sponsor. We
are also proud of our Air Team Coordinator, Hillary Yeung, as she led an
important session highlighting some of the recent regulatory changes in
Saskatchewan regarding greenhouse gas emissions and what that means for our
clients in various business sectors.
Hillary’s presentation stemmed from Saskatchewan’s new Climate Change Strategy, Prairie Resilience, specifically the Output-Based Performance Standards (OBPS) program for large industrial emitters. The OBPS program aims to achieve a total emissions reduction of 10 per cent by 2030.
The focus of the North Shore
presentation was educating the audience around the impacts for companies that
have “large emitter” facilities, and how those organizations can become
compliant under these new regulatory changes.
“Facilities in Saskatchewan are
now required to comply with emission standards to reduce their greenhouse gas
emissions, and this is the first time a program like this has been implemented
in that province,” says Hillary.
“North Shore has reviewed the
provincial strategy and regulations of the program, and going forward, we can
advise our clients with operations in Saskatchewan on the process and steps
needed to ensure their facilities are meeting compliance obligations.”
As of June 1, 2019 upstream oil
and gas facilities that meet the following requirements must register with the
Facilities must register as a regulated facility if they emit more than 25,000 tonnes of Carbon (CO2e) annually in stationary combustion emissions.
Facilities can voluntarily opt in if they emit more than 10,000 tonnes of Carbon (CO2e) annually in stationary combustion emissions.
Facilities in the OBPS program
are exempt from paying the federal carbon tax on fuel.
Types of Facilities
The year the facility went into service will determine how operators will register the facility with the government:
Existing facilities – facilities that have been in commercial production for at least 3 calendar years with an annual total of regulated emissions equal to or more than 25,000 tonnes of Carbon (CO2e).
New Facilities – facilities that have been in commercial production for fewer than 3 calendar years with an annual total of regulated emissions equal to or more than 25,000 tonnes of Carbon (CO2e).
Following the registration of facilities
with the Ministry of Environment, organizations will have to report baseline
emissions quantities for each facility. This is something Hillary says North
Shore’s Air Quality and Emissions Team can provide guidance on.
“Depending on if the facility is
new or existing, there are different ways to calculate the baseline emissions
and different requirements on when the facility must meet the compliance
obligations,” she says.
“Facilities must be registered before baselines can be submitted to the government, and baseline emissions for existing facilities have to be submitted by September 1st of this year.”
How We Can Help
Flexibility within the regulatory obligations allows for facility
operators to choose their own methodology in quantifying emissions. Options can
include emission factors, energy equivalence factors, and unit conversions; the
only stipulation is facilities must follow the same methodology from baseline
Companies which emit more tonnes of Carbon (CO2e)
than the permitted emissions will have to pay monetary fees to the government.
The current fee for excess emissions is $20.00 per tonne, and that price will
increase over the next three years by $10.00 a year, bringing the price to
$50.00 per tonne by 2022.
“North Shore can help companies quantify emissions and estimate
compliance costs with facilities applicable under the OBPS program,” she says.
“We can also customize quantification methodologies, optimize baseline
submissions, and assist companies in finding solutions for reducing emissions.”
Contact – Hillary Yeung, Air Team Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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When Darren Cherniak first graduated in 1997 from the
University of Alberta with a degree in Environmental Science, he never imagined
being the owner of a thriving Environmental Consulting Company more than 20
“I never had any inclination to start a business,” Cherniak
says. “I was just happy to have a good job, working for good people, and doing
something I went to school for.”
Cherniak began his career working at a large engineering
firm based in Northern Alberta. He worked alongside his eventual business
partner, also named Darren, who was hired as a contractor for the same firm.
The pair worked on several projects together doing
reclamation, construction, and remediation work in Red Earth Creek, AB. They
ended up building a strong working relationship and eventually a friendship, which
led to talks about the possibility of starting a company on their own.
“We spotted a lot of challenges with the engineering firm we
were working at. They were very structured and rigid in their approach to
client service,” he explains. “We thought we could offer these services better;
we wanted to provide more flexibility and cater to the clients and their needs
more than our employer at the time.”
“So, we naively decided to start a business,” he laughs.
“To be honest, it was the other Darren that I will credit
with putting the idea in my head. He was already running his own business for
years as a consultant, so he was comfortable with being a business owner.”
Cherniak was nervous about branching out on his own. After a
few months of waffling back and forth with the decision, and with a little encouragement
from Darren, Cherniak eventually worked up the courage to quit his comfortable
job with the engineering firm, and headed into the unknown as he began the
two-man consulting firm.
For the first couple of years, the North Shore office was
based out of Cherniak’s basement. At the time the company had landed a few
projects for clients, but they were on the hunt for a “big break.”
“We started doing a bit of work for Devon Energy here and
there, they gave us odd jobs or pieces of projects, and we took what we could
get,” he says. “They finally gave us a region in Northern Alberta that we were
entirely responsible for. We were doing a lot of reclamation work up there and
that was enough to get the ball rolling,” he adds.
“It gave us a large enough chunk of work to actually open an
office, so we opened our first location in Sherwood Park!”
About the same time work was picking up, both Cherniak and
Darren knew they had to hire more team members if they were going to fulfill
the commitments to the clients.
It was then that Kelly Zadko and Dan Novecosky joined North
Shore as the company’s first employees.
“Every time the phone rang we kept saying, ‘yes’, to all the
work! It is kind of the consulting fear, if you say ‘no’ to a job; they might
never call you again.”
The Right People for
Since 2002, the company has grown at a steady rate. Currently,
North Shore has approximately 90 employees and locations in Calgary, Sherwood
Park and Lacombe, AB as well as Regina, SK.
Not much has changed over the years with Cherniak’s approach
to hiring; he still uses the same guidelines that he used 17 years ago.
“I always felt that I didn’t want to work with someone that
I couldn’t invite into my house to enjoy a meal with, because this business did
start in my house, and that is something that I have always kept with me.”
One of the best business moves Cherniak says he made was hiring
Daniel Engel in 2009 as North Shore’s Vice President, Finance.
“Daniel was a catalyst and came in with a completely
different perspective. Up until that point, the executive team all had the same
education and experience – an environmental background. Daniel looked at things
from a financial angle, and he has really helped steer the ship.”
As the years went on, things within the company began to
shift and in 2012 it was time for Cherniak and Darren to part ways as business
owners. The split was tough on Cherniak, but he knew the decision would allow
North Shore to grow and progress as a company.
“It took a lot out of me,” he says. “I wish things went
differently. I internalized a lot of what went on and I think people noticed.
Maybe they didn’t know exactly what was going on, but they noticed I was more
withdrawn during that time.”
The decision was made for Darren to sell his shares of the
company and move on separately from North Shore. Although Cherniak was
disappointed, he was also excited because it meant he was able to offer
partnership to the executive team and also open North Shore’s ESOP, the
Employee Share Ownership Program, which allows employees to buy into the
company after three years of service.
“Yes, I lost a business partner, but I gained so much more,
and I do believe the company is better today because of that decision.”
Cherniak says remediation and reclamation work will always
be the “bread and butter” for North Shore, but he hopes to expand the business
over the next few years.
“I think everyone hopes that the economy is going to pick
up, and with that I would like to see us open additional locations in western
Canada in order to increase our client base and better serve existing clients locally,”
“There is also the potential to grow our business with our
U.S.-based customers,” he adds. “We can offer a lot of support through our
knowledge of SiteView programs and I think that is going to open a lot of doors
for us in the future.”
Cherniak knows his employees are what make the business
successful, and is proud of the positive culture that has been built over the years.
“I want everyone to enjoy coming to work at North Shore. And
I hope that no matter where their career might take them, they can look back at
North Shore as a positive part of their journey.”
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2018 marked a busy year for North Shore’s Vegetation Management
Team having serviced more than 1,500 sites for a variety of clients.
“Although the majority of our clients are within the oil and
gas sector, North Shore is fully licensed to serve clients within other
industries including agriculture and forestry,” says Colin Bergen, Manager of
North Shore’s Vegetation Management Team.
Since the team’s inception in 2015, members of our Vegetation
Management group have travelled across Canada, all the way from B.C. to Quebec
to serve our clients, even accessing numerous sites in remote locations that
require our teams to fly in and out to complete the projects.
We can provide vegetation management services to our clients
either in conjunction with our environmental consulting services or as a
Rather than hiring an additional contractor just to spray
weeds, North Shore already employs a number of consultants certified to manage
weeds, otherwise known as “invasive species.” While we are on-site completing
assessments and other services, our team can recommend a vegetation management
plan that will save both time and money for our clients.
“Our team always has the client’s best interests in mind and
we can be very efficient by combining weed control and consulting services,”
How it Works
When North Shore arrives to a site, an on-site assessment is
completed before any work begins.
If invasive species are discovered during the assessment, a management
plan will be implemented based on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
principles, a set of guidelines that combines a series of vegetation management
practices for pest and weed control.
If there is a need to conduct weed control, North Shore has
a number of methods that can be used including; hand picking, weed whipping,
and herbicide application.
“With sites that have a few patches of invasive species, we typically hand spray those areas with backpack sprayers,” Colin explains. “This ensures accurate application and avoids unnecessary herbicide application in other areas of the site.”
“For other sites with more severe infestations or larger
areas, we can broadcast spray with equipment including ATVs, UTVs, and trucks
with mounted sprayers,” he adds.
Why it Works
When applied by properly trained applicators, herbicides are
very effective at killing their target species and leaving desirable vegetation
Herbicides used by North Shore are “systemic,” meaning the product
is absorbed by the target species and then spreads through the entire weed,
including the roots. This gives spraying a distinct advantage over other
methods of weed control, which often leave roots or root segments that can
“Our team uses herbicides that are considered ‘reduced-risk’
products. The products are effective at treating target species, while posing
very little threat to mammals, birds, insects or aquatic organisms.”
More than Weed
Colin says the Vegetation Management team’s abilities span
further than spraying weeds and the team has experience with a range of
“Last year we helped our clients prepare sites for tree planting,
implemented annual bare ground and selective weed control programs, and completed
pasture renovations, which is a form of re-seeding damaged landscapes.”
Contact North Shore to learn more about our Vegetation
Management Services and how we can help with your next project.
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We are proud to share that Kelly Zadko our Vice President,
Business Development, has been elected as the new President of the Canadian
Land Reclamation Association’s Alberta Chapter as of April 1, 2019.
The announcement was made at the 2019 Alberta Chapter CLRA
conference held in Red Deer earlier this year, and came as a welcomed challenge
that Kelly hopes will help her grow professionally.
“This is something that I wanted to do personally for my own
growth and development,” Kelly says.
“I am very proud of the environmental industry. I feel we
contribute a lot to the wellbeing of the province and I want to capture and share
that great work through the CLRA.”
The CLRA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement
and leadership of the reclamation and remediation industry across Canada, with provincial
chapters active in 5 regions.
Having been a member of the association since she graduated
university in 1999, Kelly has enjoyed being involved with the CLRA for the last
20 years. Since 2016, she served as a member on the Board of Directors, and is
now looking forward to taking on a more strategic role as the upcoming President.
“Since I have been in the environmental industry for the last 20
years, I have a very strong background in this business and I can bring that
experience forward in the presidency role,” Kelly says.
“Being a female leader in this industry is really important to
me,” she adds.
“I want to show people that are coming into this profession that
we do have strong female leaders that have helped shape the industry.”
Kelly says she is happy to take the lead from the former CLRA
president, Marissa Reckmann, who served as President for the last 5 years, and
“follow in her footsteps.”
“She was a great president and I look forward to working with her
over the next year as Past President,” she adds.
of CLRA, Alberta Chapter
Kelly’s previous role on the Board of Directors was spent taking care of sponsorships and being the lead for a variety of events including golf tournaments and special awards, but going forward she will have a bit more on her plate as she will be responsible for providing the direction for the Alberta chapter, development of the strategic plan, overseeing any events planned throughout the year and ensuring the board members meet their requirements.
Kelly says she is looking forward to what this upcoming year will
“We have 3 new board members this year and I am excited to work
with them,” she says.
“This is an exciting time for the industry, and although there have
been some economic setbacks in the province, it is time for us to refocus and
provide the best for our members; because at the end of the day I am
representing all the members of the CLRA Alberta Chapter, and I want to make
sure that the ideas they have are being heard and implemented.”
The North Shore family would like to congratulate Kelly on this
exciting news. We know she will be a great President for the CLRA Alberta
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