Wendy Margetts joined North Shore’s Biophysical Team in February 2018 as a Junior Environmental Consultant. Wendy was excited about this role, as she knew it involved spending a lot of time working outdoors.

“Any day that I get to be outside in the field is a good day,” she says.

As an avid camper and hiker, Wendy feels lucky to have a career that allows her to explore nature frequently.

Within her role, she supports a number of important tasks related to vegetation, wetlands, aquatics, and wildlife to help our clients meet regulatory requirements. One of her favourite tasks is completing on-site assessments, where she inspects potential project areas with a “fine-tooth comb” looking for anything that requires special attention.

This can include interesting plant species, bear dens, animal tracks, stick nests, etc. Once these items are highlighted and presented to our clients, it helps determine how they proceed with projects.

International Experience

Wendy and the children she was teaching on Nagtabon Beach, Philippines.

After completing her Bachelor of Environmental Science and Ecology Degree in 2015 from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Wendy spent time in Costa Rica working at a wildlife rehabilitation centre and in the Philippines teaching children’s education programs promoting marine life.

“Completing the internship in the Philippines was such an amazing experience,” she says. “Most of my time was spent teaching locals from nearby villages about environmental protection and conservation.”

“I lived there for about seven months and it was absolutely beautiful.”

When she returned to Canada she landed a role with the Calgary Zoo, where she continued teaching programs for school-aged children, but she was still on the hunt for field-based work.

“I was teaching a variety of programs surrounding environmental education for kids in kindergarten to Grade 12, but I felt like I didn’t know enough about the natural environment in Canada. I was teaching it, but I wanted more first-hand experience with it.”

Learning New Skills

In the spring of 2018, shortly after starting with North Shore, Wendy was ready for some “hands-on experience” after being sent to Northern Alberta on an emergency spill response project for a client.

Her role was to help assess the environmental impacts of a suspected pipeline leak. Having never been part of a spill project before, Wendy jumped at the chance to work in the field for three weeks.

“I went up there initially to be a helping hand; to sample soil and water, or whatever they needed, but they ended up asking me to be part of creating the vegetation management plan.”

 A task she gladly took on.

Since pipelines are deep underground, detecting a leak is often quite difficult. The spill response team looks for a variety of evidence that can point towards a leak – including stressed vegetation.

“Through my discoveries, I was able to show where the spill path was based on what the vegetation looked like,” she says. “On this particular project we were looking for wilted leaves and discolouration.”

“Once the specific areas were noted, the spill team worked with the client to finish the project.”

Volunteering in Nature  

Wendy’s passion for nature is also present in her volunteer efforts. Through the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), she runs educational programs for newcomers to Canada to help them better understand the Canadian landscape, particularly with local parks, water systems, and bear safety. 

“It is just so fun!” she says.

“There are people from all over the world. In my last group there were people from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Brazil,” she explains. “We want them to know they have free access to parks and they can take advantage of camping, hiking, and fishing, because back home they might not have been able to do those activities recreationally.”

“I love to connect with them and I love to learn about their cultures as well. It definitely goes both ways!”

Wendy plans to bring her passion for volunteering to the workplace by setting up a group opportunity for North Shore employees to give back in 2019.

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After several years of living in Alberta and commuting to and from Saskatchewan for work, Todd Clouse moved to Regina to manage North Shore’s Saskatchewan office. The Clouse family became permanent residents of Saskatchewan in July 2018 and Todd says it was a move they were happy to make.

“As much as I enjoyed my time in Alberta, I really like the fact that I’m back in Saskatchewan,” Todd says.

Having lived in a number of small towns in Saskatchewan while growing up, Todd is happy to return to a familiar place to raise his family.

“I have three young, very active kids at home, so my wife and I spend a lot of time with them. We enjoy camping and fishing in the summer, and Saskatchewan has a lot of great areas for us to spend time outdoors.”

Todd and his Son at the Saskatchewan Roughriders game.

Expanding our Scope

With an increase of client work in the Saskatchewan area, the decision was made to move into a larger office space for future growth, which meant creating a Regional Director position – and who better than Todd – who already knew the area and clients extremely well.

“After accepting my new role as Regional Director here in Regina, I have slowly transitioned out of the field and into more of an executive management role,” he says. “I enjoy mentoring junior staff and helping them grow their careers.”

Like any new role, Todd says the past six months have been busy for both him and the team in Regina. However, he is happy to share that everyone has settled nicely into their roles, and they are enjoying serving our clients locally, as well as taking time to give back to the community. 

“North Shore regularly gives unused Saskatchewan Roughriders tickets to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Regina, my wife and daughter volunteer at the Humane Society, and last year over the holiday season we provided food and gifts to a family in need through the Salvation Army’s ‘Adopt-a-Family’ program.”

Future Plans

Over the next few months, time will be spent growing the business in the Saskatchewan Region and Todd’s team will be looking to take on new projects and continuing to build relationships with the local community.

“This is a great place to do business,” Todd says. “There are so many great opportunities for North Shore to work with new clients. We are looking forward to meeting with them and showing them what North Shore is all about – a hardworking company with a family focus.”

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From a young age, Jessie Berzins has always been an animal lover. She began riding horses at the age of 12 and it was her passion for animals that lead Jessie to pursue a degree in Biological Sciences with a focus primarily on zoology and genetics.

Jessie and her horse, Cadence.

Following graduation from the University of Calgary, she took a role with a gold mining facility in Manitoba, which was in need of an environmental program. It wasn’t the animal-focused job she was hoping for, but the role ended up helping Jessie grow her career in an entirely different direction.

“I was brought on as an Environmental Coordinator and I did a lot of water monitoring for the tailings ponds, as well as some air quality monitoring,” Jessie says. “It was a brand new department, so there was quite a bit of ground to cover,” she adds.

After about a year of working in the Northern Manitoba facility, Jessie moved on to a job in Calgary where she took a position as an Environmental Advisor for a power generation company. It was there she found her calling and enthusiasm for regulatory reporting.

Data Analysis

“I know it sounds weird, but I really like data,” she laughs. “I’m interested in historical trending and finding anomalies.”

“If there is an increase in the emissions tracked, I look to find out why and I’m particularity interested in the National Pollutant Release Inventory. I love working with it!”

The NPRI is an annual public report available to all Canadians that tracks more than 8,000 businesses and the quantity and type of emissions their facilities release.

Jessie’s interest in historical data and staying up-to-date with the latest regulatory requirements was exactly what North Shore was looking for when she joined the Air, Emissions & Regulatory Team in January 2018 as an Emissions Specialist.

“Jessie is a key member of our team and does a great job providing air and emission services to our clients,” says Cody Halleran, Senior Manager, Air Quality & Regulatory Compliance. “She brings significant experience to North Shore and also brightens up the office with her fun, positive attitude.”

Regulatory Changes

With the ever-changing realm of environmental reporting, many of our clients rely on the expertise of the Air, Emissions & Regulatory Team to help them navigate through the reporting process.  

New reporting requirements were introduced in January 2019 under the Air Monitoring Directive; specifically new form requirements and the new Annual Emissions Inventory Report.

“Some of our clients have been asking about the impacts these new changes will have on their organizations,” Jessie explains. “Our team has reviewed the changes and new processes, and we are ready to work with our clients and guide them through the new reporting requirements.”

The data Jessie complies and organizes is reported to the government both monthly and annually to ensure our clients are compliant and following regulatory processes.

“I really like the fact that we get to work with a variety of industries since North Shore’s client base is so diverse. There is so much to learn and I am always up for the challenge,” she says.

Jessie hiking with her dog, Brandy.

Jessie’s personal life has allowed her to incorporate her love for animals in her day-to-day activities. A few years ago she took her love for horses one step further and acquired an Equine Science Diploma.

In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog Brandy in the mountains and riding her horse, Cadence, a Dutch Warmblood.

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