Hemmera Recognized as One of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers and Greenest Employers for 2017

Burnaby, BC – Hemmera Envirochem Inc. (Hemmera) is pleased to announce that our firm has been recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers for the second straight year, and is one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for the first time. These annual, high-profile competitions recognize:

  • The nation’s best places to work – the small and medium-sized enterprises (SME), that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees (Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers)
  • Employers that lead the nation in creating a culture of environmental awareness (Canada’s Greenest Employers)

“We are thrilled to be named a top employer for the second year in a row. We are also very excited about being one of Canada’s Greenest Employers,” says Paul Hemsley, Hemmera’s President and founder. “As a national environmental consulting firm we have always taken our role as environmental stewards very seriously, and I am thankful to our employees across Canada for continuing to grow, learn, and live  The Hemmera Way, everyday.”

Hemmera’s unique culture is defined by The Hemmera Way, a collective way of thinking that defines our employees’ behaviours, actions, attitudes, and approach to everything we do. The Hemmera Way differentiates us from other firms 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. Since our firm’s inception, reducing our environmental impact has always been a cornerstone of our values-driven approach to conducting our business and serving our clients.

The 2017 Top SME 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 firms offer the most progressive and forward-thinking programs. Hemmera’s leadership training program and employee performance initiatives such as long-service awards and peer-to-peer recognition awards are some of the reasons why Hemmera was selected as a Top SME employer.

This year’s Greenest Employers were selected according to four key factors: unique environmental initiatives or program development; success in reducing their own environmental footprint; employee involvement in these programs, including individual contribution of unique skills; and the success of environmental initiatives in connecting to the employer’s public identity to attract new people who share the same values. Some of the reasons why Hemmera was selected as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers include having an employee-led Environment Committee, providing a range of commuter amenities, delivering an environmental orientation program for new staff, and participating in ongoing green community initiatives.

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 Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Whitehorse, and Toronto. Visit www.hemmera.com to learn more.

Mediacorp Canada Inc.

Mediacorp Canada Inc. manages the well-known Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine. Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers and Canada’s Greenest Employers are annual competitions organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers.

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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

 

 

Hemmera Named One of British Columbia’s Top Employers of 2017

Burnaby, BC – Hemmera is thrilled to announce that our firm has been recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of BC’s Top 100 Employers of 2017. 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 award for the second time,” 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. Some of the reasons why Hemmera was selected as a BC Top Employer include: external and internal training opportunities, flexible work environment, vacation and time-off policies, high number of social events throughout the year, and amazing staff.

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 Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Whitehorse, and Toronto.

Visit www.hemmera.com.

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 12th 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

 

Hemmera - BC's Top Employers 2017

Hemmera’s Technical Experts at RemTech 2016

Hosted in Banff, Alberta, the 2016 Remediation Technologies Symposium (RemTech) was a success for Hemmera’s Alberta team. Many Hemmera technical experts presented a range of scientific and innovative topics.

Dr. Doug Bright, an environmental toxicologist and risk assessment specialist, with almost 30 years of experience assessing and managing environmental risks and impacts, presented a case study validation of the new Alberta Reclamation Criteria for Wellsites and Associated Facilities for Peatlands. Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) recently published peatlands reclamation criteria that focused on upstream oil and gas releases and activities. Doug and his team used data obtained between 2007 and 2015 for several Alberta and British Columbia boreal wetland sites to critically evaluate the AEP peatlands reclamation criteria. This presentation highlighted the strong alignment between the AEP peatland reclamation criteria and Hemmera’s practical experience assessing ecological risks at produced water and hydrocarbon release sites. The presentation also highlighted issues and approaches that can help to reduce the scientific uncertainty about returning to equivalent land capacity on a site-specific basis.

Elizabeth Vincer, an experienced terrestrial ecologist with an educational background in natural resource management and wildlife ecology, presented on Environmental DNA – A Revolutionary Sampling Technique for Aquatic Ecological Studies. Elizabeth explained the success of eDNA as a robust, efficient, and budget-saving method for reliably detecting species presence in both lotic and lentic systems. Her presentation focused on how eDNA studies are used to better inform decision-making and guide effective mitigation efforts during the baseline, permitting, construction, and operational phases of resource development and infrastructure projects. Elizabeth also describe how eDNA can be used to meet regulatory monitoring requirements and assess the effectiveness of reclamation efforts. Since 2014, Hemmera has delivered over 20 eDNA projects across Western Canada for a range of clients including government agencies and resource development companies. Hemmera has also recently developed a provincial sampling standard for collection of eDNA for the BC Ministry of Environment.

Hemmera’s Jake Gossen discussed the aquifer solid phase and the profound influence aquifer mineralogy has on the mobility of organic and inorganic contaminants in aquifer systems. Jake’s presentation focused on the effects of reactive minerals on the success of remedial design strategies. He discussed three main scenarios in which reactive minerals determine success or failure for remedial design, in addition to the long-term stability of reactive minerals and recommendations for assessing, monitoring, altering, and mitigating their reactivity. Jake linked specific case studies to each of the three scenarios to show what can go wrong when reactive minerals are not considered in design. He also present best-case examples to show how understanding the presence of reactive minerals can result in remedial success, and offered novel remedial approaches for manipulating groundwater geochemistry to dissolve or precipitate reactive minerals, as well recent analytical techniques to characterize the aquifer solid phase.

Diane Zorn presented on the challenging technical issues and unique solutions associated with the redevelopment of a major shopping mall in Victoria, BC. Diane described the site assessment and remediation project and its myriad “legacy” environmental issues, including three former service stations, one former automobile repair facility, an historical leaking fuel oil UST beneath the mall, a dry cleaners, an area of historical infilling with contaminated material, and a former brick factory. Diane described the challenging site-specific technical issues that have required careful navigation of the regulations and innovative thinking, in addition to the challenges and solutions reached to position this high-profile mall for redevelopment under a tight schedule and budget.

Shannon Bard Presents at the Salish Sea Conference

Hemmera’s Dr. Shannon Bard, Practice Leader for Biological Risk Assessment, presented at this year’s Salish Sea Conference in April 2016. Shannon explored the recovery of intertidal communities in BC’s Howe Sound region, and presented the results of over 25 years of intertidal community monitoring. The presentation focused on the impacts of historic effluent from Woodfibre and Port Mellon pulp mills as well as the Britannia Mine on intertidal communities. In the presentation Shannon posed some challenging questions, including: what are the dynamics of recovery at the sites with different impact levels; what are the major factors impairing recovery; what key species could facilitate the successional recovery; and can we accelerate the recovery of intertidal communities though physical and biological habitat enhancement? Shannon also discussed the analysis and data modeling used to illustrate recovery of marine communities in multi-stressor environments and the development of management practices to facilitate successful marine ecosystem recovery following pollution abatement.


For more information about this project and our risk assessment team at Hemmera, contact Shannon Bard (sbard@hemmera.com).

Hemmera Named One of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers of 2016

Burnaby, BC – Hemmera is excited to announce that our firm has been recognized by Mediacorp Canada Inc. as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers of 2016. This annual, high-profile competition recognizes the nation’s best places to work – small and medium enterprises (SME) that lead their industries in attracting and retaining employees through forward-thinking human resources policies.

“It is an honour to be considered a top SME in Canada, and I am extremely proud of the Hemmera team,” says Paul Hemsley, Hemmera president and founder. “This award is a reflection of our firm’s culture, and a milestone I look forward to commemorating. 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 Top SME 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 retirement planning assistance program, parental support policy, and employee performance initiatives such as long-service awards and peer-to-peer recognition awards are some of the reasons why Hemmera was selected as a Top SME 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.

Mediacorp Canada Inc.
Mediacorp Canada Inc. manages the well-known Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine. Canada’s Top Small and Medium 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 nation’s small and medium enterprises 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