Since 1992, the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO Canada) has provided relevant and up-to-date labour market information to the environmental sector and related stakeholders. Based on this intelligence, ECO Canada, in partnership with environmental executives, professionals, governments and academia, identifies emerging business opportunities for the rapidly growing sector, defines skill and knowledge areas required to respond to these opportunities, and designs employment and human resources strategies that link skilled environmental professionals with companies to increase their competitiveness. All of this offers a benefit in turbulent economic times and as Canada advances in infrastructure.
In response to requests from the solid waste management sector, ECO Canada has launched a study of the Canadian solid waste management labour market that will give insight into this critical and evolving area.
The study will investigate human resources issues facing solid waste companies, the emerging skill and knowledge requirements of solid waste occupations in light of advancing technology, as well as overall expected growth trends for solid waste management work and implications for companies and practitioners in the sector.
A comprehensive report, communicating a clear picture of labour market issues, and offering recommendations for identified challenges, will be available in May 2010.
How will the study benefit solid waste management companies? According to Konrad Fichtner, Senior Environmental Director at AECOM, “This study is important if Canada wants to retain and expand its leadership position in solid waste management.” John Ogryzlo, Dean of Environmental Science at Niagara College, expects that the study “will help employers identify the skills and training practitioners need to utilize in innovations in technology. Ultimately, this will result in a safer, more sustainable and profitable waste management industry.”
How to get involved
In the coming months, watch for invitations from ECO Canada to solid waste organizations to participate in surveys, interviews and focus group that are designed to identify specifi c human resources issues and needs facing the solid waste industry. If you would like to participate in the study, or would like more information, please contact Marsha Mahabir, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org,or by phone at 403-476-1937.
Grant Trump is President and CEO, ECO Canada, in Calgary, Alberta. Contact Grant at email@example.com