MEIA Info Bulletin – January 2022


MEIA News and Announcements

Save the Date! Emerging Issues Conference November 30, 2022

We are already looking ahead to this year’s Emerging Issues conference and we are excited to announce that the theme for 2022 will be cleantech!

MEIA has its roots in the world of cleantech and waste management and we are looking forward to celebrating those fundamentals in this year’s Emerging Issues conference. The conference will showcase new and upcoming technologies and solutions to help Manitobans mitigate the climate crisis and make their businesses more profitable through sustainability.

Join us this November 2022 for the Emerging Issues Cleantech Conference!

Would You Like Your Company Featured on MCP?

Manitoba Career Prospects (MCP) helps educators, parents and students discover different career opportunities in Manitoba. Their website features information about different industries in Manitoba and other resources to help in choosing a career path. 

The Employer Profiles on the MCP website reflect general information about the company and the types of job opportunities available. It is not meant to be a job ad or recruitment resource.

Click here to view the Miller Environmental Employer Profile
Click here to view the Recycle Everywhere Employer Profile

If you are interested in having your company featured, please fill out this form and send it to [email protected] or call MEIA at (204) 783-7090 for more information

Thank You for Your Feedback

In December 2020, the Clean Environment Commission published the Review of Legislation and Programs for Sites Impacted by Development. MEIA initiated a formal feedback process for all interested stakeholders to provide comments, concerns and questions of clarity on the thirteen recommendations focused on the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act. 

Thank you to all of the industry stakeholders who took the time to provide comments and suggestions. We have amalgamated the responses to be sent to the province for review.

Support the Deb Tardiff Scholarship Fund!

MEIA created the Deb Tardiff Memorial Scholarship in 2020 (awarded 2021) to honour the legacy of Deb Tardiff, the founder of MEIA’s Student Chapter, and to support talented new entrants to the environmental sector.

Thank you to Gold Sponsor Miller Environmental for your generous contribution in support of environmental students in Manitoba!

There are only two Gold Level spots available so contact MEIA right away to donate! Click here to find out more about the benefits of donating to the Deb Tardiff Scholarship Fund!

MEIA Student Chapter Alumni

Featuring Marissa Smirl, Environmental Scientist at Golder Associates, a company of WSP. 
I graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba. In my third year of university, I joined the MEIA Student Chapter as an Events Coordinator for a year, and then took on the position of Co-chair for the next two years.
As a Student Chapter member, the decision to take the Groundwater and Soil Sampling course offered by MEIA was made easy due to the significantly reduced costs for Student Chapter members. After less than a year of working at Golder Associates, a company of WSP, as an Environmental Scientist on their Contaminated Sites team, I have already used all the skills taught in that course many times.
I was very lucky to have the opportunity to be on a panel of Student Chapter members who spoke at the 2019 Emerging Issues Conference. This is a new addition to the benefits of being on the Student Chapter. We were able to discuss what the student experience is like in the environmental industries.

Check the MEIA website for more Student Chapter alumni bios!

The Rock Circle Radio Show

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm on 105.5 NCI FM

MEIA is proud to support The Rock Circle Radio Show – an innovative two-way reconciliation dialogue with the goal of building lasting understanding and partnerships between the minerals sector, Indigenous communities, and the public in general. Tuesdays at 6:00 pm on 105.5 NCI FM

If you missed it when it first aired, you can still catch episodes of the Rock Circle Radio Show by visiting the MEIA website – click here!

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events


Monday, Jan 31 – Thursday, Feb 3, 2022
$900 +GST
1000 Waverly, Training room 104

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 (1072) 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 hazard.  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 CBRN technicians and provides a clear understanding of the entire process.  Attendees will receive certification in:

  • 40 Hour HAZWOPER Environmental Technician
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods, TDG
  • 2015 Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, WHMIS
  • Incident Command System, ICS 100 & 200
  • Fire Safety & Extinguishers

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. Masks and proof of immunization are mandatory.Registrants for this event are eligible to claim 3 PD credits towards maintaining their EP designation with ECO Canada

Click here to learn about reimbursement for training up to $2,500 per employee from Retrain Manitoba

Member News and Announcements 

ECO Impact Awards

Hyatt Regency Calgary
February 2 | 12:15 PM – 10 PM
February 3 | 8 AM – 12:15 PM

The ECO Impact Awards highlight the work of our certified community. Environmental Professionals (EPts, EPs, EP Auditors, Top Employers and Community) who demonstrate leadership, commitment and innovation in the continuous advancements of the environmental sector. Click here to view the agenda.

Register for the Impact Awards Learning Series and Awards Gala to:

  • network with environmental changemakers across Canada
  • celebrate the achievements of award-winning peers
  • get some insight into the latest developments in ESG from a curated selection of influential and experienced industry leaders

Click here to register

Jack Frost Challenge

Presented by Green Action Centre
February 13 – 19, 2022

The Jack Frost Challenge is a free, week-long challenge for ALL Manitobans.

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 13 – 19, 2022. We are expecting this year to be bigger than ever, this event is here to encourage you to get active and develop new healthy habits you can continue throughout the year!

Gather a team of 1-5 family members, friends, or co-workers to complete 130 collective kilometres of outdoor activities. Work at your kilometres with team members, compete with others or gather those distances by yourself and contribute to the shared experience, this event will be a great way to get active, reconnect with a little friendly competition, compare activities and try to win great prizes for your team! Challenge your team members to try out new outdoor activities, try to outscore each others km’s, or make it a workplace challenge for team building!

Click here for more information

MBiz Breakfast Series – What to Expect: 2022 Trends & Perspectives

Presented by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and 6P Marketing
January 22, 2022
7:30 am – 9:30 am

MCC President & CEO Chuck Davidson hosts a moderated panel discussion exploring recovery challenges, opportunities, and industry perspectives.

Special guests include keynote presenter Andrew Enns, Executive VP – Winnipeg, Leger, whose marketing and polling agency have been conducting regular insight and opinion surveys throughout the pandemic across North America, on topics from vaccine hesitancy to travel readiness. Andrew will share some of his firm’s findings, along with key 2021 Manitoba Business Outlook Survey take-aways, to set the stage.

Expert panel:

  • Fred Meier, President & CEO, Red River College Polytechnic, to address workforce training & development;
  • Kelly Fournel, CEO, Tech Manitoba to talk digital adaptation and technological transformation;
  • Sara Stasiuk, recently-appointed President & CEO of The Forks North Portage Partnership, to share what’s on the horizon for tourism.

Click here to register

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Seminars

Dates: Throughout January 2022
For more information or to register, click here.
Validate Your Product with Crowdfunding: Session 1 – Jan 13, 9:00 – 10:00
Business Technology Roundtable – Jan 18, 9:00 – 10:00
Validate Your Product with Crowdfunding: Session 2 – Jan 20, 9:00 – 10:00
Helping Your Business See FAR – Essential Skills in Foresight-Adaptability-Risk – Jan 26, 9:00 – 10:00
Validate Your Product with Crowdfunding: Session 3 – Jan 27, 9:00 – 10:00

Other News and Events

Retrain Manitoba: Funding Available for Training Manitoba Employees

The Province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Winnipeg established Retrain Manitoba to help encourage Manitoba’s economic recovery. The $12.5 million program supports Manitoba businesses that have shown their commitment to the professional growth of their employees. Retrain Manitoba will provide Manitoba businesses with funding of up to $2,500 per employee, to a maximum total of $75,000 per business, to reimburse some or all of their investments in the professional development of their employees.

Click here to learn more about eligibility and reimbursement. 

Webinar Series: Managing Harvest Residues

February 2 – March 9, 2022

The extraction of residual fibre in British Columbia leading to the reduction of open-air burning of harvest residues is the focus of a new webinar series that will be offered in February and March 2021. Experts from FPInnovations and the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (FLNRORD) will host six sessions that will get you thinking about better fibre utilization and less burning.

View this flyer for the time and description of each session. Can’t make one that interests you? Not to worry, as the sessions will be recorded so you can view them at a later date.

  • February 2: Fire Nations Communities – Linking Fire Protection to Bioenergy Development
  • February 9: Sustainability Impact Assessment of Biomass Bioenergy Supply Chains
  • February 16: Fibre Recovery Zones and Alternative Scaling Systems (Coastal Version)
  • February 23: Fibre Recovery Zones and Alternative Scaling Systems (Interior Version)
  • March 2: Forest Carbon Initiative – Successes in Alternative Use of Roadside Residuals
  • March 9: FPBiOS Application for Calculating Available Volume in Cutblocks

Although the series will have a British Columbia focus, they are open to anyone with an interest in managing woody fibre.

Click here for more information

Free BRACE/MCRT Courses Offered This Winter

The Building Regional Adaptation Capacity and Expertise (BRACE) / Manitoba Climate Resilience Training (MCRT) is underway and this project has now developed six (6) climate resilience capacity building course modules for business sector stakeholders serving northern regions of Manitoba. These courses are all delivered online, so you do not need to consider traveling, COVID-19 restrictions or leaving your workplace to take in each of the free, online Climate Resilience Training Modules. or more info on the overall course program

These courses will give engineers, planners, geoscientists, Northern businesses, and Indigenous organizations a shared foundation of the most up-to-date climate science information. In the new year, the BRACE/MCRT infrastructure sector will offer three courses of particular interest to engineers, geoscientists, and infrastructure decision-makers: 

  • Infrastructure Climate Risk Assessment and How to Conduct an Assessment Featuring PIEVC
  • An Introduction to Climate Change through Codes, Standards, and Regulations
  • Nature-based Infrastructure Solutions to Enhance Resilience

Click here for course details and registration

MARR Webinar Series: Manitoba’s Proposed Transition to Full Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for Residential Packaging and Printed Paper

Feb 3 at 10:00am to ~12:00pm – Introduction to Full EPR Click to view Agenda
Feb 24 at 10:00am to ~12:00pm – Transition to Full EPR: Opportunities and Outcomes for Manitoba Communities
March 10 –at 10:00am to ~12:00pm – Transition to Full EPR: Opportunities and Outcomes for Manitoba Waste/Recycling Service Providers

In November 2021, MMSM submitted a draft Transition Plan to Conservation and Climate outlining how it proposes to transition the current shared responsibility model for the delivery of residential recycling of packaging and printed paper to one that is fully operated and financed by industry.

The Province of Manitoba has indicated that it will conduct public consultation on the MMSM’s Transition Plan in 2022. In advance of this consultation, MARR is pleased to invite you to join us for a series of three (3) educational workshops on full extended producer responsibility (EPR) for residential Packaging and Printed Paper.

The purpose of these webinars, which will feature experts from jurisdictions that have transitioned to full EPR, is to provide an overview of EPR, increase understanding on what full EPR is, and discuss what this means to communities, waste/recycling service providers, and other stakeholders in Manitoba.

There will be NO fee charged for attending these webinars and registration is open to all Manitoba recyclers, municipalities, First Nations, NGOs and any other interested individuals and groups.

You only need to register once to attend any or all three webinars. Log-in details for each workshop will be sent to registrants approximately 1 week prior to each webinar.

Click here to register

Survey: Provincial Park Improvement Priorities

The Manitoba government is inviting citizens to share their opinions about needed improvements and priority areas in an online survey. The annual public survey will help identify broad priority categories under which specific projects will receive funds as part of the endowment’s grant process.

These categories, formally established under an endowment fund agreement with The Winnipeg Foundation, include:

  • development and maintenance of trails, boardwalks and associated infrastructure;
  • public-use facilities such as amphitheaters, shelters, day-use sites, playground equipment, docks and launches;
  • park road maintenance;
  • habitat restoration and enhancement;
  • historical assets and cultural sites;
  • campground enhancements; and
  • interpretive infrastructure to support programming.

The engagement plan seeks input from all provincial park visitors and users, including day-use visitors, overnight campers, cottagers and commercial businesses operating within provincial parks, the minister said. The public will have the opportunity to provide suggestions on specific park projects they would like to see funded.

In addition, the province plans to host annual meetings beginning in January with park stakeholder groups to seek their input. All public engagement results will help guide park modernization and improvement activities, while user satisfaction over time will be monitored via the annual survey.

Click here to take the public engagement questionnaire on provincial park improvement priorities.

Canada Summer Jobs 2022 – Call for Applications

If you are interested in attending a virtual Information Session, register here:

The annual call for applications for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program is open. Employment and Social Development Canada will be accepting applications until January 25, 2022. 

Applicants are able to seek funding to hire youth (people aged 15-30 years) between April 25, 2022 and September 3, 2022. Work placements must be full-time (30-40 hours per week) quality jobs with a minimum duration of six weeks and a maximum of 16 weeks.

Approved employers from the not-for profit sector will be eligible for a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 100% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage. Approved public and private sector employers will be eligible to receive a wage subsidy reimbursement of up to 50% of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage.

Click here to read the Applicant Guide and to apply for Canada Summer Jobs funding

Nature Canada Wage Subsidies for BIPOC Youth Now Accepting Applications

Nature Canada’s Work to Grow program connects racialized youth to jobs that promote and protect nature. Placements through March 2022.

Wage subsidies for hiring BIPOC youth is available to organizations whose work is related to nature conservation or appreciation. These could include: 

  • Non-profits (for example, nature groups, forest schools, social justice organizations)
  • For-profits (for example, Hiking groups, Farms)
  • Indigenous Organizations/Governments  
  • Educational and Cultural institutions

Click here for more information and to apply

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program Virtual Symposium

January 18, 19 & 20, 2022
10:00am – 3:00pm CST

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) is hosting three half-day virtual sessions to highlight project activities and research undertaken through the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program. The sessions will focus on:

  • Sharing research findings from ECCC-led research related to nutrients and water quality in Lake Winnipeg and its basin
  • Featuring program accomplishments including highlights of projects undertaken by funding recipients to reduce nutrient loading to the lake, enhance collaboration throughout the basin and engage Indigenous peoples on water quality issues related to Lake Winnipeg
  • Gathering feedback on research presented and on research gaps, as well as future program priorities for the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

The virtual sessions are intended for a wide audience including scientists, researchers, watershed practitioners, governments, Indigenous partners and other organizations that have an interest in the ecological health of Lake Winnipeg and its basin. Participants are invited to attend any or all sessions, according to your individual interest. The event is FREE, but participants will be asked to register as space is limited.

Click here to register

Canada Opens Call for Research, Development and Demonstration Projects on Industrial Decarbonization and Low-Carbon Fuels

The Government of Canada announced a new call for expressions of interest to support low-carbon fuels research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects.

The intent of the expressions of interest is to provide research funding to help industry address its emissions in hard-to-abate sectors, including iron and steel, chemicals and fertilizers, smelting and refining, and cement — which accounted for 11 percent of Canada’s total emissions in 2019. Selected projects are expected to reduce GHG emissions in these sectors, leading to cleaner air and water, better health outcomes for Canadians and improved community resiliency, while helping Canada reach its goal of achieving a net-zero economy by 2050.

Funded under the Energy Innovation Program, the projects funded through this call target three technology areas: industrial fuel switching, pre-commercial production of clean fuels, and the development and upgrade of hydrogen codes and standards. Applicants must demonstrate how their project has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as how it addresses a gap in Canada’s energy systems. 

The call for expressions of interest for low-carbon fuels RD&D projects will remain open until February 2, 2022

Click here for more information and to register

Manitoba Prospectors and Developers Association (MPDA) Reconciliation Gala

February 24, 2022
5:00 pm CST
Assiniboia Downs

Join in the first annual MPDA Reconciliation Gala! Reception starting at 5pm. Dinner beginning at 6pm with entertainment from Indian City. Click here to register