2019

  • Update - “Collingwood, Ontario’s Hume Innovation (Accelerator) Hub and Future GREENLAND® Group HQ”: Located in the heart of Collingwood, Ontario, the Hume Innovation Hub will be a regional tech accelerator and community-oriented business centre. To initiate the development process, ACK Architects has recently been retained to work with the project’s developer. The firm will assist to finalize the site plan and initiate thereafter the building permit phase. External building layout alternatives will also be prepared to make the final selection. Details will then be used to determine the best variety of professional offices and commercial spaces available in the new landmark mid-rise building located on Hume Street – one of Collingwood’s gateway entrances. Finally, GREENLAND appreciates having the Cortel Group as the project’s developer. One of many ongoing signature GTA Ontario projects by the Cortel Group can be seen at this video link.


  • GREENLAND® is invited by the 2019 A.D. Latornell Conference (http://www.latornell.ca) Committee to present at its annual event later this year. This summer, a similar green technologies session invite was also received from the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) to present at its annual conference this August in Ottawa, Canada.  
 
  • This summer, The Council of the Great Lakes Region and Pollution Probe published a timely report, “Water Management and Big Data: An Examination of Opportunities and Approaches to Leverage Data Science, Analytics and AI to support Watershed Planning and the Health of our Great Lakes’ Ecosystem”. Funded by the RBC Foundation, the report presents highlights and recommendations from the Watershed Planning and Big Data workshop convened by the two (2) organizations in February 2019. Stakeholders from the north shore of Lake Ontario gathered to discuss how to best leverage latest innovations in the area of data analytics, modelling and artificial intelligence (AI) to generate deep insights about the world around us and knowledge that policy-and decision- makers need at their fingertips to protect watersheds in the Great Lakes Basin, while also managing land use planning and supporting sustainable economic development. GREENLAND® staff also attended the workshop and served as the project team’s technical advisor and report peer reviewer. The press release and full report can be accessed from the Council's website here. The Council and Pollution Probe will continue working together with other supporters to protect the Great Lakes and to identify policy options and measures to increase environmental protection and human health.
 
  • GREENLAND® is retained to prepare integrated “Grey - Green” water/ wastewater infrastructure master development plans that will have regard for best available science and climate change impact considerations. Further announcements about the proposed landmark communities (in Ontario) will be provided at a later date.
   
  • This web link connects to the latest GREENLAND® demonstration video of its Internet ISWMS™ flood forecasting, floodplain mapping & flood risk prediction platform. ISWMS™ was completed in late 2018 to combine open source weather forecast data with open source GIS capabilities, as well as industry standard river models – including, HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS. Basin models in Canada are now operating. Other watersheds with new machine learning (AI) capabilities will be coming online this year. Finally, it was appropriate the background video music was also by a band of GREENLAND® – University of Guelph (Canada) graduate engineers and who recorded the music in a “solar powered log cabin”.
 
  • GREENLAND® staff present at two (2) premier national conferences hosted by the Canadian Water Resources Association and Canadian Water Network. Both presentations focused on key insights from the company’s Internet river basin AI platform projects and partnerships.
 
  • GREENLAND® was awarded a five (5) year contract to support the University of Alberta to develop an Internet – GIS Cumulative Environmental Effects platform. The initial (Year 2019) phase will focus on three (3) outcomes affecting Alberta’s Oil Sands Region and river basin priorities - water quantity, air quality and pipeline spills. The project team also includes the Gordon Foundation. This NGO is dedicated to working with Indigenous Peoples to protect Canada’s watersheds and partnering on basin monitoring programs. In order to achieve the initial milestones, GREENLAND® will use its second-to-none Decision Support System "toolbox" and in-house platform team expertise. Existing web-based tools (e.g. THREATS™) will be further advanced to include new data and analytics.
 
  • GREENLAND® is awarded a Municipal-wide Stormwater Management Planning and Design Project by the Town of Collingwood, Canada.
 
  • GREENLAND® is awarded a Stormwater Management Facility Retrofit Planning and Design Project by the City of Peterborough, Canada.
     
  • GREENLAND® is awarded river basin flood protection and floodplain mapping projects with funding assistance from Canada’s National Disaster Mitigation Program. All projects also include Ontario Conservation Authorities and Municipalities. Finally, the projects will utilize proprietary Decision Support Systems, including ISWMS™ and THREATS™.
 
  • GREENLAND® is retained by municipality clients in Canada to assist with the preparation of water / wastewater infrastructure and land development engineering standards – including, Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development (LID) practices that also have regard for best available science and climate change impact considerations. 


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Muskoka Watershed Council

The Muskoka Watershed Council’s mission is to champion watershed health in those watersheds that flow into and through the District Municipality of Muskoka. There is no conservation authority in Muskoka, instead the Council is a volunteer-based organization supported by the District of Muskoka, local consulting firms, and local Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change offices.

The Muskoka Watershed Council is currently undertaking a project to understand the potential impact of climate change in Muskoka to the year 2050. In working with our municipal partners, decision support tools such as Greenland’s new CANWET-5 model could be useful in informing our watershed management planning decisions in relation to policy development, stewardship priorities and education and communication programs. 

Peter Sale
Chair
Muskoka Watershed Council

November 17, 2014
 

Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

Check out this (Greenland) video of THREATS (an open-source cumulative effects assessment tool to help direct environmental management (industrial or other)) and/or planning of future projects. It enables the compiling and juxtaposition of public environmental data (including, but not limited to, wildlife use areas and environmental quality data) with on-site or "targeted" environmental data. For security, the provision to include data protected behind a firewall exists to enable analysis and comparison of potentially sensitive data in the context of other datasets. The goal here is to allow for predictive capability and in turn mitigate potential effects. Equally, this provides a capacity to enable retroactive assessment (investigation of cause) of observed changes. The ability to spatially interpret stressor/pathway/receptor data, and conduct analyses within the tool, while retaining data in its original database (secure) is what is truly unique here. Excited to see what can be achieved with this powerful platform in areas where it has already begun to be used!

Neal Tanna
Advisor, Monitoring and Risk Assessment
Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA)

November 3, 2017
 

Town of Innisfil

I would like to congratulate Greenland Consulting Engineers on winning the 2012 Consulting Engineers of Ontario Environment Award of Excellence. The award recognizes your work on the Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School construction project with the Simcoe Country District School Board. This is a well deserved honour and is a reflection of both the caliber of your work and your team.

I continue to be impressed with your company’s commitment and innovation in the field of sustainable development. You have set an excellent example for others throughout Simcoe County  and the Province of Ontario.

John Skorobohacz
Chief Administrative Officer
The Corporation of the Town of Innisfil

May 1, 2012
 

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