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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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
 

Sustainable Buildings Canada

Sustainable Buildings Canada (SBC) has worked closely with Greenland Consulting Engineers (Greenland) as part of the Savings By Design program offered by Enbridge Gas Distribution. The program features an integrated design workshop that exposes builders and developers to the potential environmental and energy performance benefits that can be achieved through a holistic planning process. This includes identifying alternative approaches to site sustainability including low impact development and storm water management.

Inherent in the integrated design process is the need to access experienced and highly qualified individuals and organizations that can identify potential alternative solutions. SBC has a very capable roster of consultants that represent the core expertise required for this kind of expertise. Greenland is one of those organizations, providing critical input related to storm water management, low impact development and site sustainability.

Greenland consulting staff are all extremely knowledgeable and up to date on the various issues related to storm water management and low impact development and have always provided that expertise in a professional manner, recognizing the need to be sensitive to both the needs of the developers and the desire to improve environmental performance. It has been a great pleasure to work with Greenland and we look forward to doing so in the future.

Michael Singleton
Executive Director
Sustainable Buildings Canada

November 1, 2013
 

County of Simcoe

The County of Simcoe is the upper tier government and planning authority for most of the South Georgian Bay – Lake Simcoe Source Water Protection Region. The County, in partnership with its member municipalities, other levels of government, floodplain management agencies and two (2) conservation authorities, also provides leadership through policy, and actively in the restoration and protection of the environmental health and quality of these watersheds. As you know, in order to comply with, and be environmentally proactive with respect to the Province of Ontario’s “Places to Grow” legislation, the County of Simcoe utilized innovative decision support tools such as Greenland’s CANWET™ model. In 2012, CANWET™ was also used by the County to prepare a “Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Visioning Strategy”. To this day, the information in the Strategy’s final report is used by local municipalities, development interests and other stakeholders as a background reference to help identify sustainable development solutions.
 
This letter confirms the County of Simcoe's commitment of support which includes initially facilitating the introduction of this landmark international collaboration with all 16 local municipalities, other governments (small and large) and other agencies that partner now with the County of Simcoe on land use planning; infrastructure renewal; and flooding risk/damage reduction initiatives.
 
As always, I look forward to our continued working relationship with you and your colleagues and the significant benefits these efforts will have for our residents and environment. The County of Simcoe appreciates your efforts towards developing information based decision making tools and we are confident that this project will prove beneficial in our collaborative goal to improve watershed health for all County residents.

Mark Aitken
Chief Administration Officer
The Corporation of the County of Simcoe

October 19, 2015
 

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