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March 27, 2020
To Our Valued Clients and Business Associates:
We have received numerous enquiries about the current status of operations at Terrapex, and we wish to reassure you that we remain fully “open for business”.
As you are aware, effective March 24, the Ontario government ordered the temporary closure of all non-essential workplaces as part of ongoing efforts to control the spread of COVID-19. However, each of our service lines falls into one or more of the categories deemed essential by the government, and as such we remain committed to delivering those services. At the same time, it remains our absolute top priority to function with social responsibility: to our staff, to you, and to our community at large.
We have closed our physical offices and they are now staffed only by skeleton crews (our geotechnical laboratory remains fully functional). All other project managers and back office staff are working remotely, and are equipped to provide their services safely and securely. Field staff are taking extra precautions to ensure appropriate physical distancing, and each has been provided with tools and procedures to enhance hygiene “on the job”.
Our entire team is active in managing the risks presented by the virus, and our COVID-19 Management Group (comprising our full executive team, people & culture, health & safety, facilities and branch representatives) meets daily by teleconference to ensure that our policies and procedures meet best practice, and address the concerns and incorporate the suggestions of our front-line staff.
I am also pleased to add that at the suggestion of several members of the Terrapex family, we will be donating our excess inventory (about eight cases) of medical-grade, biodegradable nitrile gloves to medical facilities in need.
The morale of our group remains high and we look forward to continue working with you, while together we strive to protect the health and well-being of our collective staff and associated communities. If you have any questions, please contact your Terrapex representative or reach out to me directly.
March 16, 2020
To Our Valued Clients and Business Associates:
We at Terrapex recognize the added stress that COVID-19 puts on you, your staff and your businesses. We wish to reassure you that the virus has not affected our ability to deliver our projects with the high level of service to which you are accustomed. At the same time, it is our absolute top priority to function with social responsibility: to our staff, to you, and to our community at large.
To that end, we have taken steps to protect the health and well-being of our staff and all those with whom they interact, including:
- Ongoing communication of risks and appropriate risk management to all staff as the situation
- Mandatory precautionary self-quarantine for all staff returning from travel abroad
- Active support and encouragement of telecommuting whenever possible
- Other support as appropriate, to enable staff to stay home if exhibiting symptoms
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols in our office environments
- Postponement of all group training activities and active research of online alternatives
- Postponement of all in-person meetings or replacement with telephone or virtual meetings
Although COVID-19 is truly a global pandemic, our best chance of success in mitigating its effects requires concerted action at the individual and community levels. We look forward to continue working with you, while together we strive to protect the health and well-being of our collective staff and associated communities.
The situation is fluid and we will continue to monitor it closely. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact your Terrapex representative or reach out to me directly.
Terrapex is pleased to welcome Chris Roach as our newest Senior Project Manager. Chris is a licensed professional engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario with 20 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry, and is recognized by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) as a Qualified Person for both Environmental Site Assessments (QPESA) and Risk Assessments (QPRA) under Ontario Regulation 153/04.
He specializes in strategic site planning, site assessments and intrusive investigations, excess soil management, vapour intrusion assessments, site remediation, risk assessment and risk management, peer reviews, and the filing of Records of Site Condition (RSCs).
As Senior Project Manager, Chris manages complex projects involving multi-discipline engineering services and multiple stakeholders, and provides strategic advice to clients involved in the acquisition, divestiture or development of real estate and brownfield sites.
Please contact us to see how Chris and Terrapex can assist you with your real estate and
brownfield development needs.
We are pleased to announce the addition of Babalo Reda, CRSP, NCSO, to the Terrapex Team in the position of Manager, Health and Safety Services!
Babalo brings over ten years of skill, knowledge and experience providing health and safety services to the engineering consulting and construction industries. As our internal Health and Safety Manager, Babalo will facilitate and continue to develop and drive our best in class health and safety program. In addition, he will be managing our Health and Safety service line, offering health and safety program development, auditing and inspections, regulatory support, occupational hygiene, training, COR certification support, and other related consulting services.
Babalo’s enthusiasm, dedication, and passion for the field of Health and Safety will enhance our business and ensure that the safety and well-being of our clients, our team at Terrapex and others affected by our work remains our #1 priority.
Please feel free to contact us with any inquiries on how we can assist and/or support you in your Health and Safety needs.
On Wednesday, December 4th, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Jeff Yurek announced the filing of the long awaited On-Site and Excess Soil Management Regulation (O. Reg. 406/19).
The Ministry has been working on this regulation for several years, most recently posting a proposed regulation on the Environmental Registry on May 1, 2019. The finalized regulation is conceptually consistent to the proposed regulation, but does contain a number of significant changes related to specific requirements for managing “Excess Soil”, as well as the implementation dates for the new regulation:
- reuse rules and waste classification amendments/clarifications will come into force July 1, 2020;
- excess soil planning and notification (public registry posting) requirements will come into force January 1, 2022; and,
- general prohibitions on directing excess soil to landfills will come into force January 1, 2025.
As part of the new regulation, ancillary changes to Ontario’s Records of Site Condition – Part XV.1 of the Act regulation (O. Reg. 153/04) were also filed. These changes came into force immediately (i.e., December 4, 2019). Although the amendments include some minor changes from the May proposal, the revisions have now enacted long awaited changes to the rules governing the filing of Records of Site Condition, including exempting exceedances of parameters associated with placement of a substance (e.g., salt) on ground surfaces for the safety of vehicular or pedestrian traffic under conditions of snow or ice as an impediment to filing a Record of Site Condition.
Terrapex staff would be happy to meet with clients to present a summary of the regulation and answer any questions you may have – please contact Peter Sutton, Vice President, Environmental Services to arrange a suitable meeting time/date at P.Sutton@terrapex.com or (416) 245-0011 ext. 234.
Terrapex is pleased to welcome John MacDonald to our Accounting/Finance Team in the role of Financial Controller. He brings over 20 years of experience in the accounting industry with the majority of that in the consulting engineering services segment, working with medium-sized consulting engineering firms in Ontario. He brings with him extensive exposure and experience in project management and corporate accounting cycle reporting.
His commitment towards strong team collaboration and his prior public accounting experience are key values to the Terrapex Team. John believes in fostering strong business relationships with his colleagues but equally so with our clients and vendors, and enjoys the journeys that these can often lead to.
John is a dedicated Edmonton Oiler fan and enjoys talking sports in general, and he is not averse to a friendly wager every now and then.
Complementing our strong collaborative and passionate work environment, Terrapex welcomes Janice McKnight as our Manager, People & Culture. With 10 years of experience in the consulting engineering industry as well as an extensive tenure with a large international automotive supplier in progressive management roles, Janice brings knowledge of the professional services industry and talent management as well as strategic growth and development best practices.
With two ‘young adult’ children, a husband also in the engineering world and two small dogs with large personalities, she is a northern girl at heart. Janice enjoys remaining current in her profession and building long-standing relationships with those she meets over the course of her career. With a commitment to supporting and fostering an exceptional work environment, Janice’s professional style and experience integrates well with our company philosophies and business development strategies. With her enthusiasm for wellness practices and employee engagement, we look forward to Janice continuing to enhance and sustain our company values and culture.
Terrapex is pleased and excited to announce that we have made the following changes to our executive leadership team, to position us for continued growth and to better serve our clients:
Jennifer O’Grady, MEng, P.Eng. has taken on the role of President, and will oversee all operational aspects of the Company. Jennifer joined Terrapex in 1997 and has served as Vice President since 2003, and as a result is familiar with all operational aspects of the Company.
Mike Osborne, MASc, P.Eng. has stepped down from the role of President which he has held since the company was founded in 1995, and moved into the role of CEO, in order to focus on strategic planning and business development.
Vic Nersesian, P.Eng. will continue in the role of Vice President of Geotechnical Services, which he has held since 2012, responsible for management of geotechnical investigations, materials inspection and testing, and the soils and concrete laboratory.
Peter Sutton, P.Eng., who has been with Terrapex since 2004, has taken on the new role of Vice President of Environmental Services, responsible for management of the site assessment and remediation, risk assessment, ecology and hazardous materials service lines.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING EMPLOYEES
Terrapex is pleased to announce that the following staff have been appointed or re-affirmed in Corporate roles:
Steve Ruminsky –Manager, Hydrogeology
Viken Cholakian – Manager, Building Sciences
Dave Wong – Manager, Site Assessment and Remediation
Jason Burch – Manager, Ecology
Trevor Diseko – Manager, Hazardous Materials
Walter Korynkiewicz – Manager, Materials Inspection & Testing
Demetra Matthews – Manager, Geotechnical Laboratory
Stephen Cioccio – Manager, Risk Assessment
Look for more detailed bios on our “Team” page, coming soon…
Terrapex is very pleased to announce that the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) have issued our firm Permit #14694 to practice professional engineering and geoscience in the province of Alberta. This certification allows us to continue supporting the needs of current clients and pursue new opportunities as part of our continued efforts to expand our capabilities in Western Canada.
Our “responsible persons” under the Engineering and Geoscientist Act of Alberta are Ms. Liz Madden for Professional Engineering Services and Mr. David Crawford for Professional Geoscience Services.