MEIA Info Bulletin – February 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

Save the Date! MEIA virtual AGM on April 14

2021 is MEIA’s 30th anniversary and we’re looking forward to celebrating this milestone with you! Join us on April 14th for our online 30 year celebration and retrospective along with our Annual General Meeting. Details to come!

Disrupted Tech 2.0 Pitch Competition
Presented by Bioscience Association Manitoba and Manitoba Technology Accelerator

MEIA is proud to support the People’s Choice Award for the upcoming Disrupted Tech 2.0 Pitch Competition! On March 10th, 10 companies will present their high-paced pitch deck and tell us how their innovation will change the world and drive revenue. Judges will select one winner who will be awarded a Grand Prize of $5,000 –Companies also have an opportunity to win a $2000 People’s Choice Award, supported by Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA).

The 10 finalists selected will be informed by February 14th and be matched with local coaches that are experts in the finalists’ space. Although submissions were due Feb 5, registration submissions will still be considered. Please indicate your intent to submit and register as soon as possible by contacting Wajihah Mughal at [email protected]

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

MEIA Student Chapter Discovery Night 
Thursday, Feb 11, 2021
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

MEIA Student Chapter Members: Free 
Non-members: $5

There’s still time to register for the fourth and final webinar in the Discovery Night Series!

Feb 11: Ask a Professional: Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviews. Students will have small group discussions with a mentor about questions they have about resumes, cover letters and interviews. Mentors will ask common interview questions to the students in the group to give them a chance to practice. The evening will end with a speed networking session. Click here for more information and to register.

Managing Household Hazardous Materials Safely and Effectively
2020 MARR Forum Webinar Series – Webinar #4
Thursday, February 18
9:30am-11:30am CT
Non-member: $40
MARR & MEIA Member: $20

(MEIA Members – Select “MARR Member” when registering to receive member price)

Presentations will include:

  • Safe, effective collection and handling of Household Hazardous Wastes (Kathy Cass, Product Care Association)
  • Information on the NEW Manitoba Sharps Collection Program Plan (Delphine Lagourgue, Health Products Stewardship Association)
  • Charge up Safety! Collecting and Recycling Household Batteries (Chad Moussa, Call2Recycle)

Click here for more details and to register for the Feb 18 webinarMEIA Members: Remember to select “MARR member” when buying your ticket!

Climate Smart Certification

MEIA is able to offer the opportunity to become Climate Smart certified at a significant discount – up to $1,000 per business.

The next Climate Smart training series begins February 23, 2021. The Climate Smart program focuses on the business case for carbon reductions — cost savings, reduced climate risk, improved operational efficiencies, employee engagement, and benchmarking data — adding up to increased competitive advantage.

Contact MEIA for more information at (204) 783-7090 or [email protected]

Monday, March 15-Thursday, March 18 SOLD OUT!
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.

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. This course is now full. If you would like to be put on a wait list for the next session tentatively scheduled for June 2021, contact Heather Roscoe at [email protected]

Member News and Announcements 

ECO Canada 2021 HR Trends Survey

ECO Canada has launched its 2021 HR Trends survey, which helps to identify the characteristics of the environmental sector and where improvements need to be made across industry, academia and government to ensure continued sector growth. 

Whether you are an employer or employee, your feedback is crucial to Canada’s understanding of the sector and can make a real impact on the future of the environmental workforce across all industries, occupations and regions. ECO Canada estimates over 3% (or 20,600) of Manitoba’s employed labour force are in environmental roles – and 7,000 additional workers will need to be hired in the next decade to address green job growth and retirements. 
Your contribution will help ECO Canada and its partners (us included) develop and deliver resources to build the world’s leading environmental workforce, right here in Canada. As an added benefit, participants will be eligible to win prizes and receive discounts on products and services.
Complete the survey here!

Jackfrost Challenge
Presented by The Green Action Centre
February 7, 12:00 am- February 13, 11:59 pm

The challenge connects personal and environmental health by encouraging participants to walk, run, bike, ice skate, snowshoe, cross-country ski, and more during the week of February 7-13, 2021. Gather a team of 1-5 family members, friends, or co-workers to complete 130 collective kilometres of outdoor activities. Please note that your team doesn’t mean you are doing the activities physically together. 

There’s a bunch of prizes to be won (for kids too!)
Click here for more information and to register.

2021 Economic Outlook ft. Beata Caranci, Senior VP & Chief Economist at TD Bank

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
February 10
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST


Click here for more information and to register

#MBpoli Power Hour ft. Hon. Ron Schuler, Minister of Infrastructure
Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
February 16
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Click here to register

Construction & Maintenance Related Infection Control in Healthcare Facilities

Presented by Pinchin
Feb 19, 2021
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Health Canada and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) have issued extensive guidelines for managing of construction or maintenance activities in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

This course is for contractors, project managers, facility managers, maintenance staff, and infection control (IPAC) personnel. It incorporates lectures, discussions, class activities, and equipment demonstration.

In this course you will learn about:

  • Origins of fungal and bacterial contamination in the building fabric of hospitals
  • Diseases caused by biological contamination and patients at risk
  • Liability and insurance for the respective parties
  • Principles of particulate isolation and control
  • Risk mitigation following Health Canada, CSA and US guidelines
  • Monitoring strategies for infection control procedures

Click here for more information and to register

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

Procurement: Indigenous Business Focused – Thu February 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Procurement: An In-Depth Look at Security Clearance – Thu February 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Truth and Reconciliation Roadmap – Fri February 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Other News and Events

Province Seeks Feedback on next Steps in Reopening Plans

The province is asking for feedback from Manitobans on the proposed changes, which would come into effect next week to replace the current public health orders that expire at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 12. To provide input, visit  

Results of the survey will be posted on the EngageMB website once completed. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Manitoba, visit

Introducing BizforClimate

BizforClimate is a private sector, business-led organization laser-focused on climate action as the central organizing principle. Broad-based and inclusive to all sectors and company sizes – enterprise, small business, or start-up, BizforClimate is designed to leverage the unique strengths, resources, and perspectives of the business community to advance climate solutions at scale. Click here to find out more, and take the Climate Action Pledge!

New Non-Profit ClimateWest to Support Climate Adaptation in Prairies

ClimateWest is a new non-profit, regional hub that will deliver credible climate information, data, and adaptation guidance tailored to the Prairie region. ClimateWest will work with people, communities, businesses, and governments across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta to help address both the risks and opportunities generated by climate change.

ClimateWest services:

  • Providing climate analyses, guidance documents, training sessions, and other tools specific to the adaptation needs of different sectors.
  • Hosting a Help Desk available to the public by email or phone to answer queries about climate data and information.
  • Raising public awareness and knowledge of the value of climate change adaptation.

Save the Date! True North Free Trade Forum 
March 23-24, 2021 | Virtual Forum
March 25, 26 & 29, 2021 | Virtual Business to Business Matchmaking Program

This virtual event will allow your to uncover new regional sales opportunities in Canada’s Energy, Life Sciences and Healthcare, and Food and Beverage sectors. You can also address your current and longer-term supply and partnering needs with made-in-Canada products, services and solutions.

Why attend the TNFTF?
Sell | Strengthen your business ties across Canada by participating in the business-to-business matchmaking program with qualified buyers
Learn | Gain business and industry insights and exchange ideas through speaker sessions
Showcase | Your products and services
Connect | Meet business and government leaders through 1:1 virtual networking
Please visit the website at

Recruitment has begun for the B2B program. If you are interested in participating in the program, please contact Esmeralda Rodriguez Arias directly at [email protected] 204.285.3349

Supply Chain 101
Presented by Supply Chain Canada – Manitoba
February 25, 2021
10:00am-11:00am (CST)

This one-hour session will provide an overview of supply chain management, to encourage companies to look at their supply chain as an opportunity to improve their competitiveness and profitability. Click here to register.

Roadmaps for Redeveloping Brownfields

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF)
has produced this series of roadmaps to help municipalities and their private-sector partners better understand how to redevelop brownfields in their communities. The roadmaps provide a high-level overview of the brownfield redevelopment process in each province and territory, linking each step to relevant legislative requirements and potential sources of funding.

Developed in close consultation with provincial and territorial governments, each roadmap provides an easy-to-follow path through three focus areas:

  • Process: the steps typically followed when redeveloping a brownfield site in Canada
  • Legislation: provincial/territorial laws and policy requirements associated with each step in the process
  • Funding: financial support and incentive programs available to municipalities and their partners

Click here to download the Manitoba Brownfield Roadmap 2021 pdf

Webinar: A Proposed Nutrient Target Regulation under the Water Protection Act
Presented by Canadian Water Resources Association

February 10, 2021
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST
CWRA Member/Students: $10
Non-members: $15

Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development (ARD) is proposing a regulation that would establish nutrient loading targets for the four major tributaries (Red, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan and Dauphin Rivers) that flow into Lake Winnipeg, and nutrient concentration targets for total phosphorus and total nitrogen in Lake Winnipeg. Targets are expected to help Manitoba’s collective nutrient reduction efforts by helping to guide future nutrient reduction activities, implement best practices, identify priorities, and track progress over time.

Click here for more information and to register.

Webinar: The Keys to a Blue Economy

Presented by Water Canada
February 17, 2021
10:00am-11:0apm CST

How are municipalities managing the operation and maintenance of their existing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure at the same time as building new capabilities and services? Where do municipalities need more support? What are water technology and consulting firms doing to provide solutions that meet the environmental, social, and economic needs of municipalities and their water utilities?

Join us for a lively conversation with a panel of experts who will also explore cloud-based solutions, sensors, robotics, and other innovations that help us “build” our Blue Economy.

Register now

ManSEA 2021 Towards a Sustainable Energy Future Conference 
Tuesday March 23, Tuesday March 30 & Tuesday April 6 
7:00 – 8:30 pm CST

Save the dates! Check back here for updates and registration information.

Perspectives on Climate Change, the Role of Education, and the Implications of COVID-19

Presented by Learning for a Sustainable Future and York University
Tuesday, February 23
6:00 pm – 7:30pm CST

The Annual Dr. David V.J. Bell Lecture is intended to help bridge the gap between research and what is practiced in educational institutions by identifying Canadian thought leaders to share their research and insights on education for sustainable development as it applies to education policy, teacher education and practice, and student empowerment. Presentation will include:

  • Dr. Ellen Field, Assistant Professor, Lakehead University and Lead Researcher on Canada, Climate Change and Education report
  • Patricia Fuller, Canada’s Ambassador for Climate Change
  • Cedric Gray-Lehoux, Co-chair, Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council
  • Barbara Zvan, President and Chief Executive Officer at University Pension Plan Ontario and Member of Canada’s Expert Panel on Sustainable Finance

Click here to register

Eco Action Call for Proposals 2021
Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program is now accepting applications for funding until March 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. PST / 3:00 p.m. EST for projects beginning summer 2021. 

Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key Environmental Priority: Fresh Water.

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

For more information on this funding opportunity, please visit the EcoAction Community Funding Program or contact your Regional Office

Click here to download the application guide

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