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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Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) is a national applied research centre that focuses on mobilizing practical and cost-effective solutions to address climate change and extreme weather events. To this end, the ICCA is an incubator of new adaptation ideas, conducting research, knowledge mobilization and promoting initiatives aimed at de-risking the negative impacts of a changing climate and extreme weather. One of ICCA’s concerns is a growing uninsurable housing market in Canada relative to sewer backup.
 
ICCA believes the advanced technology and features of the SafeSump system can be instrumental to mitigating basement flood potential.  I have one of the first prototypes of the SafeSump system installed in my home. I have interacted directly with the start-up founder. I view him as entrepreneurial and passionate, and have met other members of his team with whom I was similarly impressed.  I am also familiar with Greenland Consulting Engineers, and congratulate SafeSump Inc. on their choice to create a joint “SafeSump” venture with Greenland.
 
ICCA looks forward to a supportive relationship with SafeSump Inc. upon the larger scale availability of their much-needed technology.

Dr. Blair Feltmate
Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo

October 6, 2016
 

City of Toronto

Mayor David Miller and Members of Toronto City Council extend appreciation to Greenland Group of Companies for your outstanding contribution to the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Group. As a participant of the City of Toronto’s Green Roof Technical Advisory Board, you have contributed tremendously to its leadership role on climate change and helped support the development of the Toronto Green Roof By-law.

This initiative, the first of its kind in North America, sets the standard in designing sites and buildings across the city that are more environmentally friendly, a key strategy in reducing the effects of climate change.
 
We thank you for helping our city achieve its vision and goals on climate change – it is this kind of collaboration that makes us proud, prosperous and successful.

Best wishes for continued success.

David Miller
Mayor
City of Toronto

May 2010
 

Provincial Parliament - Riding of Barrie-Innisfil

As the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Barrie-Innisfil, I am pleased to extend my congratulations to The Greenland Group of Companies on the occasion of their 25th Anniversary.

Thank you for growing your business with a focus on making a minimal impact on the environment. The experience that you have gained already will prove invaluable to smarter, innovative developments.

I wish you continued success in delivering award-winning engineering and technologies as you serve communities across Canada.

Sincerely,

Andrea Khanjin
Barrie-Innisfil MPP

 

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