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.