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eco canada and meia

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with the Manitoba Environmental Industries Association (MEIA). This partnership will focus on providing ISO 14001 training and EP certifications to organizations across Manitoba as we work towards our mandate of ensuring Canadians have the skills and knowledge required for environmental work.

world ocean day canada

June 8th marks World Oceans Day, an initiative that began in 1992 as an opportunity for non-government organizations (NGOs) and civil society to highlight environmental issues affecting our ocean.

sustainable house upgrades

Whether you live in a century home or a brand new one, home improvements will likely play a role in your future. Trying to decide where best to invest your time, money and effort can be overwhelming. We’ve put together some practical sustainable home upgrade ideas that you can implement yourself or with the help of a contractor.

preparing office for return to work

A year after businesses had to shift to remote working due to the pandemic companies are considering a return-to-the-office scheme for employees. As with the change to remote working, the shift back to on-site working may not be simple for everyone and could require an adjustment period. With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to help prepare your employees as they return to the office.

alberta project funding eco canada

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with the Province of Alberta and several other associations to develop a green hiring outlook and job snapshots, talent strategies, career and worker transition resources, and an employer HR toolkit under two new workforce initiatives.

what is sustainable fishing

In this part of our sustainability series, we’re looking at sustainable fishing. What is it? What are the problems with the fishing industry currently and how can we improve the situation to ensure that fishing stocks are still bountiful for future generations?

what is sustainable agriculture

Global food supplies are currently facing a huge challenge. As the global population rises, so too does the need for food. With a global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, according to the UN, there’s a need to increase food production by 70% in the next 30 years to ensure enough food for everyone and avoid further food insecurity.

succession planning for employees (1)

Within a few years, almost 173,000 roles within the environmental industry will need to be filled. The net environmental job openings come from both retirement and sector growth. Let us walk you through a few steps to get you on your way to finding an environmental job.

what is sustainable fashion image

The fashion industry is currently anything but sustainable. It’s estimated that the fashion industry as a whole contributes more to climate change than the aeronautical and shipping industries combined. We take a look at what can be done.

what is sustainability

What does sustainability mean, and why is it important?

ECO Canada researcher

Over the last 12 months, our research team has released 11 reports which dive into the future of Canada’s environmental sector and its workforce. We’ve looked at the overall trends for the sector as Canada begins post-pandemic recovery and into specific industries such as cleantech, energy-efficient buildings and nature conservation.

building as a system

In our report, Assessment of Occupational Skills Needs and Gaps for the Energy Efficiency Buildings Workforce, we discussed the potential of buildings to help Canada reach its carbon reduction goals by 2050. One way in which this can be achieved is through using the “building as a system” approach in design and construction. We’ll take a look at what this term means and what the benefits are.

If you’re an environmental business owner or leader, you’ve inevitably given thought to the future of your business. We’ve garnered expert advice on how to ensure your business succeeds after you retire.

If you’re an environmental business owner or leader, you’ve inevitably given thought to the future of your business. We’ve garnered expert advice on how to ensure your business succeeds after you retire.

interview with bob sweeney simcorp

You’re likely familiar with the stories of how some of the world’s largest technology companies had humble beginnings. Apple, Amazon, Google—all started in a small… Read more

interview with funmilayo atilola at dwb consulting

Finding the right career is all a matter of chemistry. It’s about combining the right skills and talents to create a unique and rewarding career.… Read more

energy efficient building workforce report ECO Canada

Canada has committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. One particular area presents opportunities into achieving this: energy efficient buildings.

Cleantech canada 2021

What is cleantech and what is Canada’s role? We take a look at the state of Cleantech in Canada in 2021 including opportunities and challenges to overcome.

Cleantech in agriculture

Faced with global food insecurity, what can we do to ensure everyone has access to ample food? Innovative cleantech solutions in Canada could help.

ECO Impact 2021 winners

Meet the 2021 winners of ECO Impact 2021. Our annual awards event celebrates the top environmental professionals and the organizations they work for.

what is the blue economy

What is the Blue Economy and what does it mean for Canada? The Blue Economy, put simply, refers to sustainable use of our oceans’ resources.

solar energy

In November 2020, the government tabled legislation that would set targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. We take a look at what this means for energy development in Canada.

Our recent labour supply report focuses shortages of environmental works over the next decade. We take a look at what academia can do to help.

canada zero plastics waste goal

Examining the costs and benefits of Canada’s move towards zero plastics wastes and the next steps we must take following on from this committment.

reformed fisheries and aquaculture act canada

What is the reformed fisheries and aquaculture act and what does it mean for the future of the fisheries industries? We examine the implications.

Do you know what skills you need for success in environmental careers? We detail the key skills that employers are looking for in environmental jobs.

Press Release: youth wishing to apply their digital skills will be able to start their careers with environmental employers with new wage funding help. Organizations in industries such as cleantech or sustainability solutions can benefit from employment programs to bring in bright, young talent.

Learn more about how AET achieved this certification and all of the technology and sustainable initiatives it took to obtain it.

Orange Shirt Day is an annual awareness day created in recognition of the harm that the residential schools have caused to children’s sense of self-worth, self-esteem, and well-being during 1891-1981.This event helps spread awareness and to educate Canadians about the experiences that these children had in residential schools, and honors survivors and their families’ healing journey.

Workplace fire safety should be a top priority for Canadian businesses — fires kill roughly eight people in Canada every week, Fire Safety Canada reveals. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced significant changes in the workplace, and fire safety standards, in particular, have been greatly impacted.

Asbestos is a natural material that comes in several forms, and can cause serious health problems if inhaled or ingested. While there are several types of asbestos fibers, chrysotile, known as white asbestos, is the most common, and accounts for 90% of asbestos production in the world. Up until 2018, when asbestos was banned in Canada, the country was the one of the world’s leading asbestos exporters.

As Canada moves towards a green economic recovery, employers can leverage wage funding to hire young professionals with the latest skills and knowledge.

Our relationship with Indigenous peoples is founded on respect. Respect for their distinct cultures, history, unique relationship to the land and the legal status of Indigenous Peoples.

You might think that most of the struggles between millennials and employers come from the generation gap. While this is certainly a true statement, a lack of understanding of the millennial generation is also a common significant factor. We have gathered a few helpful facts below, which can help you to understand this generation better.

If you’re interested in funding opportunities for training in your community, we invite you to take a look at a comprehensive list of resources we’ve gathered for you.

In authentic efforts to provide a meaningful environmental career path and reduce barriers to success for Indigenous BEAHR Graduates, Lakeland College and ECO Canada signed an articulation agreement on June 17, 2020.

The latest installment from ECO Canada’s HR Insights series is here! We have been tracking business and HR trends month over month to understand how the environmental workforce has been impacted by COVID-19 and other current events.

Cleantech is poised to become a $2.5 trillion industry by 2022. Hear from our CEO Kevin Nilsen on the win-win cleantech provides for the economy and the environment.

Employers representing at least 32,750 workers responded to our employer survey, to share how their workforce has been affected by the changing economy.

ECO Canada has been selected as a partner to provide youth training and green job opportunities for youth in STEM. Our employment programs provide Canadian employers with wage funding for environmentally-related roles.

The role of a designated Environmental Professional covers a wide range of career paths. Ademola Adekunle, Environmental Engineer and EPt (Environmental Professional in-training) knows this… Read more

Employers representing at least 32,750 workers responded to our employer survey, to share how their workforce has been affected by the changing economy.

As the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to rise, the Alberta Energy Regulator has temporarily suspended some environmental monitoring requirements for all oil and gas operations.

Listed under the recently announced Ministerial Order 219/2020, the suspension of certain monitoring activities has the potential to affect the labour market and the economic outlooks for Alberta’s environmental workers and businesses.

The Bachelor of Environmental Practice (BEP) is a unique degree completion program that offers huge flexibility whilst at the same time being specifically tailored to meet the needs of future environmental professionals in Canada. Environmental issues are simply not solvable by single-disciplinary perspectives. Graduates gain skills that cut across traditional, narrow,disciplinary boundaries.

Environmental Consulting is considered an essential service in many parts of Canada during the current COVID-19 crisis. Find out which jurisdictions are impacted and how.

ECO Canada has compiled a resource hub related to COVID-19 for affected employers and individuals. Find the latest information on available funding and other programs that can be accessed for assistance.

The COVID-19 outbreak has set a new reality for the majority of us. Workplaces have been shut down and many employers have implemented a work from home policy for their employees. With so much going on around us, adjusting to working from home can be difficult. How do you get work done with all of the distractions that come with being at home? Here are our top 5 tips and tricks for staying

4 project managers using project management skills to discuss an upcoming project

As an environmental professional, having project management training is critical because it provides you with the competencies you will need to progress in your career.

Project managers are expected to use their knowledge and techniques to ensure project requirements are met and desired outcomes are delivered. In addition to using technical knowledge, project managers must also possess the right soft skills that will assist them in tasks such as, making decisions effectively, maintaining client satisfaction, and managing resource productivity.

In December 2019, we hosted our first-ever ECO Canada 12 Days Of Giveaways. We ran this contest on the exclusive EP LinkedIn group, “EP Community… Read more

Environment issues will continue to attract attention in 2019. Find out the top trends that environmental professionals are watching this year. Based on our outreach to our Research Community, we have compiled the top trends and emerging themes that will shape the sector in the coming months.

Forbes 30 Under 30 2019 Nominee, Rachel Wang, has had an unorthodox career journey. The CEO and Founder of Evoke Creatives – a company dedicated… Read more

ECO Summer Students 2019

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The role of a designated Environmental Professional covers a wide range of career paths. Ademola Adekunle, Environmental Engineer and EPt (Environmental Professional in-training) knows this… Read more

Climate change is one of the top priorities in the Canadian environmental agenda. At a provincial level, diverse projects were developed to reduce gas emissions, explore alternate energy sources, or improve farming systems.

Finding the perfect job – or any job- is a full-time job. There is so much information available, either through a google search or from friends and family. Here are some helpful tips from a professional recruiter to assist you with your job search.

ECO Canada conducted a comprehensive survey with 1,853 business establishments across Canada to capture a point-in-time snapshot of the workforce in terms of demographics, establishments, revenues and employment in six key industries.

ECO Canada’s Environmental Immigrant Bridging Program, a pilot project funded by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program, is distributing $300,000 in wage funding support… Read more

Canada’s environmental sector boasts of a highly educated workforce: over 72% of environmental job vacancies require a Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. The… Read more

Content marketing has become the foundation to any good marketing strategy – especially for businesses that provide services to other businesses. It’s a powerful tool… Read more

Hi! My name is Thomas Mo, founder of Alberta Apparel and Greater Canada Apparel. Four years ago, we started Alberta Apparel in hopes of bringing… Read more

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Marilyn Baxter, Winner of Hamilton's Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award

Meet Marilyn Baxter, EP the former Environment Manager at Hamilton Port Authority and winner of Hamilton’s Environmental Lifetime Achievement Award!

Environment issues will continue to attract attention in 2019. Find out the top trends that environmental professionals are watching this year. Based on our outreach to our Research Community, we have compiled the top trends and emerging themes that will shape the sector in the coming months.

Environmental assessment (EA) is a multi-faceted and multi-stakeholder process involving organizations and individuals within diverse industries.

ECO Canada is seeking the services of experienced consultants to produce more refined estimates and forecasts of environmental employment.

In this Member Spotlight, we interview Scott Hanna, a longtime EP member and recipient of Australia and New Zealand’s Certified Environmental Practitioner of the Year Award. Scott’s career has seen him work in over 20 countries and we hear some of the interesting things he has experienced in his 40+ years as an environmental practitioner.

Mentorship Programs provide a forum for experienced environmental professionals, less experienced professionals, and protégés to discuss professional growth and further development of soft skills, project planning and execution, and working in the environmental sector. Mentoring is a personal and rewarding way to give back to the environmental profession.

ECO Canada recently surveyed environmental employers, workers and other stakeholders to discover the tops skills needed to work in the environmental sector. Whether it’s skills that every employer needs, or a highly-technical and specific skill set, professional development is always worth the investment.

AET Group Inc. wins ECO Canada’s inaugural Employer Impact Award for their outstanding commitment to the environmental professionals working for them, their dedication to sustainability, and their community-minded projects.

The 2nd Annual ECO Impact Awards Gala will recognize outstanding environmental professionals from across Canada. For 2018, we have added an Employer Impact Award. Find out more about our speakers.

Featured guest blog by www.mesothelioma.com discussing how Canadian workers are affected by asbestos exposure, and how to achieve a greener future.

ECO Canada is seeking the services of a Research & Analytical Consultant(s) to plan and conduct quantitative and qualitative research, analysis and report writing for… Read more

Job posting trends indicate positive outlook for environmental professionals in Canada. In 2017, job postings in the sector bounced back with almost 23,000 postings, reflecting… Read more

For over 25 years ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization) has helped nurture the environmental sector by connecting professionals to training programs, certifications, career development resources… Read more

The 2030 Agenda includes over 9 areas related to the environment. Find out how you can make a contribution, or how you may already be working towards achieving these global targets in the second of our 3-part series.

Without question, the practices of reclamation and remediation are one of the most important aspects of environmental work in the 21st century.  As we strive… Read more

The 2030 Agenda includes over 9 areas related to the environment. Find out how you can make a contribution, or how you may already be working towards achieving these global targets in the first of our 3-part series.

Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta are the top three provinces where environmental professionals find job positions. In a series of blog articles, ECO Canada is analyzing those regions’ green initiatives and innovation approaches.

Climate change isn’t just a hot topic, it’s something that affects the work of many environmental professionals. Learn the do’s and don’ts of communicating climate change issues and how to develop an effective communications framework.

Environmental professionals across Canada can rejoice as 90,000 additional jobs are expected to be created in the environmental sector by 2024.

With technology advancing at a rapid pace, start-ups are creating products that turn industrial waste into something useful to the environment. This futuristic pyramid-shaped greenhouse is turning algae into organic fertilizer while sequestering CO2 with a zero-waste, off-grid, and carbon-negative process.

When a project is being proposed, it’s not only the impact to the natural environment that is considered. Human health factors need to be taken into account and form an integral part of of the Environmental Impact Assessment process.

There’s something about walking into a room full of strangers that makes people nervous. ECO Canada hosted an event to help professionals build the skills required to network and feel comfortable in any business setting. Learn tips and practical advise that will help you network with ease.

The environmental sector in Canada is growing steadily and at a quick pace. The specialized workforce in this sector is projected to increased by 90,000… Read more

ECO Canada has been connecting environmental professionals in Canada for over 25 years. This spring, we launch our first national TV ad, Connecting Paths, to recognize environmental work and specializations within Canada, while demonstrating how they’re all connected. Read on & watch the video.

If you’re job hunting, you’ve probably considered working from home as a possible solution. Telecommuting suggests great flexibility, freedom from distractions and a healthy work-life balance. Although this kind of arrangement comes with many benefits, it does present some challenges.

Our latest research findings tell us that the demand for environmental workers is sizable, which is why ECO Canada is exploring new ways of measuring environmental employment to understand the unique characteristics of this sector.

For many people, volunteering is about supporting a cause that is important to them. But did you know that it is also an efficient job-hunting… Read more

We kicked off 2018 with a busy schedule of events and have no intention of slowing down. In our quest to meet with Environmental Professionals across Canada, we organized workshops, speakers, networking and webinars to hear from those working in the environmental sector and get some face time with our certified members.

ECO Canada has been studying the environmental labour market for more than 20 years. Learn how we are defining environmental employment and why this is important to get started in the sector.

environmental trends

We reached out to our followers on social media and our Research Community to predict environmental trends for 2018. Read their ideas and thoughts here.

eco canada - selected environmental sub-sectors

ECO Canada is presenting research findings on selected environmental sub-sectors: Communications, Education, Research Development and Policy and Legislation. Learn more about practice areas, demand in Canada, projected growth and trends.

We headed north to the NWT Geosciences Forum and learned about the economic landscape, shared environmental values, and the need to build environmental capacity within Indigenous communities.

There’s growing emphasis on waste reduction, environmental protection and sustainability. Learn more about career opportunities, skills and salaries in the waste management sub-sector.

Hear from Marvin Ward, an Elder of Enoch Cree Nation, and from Carol Crow of Indigenous Visions about their vision for environmental engagement and education.

Meet the winner of the first EPt Impact Award, Jonathan Smith, for his involvement with methane abatement and carbon offset.

Chris Mosher recently won our inaugural Auditing Impact Award for his work with the Forestry Practices Board. Read on to learn about how this fifth generation coastal logger has made an impact in the world of environmental auditing.

The 1st Annual ECO Impact Awards was held in Calgary on September 28, 2017. Meet the winners and learn about their environmental impact.

The subject of Indigenous Relations is closely tied to environmental education within Canada. Learn about our involvement at the 9th annual World Environmental Education Congress in Vancouver.

Careers in the Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) sub-sector are expected to maintain stable growth from the 2017-24 forecast horizon. Learn more about opportunities and industry trends.

Natural Resource Management

Opportunities for professionals in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) sub-sector are expanding in the near and long terms.

Addressing air quality issues is an important matter for both people and planet, and individuals working in air quality can make a huge difference.

Hear from EP member Kyle Paddon about how EP Certification has benefitted his career and his advice for how to shape yours.

ECO Canada’s Internship Program received substantial funding that provides up to 50% in salary for environmental jobs in Natural Resource Sectors. The program will result in the fulfillment or creation of 650 environmentally focused career opportunities for new graduates and corporations

You know what mentoring is, but why does mentorship matter? How can it help your career?

Here at ECO Canada, we’re gearing up for the inaugural session of our new Mentorship Program for our Environmental Professional (EP) members. We believe that mentorship makes a difference and builds a better, more knowledgeable workforce contributing to Canada’s environmental sector.

Find out how ECO can help you build your green career with our resources for junior to mid-career environmental professionals.

We reached out to our 2016-2017 EYC program participants to ask about their experiences. Hear how EYC benefits both employers and interns in our interview with AWES Jeff Renton and Luke Wonneck.

One of the stops on our ECO Canada Roadshow was ESAA’s WaterTech at the Banff Springs Hotel from April 3-5. WaterTech brings together environmental professionals… Read more

Youth Sustainability

Recently, our ECO Roadshow team attended Americana 2017 (environmental forum) in Montreal. Over 12,000 environment and sustainability professionals attended from over 40 countries. One of… Read more

Maybe you’re not old enough to remember the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid!” The 1992 Bill Clinton presidential campaign workers coined it as an internal-facing… Read more

EYC Internship

CALGARY, March 7, 2017 /CNW/ – ECO Canada’s Environmental Youth Corps Internship Program (EYC) received its largest funding top-up in over 20 years. The program… Read more

When your entire business rests on your ability to help clients move to sustainability, Scott Freiburger figures his company, AET Group, had better be walking… Read more

ECO Canada Warns the Public of Door-to-Door Scam We have been made aware of recent door-to-door scams involving fraudulent furnace inspections. The suspects claim to… Read more

It’s a new year and there’s a new vision for Canada; a future that includes putting a price on carbon in a bid to reduce GHG emissions.
The Canadian Government has committed to implementing a carbon tax system by 2018 and has vowed to “reduce carbon pollution, spark innovation and create jobs”. So what will this mean for environmental jobs?

Evnironmental Trends

We reached out to our ECO Research Community to discover their top environmental trends for 2017, and what they feel was accomplished in the past year. ECO asked:… Read more

Those environmental professionals who are not licensed with PEO will not be considered a certified a ‘Qualified Person’. Ensure your voice and opinion is heard by the MOECC. Submit feedback before December 30, 2016.

“In the early 2000s, it was a challenge for environmentalists to be more than someone that clients really didn’t want to see.”

At least that was the experience of Meredith Hamstead, owner of thinkBright Environmental Innovations in Invermere, BC. We recently had a chance to explore with Meredith how the stereotype of an environmentalist has fallen away – and why environmentalists are the new “mentalists.”

Darrin Kinsey, Sr. Project Manager of Enviro-Stewards shares his insights into ways the manufacturing industry can mitigate waste and become more sustainable. Here’s a brief look at one of the topics he covered during the session

Establishing a National Occupational Standard (NOS) is a vital part of our support of the environmental industry. Occupational standards help set a benchmark for skills and competencies in the industry, which helps establish expectations for employers and professionals alike.

Transport Canada’s announcement in June that rail regulations will change this September achieves several things, for both the environment and public health and safety.

The organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio have, by all accounts, been committed to producing an event that lowers the usual environmental footprint of the Olympics. The Games are traditionally known as resource hogs, and these games are no different. What are some of the issues and innovations?

For the people at Caro Analytical Services, ECO Canada’s Environmental Youth Corps internship program is more than a way to find new employees — they look at it as a way to invest in the future of their company.

The program, which receives funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Science Horizons, gives new graduates opportunities to start their careers in the environmental sector and host organizations the chance to expand their teams.

Work in water quality

Over 83,000 core professionals work to keep our groundwater, surface water, drinking water and wastewater safe from pollution, but over 400,000 professionals use “water quality skills” in their roles. See how compliance is driving employment opportunities in this sector with our latest snapshot.

For Supriya Tandan, joining Nimonik as an Environmental Youth Corps intern set her career on an unexpected trajectory. Learn how the EYC internship program helps grow careers and environmental start-ups.

As cities grow, so too does their carbon footprint. Canadian cities have, one by one, pledged to reduce or divert as much waste as possible by 2020. But how are they doing?

“Waste not, want not” is an adage as old as the hills (thanks, Benjamin Franklin), but it’s becoming a mainstay of innovation for scientists and environmental industry professionals who are out to curb the amount of junk cluttering our landfills or filling our oceans.

Here are some exciting new advancements – from names you might recognize, but many you may not.

Looking for a change in role? Consider Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). Our research shows some promising opportunities for environmental professionals interested in this area.

Recently, the government of Ontario passed Bill 172, the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-Carbon Economy Act.

We talked with our VP-Advisory & Training, Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry to discuss the key features of this Act and how it affects the industry.

No question, careers in the environmental sector are on the upswing, especially as more stringent governmental regulations and a shift in mindset within the business community mean more corporations are paying attention to their environmental impact. But does that mean everyone who works in a environmental job is an environmentalist?

Have you been faced with the task of educating non-sustainability professionals about the drivers and benefits of integrating sustainability into their business plans, projects, designs and systems?

Learn success tactics to integrate sustainability into your projects with insights from Sustainability Advisor Karen Chovan.

In 2010, we examined the emerging trends in the environmental sector, including energy efficiency.

Six years later, the industry continues to evolve, but have municipal, provincial and federal governments kept up their enthusiasm for energy efficiency?

Learn why air emission assessment and air pollution control issues are important for the Industry and the legal implications of noncompliance.

See this month’s snapshot and full report on Energy! Learn the skills shared between energy sector employees and environmental professionals, including the ability to liaise with stakeholders, conduct environmental assessments, or develop strategies and programs to monitor sustainable development.

National Occupational Standards (NOS) describe the standard acceptable skills and knowledge required to perform a particular occupation competently.

ECO Canada first developed the NOS for Environmental Employment in 1994. Learn more about the NOS and how it relates to the sector in this blog.

Worker looking down on a waterfall

The BC Water Act, now known as the BC Water Sustainability Act, was brought into force on February 29, 2016. What are the key changes to the Act, and what impact will they have on the industry?

Our Research Community is a place where environmental professionals gather to share their insights and experiences in the industry, and help shape the future of environmental employment in Canada. Learn what they’re talking about and how you can take part!

More than 30,000 environmental professionals across Canada make up the Site Assessment and Reclamation labour force.

See this month’s Site Assessment and Reclamation Snapshot to learn future employment trends, areas of growth, key skills, salary expectations and more.

What’s the future of food? Some innovative minds are coming up with new ways to help us keep the cupboards full, from vertical, undersea and underground farms.

Get to know the environmental labour market research with the next monthly snapshot. This month, we’re focusing on Air quality, a small sub-sector that’s in demand.

Manager advising a co-worker

No matter what industry, good leaders share essential qualities: good communication, strategic thinking, understanding team dynamics – to name a few.

The good news is, you can develop those skills no matter where you are in your career with help from ECO Canada and Royal Roads University.

There’s innovation everywhere in the environmental sector — so much so it’s sometimes hard to keep up. Here’s a look at four industry-related stories this week — some spotlight problems and some spotlight solutions. Take a look and get inspired.

Get the facts and trends we’ve discovered in our environmental labour market research in a new way: monthly snapshots. This month, we’re focusing on Sustainability, one of the fastest-growing fields in Canada.

As many Canadian provinces are proposing cap and trade to deal with climate change, how does it help the industry and government? Find out the tangible and intangible benefits from Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry.

Here’s a look back at the top achievements ECO Canada accomplished in 2015, from enhancing our EP certification to growing the economy with our internship program.

Carbon markets are unlikely to merit even a single mention in a Paris climate change agreement, but the idea of trading emissions has not gone away.

Learn what the possible outcomes of COP21 may be this week with our guest blog by Amit Thusu, Program Officer on Clean Development Mechanism at the United Nations.

Lawyers aren’t the only professionals who benefit from understanding environmental law.

Develop practical skills and find ways to apply this knowledge for a variety of projects and industries.

The survey will estimate the numbers of environmental professionals per subsector, industry and region, their educational level and establishment size – which could potentially assist in ensuring that future educational and training programs better meet the needs of Canadian employers.

Man looking at soil sample in lab

You’ve worked hard to build your environmental expertise and have attained the status of a certified Environmental Professional (EP).

Now’s the time to make the most of your certification and reap the rewards.

France is hosting the 21st session of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP21). Where will Canada stand?

By now pretty much everyone has heard about the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and its claim that the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen has been knowingly defeating emissions testing. Aside from the obvious costs associated with further investigations and resolving the issues with the vehicles in question; what are the long-term repercussions?

ISO 14001: 2015 was released on September 15, 2015. Update your environmental management system to align with the new requirements with insights from Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry, EP, CRSP.

In an age of texting and auto-correct, writing skills are slowly being eroded. Yet the one thing hasn’t changed: clear, concise business writing is a must. See how you can help your team build this skill.

The Blue Source team takes immense pride in the work they do – these experts are at the frontier of carbon offset development. Yet one of the major challenges in this emerging industry is the fact that it is so new.

Learn how adopting the Environmental Professional (EP) certification leverages their competitive advantage.

Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry shares why understanding the roles of waste characteristics, incinerator design and operation is important to waste incineration. Gain insights as he shares his experience in the following Q & A.

Join our friends at the 2015 Auditing Association of Canada Conference on September 16-18, 2015 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

When you’re out in the field with limited internet access, staying up-to-date on work emails can be a real challenge. Check out these tips from guest expert Dawn O’Connor to reach the zen of “Inbox Zero!”

Eligible employers can receive up to $12,000 to hire interns for environmental jobs in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Learn more.

Leaf with sun shining through it

ECO Canada and NSDC have signed an agreement recognizing our shared commitment to help connect qualified workers with jobs.

water quality tech

Whether you’re looking to start your environmental career or transition into a new one, how do you know if you should work in environmental consulting? Find out the 5 signs.

While there are other incentives and benefits, salary compensation remains a top factor in employee satisfaction. Learn the top paying environmental jobs and how your salary compares to the national average.

Knowing where to look for the right employment opportunities is both an art and a science. If you’re looking to find an environmental job, what is the best way to connect with environmental employers?

Engagement is not a simple case of all or nothing, but a more complicated matter of degree. Along this spectrum, ECO Canada has identified 4 specific types – which one sounds most familiar to you?

What’s it like to participate in one of our BEAHR Training Programs? Find out in this article by guest writer Breanne Massey.

If you unexpectedly needed to look for work in a new industry, how marketable would your green skills be? Find out if you have the competencies that are in demand across the greatest range of sectors.

Strong networking skills can make or break your long-term career success. Network more meaningfully and effectively by tackling these 3 common dilemmas. 

Interested in working in the areas of energy management, energy conservation, energy efficiency or renewable energy? Learn more about energy careers including salary expectations and experience and skills requirements.

What is the current status and future growth of Canada’s water quality workforce? Learn the key findings of ECO Canada’s recent study, Careers in Water Quality.

What does it take to successfully transition into Canada’s environmental industry? Find out in EP Collins Ugochukwu’s story of his international career.

How do the experts handle team conflict or a client who doesn’t communicate well? Find out in this list of the top 3 communication dilemmas for environmental consultants.

As of October 1, 2014, the Alberta Energy Regulator is managing EIAs for energy resource activities. Learn what you need to know about this new change.

Is your team making one or more of these top 4 communication errors? Here’s what to do.

Congratulations to the newly certified environmental professionals who have proven their expertise and experience this past fall!

The City of Edmonton has won several awards for its environmental excellence. Learn more about Edmonton’s innovative approach to Environmental Management Systems.

Renowned conservationist Brian Keating describes his career path as “canoe paddling my way through life.” Discover his remarkable green career story.

It can be difficult to keep up the rapidly-changing environment industry. With such a wide range of environmental careers, how does your offer compare?

Calgary’s first Green Jobs Forum will help build Alberta’s workforce for a sustainable future. Learn more about the career benefits of this free event.


If you’re looking for a great career that pays well (and who isn’t?), check out this list of top sustainability careers!

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Now is the ideal time for a career in hydrogeology. Make the most of this fascinating profession with these 5 insights!

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Just looking at recent green job ads can be an inspiring experience, but what is the best path to great green careers? Check out this latest infographic to find out!

Are green jobs only growing in new industries? Do environmental employers prefer highly specialized, technical expertise? Discover the answers to these questions and more in our new infographic!

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What are the top opportunities for new grads coming from science, technology, engineering or mathematics programs? You might be surprised in this special guest post by Career Options Magazine's Adrienne Martin.

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Does working in an office sound more appealing than being out in the field? Learn how Tony Ciarla from Tervita Corporation used his extensive environmental chemistry background and transitioned into a corporate sustainability role.

What’s the secret to working as efficiently as possible? It might not be what you think. Find out what a leading “Productivity Ninja” discovered in her company’s recent work experiment.

Want to make the most of your job search? Here are 7 ways you can jump-start your environmental career.

Posted by: Jennifer Schultz, ECO Canada Throughout this blog series, we’ve explored how key skills like effective communication, motivating others and strategic thinking are required… Read more

In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned that effective communication and knowing how to motivate others are vital to demonstrate environmental… Read more

Posted by: Jennifer Schultz In the first part of this blog series, we learned that strong business skills including effective communication are vital to become… Read more

Most people have written at least one résumé in their lifetime, and anyone who has done it, knows that résumé writing can be a tedious and frustrating task. If you’re new to the field, check out these tips on key elements every environmental résumé needs.

Thinking of making the transition into the environmental sector? Don't know where to start? Read about how three professionals made it happen, and learn about what ECO Canada suggests for those wanting to transition.

1/3 of employers experience difficulties finding qualified employees, identifying “a lack of candidates with appropriate skills” as the most common reason. Professional development is your chance to stand out.

What's your perspective on the best strategies that employers should use to increase employee engagement?

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Why simply stop at a list of “hot” environmental jobs? To provide better career insights for environmental professionals, here’s a snapshot of what 3 popular jobs in this sector actually involve.

Feeling motivated in your career pays big in professional growth. At the end of the day, who wouldn’t want to work in a setting where you feel encouraged, stimulated and valued?

Emily Cho, BES, EPt, sheds some light on how the environment industry became her sector of choice, and how she successfully make the transition from student to stellar employee.

Discover how Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology is taking data collection and observation to a whole new level in the environmental industry.


If you’ve ever wondered where sustainability professionals start or how much they typically make in Canada, we’ve got the answers to 5 of your most pressing questions.

Anyone who has worked in an assistant-type capacity understands that most of your time is not your own. Here are 3 key ways to harness your attention and make better use of your time.

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You’ve decided to advance your career with some professional development courses – but what learning style is right for you?

While professional development is important for all industries and sectors, it’s vital for environmental work. Learn why it matters and what activities you can pursue to help your environmental career.

Whether you’re looking to enhance your skills or boost your résumé, investing in your professional development is always a good decision. Learn why you may want to take your next professional program online.

Although research shows that Canada’s environmental workforce is growing, there are also signs of a skills gap. Learn how ECO Canada is working to ensure environmental workers build the skills they need.

Are you an experienced professional with great leadership skills and a desire for continual professional development? You may be the ideal candidate for a career in Environmental Project Management.

Programs like our International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) make it easier for employers to say yes to hiring outstanding young staff. Check out this success story from Inside Education's Karin Hedetniemi.

Small environmental businesses often face tough challenges finding the right staff. Read on to see how B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. overcame this roadblock and hired a keen junior engineer!

Many projects suffer from a lack of the soft skills that practitioners need to execute a project. Read about five key personal soft skills that project managers need to have to be successful.

Want to advance into a leadership role? Your technical skills will only take you so far. Learn how effective communication skills can help you advance your environmental leadership.

Canada’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) sector is a top employment area according to the latest study by ECO Canada.

Canada’s environmental workforce is highly educated. Learn 5 reasons why an online Master's degree in Environmental Practice can help advance your career and stay competitive. 

As one of the fastest-growing industries in Canada, the environmental sector is also host to a variety of misconceptions about what it actually means to “work in the environment.”  Below are five of the most widespread myths about environmental jobs:

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Environmental work in Canada is getting a boost with the return of ECO Canada's International Environmental Youth Corps (IEYC) wage-subsidy program. Find out if you benefit!

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Green careers in Canada is getting support through the IEYC wage subsidy program. Employers have the opportunity to get paid for hiring young professionals.

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What does it take to lead an environmental career outside of a typical environmental industry? Find out in EP Anne Gent’s story of her career shift from environmental consulting to mining.

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ECO Canada caught up with Sarah Hatfield from Pinchin Environmental to chat about the unique challenges for water quality professionals. Learn about what it takes to work in this exciting field.

We’re recognizing over 40 organizations across Canada for their environmental leadership. Learn which organizations and industries are committing to the environment.

Want to make the most of your job search this season? Here’s how if you’re a new grad, transitioning worker or internationally-trained professional. 

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Environmental technicians and technologists are in high-demand across multiple environmental sectors. Learn more about this ideal career for new and transitioning workers.

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ECO Canada has launched the ECO Academy, online training courses to build business skills specific to the environment.

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The wait is over! ECO Canada is excited to announce the launch of the much anticipated, industry demanded, brand new ECO Academy!  

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The right PD can make a world of difference in your career, allowing you to work more effectively and tackle new challenges. There’s just one problem: How do you know that you actually need PD?

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Making a shift to an environmental job doesn’t mean you have to go back to school. Learn how to build skills that matter most to Canada’s environmental employers.

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How can practitioners report on sustainability when it is so challenging to define? Read EP Yogendra Chaudhry’s take on the ins and outs of sustainability reporting.
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Learn the major trends and opportunities for environmental careers in Canada in our latest study, the 2013 Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment.

December 20 marks the six month anniversary of the Alberta floods. Tony Ciarla from Tervita Corporation shares some of his insights on the flood recovery and response.

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What does it take to land a great job in Energy? Find out in our new infographic on the demand, requirements and characteristics of top environmental careers in Energy.

The global standard for environmental management systems, ISO 14001:2004, is under review. Find out how the changes will impact the way certified organizations align their business strategy with their environmental management goals.

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Wondering about the business benefits of internships? Consider these 5 (often surprising) ways it pays to host an intern.

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As a tool to help businesses minimize liability, reduce costs and increase efficiency, environmental auditing is a vital and necessary operational tune-up. Find out what happens in the basic 5-step process.

You’ve submitted dozens of applications, but you still can’t get a job? You’re not alone. Here are five reasons why you’re not getting hired.

Claire Martin

An award winning Senior Meteorologist for CBC News, Claire Martin is paving the way towards greater recognition and credibility for the meteorology sector. She shares her forecast for the future of meteorology.

Whats it Like to be a Sustainability Specialist

Over 35,000 workers in Canada work as Sustainability Specialists, representing 70% of the sustainability workforce. Wondering if this is the career path for you? Read on to find out!

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Which green jobs are in the highest demand? Find out in this list of the top green jobs across Canada.

The growth of Canada's green economy is having a profound impact on employment. The question is, where are all of these green jobs, and what do you need for them? We find out in our latest report.

When you think of environmental jobs, what comes to mind? It’s probably not entomology, aquaculture, or sustainable design. Here are five exciting green jobs that you never knew existed.

forecast for environmental jobs in canada

Discover the latest data on Canada's environment industry in this very digestible infographic format and find answers to questions like "Where are all the green jobs in Canada?"

Find out how Madavine Tom, Life Cycle Analyst at Quantis Canada Inc., was able to advance her green career with the help of the ECO Canada Internship Program.

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The 2012 Environmental Employers of the Year Awards recognized employers for their commitment and dedication to engaging employees.

As many job seekers know, the application process can be extremely competitive. When differentiating yourself to potential employers, it’s important to have a clearly stated… Read more