Jeff Wright, Senior Environmental Consultant, joined MBC Group during the acquisition of DF Technical in 2019. With a degree in computer sciences, he began his career at DF Technical doing IT work when Dennis French started the business over 20 years ago. Back then, the team was small, but business started to rapidly expand. Jeff was approached and asked if he had any interest in becoming an Environmental Consultant. Eager as he is, and always ready to try something new, Jeff agreed, and he has never looked back!
Jeff really enjoys his job because it is everchanging and he gets to see and do new things at each turn. Every assignment presents a new challenge and is never the same as the last. This job is about thinking on your feet and knowing what to do, where to do it, and why you are doing it. It is a highly specialized field which requires a lot of training and you need to be dedicated to learning and being receptive throughout training and educational processes. The industry is evolving, the regulations and guidelines are constantly being updated, and it is your job to know the ins and outs to keep everyone on the worksite safe.
As an instructor of MBC Group’s Hazardous Materials Awareness courses and the OHS Asbestos Worker Certification course, Jeff gets to exercise his passion for education and share his experience, specifically teaching people who may come in contact with hazardous materials such as asbestos, mould, radon, and lead, among others. Most recently, Jeff became a certified Radon Measurement Professional through the C-NRPP and launched the company’s Radon Awareness course.
“Our education courses are a service that we provide to be able to spread awareness across all industries” says Jeff, “If parties involved on a worksite are not aware of all the potential air quality issues and hazards, not only could it compromise the safety of those on that site, but it may also turn into a greater issue down the line, potentially resulting in legal action.” Being aware and prepared is our responsibility and it can help us avoid, as well as prevent any unanticipated dangers.
In the air quality industry, Jeff has witnessed a lot of change and evolution, something any Environmental Consultant can say who has been in the position for an extended amount of time. But as with anything, there is always room for growth. The most important aspect, in Jeff’s opinion, is the awareness; people just don’t know, they pull stuff out on site or in their home, unaware of the implications or the risks they may pose. Awareness can be facilitated online now; we live in an increasingly virtual world and Jeff would love to see and contribute to an increased culture of awareness.
When Jeff isn’t educating or investigating hazardous materials, he is trying new things. From working with his hands, building a deck and flowerbeds in his yard, to most recently picking up a compound bow for target shooting, there is not much Jeff won’t try. He prides himself on being easy-going and enjoying all that life has to offer, accompanied by his daughter and his wife. This passion for life extends to his job, where Jeff is always getting the most out of his position. We’re excited to see what you continue to accomplish and contribute to the broader industry, Jeff!
Western Canada, May 12, 2021 – MBC Group is seeing some exciting structural changes this month. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Campagna, CD, CPHR, RPR, SHRM-SCP as our Manager of Human Resources, based in our Calgary office. Mr. Campagna has over 20 years of progressive experience in the Canadian Forces and commercial industries, where he has served in various roles such as the Head of a Human Resources Department, Human Resources Officer, and a trusted advisor.
Mr. Campagna will work alongside members of MBC Group’s Executive Team to implement comprehensive human capital strategies that will help achieve organizational goals, increase employee engagement and retention scores, and enhance the overall employee experience. He will be responsible to plan company-wide strategies to address structural challenges, enhance working conditions, and increase organizational capabilities while maximizing brand recognition. Tim is excited to join such a fast-paced and rising business, where he will contribute to the creation and implementation of cross-regional corporate strategies to increase and promote effective growth, as well as the recruitment of top talent.
Another exciting new advancement in Calgary is the promotion of Senior Alberta Manager, Kristjan Kristjansson to Regional Manager of Alberta and British Columbia. Kristjan has shown great initiative with the Alberta Cost Consulting team, inciting growth and evolution among its members, and there is no doubt that he will demonstrate the same leadership and have a positive impact on BC’s growing team. Kristjan places a high value on trusting his team members to provide the high-quality services that our clients have come to expect, and he encourages them to think outside the box to bring innovative project solutions to the table, resulting in a better overall outcome for each project assigned to MBC Group.
Moving over to our BC Environmental team, Senior Director Christian Injates has been promoted to Vice President of Environmental Services. Over the past year, Christian has shown great ambition during the exponential growth of our BC Environmental team, facilitating the Sure Hazmat acquisition and assisting our Chief Scientist and Director of Research and Development, Dr. Robin Abel, with the impending launch of MBC Group’s laboratory initiative in Edmonton, Alberta. Christian shows a consistent acumen for handling the challenges that come with business growth while remaining a strong leader to the Environmental team.
“We want to continue to build a diverse team and collaborate with people who are enthusiastic, innovative and have a great learning attitude,” says MBC Group President, Ross Huartt “We are passionate about recognizing talented leaders within the company and giving them the opportunity to be more involved in the growth of MBC Group.” Ross continues, “It’s also fantastic to have someone like Tim on board who shares our corporate values, is resourceful, proficient, and who possesses talent, enthusiasm and ideas which will be invaluable to MBC Group as it continues to grow. It’s an exciting time for our company, and I look forward to witnessing these three impressive individuals thrive.”
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.
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.