ÉEM at Eco Canada’s Montreal event on the Low-Carbon Economy

eco-canada-logo-rectangleEEM has co-created an Eco Canada event in Montreal on November 22nd, 2016: a stimulating and informative day for Environmental Professionals on our inescapable transition to a low carbon economy.

The event, taking place at Montreal’s Maison du développement durable in French, consists of a full day of training that covers everything you need to know to prepare your company for the transition, and a lively discussion with a panel of experts over lunchtime.

Eco Canada’s Environmental Professionals are encouraged to come for the full day or just for the lunch and panel, and to bring their colleagues.

The full day of training will be given by EEM’s Stephanie Hamilton, while EEM’s Robert Cole will participate in the expert panel discussion, moderated by Christian de Serres of Groupe SCP. Click here for the full details.

While this event is tailored to environmental professionals, the material covered is now just as relevant to many other business functions.  Contact Stephanie Hamilton () if the decision-makers in your organisation would benefit from a similar on-site workshop/training session to fully understand the context and challenges of the transition to the low-carbon economy.

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Come hear Chris Ragan on Investing in an Ecofiscal Policy World

ÉEM is proud to be co-sponscoring the IFD-FSI’s lunchtime conference with Chris Ragan of Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission.  Attuned to the interests of investors, Chris’ presentation is entitled: Investing in an Ecofiscal Policy World: The Impacts and Opportunities of Putting a Price on Carbon. Click here for the IFD-FSI Invitation.

The Finance and Sustainability Initiative (IFD-FSI) is a non-profit organization that brings together finance professionals dedicated to promoting sustainable finance and, more specifically, responsible investment to financial institutions, companies, and universities.

ÉEM’s CSR and Sustainable Development practice includes a special advisory on climate-related risks and how companies can best prepare.  Contact Stephanie Hamilton for further information.


TOPICS: Participation in conferences

New Case Study: Quantifying the Financial Impact of Emerging Carbon Pricing

EEM surveyed the current and emerging carbon pricing regulations applicable to the company’s operations in a dozen jurisdictions, across Canada and in the US, and estimated the direct financial impact for the coming year. (Read the case study).

TOPICS: New case study

New Case Study: Biodiversity Management System for a Mine in West Africa

EEM was retained by a mining company considering an expansion project to develop a biodiversity management system (BMS).  The aim of the BMS was to define and minimize the risk of biodiversity loss, to implement actions to sustain no net loss, and to ensure effective and independent monitoring. This called for the involvement of all stakeholders and the facilitation of consultation opportunities and events with local populations and organizations. Read the case study.


TOPICS: New case study

New Case Study: Overview of Climate-related Risks and their Potential Impacts

As part of the company’s sustainability disclosures, EEM was asked to review how climate-related risks were being identified and managed, and to suggest improvements on how they were being communicated in the company’s corporate reports. Read the case study.

TOPICS: New case study

New Case Study: EMS audits for North America’s most extensive electricity transmission system

Over a five-year period, EEM conducted internal audits of the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) for the operator of Québec’s electricity transmission system, which is the most extensive in North America. Read the case study.


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New Case Study: External Verifications under TSM

EEM was selected as the Verification Service Provider (VSP) for the external verification of the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) program requirements of the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) at six mining sites. Read the case study.


TOPICS: New case study

Replacement of Disposable Shop Towels by Reusable Shop Towels in a Manufacturing Facility

EEM coordinated a pilot project in an aircraft engine manufacturing facility to replace disposable shop towels by reusable shop towels. The project was aligned with the company’s goal of eliminating all waste by 2028. Following the success of the pilot project, it was implemented to the remaining sectors of the facility. Read the case study.

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Job opportunity – Consultant in social impact assessment

Company description

EEM is a sustainable management consultancy that provides expertise to public, private and nonprofit sector organizations in the following service areas: Environment, Health and Safety, Impact Assessment, Communities, and CSR Strategy. For over twenty years, EEM has helped customers incorporate sustainable development principles into their business by bridging the gap between strategic planning and implementation of operational solutions.

EEM currently has a vacancy for a consultant in social impact assessment.

Job responsibilities:

Provide consulting services in social impact assessment (SIA) and manage the SIA process including:

– Manage third party contractors who will perform relevant studies and investigations for the SIA process.

– Ensure compliance of studies and management plans with local and international standards, including Canadian Federal and Provincial regulations and International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Performance Standards for international SIA’s.

– Research of existing databases and data collection for specific projects.

– Conduct community consultations as part of the SIA process.

– Oversee preparation of the impact assessment report and participate by drafting technical reports, analyzing project direct, indirect and cumulative impacts and drafting social management plans.

– Assist in client contact and communications pertaining to specific projects.

Job requirements:

Essential: Bilingual – French and English (spoken and written) – The candidate should be fluent in both languages.

Essential: Minimum 5 years’ experience in social impact assessment and in delivering SIA mandates compliant to IFC Standards.

Important: Ability to deal directly with clients, team members and regulatory agencies.

Important: Project management competencies (cost management, time management, client management, etc.).

Important: Ability to work both in a team and independently, with minimal supervision.

Asset: Experience on social impact assessment of projects in West Africa and abroad.

Mobility: International travel (maximum 3 weeks at a time), according to customer needs.

Additional information: EEM offers a competitive compensation package and a flexible work environment where accomplishments and contributions to the firm’s objectives are rewarded.

Start date: August 2016.

To apply: Send your resume by email to Véronique Tousignant ().

TOPICS: Job Postings


A New Energy Policy for Quebec

environ_ghgIn April, the Quebec government released its Energy Policy 2030.  The headlines are encouraging and may significantly influence the way we live
and work. Read our short summary.


EEM Conducts First RSMS Audit

The reccommunity_socialassesmentent Railway Safety Management System (RSMS) Regulations

establish the minimum requirements that railway companies must adopt to help achieve the highest level of safety in their operations. With the management system in place, companies must then conduct audits of its RSMS every three years. Based on its long history of auditing and management system implementation in diverse operations, EEM was selected to conduct nation-wide audits for a major public railway company.


Webinar Series on Sustainability with EcoCanada

In our latest webinar with EcoCanada, EEM’s Stephanie Hamilton was joined by special guest, Milla Craig, to talk to environmental professionals about the current shift towards responsible investing and present examples of how companies are adjusting both their corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies and their reporting.  Earlier in the year, Robert Cole, Director of Communities at EEM, gave a webinar on Social Licence to Operate – how developers can effectively engage host communities around their projects.
Follow this link to the recordings.


New Case Study: Due Diligence of Social Risks for a Mining Project

environ_regulatoryAn international development financing organisation hired EEM to perform a due diligence assessment of the social risks and related management approach for a greenfield mining project in West Africa in which it was contemplating a multi-million dollar investment. Read the case study.


New Case Study: Resettlement Policy Framework 

EEM developed a Resettlement Policy Framework for a mining project in West Africa laying out an IFC-compliant approach to managinstrategy_communicationsg physical
and economic displacement in order to safeguard affected communities and their livelihoods. Read the case study.


In other EEM news…

community– Paul Maclean’s comprehensive guide to auditing, first published in 2001, has been updated and re-released in softcover. The Second Edition of “Health, Safety and Environmental Management Systems Auditing”, co-written with Gene Marie Shematek and Peter Lineen can be bought here.

– Stephanie Hamilton and Mélanie Rousseau hosted a workshop at the Les Affaires Corporate Social Responsibility conference on assessing the performance of a company’s CSR strategy, while Stephanie was joined by a fellow sustainability expert, Jim Banks, at the Business Beyond Tomorrow conference for the business student bodies of McGill and Concordia Universities, to discuss how are companies taking on their corporate social responsibility.


Green Marine Verification Services

GM_verifier_ENGEEM is now accredited to provide verification services for the Green Marine environmental certification program. Green Marine allows maritime companies to establish and reduce their environmental


Other New Case Studies

– Legal Requirements Register and Legal Tracking for a Pharmaceutical
Company (Read)

environ_regulatory– Gap Analysis of the Environmental Management System of a Diamond Exploratio
n Company to the New ISO 14001: 2015 (Read)

– Replacement of Disposable Shop Towels by Reusable Shop Towels in a Manufacturing Facility (Read)

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