MEIA Info Bulletin – April 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

MEIA Virtual AGM & 30 Year Celebration on April 14

2021 is MEIA’s 30th anniversary! Join us on April 14th for our online 30 year celebration and retrospective along with our Annual General Meeting. Visit the MEIA website to register.

Demolition Debris Guidelines – Feedback
Deadline April 30, 2021. 
Click here to view the guidelines.

Manitoba Conservation and Climate has asked MEIA to review and provide comments on the Demolition Debris Management Guide.

The document was designed with the intent of providing information and direction on provincial hazardous waste statutes and regulations regarding proper management of building renovation and demolition wastes that contain, or may contain, hazardous materials. It also was the intent to clarify the requirements for management of renovation and demolition wastes that contain or may contain materials and other debris containing lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and asbestos.

However, some industry members have indicated interpretation concerns, so we encourage you to formally express any issues or concerns through MEIA. Any commentary will remain anonymous, and only come from our Association. MEIA will be compiling the feedback and forwarding to the Province with no names of the source of commentary.

Contact us at [email protected] to provide feedback. Your comments will be an asset to the development of a more robust and comprehensive set of guidelines for environmental stewardship. Please submit your feedback by Tuesday, April 30.

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

Getting to Net-Zero: Manitoba Business Leadership & Opportunities
In Partnership with Climate Smart and the World Trade Centre Winnipeg
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am

Become a climate leader! Businesses can reduce their carbon footprint while achieving the co-benefits of operating savings, productivity efficiencies, brand lift, and improved employee engagement. This seminar will present a blend of what, why, who and how to get to net zero in business. 

  • What does it mean to achieve net zero carbon emissions?
  • Why are businesses around the world (and in Canada and Manitoba) making this commitment?
  • How do businesses measure and manage their carbon footprint?
  • How do businesses get to net zero?

Drawing on Manitoba’s Climate Change & Green Economy Action Plan, we will discuss the role and opportunities for businesses, including indigenous led companies, and clean tech innovators. We will outline the international protocol for GhG measurement that businesses around the world utilize, and explain the Climate Smart Certification process. 

Click here to register

MEIA AGM & 30 Year Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register by April 9 at 4:00pm

Please join us in celebrating MEIA’s 30 year anniversary at our virtual Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The celebration will include a panel of MEIA alumni from the past 30 years, an update on MEIA’s present initiatives and programming, networking, and awards!

Visit the MEIA website to register.

To participate in the nomination process you must be an MEIA member. If you would like to purchase a membership, or have not yet renewed your 2021 membership, please contact us at [email protected] or (204) 783-7090 to purchase or renew so that you can participate in the voting and Election of Officers to the MEIA Board of Directors. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you!

Agile Emotional Intelligence (EQ)
DiSC training from Padraig Coaching & Consulting
Thursday, April 15
9:00am – 4:00pm CST
$200 (regular $595)

Register by Thursday, April 8
to take advantage of the discount from regular price of $595. In our efforts to offer industry more leadership and soft skills training, MEIA has arranged a special offer for Manitobans to take this training for $200, which is significant discount!

Agile Emotional Intelligence is the ability to read the emotional and interpersonal needs of a situation and respond accordingly. 
Course outcomes include:

  • Discover the instinctive mindsets that shape your responses and interactions.
  • Identify and describe your inherent EQ strengths.
  • Recognizing areas where you can develop your EQ potential.
  • Take action to become more agile in your approach to social and emotional situations.
  • Recognize opportunities to stretch beyond what comes naturally to you.
  • Commit to customized strategies for building agility in your leadership.

Contact MEIA at [email protected] or (204) 783-7090 to register.

Aboriginal Cultural Awareness & Engagement for Students
April 13 & 14, 2021

This course is now FULL

Okimaw is a Aboriginal led company that works with public and private organizations helping them to have productive business relationships with First Nations.
Subject covered in the course include:

  • Understanding how history impacts Indigenous Peoples  
  • Understanding how current Indigenous issues impact Indigenous communities  
  • How Indigenous and western world views impact decision-making 
  • How to do effective Indigenous Engagement

Certified GeoExchange Design (CGD) Course
10-week course
Monday, April 12 – Monday, June 14
12:00pm – 1:30pm each Monday
MEIA Members: $1,550
Non-members: $1,750 

This course is being offered through MIEA at a significantly reduced rate (the course normally runs for $2,800). Delivered in a live, interactive online setting where you have the ability to ask questions of the instructor and other participants, the sessions are recorded for students to revisit as needed over the course of the training period. The courses are every Monday at noon for 10 weeks.
Optimizing the first cost and efficiency of a Ground source heat pump (GSHP) system is the basis of the CGD commercial design training course offered by the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA) and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).

Click here to register

Intro to Environmental Law
April 20, April 27 & May 4, 2021
9:30 am- 11:00 am
MEIA Member: $250
Non-member: $350

The course will provide an overview of the Canadian legal framework including the history of environmental law, basic purpose and nature of environmental law, and how laws are made.  It will include a detailed examination of the regulatory framework for environmental law in Manitoba with a focus on Environmental Assessment, The Environment ActThe Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation ActThe Contaminated Sites Remediation Act and The Waste Reduction and Prevention Act. Click here to register.

Manitoba Permitting for Residential Geothermal Installations
In partnership with Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance
May 4, 2021
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance (MGEA) requires all accredited installers to take out a permit for all geothermal installations. Accredited installers need to remain in good standing to qualify for Manitoba Hydro loans and Provincial grants; as a requirement for accredited installers, failure to take out permits can affect their membership status resulting in consumers being unable to obtain these loans and grants.

This course will provide live instruction on the process of how to fill out MGEA permits.
Click here to register

Monday, June 7-Thursday, June 10 
1000 Waverly, Training Room 104

In support of industry during a difficult year, MEIA is pleased to be able to offer this course at a reduced rate to help everyone get back into a safe work environment.

Requirement: Students must bring a laptop/tablet with them each day of the course to access course materials. Participants will receive a USB Drive that has the student manual and all pertinent supplements included.

The 4-day HAZWOPER/NFPA 472 course offered by HAZ-MATTERS falls within the recently approved Essential Services mandate across Canada and substantially improves employee hazard understanding at the worksite while empowering a technician level of response competency for employees exposed to any form of chemical hazards.  Delivered by Bart Taylor, a senior HazMat Specialist, this specific course unifies internationally used “Best Practice” techniques employed by Industry, Fire Services, First Responders and CBRNe technicians and provides a clear understanding of the entire process.

Member News and Announcements 

MMDF: Funding Opportunities for Northern Economic Recovery
Presented by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
April 7, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you engaged in community development and economic stimulation activities in the North? Are you interested in learning more about the Manitoba Mineral Development Fund, and how our supportive staff can work with your team to develop a strong funding proposal for consideration?

Hosted by MB Chambers President & CEO, Chuck Davidson & featuring presentations from: MMDF Program Manager, Jessica Ferris, and Mayor of Flin Flon, HR Special Projects Superintendent at Hudbay Minerals Inc, & MMDF Application Review Committee Chair, Cal Huntley.

We’ll also hear updates from two approved project proponents and get their first hand accounts of the process from application to receiving funding and beyond. As well as a presentation from the Communities Economic Development Fund.

Click here to register

#MBpoli Power Hour – 2021 Provincial Budget Review ft. Minister of Finance
Presented by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

April 8, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
$14.99 – $18.99

The next #MBPoli Power Hour will take place the day following the 2021 Provincial Budget announcement. It will include exclusive access to the Hon. Scott Fielding, Minister of Finance, for an in-depth presentation of the new provincial budget, followed by a Q&A. Click here to register

PSAB 3280 ARO Changes and New Reporting Obligations for Public Entities

Presented by Pinchin
April 28, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Starting in 2022 (financial reporting year-end March 31, 2022) the Public Sector Accounting Board (PSAB) section PS 3280 – Asset Retirement Obligations (ARO), will require public organizations to report and value their environmental liabilities as part of their annual financial accounting. This will require a more specific evaluation of the environmental retirement costs of any public sector assets.

This webinar will present you with an overview of the Asset Retirement Obligations standard and provide you with guidelines for effective compliance. We have assembled a panel of four subject matter experts to help guide us through the requirements of this standard and suggested strategies for gathering and validating the required data.

Dale Wiebe – Environmental Due Diligence
Sean Douglas – Hazardous Materials
Tim McBride – Landfills
Marcus Sconci (BDO)
Click here to register

2021 RISE Webinar # 4: Climate Action Panel 
Presented by the Green Action Centre
April 7, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Panelists will speak about their role in relation to climate action, and how teachers and educators in First Nation schools here in Manitoba can apply that knowledge in or outside the classroom.

  • Elders Barb Nepinak & Clarence Nepinak, National Climate Advisory Committee
  • Wendy Ross, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
  • Dane Monkman, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition (MEJC)
  • Rebecca Sinclair, Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (LWIC) & Indigenous Climate Action (ICA)

Recognizing Indigenous Sustainable Education (RISE) is about promoting sustainability through Manitoba’s First Nation schools and communities with a focus on waste reduction. Teachers from across Manitoba participate to learn about sustainable environmental practices and waste reduction efforts. Educators are able to apply this knowledge within their classrooms, schools and communities in the hopes of affecting long-term change through action-oriented projects or programs.

Click here for more information.

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Seminars
Dates: Throughout April 2021
Venue: These seminars are available for remote participants via webinar (i.e., from a computer, tablet or smartphone). Please choose “Online” at registration. 
For more information or to register, click here.

Getting to Net Zero: Manitoba Business Leadership & Opportunities – Wed April 7 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Looking to the Future: Purpose Driven Enterprise – Thu April 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Sales Growth and Leading Indicators for Business Owners – Tue April 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Starting a Business in Manitoba – Wed April 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Shopify Workshops With Bold Commerce ($40) – Thu April 15 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Profitable Selling, Profitable Clients – Tue April 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Supplier Identification, Evaluation and Selection – Wed April 21 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Predictable Revenue – Tue April 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Other News and Events

Global Business Summit – From Crisis to Opportunity: The Decisive Decade
June 8 & 9, 2021

Designed especially for business leaders and senior executives working across the environmental and sustainability services industry in North America, this online event provides the perfect opportunity to hear from key industry speakers, analysts and expert commentators on the current state and structure of the sector, and how best to respond to emerging market trends and disruptors. Click here to register.

Webinar: Innovating in the Blue Economy

April 21, 2021
10:00am – 11:00 am CST

The pandemic forced global governments, health care, and scientific communities to innovate quickly in order to protect ourselves and develop vaccines. Similarly, there is urgency in Canada’s water industry to adopt clean technologies, change our habits, and think outside the box to help provide safe drinking water, more effective wastewater treatment, and better managed stormwater.

In this session:
What drives (or hinders) municipalities to adopt innovative technologies? Who are the champions of water innovation? Where are the projects that demonstrate positive impacts for the communities and companies involved? What’s in the crystal ball for Canada’s Blue Economy in 2026?

Click here to register

Women in Mining Spring Reception

May 6, 2021
Optional 90 min Women’s Rights Tour: 5:30 pm – 7:00pm

Reception: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Come join us to celebrate a successful start to the WIM-Winnipeg Chapter with a Spring Reception at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There will be an optional Women’s Rights Tour to start the evening, followed by a reception in the Sifton Terrace Room.
Click here to register

COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Symposium – A Global Update
April 26, 2021
12:00pm – 2:00 pm


In April 2020, The Water Research Foundation (WRF) convened global leaders in an international summit to identify best practices and high-priority research needs around wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
Because WBE approaches have continued to develop over the past 12 months, WRF is convening a follow-up global symposium to share updates on WBE activities from around the world, with a focus on how this information is being used to support health agencies in their COVID-19 response. The symposium will also include a panel discussion and audience Q&A.  
Amy Kirby, PhD, MPH, Senior Service Fellow, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
Gertjan Medema, PhD, Principal Microbiologist, KWR Water Research Institute, The Netherlands.
Click here to register  

The Circular Economy: Navigating for Supply Chain Success

Presented by Supply Chain Manitoba, Manitoba Institute, and CanSustain
Choose 1 session: April 8 / April 15
10:00 am – Noon

There is something we have all realized throughout the pandemic, SUPPLY CHAINS MATTER. Since supply chains are critical to operations, is yours environmentally and economically sustainable?

The Circular Economy is a model that allows us to realize the maximum value of all resources used while limiting the risk associated with our traditional linear economy and is one of the best ways to use this pandemic to our advantage; reusing materials, and maximizing their value is one of the few ways you can begin.

Presentation includes:      

  • What a Circular Economy is.
  • Guided tools to be used in your organization.
  • Critique your organization’s current model.
  • Identify best practices for the circular economy model.
  • Economic Opportunities.
  • Determine the best environmental and economic opportunities.

Click here to register

MEIA programming is supported by funding provided by The Government of Canada and The Manitoba government.