Philip Pow started with MBC Group in October of 2020 as an Environmental Project Manager, to assist the growing environmental division. He has 10 years of environmental consulting and project management experience throughout Western Canada.
In his current role, Philip switches between reporting and completing proposals, to hands on work in the field, addressing hazardous materials and air quality concerns. Having to balance different tasks has been made easier with the high level of efficiency at MBC Group, and he’s been impressed with the streamlined processes not just in the technical field work, but in the background systems as well.
For Philip, job satisfaction comes from the variety of work. Sometimes the job is about solving a mystery, like a recent job he attended where an office renovation resulted in sick staff members. It was suspected that the new desk was emitting formaldehyde gas, which Philip confirmed through sampling. After confirming presence of hazardous materials, it is the consultant’s job determine the best course of action to mitigate the risks associated. Upon conducting further investigation, Philip found that the HVAC ventilation had been turned off in that room, and once it had been adjusted, the problem disappeared.
Other times, the highest reward comes from advocating for people who can’t always speak up for themselves, or don’t have the technical know-how to properly address an issue. Philip completed a job for an elderly couple dealing with a pinhole leak which resulted in mould growth in their crawlspace. The original assignment was to complete a scope of work and conduct clearance sampling, but crawlspaces are tough to work in and it isn’t always easy to remove all the mould. Sometimes these projects require special attention, especially since mould can make people very sick. Concerned about the health of the clients, Philip spent extra time working with the contractors to ensure the mould was thoroughly addressed.
“In this job, you have to be true to your standards and ethics. The highest level of standards and codes you should follow is, of course, those of governing bodies like WorkSafe BC or OH&S. Then there are the standards and ethics of the company you work for, and your own.”
When you are working with hazardous materials, the health and safety of all parties involved is of utmost importance, which is why it is essential to deliver the best quality of work on every project.
When Philip isn’t working, he enjoys tending to his aquarium. It’s like a little ecosystem, complete with marine plants he grows and tends to. He finds it rewarding to work at something, and likes that you can tell right away if something is off balance. Much like in life, and even the job sites Philip works on, the aquarium is a reflection of yourself. You get what you put into it, and the quality of what you do and the value you get out of it is determined by how hard you are willing to work, and how well you keep everything in balance.