2023 CE3C Guest Speakers
Michael Campbell, Keynote Speaker
Michael Campbell is one of Canada`s most respected financial and business analysts, Michael is best known as the host of Canada’s top-rated syndicated financial radio show MoneyTalks, and Senior Business Analyst for BCTV News on Global. His outstanding record of forecasting, including warning of the current turmoil in the financial markets, months in advance, has been recognized by internationally renowned analysts like James Dines, Martin Armstrong, Greg Weldon and many more.
Last September, Michael warned of a major disruption to the world financial markets beginning at the end of January with panic setting in the last week of February. He now says that the depth of the impact of COVID19 on the economy, the credit markets, commodity prices, pensions, and currencies will continue long after the health threat dissipates. While it’s understandable that much of the coverage of the current crisis focuses on the immediate financial disruption to individuals and businesses, the big story going forward will be in the credit and currency markets that will be the catalyst for a historic change in the monetary system.
Michael says the international perspective he gained by attending graduate school in the UK as well as Canada before studying and working both in New York and Vancouver with Merrill Lynch, the world’s biggest investment firm at the time was essential to gaining the international perspective necessary to understand and anticipate the risks and opportunities in the aftermath of the current crisis.
Claudiu Popa, Keynote Speaker
Claudiu knows what it takes to protect data and digital information: he has lectured at major academic institutions, presents lectures on privacy the University of Toronto, created Canada’s first course on fintech cybersecurity. He created Canada’s first methodology for information security assessment in healthcare and has introduced security awareness education to companies of all sizes.
Claudiu is a published author and a frequent guest and technology contributor to national media of all things involving cybersecurity, privacy and online safety. A certified professional across many facets of information technology and data protection, Claudiu Popa is also an academic researcher who speaks authoritatively on diverse topics ranging from social media ethics to immediately applicable advice for preventing catastrophic situations.
Claudiu explains complex topics in concise terms, eliminating technobabble in favour of substance. His timely presentations help to shine a spotlight on today’s most important trends, helping audiences stay ahead of the curve & be prepared for future shifts.
His career has been shaped by a passion for protecting the intangible assets driving the world’s economies. A big-thinker who understands the details of technological innovation, Popa has the unique ability to illustrate, captivate and entertain as he educates his audience about a broad range of fascinating topics.
Canada’s “Massacre of Ceremonies”, Fred Keating became our companion and colleague at the first CE3C event and is returning to ensure the trains run on schedule in January, 2023. A familiar face at many national and international events, Fred’s stickhandling from the podium mixes humour with discussions on serious issues, panel moderation and interviews with keynote speakers. Fred was the founder and President of Lindisfarne Productions Inc. from 1982 to 2022. This multimedia company with offices in both BC and Alberta created high definition video product for corporations, all levels of government and non-profit organizations.
Fred has also been active in broadcast television and film. More information on his adventures in that realm can be found at www.IMDb.com. The new entity founded in 2021 is Fred Keating Media. As our MC and friend, Fred has great respect for the industries and companies represented in the CE3C community and looks forward to reuniting with the group in 2023.
Leroy Banack, Senior Partner, F&M Management
Leroy has over 20 years of consulting experience, with a specialty in internal business processes and systems improvement. He conducts comprehensive financial performance and operations assessments to advise clients on strategies for performance improvement and prepare business valuations that are specific to the engineering and scientific consulting industry. With specialized expertise in numerical modeling, network and database management, Leroybuilds customized models to provide clients with valuable information to aid in decision making–both for day-to-day operations and for long-term planning. He creates custom financial models to forecast the short and long-term financial implications of alternative strategic options and builds effective tools for analyzing technical data and market intelligence. Leroy is skilled at gathering, synthesizing, interpreting, summarizing, and effectively communicating complex information. F&M clients especially value Leroy’s proficiency at translating large amounts of complex information into a few simple key concepts and ideas.
Faramarz Bogzaran, Managing Partner, F&M Management
Faramarz is the founder and the Managing Partner of F&M Management Ltd.(F&M). F&M is the founder of CE3C Management Ltd, organizing the executive conference for the environmental consulting sector in Canada.
Over the past 30 years, Faramarz has managed several environmental consulting, waste management and remedial contracting companies in Canada. As an M&A advisor he has guided several organizations in the consulting industry including those he managed through successful ownership transition processes
Faramarz has taken several startup companies in the environmental sector from inception to exit by setting up the companies, securing adequate financing, growing the operations, and positioning the companies for an exit strategy. At F&M Management he advises clients on various key corporate issues related to growth, financial management, management buyouts, exit strategies, corporate governance, and project management.
He has served on several boards of companies in the past twenty years. He is currently Chairman of the Board of ECO Canada.
Marissa Reckmann, P.Chem., CEO - Calgary, AB, AGAT Laboratories
Marissa graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Chemistry. She has over 16 years of experience in the Analytical Laboratory, Oil and Gas and Environmental Consulting industries across Canada. In her current role as CEO of AGAT Laboratories, Marissa is focused on developing and leading the strategy and execution of continued growth plans across North America together with her executive and senior leadership teams. Her knowledge and experience within the business sector led her to being selected by Minister of Labour and Immigration in Alberta to represent 1 of 3 panelists to celebrate International Women’s Day and showcase women in leadership positions. She also served as a Keynote Speaker at University of Alberta Women in Business Gala –presenting on the theme “Together towards Tomorrow”, and was recently highlighted by Alberta MLA Jeremy Nixon in his Women in Leadership series. This past year Marissa was awarded the Lakehead University Exceptional Alumni Award which is awarded annually to one alumnus who has demonstrated distinction or outstanding achievement in a particular field, community service work, personal accomplishment, or significant local, national, or international recognition for a personal endeavor.
Barry Rakewich, President, Nichols Environmental (Canada)
Barry Rakewich, P.Ag., EP, is the President of Nichols, and is located in our head office in Edmonton, Alberta. Barry is a Professional Agrologist, registered in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, with 20+ years of consulting and industry experience. Barry joined Nichols in 2001 after completing his degree and started out his career spending the vast majority of his time in the field across Western Canada and into the USA where he gained valuable experience working in all areas of environmental assessment and remediation. More recently, Barry has shared his knowledge and experience with several committee positions looking to further advance environmental education and initiatives in the Capital Region.
Les Panek, B.Sc., M.B.A., Senior Vice President, Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
Mr. Panek is currently a Senior Vice President at Wood Environment and Infrastructure Solutions. He currently has responsibility for Strategic Marketing with a focus on Oil and Gas, Mining and Power Sectors.
Mr. Panek has more than 35 years of experience in Operations Management of Environment and Water business in Western Canada and strategic International Operations. His career has included managing, growing and directing operating Canadian and International offices in Japan, Russia and Romania. Significant portions of his career have involved assignments in Russia, China, Asia and South America. He has been involved in several hundred individual technical environmental studies covering the entire range of the environmental technical areas in the oil and gas, pipeline, oil sands, thermal power, industrial, and mining sectors. He has also been extensively involved in the design and implementation phases of a major oil sands mining project. His early experience included land reclamation research projects, the design and implementation of development and reclamation plans, onsite reclamation programs, and supervision of several soil and overburden surveys. This related experience has also been utilized in the reclamation aspects of many industrial site decommissioning projects. He has a B.Sc. and M.B.A. from the University of Calgary.
Derek Strong, Managing Director, Roynat Capital
Derek is a 30 year veteran of the Pacific Northwest financial community, having spent 27 years with Roynat Capital, the largest provider of senior and junior transition and acquisition capital in the mid-market in Canada with $6 Billion in loans and investments outstanding.
Derek’s role with Roynat is directing their BC operations which include a $1B debt and equity portfolio of mid-market Companies with loans and Investments in the $1-$50MM range.
In his career with Roynat, Derek has been involved as a provider of Capital on numerous transactions including Management Buyouts, Buy-ins, Partner Buyouts and Corporate Acquisitions of various sizes and industries across North America.
Roynat brings a fresh perspective to the use of capital. We provide creative senior and junior financing solutions tailored to your priorities assisting with growth, transition and acquisition financing. Give us a try you won’t be disappointed.
Ryan Liebe, President, Triton Environmental Consultants
Ryan Liebe has 25 years of environmental consulting experience in Western Canada, providing environmental solutions to a broad range of clients in the transportation, power, hydro, and oil and gas sectors. Ryan has been President of Triton for over 12 years, and has steadily lead a dynamic management team through a period of consistent growth and expansion, and is focused on building strong relationships with clients and strong partnerships with like-minded companies. Ryan has a background in operations management, project management and fisheries biology with expertise in fisheries and aquatic studies, environmental impact assessment, designing environmental management plans for construction projects and environmental monitoring. As President, his focus has been on organizational change and the evolution of organizational structure to match the growth of the company. Ryan is the Executive sponsor on several of Triton’s largest projects, ensuring delivery is meeting internal and client expectations in terms of safety, quality, and technical standards.
Jennifer O’Grady, M.Eng., P.Eng., President, Terrapex Environmental
Jennifer holds a BASc in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, an MEng in Chemical Engineering (Environmental Specialty) from the University of Toronto, and is a Qualified Person (QPESA) in Ontario. She has over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry and has been a key player in the growth and development of Terrapex since she joined the company in 1997.
She became the first employee shareholder of Terrapex in 2003, and believes in the power of employee ownership. She has been on the Board of Directors since 2004. In her current role as President, Jennifer oversees Terrapex’s health and safety, people and culture and quality management programs, as well as monitoring and coordinating the operations of the service lines, and keeping up her technical know-how with a project or two.
Over the years, Jennifer has been involved in many discussions regarding succession planning at Terrapex. Ultimately, a Management Buy Out was chosen as the path forward, and Jennifer led a team of four to complete the deal. She will share her experiences and some of the unique aspects of the Terrapex MBO.
Michael Soligo, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., C.Dir., President & CEO, RWDI
As President and CEO of RWDI, Michael’s leadership and vision has driven corporate growth and diversification, extended the firm’s international reach, and deepened RWDl’s technical capabilities in emerging areas including sustainability, climate change, and innovation. A wind/environmental engineer and microclimate specialist who has completed scores of notable projects around the world, he brings a wealth of experience to his efforts in creating a successful and growing organization. Committed to CSR, as well as strengthening RWDI’s culture of collaborative problem solving and continuous learning, Michael and his team maintain an unwavering focus on client service and staff engagement while making complicated engineering issues simple on ambitious development projects.
Mike Cormier, P. Eng., Co-President, Englobe
As Co-President, Mike Cormier leads one of the largest Professional Services providers in Canada. In this role, Mike collaborates closely with his team to deliver engineering and geosciences services to Englobe’s clients and stakeholders. He is also highly adept at corporate transformation and currently leads numerous critical improvement projects to position Englobe for strong, sustainable growth.
He first joined Englobe following the company’s 2018 acquisition of Crandall Engineering, where he held the role of President. Following this acquisition, Mike was named Englobe Vice-President of Operations for Atlantic Canada. He was appointed Co-President in February 2019.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Moncton in New Brunswick. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA). He is also a Past President of the New Brunswick chapter of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC-NB). He has served as Chair of the House Committee and Board Member of the Capitol Theatre in Moncton.
Andrew Karvonen, Senior Vice President, SNC Lavalin
Andrew Karvonen is the Senior Vice President of Engineering Services for SNC-Lavalin Canada and leads the regions Technical Professional Organization. In this role, he manages a diverse team of approximately 3200 professional staff located in 50 offices across Canada and a mixed consulting portfolio spanning the fields of environment and geoscience, ports and marine, transportation, complex buildings, airports, rail and transit, water, dams, power, resources, technology, and innovation. It includes over 10,000 projects per year ranging in size from small laboratory investigations through to the design of multi-billion-dollar alternative delivery infrastructure projects. Mr. Karvonen also sits on the Canadian Senior Leadership Team (SLT) responsible for the overall strategic planning, execution, performance, compliance, and governance of SNC-Lavalin’s Canadian engineering business. Mr. Karvonen’s technical background is in the field of hydrogeology, geological engineering, and environmental sciences. He has completed hundreds of geotechnical and hydrogeological evaluations across Canada and internationally in both soil and rock environments.
Shawn Heier, COO NA Environmental and Specialty Services Labs, Bureau Veritas
As VP & COO of Bureau Veritas’s Industry Canada operating division, Shawn is responsible for operational leadership of Bureau Veritas Laboratories in North America including Environmental Services, Specialty Services, and Industrial Hygiene.
Shawn started his career developing specialized analytical methods for Alcan International and has focused on both the testing and renewable energy sectors during his career.
Leveraging an ability to align operations with customer expectations, Shawn and the operational leaders within the business unit utilize the best available technology, method harmonization, and digitization to deliver high-quality solutions in a timely manner to a variety of projects in North America.
Raman Birk, Regional Manager, Environmental Services, PSPC
Raman joined PSPC in 2003 and has taken the helm of Environmental Services as the Regional Manager in 2015 with Pacific Region covering both British Columbia and Yukon Territory. Identifying the potential growth with Climate Change, GHG, Compliance and Contaminated Sites services, Raman’s group has grown to 50 professional positions. In the last 18 years, Environmental Services has delivered and continues to deliver an impressive number of significant and complex environmental projects on behalf of the Government of Canada.
Robert Bracey, Robert Bracey, B.A. Hons., MBA, President & CEO, Quartet
Rob’s been Quartet’s President & CEO since 2002. Prior to that he worked at Nortel and PWC, opened an IT company in Kyrgyzstan, taught at Western and U of T, and funded companies in Australia and Kenya. He has an HBA from Western University and an MBA from Japan.
In his capacity as the President of Quartet, he provides IT services which include network management and cybersecurity operations controls.
Rob is on the board of several non-for-profit organizations and previously served on the boards of the TrustX Alliance (an IT service company network), the Canada Japan Society (President ’93-’98), the Childhood Cancer Society, and Big Brothers & Sisters of Toronto.
Marie-Eve Clayton, P.Eng., MBA., Managing Partner Canada, ERM
Marie-Eve Clayton is a transformational organizational leader and professional engineer (P.Eng.) with an MBA and 20+ years of experience driving change, value, business, and financial performance. As Managing Partner and Country Lead, Canada at ERM, Marie-Eve leads all aspects of business and operations in Canada in a firm that strives to shape a sustainable future with the world’s leading organizations. She is passionate about the sustainability and the Diversity & Inclusion agenda and has managed teams of up to 250 environmental professionals from coast-to-coast as well as completing international mandates. She sits on the Board of RTEC, ERM’s joint venture with the Tahltan Nation’s Development Corporation, is chair of the ERM Canada Foundation, sponsors ERM North America’s Women’s Employee Resource Group.
Rhonda Smith, COO, Trace Associates
Ms. Rhonda Smith is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Trace Associates Inc. (Trace), a mid-sized environmental consulting and engineering advisory firm servicing a diverse market in western Canada. Ms. Smith completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, and obtained her Professional Agrologists designation in Alberta. Since co-founding Trace in 2006, Rhonda has been responsible for the Canadian operations of the company, focusing on business management, strategy development, and corporate governance. As a transformational executive, Rhonda has built a company on a foundation of caring about people. Rhonda’s practical business sense helps her navigate the successes and challenges that come with owning and leading a business.
In addition to her entrepreneurship in the environmental consulting field, Ms. Smith has fostered growth within the industry. She held executive roles on the Board at the Canadian Land Reclamation Association for seven years, specifically Treasurer (2007 to 2011) and Vice President (2012 to 2013). Currently, Rhonda is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where she participates in the CEO Peer Mentoring Group and volunteers as the Secretary for her community association Board.
Jennifer Campbell, MPA, PMP, EP., CEO, Two Worlds Consulting
Jennifer Campbell is the Founder and CEO of Two Worlds Consulting (TWC), a professional environmental and social consultancy advising government, Indigenous Nations, and leading industries. Since TWC’s inception in 2016, Ms. Campbell and her team of environmental, social, and economic development professionals, provide strategic business services and support to their clients across Canada.
Ms. Campbell has expert knowledge in environmental assessments, regulatory compliance, permitting, and Indigenous issues. She has been providing strategic advice to clients for over two decades, helping them navigate complex processes to maximize benefits to the environment, communities, and the economy while meeting regulatory requirements.
Ms. Campbell is an experienced Environmental Professional (EP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of Victoria.
Paul Armitage, Partner, Head of Vancouver Industry Technology Group, Gowling WLG
Paul Armitage is a partner who can help you achieve your goals in technology commercial transactions. Based in Gowling WLG’s Vancouver office, Paul has over twenty years of experience practicing in the fields of technology licensing, channel distribution, outsourcing and procurement, life sciences collaborations, privacy law, cloud computing, e-commerce, anti-spam and anti-spyware (CASL) compliance, data security, and commercial contracts.
Paul has extensive experience in the life sciences, information technology, telecommunications, financial services, and health industries, as well as in infrastructure and facilities projects, both for private and public sector clients.
Peter Vanriel, B.A., B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Biol., General Manager, CanNorth Environmental Services
Peter Vanriel is the General Manager of Canada North Environmental Services (CanNorth). He has been in this position for over 20 years and has 35 years of experience. As further background to CanNorth, the company is 100% Indigenous-owned by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band through Kitsaki, their business development arm. An important part of his position is to provide leadership and vision to the organization by setting strategies and direction for the company’s growth, including mergers and acquisitions.
Peter has extensive experience with environmental matters, including environmental protection, public health, and safety risks. He has gained comprehensive knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements and has established excellent relationships with many regulatory agencies. In addition, Peter has provided expert witness testimony during public enquiries for various natural resource developments. He has been involved with numerous First Nations communities, particularly related to potential impacts from nearby natural resource projects.
His professional volunteer activities include advisory roles related to science and the environment for both the Saskatchewan Government and the Federal Government, as well as senior roles in various professional organizations.
Raminder Grewal, P.Eng.,President, Keyston Environmental
Mr. Grewal has over 20 years of experience and provides senior-level expertise, project management and, cost control for the performance of detailed site investigations, remediation planning, and design, human health and ecological risk assessments, and acquisition due diligence assessment. He also assists clients in negotiations with local, provincial, and federal regulators and approving agencies, conducts public information meetings, and provides expert and second opinion services.
Following graduation from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Geological Engineering (Environmental and Geotechnical) in 1998, Mr. Grewal continued his formal education completing his Certificate in Project Management in 2006.
Since 1998, Mr. Grewal has held a variety of progressively senior positions in the environmental engineering consulting industry, culminating in project management roles and management of the contaminated sites departments. In January 2007, Mr. Grewal became a partner and in 2013, President at Keystone Environmental Ltd. Mr. Grewal was appointed to the Roster of Approved Professional under the provisions of the BC Environment Management Act in the capacity of a Standards Assessment Specialist in 2009.
Kevin Nilsen, President and CEO, ECO Canada
Kevin Nilsen started his career in leadership as an officer in the Norwegian Army before moving to Canada in 2000. After graduating from the University of Calgary, Kevin worked 7 years for ECO Canada, most recently as Director of Professional Services. Kevin rejoined ECO Canada in September 2016 to commence the role of President & CEO of the organization.
During his absence from ECO Canada, Kevin managed large global offshore oil and gas projects for Aker owned companies. The experience in the energy sector gave him great exposure to clients and stakeholders in Europe, Asia, and USA. During this time, he was first based in Norway and subsequently in Houston, Texas. As a key highlight, Kevin led the development of a cutting-edge Riser Gas Handling tool that ensures a safer and more environmentally friendly drilling process.
At ECO Canada, Kevin was responsible for the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE). He was also instrumental in the launch of regional networking events across the country, the growth of EP certification, and academic partnerships.
Throughout his career, Kevin has always had an unprecedented commitment to clients. In his role as CEO, Kevin’s key focus is to ensure that ECO Canada’s products and services align well with industry, government, and academic stakeholders.
Eric Pringle, CEO/Managing Partner, Milestone Environmental Contracting
Eric Pringle is the Managing Partner / CEO for Milestone Environmental Contracting, a Canadian remediation contractor. We’re the “cooperative” contractor. With more than 30 years of experience in the environmental and remediation industry, he leads a dedicated group that focuses on the tough assignments and excels at partnering.
As a professional engineer, Eric is well known for his extensive experience in brownfield redevelopment and environmental/remedial design solutions. Eric also serves as a senior technical peer reviewer for the entire Project Management team. Under his leadership, Milestone has experienced exponential growth and has led to Milestone being ranked and listed as one of Canada’s 500 fastest growing companies in 2019, by the Canadian Business and Maclean Magazines GROWTH 500.
Eric is also active in our community; he is past President of the Canadian Brownfields Network and past Chair of the HR MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver. He has held leadership roles across Canada in Brownfield groups and environmental firms. He led the development of the BC Toolkit for former Service Stations; including delivery of a series of Brownfield Design Charettes for six BC municipalities with the BC Brownfield Renewal Strategy. He was recognized by the Canadian Urban Institute as the Brownfielder of the Year for his work.
He is responsible for several private and public accounts for environmental remediation projects and initiatives for various industries, Indigenous communities, all levels of government and agencies throughout Canada. He is the Director of serval Indigenous joint ventures with Milestone. He served as a member of the BC Ministry of Environment task force on soil relocation for large receiving sites.
Warren Sandes, P.Eng., President, Aqua-Solve Services
Warren is the President and co-founder of Aqua-Solve Services. Aqua-Solve provides water treatment solutions for the construction, industrial and environmental sectors in Western Canada. He has over 25 years of experience in environmental contracting in Canada and the US. Prior to Aqua-Solve, he held senior roles with HAZCO Environmental and Tervita Corporation.
Kevin French, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., Vice President, Vertex Environmental
Mr. French is Vice President of Vertex Environmental Inc. and has over 30 years of experience and expertise in environmental engineering, specializing in site assessment and remediation. Kevin has been involved in the design and implementation of remediation programs across Canada involving permeable reactive barriers, adsorptive technologies, in-situ chemical oxidation and reduction, aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation, etc. in soil, groundwater, and bedrock for a variety of contaminants, including petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, heavy metals, and other compounds. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and is a Professional Engineer and a Qualified Person in Ontario.
Jacques Benoit, M.Sc., EP., National Vice President, Business & Strategy Development, WSP
Mr. Benoit is a Senior Executive and Certified Environmental Professional with over 43 years of experience in the environmental and Oil & Gas and mining engineering/construction fields, having worked in Canada, including the Arctic, and internationally. A senior manager who has demonstrated experience overseeing large projects, building teams, and growing business. Successfully negotiated and concluded more than a dozen mergers and acquisitions. A subject matter expert with over 40 published technical papers on various environmental and engineering subjects. Extensive experience in greenfield and start-up projects as well as construction, site assessment, conducting due diligence, contaminated site remediation, health & safety, waste management, and performing environmental impact assessments. He is presently National Vice-President of Business & Strategy Development at WSP Canada in Vancouver, BC.