November 13, 2015

Trudeau Renews Federal Commitment to Science-Based Decision-Making with New Cabinet Appointments

The new federal government of Canada cabinet includes three ministers responsible for science, and signals more focus on climate change, pure science and public interest research. Newly-appointed cabinet members include medical geographer Dr. Kirsty Duncan as Minister of Science; international trade lawyer Catherine McKenna as […]
November 4, 2015

Migratory Birds and The Oil Sands of Canada: Addressing Complexity and Uncertainty

In collaboration with their coauthors, Marc Nelitz and Alex Hall of ESSA explored the use of conceptual models and expert judgments to inform expansion of ecological monitoring around oil sands development in northern Alberta, Canada, an area rich in ecological data but not in understanding […]
November 4, 2015

ESSA and EcoFish Join Forces to Develop Operational Guidance for the Province of British Columbia on Environmental Flow Needs

Under the new Water Sustainability Act, there is added attention to the requirement to consider environmental flow needs (EFN) in new water licensing decisions in British Columbia. EcoFish and ESSA were selected by the Province to develop concrete operational guidance for establishing EFNs given available […]
November 4, 2015

CIDA Profiles ESSA Joint Venture to Curb Industrial Pollution in Vietnam

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has just released an online overview of one of ESSA’s most prominent international projects – the recently completed $15 M Vietnam Provincial Environmental Governance (VPEG) Project. Carried out in partnership with SNC Lavalin, the VPEG Project aimed to advance […]
August 5, 2015

ESSA to support practice of climate change adaptation among professional biologists in western Canada

The BC College of Applied Biology and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists have received conditional approval for funding from Natural Resources Canada for a climate change project. The project involves compiling climate change adaptation information relevant to biology professionals and disseminating it in the […]
July 27, 2015

Nick Sonntag, one of the founders of ESSA

Nick Sonntag, one of the founders of ESSA, and a huge contributor to the company’s growth from 1979 to 1995, died unexpectedly on June 27, 2015. Nick had a wonderfully positive attitude, an entrepreneurial spirit, a great sense of humour, and a deep commitment to […]