Cameron Consulting Inc.

Cameron Consulting Incorporated

Cameron Ells, P.Eng. - Engineer, Manager, Environmental Consultant, Educator
Background and Experience:
  • Providing professional engineering and environmental advice for 25+ years
  • Owner and operator of Cameron Consulting Incorporated since it began in 2000
  • Leadership in public, private, trade association, and community organizations
  • Setting, measuring, and achieving strategic goals in public and private sector
  • Approved Company Security Officer (CSO) for contractor bidding on DND work
  • Regional Director, Atlantic - SNC-Lavalin, Environment & Water (2012-13)
  • Management of human and financial resources, including business ownership
  • Managed a staff of engineers, scientists, technical and administrative people
  • Structural, civil, mechanical, electrical and process engineering project parts
  • Preparing specifications, stamped drawings, contracts, and technical reports
  • NS Contaminated Sites Professional for 60,000 tonne oil refinery remediation
  • Commercial, industrial, military, residential, and other project sites in Halifax
  • Conducted Human Health Risk Assessments for contaminated site projects
  • Led Climate Change - Infrastructure Vulnerability evaluation project teams
  • Project Manager for 2019 Vehicle Fleet Idle (GHG emission) Reduction Project
  • Safety Training and onsite activities at oil refineries in NS, NB, QC and BC.
  • Annual safety program and plan (OHS) lectures to Dalhousie Civil Eng. class
  • Dalhousie Environmental Engineering Course Instructor (Air Quality - 2019)
  • Developing communications & technical skill sets in others (e.g. Toastmasters)
  • Division Director (2015-16) for half of Nova Scotia based Toastmasters clubs
  • Contracted public policy discussion papers and reports for Environment Canada (Climate Change Adaptation), Health Canada (Human Health Risk Assessment Applications) and Halifax Regional Municipality (Solid Waste Strategy) 
  • Local media interviews and speaking at formal public events
  • Risk evaluation, risk management, monitoring, and integration into program management, organizational planning, and decision making.
  • B,Sc, (Eng.) – Civil Engineering from University of New Brunswick, 1987
  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) – Engineers Nova Scotia member #5571 (1989)
  • OSHA 40 hour Hazard Materials Training (plus 8 hour refresher courses) expired

Effective Interactive Communications and Developing Others

Written Communication Examples
  • Engineering and environmental technical project reports
  • Handling sensitive, confidential information (ie. from Halifax Solid Waste in 2013)
  • Climate Change Infrastructure Vulnerability Evaluation for NL government
  • Technical discussion papers for Environment Canada and Health Canada
  • Technical specifications, contracts, budgets, and change order documents
  • Public consultation responses to draft energy and environmental documents
Public Presentation and Media Responses
  • Over 25 technical conference presentations in Canada, the US and UK
  • Over 50 local presentations to non-technical audiences
  • Interview responses and experience with local TV, radio, and print media
  • Formal public hearings and legislative committee speaking experience
  • Participation in public meetings and municipal council meetings
Developing Skill Sets in Others
  • Atlantic RBCA Applications short courses, as a member of the Atlantic PIRI Committee and through Dalhousie University Continuing Education
  • Providing adult education courses through Dalhousie Continuing Education
  • Providing adult learning services through local Toastmasters International clubs
  • Conducting WHIMIS training (1990's) for office, field staff, and sub-contractors
  • Tutor for junior high, high school, and university students on science and math
  • Guest lecturer to NSCC, and to Dalhousie and St. Mary’s University students

Since 2016, a variety of academic services have been provided to Dalhousie University Faculty of Engineering / Department of Civil Engineering as a Course Instructor, Guest Lecturer, Teaching Assistant, Marker, and Academic Advisor. Specific courses:

  • CPST 1103 and 1203 – Technical Communications and Engineering Fundamentals
  • CPST 3030 – Society and Engineering
  • ENVE 3461 – Environmental Measurements and Analysis
  • ENVE 3500 – Air Quality
  • CIVL 3840 – Professional Practice (Ethics, Law and Safety)

Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Projects

2019: Idle Reduction Pilot Project (Summer 2019) for Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Project Manager for concept demonstration project. Team activities included information gathering, driver engagement sessions, electronic logging device (ELD) data analysis, project report with recommendations. Objective ELD data results provided observed differences and demonstrated idle time reductions in fleet vehicle idle time. Reduced idle time results in improved fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved maintenance efficiency, and reduced vehicle downtime.

2018: Online Education Course Coordinator.
American and Canadian vehicle fleet drivers, use GoGreen developed "Idle Free" online modules. Results of the driver engagement course objectively demonstrate improved understanding and drivers are motivated to reduce engine idle time in the vehicles they operate.

2017: "Idle Free Calculator" app.
Led a team in development of an online app used in Idle Reduction courses by American and Canadian vehicle fleet drivers. Drivers enter the make, year, and model of their personal vehicles, as well as personal idle habit information. The app calculates the associated annual greenhouse gas emissions for the vehicle associated with idle time, along with the cost of fuel for the year.

Green House Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction Projects

2013: Prepared report for the HRM Manager of Solid Waste Resource Management.
This was a peer review of the Stantec Report “Waste Resource Strategy Update” and included potential options, technical recommendations, with a detailed financial review. The “Balloon Study” was a particularly creative, useful, extra, and cost-effective activity.

This report included technical comments regarding:

  • sorting and stabilizing infrastructure
  • landfill liner specifications
  • landfill lifecycle expansion
  • materials recycling facility
  • organics processing capacity
  • curbside collection frequency
  • landfill gas generation
  • landfill compaction, and
  • daily cover materials.

PIEVC - Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee

2007: Led a team in developing and preparing a Climate Change
Infrastructure Vulnerability Evaluation protocol, for a mix of Canada wide federal, provincial, municipal, infrastructure owners and operators. Their activities were administered through Engineers Canada, under the name PIEVC.

PIEVC is the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee. It has several stakeholders including assistant Deputy Minister / Director people from Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada, National Research Council and others.

Infrastructure of interest was:

  • Stormwater and Wastewater Infrastructure;
  • Water Resources Infrastructure;
  • Buildings Infrastructure Assessment; and
  • Roads and Associated Structures Infrastructure.

Integrating Climate Change Science and Adaptation and Resilience

2008: Led a PIEVC project for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador,
involving provincial and municipal infrastructure. The 120 day project involved conducting, commissioning and communicating research (e.g. intensity - duration - frequency curves), synthesizing data (e.g. trends in sea level elevation change), carrying out complex analysis, strategic planning and evaluation (e.g. PIEVC risk assessment evaluations) to inform, develop and monitor policy frameworks and strategies for climate change adaptation (e.g. for municipal and provincial infrastructure owner - operators).

The report “Water Resources Public Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment for Placentia, Newfoundland” (co-funded through Engineers Canada) is available online.

10 Year Review of 2008 Climate Change Adaptation Decision Making

2018: (10 Year) Follow Up and Review of PIEVC 2008 Coastal Public Infrastructure Vulnerability Evaluation Case Study in Placentia NL, was presented October 17, 2018 at the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) National Conference.


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