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Position for an EHS consultant

As part of its growth strategy, ÉEM currently has a vacancy for a professional familiar with the challenges of management consulting and focused on customer satisfaction.  The chosen candidate will join our dynamic team in Montreal.

Position:

Consultant, Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) Compliance and Management Systems, reporting to the Director, EHS Compliance and Management Systems

Responsibilities:

Provide EHS management consulting services to clients. These services include: implementation of management systems (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 or other), maintenance of such systems, management system and regulatory compliance audits, gap analyses and performance benchmarking, tracking of legislative changes, compliance monitoring, development and delivery of training.

To this end, you will be responsible for project management, client communications, report writing, identification of potential business opportunities and preparation of service offers.

Experience Required:

Minimum of three years experience in implementing EHS management systems, providing services such as project planning, development of procedures, technical presentations, training and auditing.
Minimum of three years experience in the application of environmental legislation and/or health and safety requirements in industrial settings. Candidates must be able to analyze and paraphrase legislation.

Qualifications:

Imperative: English – French bilingualism. The candidate must be able to interact, both verbally and in writing, in a professional context in both official languages.  Persons not meeting this criterion are kindly asked to refrain from submitting an application.

Education

Degree in science or engineering;
Environmental studies would be assets.

Technical Skills

In-depth knowledge of EHS legislation and common standards for EHS management systems (ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, CSA Z773);
Knowledge of standards for preliminary site assessments (CSA Z768);
Knowledge of diverse industrial sectors and sector specific standards (eg: MAC TSM);
Professional certification as an environmental or systems auditor or other health and safety certification.

Transverse Skills

Ability to work in both a team setting or autonomously with minimal supervision
Report-writing and preparation of briefs
Time management, priority setting and management of change
Business development
Professionalism, reliability, attention to detail, flexibility and creativity
Team spirit and collaboration
Driving licence

 Travel:

Occasional local and national 2 to 5 day trips, depending on client needs.

 Additional information:

ÉEM offers a competitive compensation package and a flexible work environment where the accomplishments and contributions to the firm’s objectives are rewarded.
This is a full time permanent position.
Start date: February
Please send CVs to

TOPICS: Job Postings

EEM Newsletter – December 2014

community_socialassesmentNew Project in Africa

EEM has been selected by a major bauxite producer in West Africa to develop a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to properly guide the resettlement and compensation of populations affected by the extension of its extraction activities. Read more.

This work follows on from the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the mine extension that EEM completed in 2014. Read the case study.

New Case Study: Management System Planning

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With new corporate requirements for a Sustainability Excellence Management System, and commitments to abide by numerous external obligations, Goldcorp-Éléonore’s new mining operations in northern Quebec needed a plan to meet expectations. EEM was retained to develop a site-specific management system to ensure the new facilities would operate in ways that minimize their environmental and

social impacts. Read the case study.

strategy_communicationsNew Case Study: Tourism Development Strategic Plan

EEM was selected among twelve consulting firms to develop a Tourism Development Strategic Plan for the region of Moosonee and Moose Factory located in north-eastern Ontario. Read the case study.

ISO 14001: 2015 First Trials

In anticipation of the Final Draft ISO 14001 standard due to be published by the end of 2015, Paul MacLean was invited to speak about the major changes by the Quebec association of environmental auditors (Association québécoise de vérification environnementale AQVE). Highlights of the presentation can be viewed here.

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On the 8th January 2015 at 2pm, Paul MacLean will also be presenting a webinar on ISO14001:2015, hosted by Intelex, an EHS software firm. You can register for the free webinar here.

The new ISO high level structure for management systems was used to define the elements of a management system addressing multiple sustainability topics at a new goldmine operation in northern Quebec. Read the case study here.

Should your organisation be contemplating an integrated management system or an upgrade to ISO 14001:2015, we’d be pleased to share our experience and guide your first steps.

community_partneringCanada updates its CSR Strategy for Canadian Extractive Sector Abroad

The Government of Canada has published an updated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy for Canadian companies operating in the extractive sector abroad. Of note, where host country CSR requirements differ from the international standards listed below, the Government of Canada expects Cana

dian companies to meet the higher, more rigorous standard. The international standards referred to in the strategy include, among others:

- the International Finance Corporation’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards,

- the United Nations’ Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and

- the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

Learn more about the government’s strategy.

TSX Companies to Disclose Senior Management Gender Diversity 

Companies listed on the TSX and other Canadian stock exchanges, will need to report on gender diversity as soon as 2015.  New rules have been published that apply to company community_stakeholderreports covering fiscal year 2014 under National Instrument NI58-101. These require disclosure of the number of women not only on the board of directors but also in executive officer positions. Furthermore, companies are required to provide disclosures on policies regarding the representation of women on the board and in senior management, and any associated targets. Where no policy or target exists, the company must explain their absence.

Read more about the requirements in the document describing the amendments NI 58-101.

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TOPICS: Newsletters

ISO 14001: 2015 – First Trials

In anticipation of the Final Draft ISO 14001 standard due to be published by the end of 2015, Paul MacLean was invited to speak about the major changes by the Quebec association of environmental auditors (Association québécoise de vérification environnementale AQVE). Highlights of the presentation can be viewed here.

On the 8th January 2015 at 2pm, Paul MacLean will also be presenting a webinar on ISO 14001:2015, hosted by Intelex, an EHS software firm. You can register for the free webinar here.

The new ISO high level structure for management systems was used to define the elements of a management system addressing multiple sustainability topics at a new goldmine operation in northern Quebec. Read the case study here.

Should your organisation be contemplating an integrated management system or an upgrade to ISO 14001:2015, we’d be pleased to share our experience and guide your first steps.

TOPICS: Announcement of company info

Management System Implementation Planning for Goldcorp-Éléonore

With new corporate requirements for a Sustainability Excellence Management System, and commitments to abide by numerous external obligations, Goldcorp-Éléonore’s new mining operations in northern Quebec needed a plan to meet expectations. EEM was retained to develop a site-specific management system to ensure the new facilities would operate in ways that minimize their environmental and social impacts. Read the case study.

TOPICS: Announcement of a new case study

EEM to develop Resettlement Action Plan

EEM has been selected by a major bauxite producer in West Africa to develop a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to properly guide the resettlement and compensation of populations affected by the extension of its extraction activities.

EEM will work over the coming months to develop a RAP that is fully compliant with the requirements of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank and applicable Guinean legislation. One of the main objectives of the RAP will be to avoid, whenever possible, impacts to persons living in the mining concession. Where this is not possible, our planning will ensure that compensation and resettlement actions will take place and will provide livelihoods restoration in a way that those impacted by mining activities will be in a better or, at minimum, an equivalent situation after resettlement.  The development of the plan will involve working extensively with impacted persons, local and national authorities.

TOPICS: Announcement of company info

Canada updates its CSR Strategy for Canadian Extractive Sector Abroad

The Government of Canada has published an updated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy for Canadian companies operating in the extractive sector abroad. Of note, where host country CSR requirements differ from the international standards listed below, the Government of Canada expects Canadian companies to meet the higher, more rigorous standard. The international standards referred to in the strategy include, among others:

- the International Finance Corporation’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards,

- the United Nations’ Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and

- the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

Learn more about the government’s strategy.

TOPICS: Information

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for a Major Bauxite Producer

EEM was retained by a major bauxite producer in West Africa to conduct an environmental and social impact assessment of the staged expansion of the 50 year-old mine, associated mill and infrastructure. The assessment complies with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Environmental and Social Performance Standards. Read the case study.

TOPICS: Announcement of a new case study

Tourism Development Strategic Plan for a Northern Ontario Community

EEM was selected among twelve consulting firms to develop a Tourism Development Strategic Plan for the region of Moosonee and Moose Factory located in north-eastern Ontario. Read the case study.

TOPICS: Announcement of a new case study

TSX Companies to Disclose Senior Management Gender Diversity

Companies listed on the TSX and other Canadian stock exchanges, will need to report on gender diversity as soon as 2015.  New rules have been published that apply to company reports covering fiscal year 2014 under National Instrument NI58-101. These require disclosure of the number of women not only on the board of directors but also in executive officer positions. Furthermore, companies are required to provide disclosures on policies regarding the representation of women on the board and in senior management, and any associated targets. Where no policy or target exists, the company must explain their absence.

Read more about the requirements in the document describing the amendments NI 58-101.

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TOPICS: Information

Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

The Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, gives her assessment of Canada’s international climate commitments. Her conclusion reads:

Canadians expect the government to prepare for the future. We know that the difficulty of addressing climate change will only grow the longer we wait to act. We know that the environmental footprint of oil sands development is steadily increasing. We know that Arctic shipping routes will gain popularity as Arctic sea ice melts, increasing environmental risks in that fragile ecosystem. In each case it is likely that a lack of action today will translate into higher costs tomorrow.

To address these issues, the government needs to know:

- how it will reach its GHG emission targets,
- what services it will provide in the Arctic to support increased navigation and minimize environmental risk, and
- what Environment Canada’s role will be in future oil sands environmental monitoring.

Given the stakes involved, Canadians need answers to these questions.

To prepare for resource development, federal departments need to take a more integrated approach to decision making, one that recognizes the many linkages between the economy, the environment, and society. They can do this by investing in better information, acting on the knowledge they acquire, and engaging Canadians in their decisions.

To read the 2014 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development.

TOPICS: Information