Christian Injates, MBC’s Senior Director of Environmental Services, looks back on his 27 years in the industry in reflection of how much has changed. The changes he has observed have not only been in health and safety, but also how there is more emphasis on retaining employees and creating careers for them, rather than the old model of filling spots for a project. Being thrown into the deep end himself at the beginning of this career, Christian has learned a lot about being a leader.
Christian started with MBC Group in March of 2020, with the mission of building the environmental division’s presence in Vancouver. He was drawn to MBC Group after meeting the senior leadership team, impressed by their energy for growth, and how they were all so different in character, each bringing something unique to the table. With the desire for a new challenge, Christian certainly got his wish, stepping in to build the Vancouver Environmental Services operation from the ground up, with a pandemic on his tail. Regardless of the challenges he has faced, Christian has built a strong team already, and watching them come together and work together has been a great accomplishment and what he is most proud of.
Christian looks for more than just education and experience when he is looking for new talent to join the team at MBC Group. He puts a focus on ensuring people fit into the culture of the company. MBC Group provides so much support for growth and innovation, something Christian believes to be unique in this industry. MBC Group’s exponential growth will continue to provide so much opportunity for anyone who has vision and can think outside the box. MBC Group encourages people to take initiative and to not be afraid to think critically and innovate their approaches to projects, finding new ways to increase efficiency.
Christian is excited about the evolution of the company, as well as the broader industry. The traditional model no longer works, and he is anticipating that there are a lot more changes to come. Even at MBC Group, there is a lot more youth in the company than the consulting firms he has worked for in his time.
A people person through and through, Christian loves to fit into new situations, interact with all different kinds of audiences, and observe people, right down to their watches. “When I meet someone new, I notice their watch immediately,” Christian says. “You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of watch they wear.” He has collected watches for a long time and for him, they are both functional and amazing pieces of art. There are no robots that can put together an automatic watch. The parts are so small that it requires the human touch to put all the intricate and moving parts together. Like a team, if one part isn’t working or fitting properly, the whole watch won’t work. In his role at MBC, one can observe how Christian puts this into practice in every decision he makes as the strong leader he is.
BURNABY, BC, FEBRUARY 8, 2021 – At MBC Group, our mission is to continually expand our service offerings to meet more of the needs of our clients. MBC Group’s most recent venture is a direct result of listening to the requests and feedback received from our valued clients. We are pleased to announce our acquisition of Sure Hazmat and Testing in Burnaby, BC. This key strategic partnership will allow us to offer in-house lab services which will reduce both costs and wait times for forensic analysis.
“The acquisition of Sure Hazmat will immediately strengthen MBC Group’s environmental capabilities in Western Canada” says Christian Injates, MBC’s Senior Director of Environmental Services. “We are more than excited to add ten professionals to our environmental practice and to be able to extend analytical laboratory capabilities to our current offerings in the region.”
As MBC Group continues to grow upward and onward, we want to ensure every project we undertake has dedicated scientific and industry expertise to guarantee successful completion of project milestones. Since 2003, Sure Hazmat has been dedicated to the cause of creating safe and healthy spaces for people to live and work in. Their well-rounded approach to hazardous material management takes place both in the lab through their knowledgeable laboratory personnel, and right on the project site through their experienced field technologists. Combining our team’s technical capabilities will ensure fast, accurate and first-class services, contributing to our national services while we continue to expand into new fields and adjacent markets.
“We are excited to have Sure Hazmat’s highly experienced and passionate team join our experts in our common goal,” says Ross Huartt, President of MBC Group, “they will be a key part in advancing our scientific initiatives and will allow us to broaden our client base and widen the reach and scope of our solutions.”
Acquiring Sure Hazmat supports MBC Group’s evolution by enabling us to offer increasingly inventive solutions nation-wide. Our Research and Development Division is moving into the next stage of growth, this acquisition coming in line with our recent announcement of our Integrated Laboratory for rapid testing and analysis, going live this Spring.
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About MBC Group
MBC Group has been operating for over 20 years, serving clients from coast to coast. We are one of Canada’s leading multi-disciplinary Engineering Consulting Firm specializing in Structural and Forensic Engineering, Architecture and Design, Environmental Consulting, Major Projects, Appraisal and Quantity Surveying and Research and Development. We also offer forensic laboratory services and a wider range of forensic consulting services. Our mission is to provide a third-party independent analysis and streamlined reporting to assist our clients in making cost-effective solutions.
By: Dan Faraldo, Avigael Laeda, & Sarah Dahlqvist
Most New Year’s Resolutions focus on self-improvement in some way. Generally, people try to quit smoking, start exercising, or change their diets to include healthier food choices as ways to improve their health. However, most neglect to make resolutions about improving the air they breathe. It goes without saying that the air we breathe is vital to our health, especially during this critical time as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. A lot of us are working from home in the midst of the pandemic, and all of us are spending more time quarantined at home, so why not make 2021 the year you make your home the healthiest it has ever been!
Here are three ways to have a healthier home in the new year:
- Focus on improving indoor air quality. This newfound focus will require many tasks – but they shouldn’t be hard to do. Regular vacuuming, dusting, and mopping will eliminate many of the dust particles that prevent our air from being at its purest. Buying houseplants would also be another great thing to consider, as they help to improve the oxygen content of the air we take in. As well, making sure to take your shoes off before entering your home will prevent excess dirt and grime to come in from outside. Our team of environmental experts at MBC specializes in Air Quality Services. We employ a number of trained individuals who all have strong understandings of the indoor environment. They maximize their inspection processes to target all areas of concern in your home or office. The air you breathe in your home, if not looked after, can cause health and wellness issues that can be avoided through thorough inspections.
- Test for asbestos. Known for causing lung cancer, mesothelioma and other deadly respiratory diseases, asbestos is definitely a material you do not want in your home. This is not to scare you! Even if asbestos is present, it is not a danger unless the materials are disturbed. If you plan to do renovations, or if you live in an older home, our consultants can complete on-site assessments as well as sampling and analysis of the materials collected. Our team will be able to let you know if you should be concerned about asbestos, and if applicable, locate asbestos contained within such areas as your furnace, plumbing, electrical wiring, attics, cinder block walls, flooring, and ceilings.
- Limit the moisture in your home. When you’re taking a shower – especially when you take those long hot showers during the winter – it’s important to get your exhaust fan running, and to leave it running for about 20-30 minutes after your shower is complete. When you’re cooking in the kitchen, running your exhaust fan is just as important. Limiting moisture in your home will help to prevent the growth of mould. Another helpful tip is to look at your windows and if there is a moisture build-up. If so, it might be time to consider addressing the problem. When mould spores are airborne, they can present many health hazards to our respiratory systems. Asthmatics should be especially aware of this.
Another service we offer is Moisture Monitoring Services, which evaluates buildings for moisture sources such as building envelop failures, leakage issues and occupant-based moisture sources that could be the cause of mould development. We also offer Mould Assessment Services that include inspections involving analytical sampling, moisture analysis and thermal scanning. If you have noticed mould in your home, or areas that have a lot of moisture, be proactive and reach out today.
Let’s work together to make 2021 your healthiest year yet! For more information on any and all of the above-mentioned services, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-547-0608 or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to see how we can help.