MEIA Info Bulletin – November 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

Join Us for the MEIA 30 Year Anniversary Reception at the Emerging Issues 2021 Conference!

In celebration of MEIA’s 30 Year Anniversary, we will be amping up our reception to include Greetings from the Honourable Jon Reyes, Minister of Economic Development and Jobs followed by 30 Year Anniversary Celebration with networking and cocktails. Come for the free drink, stay for the celebration!

Click here to register for Emerging Issues 2021!

Welcome to the Team Melissa Dorota!

Please join us in welcoming our new Industry Workforce Development Manager, Melissa Dorota!

Melissa has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Political Science. With 15 years of professional experience, Melissa has a vast understanding of the environmental sector and has consulted with both private and public sectors. She has a background working with waste management and recycling, the natural resource sector, and First Nations community consultations on sustainability projects. Melissa brings project leadership and business development to the team.

We are delighted to have Melissa on our team! If you missed her at the MARR conference, please come say hello at our upcoming Emerging Issues conference!

Rock Circle Radio Show Archived Episodes Now on MEIA Website

New shows air 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!

The Rock Circle Radio Show is 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. New episodes air on Tuesdays at 6pm (CT) on 105.5 NCI FM – The Spirit of ManitobaPlease be sure to tune in!

Certified Energy Advisor Training

The Certified Energy Advisor training program was developed by MEIA in partnership with Red River College and Efficiency Manitoba. The Energy Advisor Micro-Credential Program prepares students to become a Registered Energy Advisor with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and to support efforts to increase energy efficiency within Manitoba’s built environment.

The program is divided into 3 courses: The Foundation Level, House Level, and Housing Audit. The Foundation Level course is now underway with 30 students enrolled. 

If you missed out on registering for the Foundation Level course, don’t worry! Courses may be offered on a rotating basis. If registration for your desired course is unavailable, sign up to be notified when registration reopens.

MEIA Student Chapter Alumni

Featuring Stephanie Connell – Researcher at the Centre for Terrestrial and Planetary Exploration (C-Tape)

MEIA’s Student Chapter helped me prepare for entry to the workforce by exposing me to the environmental industry as I pursued an undergraduate degree in environmental sciences. Being a member of the MEIA student chapter helped me get started with my career by introducing me to the professional world where I attended my first conference. I have mainly focused on studying the Earth’s environmental processes; however, I have also been able to apply that knowledge to other planets within our solar system through my planetary research. Providing students with networking opportunities with those already in the workforce will surely guide them in the right direction.

Check the MEIA website for more Student Chapter alumni bios!

Show Me the Money: Funding and Supports for Manufacturing

December 2, 2021
9:30 am – 11:30 am CST

Join us at a virtual session to learn how to access funding to benefit your company or organization in the following areas: Workforce Development-Work Integrated Learning; Economic Development and Trade; Advanced Manufacturing, Research, and Innovation; and Environmental Improvement Programs – Carbon Footprint Reduction Support. MEIA’s Jack Winram will speak on the panel Environmental Improvements and Carbon Footprint Reduction. 

Click here for more information and to register

Upcoming MEIA Training & Events

MEIA’s Emerging Issues 2021 Conference

The Net-Zero Future: Investing in Sustainability
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
8:00am – 4:30pm with cocktail reception to follow
Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park 1405 St Matthews Ave

Click here to register

Featuring Keynote Speaker Linda Coady, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, this year’s conference will focus on pathways to a net-zero future, focusing on the following topics:

  • Environmental Social Governance
  • Economic and Environmental Recovery
  • Indigenous Pathways to Sustainability
  • The Next Generation: Students in Environmental Studies
  • Local Examples of Net-Zero and Carbon Greenhouse Gas Awareness

Click here to view sponsorship opportunities

MEIA Member $250.00
Non-Member $300.00
Student Chapter Member $30.00
Student $50.00
Click here to register

The venue requires that all attendees bring proof of vaccination in order to attend. *Conference delivery may change to a virtual format pending health restrictions.

Info Session: Recommendations for the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act

November 30, 2021
10:00am – 11:00am
Click here to register

In December 2020, the Clean Environment Commission published the Review of Legislation and Programs for Sites Impacted by Development. Manitoba Conservation and Climate will be holding an information session about the thirteen recommendations that were made under the Contaminated Sites Remediation Act.

The report includes:

  • the background and current state of legislation and programming addressing contamination and degradation of sites across Canada;
  • a review of management approaches associated with orphaned and abandoned mining and oil and gas sites;
  • an in-depth assessment of Manitoba’s legislation and programs; and
  • options and recommendations for program improvements in Manitoba.

Click here to read the Review of Legislation and Programs for Sites Impacted by Development report

Following the information session MEIA will be initiating 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.

Member News and Announcements 

ECO Canada Training & Wage Subsidies for Environmental Jobs

ECO Canada’s Training and Wage Subsidies programs help employers attract new talent, while saving initial wage and training costs. Best of all, young practitioners and students will be able to kickstart their career journey and gain meaningful work experience. Companies could get up to 80% wage subsidies plus additional funding to help with training and other supports.

Funding is limited so click here to apply soon!

Efficiency Manitoba Updates to Business Lighting Program

Efficiency Manitoba offers financial incentives for energy-efficient lighting upgrades in your business. For a limited time, the Business Lighting Program (BLP) is now offering bonuses for customers and suppliers.

CUSTOMER BONUS: increased incentives by 25% for all eligible lighting projects completed before March 31, 2022.   

SUPPLIER BONUS: a $100 bonus to registered suppliers for every application they complete for their customers before March 31, 2022.   

Click here for more information

Digital Manitoba Initiative Funding

Presented by Manitoba Chambers of Commerce

The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC)’s new Digital Manitoba Initiative (DMI) offers businesses and non-profit organizations across Manitoba a low-risk way to invest in and adopt digital technology. The Province of Manitoba is funding the $15 million initiative as part of Manitoba’s $50-million Long-Term COVID-19 Recovery Fund, but MCC will deliver and manage DMI.

Two streams of funding:

  • TechUP digital adoption investment of up to $5,000 for fundamental digital tools
  • PowerUP will provide up to $25,000 for strategic digital projects.

Click here for eligibility and more information

Building & Infrastructure Resiliency and the Risks of Overland Flooding

Presented by Pinchin
November 15, 2021
11:00am – 12:00pm CST

As we experience longer and more intense rainfall events, the risk of overland flooding will increase. In this webinar we will discuss the combined impact of precipitation and urban development on flood potential and how developers and operators of buildings and infrastructure can best design and manage around these impacts.

This 1-hr webinar will discuss

  • Resilient design for flood mitigation
  • How do we manage our buildings with increased flood risks?
  • Effects of precipitation on urban development

Click here for more information and to register

Lean for Service and Office

Presented by World Trade Centre Winnipeg & CME
Nov 18, 2021

Come and learn about the power of using standardized processes to identify wastes and opportunities in the office environment. Lean teaches proven techniques for looking at any process to find ways of increasing the value added components of day to day tasks. It’s engaging, effective and produces real results!

The attendee will learn the following:

  • Learn and understand the 5 principles of Lean
  • Learn to identify wastes in any process
  • Learn how working with a formal improvement process improves employee but-in and engagement

Click here for more information

Other News and Events

Retrain Manitoba Launch

In preparation for Manitoba to move to the next stage of economic recovery and as a result of funding provided by the Province of Manitoba, YES! Winnipeg and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce has launched Retrain Manitoba, a $12.5 million workforce skills development grant program. 

Under this program Manitoba businesses will be able to access funding up to $2,500 per employee for retraining and upskilling to adapt to the changing needs of businesses. 

Employers who have already paid for courses with start dates from Apr. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2022, are eligible to apply immediately and will be reimbursed up to $2,500 per employee to a maximum of $75,000 per company. This program will cover a range of in-person and online industry-recognized training courses provided by a third-party trainer, both inside and outside of Manitoba. 

Click here for more information and Info Session Webinar dates/times

Canada-Wide Standards for Mercury Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Power Generation Plants: 2017-2018 Progress Report

Presented by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

In 2006 CCME endorsed Canada-wide Standards for Mercury Emissions from Coal-fired Electric Power Generation Plants (CWS). The CWS set targeted caps for each signatory jurisdiction for the year 2010. This report presents information for 2017-2018 on the attainment of 2010 emissions caps under the CWS.

The publication can be found here or through CCME’s searchable resource browser.

Role of Canada’s Forest Sector for Economic Development & Climate Change Mitigation

November 10
12:00 pm CST

This webinar will discuss the forest sector transitions required to address Canada’s objectives regarding climate change while maintaining economic growth.

Panelists includes:
– Diane Nicholls, RPF, Assistant Deputy Minister, Chief Forester, Government of British Columbia
– Werner Kurz, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada
– Warren Mabee, Ph,D., Canada Research Chair in Renewable Energy Development and Implementation, Queen’s University
Moderator: Oskar T. Sigvaldason, P.Eng., Ph.D., FCAE

Click here to register

International Energy Agency (IEA) Releases 2021 World Energy Outlook

Against the backdrop of turbulent markets and a crucial meeting of the COP26 conference on climate change in Glasgow, the 2021 World Energy Outlook (WEO) provides an indispensable guide to the opportunities, benefits and risks ahead at this vital moment for clean energy transitions.

The WEO is the energy world’s most authoritative source of analysis and projections. This flagship publication of the IEA has appeared every year since 1998. Its objective data and dispassionate analysis provide critical insights into global energy supply and demand in different scenarios and the implications for energy security, climate targets and economic development.

Click here to download report

Policy Levers Toolkit: Using Government Policy to Help Cleantech Succeed

The Canada West Foundation have developed a list of government policy levers that can be used to shape the behaviour of consumers, of markets, of producers, of investors and of competing jurisdictions to help cleantech companies succeed. At the heart of the tool are 20 different policy levers—such as carbon regulation, international trade agreements, tax incentives and regulatory harmonization—each of which comprises a specific set of actions that can be taken by government to help businesses with the successful development, adoption and commercialization of cleantech. Click here to view the toolkit

Sink or Swim: Transforming Canada’s Economy for a Global Low-Carbon Future

Presented by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices

Sink or Swim: Transforming Canada’s economy for a global low-carbon future is a major new report from the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices, Canada’s independent climate policy research institute. The report assesses Canada’s economic prospects in response to the global low-carbon transition and offers recommendations for successfully navigating that transition.

ESG and Mining Course

November 9 & 10
10:00 am – 1:00 pm CST
$499 USD

A vast array of ESG frameworks, principles, goals, standards, and metrics have been designed to support mining companies and their teams operate in a sustainable manner. This course will help trainees to understand which frameworks are relevant to their organization. It will also help trainees manage ESG within their own organizations, by using integrated risk management to include ESG into everyday decision making. Also covered will be how to monitor and disclose ESG effectively to stakeholders, and how to embrace the upside of ESG as a competitive differentiator.

Click here to register