Power push creating new breed of engineer.
The Ontario Wind Power Task Force Industrial Report states there is a shortage of Canadians educated in the area of wind power. To achieve the goal of 10,000 megawatts by 2010, Canada will need to utilize the services of approximately 2,000 engineers, technicians, and management staff, according to the report. As it is now, technical resources are coming from Alberta to fill work in Ontario, but Ontario's existing wind power installation amounts to seven or eight megawatts, a far cry from the 100 megawatts of installed capacity in Alberta, the report notes.
Samit Sharma, professional engineer with an MBA from Queen's University and also director of projects for Gaia Power Inc., says Northern Ontario is full of possibilities for wind energy, however it will be linked to the policies brought forth by the government.
Northern Ontario holds approximately 80 per cent of Crown land. Recently the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources instituted a policy to open up government-owned land for wind-power development, Sharma says.
"People can make an application to scope out these lands for wind power development," Sharma explains.
"That is the one thing that has certainly increased the interest."
As a board director of Canadian Wind Energy Association (CANWEA), Sharma, along with experienced and educated professionals, set out with venture capitalists on a Lake Superior Wind Tour last summer, and the response from some of the communities was outstanding, he says.
"They were enthusiastic, curious and wanted to know more about it and more importantly they wanted something to be done about it," Sharma recalls.
The economy in some of the communities is hurting, he says. Sawmills and pulp and paper mills have scaled back their workforce, and the towns are looking for ways to diversify their economy and maybe increase tourism potential.
In some areas, wind power could be used as an industry, but the problem lies with the policies of the government, Sharma adds. The former government had legislation in place to deal with renewable energies. Now there is a new government and policies are continually changing.
"When you do not have a long-term outlook on policies, people are always shy to make investments on a large scale. This is one of the larger issues we are facing in the electricity market. No one is making any investment because there is no long-term policy outlook."
Already there are students asking about wind programs at Ontario colleges and universities. Alberta and Quebec's post-secondary institutions are turning out graduates in the field simply because both provinces have long-term policies, Sharma says.
Recent announcements from the provincial government indicate they are seeking experts in the field of energy and renewable resources to enhance Ontario's supply of electricity. This has some investors setting up meetings with a few northern communities, says Bob Hancherow, community development manager for Superior North. Although he is reluctant to disclose the potential locations, which have sparked interest, he says the investors will be touring parts of the northwest.
"There is high potential for wind energy locations here," Hancherow explains.
In fact, the North could harness not only the wind energy, but also the education that stems from the expertise of building and installing renewable energy forms. Post-secondary institutions would do well to prepare for the industry since wind-power engineers and technicians will be needed to see these projects to fruition, he adds.
"We should not be looking at just putting up some wind turbines," Hancherow urges, "We have to look at the whole industry. We need to pull our northern resources together to make this happen, be leaders in our own right. It must come from within."
Sharma supports this ideology by saying that any post-secondary institutions that offer those courses will be able to attract young people to the Northern communities, which inevitably will lead to population retention.
Traditionally, it has been a struggle to lure professionals to the region, says David Shelsted, civil engineer for J.L. Richards and Associates Ltd. This may be partially due to a lack of diversified disciplines at Laurentian University, since students have to leave the north to obtain a majority of the engineering education in the south. After graduating it is easy to land a job in southern Ontario that may have a higher starting salary than what northern companies offer, he says.
However, Laurentian is looking to expand its engineering program to include a PhD discipline, Shelsted says, "which is a good sign for us."
Another factor contributing to the lack of engineers could be the "brain drain" philosophy. An individual accepting a job in the North will bring his/her partner from southern Ontario only to find there is no position for their significant other, at which point they both relocate back to southern Ontario.
"We have seen that happen in a few instances, and we have seen that in our clients as well."
Shelsted is combating the out-migration by hiring student engineers during the summer. They started this practice approximately five years ago with great success. He adds the firm provides a multitude of services to northeastern United States, British Columbia, Cuba, Mexico and Quebec clients and although he currently has a diversified staff, he concedes the firm could use more engineers in specialized areas.
"Right now we are using mechanical engineers from our offices in Kingston. Ottawa and Timmins," Shelsted says. He says the company is currently looking for civil, electrical and mechanical engineers for the Sudbury and Timmins office.
The evolution of wind energy and engineers in wind energy could act as a drawing card for the North, he says.
TOP ENGINEERING FIRMS IN THE NORTH Ranked by 2003 revenues Company Name # of Employees F/T, P/T, Prof.Eng. Contact/Title E-mail Address URL City/Postal Code 2003 billings/%exported 2003 Phone/Fax Wardrop Engineering 60/ 15/ 13 Len Hoey, general manager firstname.lastname@example.org 725 Hewitson St. www.wardrop.com Thunder Bay P7B 685 over 40 million/10% 807-345-5453/345-8708 Hatch (Reid, Global Direction) 150/20/100 2800 Speakman Dr. email@example.com Mississiauga, L5K 2R7 www.hatch.ca 905-403-3733/855-8270 over $40 million/50% (2002) Golder Associates Ltd 49/2/16 Sam Gauvreau, P. Eng. Asso firstname.lastname@example.org 662 Falconbridge Rd. www.golder.com Sudbury, P3A 4S4 NFP/40% 705-524-6861/524-1984 Danielli Corus Canada Inc. 24/4/2 John Willcock-office manager email@example.com 405 Queen St. East NP Sault Ste. Marie P3A 1Z5 Not for publication/70% 705-949-8661/949-9835 Halsall Associates Ltd. 5/1/04 Albert Celli, branch manager firstname.lastname@example.org 80A Elm St. East www.halsall.com Sudbury, P3C 1T2 over $10 million/NA 705-674-8520/674-8605 M.F. Tulloch Inc. 50/35/4 Mike Tulloch, P. Eng. president email@example.com 200 Main St. Box 579 www.tulloch.on.ca Thessalon, POR 1LO over $6 million/NA 705-842-3372/842-2658 DST Consulting Engineers Inc. 87/3/9 Mike Fabius, president firstname.lastname@example.org 605 Hewitson St. www.dstgroup.com Thunder Bay, P78 5V5 over $10 million/NA 807-623-2929/623-1792 Sutcliffe Rody Quesnel Inc. 50/0/4 H. James Hawken, president email@example.com 9 Wellington St. www.srqinc.com New Liskeard, P0J 1P0 over $3 million/NA (705)647-4311/647-3111 Northland Engineering Ltd. 31/12/11 Deve Richards, office manager firstname.lastname@example.org 1850 Bond St. www.nleng.ca North Bay P1B 8G5 over $3 million/NA 705-474-2720/474-8515 Cook Engineering 50/3/15 David Knutson, president email@example.com & 40 South Syndicate Ave. www.cookeng.com Thunder Bay P7E 1E9 over $3 million/10% 807-625-6700/623 4491 Knight Piesold Consulting 20/0/10 Ken Embree, manager NP PO Box 10-34 Commerce Cres. www.knightpiesold.com North Bay P1B 8G8 NFP/25% 705-476-2165/474-8095 M.R. Wright and Associates Co. 14/2/3/ Dennis Cohlin, director firstname.lastname@example.org 390 Bay St. 5th Floor www.mrweng.ca Sault Ste. Marie P6A 1X2 NFP/NA 705-945-5090/949-3026 BESTECH 6/NP/NP Marc Boudreau/Colette Pepin email@example.com 1040 Lome St. Unit 3 www.bestech.com Sudbury, P3C 4R9 over $1 million/NA 705-675-7720/675-5507 J.L.Richards and Associates 30/NP/10 Earl E. Mumford, manager firstname.lastname@example.org 217-469 Bouchard St. www.jlrichards.ca Sudbury P3E 2K8 NFP/NA 705-522-8174/522-1512 Ellis Pastore Oswin Consultans 12/NP/2 Cal Oswin, partner email@example.com 726 Queen St.E. www.epo-arch.com Sault Ste. Marie P6A 2A9 over $1 million/10% 705-949-5291/949-5292 Merlex Engineering Ltd 7/4/02 Michael A. Merleau P. Eng firstname.lastname@example.org 2-120 Progress Crt. www.merlex.com North Bay P1B 8G4 Over $1 million/NP 705-476-2550/476-8882 John R. Hamalainen Engineering 6/2/03 John.R. Hamalainen, president email@example.com 2166 Armstrong St. www.consultingengineers.ca Sudbury, P3E 5G9 Less than $1 million/NA 705-522-745/522-550 Profor Engineering Services Ltd. 6/2/2/ Lance Reid firstname.lastname@example.org 200 South Syndicate Ave. NP Suite 502, Thunder Bay lees $1 million/NA 807-623-3013/626-8086 Lynx North Engineering Inc. 5/5/02 Larry Pond, president NP 200 Johnson Ave. NP Thunder Bay, P7B 6C3 less than $1 million 807-345-3209/345-2780 Klohn Crippen Consultants Ltd. 7/NP/5 Lawrence Clelland email@example.com 351-C Kelly Lake Rd. www.klohn.com Sudbury, P3E 5P5 under $1 million/20% 705-522-1367/523-5670 Expotech Engineering Ltd. 1/1/01 Paul Salmenmaki firstname.lastname@example.org 200-469 Bouchard St. NP Sudbury, P3E 2K8 NP/NP 705-522-0585/522-4904 AMEC Americas Ltd. 84/16/32 Dan Cacciotti Manager email@example.com 131 Fielding Rd. www.amec.com Sudbury P3Y 1L5 NP/10% 705-682-AMEC/682-2260 Company Name Year estabilshed Contact/Title Services/specialties Address City/Postal Code Phone/Fax Wardrop Engineering 1956 Len Hoey, general manager Civil/municipal, environmental, 725 Hewitson St. transportation, land development, Thunder Bay P7B 685 structural, gas, electrical, power 807-345-5453/345-8708 see website for more Hatch (Reid, Global Direction) 1963 2800 Speakman Dr. Civil/Municipal planning, land Mississiauga, L5K 2R7 mechanical, geotechnical, 905-403-3733/855-8270 structural, electrical, Golder Associates Ltd 1992 Sam Gauvreau, P. Eng. Asso Civil/Municipal planning, land 662 Falconbridge Rd. development. geotechnical, Sudbury, P3A 4S4 transportation, paste backfill 705-524-6861/524-1984 E.P.C.M., environmental, ground Danielli Corus Canada Inc. 1975 John Willcock-office manager Electrical, structural, consulting, 405 Queen St. East mechanical, environmental, prefactory, Sault Ste. Marie P3A 1Z5 equipment, services for steel industry 705-949-8661/949-9835 automation, custom Halsall Associates Ltd. 1999 Albert Celli, branch manager Structural, building science, 80A Elm St. East structural facility services, design, Sudbury, P3C 1T2 705-674-8520/674-8605 M.F. Tulloch Inc. 1990 Mike Tulloch, P. Eng. president Civil/municipal, environmental 200 Main St. Box 579 transportation, geomatics, land Thessalon, POR 1LO development 705-842-3372/842-2658 DST Consulting Engineers Inc. 1971 Mike Fabius, president Civil/Municipal, environmental, 605 Hewitson St. air quality, aggregate, mining, site Thunder Bay, P78 5V5 sustainability, remediation, 807-623-2929/623-1792 geotechnical Sutcliffe Rody Quesnel Inc. 1906 H. James Hawken, president Civil/municipal, environmental, 9 Wellington St. consultations, transportation, land New Liskeard, P0J 1P0 development, structural, and surveying (705)647-4311/647-3111 Northland Engineering Ltd. Civil/municipal, environmental, Deve Richards, office manager structural transportation, consulting 1850 Bond St. North Bay P1B 8G5 705-474-2720/474-8515 Cook Engineering 1962 David Knutson, president Electrical, structural, mechanical, & 40 South Syndicate Ave. highways, bridges, mine hoists, Thunder Bay P7E 1E9 headframes, plant systems, steam 807-625-6700/623 4491 Knight Piesold Consulting 1994 Ken Embree, manager Environmental, geotechnical, water. PO Box 10-34 Commerce Cres. management, tailings disposal, site North Bay P1B 8G8 remediation, waste 705-476-2165/474-8095 M.R. Wright and Associates Co. 1961 Dennis Cohlin, director Testing lab, civil/municipal, 390 Bay St. 5th Floor structural, land development, Sault Ste. Marie P6A 1X2 mechanical geotechnical, electrical, 705-945-5090/949-3026 plan BESTECH 1995 Marc Boudreau/Colette Pepin Environmental, electrical, consulting, 1040 Lome St. Unit 3 automation, software engineering, Sudbury, P3C 4R9 development, mining industry, 705-675-7720/675-5507 industrial J.L.Richards and Associates 1974 Earl E. Mumford, manager Civil/Municipal, environmental, 217-469 Bouchard St. consulting, architectural, mechanical Sudbury P3E 2K8 services for institutional, 705-522-8174/522-1512 commercial, municipal projects, industrial Ellis Pastore Oswin Consultans 1999 Cal Oswin, partner Mechanical, architectural, interior, 726 Queen St.E. commercial, and development, Sault Ste. Marie P6A 2A9 institutional building design, 705-949-5291/949-5292 electrical, environmental Merlex Engineering Ltd 1982 Michael A. Merleau P. Eng Environmental, consulting, 2-120 Progress Crt. geotechnical, material, quality North Bay P1B 8G4 control, construction 705-476-2550/476-8882 John R. Hamalainen Engineering 1987 John.R. Hamalainen, president Electrical, mechanical, facility 2166 Armstrong St. condition assessment, project Sudbury, P3E 5G9 management, institutional, municipal 705-522-745/522-550 power generation industrial, Profor Engineering Services Ltd. 1982 Lance Reid Mechanical systems for industrial, 200 South Syndicate Ave. commercial sectors Suite 502, Thunder Bay 807-623-3013/626-8086 Lynx North Engineering Inc. 1996 Larry Pond, president Civil/Municipal, environmental, 200 Johnson Ave. electrical, land development, Thunder Bay, P7B 6C3 transportation 807-345-3209/345-2780 Klohn Crippen Consultants Ltd. NP Lawrence Clelland Civil/municipal, environmental, 351-C Kelly Lake Rd. structural, transporation, Sudbury, P3E 5P5 geotechnical, mining, consulting, 705-522-1367/523-5670 dam engineering, Expotech Engineering Ltd. NP Paul Salmenmaki Explosives, blasting, vibrations 200-469 Bouchard St. Sudbury, P3E 2K8 705-522-0585/522-4904 AMEC Americas Ltd. 1917 Dan Cacciotti Manager Civil/municipal, environmental, 131 Fielding Rd. electrical, transport, land Sudbury P3Y 1L5 development, mechanical, geotechnical, 705-682-AMEC/682-2260 structural Northern Ontario Business relies on information provided by North Ontario companies for the above information. Some companies may have qualified, but did not respond to a survey, therefore we cannot guarantee accuracy. For inclusion in the list contact Kelly Louiseize in the editorial department at 705-673-5705 ext. 381
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