Press Releases

Hemmera Named One of British Columbia's Top Employers of 2016
February 9, 2016
Hemmera Named One of Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures of 2015
November 25, 2015
Chinook salmon habitat use mapped with eDNA technology
November 19, 2015
Trevor Rhodes to Lead Hemmera’s Alberta Operations
September 14, 2015
Hemmera Welcomes New Shareholders
February 11, 2015
Steelhead LNG And WorleyParsons Sign $30-Million Engineering Services Contract for Proposed Sarita Bay Lng Project
February 6, 2015
Darrell Desjardin to Lead Hemmera’s Alberta Operations
April 21, 2014
Hemmera Expands to Ontario
April 20, 2014
Hemmera Skills Auction Supports the United Way and Nanook House
November 20, 2013
Hemmera Welcomes Five New Shareholders
April 24, 2013

Hemmera is thrilled to announce that our firm has been recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of BC’s Top 100 Employers of 2016. This annual, high-profile competition recognizes the nation’s best places to work – companies that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees.

“We are very excited to celebrate this milestone achievement,” says Paul Hemsley, Hemmera President and founder. “It is an honour to be considered a top employer in British Columbia. Most importantly, I am thankful to all of our employees across Canada for continuing to grow, learn, and live through The Hemmera Way, everyday”. 

Hemmera’s unique culture is defined by The Hemmera Way — a collective way of thinking that defines our behaviours, actions, attitudes, and approach to everything we do. The Hemmera Way differentiates us from our competitors by the way we practice Hemmera’s collective values of being people-based, business focused, and values driven while delivering performance excellence to our clients and projects.

This year’s BC winners were evaluated by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers using the same eight criteria as the national competition: Physical Workplace; Work Atmosphere and Social; Health, Financial and Family Benefits; Vacation and Time Off; Employee Communications; Performance Management; Training and Skills Development; and Community Involvement. Employers are compared to other organizations in their field to determine which firm offers the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Hemmera’s external and internal training opportunities, financial bonuses for accreditations, vacation and timeoff policies, and referral bonuses for supporting recruitment are just a few reasons why we were selected as a BC Top Employer.

About Hemmera
Hemmera is a boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across Canada since 1994. The firm’s highly respected multi-disciplinary professionals are leaders in environmental and social sciences and engineering; they know the regulatory environment and understand the related business implications. Hemmera provides quality services to industry, First Nations, and government. The firm has primary office locations in Burnaby, Victoria, Calgary, Whitehorse, and Toronto. Visit www.hemmera.com to learn more.

About Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Mediacorp Canada Inc. manages the well-known Canada's Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine. BC’s Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Entering it’s 11th year, this special regional category recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. 

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For more information contact:
Rhoni Whyard
Director, Marketing and Communications
Hemmera
T: 604-408-4019
C: 604-865-1612
rwhyard@hemmera.com

Burnaby, BC – November 25, 2015 – Hemmera is proud to announce that it has been recognized by Waterstone Human Capital as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ of 2015. This annual award program recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations for having cultures that enhance performance and sustain a competitive advantage.

“This is a huge achievement and we are very thankful to our employees for continually building Hemmera’s unique culture and living The Hemmera Way,” says Paul Hemsley, president and founder. “I am thrilled that our firm’s corporate culture is admired – this acknowledgement brings us even closer together as team.”

Hemmera’s culture is defined by The Hemmera Way, a collective way of thinking that defines employees’ behaviours, actions, attitudes, and approach to serving customers and safeguarding the environment. It provides consistency in how Hemmera attains results, even when there are competing demands or multiple ways of addressing an issue.

This year’s winners were scored on vision and leadership, recruitment and hiring for fit, cultural alignment and measurement, retention, rewards and recognition, organizational performance and corporate social responsibility. Forty winners are annually chosen across four categories: three are based on revenue (Growth and Small Cap, Mid-market, and Enterprise) and one not-for-profit category (Broader Public Sector). Hemmera was recognized in the Growth and Small Cap category.

About Hemmera

Hemmera is a boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across Canada and around the globe since 1994. The firm’s highly respected multi-disciplinary professionals are leaders in environmental and social sciences and engineering. Hemmera provides quality services to industry, First Nations, and government. The firm has primary office locations in Burnaby, Victoria, Calgary, Whitehorse, and Toronto.

Visit www.hemmera.com to learn more.

About Waterstone Human Capital

Waterstone Human Capital is a leading retained executive search firm specializing in recruiting for fit and cultural talent management for entrepreneurial-minded, high-growth organizations across North America. The Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures™ and Canada’s Most Admired CEO™ programs are founded and presented by Waterstone Human Capital. Program winners will be celebrated at the annual Canada’s Most Admired Summit and Gala, to be held on February 25, 2016 in Toronto.

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For more information contact:

Rhoni Whyard
Director, Marketing and Communications
Hemmera
T: 604-408-4019
C: 604-865-1612
rwhyard@hemmera.com

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Whitehorse, YT (November 16, 2015) – Scientists are filtering DNA from Yukon waterways to map Chinook salmon habitat use. This eDNA technology could provide the most accurate, and cost effective information to date on where salmon spawn. This new technology is a great benefit to management agencies, industry, environmental assessors, and the overall health of the species.  

This innovative technique will be applied by Yukon Research Centre (YRC) scientists in partnership with Hemmera, a local environmental consulting company. Researchers will apply lab-tested techniques to rivers in Southern Yukon by extracting DNA from water samples. These samples will provide valuable information on the presence or absence of Chinook salmon using this low cost and non-invasive data collection method.

Environmental DNA from salmon is genetic material (feces, urine, mucus, skin cells) that is left in the river system as they migrate.  eDNA is unique in that the Salmon do not need to be present at the time of sampling; a water sample within 21 days of Salmon presence is enough to indicate that Chinook were present in the river upstream from the sample site.

“We anticipate that this technology could change the way aquatic species inventories are conducted, providing economic and environmental benefits in the Yukon with transferability to other regions”, said Kirstin Damude, Project Coordinator, Technology Innovation, Yukon Research Centre. “We will seek input from residents in the southern Yukon as well as involve Yukon College faculty and students who will participate in this promising research”.

This technology has been applied successfully to aquatic, amphibian and fish species-at-risk throughout British Columbia, and Yukon. This Yukon project will be the first time eDNA technology is applied to salmon in the North. The technology will be compared to previous salmon spawning studies and if successful, this proof of concept can be used to develop eDNA-based maps of Chinook salmon for groups that require this information for conservation and resource extraction purposes. If this proof of concept is successful for Chinook in southern Yukon, we expect to expand eDNA analysis throughout the Territory. There is potential for the transferability of this technology to other key fish species in Yukon, and throughout the North.

“Hemmera is pleased to be partnering with the Yukon Research Centre to demonstrate the value of this exciting new technology for Yukon.  Hemmera is pioneering the commercial use of eDNA in western Canada and currently writing the technical specifications for its use in British Columbia.  Chinook salmon are so important to us in Yukon. I look forward to information from eDNA studies supporting the management of this species and others in the future.” said Michael Muller, Project Director from Hemmera. 

Researchers collected water samples from streams in the Upper Teslin, Nisutlin and Kusuwa Lake drainages and will spend the winter analyzing the data. There will be a public event on Wednesday, November 18th to introduce details of this technology. The event will take place from 1:00 to 3:00pm in room A2206 at Yukon College Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) campus. Input from the public is encouraged as it will add great value and support to this project. Results will be made available to the public upon project completion.

This research has been funded by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Government of Yukon’s Economic Development.

Technology Innovation is one of a number of thematic areas at the Yukon Research Centre. The others include biodiversity monitoring, climate change, cold climate innovation, environmental remediation, and social science.

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Contacts:

Tanis Davey
Marketing and Communications Coordinator, College Relations
Yukon College
T: 867.456.8625
C: 867.332.8625
tdavey@yukoncollege.yk.ca
www.yukoncollege.yk.ca

Kirstin Damude
Project Coordinator, Cold Climate Innovation
Yukon Research Centre
Yukon College
T: 867.456.6823 
kdamude@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Rhoni Whyard
Director, Marketing & Communications
Hemmera
T: 604.669.0424 ext. 264
rwhyard@hemmera.com
www.hemmera.com

 

Calgary, AB – September 14, 2015 – Hemmera is pleased to announce that Trevor Rhodes will be joining their Calgary team as Business Leader. Trevor will be leading all aspects of Hemmera’s Alberta operations. 

“Trevor brings nearly three decades of progressive leadership, resource management, and consulting experience in both the government and private sectors in Alberta, BC and Ontario, including over 25 years of fisheries and aquatics expertise,” says President Paul Hemsley. “Trevor has built a strong reputation for delivering technical excellence, and is equally recognized for his commitment to superior client service.”

This is an exciting opportunity for Hemmera’s Alberta operations. “I am especially looking forward to being part of a fantastic team that has a reputation for providing unparalleled client service and the highest quality work. I’m also excited at the opportunity to play a key role in leveraging the unique “boutique” niche that Hemmera occupies in the environmental consulting market to expand Hemmera’s client and project base in Alberta and the rest of Canada.” says Trevor. “I get huge rewards from helping clients solve problems and navigate the environmental regulatory requirements of their projects.”

Hemmera is a boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across Canada and around the globe since 1994. The firm’s highly respected, multi-disciplinary professionals are leaders in environmental and social sciences and engineering; they know the regulatory environment and understand business implications. Hemmera provides quality services to industry, First Nations, and government. The firm has primary office locations in Calgary, Burnaby, Victoria, Whitehorse, and Toronto.

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For more information contact:
Rhoni Whyard
Director, Marketing and Communications
604.669.0424 (264)
rwhyard@hemmera.com

Vancouver, BC – Hemmera is pleased to announce that 22 long-standing, exemplary employees have become Hemmera’s newest shareholders. These individuals were selected because of their dedication, integrity, and exceptional leadership. Our newest shareholders include employees from our five locations across Canada. 

“Our new shareholders are a vital addition to our leadership team,” says President Paul Hemsley. Thanks to their talent and hard work we will continue to drive on our national growth.” Hemsley explains, “At Hemmera, our mission is to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our business as a Canada-wide environmental consultancy. Our dedicated employees enable us to take another critical step towards achieving our vision for growth.”

With expertise that includes environmental assessment and site remediation, First Nations engagement and social science, health and safety, human resources, and business support, Hemmera’s newest shareholders will continue to make a difference for our clients across Canada.

 

Our Newest Shareholders:

Andrew Bannon Ray Hyde Charlie Palmer Trevor Welton
Michael Choi Seth Kingsbury Gerry Parrott Benjamin Wheeler
Darrell Desjardin Claire Lewis Peter Reid Rhoni Whyard
Paul Fleischer James Mair Jeffery Schmidt Jason Wilkins
Rob Hamm Jennifer Marcoux Lara Taylor  
Chris Heard Michael Muller Jonathan Turner  

Our Existing Shareholders

George Meadows
Greg Quandt
Malcolm Smith
Scott Weston

About Hemmera
Hemmera is a boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across Canada since 1994. Our highly respected, multi-disciplinary professionals are leaders in environmental and social sciences and engineering. For Hemmera, creating opportunities for clients and staff means going beyond technical services; as trusted advisors we support project success by providing customized solutions for industry, First Nations, and government. By delivering on our promises, we continue to earn opportunities to take on challenging projects, contribute to scientific and regulatory dialogue, and give back to the communities where we live and work. For more information about Hemmera, visit www.Hemmera.com.

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For more information contact:

Rhoni Whyard
Director, Marketing and Communications
Hemmera
T : 604-408-4019
C : 604-865-1612
rwhyard@hemmera.com

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Steelhead LNG and WorleyParsons sign $30-million engineering services contract for Proposed Sarita Bay LNG Project

VANCOUVER, BC (February 6, 2015) -Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Steelhead LNG are pleased to announce the signing of a contract with WorleyParsons, which could be worth in excess of $30 million, for the provision of environmental, engineering, geotechnical and regulatory services at their proposed LNG Project at Sarita Bay on Vancouver Island.

WorleyParsons’ LNG activities cover more than 10 countries, and the company is a recognized global leader in the modularization of process plants. WorleyParsons has played a key role in the design, construction, and maintenance of 40 per cent of the LNG trains in operation around the world and has participated in various front end development phases of 12 proposed LNG projects in British Columbia. Over the past 25 years, WorleyParsons has also worked with numerous First Nations across BC and has provided specialized services for some of the largest projects in the province.

The proposed Project, a 24‐mtpa (million tonnes per annum) land‐based facility, is one of the largest proposed LNG projects in British Columbia. The new contract will encompass environmental impact assessments, preliminary Front End Engineering and Design (pre-FEED) studies, geotechnical investigations, and permitting approvals support for the project. WorleyParsons’ environmental team, with experience permitting similar facilities worldwide, will be supported by Hemmera, a Canadian environmental consultancy, creating a team of leaders in environmental and social sciences with expertise in Environmental Assessment, marine and terrestrial ecology, and experience working with First Nations.

“WorleyParsons and Hemmera bring local knowledge and global proficiency to the project, and we have faith in the process set out before us,” explained Huu-ay-aht Councillor John Jack. “Huu-ay-aht looks forward to working with both and moving into the future.”

The new contract is an extension of the strategic relationship that already exists between WorleyParsons, Steelhead LNG and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. WorleyParsons played a key role in the recently completed Preliminary Assessment & Screening stage of the proposed Project.

“We’re pleased to formalize our relationship with a world leader like WorleyParsons, who contribute their tremendous LNG experience and expertise,” said Nigel Kuzemko, CEO, Steelhead LNG. “This deal is a reflection of our commitment to Huu-ay-aht citizens and British Columbia at large to investigate possible environmental impacts of the project, along with other technical and economic aspects, prior to making any decision to proceed with development.”

WorleyParsons’ employees will support the project with technical personnel from its offices in Burnaby, BC, and London, England. In addition, the partnership will offer regional employment opportunities.

“Huu-ay-aht citizens will participate in the environmental studies and geotechnical investigations on Huu-ay-aht land, and they will provide crucial insight as well as local, historical and traditional knowledge about the proposed site and surrounding region,” said Jeff Cook, Elected Chief Councillor of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations.

The contract marks the first major milestone for the proposed Project since Huu-ay-aht citizens voted in favour of continuing to explore the proposed project at their People’s Assembly on November 29, 2014.

“In the lead up to our People’s Assembly vote in November, and since then, our citizens identified a wide range of environmental issuesthat are important to them,” said Jeff Cook.“Huu-ay-aht has a strong relationship with Steelhead, and our Nation is confident that this will also be true with WorleyParsons and Hemmera. We look forward to working closely with their personnel to examine issues raised by citizens over the coming months.”

WorleyParsons will begin the newly awarded activities for the proposed Project immediately. The investigative field work is expected to stimulate economic opportunities and spending in the region through the contracting and use of local wildlife monitors, boat charters, and accommodation and hospitality service providers.

If a Final Investment Decision to build the proposed LNG facility is made in 2018, it is expected that up to4,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase, with 300 to 400 full-time jobs created when the plant is operational. In addition, the proposed Project would generate hundreds of spin-off jobs and business opportunities in the Alberni Valley in many sectors, including: business administration, hospitality, manufacturing, first aid, accommodation, recreation, tourism, transportation, catering, security and other service sectors. This includes local spin-off jobs with restaurants, schools, grocery stores, hotels, hospitals and providers of medical, business, heavy machinery maintenance, industrial and other services.

About Huu-ay-aht First Nations:

Huu-ay-aht First Nations is a self-governing Nation, whose lands are located in the Barclay Sound at the entrance to the Port Alberni inlet. Huu-ay-aht First Nations is a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and one of the five First Nations signatories to the Maa-nulth Final Agreement, the first modern-day treaty to be concluded on Vancouver Island, which came into effect April 1st, 2011. Of the approximately 750 Huu-ay-ahtcitizens, 15 % reside around the village of Anacla, the Nation’s principal community close to Bamfield. The remaining 85 per cent live in Port Alberni, the Vancouver area, across Vancouver Island and beyond. The Huu-ay-ahtFirst Nationshave full ownership and jurisdiction over more than 8,200 hectares of land within their territories and continue to have rights throughout their Ha’houlthee (traditional territories). For more information about Huu-ay-aht First Nations, visit www.huuayaht.org.

About Steelhead LNG:

Steelhead LNG is a Vancouver‐based liquefied natural gas project development company, whose principals have created and led some of the world’s largest, most successful and environmentally responsible natural gas and LNG projects. Steelhead LNG’s investors include KERN Partners, a Calgary-based energy sector private equity firm, which is funded by a group of leading Canadian pension funds, North American university endowments, foundations, institutions and family offices. For more information about Steelhead LNG, visit www.SteelheadLNG.com.

About WorleyParsons:

WorleyParsons delivers projects, provides expertise in engineering, procurement and construction and offers a wide range of consulting and advisory services.  We cover the full lifecycle, from creating new assets to sustaining and enhancing operating assets, in the hydrocarbons, mineral, metals, chemicals and infrastructure sectors. Our resources and energy are focused on responding to and meeting the needs of our customers over the long term and thereby creating value for our shareholders. WorleyParsons is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX:WOR]

About Hemmera:

Hemmera is a boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across Canada since 1994. Our highly-respected, multi-disciplinary professionals are leaders in environmental and social sciences and engineering. For Hemmera, creating opportunities for clients and staff means going beyond technical services; as trusted advisors we support project success by providing customized solutions for industry, First Nations, and government. By delivering on our promises, we have earned opportunities to take on challenging projects, contribute to scientific and regulatory dialogue, and give back to the communities where we live and work. For more information about Hemmera, visit www.Hemmera.com.

Contact:

Greg Descantes                                             Heather Thomson
Director, Communications                           Communications Coordinator
Steelhead LNG                                              Huu-ay-aht First Nations
office  604-646-3559                                    office 250-723-0100
cell      604-417-1379                                   cell      250-720-7776
greg.descantes@steelheadlng.com         heather.t@huuayaht.org
www.steelheadlng.com                               www.huuayaht.org

Frances Van Reyk                                       Rhoni Whyard
Global Director, Investor Relations          Director, Marketing & Communications
and Group Communications                     Hemmera
WorleyParsons                                            office  604-408-4019
+ 61 2 8456 7256                                        cell     604-865-1612
Fran.vanreyk@WorleyParsons.com        rwhyard@hemmera.com
www.WorleyParsons.com                          www.hemmera.com

Calgary, AB – April 8, 2014 – Hemmera is pleased to announce that Darrell Desjardin will be joining their Calgary team as Regional Vice President. Darrell will be leading all aspects of Hemmera’s Alberta operations. 

During his several years as Director of Environment with Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), Darrell led the development and implementation of programs at Canada’s largest and most diverse port. This valuable experience will now benefit Hemmera’s clients.

“Darrell has more than 20 years of experience in environmental management – having him on board creates opportunities as we continue to expand in Alberta,” says President Paul Hemsley. “His understanding of our business, services, and unique sector challenges will undoubtedly help us serve our growing clientele.”

A rarity in the environmental industry, Darrell joins Hemmera with a strong background in both environmental and social sciences. He also has a solid understanding of the services Hemmera offers; as Director of Environment at PMV, Darrell worked with Hemmera on the environmental assessment review of the Deltaport Third Berth Expansion project, the soil and sediment investigation for the Portside Convention Center, habitat creation projects, and First Nations consultation programs.

“Having worked with Hemmera for many years as their client, I am excited about joining their team,” says Darrell. “Hemmera has a solid reputation: with a roster of experts, they produce high-quality work for environmental projects in and around Alberta and BC. I have first-hand experience with Hemmera’s dedication to technical excellence, so I’m proud to be joining the Calgary team. I’m looking forward to working with a company that ensures their projects benefit staff, clients, partners, and local communities.”

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For more information, contact:
Rhoni Whyard
Marketing and Communications Director
604.669.0424 (264)
rwhyard@hemmera.com

Toronto, ON – February 6, 2014 – With a long-term vision that includes the growth of a national presence in Canada, Hemmera is proud and excited to announce an expansion of services into Ontario. The Toronto office now has highly-experienced leaders at the helm, and they are well-positioned to grow the team in the coming months.

Vancouver, BC – November 19, 2013 – Hemmera added a twist to its annual fall fundraising campaign for 2013, calling on employees to donate their unique skills to raise funds for the United Way and the YMCA Bob & Kay Ackles Nanook House.

Hemmera staff donated their talents in a skills auction, with colleagues bidding on a wide range of items  such as rock climbing lessons, singing telegrams, a worm farm and instruction, and custom wildlife photography, to name a few.  Hemmera’s President Paul Hemsley donated a day with his electric car, which became a sought-after auction item.  Other fundraising activities included an office triathlon, bake sale, and a Thanksgiving feast to end the festivities.

Hemmera’s United Way sponsorship and donation efforts also included continued support of the YMCA Bob & Kay Ackles Nanook House. In 2009, Hemmera was a part of the environmental work required to allow this child care and family development centre in Mount Pleasant to open and operate. Hemmera has continued to support Nanook House and the important programs it provides.

“I’m very proud of the team effort at Hemmera to support the United Way and Nanook House,” says Eric Pringle, Vice President of Development for Hemmera. “Community and families are so very important to all of us. It is a wonderful opportunity to contribute and show others outside of our organization the Hemmera Way.”

Hemmera would like to thank its in-kind supporters:  Westwood Cycle, Amara Farms, The Vancouver Aquarium, The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Momentum Magazine, and Christine Catering; the support of these organizations helped Hemmera exceed its fundraising goal culminating in over $25,000 in donations.

Hemmera is a Canadian boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across the country and around the globe since 1994. Our 200+ entrepreneurial, innovative staff have grown together and are leaders in environmental science, management and engineering. For Hemmera, creating opportunities for our clients and staff means going beyond technical services – we are trusted advisors providing peace of mind through customized solutions.

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For more information, contact:
Rhoni Whyard
Marketing and Communications Manager
604.669.0424 (264)
rwhyard@hemmera.com

Vancouver, BC –  April 24, 2013 – Hemmera is pleased to announce that five long-standing, exemplary employees have become Hemmera’s newest shareholders: Anju Wicke, Malcolm Smith, Scott Weston, Greg Quandt, and George Meadows. These individuals were chosen because of their dedication, integrity and exceptional leadership.

“This change marks a new era for Hemmera. With this added leadership, we will continue to drive our growth and expand into new markets, sectors and geographies,” says President Paul Hemsley. “At Hemmera, our mission is to create opportunities for our people, our clients, and our business as we grow as a national environmental consultancy. The addition of dedicated shareholders is another step in the right direction.”

Hemmera is a Canadian boutique environmental consultancy that has been making a difference across the country and around the globe since 1994. Our 170 entrepreneurial, innovative staff have grown together and are leaders in environmental science, management and engineering. For Hemmera, creating opportunities for our clients and staff means going beyond technical services – we are trusted advisors to industry, First Nations and government, providing peace of mind through customized solutions.

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For more information:
Rhoni Whyard
Marketing and Communications Manager
604.669.0424 (264)
rwhyard@hemmera.com

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