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E.D. BLOG: Escaping the silo and learning from the work of others

October 2, 2018 | Written By: Kieran Hanley

Raise your hand if you get so absorbed in your own work sometimes that you feel disconnected from things happening outside of your immediate project or company. * raises hand *. I admittedly find myself in this state, particularly as NEIA gets close to its annual conference.

Operating within the ‘silo’, while inescapable and necessary at times to focus on the task at hand, does have its drawbacks. Among them is that the silo gets in the way of being exposed to other initiatives, other projects, and other ‘work’ being undertaken by colleagues, counterparts, or stakeholders.

But there is much to learn from the experiences and insights of others. In NEIA’s context, an environmental professional or entrepreneur has a lot to gain from becoming more aware of the activities going on around us – particularly in a small place like Newfoundland and Labrador.

And that’s why we have a session at our Newleef conference focusing on the work of environmental professionals on some significant projects in the province: the expansion underground of Vale’s nickel mine in Voisey’s Bay; the reboot of Canada Fluorspar’s mine in St. Lawrence; and the final phases of bringing the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric project online.

What considerations had to be made, what actions had to be taken, what issues are yet to be solved – from the environmental perspective – in each of these projects? What approaches are applicable or can be transferred in to other fields? Next week we’ll hear from the environmental professionals at work each and every day to ensure natural resource development is taking place in the most environmentally sound way possible… and there’s much to learn from them and their contribution to NL’s green economy (even if their field is not our own).

Time is running out to get your ticket to take in this session. Click here to view the Newleef conference website and agenda!

/ Kieran

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