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Professional Development for Environmental Professionals & Employers


Staying up-to-date and building your personal & professional knowledge.

The webinar will be broken down into 3 segments:

  • A brief overview of why and how to invest in professional development
  • Options and training available
  • The importance of professional designations for environmental work

Why is this topic important?

 Professional development is essential to stay up-to-date in your field and gain the skills and knowledge you need to stay at the top of your game.

For Individuals:

Continuing professional development is important because it ensures that you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career and helps people move their careers forward.

For Employers:

There are so many benefits to investing in training and professional development:

  • Recruitment
  • Increased Skills & Knowledge
  • Increased job satisfaction and team retention

Here are the key takeaways:

Individuals need to look for opportunities to practice and develop their project management, technical writing or delivering presentations, and other soft skills, as this will lead to success and career development. If their job does not involve these things, they should get training in these areas or ask to take on greater responsibility in these areas to continue to grow as a professional and be resilient and adaptable when times are tough.

With nearly 1 in 4 retirements expected, employers need to invest in their employees so that they can take on those vacancies at the more senior levels in order to reduce risks to their business; it is important that employers are focusing on continuously growing not only their star performers but everyone so that their business can be resilient and have a strong foundation for the future.

Ailsa Popilian, EPt

Team Lead, Marketing Communications

Ailsa Popilian has been involved in communications and marketing for the environmental sector for over 5 years having worked in both private-sector consulting and for non-profit organizations. Prior to that her experience includes coordinating global engineering projects. Her work has included marketing and coordination of professional memberships. In addition to her roles with ECO Canada, she volunteers with IABC to promote their professional standards and PD events.

Erin Donais, CHRP, EP

Senior Manager, Training Programs

Erin Donais is a Learning and Development Professional with over 15 years of experience in training, communications, performance and career development. She has spent most of her career helping environmental professionals get jobs and develop their careers through training, coaching and mentoring. She is currently leading ECO Canada’s training team and her main focus is the development of environmental courses to help environmental professionals be successful in their roles.

Liz Getty

Senior Manager, Certification

Liz Getty is an experienced professional with over 10 years of demonstrated competence in the realm of environmental certification. Her career at ECO Canada has involved several facets of the EP Certification program, from the administration and evaluation of candidates in a Coordinator role to her current position as Senior Manager responsible for overseeing the administration and management of the national certification program. Much of this position includes ISO compliance of the programs QMS in addition to project management of a large-scale product improvement initiative.

+ Overview

Staying up-to-date and building your personal & professional knowledge.

The webinar will be broken down into 3 segments:

  • A brief overview of why and how to invest in professional development
  • Options and training available
  • The importance of professional designations for environmental work

Why is this topic important?

 Professional development is essential to stay up-to-date in your field and gain the skills and knowledge you need to stay at the top of your game.

For Individuals:

Continuing professional development is important because it ensures that you continue to be competent in your profession. It is an ongoing process and continues throughout a professional’s career and helps people move their careers forward.

For Employers:

There are so many benefits to investing in training and professional development:

  • Recruitment
  • Increased Skills & Knowledge
  • Increased job satisfaction and team retention
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Here are the key takeaways:

Individuals need to look for opportunities to practice and develop their project management, technical writing or delivering presentations, and other soft skills, as this will lead to success and career development. If their job does not involve these things, they should get training in these areas or ask to take on greater responsibility in these areas to continue to grow as a professional and be resilient and adaptable when times are tough.

With nearly 1 in 4 retirements expected, employers need to invest in their employees so that they can take on those vacancies at the more senior levels in order to reduce risks to their business; it is important that employers are focusing on continuously growing not only their star performers but everyone so that their business can be resilient and have a strong foundation for the future.

+ Experts

Ailsa Popilian, EPt

Team Lead, Marketing Communications

Ailsa Popilian has been involved in communications and marketing for the environmental sector for over 5 years having worked in both private-sector consulting and for non-profit organizations. Prior to that her experience includes coordinating global engineering projects. Her work has included marketing and coordination of professional memberships. In addition to her roles with ECO Canada, she volunteers with IABC to promote their professional standards and PD events.

Erin Donais, CHRP, EP

Senior Manager, Training Programs

Erin Donais is a Learning and Development Professional with over 15 years of experience in training, communications, performance and career development. She has spent most of her career helping environmental professionals get jobs and develop their careers through training, coaching and mentoring. She is currently leading ECO Canada’s training team and her main focus is the development of environmental courses to help environmental professionals be successful in their roles.

Liz Getty

Senior Manager, Certification

Liz Getty is an experienced professional with over 10 years of demonstrated competence in the realm of environmental certification. Her career at ECO Canada has involved several facets of the EP Certification program, from the administration and evaluation of candidates in a Coordinator role to her current position as Senior Manager responsible for overseeing the administration and management of the national certification program. Much of this position includes ISO compliance of the programs QMS in addition to project management of a large-scale product improvement initiative.