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Last updated: April 2021

Director's Office

Policy, Strategic Initiatives, and Engagement Section

Land Use, Waste Management, and Energy Section

Industrial and Wastewater Section

Livestock, Agriculture, and Pesticide Section

Air Quality Management Section

Operations and Client Services Section



Director's Office

Environmental Approvals Branch
Manitoba Conservation and Climate
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg MB R3H 0W4
Canada

General Inquiry: (204) 945-8321
Email : EABDirector@gov.mb.ca
Internet: https://www.gov.mb.ca/sd/about/environmental-stewardship/environmental-approvals/index.html

Laura Pyles
Director (Acting)
Phone No.: (204)-945-8321
Email: Laura.Pyles@gov.mb.ca

Jamil Ahmed
Administrative Assistant
Phone No.: (204) 945-8321
Email: Jamil.Ahmed@gov.mb.ca

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Policy, Strategic Initiatives, and Engagement Section

This section is responsible for providing policy support across the many programs within the branch as well as providing support for project management and delivery related to strategic priorities. This section also provides leadership, co-ordination, and oversight for consultation activities related to projects that impact communities across Manitoba.

Faisal Islam
Manager (Acting)
Phone No.: (204) 945-6786
Email: Faisal.Islam@gov.mb.ca

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Land Use, Waste Management, and Energy Section

This Section is responsible for managing the technical review and assessment of proposed waste management facilities, land use and energy development proposals, including hydroelectric and wind generation facilities, forest management practices, transportation and transmission projects, water development and control projects, and recreation developments. The work of this section includes processing of applications to develop Crown land parcels located within Water Power Licensed areas and Water Power Reserves.

Asit Dey, P. Eng.
Engineering Manager (Acting)
Phone No.: 204 794-3389
Email: Asit.Dey@gov.mb.ca

Elise Dagdick, B.Sc.
Environment Officer
Phone No.: (204) 619-0709
Email: Elise.Dagdick@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Forestry

  • Forest management proposals.

Transportation and Transmission

  • Highways and roads, power transmission lines, water and petroleum pipelines.

Mining

  • Peat mines

Recreation

  • Recreation and tourist developments including resorts, golf courses, marinas and ski hills.

Bruce Webb, P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer
Phone No.: (204) 945-7021
Email: Bruce.Webb@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Energy Production

  • Hydro developments and wind farms.

Water Development and Control

  • Flood control projects, water supply impoundments, land drainage projects, irrigation projects, works resulting in modification to lake or river levels, alterations to stream channels which affect fish mobility and fish habitat, water withdrawal projects and aquifer recharge systems.

Waste Disposal

  • Water treatment plants.

Purushottam (Puru) Singh, P. Eng.
Senior Water Power Licensing Engineer
Phone No.: (204) 792-7328
Email: Puru.Singh@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for licensing/ re-licensing of new and existing water power generating stations and associated water power diversion and/or storage projects in the Province of Manitoba under The Water Power Act and Regulations:

  • Reviewing licensing supporting documentation;
  • Monitoring of licensing terms and conditions;
  • Providing technical support for Crown Consultation of new and existing Water Power Licensing projects;

Reviewing Lands Branch circulars pertaining to the Treaty Land Entitlement program (Province wide), the review of Real Estate Service Division circulars and Environment Licence proposals related to Crown land parcels located within the Water Power interest.

Shiromi Amarakoon
Senior Licensing Technologist
Phone No.: 204-945-4512
Email: Shiromi.Amarakoon@gov.mb.ca

Providing assistance to the Section in licensing / re-licensing of Water Power projects under the Water Power Act and Regulations and related activities:

  • Reviewing and developing GIS maps;
  • Administering the water power rentals;
  • Reviewing Crown land circulars.

Michael Morin
Senior Licensing Technologist
Phone No.: (204) 619-3579
Email: Michael.Morin@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for the licensing and re-licensing of hydroelectric generating facilities and related infrastructure under The Water Power Act:

  • Reviewing licensing supporting documentation;
  • Monitoring of licensing terms and conditions;
  • Providing technical support for Crown Consultation of new and existing Water Power Licensing projects.

Cory Graham, P. Eng. (currently on secondment)
Senior Environmental Engineer
Phone: (204) 250-7645
Email: Cory.Graham@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

  • Class 1 waste disposal grounds
  • Composting facilities

Responsible for the environmental assessment and permitting of proposals under the Waste Management Facilities Regulation for Class 2 and Class 3 waste disposal grounds, composting facilities and waste transfer stations.

Edwin Yazon, P. Eng.
Environmental Engineer
Phone: (431) 335-2554
Email: Edwin.Yazon@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

  • Class 1 waste disposal grounds;
  • Composting facilities;

Responsible for the environmental assessment and permitting of proposals, and operator certification, under the Waste Management Facilities Regulation for Class 2 waste disposal grounds, composting facilities and waste transfer stations.

Responsible for environmental assessments and licensing of Proposals under The Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act for:

  • Hazardous waste disposal facilities.

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Industrial and Wastewater Section

This Section is responsible for managing the technical review and assessment of development proposals related to municipal and industrial wastewater, mines and manufacturing facilities. This section is also responsible for reviewing applications for Certificates of Approval for wastewater collection systems pursuant to The Public Health Act, for administering the Incinerators Regulation, including processing incinerator registrations.

Siobhan Burland Ross, M. Eng., P. Eng.
Engineering Manager
Phone No.: (204) 793-6487
Email: Siobhan.BurlandRoss@gov.mb.ca

Bereket Assefa, Ph. D., P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer (Acting)
Phone No.: (204) 330-4613
Email: Bereket.Assefa@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Waste Treatment and Storage

  • Wastewater treatment lagoons, aerated wastewater treatment lagoons and wastewater treatment plants;
  • Application of biosolids to agricultural lands and management and disposal of wastewater treatment sludge and residuals;

Responsible for review of applications for Certificates of Approval for wastewater collection systems pursuant to The Public Health Act.

Eshetu Beshada, Ph. D, P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer
Phone No: (204) 250-1932
Email: Eshetu.Beshada@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Manufacturing

  • Bulk materials handling facilities, cement plants, permanent concrete batch plants, foundries, gasification plants, and manufacturing and industrial plants with atmospheric emissions.

Transportation

  • Asphalt plants.

Forestry

  • Plywood and particle wood plants.

Responsible for administering the Incinerators Regulation, including processing incinerator registrations and conducting associated inspections.

Robert Boswick, P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer
Phone No.: (204) 918-5853
Email: Robert.Boswick@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Agricultural

  • Dairy plants, food processing plants, and meat processing and slaughter plants.

Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing and industrial plants with wastewater discharges.

Mining

  • Mines, milling facilities, refineries, smelters, and tailings management areas.

Waste Treatment and Storage

  • Wastewater treatment lagoons, aerated wastewater treatment lagoons and wastewater treatment plants.
  • Application of biosolids to agricultural land and management and disposal of wastewater treatment sludge and residuals.

Jennifer Winsor, P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer
Phone No.: (204) 945-7012
Email: Jennifer.Winsor@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

Agricultural

  • Dairy plants, food processing plants, rendering plants and meat processing and slaughter plants.

Manufacturing

  • Manufacturing and industrial plants with wastewater discharges.

Energy Production

  • Thermal electric generating stations

Forestry

  • Pulp and paper mills.

Mining

  • Mines, milling facilities, refineries, smelters, and tailings management areas.

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Livestock, Agriculture, and Pesticide Section

This Section is responsible for coordination of provincially administered programs under Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation, the Pesticides Regulation, and the Non-Essential Pesticides Regulation, under The Environment Act. This includes manure management planning, water analysis reporting, and inactive manure storage facilities related to livestock operations, and the licensing of development proposals related to livestock manure storage facilities and confined livestock areas.  It also includes processing of Pesticides Use Permits and Licences for applicable agriculture related developments.

Jen Webb, M. Sc., P. Ag.
Manager
Phone No.: (204) 795-6146
Email: Jen.Webb@gov.mb.ca

Richard Balog
Manure Management Plan Coordinator
Phone No: (204) 945-3078
Email: Richard.Balog@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for the administration of the Manure Management Plan (MMP) aspect of the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation (M.R. 42/98), as follows:

  • Review and process MMPs from livestock operations required to submit by the regulation;
  • Determine compliance with the requirements and carry out corresponding enforcements as necessary; and
  • Respond to inquiries pertaining with MMPs.

Krystal Penner
Pesticide and Agricultural Program Specialist
Phone No: (204) 945-7107
Email: Krystal.Penner@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for coordinating and administrating provincial regulations related to pesticide use and agricultural developments, including:

  • Environment Act Licensing under The Environment Act for bulk material handling facilities including grain elevators, seed cleaning plants and the storage, transfer or sale of fertilizer and/or crop protection/production (pesticide) products;
  • West Nile Virus Ministerial Health Orders under The Environment Act;
  • Pesticide Use Permits under the Pesticides Regulation;
  • The Non-Essential Pesticide Regulation under The Environment Act;
  • Emergency Use Pesticide Registration review under The Pest Control Products Act.

Diane Smith, M.Sc., P. Ag
Soils Specialist
Phone No.: (204) 391-0540
Email: Diane.Smith@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for several aspects under the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation (M.R. 42/98) including:

  • Coordination, administration and enforcement of the annual Manure Management Plan (MMP) compliance monitoring program (i.e., field audit);
  • Review and process Emergency Winter Spreading Authorization requests and other manure spreading variance requests;
  • Respond to inquiries regarding manure application;
  • Assist in the review and processing of MMPs.

Bryce Wood
Registration and Phosphorus Officer
Phone No.: (204) 781-7226
Email: Bryce.Wood@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for administration of the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Management Regulation, specifically the following program areas:

  • Phosphorus components of Manure Management Planning;
  • Registration Program for Unpermitted Manure Storage Facilities;
  • Decommissioning and Maintenance Plans for Manure Storage Facilities;
  • Liaison for stakeholders to promote awareness and compliance with legislation.

Environmental Engineer
(Vacant)

Barsha Sagan, P. Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer (Acting)
Phone No.: (204) 795-7175
Email: Barsha.Sagan@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for review of permit applications under the Livestock Manure and Mortalities Regulation (MR 42/98) as follows:

  • Manure storage facilities and confined livestock areas.

Responsible for environmental assessment and licensing of Proposals under The Environment Act, as follows:

  • Waste Treatment and Storage
  • Wastewater treatment lagoons, aerated wastewater treatment lagoons, and wastewater treatment plants;
  • Application of biosolids to agricultural land and management and disposal of wastewater treatment sludge and residuals.

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Air Quality Management Section

The Air Quality Management Section is responsible to review, assess, and provide comments on the potential impact on air quality from a proposed/existing Environmental Act License proposal submitted under The Environment Act, Dangerous Goods Handling and Transportation Act, and the Oil and Gas Act. The Section is also responsible for reviewing air quality related submissions as required under licenses such as air dispersion modeling study, ambient air quality monitoring plan/report as well as air emission monitoring.

Moreover, the section works cooperatively with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to collect ambient air quality data for Manitoba, is an active partner in the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) forecasting program, and participates in the implementation of the CCME’s Air Quality Management System (AQMS).

Rommel Molod
Air Quality Manager
Phone No.: 204-451-5081
Email: Rommel.Molod@gov.mb.ca

Muntaseer Ibn Azkar
Air Quality Specialist
Phone No.: 204-918-8835
Email: Muntaseer.Ibnazkar@gov.mb.ca

Bert Krawchuk
Emergency Response Program Support Specialist/ NAPS Manager
Phone No: 204-391-1305
Email: Bert.Krawchuk@gov.mb.ca

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Operations and Client Services Section

This section is responsible for operational and client service excellence as it relates to the delivery of environmental approvals and programs.  This section is responsible for processing decisions related to a number of environmental programs including but not limited to the Environmental File Search Program and the Hazardous Waste Program.  This section is also responsible for public engagement activities in the delivery of these programs and the management of the public registry.

Neil Rentz, M. Sc.
Manager
Phone No.: (204) 794-3546
Email: Neil.Rentz@gov.mb.ca

Cory Bell-Froese
Client Service Support
Phone No.: (204) 945-2755
Email: Cory.Bell-Froese@gov.mb.ca

Bill Tucker (Secondment)
Client Service Support
Phone No.: (204) 945-5794
Email: Bill.Tucker2@gov.mb.ca

Sean Schell
Client Service Support
Phone No.: (204) 945-5924
Email: Sean.Schell@gov.mb.ca

Crystal Buczko
Client Service Support
Email: Crystal.Buczko@gov.mb.ca

Donna Garcia, B. Sc.
Certification Program Specialist 
Phone No.: (204) 945-7065
Email: Donna.Garcia@gov.mb.ca

Responsible for implementation of sub-programs under the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Regulation (MR 77/2003), as follows:

  • Classification program for water and wastewater facilities;
  • Certification program for operators of water and wastewater facilities; and
  • The water and wastewater certification examination program.

Terri Mojica
Water and Wastewater Certification Program Clerk
Phone No.: (204) 945-5840
Email: Terese.Mojica@gov.mb.ca

Provides support and clerical service for the Water and Wastewater Facility Operators Regulation (MR 77/2003).

 

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