With the crisp morning air and beautiful fall colours marking the end of summer, North Shore’s operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize some individuals for their exceptional contributions and efforts. This month, the following individuals are being recognized:

Providence Abananatwe                                                                     

Providence joined North Shore earlier on this year and has stepped forward in the accounting group during a time where we are experiencing significant invoicing volume and demands.  Providence has taken on doing some of our more complicated invoicing tasks and her volume and proficiency in getting these tasks completed has noticeably improved over that period.  Providence has taken on increased responsibility and has provided additional guidance for others in the group.  We are fortunate to have her and her determination at this very busy time. Great work Providence!

Logan Beaumont

Logan will be celebrating his 5 year anniversary with North Shore in the next few months. Over the last couple of years, Logan has been integral to the success of one of North Shore’s larger remediation/reclamation programs in central Alberta. Logan’s reclamation experience has been a tremendous asset to these programs and his communication skills have gone a long way in developing and maintaining relationships with landowners, occupants, contractors, and other affected stakeholders. More recently, Logan has taken the initiative in passing on his skills and experience in a training and mentorship role with some of the company’s junior staff. By doing so, Logan has become a valued senior leader within North Shore’s organization and is highly regarded by all of those that work with him. Congratulations to Logan on a job well done!

Laura Fletcher

Laura is one of North Shore’s seasoned veterans, having spent almost 11 years with the company. Over this time, Laura has had several roles in both the field and the office working with North Shore’s remediation/reclamation and biophysical teams. Regardless of the type of project, Laura always approaches her work with an enthusiastic attitude and can be relied upon for her quality and attention to detail. Laura’s wealth of experience and diverse skillset is always valued. Doing all of this while caring for her young family and sustaining a farm makes it that much more impressive. We are extremely grateful to have Laura as part of the North Shore family and would like to extend a big thank you for her years of dedication and hard work.

Congratulations to these three individuals! North Shore would like to thank all its staff for their hard work and contributions throughout the very busy summer season. As an organization defined by its people and collaborative expertise, we continue to be successful in our project execution and overall business operations. We wish everyone a wonderful fall season and with a little luck, hopefully we can avoid the dreaded “S” word for as long as we can.

It’s certainly beginning to feel like fall, isn’t it? As North Shore continues to push through what’s remaining of our summer season, the operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize some individuals for their exceptional contributions and efforts. This month, the following individuals are being recognized:

Lauren Gore-Hickman                                                                          

Lauren started with North Shore early this spring and was immediately exposed to North Shore’s fast paced field assessment season. With a positive attitude and willingness to take on new challenges, Lauren found herself covering many areas of northeastern Alberta over the summer as part of North Shore’s numerous Oil Sands Exploration (OSE) assessment and reclamation programs. With her keen ability to adapt and multi-task, Lauren has been key to ensuring safe and efficient project work is completed. Awesome job Lauren and thank you for all your hard work!

Matt Henry

After a prior career in the trades, Matt joined North Shore as a new grad in the environmental field earlier this season. Matt has been supporting North Shore’s fugitive emissions projects and through his ability to quickly learn and understand tasks and processes, he has become a significant asset to North Shore’s Air and Regulatory Division. Over the past month, Matt has been vital for project completion and has taken the initiative to shoulder responsibilities on his own to meet various deliverables. Despite some long days and a steep learning curve, Matt always maintains a positive attitude and has been dedicated to ensuring projects are completed to client expectations. Terrific work Matt and it’s great to have you as part of the North Shore team!

Ashley Rudachyk

Ashley is based out of North Shore’s Regina office (Go Riders!) and over the course of the field season has been exposed to many different projects throughout Saskatchewan and Alberta. Whether she is assessing pipeline integrity dig disturbances, completing Phase 2 ESA’s, initiating chemical vegetation control programs, or overseeing construction activities, Ashley always seems to take things in stride and is more than happy to take on responsibility and ensure the work gets done. A big thank you to Ashley for all her hard work and dedication! 

Teresa Rosales

Teresa has been responsible for North Shore’s corporate equipment management as well as administrative duties in the Sherwood Park office. Since coming on board, Teresa has transformed the Sherwood Park offices and bays into a very organized and user friendly space. So much so, that numerous staff have commented on the night and day difference of our work space. Aside from organizational talents, Teresa has also managed to ensure that field staff have what they need and when they need it during this very busy field season. Thank you Teresa for your maintenance and continuous improvement to all of North Shore’s day to day needs that are often overlooked. It has certainly not gone unnoticed!

Congratulations to these four individuals! North Shore would like to thank all its staff for their hard work and contributions over the last few months. As we come into the fall season, we understand that the race is on to finish up many of our planned summer projects. North Shore is very fortunate to have such a wonderful group of professionals all working as a team and contributing to its continued success.

As we mark the approximate halfway point of the summer season, North Shore’s operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize some individuals for their outstanding contributions and efforts.

This month, the following individuals are being recognized:

Jon Yasinski                                                                                             

Jon joined North Shore’s Spill Division in May 2021 and is based out of Whitecourt, Alberta. Even through the challenges of working remotely, Jon was able to integrate himself quickly into the company and has fit in well with the Spill Team personnel. He has also shown to be a real team player, supporting on both Biophysical and Remediation/Reclamation projects whenever possible. Most recently, Jon has shown great initiative and has done an incredible job of helping to further develop North Shore’s aquatics capabilities; he was instrumental in getting North Shore approved as a Qualified Service Provider under Alberta’s Roadway and Watercourse Crossing Program. Awesome work Jon! It’s great to have you as a part of the North Shore team!

Derek Morris

As a seasoned veteran of fast-paced and variable project types, Derek has been an integral leader of North Shore’s Saskatchewan operations. Unless he’s busy cheering for the Roughriders on game day, Derek can always be counted on to get projects completed safely, and to the client’s satisfaction. Derek has done an excellent job this summer ensuring some of North Shore’s large municipal projects were completed without any significant delays (despite the weather), and his resourcefulness and personal dedication saw these projects through. Awesome work Derek! Your dedication and expertise have certainly not gone unnoticed!

Dylon Lakevold

Dylon has only been with us for a few months, but in that time he has settled in nicely as a member of the North Shore team, as well as impressed his fellow colleagues. Dylon is a quick learner and readily accepts new tasks and challenges in stride. In his short time with us, Dylon has been exposed to various assessment, reclamation, and vegetation management projects throughout Alberta. Currently, Dylon is tackling a large volume of site visits in the far reaches of northern Alberta as part of an Area Based Closure program. His resourcefulness, organizational skills, and safety conscious attitude have resulted in a smooth start to the program, and he is already receiving praise from both the client and his supervisors alike. Dylon has been a great addition to the North Shore team. Good job Dylon – keep up the great work!

Congratulations to these three individuals! North Shore would like to thank all of its staff for their hard work and contributions over the last few months. We wish everyone a safe and productive August and we hope everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of the warm summer weather and what’s left of the summer season!

The following post is an interview with Lucas Hewitt, Remediation/Reclamation Coordinator, and was written and conducted by Brett Delday, Senior Business Development Specialist.

Being an environmental consultant isn’t easy. Even though we have many tools and technology at our disposal, we are often at the mercy of factors outside of our control. We are expert multitaskers, often responsible for cost estimating, procurement, safety, logistics, remote field work, technical writing, project management, drafting, accounting, and even business development. It takes a special kind of person to thrive in this industry and keep coming back for more. With that being said, I had a chance to catch up with one of North Shore’s Remediation and Reclamation Coordinators based out of our Sherwood Park office, Mr. Lucas Hewitt. Lucas has been working for North Shore for over seven years and manages a variety of remediation and reclamation programs across Alberta and British Columbia.

First and most importantly, Flames or Oilers?

“Calgary Flames”

You passed the first test. Now that we got that out of the way, when did you first get interested in pursuing a career in the environmental industry?

“I graduated high school and wanted to pursue post-secondary education and had no idea what I wanted to do. I was working in oil and gas and heard about reclamation and decided to apply at Lakeland College for the Environmental Conservation and Reclamation program. I loved the program and everything I was learning had haven’t had any regrets since.

Your role takes you to many remote locations, what are some of your favourite places/regions to work in?

“I have a few favorite fields, Livingstone, Tommy Lakes, Birch Mountains.”

You must have had some interesting bear encounters over the years, care to share any?

“I was doing some groundwater sampling on a remote plant site, and we had a bear walk in on site; the helicopter pilot spotted it and started yelling at me to start making my way back to the helicopter. Thankfully the bear was on the other side of the infrastructure, and we used the air horn to deter the bear. I’m very thankful that the pilot was not napping and was keeping an eye and ear out for me.”

Lucas on a remote site

Yeah, no doubt that would have made for an awkward flight home… How do you keep yourself organized and focused when you have multiple projects and programs underway?

“I’m cursed with a good memory; I also have a lot of 3 am thoughts on what I need to do to keep the projects and programs on track. There’s a lot of spreadsheets as well for different programs and what we are doing for the clients for their area based closure programs. Also, a lot of the planning and scheduling I do a fair bit ahead of time, and I’ve been known to call and schedule in services that I had already done the month prior for upcoming projects.”

Yeah, I am also part of the 3 am thinking about work and spreadsheets gang. Do you have any tips for destressing after a hard day or long stretch in the field?

“I wouldn’t call them tips, but I do enjoy cooking and baking; there is something about following a recipe and making something you can enjoy to share destressing.”

What’s a lesser-known fact about remediation/reclamation that some people may be unaware of?

“The way we do things and how we do things has constantly changed since I first started learning/working in reclamation in 2007. It’s all based on new regulations and science, so you have to be constantly learning in this industry to be on top of it all. Fortunately North Shore is great at keeping us all in the loop.”

What is the most satisfying aspect of your role at North Shore?

“Successfully completing some of our clients larger scale projects; after weeks or months of prepping and planning for the project and working with our teams and the client to execute and complete the projects is fairly satisfying.”

Any words of advice for people new to the environmental consulting industry?

“It’s not an easy industry, it’s constantly changing and there are a lot of challenges that can be overwhelming at times, but the best thing is the variety of work, you are never stuck on doing the same thing for months or years on end. It’s also a great way to travel and explore western Canada, you’ll have more exposure and experiences than anyone else you know working a 9-5 job.”

I couldn’t have said it better, thanks for taking the time to chat with me Lucas!

Hopefully everyone had an enjoyable long weekend and managed to survive the heat wave we experienced across Western Canada over the last few weeks. For the month of June, North Shore’s operational management team would like to take a moment to recognize some individuals for their outstanding contributions and efforts. This month, the following individuals are being recognized:

Samantha Odegard                                                                               

Since joining North Shore, Samantha has quickly become instrumental in supporting the Data Management Group (DMG) with client projects.  Samantha is responsible for compiling, summarizing, and tracking field data and analytical results. Samantha’s consistent positive attitude, organization, and calm demeanor has made a big impact on the DMG, especially when dealing with large client programs and time sensitive deadlines. Samantha consistently demonstrates an eagerness to learn and always improve herself. She is reliable, easily approachable, and always excited to help advance the goals of the team. Thank you, Samantha, for your dedication and hard work!

Danny Lajoie

As the Manager of North Shore’s Biophysical division, coupled with the fact that spring and summer are the absolute busiest time for his group, Danny has been putting forth a considerable effort over the last few months. He has been directly involved in many different things over the past month, including coordinating client safety training and reviewing safety standards, preparing project proposals, assisting with field planning and project kick-offs, completing client reporting, and most importantly, supporting his team both in-the-field and out-of-the-field with training, mentoring, report reviews, and much, much more. Danny has done an exceptional job juggling everything on his plate during this busy time and has ensured both clients and staff get what they need. Excellent work Danny, your level of effort is certainly appreciated by everyone working with you.

Alexandria Hamilton

Alexandria (Alex) has become an integral part of North Shore’s Remediation/Reclamation team and is a great team player. Alex never shies away from a project and strives to expose herself to new areas as much as possible to continue fostering her growth and experience as an Environmental Professional. Since joining North Shore last October, Alex has been part of Phase 2 ESA programs, winter remediation/reclamation programs, cultivated reclamation programs, and DSA’s. Through this time, it is very apparent that Alex is a quick learner and is passionate about her career. Alex is steadily emerging as a strong leader within North Shore. Great job Alex and keep it up!  

Colin Bergen

Colin manages North Shore’s Vegetation Management division and his workload effectively grows exponentially in mid-May of each year. Although Colin is responsible for hiring and training North Shore’s seasonal vegetation control staff, as well as coordinating project work with clients, contractors and internal project managers, he still manages to contribute to a significant portion of fieldwork across Western Canada. His positivity, work ethic, and dedication to ensuring budgets are maintained and schedules are met is admirable, and North Shore is very lucky to have him as part of the team. Thank you Colin for all of your efforts!

Congratulations to these four individuals! North Shore would like to thank all of its staff for their hard work and contributions over the last few months. With provincial restrictions easing we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable summer season.