DST’s Biologists Antonio Trogrlic, Jody Hereema and Michaela Haring attended Backpack Electrofishing Class 2 certification this May as part of the Natural Channels Systems Conference held at the University of Guelph.
Backpack Electrofishing is a method of sampling fish that uses a non-lethal electric shock that induces electrotaxis in fish. Electrotaxis causes fish to swim towards an electric current allowing them to be easily captured without harming them.
Backpack Electrofishing is an essential tool to DST and its clients to perform fisheries studies in streams, and fish removal for bridge and culvert construction projects.
What a tee-rific day for golfing!
Our DST Sudbury office participated in the annual OIAA Northern Chapter Golf Tournament on May 24.
The weather was warm and the candy was sweet – golfers stopped at the DST sponsored hole got to pick a sweet treat from our candy bar and have their try at a marshmallow golf contest. Whoever could ‘drive’ their marshmallow the farthest was deemed the winner!
Micheline Gervais, Project Manager, asked the participants to think of the most innovative way to drive the marshmallows down the fairway. The best method from the gentlemen was to put a golfball in the marshmallow and the ladies chose brute strength to send it as far as possible. Talk about innovative thinking!
DST continues to be a proud supporter of this annual tournament and is looking forward to getting back on the links again next year!
Our Thunder Bay team participated in the local Spring Up To Clean Up campaign hosted by EcoSuperior.
The City of Thunder Bay has sponsored this community-wide litter clean-up in partnership with EcoSuperior since 1996. Over the years, the program has grown to more than 10,000 participants annually working to beautify over 200 areas of our community.
After a thorough clean up of the neighbourhood around the DST office, the team joined the official launch day event and enjoyed a BBQ lunch. It’s our job to help keep our planet clean!
On April 18, DST Consulting Engineers attended The Whitesand First Nation career fair. This fair was hosted by Whitesand First Nation and held at their new multiplex facility.
The Whitesand First Nation is an Ojibwa First Nation with a land base of 615 acres. The community of Armstrong Settlement is the main community in the area. In June 2008, their total registered population was 1086 people, of which their on-reserve population was 311.
Bob Wright, Client Liaison from our Thunder Bay office, made the trip up to represent DST at the career fair. This was one of their busiest career fairs yet, with a huge variety of booths and many people in attendance. Plus, now many young people in Whitesand FN and Armstrong can be seen sporting DST sunglasses.
It was a wonderful opportunity to visit the community and share information with students and community members about potential future careers in the engineering industry.
Over the past year, in partnership with Lakehead University and RBC, Amanda Sauermann, Senior Marketing Specialist at DST Consulting Engineers Inc, has had a placement student under the Future Launch Program. This program helps youth develop new skills, grow their network, and gain valuable work experience.
Robert Kopytek-Mackenzie is in his third year of the Honours Bachelors of Commerce program at Lakehead University with a major in Finance and a minor in Marketing.
One day a week over the course of the school year, he has worked alongside Amanda in the DST office helping with marketing projects, learning about the industry and different business practices, as well as experiencing work in an office setting. Robert has done research for trade shows, promotions, and the social media marketing side of DST.
DST Consulting Engineers Inc. thanks RBC, Lakehead University and Robert for their partnership in this program!
On Wednesday, February 28th, the Nanticoke, Ontario skyline was changed forever as the two 650 ft stacks at the Nanticoke OPG plant were toppled by a controlled explosive blast. After months of preparation work leading up to blast day the stacks were down in a matter of seconds. DST was part of the demolition crew working together with Delsan AIM and Rakowski Cartage & Wreckage to ensure the demolition was completed efficiently, precisely, and most of all, safely.
Nanticoke Stack Demolition: 2 stacks, 650 ft, 10 seconds – HD Drone Footage
Watch as the incredible planning process unfolds. Covering the final stages of preparation, this video features technical experts from the project discussing the complex nature of explosive demolition projects and the challenge faced by the team with this project: demolishing two 650 ft stacks, each with four inner flues, located on the shores of Lake Erie. Highlighting the extreme care for health and safety standards and the environment, and then finally the big event – demolition – this is an informative ‘how to’ on executing the perfect controlled, explosive demolition.
DST would like to recognize the members of our expert blast and demolition team that helped make the successful completion of this project possible: Ray Jambakhsh, Chief Technical Advisor (DST Sudbury), George Thomas, Director of Infrastructure (DST Ottawa), Amir Ghorbani, Project Manager (DST Mississauga), Andrew Naoum, Regional Manager of Infrastructure – Southern Ontario (DST Ottawa), Eric Gagne, Vibration and Noise Monitoring Specialist (DST Ottawa).
The DST Consulting Engineers team in Sudbury were happy to participate in the 2018 Insurance Institute Cambrian Shield Chapter Sudbury Curling Bonspiel. This annual bonspiel supports The Infant Food Bank of Sudbury.
The DST Team included James Hicks, Micheline Gervais, and Jonathan Waddell, plus a client making up their group of four.
After a fun day of throwing rocks, they took home the winning trophy! Congratulations to our curlers.
Spring is here! Time to Spring Up for a litter-free Thunder Bay!
Thursday, May 4th was the official launch of the City of Thunder Bay’s annual Spring Up to Clean Up campaign. The City of Thunder Bay has sponsored this community-wide litter clean-up in partnership with EcoSuperior since 1996. Over the years, the program has grown to more than 10,000 participants annually working to beautify over 200 areas of our community.
This May will be the 21st annual Spring Up to Clean Up and the program is continuing to grow, welcoming new partners, participants and sponsors and providing more events for the community to take part in. Pride in our community is increasing. We are seeing more and more people wanting to get out and help make Thunder Bay a more beautiful place to live. We are ready to harness that energy this spring and to support those helping to create a clean, green and beautiful Thunder Bay.
To kick things off, nearly 100 businesses and offices are taking part in Thunder the 20-Minute Makeover event. Staff and management at workplaces all over town are stepping outside throughout the day for 20 minutes to clean up litter from around their neighbourhoods. Registered workplaces received Spring Up garbage bags, public recognition and a token of appreciation from contributing sponsors Bay Village Coffee, Upshot Coffeehouse and the Whole Nine Yards.
At the launch event hosted by DST Consulting Engineers Inc., there were words of encouragement by Councillor Rebecca Johnson, Jason Sherband (City of Thunder Bay, Manager – Solid Waste and Recycling Services), and Shannon Costigan (EcoSuperior, Spring Up Coordinator). At 10:30 a.m., the 20-Minute Makeover was kicked off when businesses in the Hewitson neighbourhood came together annual litter clean-up. DST Consulting Engineers Inc. has been a long time participant in the Spring Up to Clean Up campaign.
“DST is a proud supporter of this important community initiative and has been for years.” said Amanda Sauermann, Marketing Specialist for DST Consulting Engineers. “ We believe that it is crucial for Thunder Bay businesses to demonstrate community leadership by actively seeking out opportunities to work in partnership with organizations like EcoSuperior and the City of Thunder Bay to help ensure the city is clean and safe for residents. This event raises awareness of the significant impact waste has on the health of our city, and allows us all to reinforce our commitment to promoting waste reduction practices.”
“Close to 100 businesses, organizations, City facilities and other government offices have come out in full force this morning to clean up litter around their neighbourhoods in the 20-Minute Makeover, in addition to individuals involved in community clean-ups throughout May and June ,” Sherband said at the launch event. “Commitment to the Spring Up program increases every year in Thunder Bay, and is a big part of keeping our City clean, green, and beautiful.”
Costigan was impressed with the response from community organizations this year. “Organizations around the city are really looking for ways to get involved and contribute to a clean, green and beautiful Thunder Bay. As a result, we have some new and exciting things happening as part of the Spring Up to Clean Up program. The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Wednesday Work Crew program for our business community and the Thunder Bay Police Services Zone Watch neighbourhood clean-up events are just two of them. Returning this year is the Stash the Trash community clean-up event hosted by Sleeping Giant Brewing Company. It’s amazing to see businesses, organizations and individuals are joining forces to tackle litter in our community.”
Spring Up to Clean Up is a community program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and delivered by EcoSuperior Environmental Programs. Sponsored by the City of Thunder Bay Infrastructure and Operations, Ontario Power Generation, Thunder Bay Ventures, SPI Health and Safety, DST Consulting Engineers, GFL, Sleeping Giant Brewing Company, Bay Village Coffee, Upshot Coffeehouse, Creekside Nursery, Belluz Farms, Thunder Bay Border Cats, The Whole Nine Yards, The Purple Camel and Boston Pizza.
We are excited to announce that DST has teamed up with EcoSuperior and the City of Thunder Bay to launch the 2017 Spring Up to Clean Up campaign!
Each year over 1000 employees representing over 100 Thunder Bay businesses step outside for 20 minutes to help clean up litter from their neighbourhoods. This event allows members of Thunder Bay’s business community to demonstrate their civic pride and take an active role in keeping our city clean, green, and beautiful.
It is our pleasure to extend an invitation to everyone in the community of Thunder Bay to join us at the DST office and show their support for this event!
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 10:30 am
Where: DST Consulting Engineers | 605 Hewitson Street
There will be guest speakers, on location radio covering the event, and of course, delicious food following the clean-up.
DST is dedicated to the practice of sound environmental stewardship and we have been a long-time supporter of this fantastic community initiative. We are honoured to be able to host this year’s campaign launch and understand that the continued support of this event, and those like it, contributes to the success and well-being of our community. Through participation in events like Spring Up to Clean Up, we reinforce our commitment to promoting waste reduction practices to limit impacts on landfills.
To RSVP for the campaign launch, please get in touch with Shannon at EcoSuperior: firstname.lastname@example.org or Amanda Sauermann at DST.
Looking forward to ‘spring’ into action with you to beautify Thunder Bay.