MEIA Info Bulletin – May 2022


MEIA News and Announcements

Dr. David Suzuki: Keynote Speaker at MEIA Emerging Issues 2022 Cleantech Conference

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Conference: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Reception: 4:30pm – 6:30pm

MEIA is very excited to announce our Keynote Speaker, Dr. David Suzuki! 

Dr. David Suzuki is a Canadian academic, science broadcaster, and environmental activist. 
In 1990, Suzuki co-founded the David Suzuki Foundation to “collaborate with Canadians from all walks of life including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education, and policy work.”

A Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Suzuki also holds 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world. MEIA is honoured to have this esteemed and beloved speaker present at our Emerging Issues Cleantech conference. 

Watch this space for sponsorship opportunities, presenter/speaker announcements and registration details to come!

MEIA is Hiring!

MEIA is seeking a motivated summer student to join our team!
Term: Summer 2022
Full time 

Job Summary
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.

Click here for the full job posting

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

Please submit resumes to [email protected] by 5:00pm June 3, 2022.

MEIA AGM and Open House

Thank you to everyone who joined for our first in-person AGM in two years! It was wonderful to sit down and share a meal with everyone and network in person again.

Thank you to our presenters, Richard Reid, Supply Chain Canada, Manitoba Institute and Glenn Laycock, Northern Manitoba Sector Council for sharing about the important work you do.

A special congratulations to our MEIA Lifetime Achievement Award winners Wayne Digby and Vaughn Bullough (posthumous) and to scholarship award winners Kelsey Margraf & Cailin Hesketh-Jost. The MEIA Deb Tardiff Scholarship is supported through MEIA and through sponsorships from our members. Thank you to Gold Level Sponsor Miller Environmental Corporation for supporting the Deb Tardiff Scholarship fund, and to Paul Bauer, CEO of Miller Environmental, for presenting the award.

Longstanding board member and MEIA contributor John Fjeldsted stepped down from the board after many years of service. Thank you John for all you do for the environmental world in Manitoba.

Welcome to MEIA’s new board director Johanna Theroux from Stantec!

Following the AGM, attendees came upstairs to enjoy some refreshments and in-person networking at our Open House. MEIA moved to 310-112 Market Avenue in December 2019, just before the pandemic arrived in Manitoba. It was wonderful to open the doors and invite everyone in for a wine and cheese networking in our “new” space!

Registered Energy Advisor Training

Looking for a new in-demand career or a second income in the Environmental Sector? 3-month flexible training courses starting soon! 

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. 
 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

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 Joni Reimer, Research Manager at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre

I first heard about the MEIA Student Chapter from a previous member and Chair with whom I was working with at the time. She told me about all the exciting things the Student Chapter does and how its such a great way to get involved at school and invited me to their Recruitment Night.

My most memorable part of being on the Student Chapter was getting the opportunity to be a panelist on the Student Chapter portion of the Emerging Issues Conference in 2020. After the panel, industry professionals told me about how interested they were in me and my fellow panelists’ answers! A few even said it was their favourite part of the whole event. Another memorable part is when I would meet new people and they would say that they know who I am because of my involvement with the Student Chapter. It really opened my eyes to the reach I had and the impressions I was making.

I am currently a Research Manager at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. We are a remote research field station and, as Research Manager, I lead contracted subarctic research projects and experiments as well as assist visiting researchers in any way to provide them with the tools necessary to conduct field work safely and effectively. I enjoy getting my hands dirty in a wide variety of research projects while also gaining a deeper understanding of Manitoba’s North.

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

Leadership Training

In Partnership with Padraig Coaching & Consulting
June 1, 2022 – March 1, 2023
MEIA Member: $550 per course
Non-Member: $575 per course

The sessions will take place in-person, with the option to transition to virtual should public health requirements change. 

RPL Pathways to Meaningful Employment

Manitoba Prior Learning Assessment Network
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
10:00a.m. – 12:00p.m CST

MEIA will update you on the Energy Advisors (EAs) training program. This program was developed as per the federal government’s Greener Homes initiative to meet the need for Energy Advisors (EAs) to help deliver the one million EnerGuide rating services for eligible homes in Canada. The micro-credential courses are targeted for Manitobans currently working in the fields of construction, trades or engineering, to provide necessary up-skilling. The program was designed to help learners acquire the knowledge and specialized skills to get registered as an EA and pass the Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) federal examination.

Click here for more information and to register

Soil Sampling 

In partnership with the University of Manitoba
May 25, 2022
8:00am – 4:30pm
University of Manitoba
Non-Members: $250 / MEIA Members: $150
Students: $160 / MEIA Student Chapter Members: $80

This 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.

Soil Sampling 2022 Agenda

Map with St John’s College and Drilling Location

Students and MEIA Student Chapter Members – please register by contacting MEIA at (204) 306-3121.

Students taking this course for credit hours must also register through the University of Manitoba under the coordination of Mark Hanson, Dept. of Environment and Geography. Take Soil Sampling and the Potable Water and Groundwater Sampling course for 1.5 credit hours (ENVR 2010) – students must register through the University of Manitoba as well as through MEIA to obtain credit hours. Regular tuition and fees will apply in addition to the MEIA fees.

Registrants for this event are eligible to claim 3 PD credits towards maintaining their EP designation with ECO Canada

Potable Water and Groundwater Sampling

In partnership with the University of Manitoba 
May 26, 2022
8:00am – 4:00pm
Cross Commons Room, St. John’s College, University of Manitoba
Non-Members: $250 / MEIA Members: $150
Students: $160 / MEIA Student Chapter Members: $80

This 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.

Water Sampling Agenda

Map with St John’s College and Water Sampling Location

Students and MEIA Student Chapter Members – please register by contacting MEIA at (204) 306-3121.

Students taking this course for credit hours must also register through the University of Manitoba under the coordination of Mark Hanson, Dept. of Environment and Geography. Take Soil Sampling and the Potable Water and Groundwater Sampling course for 1.5 credit hours (ENVR 2010) – students must register through the University of Manitoba as well as through MEIA to obtain credit hours. Regular tuition and fees will apply in addition to the MEIA fees.

Registrants for this event are eligible to claim 3 PD credits towards maintaining their EP designation with ECO Canada

Introduction to Environmental Law in Manitoba

Thursday, May 26, 2022 – Government Session
Thursday, June 2, 2022 – Industry Session
MEIA Office 310-112 Market Ave.
MEIA Member: $250
Non-Member: $350

Click here to register

Purpose of this Course – The course will provide a broad overview of Manitoba environmental laws.  The course will include a discussion of the history of environmental laws including the basic purpose and nature of environmental law. Discussion will focus on the regulatory process to obtain an approval and how to comply with legislation.

Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash

Who should take this Course – The course is aimed at recent college and university graduates (under 5 years of industry experience) who work in the environmental industry sectors.  The course may also be of interest to industry professionals with a workplace safety and health orientation and who are involved in broader environmental issues as part of their work.

What you will learn – The course will provide an overview of the Canadian legal framework including the history of environmental law and how laws are made.  It will include a more 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.

Registrants for this event are eligible to claim 3 PD credits towards maintaining their EP designation with ECO Canada

Member News and Announcements 

ECO Canada Employment Programs are Now Open

If you’re an organization looking to bring on new team members, you could receive up to $18,000 in wage subsidies while supporting student and youth employment within the environmental sector. For certain programs, additional funding is available for training and wrap-around services (i.e. travel costs, childcare). Funding is limited so make sure you apply soon.

ECO Canada recently released a new Compensation Guide. This guide can help you assess how your organization stacks up against its competitors so that you can stay ahead of the Great Resignation.  

Click here for more information

Efficiency Manitoba Announces Funding for New Community Energy Efficiency Advocates

Efficiency Manitoba’s Community Energy Efficiency Program will be providing funding and support over a two-year period to enable four Manitoba municipalities to hire and train an Energy Efficiency Advocate. These Energy Efficiency Advocates will create plans to help their communities lower their energy consumption and bills by participating in Efficiency Manitoba’s programs.

The following municipalities will be receiving support through Efficiency Manitoba’s Community Energy Efficiency Program:

  • Hamiota Municipality
  • Village of St-Pierre-Jolys
  • Municipality of De Salaberry
  • Municipality of Lorne (Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes)

In addition to supporting the work of the Energy Efficiency Advocate, Efficiency Manitoba will provide rebates and technical expertise to support their efforts.

Building on existing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability efforts, Hamiota Municipality’s Energy Efficiency Advocate will serve their 1,250 residents by helping them make energy-efficient choices and become a greener community as a result.

A joint application for the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys, Municipality of De Salaberry, and Municipality of Lorne (Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes) was submitted by Eco-West Canada. Supporting these municipalities, Eco-West will identify energy efficiency opportunities, engage with community groups and residents to promote sustainability efforts, and help coordinate upgrades that will benefit over 5,000 residents.

Creating and executing energy efficiency plans within Manitoba communities is a vital step in not only contributing to Efficiency Manitoba’s electricity and natural gas savings targets, but also in fostering green, robust, and thriving local economies.

Find out more at the Efficiency Manitoba website

Economic Development Winnipeg Ukraine Talent Initiative 

If you are a Manitoba business looking to hire Ukrainian job seekers, follow the instructional guide to post your jobs on the YES! Winnipeg Job Connections Portal.    

YES! Winnipeg is working closely with community partners and business leaders to welcome Ukrainians seeking refuge and financial stability in our province. Winnipeg became the Sister City of Lviv, Ukraine in 1973. Long before that, the province has held deep connections to Ukraine and is home to the largest Ukrainian-Canadian community in Canada.

CLICK HERE to read instructions on how to hire Ukrainian job seekers.

Earth Day 2022

Presented by Green Action Centre

May 15, 2022
12:00pm – 4:00pm
The Forks, 75 Forks Market Road

People and families can come down to enjoy some live music and art, make seed bombs to take home, and talk to Green Action Centre about composting, waste reduction, and sustainable transportation. We’ll have a petition for those interested to sign, and some eco-friendly prizes that can help the winners reduce their waste! 

For more information on Earth Day activities contact our Living Green, Living Well coordinator, Colleen, at [email protected]

Click here for more info

MBiz Breakfast feat. The Honourable Heather Stefanson, Premier of Manitoba

Thursday, May 12, 2022
7:15 AM – 9:30 AM CDT

Fairmont Winnipeg
2 Lombard Place
Member Rate: $50
Future-Member Rate: $75

Join the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce to hear from the province’s FIRST female Premier, Honourable Heather Stefanson on MANITOBA DAY and get your photo taken with the GREY CUP!

Click here for more information and to register

Path to Net Zero for Canadian Real Estate

Presented by Pinchin

May 31, 2022
12:00pm – 1:00pm

The federal government recently announced specific targets for reducing GHG emissions to 40% below 2005 levels. The carbon price is set to rise from $50 per tonne of emissions to $170 by 2030. Real estate investors, specifically institutional capital are facing pressure to demonstrate ESG governance and targeted GHG reductions. How do we design new buildings and communities with these objectives in mind? How do we repurpose existing buildings to meet these commitments? We will be exploring these ideas with our expert panel.Click here for more information and to register

New Model Building Codes – What is in Them and What it Means for You

May 12, 2022
Registration $22.23 – $64.67

The latest building codes came out in March. What is in them? Are there lessons we can learn about their implementation? Join Sustainable Building Manitoba on May 12 to learn more. 

Click here for more information and to register

World Trade Centre Winnipeg: Trade Accelerator Program

 We support Manitoba Businesses!  

The World Trade Centre Winnipeg is an information portal for Manitoba entrepreneurs. Member of the World Trade Centers Association (WTCA) and the Western Canada Business Service Network (WCBSN), we are centered on business.    

WTCW provides the programs and services below:
– Advisory services in business and trade
– Market research and analysis
– Trade mission support
– Training
– Networking events
– Webinars and workshops
– Access to WTCA global network
– Trade Accelerator Program (TAP)

TAP is an innovative industry-led training program for current and future exporters. Check out some success stories. If you are a company willing to become export-ready, apply and join TAP Fall 2022 by clicking here

Contact Info: CAMILLE BARDY TAP Project Manager WORLD TRADE CENTRE WINNIPEG [email protected]

Other News and Events

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology (BEST) Conference

Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel, 4599 Chateau Blvd. Whistler, BC 
May 25-27, 2022
Fairmont Chateau Whistler
BCEIA Member Rate $750

Non-Member Rate $900
Government/Post Secondary Rate $750 
Register Here

The British Columbia Environment Industry Association’s BEST Conference attracts environmental professionals to Whistler, BC every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a sponsor trade show. 

Stream topics include: Hazardous Waste, Insitu Remediation, Legal, PFOs, Spill Response, Contaminated Sites Management, Sustainability, Regulatory, Site Decommissioning and Remediation.

RemTech East 2022

June 1 – 3, 2022
Fallsview Casino Resort, Niagara Falls
In partnership with ONEIA, the Environmental Services Association of Alberta will be presenting RemTech East. This event will focus on remediation projects related to eastern Canada including brownfields, industrial sites, mining, government projects, and more. 

The two-day technical program will consist of presentations grouped into sessions chaired by leaders in environmental remediation research and application. Including an ONEIA-member stream.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Canada Water Summit.

The Big Switch: Powering Canada’s Net Zero Future

Canadian Climate Institute launched a major new report: The Big Switch: Powering Canada’s Net Zero Future. This report finds that switching from fossil fuels to electricity is critical to Canada’s climate progress and to making energy more reliable and affordable for all Canadians. The Big Switch explores both the technical and policy changes needed in Canada’s electricity systems to achieve net zero goals. In particular, it examines the technologies that are needed to build electricity systems that are bigger, cleaner, and smarter, and identifies policies that can drive Canada’s “big switch” in ways that make sense in the Canadian federation. 

Canada Introduces Mandatory Climate Disclosures for Banks, Insurance Companies Beginning 2024

Canada will require banks and insurance companies to provide disclosures on their climate-related risks and exposures beginning in 2024, according to the federal government’s newly released Budget 2022. The budget also outlines over $9 billion in proposed funding to address climate change, and plans for a new green bond offering in the upcoming year.

While the rules do not yet apply to other companies, OSFI will also expect the financial institutions to collect and assess information on climate risks and emissions from their clients, and the budget notes that the government is committed to move towards mandatory TCFD reporting “across a broad spectrum of the Canadian economy.”

The budget also outlines plans for over $9 billion in proposed climate-related funding, in line with Canada’s recently released 2030 climate plan. Key areas of investment include over $3 billion to support zero emissions vehicles (ZEV), more than $1 billion for green buildings and homes, as well as investments in renewable energy, clean agriculture technology, and nature-based climate solutions.

Click here to read the full article

Bioscience Association Manitoba Funding Day

May 25, 2022
7:30am to 5:00pm
Victoria Inn & Convention Centre, 1808 Wellington Ave
Registration: $125
MEIA Member Registration: $100
Contact MEIA to register under the MEIA member price [email protected] or (204) 783-7090

Funding day facilitates meetings between companies from across the province, and program managers, investors and service providers. The  goal of the event is to create connections that help companies develop strategic partnerships, gain  access to funding and secure the resources they need to grow their companies and further strengthen Manitoba’s economy.    

In a series of scheduled seven-minute one-on-one meetings, companies will quickly learn about programs and the people that manage them while sharing information about their company. This allows both parties to gather valuable information about each other in a timely and efficient manner. 

Utilizing a computerized match-making process supported by an online survey, companies will meet one-on-one with various funders, investors and service providers. 

Click here to register

Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop

October 2 – 5, 2022
Fort Garry Hotel

Abstract submission is open until July 7th.

Abstract submission is open for the 48th Annual Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop (CEW), which will be held in person and streamed virtually at the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg from October 2 to 5, 2022. The hybrid format of CEW will support both in-person and virtual presentations and posters.

The CEW website ( is also a useful resource if you require more information about the organization.

Canada-Manitoba Job Grant Intake Now Open

The Canada–Manitoba Job Grant provides funding to address an employer’s workforce training needs. Employers can apply for up to $10,000 per employee, with an overall maximum of $100,000. Employers with 100 or fewer employees can receive 75 per cent of eligible training costs and employers with more than 100 employees can receive 50 per cent of eligible training costs. To qualify, the training must be delivered by a third-party trainer.
Eligible training costs include:

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

Click here for details

2022 Embracing Excellence Lean Conference

Presented by Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
June 6-9, 2022
RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg, 375 York Avenue

Join over 1,000 leaders, managers and Lean practitioners in the largest Lean event in Canada. Explore Lean thinking, share enterprise excellence and learn Lean best practices. The conference will include:

•7 Keynote Speakers
•14 Hands-on Workshops
•18 Plant Tours
•36 Practitioner Sessions (in Leadership, People, Daily Improvements and Special Interest value streams)

Registration is now open for plant tours and pre-conference workshops! Tour registration is delegates-only, and included in conference pricing. Workshops are not included in conference pricing but are open to all, even those not planning on attending the conference.

Click here for more information and to register

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Civic Election Survey

The next civic election will be held on October 26, 2022. To help The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce develop its policy recommendations for prospective candidates, this five-minute survey is focused on civic issues. What does the Winnipeg business community think the priorities should be for the next mayor and council?

As an extra incentive to participate, all respondents will be eligible for a draw for one of two $100 Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Gift Cards.

Click here to take the survey. 

All survey responses will be anonymous. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Colin Fast, Director of Policy, at [email protected]

The Conservation and Climate Fund Application Intake is Now Open

In 2021, the fund supported nine Manitoba organizations and projects ranging from converting waste into useable energy products, supporting composting and advancing zero emissions and active transportation, to climate adaptation of wetlands and nutrient reduction in the Lake Winnipeg basin. The fund has been increased this year to $1.5M.

The application criteria are based on pillars and keystones of the Made-in-Manitoba Climate and Green Plan. Grants will be available for selected projects that support current priorities and align with at least one of three categories: clean technology, water, nature and resilient landscapes.

Eligible applicants include incorporated non-profit organizations, academic and educational institutions, municipalities, businesses, northern and Indigenous communities.

The application intake is now live and will close on June 17.

For information and how to apply, visit

2022 Turtle Island Indigenous Science Conference

June 14-16, 2022
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
Professor/Scientist/Business Professionals/Members of Government – $300.00
Students & Post Doctoral Fellows – $100.00.

Many North Americans, including Indigenous peoples, aren’t aware of the rich Indigenous scientific legacy and the value of the application of two-eyed seeing to modern science today.

Through interactive sessions with world-renowned speakers, cross-pollination of ideas, and approaches, the conference aims to raise the profile of Indigenous STEM science. Indigenous scientific accomplishments that rivaled those of the rest of the world will be explored among other topics.Click here to register