Ryan Verhelst joined MBC Group’s Environmental team in February this year after the company acquired Sure Hazmat and Testing, where he has worked for the previous ten years. Ryan started his career as a technician, working as a student intern at the lab while attending the University of Victoria, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with an Environmental minor. Ryan’s drive to be more actively involved in environmental initiatives led to his current role as a Senior Manager, allowing him to have a tighter control over the process, from quoting right to final review.
He is passionate about the work he does with the environmental team, especially focusing on projects related to Indoor Air Quality and Occupational Hygiene. Ryan recognizes that the COVID-19 climate has changed the way we work and go about our everyday lives. Environmental consultants are more critical than ever because they play an important role when it comes to educating others about environmental hazards. They ensure that everyone’s health and safety is a top priority in the workplace and at home. As a result of this acquisition, Mr. Verhelst and his team of technologists and advisors will now be able to expand their capabilities to a much broader audience across Canada. They are excited to be more involved in environmental management projects, concentrating on controlling, monitoring and mitigating the harmful impact biohazards have on our working and living environments.
Ryan has always been interested in environmental issues and pursuing a career that would allow him to make a positive difference in the world. His determination and drive to follow health and safety standards were one of the key reasons he became an Environmental Technician in the first place. For him, it not only gives an opportunity to provide more of the technical services him and his team are so proud of, but it plays a huge role in the Environmental sector. Legislations and guidelines allow standards to be maintained to ensure the health and safety of all people involved in a project involving hazardous materials, indoor air quality, and occupational hygiene.
Education is power, and Ryan is back at school taking his occupational health and safety certificate to gain an even better understanding and be able to properly build out these services on his team. On top of ensuring health and safety in the industry, he strives to ensure the health and safety of the air quality in his own home as well, keeping it safer for his son. When dealing with hazardous materials, there is a lot we cannot see with the naked eye, and this is where those guidelines and legislations come into play and can really guide our approaches not only on the job, but also in our daily lives.
When Ryan isn’t ensuring health and safety on his project sites, he is outside with his family, exploring the different trails around Vancouver. The “Beautiful B.C.” tagline does not do the province justice, as it provides a rugged backdrop for a variety of outdoor activities; whether it’s hiking up to peaks of the Rocky Mountains, driving along the Pacific coast, or getting lost in one of its many enchanted forests. Since there isn’t much else to do safely in a pandemic environment, Ryan has enjoyed discovering new places he hasn’t visited before. Ryan gets a lot of his ideas from places he sees online or on social media. He and his son enjoy spending quality time together by discovering new parks to play on, looking for more scenic views, and finding new places to explore. Ryan, much like his sense of adventure, is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to improve environmental industry standards, as well as discovering and learning how to tackle new challenges with each new project that comes his way.