Envision Canada: New & Noteworthy

The CSCE 2024 annual conference takes place June 5–7, 2024 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This event promises to be an exciting gathering of professionals from all corners of the civil engineering industry, around the theme of “Adapting to Climate, Technology and Growth.”

Anyone planning to attend the CSCE conference is encouraged to catch the session hosted by Envision Canada on Wednesday, June 5th, 3:45 – 5:30 PM ET. This interactive session will feature:

  • Prof. Catherine LeBlanc, Université de Moncton and CSCE Sustainable Development Committee Member – “Entrusted to Our Care” : CSCE Guidelines for Sustainable Development”
  • Scott Smith, Mott MacDonald – “Designing for Sustainable Infrastructure – The Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Framework & Professional Credential”
  • Terry Neimeyer, KCI Technologies and Chair, ASCE Committee on Sustainability – “ASCE Performance Standard on Sustainable Infrastructure”
  • Norman Shippee, Stantec – “A Shifting Climate & Shifting Responsibilities for Professionals and Asset Owners”
  • Dan Sandink, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction – “PIEVC Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Program for Buildings and Infrastructure”
  • Husham Almansour, NRC Canada – “Climate Change Adaptation for Resilient Highway Bridges”

Join the informal Envision Canada mingle during the President’s Welcome Reception on Wednesday, June 5th, 6:30-8:00 PM ET. You can also connect through the Whova conference app with other ENV SPs including Lourette Swanepoel, Envision Canada Program Manager and Conrad McCallum, Communications Manager, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. We hope to see you there!

https://www.csce2024niagara.ca/

Other Envision Canada News

Envision presented to FCM MAMP partners and stakeholders across Canada

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) hosted its 7th and final Asset Management Collaboration Workshop from April 22–24, 2024 in Ottawa. CSCE was invited to present the Envision framework during a 1.5-hour workshop to MAMP partner organizations, members of the FCM Technical Working Group and other key stakeholders across Canada.

The workshop challenged participants to consider how they will be rebuilding infrastructure identified in their asset management plans. The workshop demonstrated the interconnected and complementary nature of the Envision framework, the PIEVC family of tools, and climate-updated NRC guidance, codes and standards.

ENV SPs recognized by INFC

Infrastructure Canada recently launched a Request for Standing Offer (RFSO) to solicit offerors that may be contracted by Infrastructure Canada, to provide professional technical and advisory services in fields associated with low-carbon and climate resilient infrastructure, including for various asset classes such as water/wastewater, community assets, natural infrastructure, transit, housing and solid waste. Through ongoing efforts to advocate for the use and integration of Envision in INFC initiatives, Envision Sustainability Professionals were recognized in this RFSO.

ENV SP Training July 10 – 11, 2024

Help share the news with others who might have interest in becoming an ENV SP.

This virtual training session, hosted through the Envision Canada partnership, will be facilitated by Brad Moore, P.Eng.

When: July 10 and 11, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT each day.

Cost: Students CAD$400 | Public Sector CAD$650 | Private Sector (CSCE / ISI members) CAD$875 | Private Sector (non-members) CAD$1,060. [More information about the training]

About the trainer: Brad is a Civil Engineer specializing in the field of sustainable infrastructure design with Stantec Consulting and a graduate of Harvard University’s Master’s in Sustainability program. He is a certified Envision Trainer who has been an ENV SP for 8 years… [Detailed bio]

Details and registration

Envision profiled in ReNew Canada Magazine

Read the feature article in ReNew Canada Magazine on Aecon Group’s focus on sustainability and strong adoption of Envision, “Building a sustainable future with the help of Envision.”

“Using Envision as a guide throughout the entire project lifecycle as we build sustainable infrastructure has been the right decision to measure our goals against an industry standard that keeps us accountable through both the qualitative and quantitative data,” noted Prabhjit (Prabh) K. Banga, Aecon’s Vice-President of Sustainability, in the article.

Read the article

March 2024 Envision Training: Thank you and appreciation

The number of ENV SPs in Canada now comprises more than 800 professionals working in every infrastructure sector in Canada: public agencies, the private sector, and academia. Learn more about how the ENV SP and the Envision sustainability framework are transforming the way civil infrastructure is developed in Canada.

Welcome to all of our new ENV SPs, including those who gained the credential in March 14 & 15, 2024 led by Latifa El Ayachi. Our sincere thank-you and congratulations to Latifa for another very successful Envision training.

Get in touch

Let us know if you have an Envision project to profile, if you are conducting research related to Envision, or if you are promoting Envision at a conference or through an article so that we can profile your leadership! Contact Lourettte Swanepoel (lourette@csce.ca) with questions about the Envision Canada program. You can also visit the Envision Canada website.

ENV SP Training coming up on July 10 & 11, 2024

Join this virtual training session over two consecutive afternoons that will prepare you for taking the online self-paced exam and earning your ENV SP credential. 8,000 professionals globally, and over 800 in Canada, have obtained the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) credential to help advance the sustainability performance of their capital projects.

This virtual training session, hosted through the Envision Canada partnership, will be facilitated by Brad Moore, P.Eng.*

When: July 10 and 11, 2024, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT each day.

Cost: Students CAD$400 | Public Sector CAD$650 | Private Sector (CSCE / ISI members) CAD$875 | Private Sector (non-members) CAD$1,060

The Envision® Framework for Sustainable Infrastructure has been actively in used in Canada since its inception more than a decade ago. In 2021, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) entered into the Envision Canada partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and adopted Envision® as the leading sustainable infrastructure framework in Canada to help accelerate the sustainability, resilience, and equity performance outcomes of Canadian infrastructure projects of all types.

The framework is supported by the Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation—an increasingly important credential for any professional involved in capital infrastructure. Whether you work in public or private sector; in design or construction; or on capital projects in transportation, water, wastewater, waste, energy supply, natural infrastructure, etc. the credential training orients and equips professionals with the base knowledge needed to use the comprehensive Envision framework as a tool in advancing the sustainability performance of their capital projects.

Training will be delivered virtually in two parts, over two half-days (both mandatory). Following the training ENV SP candidates will be prepared to take the online self-paced exam to earn their ENV SP credential. Completion of the training is a prerequisite for taking the exam and examination fees are included in the training fee.

*Brad is a Civil Engineer specializing in the field of sustainable infrastructure design with Stantec Consulting and a graduate of Harvard University’s Master’s in Sustainability program. He is a certified Envision Trainer who has been an ENV SP for 8 years. Brad is currently guiding over $12 Billion (construction value) in infrastructure projects through the Envision™ process including the Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency – Battery project, which recently received an Envision Platinum Award. Brad’s emphasis on sustainability throughout design and construction has been recognized with awards from the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, American Public Works Association, Association of Canadian Engineering Companies, and Corporate Knights.

Envision by the Numbers 2023 Q4 is out

This document has data on Envision use and related statistics from ISI Verification, Credentialing and Membership Programs. It was designed to equip Envision Sustainability Professionals (ENV SPs) and other champions of sustainable infrastructure with Envision stats and graphs, which may be used to support presentations on the framework and Envision business cases. Please credit ISI if you are using this document, which will be updated on a quarterly basis in January, April, July, and October.

Link to the resource.

 

CSCE Annual Conference Niagara Falls, Ontario

CSCE Niagara 2024 Conference

June 5 – June 7

Adapting to Climate, Technology and Growth. How will the civil engineering industry take leadership to address the compounding challenges of climate change and unprecedented urbanization? The conference will provide a forum for discussing the adaptation of technologies in the design and management of the next generation of smart and resilient infrastructure to create an urban environment geared toward achieving sustainability and well-being for both people and the natural environment.

Visit the conference site: https://www.csce2024niagara.ca/

That’s a Wrap: The 2023 ISI Conference

Accelerate Action: Prioritizing Sustainable Infrastructure for Climate Change was a huge success.  

ISI’s third annual conference included a session focusing on “Contractor Perspectives on Envision Adoption” with Clément Boisselier, Aecon Group Inc., discussing Canadian projects; and a “Projects Showcase” Session that includes a presentation from Jill Roth on the Fairview Cove Marine Container Examination Facility Project. The recorded sessions continue to be available in the Zoom Events link.

CSCE’s Alberta Chapters Highlight Envision

CSCE’s Alberta chapters organized and introductory presentation on Oct. 17, 2023 that included an overview of what Envision is, the types of infrastructure it applies to, the benefits of using Envision, as well as the underlying components available to help advance its application in the industry. This webinar was presented by Joelle Doubrough, a certified Environmental Professional (designated via EcoCanada) and Senior Environmental Planner with SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Note: this event is now past. Details were posted here.

Fairview Cove MCEF project in the Port of Halifax Project is awarded Envision Verified

The container ship ONE Magnificence at PSA Halifax Fairview Cove. Photo credit Steve Farmer.

Earning high levels of achievement across several Envision sustainability credit areas, this project will improve efficiency, safety and operations of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Port of Halifax.

The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) had long identified the need to decrease port congestion and plan for future increases in container processing demand. But the Fairview Cove Marine Container Examination Facility (MCEF) project will go much further, delivering speedier turnaround times, enhanced port security, and significant environmental and community benefits.

SOUNDBITES

“Integrating sustainability into our core business practices is essential for future success,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “The completed Marine Container Examination Facility will improve overall operational efficiency while advancing our sustainability goals. It can serve as a framework for future projects on our path to becoming One Port City.”

“This project is a milestone for the Halifax Port Authority and a reflection of the dedication to sustainability, collaboration and moving beyond “Business as Usual” practices,” said Jill Roth, Project Lead ENV SP.

Kristi Wamstad, ISI’s Verification Director, said: “ISI congratulates the Halifax Port Authority and the project partners on the success of the Fairview Cove Marine Container Examination Facility project. It optimizes rapid and reliable container inspections and helps to achieve the Port’s net-zero emission goals.”

Read more about the Fairview Cove Marine Container Examination Facility (MCEF) project.

September 2023 ENV SP Training

This ENV SP Training was hosted in conjunction with ISI and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE) and was delivered virtually via Zoom. This training was also open to Non-Canadians.

The training was delivered over 2 half-day sessions on Monday, September 11- Tuesday September 12.

The course was designed to equip attendees with the ability to:

  • Demonstrate how infrastructure can address the challenges inherent to sustainable development
  • Describe the components of Envision
  • Evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure projects using the Envision framework
  • Describe the Envision verification process
  • Use Envision to plan, design and deliver more sustainable infrastructure

More Envision training is currently being planned to support infrastructure professionals in responding more effectively to sustainability challenges on projects. Stay tuned!

More information on earning the Envision Sustainability Professional credential.

Latest Envision Canada Webinars: CSCE Northern BC and Vancouver Island

May 2023 saw the rollout of more Envision Canada training to CSCE Sections. On May 11th, Negin Tousi delivered an Envision 101 presentation to the CSCE Northern BC Section. Negin is a Project Manager at David Nairne and Associates Ltd., delivering on a range of infrastructure projects for Indigenous communities throughout BC and across Canada. She had previously spent 6 years delivering on water and wastewater treatment and conveyance projects for rural and urban municipalities throughout BC. She has delivered on a range of projects including conceptual design and studies, system management planning exercises, and design and construction projects in the role of project engineer, inspector, resident engineer, project manager, leading to a holistic understanding of project delivery. She obtained her designation as an Envision Sustainability Professional in 2020. She is currently developing internal standards for application of Envision principles on the projects delivered at DNA.

On May 31st, Antonio Castro delivered an Envision 101 presentation to the CSCE Vancouver Island Section. Antonio is an Assistant Project Manager with RAM Consulting. He has several years of experience in civil construction, working on a variety of projects including the design of a vehicle overpass as well as the installation of a storm water diversion sewer. Antonio acquired his ENV SP in 2022 and is working to expand the use of sustainability practices in civil construction throughout Canada.