MEIA Info Bulletin – May 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

MEIA is Hiring!

Administrative Assistant
Full time, term position (Summer 2021)
Please submit resumes to [email protected] by 4:00pm Friday, May 21, 2021

The Manitoba Environmental Industries Association Inc. (MEIA) is seeking a motivated individual to help facilitate projects and complete administrative duties. Working under the direction of the Executive Director, the successful candidate will be responsible for project research, admin duties, and supporting the Executive Director as needed.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently and organize a diverse workload
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Proficiency with computers, including Microsoft suite software and internet research
• Experience working with non-profit organizations is an asset

Click here for more information

MEIA is an equal opportunity organization. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

MEIA 2020 Annual Report

Thank you to all of our members, sponsors, partners, to our funders, and our board for your support during one of the most challenging years for all of us. Despite the difficult waters in 2020, MEIA was able to successfully deliver valuable programming and workforce development through education, awareness and engagement for the environmental, natural resources, and energy sectors.
Click here to view MEIA’s 2020 Annual Report

Canada-Manitoba Job Grant Now Open

The CMJG is NOW OPEN for training that ends on or before March 15, 2022.

The Canada-Manitoba Job Grant helps employers offset the costs of training new employees, or costs associated with developing the skills of their existing workers to meet the requirements of their present job, or to attain a promotion.

Eligible employers may apply for up to $10,000 per employee to assist with training costs delivered by a third party. Employers with 100 or fewer employees must contribute a minimum of 25 per cent of training costs, and employers with over 100 employees must contribute a minimum of 50 per cent of training costs. Employers can apply for up to a maximum of $100,000 in funding.

Eligible costs include:
• tuition fees;
• textbooks, software and other required materials;
• exam fees; and
• travel costs for the training of individuals in northern and remote communities.

This intake is first-come, first-awarded for eligible applicants until the first $5M is fully allocated, so members are encouraged to apply immediately. 
Click here for more information

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events


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.

MEIA Remediation Conference 2021

Wednesday, June 9
9:00am – 11:30 am

Join us for this free online event! Presentations will include:

  • Province of Manitoba Regulatory Update – Warren Rospad, Manitoba Conservation & Water Stewardship
  • Risk Based Consulting for Property Clean Up – Theresa Phillips, Pinchin Ltd.
  • Somerset District Office ESA and Remediation – David Fehr, Manitoba Hydro

Click here to view the agenda

MEIA had to postpone last year’s Remediation Conference due to the pandemic, so we are very pleased to be back!

Click here to register

Intro to Environmental Law

June 10 & 17
8:30 am- 12:00 pm
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.

Soil Sampling and Potable Water and Groundwater Sampling Courses

In Partnership with the University of Manitoba
Soil Online: June 15  at 8:00am – 12:00pm
Water Online: June 16 at 8:00am – 12:30pm
Field Portion: June 17 at 8:00am-4:00pm

The Soil Sampling course will provide hands on field instruction in soil sampling and drill rig safety. Participants should expect to gain practical experience in aspects of environmental soil, water, and air sampling. There will also be an overview of provincial and federal regulations as they pertain to environmental site assessments; and a discussion on laboratory analysis of parameters commonly considered in Manitoba.

The Potable Water & Groundwater Sampling Course is designed provide students with an understanding of typical groundwater impacts focusing on the differences between light and dense non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPL and DNAPL). The course will include the theory behind groundwater well installation, groundwater development, and purging and sampling including groundwater well volume and recharge related calculations. Students will assist with development, purging and sampling of an on-Site groundwater well and will collect potable water samples from on-Site. Supplies: Students require a calculator and must be dressed appropriately for the weather.  

Registration per course
MEIA Member $150.00
MEIA Student Chapter Member $80.00
Non-member $250.00
Students $160.00

Soil Sampling Registration – Click here
Water Sampling Registration – Click here

Take both courses for 1.5 credit hours
(ENVR 2010) for University of Manitoba students under the coordination of Mark Hanson, Department of Environment and Geography. Please note that if you are taking this course for credit hours you must also register through the University of Manitoba.

Member News and Announcements 

Virtual EnviroTech 2021

Presented by Environmental Services Association of Alberta
June 2 & 3, 2021
8:30 – 4:30

EnviroTech 2021 will provide a forum for industry experts to present leading edge technologies and solutions. Sponsors and participating organizations will include: industry, consultants, service providers, government, academic institutions, and private sector organizations active in the environment sector.

Click here to view agenda and to register

2021 Manitoba Economic Summit & 90th AGM: The Next Normal: Thriving in a Post-COVID Era

Presented by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce
May 13, 2021
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce are gathering Manitoba business and community leaders for this special event live via Zoom dedicated to re-writing the roadmap to recovery, breaking down our shared notion of normalcy, and celebrating success stories amid the economic fallout. Join in to contribute your ideas for Manitoba’s rebuilding. 

Click here to register

Recent Updates to Manitoba Provincial Guide for Asbestos Management

Presented by Pinchin
May 18, 2021
9:00 am – 10:30 am

SAFE Work Manitoba recently made revisions to the MB Guide for Asbestos Management that that was originally published in June of 2017. The revised guideline, dated November 2020, contains subtle yet significant changes that may not be easily identified. This complementary presentation will give you tangible takeaways to ensure you understand these important asbestos guideline changes.

This webinar presentation will provide: An overview of the MB Guide for Asbestos Management; highlights of the 2020 key changes that have been incorporated into the document; and the top 5 key points to remember to prevent stop work orders.

Click here to register

Recycle Manitoba Mobile App 

Presented by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association

Recycle Everywhere has launched an incentive program and mobile app that allows people to track their recycling at a Recycle Everywhere blue bin for a chance to win up to $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Click here for more information and to download the app

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Seminars

Dates: Throughout May 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.

Navigating Amazon Logistics – Tue May 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Maintaining Workplace Company Culture Through a Pandemic – Fri May 14 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Amazon: Advanced Marketing Strategies – Tue May 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Accessing Talent Resources Through the Winnipeg Talent Hub – Thu May 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Amazon: Advertising Strategies to Increase Sales and Visibility – Tue May 25 @ 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

Safety Services Manitoba Occupational Health & Safety Conference

May 12 & 13, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
1 Half day: $299
2 Half days: $399

The 2021 Safety Services Manitoba Occupational Health & Safety Conference is a must-attend event for anyone whose job involves responsibility for safety, health and wellness. This year’s lineup of topics offers insights and tips for senior managers, supervisors, union safety representatives, lead hands, occupational health and safety specialists, safety engineers, loss and risk managers, human resource managers, contractors and consultants.

Click here to register

Paterson Lake Li-Cs-Ta Property, Separation Rapids, Greenstone Belt, Kenora

Presented by Women In Mining
May 11, 2021
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

On May 11, the Women in Mining Speaker Series will be featuring Julie Selway, PhD, P.Geo, VP Exploration, Power Metals Corp. and Principal Geologist, J-J Minerals.
Click here to register

Carbon Offsets 101

Presented by Radicle and Sussex Strategy Group
May 18, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

This webinar and networking event will cover details around what carbon offsets are and how they’re generated, and provide information on the latest offset policy development and opportunities in Canada.
Topics covered will include:

  • What is the difference between voluntary and compliance offsets?
  • What types of activities create offsets?
  • How is an offset different than a REC?
  • How is carbon priced in Canada?
  • What is the Federal GHG Offset System?
  • How can approved offset credits be used?
  • What are the details around the transition from OBPS to EPS in Ontario?

Click here to register