Call for nominations of experts for the IPCC Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments

This is a call for nominations of Canadian experts to serve on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments (TG-Data). Nominations are being solicited for experts to serve as TG-Data Co-Chairs as well as members of the Task Group.

 The purpose of TG-Data is to facilitate the availability and use of climate change-related data and scenarios in support of the work programme of the IPCC, and to provide curation, transparency, traceability and stability of data and scenarios related to the reports of the IPCC.

At the 47th Session of the IPCC (March 2018), the IPCC re-named the Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA) to the Task Group on Data Support for Climate Change Assessments (TG-Data), and adopted new Terms of Reference (TORs) for the TG-Data and guidance for the IPCC Data Distribution Centre (DDC). The TORs are attached for reference.

Application Instructions:
Please submit the attached nomination form (below) and a Curriculum Vitae to the IPCC Secretariat for Canada ( by July 17, 2018. Members of the TG-Data will be selected by the IPCC Bureau and will be notified directly by the IPCC.

Please do not hesitate to contact the IPCC Secretariat for Canada if you have any questions.

Jaclyn Paterson

IPCC Secretariat for Canada, Science & Technology Branch

Environment and Climate Change Canada

Government of Canada

Download More Info & Application Form Here:


Terms of Reference and Mandate of the IPCC Task Group on Data Support for
Climate Change Assessments (TG-Data) TG-Data_TORs


Job Posting: Assistant Project Manager

CR1811 Assistant Project Manager

Nova Scotia, Canada

·  ECC (, through a series of Joint Ventures, has completed or is in the process of executing several large environmental remediation projects in various parts across Eastern Canada.  We are now looking for experienced professionals between 5 and 10 years of experience to join our operational team in completing these multi-year programs and to help build a future office in Canada.  The position will be in the Atlantic Provinces with potential for occasional travel elsewhere in Canada and the United States.  This position will primarily be responsible for assisting in the management of project activities to ensure that the goals of the project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.  In this position you will:

·  Assist Project Manager in the planning and coordination of activities designated to ensure that goals or objectives of the project are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters

·  Review project proposals or plans to determine time frames, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing project, staffing requirements, and allotment of available resources to various phases of project

·  Establish work plans and staffing for each phase of project, and arrange for recruitment or assignment of project personnel

·  Confer with project staff and subcontractors to outline work plan and to assign duties, responsibilities, and scope of authority

·  Direct and coordinate activities of project personnel to ensure project progresses on schedule and within prescribed budget

·  Review status reports prepared by project personnel and modify schedules or plans as required

·  Prepare project reports for management, client, or others

·  Confer with project personnel to provide technical advice and to resolve problems

·  Coordinate project activities with activities of government regulatory or other governmental agencies

·  Manage supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws

·  Perform weekly and monthly schedule updates and develop as-built schedule

·  Coordinate and prepare 3-week look-ahead schedules or as required by contract

·  Coordinate with Project Manager to document physical percent complete

·  Preparation of required reports for Client invoices

·  Coordinate and update with Project Accountant on Monthly PSRs preparation

·  Review of subcontractor invoices prior to PM approval and submit to Project Accountant for payment processing.

·  In addition to the accountabilities above, other responsibilities, tasks, and deliverables may be assigned to the incumbent of this position

Basic Qualifications:
·  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations

·  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals

·  Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

·  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry

·  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations

·  Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions

·  Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

·  Proven ability to implement programs to address complex needs and problems

·  Capable of communicating with persuasiveness and exercise effective negotiation techniques as needed

·  Competent in using Microsoft Office products, email systems, and Windows

·  40-hour HAZWOPER, 8-hour HAZWOPER supervisory and 8-hour HAZWOPER annual refresher training

·  Three years of experience with scheduling and project planning for large environmental/construction projects

·  Three years working knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local environmental law regulations, and guidance as they apply to the region specified in the solicitation

·  Education: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction management, geology, chemistry or closely related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:
·  Master’s degree in science, engineering, construction management, geology, chemistry or closely related discipline

·  Three – Five years working experience in HTRW remedial action project management or hazardous waste disposal industry

·  Two years experience related to remedial construction at HTRW sites


To Apply:  visit Career Search, View all current openings and submit your resume to requisition CR1811 Assistant Project Manager

If you encounter difficulties applying online, please send your resume to Subject line:  CA – APM – (Your name)


ECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities


NSEN AGM 2018 – All Welcome!



All are welcome on Wednesday, June 27th at 1313 Hollis Street for a night of networking + updates from the past year.

We’ll be serving snacks + drinks from 6 p.m. to kick things off!

This will be followed by an overview of NSEN from current board members, staff & volunteers at 6:30 p.m.
A special guest speaker for the night will be announced shortly!

Please register to attend the event here: – its FREE – so we can plan food & beverage for all our members, guests, and friends 🙂

We have a bunch of fantastic door prizes up for grabs from our generous sponsors in the HRM:

Noble Grape
Elizabeth Heffelfinger RAc – one-hour acupuncture session
Synergy Physiotherapy + Pilates – $100 voucher
Local Source Market
C + Sea – $30 handmade jewelry piece
Dimitris Pizza
Gaudet Optical
and more to come!

There is a ton of potential to get involved with NSEN and shape the future of the environmental sector in Nova Scotia.
You can find out more info about becoming a member and volunteering with NSEN.

We’ll also be taking nominations for new board members at the AGM.
For more info about becoming a board member check out here:

We welcome all to apply to the board – students, recent grads, professionals, retirees – and everyone in between!
We’re also looking for representation from the entire province – so living Halifax is not a requirement.
You also don’t have to be at the AGM to become a board member.

We really need our members to come out, show support, and help us shape the next era of NSEN.
We’d love to see you there!

For more information email Megan at:

NEWS: GreenPAC Parliamentary Internship Proposal

Beginning in September 2018, in partnership with the University of Ottawa Institute of the Environment, UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and other post-secondary partners, GreenPAC will place six recent university graduate environmental leaders into MP offices while the House of Commons is sitting (mid-September-June). The placements will be in the offices of Conservative, Liberal, NDP and
Green Party MPs.

The interns will be given a stipend, as well as staff support to help them find places to
live. We would also organize educational and networking activities such as lectures and meet and greets for the interns, as well as an alumni program.

Download the full proposal here: GreenPAC Federal Internship Program Proposal



Join our Board of Directors & Help us Grow!

What is a Board of Directors?

The Board of Directors is a group of individuals, up to 20 people, who are charged with making decisions regarding the day-to-day functioning of Nova Scotia Environmental Network, an NPO (a non-profit organization).  

Directors are volunteers, and anyone can be a competent Board Member. We welcome people from a diverse set of background & experience!

We’d love to have representation from across the province – you don’t have to live in Halifax to be involved.

We welcome all to apply – students, recent grads, professionals, retirees – and everyone in between!
Why join the NSEN Board of Directors?

  • Gain professional contacts and friends in the environmental sector in Nova Scotia
  • Bring your interests, background, and skills to the day to day operation of  a non-profit society
  • Create and manage projects that to add depth to your portfolio
  • Experience collaborating with government and environmental groups
  • Engage with the public on environmental issues affecting Nova Scotians
  • Be a part of a passionate team that is looking to connect environmental advocates and activists and cause a sustained positive change in our ecosystems


Great to Have: 

  • Winning interpersonal skills
  • Ability and willingness to work cooperatively on a team to meet the association’s objectives
  • Open minded to innovative ways of doing things & open to considering new solutions 
  • Drive to cultivate an acceptance, ability and active interest in working inclusively with a diversity of cultures, ages, abilities, genders, learning styles, and spiritual beliefs & practices
  • A passion and willingness to continually learn new things
  • Have at least a moderate understanding – or some practical experience – in one or more aspects of science and global concerns including knowledge of current world and local environmental issues


Competencies that we are Looking for on the Board: 

  • Financial management or accounting credentials and budgeting know-how
  • Computer systems & design: setting up and troubleshooting systems and tools for our work; design and update websites; social media execution and strategy; knowledge in Excel, Word, Graphics, PowerPoint, metrics, and statistics, etc.
  • Knowledge of meeting technology and software, using digital projectors, conference calling systems, education and training software, and other tools.
  • Fundraising-knowledge and experience, experience accessing funds through a variety of methods—social media, crowdsourcing, special events, donor campaigns, etc.
  • Writing, editing, and publication design/layout. Capacity to write and format letters, professional presentations, other documents in a manner that is clear and accessible to all.
  • Experience in group facilitation; board, volunteer, and membership recruitment and coordination
  • Marketing and engagement of partnerships in businesses, organizations, academic/research departments, and the general public to take environmental responsibility, attend our events and activities, and speak on our behalf, as needed.
  • Legal background, especially if familiar with non-profit needs, bylaws, N.S. Registry of Joint Stocks, liability issues and matters that may require a legal opinion.
  • Office management, setting up working systems for others to use, scheduling, keeping operations organized and working smoothly, taking meeting minutes.
  • Education & Training in a variety of areas: policy, climate, food, water, mining, social justice, engineering, management, etc. We’re open to hearing from anyone! 
  • Sensitive negotiation and crisis response skills to solve problems and communicate with people from diverse groups and background knowledge
  • People from different cultural groups and traditions, those with multiple language skills, as well as differences in gender, ability, learning styles and diversely abled 


Expectations of a Board Member 

  • Complete the Board Member application (below) and provide the names of two local references who can speak to your interests on the board. (You may also give us a copy of your resume, if you choose).
  • Have a brief interview with Board Members
  • Be an NSEN member in good standing (i.e. paid up).
  • Accept NSEN’s mission and objectives and be committed to doing work required to achieve them.
  • Take part in a brief orientation, and some basic Board training at the beginning of your term.
  • Be free of bias in terms of our mandate without personal agenda
  • Be clear and transparent in all your actions, and have no conflict of interest from sitting on the Board of NSEN.
  • Be able to devote approximately two hours each month on an appointed day and time for regular Board meetings (usually via conference calls, but can be in person).
  • Come prepared and up-to-date to all Board and Committee meetings, to ensure that effective work is accomplished in an efficient manner.
  • Be available for an additional one- two hours a week (average), for committee work, etc.
  • Keep in regular touch, with updated phone or email, so we can contact you easily, as needed.
  • Let the Board know if you will be out of town or out of the country for an extended time (one month or more). You may need someone to cover your duties for that time period, until your return.
  • Participate in other Board functions, such as occasional team-building, workshops, special events, planning exercises, and other tasks in order to meet the agency goals.


Board Member Application: 


We’d love to hear from anyone with an interest in being a part of our dynamic team! Please email Megan at with your application or for more info!

NSEN Updates 2018

Joanne Light with Kenszie McNeil Hfx Health brd funding
NSEN Receives $3000 from Truro ($2000) and Halifax ($1000) Health Boards to deliver second Mi’kmaq Circle Series on the Connection between Environmental and Human Health.
Halifax Central Library invites NSEN to coordinate a second Mi’kmaq Talking Circle Series for the Fall of 2018!  Comments from the attendees at the first series includeVery moving and thought provoking”!  “One more reason to love the library!” “Excellent! More please!”!   “Beautiful intimate experience.”
NSEN and Ian Rankin Nov. 2017
NSEN Representatives, Sheila Cole, Kelly Schnare and Joanne Light met with Environment Minister, Iain Rankin to discuss ways to activate the Environmental Trust Fund and utilize the Network as a conduit between Government and Environmental Organizations.
NSEN representatives are working with our national counterpart, RCEN, to convince the federal government to restore the Environmental Network core funding that the Harper government cancelled.
The NSEN board has met with five new board members in an information gathering and disseminating session on Feb. 3rd. An orientation for board members, followed by a special members meeting will be upcoming. Details to follow. We’re still looking for representation from Cape Breton, Southwest Nova, Cumberland/ Colchester/ Antigonish region. Contact Joanne Light if you’re interested: