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These employees provide the technical horsepower to consulting organizations. Over time, their technically sound solutions and advice provide credibility to the organization. The end result is a reputation in the industry as being a great consultant. However, the modern consulting firm looking to service the needs of today’s manufacturing industry, needs even more from their staff. It needs staff interested and capable of looking beyond their fields of expertise to gain awareness of many more environmental issues that they may encounter while

dealing with their clients. It needs staff who can communicate complex technicould trigger discussions with the client cal information and other facts required about the land-use planning strategy, for clients to make informed and good the hazards of explosive dusts and the business decisions when encountering obligations around stormwater runoff. environmental or permitting difficulties. Although the consultant may not be an It needs staff who can form enduring reexpert in all these fields, being able to lationships with clients, built on mutual recognize them and then direct the clirespect and trust. ent to those that are, provides the value Young engineers, technologists and manufacturers need. scientists graduating from universities So what does this mean for Canadian and colleges today, are experts in social consultants? Highly technical and smart media and can connect quickly and effigraduates are generally drawn to conciently to a wide network of knowledgesulting as a means to hone their skills able colleagues. These young professionin various areas of technical expertise. als will excel in a consulting career if they apply the same procedures at their places of work. I encourage my young staff to connect and network with colleagues in all our varied departments every week. They are to both talk about what our department does, and learn what other departments have to offer. As a result, my young staff are becoming proficient service-oriented agents of our company. They are able to identify problems and ways to solve them for their clients, simply by recognizing an issue and knowing who can help them. My advice for young professionals becoming consultants would be for them to become ceaselessly empathetic to the Engineers and Environmental Consultants cost pressures and needs of their clients. Focus on learning as much about all the services within your consulting company 1-800-265-9662 www.rjburnside.com as possible. Develop alliances with colleagues you know you can count on to deliver excellent service to your clients when RJBurnside-JulyAug2014.indd 1 2014-06-20 12:10 PM they are needed. Remain current and dedicated to your chosen field of expertise and learn how to become an expert in all regulations associated with it. Consider your client’s business when making your technical recommendations to solve their problem. If your client needs to make a choice between one of your solutions, help them Environmental Science Engineering Ad - 2015 gain the knowledge they need to make RV ANDERSON-ProCard_MJ.15_TP.indd 1 5/7/15 8:14 4.75” x 1.5” theAMright decision. Bring your manager if they need to hear the information from a slightly different perspective. Linda Drisdelle, P.Eng., M.Eng., MBA, FEC, is General Manager Emissions Reduction and Compliance, Pinchin LTD. Email: ldrisdelle@pinchin.com

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Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine (ESEMAG) November-December 2015  

This issue features articles covering: Eliminating force main odour, controlling micro-pollutants in drinking water, Calgary's new grit remo...

Environmental Science & Engineering Magazine (ESEMAG) November-December 2015  

This issue features articles covering: Eliminating force main odour, controlling micro-pollutants in drinking water, Calgary's new grit remo...