STAFF STORIES
At Hemmera, we value and believe in our people. Each individual contributes to building our growth and success. We work in a team structure that is designed to empower our staff so that decisions can be made more quickly and efficiently. Our people are chosen for their in-depth knowledge, innovative problem solving skills, an ethical approach and a dedication to environmental issues.
Meet some of our Hemmera people:
Q: What do you think clients like best about Hemmera?

A:  Our customized approach. The one-on-one relationship, and trust we have with our clients.

Q: What motivates you?

A:  Helping others reach their goals – both personal and professional.

Q: Which part of your job do you like best?

A:  Helping find solutions for clients. Looking for options and the pros and cons to each.

Q: What do you think clients like best about Hemmera?

A:  We are solutions-oriented. We work hard with our clients to find the best solution by applying our technical knowledge.

Q: What makes Hemmera unique?

A:  Every project is treated individually. Every project is unique and different and we tailor our solutions to each. We are not an “off the shelf” company.

Q: Can you describe Hemmera in one word?

A:  Two words: Benevolent business.

Q: What are your favorite projects and why?

A:  Woodfibre LNG in Squamish, BC – For a client who trusted us to deliver their application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate (and continues to trust me to be part of their team), the fabulous Hemmera team that I got to work with (and share take-out dinner with), and all the challenges that go along with the environmental assessment for a major project.  Wahleach Hydro Project in Hope, BC – For the opportunity to work with like-minded consulting firms and lead a dedicated team of environmental professionals. Box Canyon Hydro Project in Gibsons, BC – For the opportunity to be involved in a Project from the Development Plan through commissioning. Project Reviews on Behalf of FLNRO, the EAO, and BC Hydro – For the trust that those groups place in my ability to provide them with the information they need to make the right decisions.

Q: What does a typical (work) day look like for you?

A:  There’s no such thing as a typical work day; that’s the best part about my job.

Q: Describe a “Hemmera moment.”

A:  The day the Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Woodfibre LNG Project came through after 18 months of hard work.

Q: What do you like most about Hemmera?

A:  Hemmera is a young, ambitious, and hardworking firm. At the same time, we are flexible and accommodating to different working arrangements. Hemmera is agile and can adapt quickly in changing markets and economic conditions. We are entrepreneurial, and all staff are empowered to pursue new opportunities and new or better approaches or strategies.

Q: In your opinion, what makes Hemmera unique?

A:  Even as we grow, Hemmera maintains a small firm feel and culture. Yet, we take on and win big projects successfully competing with firms many times our size.

Q: Can you remember a moment at Hemmera that you were doing the “happy dance”?

A:  I won a job competitively with a big national client that we were not currently working for. We delivered the project exceptionally and this client has now requested other projects and services as a result.

Q: What do you like most about Hemmera?

A: Great, talented people who are ambitious and work hard. I like working for and being associated with a company who is highly regarded in the industry.

Q: What makes Hemmera unique?

A: The size of the company. Hemmera “punches above their weight.”

Q: What challenges you?

A: Finding the next big opportunity.

Q: What does a typical (work) day look like for you?

A:  I have two types of a typical work day. I spend a lot of time in the office, researching and writing. But the day I’d much rather have is out in the field, talking to people about their communities, families, and land, and how they want to see projects developed in their area. A lot of folks in environmental consulting get intimidated by what we do because we have to talk to people, and human beings are complex, emotional creatures. But I’d take that over rocks and dirt and bugs and bunnies any day!

Q: What is your favorite project and why?

A:  We recently did a really interesting project for a First Nation trying to determine what sustainable development meant to them. We created tools to help them evaluate projects that were being proposed in their traditional territory against those criteria of sustainability. It was pretty cutting edge and interesting work. I’m really looking forward to the implementation phase of this project.

Q: Describe a memorable Hemmera moment?

A:  We don’t often get to go out in the wilderness since we are mostly discussing projects with people in their community; my typical field equipment is pens and paper, flipcharts, and markers. Most of my memorable moments have involved going on trips or taking part in activities that may seem second nature to many environmental consultants. I really enjoy taking elders and community members out on site visits, that’s when I get to do fun things like fly in helicopters, boat down rivers, and drive trucks up mountains.

Q: What surprises you about working at Hemmera?

A:  It’s a no brainer – the people. It’s pretty hard to walk around the office and not get a smile or a high-five. From a project standpoint, the attention to detail is somewhat mind-boggling.

Q: What book do you think everyone at Hemmera should read, and why?

A:  I would say, read what you enjoy, not what people tell you. But I would recommend Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Q: What do you like most about Hemmera?

A:  Our Hemmera Huddles (monthly socials) have really brought the company closer together. It’s a great way to promote relationships and an enjoyable work place.