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CANADA REGION SEVENTH EDITION, MAY 2012

A Newsletter For Friends and Family of CH2M HILL Canada

Windsor Essex Parkway - Linking Nations

Ben Almond

Talks Statoil

Fort Edmonton Project Wins at CEA

An Innovative Launch

Athabasca Bridge

Award

Winning

Best Employers for New Canadians Awards British Columbia ACEC Awards COR013112192222TOR


In this issue: GOOD NEWS … 3

Windsor Essex Parkway - Linking Nations Doing it Right

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“Being able to help people is its own reward.” – Sarah Beharry/TOR

Talks Statoil

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An Innovative Launch

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ne-Minute Interview

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Ben Almond

Best Employer for New Canadians ......................... 4

CH2M HILL COMMUNITY INVESTMENT Program … 13

TO BE OF SERVICE … 14

Windsor Essex Parkway - Linking Nations .. 6 The Windsor-Essex Parkway will be the most significant single highway investment made in Ontario history.

Best Employer for New Canadians ......................... 8

From the Editor’s Desk:

“No organization is inherently good—vigilance is vital.” – Tom Searle/CGY

This issue of Northern Lights is all about good news: multiple

award wins, recognition of our community service, and groundbreaking projects. And we interview two senior staff in Canada with a One-Minute Interview and a video piece. As always, if you have a suggestion for a story, please contact any of the Northern Lights Team. Northern Lights Editorial Team Stay awesome,

Editor – Pauline Graf Web and Graphic Designer – Samuel Cheung

Pauline

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Video Content – Lisa Stone


Fort Edmonton Project Wins at CEA

CH2M HILL was honoured at the Consulting Engineers of Alberta 2012 Showcase Awards, with the FORT EDMONTON FOOTBRIDGE & TRAILS project receiving an Award of Merit in the Community Development category.

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This is a great award win recognizing the effort of the project team to improve the City of Edmonton. And City Council thought so too, inviting representatives of CH2M HILL and the project general contractor to be honoured by Mayor Stephen Mandel at a recent City Council meeting. Senior Planner for the City of Edmonton, Gabriele Barry expressed her appreciation to the team. “As an important member of the Ft. Edmonton Footbridge & Trails Project team, I want to extend my personal appreciation to all of you, for your efforts to make this project a success.”

Gary Kriviak/EDM and Allan Bartman, City of Edmonton at the CEA Showcase Awards.

Fort Edmonton Footbridge and Trails

With more than 10 million annual visits, the river valley trails and park facilities along the North Saskatchewan River are major recreation and tourism destinations within Edmonton. The Fort Edmonton Footbridge and Trails Project extends the river valley trail system adding over 2 km of trails, a major cross-river trail linkage, a crossing of the Wolf Willow Ravine and developing access points into the river valley.

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Best Employers for New Canadians Awards

In March of this year, CH2M HILL was once again recognized as a Best Employer for New Canadians.

This achievement recognizes our commitment to diversity, support of initiatives such as the Toronto MicroSkills Employment Resource Centre, and volunteer efforts to aid New Canadians in entering the Canadian workplace. The firm first won this award in 2011. The Best Employer for New Canadians competition is sponsored by the Maytree Foundation and organized by Media Corp. Established in 1982, Maytree promotes equity and prosperity through leadership building and has gained recognition for its expertise in developing, testing and implementing programs and policy solutions related to immigration, integration and diversity. David Larter/TOR, vice-president of human resources, says the company’s work placement program in partnership with MicroSkills Toronto has been a win-win opportunity. “People are very serious about wanting to do a good job and becoming successful in Canadian employment,” Mr. Larter says. “They’re willing to work hard and help grow the company, which is what we require in all of our candidates. It’s a great opportunity to turn those placements into hires because you get to see the person and how they react to your environment and the pace.”

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Shanel Thomas/TOR, receptionist at our Toronto office, is one of those people. At 18, she and her husband fled from corruption in Grenada, arriving in Canada in 2002. Several years later, she needed a hand-up and turned to MicroSkills.

At the New Canadians Award Gala: (left to right) - Ratna Omidvar, President, The Maytree Foundation; Kristina Leung, Editor, Canada's Top 100 Employers; Margaret Weissenfels/TOR; Sarah Beharry/TOR; Shanel Thomas/TOR; Lou Riccoboni/OTT. Shanel Thomas at the new Toronto office reception area. “The MicroSkills program gave me the opportunity to come back and be a person at a very dark time in my life,” says Ms. Thomas. “It’s organizations like CH2M HILL that become involved in community development and these programs that help people like me. It gave me a chance to build my confidence back. Words cannot express how grateful I am for the opportunity.” “We applaud all our colleagues throughout the firm for their volunteerism and community engagement,” said Tom Searle/ CGY, president of CH2M HILL Canada. “Through people like Sarah Beharry, Margaret Weissenfels, Leonard SerieauxHalls and others in our Toronto office that support MicroSkills, we develop a strong sense of pride and connection to the community.” When asked about the recognition, Ms. Beharry responded succinctly “It’s a great honour. But being able to help people is its own reward.”

British Columbia ACEC Awards

At the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia’s 2012 Awards for Engineering Excellence, CH2M HILL received an Award of Merit, Transportation Category, for the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR), Landfill Closure project. Ian Rokeby/VBC and Rob Ahola/VBC were present to accept. The South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) is a new 37 km, four-lane highway along the south side of the Fraser River. The Landfill Closure project encompasses a section of the SFPR alignment that crosses through five construction waste landfills located south of the Fraser River and north of Burns Bog. The highway is designed on existing landfills while allowing for installation of works required for protection of the environment as well as an innovative leachate collection system. The project provides revitalization of under-used industrial lands while increasing protection for Burns Bog, a highly-valued and environmentally sensitive area. CH2M HILL was involved in overseeing design engineers responsible for project delivery with Sperling Hansen Associate, RF Binnie, Kerr Wood Leidal, and Golder providing design services.

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Windsor Essex Parkway Linking Nations The Windsor-Essex Parkway will be the most significant single highway investment made in Ontario history. CH2M HILL is the Technical Advisor to Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) for the development, procurement, and contract implementation of the Windsor Essex Parkway. This $1.6 billion, 11-km-long project will connect Highway 401 to the planned Detroit River International Crossing, and ultimately to the U.S. Interstate system. This is a critical link for international trade, as the current Windsor crossings serve as the transportation routes for 28 percent of Canada’s trade with the U.S.

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The Windsor Essex Parkway project is being procured under an Alternative Finance and Procurement (PublicPrivate Partnership ▲ View a video animation on YouTube to understand the scale of this $1.6B transportation project.

[P3]) model, forming a partnership agreement between the public

and private sectors for design, construction, finance, and longterm maintenance of the corridor. CH2M HILL is advising on the

Project Manager Andrew Philip describes CH2M HILL’s role NL: Can you explain, in layman’s terms, the role of the Technical Advisor on WEP? AP: CH2M HILL’s role as Technical Advisor consists of three key functions 1) Helping to select and engage the private sector consortium to design, build, finance and maintain the highway (the Project Co); 2) supporting development of the RFP and the Project Agreement,

development of a project agreement and procurement process to

including the Output Specifications, between the

structure this long-term agreement between the public and private

government owner and the Project Co, and 3) leading

sectors to deliver the project on-time and on-budget, and realize

administration of the Project Agreement on behalf of

value for money.

the government owner during the design-build phase.

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Right

Doing it

At CH2M HILL, ethics, integrity, and compliance with the law are core values fundamental to our success. As founder Jim Howland says in the Little Yellow Book: "Integrity is the allimportant prerequisite to employment. The person must be honest with himself and others or we have no foundation on which to build." In March, CH2M HILL was recognized for the fourth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies. The sixth annual list from leading international think-tank Ethisphere Institute highlights organizations that show leadership in promoting ethical business standards. Recognized companies go beyond making statements about doing business “ethically” and translate those words into action. Through in-depth research and analysis, Ethisphere reviewed nominations from companies in more than 100 countries and 36 industries. The methodology for the World’s Most Ethical Companies includes reviewing codes of ethics, litigation and regulatory infraction histories; evaluating the investment in innovation and sustainable business practices; looking at activities designed to improve corporate citizenship; and studying nominations from senior executives, industry peers, suppliers and customers. You can read about the methodology and view the complete list of the 2012 World’s Most Ethical Companies at http://ethisphere.com/wme .

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At a recent symposium on mining, oil and gas, and the extractive sector, Tom Searle/CGY was invited by the Canadian federal government to present CH2M HILL’s best practices. In his speech at “Next-Gen Corporate Social Responsibility Forum: Elevating CSR Practices and Partnerships for Canadian Industry Abroad,” sponsored by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, he argued that an ethical culture requires careful cultivation at all levels of the organization, not only strong governance at the board and senior leadership of the firm. Tom cites CH2M HILL’s Ethics Ambassadors program as an example of the firm’s pro-active approach to corporate responsibility. The company has 76 “ethics ambassadors” worldwide who act as liaisons between the Corporate Legal Department and those in the field. Their role is to listen, address concerns, connect employees to the Ethics Hotline or Legal Department, and provide local training. “No organization is inherently good—vigilance is vital,” says Searle. “A company must clearly define and maintain its values and core principles. This is accomplished by robust communications at all levels, clearly stated expectations, easy access to guidance, and strict but evenhanded enforcement. Like safety, ethics and values must be a part of the daily conversation.”

Challenge!

World Water Day

To help build awareness of the water and food security challenges facing our communities around the world, CH2M HILL challenged our employees, families, friends and clients around the world to curb water usage on World Water Day, March 22. For every pledge made, CH2M HILL committed to donating $1 to Water For People to help support its vision of a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. 625 CH2M HILL employees, friends, and clients took the pledge, resulting in savings of 156,812.5 gallons of water and a $625 donation to Water For People! Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge!

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February is Heart Month – a national campaign organized by the Heart and Stroke Foundation that mobilizes Canadians to rally together in raising awareness and funds that have an enormous impact on the lives of all Canadians. Whether you plan to donate your time as a volunteer, give to funding campaigns, or to simply consider changes to your own personal health, please show your Heart.

An Innovative Launch

Athabasca Bridge Alberta Transportation

What is heart disease? Your heart is a muscle that gets energy from blood carrying oxygen and nutrients. Having a constant supply of blood keeps your heart working properly. Most people think of heart disease as one condition. But in fact, heart disease is a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart and has many root

causes. Coronary artery disease, for example, develops With ongoing development of the oil sands and increasing traffic, the Fort McMurray region desperately when a combination of fatty materials, calcium and scar tissue (called plaque) builds up in the arteries that supply needs a new bridge on Highway 63 over the Athabasca River. blood to your heart (coronary arteries). The plaque This 472m-long, 7- span, steel “I” girder bridge will add 5 traffic lanes, improving safety and reducing congestion. In one ofbuildup the narrows the arteries and prevents the heart from widest highway bridge launches ever undertaken in North getting America, enough blood. CH2M HILL launched all 10 lines of girders simultaneously, an innovative effort that minimized

environmental impact to the river and resulted in considerable Although not required by law, CH2M HILL Canada has integrated AED savings to schedule and construction costs.

(defibrillator) units in our offices as part of our First Aid response. CH2M HILL and breathes and our staff’s health as our number one The bridgelives is expected to Health be one ofSafety, Northwith America’s priority. AED saves lives We hope we never have to use it, but our Facilities heaviest steel bridges of its arrangement and length, with staff are trained on how to operate AED units. We conduct AED drills once a a total steel weight of more than 6,000 tonnes – a year, and first aid drills at least twice a year. heavyweight structure that will meet the region’s

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Describe your job in 140 characters or less.

What is your favorite CH2M HILL memory?

RBGM – Regional Business Group Manager for the Water Business Group in Canada.

Climbing La Plata, a 14’er (14,000 ft mountain peak) with Bert Posedowski, a former KWO employee and now a client, after a project delivery manager meeting in Denver. We started 12 hours of hiking at 4 a.m. in shorts and summited in full gortex gear in a raging snow storm.

My job is to organize and lead our Functional Management Team (FMT) to best manage our water business for top line growth (business development) and operations success through profitable project delivery. The team includes an East and West Geographic Manager (Laurie Boyce & Paul Wobma), with Geographic Market Leaders (Matthew Elliott/East and John Herbert/ West), a Canadian Manager for: Business Development (Matthew Elliott), Project Delivery (Ryan Matthews), Technology (Quirien Muylwyk), Strategic Staffing (Jeff Lee) and Health and Safety (Suzanne Luna). This team coordinates with a similar sized Design group called Project Services led by Dave Ham, our Construction Management Services team led by Clare Humphrey and our Industrial Water team led by Bob Weinschrott. Personally I focus on where I can best help this team which tends to be with the new growth areas like Alternative Project Delivery – Design Build and P3 (Public Private Partnerships) and Hydro, as well as assisting with strategic hires, new office growth strategies (WPG & SKT) and project director roles on active projects like our Hamilton Program.

What five things could you not live without? My Family, Snow, My iPad, The Water Management Team, My Ottawa Admin Support Team

Name one (work or life) achievement you are particularly proud of. Leading this Water team as we doubled our EBBT (Earnings Before Bonus & Taxes) over the past 5 years.

Hobbies/interests? I am passionate about Skiing, all forms: XC and Downhill. I also enjoy Canoeing, Kayaking, and Camping & Cottageing with my family. I am also into home renovation and project managed and assisted with the construction of my current house.

If asked for your best career advice, what would you tell a friend? Never complain about what’s wrong, just offer potential solutions. See the glass half full.

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CH2M HILL

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT Program CH2M HILL is founded on a culture of service – service to clients, colleagues, and the communities where we live and work. This service is not confined to the business day, office or project site. It takes place in classrooms, shelters, and in our neighborhoods; in large cities in developed countries, and in small rural villages in developing communities. We believe in investing professional expertise, volunteer time and financial resources to address environmental and social issues that affect the communities where we live and work. By aligning resources to our core services, CH2M HILL promotes

These investments occur in three ways: 1. STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS: Eighty per cent of our community investments are directed to strategic partnerships focused in the areas of science, technology, engineering, math education and sustainability (e.g. Engineers Without Borders and Water For People). 2. LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS: Twenty per cent of our contributions support local office or project partnerships with the flexibility to leverage other charitable opportunities and client requests. 3. DOLLARS FOR DOERS: Many CH2M HILL employees are committed to giving back and already have strong ties to other worthy organizations that do not fall under CH2M HILL’s key focus areas. The Dollars for Doers Program matches employees’ volunteer time with a financial contribution from CH2M HILL.

a “STEMS” approach, focusing our philanthropic investments in five key areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Education and Sustainability.

For more information on our Community Investment initiatives, visit Canada’s Community Investment portal on the VO at About Us | Canada | Community (under “Get to Know Us”) or contact Lisa Stone/CGY at Lisa.Stone@ch2m.com. Northern Lights • A Newsletter For Friends and Family of CH2M HILL Canada

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TO BE OF SERVICE

▲Sue and her “souper” team encourage fellow CH2M HILL employees to participate in this satisfying volunteer opportunity.

SOUP SISTERS

The Calgary-based non-profit organization Soup Sisters (which boasts chapters in nine cities across Canada) opened an Edmonton chapter in April 2011 and, after hearing about the great initiative, Edmonton Facilities lead Sue Dober encouraged women in the office to sign up for an evening of volunteerism. Little did they know just how enjoyable and rewarding this experience would prove to be! The Soup Sisters event took place at Sunterra Market where participants were briefed on health and safety procedures and then headed to the prep kitchen, armed with chopping and paring knives, to prepare massive portions of tomato basil and minestrone soups. The evening culminated with the volunteers’ dinner, where everyone feasted on salad, fresh bread, and hearty helpings of the soup they had created earlier. Edmonton’s Soup Sisters events provide over 250 portions of homemade soup to WIN House women’s shelter and the Youth Emergency Shelter each week. http://www.soupsisters.org/

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ENGINEERING CHALLENGE In February 2012, Marcy Jordan & Kelly Meaney from the Ottawa office volunteered their time once a week to serve as engineer mentors for Grade 5 and 6 students at Elmdale Public School who were participating in the National Research Council’s 12th annual Engineering Challenge. Two thousand students participated in the Engineering Challenge, from 42 schools in the National Capital region. Students are challenged to design, build and construct a real-life engineering prototype – which this year was a Disaster Relief ▲Kelly Meaney/OTT poses with the Elmdale Public School team who finished 2nd overall.

Operation (DROP) device. The prototype must protect its cargo

▼Jeff DeLoyde/OTT serves as an engineering judge.

and 6 feet away. At the end of the project, students competed

(a raw egg!) from a 6 foot drop down a ramp to a target below in an in-school competition, with the finalists from each school advancing to the Museum of Science and Technology for a Regional competition on March 1st, which was coordinated with the start of National Engineering Month. Jeff Deloyde/OTT also volunteered his time to judge the student presentations at the Regional competition for their ingenuity. The final competition was a fun-filled day, with a few broken eggs! We are proud of our Elmdale Grade 5 group, who placed 2nd!

VBC young professionals, Umar Alfaruq, Canisius Chan, Joyce Chang and Jackeline Luque supported engineering activities in their community by participating in a six month engineering mentoring program hosted through the University of British Columbia (UBC). Each of the volunteers provided mentorship to two current engineering students who were keen to learn about the industry.

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