Boosting Indigenous employment
We celebrated our long-term partnership with CareerTrackers at the not-for-profit’s 7th Annual Gala Dinner. To date, CareerTrackers at GHD has provided 65 internships for Indigenous students. A key plank in our pursuit of diversity, this partnership is creating opportunities that enhance Indigenous economic development and participation.
At the leading edge of biogas
Mike Muffels, an engineer based in our Waterloo, Ontario, office in Canada has been elected as Director of the Canadian Biogas Association for a two-year term. This appointment will allow Mike to help further the biogas industry in Canada. He will leverage his experience and technical skills to help shape policy and raise awareness for the biogas discipline.
New leader for China
Yong Huang is the new Country Director for GHD in China. He brings significant experience to the role in connecting Chinese investors with Australian development opportunities. Highlights of Yong’s career to date include enabling Australian companies to participate in the Beijing Olympics. Yong joins our existing team in Beijing.
Supporting future engineers
As part of National Science Week in the UK, Rob Clark from our York office visited Archbishop Holgate’s School to talk to 11 and 12 year olds about engineering. Rob is an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Ambassador. He visits schools regularly to talk about the benefits of STEM careers and inspire students.
Recognised for contribution
Damian Drain, our Defence Infrastructure Manager, was awarded the Conspicuous Service Medal in the Military Division of the Australia Day Honours on 26 January 2017. He was recognised for his exceptional judgement and considerable engineering expertise in delivering capital facilities and infrastructure projects for the Department of Defence.
Empowering future talent
We have welcomed our first New Colombo Plan intern in the Philippines, demonstrating our strategic focus on empowering and growing talented, career-oriented people. Nathan Leong, who is studying a double degree in electrical engineering and finance in Australia, completed a two-month placement in our Manila office.
Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday
Dawn Negus, an environmental technologist in our Halifax office in Nova Scotia has been selected to participate in Canada C3, a unique science project celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. The expedition is a 150-day journey from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia. Dawn will join Leg 2, from Montreal to Baie-Comeau, Quebec.
Young Professional of the Year
Project engineer Matthew Munz from our office in Tampa, Florida, was named the 2017 Young Professional of the Year by the Florida Engineering Society (FES). A native of the Tampa Bay area, Matt has worked on a wide range of projects in the water sector. This award recognised Matt’s tireless support to the FES local Southwest Chapter.
Building stronger relationships
More than 100 clients and GHD people attended our Young Professionals networking event in Melbourne, Australia, recently. Guests heard from one of our engineers, Camilla Bachet, who spoke about her deployment with emergency relief agency RedR Australia to provide much-needed assistance in the wake of the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.
Technical leadership in New York
Jon Putnam from our Cazenovia office was recently elected President of the New York Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). John Story from our Buffalo office is currently the Treasurer, and Randy Cameron, also from our Cazenovia office, is the Central Branch Treasurer. The New York Chapter is one of the oldest in the APWA.
Making our mark on water
Our people played a key role in Ozwater, Australia’s premier international water conference and trade exhibition presented annually by the Australian Water Association. We sponsored the Water Leaders Forum, held a client networking event, and provided 10 presenters and numerous session chairs. We were the largest private sector participant.
Furthering the chemical industry
Phil Harvey, Principal and Office Manager in St. Louis, Missouri, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois. Phil has been an associate member of the council for more than 20 years and has been providing hydrogeological services at remedial project sites for more than 34 years.