MEIA Info Bulletin – August 2020


MEIA News and Announcements

MEIA Fall Programming – Coming Soon!

Planning during a pandemic is a challenge for everyone. Restrictions and comfort levels continue to change as the pandemic evolves, and checking in with each other seems like one of the few constants. For example, MEIA is currently seeking interest for our continued Aboriginal Cultural Awareness & Engagement Workshop to be run this fall either through an online platform or in-person.

MEIA is dedicated to providing the training you need in an environment that is engaging and safe for everyone. Please feel free to let us know of any workshops you’d like to see us deliver and your preferred method of delivery (online / classroom) by emailing [email protected].

Stay safe and be good to each other!

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

Understanding Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
11:30am – 1:00pm
Non-member: $160
MEIA Member: $140

PPE is equipment worn to minimize exposure to specific hazards. Examples of PPE include respirators, gloves, aprons, fall protection, and full body suits, as well as head, eye and foot protection. Using PPE is only one element in a complete hazard control program that would use a variety of strategies to maintain a safe and healthy environment. PPE does not reduce the hazard itself nor does it guarantee permanent or total protection.

Before any decision is made to begin or to expand a PPE program, it is important to understand the underlying principles of protection strategies. This webinar will cover PPE levels of protection, protective clothing types, COVID-19 masks, decontamination overview and much more. Instructed by Bart Taylor, BSc. CEO of HAZ-MATTERS Emergency Management Inc. Click here to register

First Aid Training

One and Two Day Courses available!
EFA-C and AED – One-day Course: $55 for MEIA Members
SFA-C & AED – Two-day Course: $90 for MEIA Members
Contact the MEIA at (204) 783-7090 to register or email [email protected]

Member News and Announcements 

Efficiency Manitoba: Small Business Program

Efficiency Manitoba’s Small Business Program is a full-service solution that helps your business become more energy efficient. It includes free basic energy-saving products installation and a free assessment of your business to see if you could benefit from a premium lighting upgrade.

There are two levels of energy-efficient upgrades so you can pick the one that’s right for you: Basic Upgrade (free) or Premium Upgrade (70% covered by Efficiency Manitoba)

Visit Efficiency Manitoba for more details.

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce: Phase 4 Back to Business Toolkit

Manitoba is now in Phase Four of Restoring Safe Services, with most of the proposed changes in effect as of Saturday, July 25. The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce have published their Phase 4 Back to Business Toolkit to help businesses navigate changing public health protocols.

To view the Province of Manitoba’s Phase 4 plan, click here.

Red River College Water Wastewater Refresher Courses – Fall 2020

Red River College (RRC) is offering a full suite of Class 1 & 2 certification exam preparation courses in the fall of 2020. 

Course costs have been reduced as a result of the change in delivery format to reflect the move off campus to remote delivery. The CEU’s credited from MB Sustainable Development are the same as for RRC’s existing face to face training.

Click here for course descriptions and more information.

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Information Session: Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

August 27 at 9:30am-10:30am

TAP is a program that aims to help businesses overcome barriers to exporting or expanding into a new market. If you are looking to expand into a new market or need additional structure, support and a well-developed Export Plan, then this program is for you. For more information or to register, click here

Other News and Events

BioTalent Manitoba Science & Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs

Science and Technology Internship Program – Green Jobs is a wage subsidy program for STEM career placement opportunities in the natural resources sector linked to the green economy.

The program covers the cost of a new hire’s salary by 75% to a maximum of $22,500/yr and $30,000/yr for youth furthest from employment. These funds help employers hire the talent they need and help youth initiate a career. Employers can bring on an eager, young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company. Youth from northern and remote communities have an opportunity for an increased subsidy.

Natural Resources include the fields of energy, forestry, and minerals and metals as well as earth sciences. For specific application and eligibility details, please download the full application package.

Re-envisioning an Energy Strategy for Manitoba: Planing for 2030 and Beyond 

On March 10, 2020 the Re-envisioning an Energy Strategy for Manitoba: Planning for 2030 and Beyond workshop was held at The University of Winnipeg. The purpose of the event was to initiate a discussion amongst Manitobans about energy in the province. In doing so, it brought together people with a variety of energy-based perspectives and interests, including consumers, researchers, students, Indigenous peoples, energy providers, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, and members of the public interested in the future of energy use in Manitoba.

The objectives of the workshop were to:
1) Encourage members of the community to come together to discuss the future of our energy in Manitoba;
2) Hear from experts working on energy-based initiatives;
3) Hear from participants regarding interest in, and factors that drive interest in, various energy sources and models (including but not limited to hydro-electricity, distributed energy resources, etc.); and,
4) Identify and prioritize which factors should be taken into consideration in a forward-thinking energy strategy (e.g. greenhouse gas emissions, local control, range of alternatives, etc.).

This report summarizes key aspects of the event. Click here to read the report.

Powerful Presentations with PowerPoint

Presented by the Bioscience Association of Manitoba 
August 12 8:30am-12:00pm
1000 Waverly St. Winnipeg
Non-Members: $100
BAM Members: $65
Students: $50

Learn how to design and customize templates, embed and link graphics, enhance with effects and animation, and rehearse and prepare slides for your presentation. And so much more! PowerPoint knowledge is a prerequisite. 

Click here for more information and to register

Building Environmental Capacity Among Indigenous Nations: Lessons Learned From the Field

Presented by ECO Canada
August 14, 2020
12:00pm – 1:00pm

Too often, education systems and training providers fail to encompass Indigenous peoples’ diverse cultures, heritage and knowledge in the work that they do. To increase awareness about environmental careers and build environmental capacity within Indigenous communities, educators need to braid environmental Western science and techniques with traditional Indigenous knowledge.

Since 2006, ECO Canada’s BEAHR Indigenous training and employment programs have helped First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada develop local environmental skills and foster green careers. They have worked with over 237 communities to provide hands on environmental training for over 3,000 students, helping graduates enter the environmental field.

Join BEAHR trainers Carol Crowe and Kaitlyn Petrin who will be sharing their experiences delivering environmental training to Indigenous Communities. For more information and to register click here.

Window on Drinking Water

Presented by The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA)

August 26, 2020 12:00 p.m. Central Time
Price: $49+HST

Health Canada senior staff will provide informative updates on aspects of the Canada Drinking Water Guidelines that are currently under review or soon to be reviewed. This will provide tremendous insight into the changes that could be coming our way and how one can make comments early.

Following the keynote presentation, the utility leaders panel will discuss where is that line between municipal responsibilities and those of the property owner? What does the law say versus a moral or practical obligation? The panel will consider these questions as they relate to issues such as lead, legionella, and the re-opening of buildings post COVID-19.    This webinar is part of a 4-part webinar series. Click here for more information and to register.