• Looking Back: 25 years of AESAC

    By Bill Leedham, P.Geo, QP, CESA In honour of AESAC’s 25th anniversary, I thought I would look back on some significant events that took place in AESAC’s inaugural year of 1993. In 1993, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was formulating their first standard for conducting Phase I

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    Fill Materials: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Part 2

    By: Bill Leedham, P.Geo, CESA  Last month I discussed the issue of fill materials, specifically what constitutes fill and why the presence of fill materials at a property can be a potential concern for Environmental Site Assessments. This month I will review some of the potential indicators of

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    Fill Materials: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Part 1

    By: Bill Leedham, P. Geo., CESA Recently there has been a lot of discussion about fill, especially with proposed new Ontario regulations for excess construction fill and requirements for Soil Management Plans (SMP) to be completed by a Qualified Person. I thought this would be a good time to talk

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    Job Hunting 101: The Interview, Part 2 - Execution

    Last month’s blog discussed interview preparation for prospective job-seekers in the environmental field. This article will provide suggestions to put your research and practice to good use in rocking that interview. Thanks again for the excellent input from my colleagues. Appearance and First

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    Job Hunting 101: The Interview, Part 1 – Preparation

    In my last blog I discussed job hunting tips for students and young professionals starting their career in the environmental industry. With some research, hard work, lots of perseverance and some luck, you’ve finally landed an interview with a prospective employer. Here are a few tips on

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    Job Hunting 101: Tips and Tricks

    Springtime at last, time for another round of AESAC training courses and more questions from students looking for their first job. Over the years I have reviewed hundreds of applications and resumes and interviewed many hopeful job seekers; and I have a few tips to pass on. These apply mainly to the

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors - Part 3

    Last month I discussed various mistakes I have encountered in the field work portion of Phase Two Environmental Site Assessments. This month’s blog will focus on some common errors in data interpretation and reporting. Sometimes consultants will go above and beyond their contracted scope of

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors – Part 2

    Last month I discussed some common mistakes I have encountered in reviewing Phase Two Environmental Site Assessment reports, specifically in the initial planning stage, now it’s time to turn our attention to recognizing and reducing errors during the Phase Two ESA field work. Sometimes,

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    Avoiding Common Phase 2 ESA Errors – Part 1

    Previously I have written about common errors I have encountered in reviewing Phase One Environmental Site Assessment reports, now it’s time to focus on some of the commonplace mistakes I have seen in planning and conducting Phase Two ESAs. A properly scoped Phase Two needs to be based on

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    Coast to Coast with AESAC in 2017 - By the Numbers

    By: Bill Leedham, P.Geo, QP, CESA.   This year was a very busy one for AESAC, with numerous ESA training courses being held across Canada. Many thanks go out to all the AESAC staff and my fellow instructors for their hard work; to our excellent guest speakers for their informative

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