ECO Impact Awards

The First Annual ECO Impact Awards were held on September 28, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel Downtown Calgary.

Over 60 people attended the inaugural event which was held in conjunction with an afternoon of environmental presentations and a keynote speech on diverse environmental topics including environmental innovation, Indigenous environmental education, and keeping up to speed with the NEB’s regulatory requirements.

About the Finalists

The quality of the nominees for the Impact Awards were outstanding. Our judging panel met to discuss the merits of each candidate, narrow down the nominees and select finalists, and then proceed with the difficult job of selecting the winner of each category from a highly-qualified field of candidates.

For the inaugural year, winners were awarded in three categories to represent each level of EP membership: Environmental Professional (EP), Environmental Professional-in-Training (EPt), and EP Auditor for members who hold an EP(CEA) or EP(EMSLA) designation.

Meet the Winners

We would like to congratulate our winners of each Category.

Congratulations to our EP Impact Award winner, Ian Smith.
Partner/Fluvial Geomorphologist, Urban & Environmental Management Inc.: For work done on the Twelve Mile Creek Watershed
Ian Smith’s dedication to the conservation and restoration of the Twelve Mile Creek Watershed located in the Niagara Region has made him a well-known, and respected figure in the environmental community. This project involves restoring a self-sustaining brook trout population to its historic ranges in the heavily degraded Twelve Mile Creek Watershed.

Since the inception of this project in 2012, the Niagara Chapter has come a long way in understanding the watershed thermally, biologically, and geomorphologically, all thanks to the work Ian has contributed. What once seemed like an uncertain future for the Niagara brook trout population, is now showing promise of extending their habitat throughout the watershed under Ian’s contributions.

Congratulations to our Auditor Impact winner, Chris Mosher.
Director, Audits –Forest Practices Board: For his compliance audit program
Chris Mosher has set the standards of environmental auditing and ensures the audit work of the Forest Practices Board is trusted by all. Chris is responsible for the development and application of an annual compliance audit program in British Columbia. The audit program provides assurance to the public over the entire Province-FPB audits cover all forest and range activity on Crown land in BC-a total land base of 95 million hectares of which 60 million hectares is forested.

For the past 15 years, Chris has had overall responsibility of the FPB audit program. Chris applies his environmental skills and knowledge to ensure the credibility of the program by consistently applying audit standards when assessing compliance through assessment of the environmental impacts of various forest and range practices.

Congratulations to our EPt Impact winner, Jonathan Smith.
Sourcing and Sales Manager, Blue Source: For work done on Methane Avoidance
Through the vehicle of carbon offset creation, Jonathan was integral to the implementation and marketing of a program to facilitate the conversion of oil and gas highly emitting pneumatic devices and replace them with lower emitting equivalent versions.

Jon’s approach to marketing this program is unique as he pulls from his understanding of field operations, technical ability, and market dynamics. He can communicate across these traditional corporate divides in language that both educates, seeks cooperation and provides reassurance to the Program’s structural design.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated to make the first ECO Impact Awards a success including:

Nominations for the 2018 awards will open in the spring and are open to all active certified EP members in good standing.

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