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The 2nd Annual ECO Impact Awards Gala will recognize outstanding environmental professionals from across Canada. For 2018, we have added an Employer Impact Award. Find out more about our speakers.
Featured guest blog by www.mesothelioma.com discussing how Canadian workers are affected by asbestos exposure, and how to achieve a greener future.
ECO Canada is seeking the services of a Research & Analytical Consultant(s) to plan and conduct quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and report writing for… Read more
Job posting trends indicate positive outlook for environmental professionals in Canada. In 2017, job postings in the sector bounced back with almost 23,000 postings, reflecting… Read more
For over 25 years ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization) has helped nurture the environmental sector by connecting professionals to training programs, certifications, career development resources… Read more
The 2030 Agenda includes over 9 areas related to the environment. Find out how you can make a contribution, or how you may already be working towards achieving these global targets in the second of our 3-part series.
Without question, the practices of reclamation and remediation are one of the most important aspects of environmental work in the 21st century. As we strive… Read more
The 2030 Agenda includes over 9 areas related to the environment. Find out how you can make a contribution, or how you may already be working towards achieving these global targets in the first of our 3-part series.
Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta are the top three provinces where environmental professionals find job positions. In a series of blog articles, ECO Canada is analyzing those regions’ green initiatives and innovation approaches.
Climate change isn’t just a hot topic, it’s something that affects the work of many environmental professionals. Learn the do’s and don’ts of communicating climate change issues and how to develop an effective communications framework.
Environmental professionals across Canada can rejoice as 90,000 additional jobs are expected to be created in the environmental sector by 2024.
With technology advancing at a rapid pace, start-ups are creating products that turn industrial waste into something useful to the environment. This futuristic pyramid-shaped greenhouse is turning algae into organic fertilizer while sequestering CO2 with a zero-waste, off-grid, and carbon-negative process.
When a project is being proposed, it’s not only the impact to the natural environment that is considered. Human health factors need to be taken into account and form an integral part of of the Environmental Impact Assessment process.
There’s something about walking into a room full of strangers that makes people nervous. ECO Canada hosted an event to help professionals build the skills required to network and feel comfortable in any business setting. Learn tips and practical advise that will help you network with ease.
The environmental sector in Canada is growing steadily and at a quick pace. The specialized workforce in this sector is projected to increased by 90,000… Read more
ECO Canada has been connecting environmental professionals in Canada for over 25 years. This spring, we launch our first national TV ad, Connecting Paths, to recognize environmental work and specializations within Canada, while demonstrating how they’re all connected. Read on & watch the video.
If you’re job hunting, you’ve probably considered working from home as a possible solution. Telecommuting suggests great flexibility, freedom from distractions and a healthy work-life balance. Although this kind of arrangement comes with many benefits, it does present some challenges.
Our latest research findings tell us that the demand for environmental workers is sizable, which is why ECO Canada is exploring new ways of measuring environmental employment to understand the unique characteristics of this sector.
For many people, volunteering is about supporting a cause that is important to them. But did you know that it is also an efficient job-hunting… Read more
We kicked off 2018 with a busy schedule of events and have no intention of slowing down. In our quest to meet with Environmental Professionals across Canada, we organized workshops, speakers, networking and webinars to hear from those working in the environmental sector and get some face time with our certified members.
ECO Canada has been studying the environmental labour market for more than 20 years. Learn how we are defining environmental employment and why this is important to get started in the sector.
ECO Canada is presenting research findings on selected environmental sub-sectors: Communications, Education, Research Development and Policy and Legislation. Learn more about practice areas, demand in Canada, projected growth and trends.
We headed north to the NWT Geosciences Forum and learned about the economic landscape, shared environmental values, and the need to build environmental capacity within Indigenous communities.
There’s growing emphasis on waste reduction, environmental protection and sustainability. Learn more about career opportunities, skills and salaries in the waste management sub-sector.
Hear from Marvin Ward, an Elder of Enoch Cree Nation, and from Carol Crow of Indigenous Visions about their vision for environmental engagement and education.
Chris Mosher recently won our inaugural Auditing Impact Award for his work with the Forestry Practices Board. Read on to learn about how this fifth generation coastal logger has made an impact in the world of environmental auditing.
The subject of Indigenous Relations is closely tied to environmental education within Canada. Learn about our involvement at the 9th annual World Environmental Education Congress in Vancouver.
Careers in the Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) sub-sector are expected to maintain stable growth from the 2017-24 forecast horizon. Learn more about opportunities and industry trends.
Addressing air quality issues is an important matter for both people and planet, and individuals working in air quality can make a huge difference.
ECO Canada’s Internship Program received substantial funding that provides up to 50% in salary for environmental jobs in Natural Resource Sectors. The program will result in the fulfillment or creation of 650 environmentally focused career opportunities for new graduates and corporations
You know what mentoring is, but why does mentorship matter? How can it help your career?
Here at ECO Canada, we’re gearing up for the inaugural session of our new Mentorship Program for our Environmental Professional (EP) members. We believe that mentorship makes a difference and builds a better, more knowledgeable workforce contributing to Canada’s environmental sector.
We reached out to our 2016-2017 EYC program participants to ask about their experiences. Hear how EYC benefits both employers and interns in our interview with AWES Jeff Renton and Luke Wonneck.
CALGARY, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ – ECO Canada’s Environmental Youth Corps Internship Program (EYC) received its largest funding top-up in over 20 years. The program… Read more
When your entire business rests on your ability to help clients move to sustainability, Scott Freiburger figures his company, AET Group, had better be walking… Read more
It’s a new year and there’s a new vision for Canada; a future that includes putting a price on carbon in a bid to reduce GHG… Read more
Those environmental professionals who are not licensed with PEO will not be considered a certified a ‘Qualified Person’. Ensure your voice and opinion is heard by the MOECC. Submit feedback before December 30, 2016.
“In the early 2000s, it was a challenge for environmentalists to be more than someone that clients really didn’t want to see.”
At least that was the experience of Meredith Hamstead, owner of thinkBright Environmental Innovations in Invermere, BC. We recently had a chance to explore with Meredith how the stereotype of an environmentalist has fallen away – and why environmentalists are the new “mentalists.”
Darrin Kinsey, Sr. Project Manager of Enviro-Stewards shares his insights into ways the manufacturing industry can mitigate waste and become more sustainable. Here’s a brief look at one of the topics he covered during the session
Establishing a National Occupational Standard (NOS) is a vital part of our support of the environmental industry. Occupational standards help set a benchmark for skills and competencies in the industry, which helps establish expectations for employers and professionals alike.
Transport Canada’s announcement in June that rail regulations will change this September achieves several things, for both the environment and public health and safety.
The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have, by all accounts, been committed to producing an event that lowers the usual environmental footprint of the Olympics. The Games are traditionally known as resource hogs, and these games are no different. What are some of the issues and innovations?
For the people at Caro Analytical Services, ECO Canada’s Environmental Youth Corps internship program is more than a way to find new employees — they look at it as a way to invest in the future of their company.
The program, which receives funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons, gives new graduates opportunities to start their careers in the environmental sector and host organizations the chance to expand their teams.
Over 83,000 core professionals work to keep our groundwater, surface water, drinking water and wastewater safe from pollution, but over 400,000 professionals use “water quality skills” in their roles. See how compliance is driving employment opportunities in this sector with our latest snapshot.
For Supriya Tandan, joining Nimonik as an Environmental Youth Corps intern set her career on an unexpected trajectory. Learn how the EYC internship program helps grow careers and environmental start-ups.
As cities grow, so too does their carbon footprint. Canadian cities have, one by one, pledged to reduce or divert as much waste as possible by 2020. But how are they doing?
“Waste not, want not” is an adage as old as the hills (thanks, Benjamin Franklin), but it’s becoming a mainstay of innovation for scientists and environmental industry professionals who are out to curb the amount of junk cluttering our landfills or filling our oceans.
Here are some exciting new advancements – from names you might recognize, but many you may not.
Looking for a change in role? Consider Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). Our research shows some promising opportunities for environmental professionals interested in this area.
Recently, the government of Ontario passed Bill 172, the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act.
We talked with our VP-Advisory & Training, Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry to discuss the key features of this Act and how it affects the industry.
No question, careers in the environmental sector are on the upswing, especially as more stringent governmental regulations and a shift in mindset within the business community mean more corporations are paying attention to their environmental impact. But does that mean everyone who works in a environmental job is an environmentalist?
Have you been faced with the task of educating non-sustainability professionals about the drivers and benefits of integrating sustainability into their business plans, projects, designs and systems?
Learn success tactics to integrate sustainability into your projects with insights from Sustainability Advisor Karen Chovan.
In 2010, we examined the emerging trends in the environmental sector, including energy efficiency.
Six years later, the industry continues to evolve, but have municipal, provincial and federal governments kept up their enthusiasm for energy efficiency?
Learn why air emission assessment and air pollution control issues are important for the Industry and the legal implications of noncompliance.
See this month’s snapshot and full report on Energy! Learn the skills shared between energy sector employees and environmental professionals, including the ability to liaise with stakeholders, conduct environmental assessments, or develop strategies and programs to monitor sustainable development.
National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the standard acceptable skills and knowledge required to perform a particular occupation competently.
ECO Canada first developed the NOS for Environmental Employment in 1994. Learn more about the NOS and how it relates to the sector in this blog.
The BC Water Act, now known as the BC Water Sustainability Act, was brought into force on February 29, 2016. What are the key changes to the Act, and what impact will they have on the industry?
Our Research Community is a place where environmental professionals gather to share their insights and experiences in the industry, and help shape the future of environmental employment in Canada. Learn what they’re talking about and how you can take part!
More than 30,000 environmental professionals across Canada make up the Site Assessment and Reclamation labour force.
See this month’s Site Assessment and Reclamation Snapshot to learn future employment trends, areas of growth, key skills, salary expectations and more.
What’s the future of food? Some innovative minds are coming up with new ways to help us keep the cupboards full, from vertical, undersea and underground farms.
Get to know the environmental labour market research with the next monthly snapshot. This month, we’re focusing on Air quality, a small sub-sector that’s in demand.
No matter what industry, good leaders share essential qualities: good communication, strategic thinking, understanding team dynamics – to name a few.
The good news is, you can develop those skills no matter where you are in your career with help from ECO Canada and Royal Roads University.
There’s innovation everywhere in the environmental sector — so much so it’s sometimes hard to keep up. Here’s a look at four industry-related stories this week — some spotlight problems and some spotlight solutions. Take a look and get inspired.
Get the facts and trends we’ve discovered in our environmental labour market research in a new way: monthly snapshots. This month, we’re focusing on Sustainability, one of the fastest-growing fields in Canada.
As many Canadian provinces are proposing cap and trade to deal with climate change, how does it help the industry and government? Find out the tangible and intangible benefits from Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry.
Here’s a look back at the top achievements ECO Canada accomplished in 2015, from enhancing our EP certification to growing the economy with our internship program.
Carbon markets are unlikely to merit even a single mention in a Paris climate change agreement, but the idea of trading emissions has not gone away.
Learn what the possible outcomes of COP21 may be this week with our guest blog by Amit Thusu, Program Officer on Clean Development Mechanism at the United Nations.
Lawyers aren’t the only professionals who benefit from understanding environmental law.
Develop practical skills and find ways to apply this knowledge for a variety of projects and industries.
The survey will estimate the numbers of environmental professionals per subsector, industry and region, their educational level and establishment size – which could potentially assist in ensuring that future educational and training programs better meet the needs of Canadian employers.
You’ve worked hard to build your environmental expertise and have attained the status of a certified Environmental Professional (EP).
Now’s the time to make the most of your certification and reap the rewards.
By now pretty much everyone has heard about the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and its claim that the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has been knowingly defeating emissions testing. Aside from the obvious costs associated with further investigations and resolving the issues with the vehicles in question; what are the long-term repercussions?
ISO 14001: 2015 was released on September 15, 2015. Update your environmental management system to align with the new requirements with insights from Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry, EP, CRSP.
In an age of texting and auto-correct, writing skills are slowly being eroded. Yet the one thing hasn’t changed: clear, concise business writing is a must. See how you can help your team build this skill.
The Blue Source team takes immense pride in the work they do – these experts are at the frontier of carbon offset development. Yet one of the major challenges in this emerging industry is the fact that it is so new.
Learn how adopting the Environmental Professional (EP) certification leverages their competitive advantage.
Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry shares why understanding the roles of waste characteristics, incinerator design and operation is important to waste incineration. Gain insights as he shares his experience in the following Q & A.
When you’re out in the field with limited internet access, staying up-to-date on work emails can be a real challenge. Check out these tips from guest expert Dawn O’Connor to reach the zen of “Inbox Zero!”
Eligible employers can receive up to $12,000 to hire interns for environmental jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Learn more.
Whether you’re looking to start your environmental career or transition into a new one, how do you know if you should work in environmental consulting? Find out the 5 signs.
While there are other incentives and benefits, salary compensation remains a top factor in employee satisfaction. Learn the top paying environmental jobs and how your salary compares to the national average.
Knowing where to look for the right employment opportunities is both an art and a science. If you’re looking to find an environmental job, what is the best way to connect with environmental employers?
Engagement is not a simple case of all or nothing, but a more complicated matter of degree. Along this spectrum, ECO Canada has identified 4 specific types – which one sounds most familiar to you?
If you unexpectedly needed to look for work in a new industry, how marketable would your green skills be? Find out if you have the competencies that are in demand across the greatest range of sectors.
Strong networking skills can make or break your long-term career success. Network more meaningfully and effectively by tackling these 3 common dilemmas.
Interested in working in the areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency or renewable energy? Learn more about energy careers including salary expectations and experience and skills requirements.
What is the current status and future growth of Canada’s water quality workforce? Learn the key findings of ECO Canada’s recent study, Careers in Water Quality.
What does it take to successfully transition into Canada’s environmental industry? Find out in EP Collins Ugochukwu’s story of his international career.
How do the experts handle team conflict or a client who doesn’t communicate well? Find out in this list of the top 3 communication dilemmas for environmental consultants.
As of October 1, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator is managing EIAs for energy resource activities. Learn what you need to know about this new change.
Congratulations to the newly certified environmental professionals who have proven their expertise and experience this past fall!
The City of Edmonton has won several awards for its environmental excellence. Learn more about Edmonton’s innovative approach to Environmental Management Systems.
Renowned conservationist Brian Keating describes his career path as “canoe paddling my way through life.” Discover his remarkable green career story.
It can be difficult to keep up the rapidly-changing environment industry. With such a wide range of environmental careers, how does your offer compare?
Calgary’s first Green Jobs Forum will help build Alberta’s workforce for a sustainable future. Learn more about the career benefits of this free event.
Just looking at recent green job ads can be an inspiring experience, but what is the best path to great green careers? Check out this latest infographic to find out!
Are green jobs only growing in new industries? Do environmental employers prefer highly specialized, technical expertise? Discover the answers to these questions and more in our new infographic!
What are the top opportunities for new grads coming from science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs? You might be surprised in this special guest post by Career Options Magazine's Adrienne Martin.
Does working in an office sound more appealing than being out in the field? Learn how Tony Ciarla from Tervita Corporation used his extensive environmental chemistry background and transitioned into a corporate sustainability role.
What’s the secret to working as efficiently as possible? It might not be what you think. Find out what a leading “Productivity Ninja” discovered in her company’s recent work experiment.
Posted by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada Throughout this blog series, we’ve explored how key skills like effective communication, motivating others and strategic thinking are required… Read more
In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned that effective communication and knowing how to motivate others are vital to demonstrate environmental… Read more
Posted by: Jennifer Schultz In the first part of this blog series, we learned that strong business skills including effective communication are vital to become… Read more
Most people have written at least one résumé in their lifetime, and anyone who has done it, knows that résumé writing can be a tedious and frustrating task. If you’re new to the field, check out these tips on key elements every environmental résumé needs.
Thinking of making the transition into the environmental sector? Don't know where to start? Read about how three professionals made it happen, and learn about what ECO Canada suggests for those wanting to transition.
1/3 of employers experience difficulties finding qualified employees, identifying “a lack of candidates with appropriate skills” as the most common reason. Professional development is your chance to stand out.
Why simply stop at a list of “hot” environmental jobs? To provide better career insights for environmental professionals, here’s a snapshot of what 3 popular jobs in this sector actually involve.
Feeling motivated in your career pays big in professional growth. At the end of the day, who wouldn’t want to work in a setting where you feel encouraged, stimulated and valued?
Emily Cho, BES, EPt, sheds some light on how the environment industry became her sector of choice, and how she successfully make the transition from student to stellar employee.
Discover how Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology is taking data collection and observation to a whole new level in the environmental industry.
If you’ve ever wondered where sustainability professionals start or how much they typically make in Canada, we’ve got the answers to 5 of your most pressing questions.
Anyone who has worked in an assistant-type capacity understands that most of your time is not your own. Here are 3 key ways to harness your attention and make better use of your time.
You’ve decided to advance your career with some professional development courses – but what learning style is right for you?
While professional development is important for all industries and sectors, it’s vital for environmental work. Learn why it matters and what activities you can pursue to help your environmental career.
Whether you’re looking to enhance your skills or boost your résumé, investing in your professional development is always a good decision. Learn why you may want to take your next professional program online.
Although research shows that Canada’s environmental workforce is growing, there are also signs of a skills gap. Learn how ECO Canada is working to ensure environmental workers build the skills they need.
Are you an experienced professional with great leadership skills and a desire for continual professional development? You may be the ideal candidate for a career in Environmental Project Management.
Programs like our International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) make it easier for employers to say yes to hiring outstanding young staff. Check out this success story from Inside Education's Karin Hedetniemi.
Small environmental businesses often face tough challenges finding the right staff. Read on to see how B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. overcame this roadblock and hired a keen junior engineer!
Many projects suffer from a lack of the soft skills that practitioners need to execute a project. Read about five key personal soft skills that project managers need to have to be successful.
Want to advance into a leadership role? Your technical skills will only take you so far. Learn how effective communication skills can help you advance your environmental leadership.
Canada’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) sector is a top employment area according to the latest study by ECO Canada.
Canada’s environmental workforce is highly educated. Learn 5 reasons why an online Master's degree in Environmental Practice can help advance your career and stay competitive.
As one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada, the environmental sector is also host to a variety of misconceptions about what it actually means to “work in the environment.” Below are five of the most widespread myths about environmental jobs:
Environmental work in Canada is getting a boost with the return of ECO Canada's International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) wage-subsidy program. Find out if you benefit!
Green careers in Canada is getting support through the IEYC wage subsidy program. Employers have the opportunity to get paid for hiring young professionals.
What does it take to lead an environmental career outside of a typical environmental industry? Find out in EP Anne Gent’s story of her career shift from environmental consulting to mining.
ECO Canada caught up with Sarah Hatfield from Pinchin Environmental to chat about the unique challenges for water quality professionals. Learn about what it takes to work in this exciting field.
We’re recognizing over 40 organizations across Canada for their environmental leadership. Learn which organizations and industries are committing to the environment.
Environmental technicians and technologists are in high-demand across multiple environmental sectors. Learn more about this ideal career for new and transitioning workers.
The right PD can make a world of difference in your career, allowing you to work more effectively and tackle new challenges. There’s just one problem: How do you know that you actually need PD?
Making a shift to an environmental job doesn’t mean you have to go back to school. Learn how to build skills that matter most to Canada’s environmental employers.
Learn the major trends and opportunities for environmental careers in Canada in our latest study, the 2013 Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment.
December 20 marks the six month anniversary of the Alberta floods. Tony Ciarla from Tervita Corporation shares some of his insights on the flood recovery and response.
What does it take to land a great job in Energy? Find out in our new infographic on the demand, requirements and characteristics of top environmental careers in Energy.
The global standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001:2004, is under review. Find out how the changes will impact the way certified organizations align their business strategy with their environmental management goals.
As a tool to help businesses minimize liability, reduce costs and increase efficiency, environmental auditing is a vital and necessary operational tune-up. Find out what happens in the basic 5-step process.
An award winning Senior Meteorologist for CBC News, Claire Martin is paving the way towards greater recognition and credibility for the meteorology sector. She shares her forecast for the future of meteorology.
Over 35,000 workers in Canada work as Sustainability Specialists, representing 70% of the sustainability workforce. Wondering if this is the career path for you? Read on to find out!
The growth of Canada's green economy is having a profound impact on employment. The question is, where are all of these green jobs, and what do you need for them? We find out in our latest report.
When you think of environmental jobs, what comes to mind? It’s probably not entomology, aquaculture, or sustainable design. Here are five exciting green jobs that you never knew existed.
Discover the latest data on Canada's environment industry in this very digestible infographic format and find answers to questions like "Where are all the green jobs in Canada?"
Find out how Madavine Tom, Life Cycle Analyst at Quantis Canada Inc., was able to advance her green career with the help of the ECO Canada Internship Program.
The 2012 Environmental Employers of the Year Awards recognized employers for their commitment and dedication to engaging employees.