MEIA Newsletter – June 2021


MEIA News and Announcements

Best Wishes and Many Thanks Kara!

With a fond farewell we say goodbye to our intrepid Education and Training Coordinator, Kara Gross who will be completing her term at MEIA at the end of June. Kara was hired in 2020 as MEIA’s summer student and returned as the Education and Training Coordinator for January – June 2021. Kara is moving on to complete her Masters degree in Community and Urban Planning at Dalhousie University.

The MEIA staff and board wish her all the best in her studies and we hope to see her back in Manitoba again someday. Thank you for all your hard work, Kara!

Welcome to the Team Adam!

Please join us in welcoming our new summer student Adam Shaw to the MEIA team! Adam will be helping us with various projects and research over the summer, beginning in early July. He is keen to work in the field of environment and sustainability, so be sure to say hello in our next zoom chat and welcome him to the industry. We’re glad to have you on board Adam!

MEIA is Hiring! Industry Workforce Development Manager

Full time
Please submit resumes to [email protected] by 4:00pm June 30

Manitoba Environmental Industries Association has been working to advance Manitoba’s environmental and clean technology sector for 30 years. As the Sector Council for Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, our mandate has expanded and we are looking for an organized and energetic individual to fill the role of full-time Industry Workforce Development Manager in our Winnipeg office.

The Workforce Development Manager is responsible for understanding the human resource needs of Manitoba’s Natural Resources, Energy and Environment (NRE&E) sector, conducting training needs assessments, and planning and coordinating the development, delivery and evaluation of workforce development programs. Reporting to the executive director, the Workforce Development Manager works within the Province of Manitoba’s Sector Council Program framework to facilitate education, awareness and engagement activities that meet the workforce development needs of the NRE&E sector.

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.

Save the Date! MEIA Emerging Issues Conference 2021

Tuesday, Nov 23 – Thursday, Nov 25, 2021
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

MEIA is excited to announce the dates of our annual Emerging Issues Conference! We are planning for a virtual event again this year to be sure that everyone can attend safely. The conference will take place over three mornings on Tuesday, Nov 23, Wednesday, Nov 24 & Thursday, Nov 25. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available! Stay tuned for more updates!

MEIA Renewable Industry Survey Update

Following up on our 2016 Probe Research Report on CleanTech Industry in Manitoba, MEIA commissioned DLF Consulting to issue a study and corresponding report on Manitoba’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industry (REI). The purpose of the report was to identify opportunities for training and workforce development while creating recommendations that respond appropriately to the demands of a rapidly growing sector; made possible through the dissemination of a digital survey to over 500 individuals and organizations currently working within the REI. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey; we received great feedback and are looking forward to presenting the report coming up in mid-June. 

New MEIA Website is Now Live!

MEIA has been working behind the scenes to spruce up our our website with some new info and a fresh new look. Check it out!

New pages include: 
Climate Smart Certification
One of our initiatives is the Climate Smart program, which helps businesses to profitably reduce energy, fuel and waste footprints. MEIA is able to offer Manitoban businesses the opportunity to become Climate Smart certified with significant training support – up to $1,000 per business.

ECO Canada 
MEIA and ECO Canada have entered a formal agreement to collaborate on events, training, seek joint funding for projects, and support each other with resources, input, and supports to build a strong environmental workforce in Manitoba and effectively support employers, workers, academia, organizations, and Indigenous communities. 

Leadership Training
As a part of our mandate to promote Education, Awareness, and Workforce Development, MEIA supports the enhancement of soft-skills amongst individuals who are working in the Natural Resources, Energy, and Environment sectors. Soft-skills courses, workshops, and programs hosted by our partners are listed on this page.

Projects & Reports
This space will host survey results and other MEIA projects and reports.

REMINDER! If you have a job posting or event you’d like to promote through the MEIA website, you can! Go to the Job Board or Partner Events portals to submit your information and an administrator will post it. It’s that simple!

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

MEIA Remediation Conference 2021

Wednesday, June 9
9:00am – 11:30 am

Click here to register

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!

Intro to Environmental Law in Manitoba

June 10 & 17
8:30 am- 12:00 pm
MEIA Member: $250
Non-member: $350
Students: $75

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.

Industry Aboriginal Cultural Awareness & Engagement Workshop

In Collaboration with Okimaw Community & HR Solutions
September 14 & 15
8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST
MEIA Members: $100
Non-Members: $400

Understanding the history and culture of Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples’ is critical to moving forward as a business and as a nation. This understanding is especially pertinent in natural resource extraction, mining, and forestry, but Aboriginal relations have far reaching financial and social impacts in any industry. Whether your focus is in recruitment, business development, or training, this workshop will help you and your team build informed, effective, and respectful relationships with Metis, First Nations Peoples and communities.

Click here to register


Due to health restrictions this course has been moved to September. Registration details to come.

Member News and Announcements 

Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce AGM

June 23, 2021
11:30 am – 2:00 pm CST

The agenda will include a major announcement, policy update, and the swearing in of new directors. Featuring a keynote discussion on UNDRIP.
Click here to register

ECO Canada Wage Funding Applications Now Open

ECO Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada is offering wage funding for employers looking to onboard young professionals. This program offers eligible employers up to 80% of salary coverage to create meaningful environmental jobs in science, technology, engineering, mathematics within natural resources sectors, including Energy, Forestry, Mining, and Earth Sciences. 

Click here to apply

Find a Supplier: Efficiency Manitoba Directory

Efficiency Manitoba has a new online directory of registered contractors and consultants. These suppliers partner with Efficiency Manitoba to deliver their energy efficiency incentive programs, which can help your business save money on energy bills and reduce maintenance costs. Browse the list to find a supplier in your community.

If you’re a registered supplier and don’t see your business listed, contact Efficiency Manitoba to let them know.

Water & Wildlife Permitting for Development

Presented by Pinchin
June 9, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Environmental regulations are becoming increasingly complex, and unexpected permitting requirements can cause project delays. Having a general understanding of what features may have environmental permitting requirements, and how those regulatory processes work, will facilitate project schedules and outcomes.

Join us for this 1-hr webinar as our Environmental Science experts will be discussing ways to potentially streamline permitting processes for projects. This webinar will introduce developers, civil engineers, planners, architects, and other members of the development team to our environmental science service line, and outline some effective and efficient strategies that can help improve the success of projects.

Click here to register

World Trade Centre Winnipeg Seminars

Dates: Throughout June 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.

How to Build a DIY SEO Strategy – Tue June 8 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
An Overview of Employment Standards – Wed June 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Starting a Business in Manitoba – Thu June 10 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Best Practices for Hiring Newcomers – Fri June 18 @ 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

Guidance on Good Practices in Climate Change Risk Assessment

Presented by Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment

CCME was established in 1964 and is composed of the environment ministers from the federal, provincial and territorial governments. They recently published two new reports below.

Guidance on Good Practices in Climate Change Risk Assessment and its accompanying Good Practices in Climate Change Risk Assessment – A Summary.
This guidance document with its accompanying summary supports good practices in conducting climate risk assessments across jurisdictions by providing a location-specific understanding of climate impacts and the risks they pose. The guidance document introduces the fundamentals of climate change risk assessment, and outlines questions users should consider prior to undertaking a climate change risk assessment. The accompanying summary supports users in determining which good practice best addresses their needs.

Key Elements to Guide Governance for Cumulative Effects Assessment, Monitoring and Management.
This document outlines key elements of cumulative effects assessment, monitoring and management (CEAMM) governance, which federal, provincial and territorial governments could consider in the development and delivery of effective CEAMM approaches. The descriptions and examples of key elements provide guidance for new and existing CEAMM programs and support clarity and alignment between jurisdictions.

To browse other CCME publications in their Resources page, click here

Day With the Inspectors- Virtual Conference

Presented by Pharmaceutical Sciences Group (PSG)
Wednesday, June 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm CST

PSG Member: $470.00
Group (at least 5 people): $350/ticket

This single-day conference will help to give attendees a better understanding of Health Canada regulations, identify gap areas within their own organizations, and become aware of the expectations from our Governing Body. The event will provide attendees with a rare and unique opportunity to learn directly from the Health Canada GMP Inspectors plus participate in the much-anticipated panel discussion.

This year’s topics include: 

  • Virtual remote inspections 
  • GMP Inspection Trends  
  • Extra-jurisdictional recognition
  • Interactive panel discussion with Health Canada GMP Inspectors

Click here to register

Self Testing: A COVID-19 Game Changer 

Presented by Bioscience Association Manitoba
Dr. Steven Theriault presents a virtual webinar discussing the possibilities of COVID-19 self/rapid tests to keep communities and workplaces safe and healthy

Click here to view the webinar

Building Your Local Government’s Circular Economy Strategy

Presented by Circular Cities and Regions Initiative
June 15, 2021
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm CST

Beginning with a focus on visionary principles our knowledgeable panel of speakers will discuss the initial steps and components recommended for the development of a circular economy strategy. The webinar will include best practice examples and demonstrate successful circular economy policy development from Canada and around the globe.


  • Ashima Sukhdev, North America Programs Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Wayne Hubbard, Chief Executive Officer, ReLondon (formerly LWARB)
  • Barb Swartzentruber, Executive Director, Smart Cities Office, Guelph-Wellington

Click here to register

Nature-Based Climate Solutions Project Map

The New Brunswick Environmental Network, Nature NB, Nature Canada and Canadian Freshwater Alliance have come together to create an interactive map that showcases the scale of nature-based climate solutions that are being implemented across the country, and connect people to these projects. If you have a project that you would like to see on this map, please fill out this form!