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Celebrating Success: 2021 ECO Impact Awards Winners


Spotlight on environmental leaders – winning projects and career highlights

The ECO Impact Awards celebrate the expertise, leadership, and contributions of our certified Environmental Professionals.

This year we recognized five inspirational winners in the following categories:

  • Top Environmental Professional (EP)
  • Top Environmental Professional-in-Training (EPt)
  • Top Environmental Professional Auditor (EP Auditor)
  • Top Employer
  • Community Impact

Join us on April 20, 2021 at 11AM MST and meet three of our winners, as they take part in a panel discussion. They will tell us why they won, the nature of their work, motivation behind working in the sector and career highlights.

This session will be suitable for anyone working within the environmental sector.

Brittany Lange, EPt

Environmental Planner, regional District of Central Okanagan

Brittany Lange is an environmental professional working in the public sector as an Environmental Planner with the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Brittany’s career focus is to promote sustainable development through community based and professional land use planning. As a life-long resident of the Okanagan Valley, Brittany’s goal both personally and professionally is to ensure the unique and natural environment of the Okanagan is protected now and into the future.

Brittany continues to expand the Regional District’s Environmental Planning Program by completing projects such as the Okanagan Climate Projections Report, Okanagan Lake Responsibility Planning Initiative, as well as the Regional Floodplain Management Plan. Brittany is forward-thinking, innovative, and driven to provide impactful solutions to complex environmental issues.

Monique Simair

PhD, Pbiol, RPBio, EP

Maven Water & Environment

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology with certificates in bioinformatics, and post-doctoral specialization in industrial microbiology and biogeochemistry. Previously, Monique was the youngest serving advisor appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation council of the Canadian Federal Government. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in civil, geological and environmental engineering, and has previously been an adjunct professor at Clemson University and an Academic Lead for the University of the Arctic.

Dr. Monique Simair is a ground-breaking scientist and entrepreneur in the water treatment innovation sector, having successfully founded and grown Contango Strategies through to sale to a publicly traded company in 2018. She has now founded her next venture, Maven Water & Environment. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Simair developed the first commercial genomics services for environmental microbiology communities, revolutionizing the understanding of bioreactor processes and biological treatment mechanisms and opportunities. Monique is also a scientific leader in water treatment sciences for the mining, oil, and gas sectors, having designed and optimized biogeochemical water treatment systems world-wide.  Her approach to leadership is one of team building and collaboration, with on focus on bringing out the best in her collaborators and celebrating their individual skills and abilities, while fostering an environment where a questioning attitude is valued.

Michael DeWit

Senior Environmental Advisor, ICF

With 30+ years of environmental auditing Michael DeWit stopped counting audits at 1000 in the late 1990’s and he has continued auditing for his 22 years at ICF consulting where he has led environmental auditing for 20+ years. He has spent 30+ years developing and implementing compliance and conformance auditing programs, for public and private sector clients, as well as training auditors and audit teams. He has worked in and conducted audits in more than 50 industry sectors (e.g., waste management, utilities, petrochemicals, aerospace, food, consumer products, metals, agricultural, mining, and pulp/paper/forestry). This includes developing large audit programs, training auditors, and overseeing the development of new and unique audit schemes. He was ICF’s lead audit trainer for the firm’s ANSI accredited EMS/ ISO 14001 Lead Auditor course and has also trained EHS auditors and internal EMS auditors for the public and private sector.

In addition to conducting environmental compliance audits and environmental due diligence audits for 30+ years and conducting EMS audits for over 20 years Mr. DeWit has worked in the development of auditing best practices, audit standards development and unique audit programs that expand the audit practice.

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Spotlight on environmental leaders – winning projects and career highlights

The ECO Impact Awards celebrate the expertise, leadership, and contributions of our certified Environmental Professionals.

This year we recognized five inspirational winners in the following categories:

  • Top Environmental Professional (EP)
  • Top Environmental Professional-in-Training (EPt)
  • Top Environmental Professional Auditor (EP Auditor)
  • Top Employer
  • Community Impact

Join us on April 20, 2021 at 11AM MST and meet three of our winners, as they take part in a panel discussion. They will tell us why they won, the nature of their work, motivation behind working in the sector and career highlights.

This session will be suitable for anyone working within the environmental sector.

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Brittany Lange, EPt

Environmental Planner, regional District of Central Okanagan

Brittany Lange is an environmental professional working in the public sector as an Environmental Planner with the Regional District of Central Okanagan. Brittany’s career focus is to promote sustainable development through community based and professional land use planning. As a life-long resident of the Okanagan Valley, Brittany’s goal both personally and professionally is to ensure the unique and natural environment of the Okanagan is protected now and into the future.

Brittany continues to expand the Regional District’s Environmental Planning Program by completing projects such as the Okanagan Climate Projections Report, Okanagan Lake Responsibility Planning Initiative, as well as the Regional Floodplain Management Plan. Brittany is forward-thinking, innovative, and driven to provide impactful solutions to complex environmental issues.

Monique Simair

PhD, Pbiol, RPBio, EP

Maven Water & Environment

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology with certificates in bioinformatics, and post-doctoral specialization in industrial microbiology and biogeochemistry. Previously, Monique was the youngest serving advisor appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation council of the Canadian Federal Government. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in civil, geological and environmental engineering, and has previously been an adjunct professor at Clemson University and an Academic Lead for the University of the Arctic.

Dr. Monique Simair is a ground-breaking scientist and entrepreneur in the water treatment innovation sector, having successfully founded and grown Contango Strategies through to sale to a publicly traded company in 2018. She has now founded her next venture, Maven Water & Environment. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Simair developed the first commercial genomics services for environmental microbiology communities, revolutionizing the understanding of bioreactor processes and biological treatment mechanisms and opportunities. Monique is also a scientific leader in water treatment sciences for the mining, oil, and gas sectors, having designed and optimized biogeochemical water treatment systems world-wide.  Her approach to leadership is one of team building and collaboration, with on focus on bringing out the best in her collaborators and celebrating their individual skills and abilities, while fostering an environment where a questioning attitude is valued.

Michael DeWit

Senior Environmental Advisor, ICF

With 30+ years of environmental auditing Michael DeWit stopped counting audits at 1000 in the late 1990’s and he has continued auditing for his 22 years at ICF consulting where he has led environmental auditing for 20+ years. He has spent 30+ years developing and implementing compliance and conformance auditing programs, for public and private sector clients, as well as training auditors and audit teams. He has worked in and conducted audits in more than 50 industry sectors (e.g., waste management, utilities, petrochemicals, aerospace, food, consumer products, metals, agricultural, mining, and pulp/paper/forestry). This includes developing large audit programs, training auditors, and overseeing the development of new and unique audit schemes. He was ICF’s lead audit trainer for the firm’s ANSI accredited EMS/ ISO 14001 Lead Auditor course and has also trained EHS auditors and internal EMS auditors for the public and private sector.

In addition to conducting environmental compliance audits and environmental due diligence audits for 30+ years and conducting EMS audits for over 20 years Mr. DeWit has worked in the development of auditing best practices, audit standards development and unique audit programs that expand the audit practice.