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Spring UP to Clean UP Launch a Huge Success!

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.

Amanda Sauermann, DST Senior Marketing Specialist, and Shannon Costigan, EcoSuperior Program Coordinator.

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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: shannon@ecosuperior.org or Amanda Sauermann at DST.

Looking forward to ‘spring’ into action with you to beautify Thunder Bay.

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DST Supports up-and-coming Engineering Talent

Corporate responsibility continues to be a top priority for DST and we make every effort to give back to the communities in which we operate.  One area that is of particular importance to us is investing in the future of engineering.  This means supporting students.


As our way of continuing to support the next generation of engineers, DST is proud to announce the establishment of the DST Consulting Engineers Graduate Scholarship in Engineering at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.


The Scholarship will be awarded annually to a high-ranking student enrolled full-time in the Masters of Science in Environmental Engineering Program at Lakehead.


Through the founding of this scholarship and our continued support of local programs and charities across DST offices, we are investing in the shared future of our communities.

DST Scholarship


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OIAA Northern Chapter Golf Tournament

DST continues to be a proud supporter of the annual OIAA Northern Chapter Golf Tournament.  Every year, golfers tee off at the always tee-rific Pine Grove Golf Club in Sudbury, Ontario.  This year the sun was shining and the weather was warm.

Everyone had a fantastic time golfing in support of the Ten Rainbows Children’s Foundation.

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HOPE Beach Volleyball Tournament

DST was a proud supporter of this year’s HOPE Beach Volleyball tournament held annually at Mooney’s Bay in Ottawa, Ontario.  Two DST teams, the DST Dirty Dozen and DST Blasters, had a fantastic time serving up fun in support of local charities!



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DST Thunder Bay Office Flood

We are local experts in emergency flood relief and over the years we have helped many clients manage the most difficult aspects of a flood disaster.

This weekend the tables were turning and it was us who were in need of flood relief services when our DST Thunder Bay office was overwhelmed with water.

This has been a difficult time for us but it has also been an opportunity for us to learn. Through our experience we have learned more about what our clients need from us during these difficult times and how we can improve our disaster response.

We are in Thunder Bay with our wellies ready and are available to provide post flood consulting.

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Spring Up to Clean Up 2016

Every spring DST’s Thunder Bay office participates in the “Spring Up to Clean Up” event in the local community. This event is geared towards cleaning up the environment from the trash that was left throughout winter. DST takes pride in doing our part to ensure that our city is clean and safe. As per the usual, DST sprung up to the challenge and collected over 7 bags of trash from the neighbourhood.


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Phil Wilson receives Lifetime Achievement Award

DST’s Phil Wilson received recognition for his exceptional contributions within the HR Industry with the Queen’s University IRC Award for Lifetime Achievements. This award is to acknowledge Phil’s innovative approaches to people management strategies and the outstanding leadership in a wide range of HR initiatives and roles.

Congratulations Phil!!

Phil Wilson- Award

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DST Participates in Spring Up to Clean Up Thunder Bay

DST’s Thunder Bay office took part in the 18th Annual Spring Up to Clean Up community event May 1, 2015. Maintaining a clean and green city is important to DST and we were proud to do our part to achieve this city wide initiative. In our 20 minute makeover, we were able to collect 14 recycling bags of trash. Well done DST!

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DST’s Eric Domingue Gives Tailings Dams Lecture

On Thursday, March 26th DST’s Eric Domingue, Environment Operations Manager, spoke to a captivated audience at Thompson River University (TRU) in Kamloops, BC on Tailings and Tailings Dams 101.

Covering all things tailings, including the good, the bad, and the ugly, Eric spoke for about an hour and fielded some tough questions from the audience.

DST was invited to speak on the topic by the Kamloops Exploration Group as part of their public outreach lecture series. Given the recent Mount Polly tailings pond breach it comes as no surprise that Eric’s talk was one of the best attended, also drawing attention from local media.

DST's Eric Domingue with the President of Kamloops Exploration Group (KEG), Colin RussellDST's Eric Domingue giving a lecture on Tailings in Kamloops, BC

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