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Hear from Environmental Professionals: How to Stand Out in the Environmental Sector (Recorded Webinar)


When thinking about whether or not to go for a designation, there are three areas that a person should consider—benefits to yourself, benefits to the profession and benefits to the public.

Hear from EPs Dave Baines, Monique Haakensen, and Mike Doucet, who will share the benefits of a voluntary environmental designation and how they are using the EP in their careers in this Q&A style webinar.

About the Panel:

Dave Baines, EP, Major Development Applications Regulatory Lead – Heavy Oil, Shell

Mr. Dave Baines is the Major Development Regulatory Application Lead for Heavy Oil at Shell Canada. Mr. Baines has been with Shell for five years; four years supporting the Carmon Creek In-Situ Oilsands Project and one year supporting the Albian Oil Sands Mines. In these roles, Mr. Baines pushes Shell to improve environmental performance while working with external stakeholders and regulators to obtain environmental permits and social licence for new development. A key focus for this role is collaboration with First Nations stakeholders to ensure their perspectives and interests are respected.

Prior to joining Shell, Mr. Baines played a key role developing environmental data collection protocols for the Cumulative Effects Monitoring Association in the Athabasca Oilsands. Mr Baines career has also included roles as a surficial geologist, a Mining Safety Manager, an Environmental Field Operations and Safety Manager, an environmental consultant, and a surficial geophysical consultant.

Mr. Baines is certified through ECO Canada as an Environmental Professional with a specialization in Environmental Management. He has an MSc and BSc (Hons) in Geography with specialization in Fluvial Geomorphology and Geophysics.

Mr. Baines is based in Calgary but work travel takes him to small town Alberta and big oil towns in the USA. Large portions of his earlier career were spent in Fort McMurray and Fort St John.

Mr. Baines is recently on a break from his 20 years as a Scout Leader.

Monique Haakensen, EP, President & Principal Scientist, Contango Strategies

Monique holds a PhD in applied microbiology, and post-doctoral research associateship in environmental microbiology and biogeochemistry. With over a decade of experience, Monique’s expertise in bioremediation and passive/semi-passive water treatment spans from conceptual design, to technical and public regulatory hearings, through to implementation and long-term closure. She has worked on passive treatment systems such as constructed wetlands for more than a dozen mines at various stages of operation including exploration, active, closed and abandoned, many of which are located in Northern Canada. A specialist in passive water treatment, constructed treatment wetlands, biogeochemistry and genetic microbial profiling (microbiome, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics), Monique oversees research programs for technology development in these areas at Contango in addition to their consulting activities. Since founding Contango in 2010, she has grown the company into a thriving environmental firm with laboratories and dedicated pilot facilities. As a result, she has been named one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders by Profit Magazine (2011), and to their W100 list of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs (2015).

Outside of her business activities, Dr. Haakensen serves as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University (South Carolina). She previously served as an Academic lead for the University of the Arctic. In 2014, Dr. Haakensen became the youngest person ever appointed to Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Council, providing the federal government with confidential, evidence-based advice on key issues that affect Canadian society and our economic development.

Mike Doucet, EP, Environmental Project Manager, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Mike Doucet is a project manager with Stantec with over eight years of spill response and site assessment/remediation experience. He has a technology diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, BC and a bachelor of science from Royal Roads University and is a registered EP and a Professional Agrologist in BC and NS. Mike thrives on the “different” and challenging jobs, both which he has found in the emergency spill response, and Arctic work portfolios. Under spill response, Mike has managed and participated onsite in the emergency response effort to fuel and oil spills from pipelines, tanks, and motor vehicle accidents across Canada (including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Northwest Territories, and Nova Scotia). Mike has been responsible for both technical support and project management for these projects. In the Arctic, Mike has managed the site assessment, and prepared the remedial action plan, design and tender documents for a former military site in Nunavut. Mike is current managing the additional assessment work at nine former mine sites in the Northwest Territories.

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