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Merjent Inc. Opens First Canadian Office in Vancouver
Merjent Extends Industry-leading Integrated Environmental and Social Consulting Services to the Canadian Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors

After over a decade of serving its clients from its Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters, Merjent has incorporated in Canada to support existing clients and to answer increasing demand for Merjent’s environmental and social consulting services. Read more... here


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Merjent Named a Top Workplace in Minnesota

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 15, 2015: Merjent, Inc. (Merjent), an environmental and social consulting firm headquartered in Minneapolis, is honored to have been named one of the Top 150 Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune. The list of Top 150 Workplaces winners was published in a special section of the Star Tribune on Sunday, June 14, 2015, and details can be found at http://www.startribune.com/2015-top-150-workplaces/307123441/

Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive and people-centric companies in Minnesota. Rankings were based on evaluation of anonymous surveys that gathered employee opinions related to employee engagement, organizational health, and satisfaction. Read more....


 

Merjent Water Resources Specialist, Dr. Rebecca Forman, Appointed to Governor's Advisory Committee to the Minnesota Pollutions Control Agency

Merjent is proud to announce that Dr. Rebecca Forman, a senior water resources specialist, was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to a new committee created to advise the Minnesota Pollutions Control Agency MPCA). One of eight committee members, Dr. Forman will ensure citizen input into environmental regulatory decisions.

These appointees, who will serve alongside MPCA Commissioner John Stine for a three-year term, will provide advice in four main areas: environmental reviews, permit applications, developing agency rules and requests for rule variances. They will meet on a regular basis to guide the direction and enforcement of the state's environmental protection laws.

Dr. Forman's expertise includes National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting and industrial Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) design and inspection for construction and industrial sites. In addition to her consulting work at Merjent, Dr. Forman is an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and an instructor with the University of Minnesota Erosion and Stormwater Management Certification Program, where she has instructed over 1,000 students in classes on creating SWPPPs, installing best management practices, and managing erosion and sediment on construction sites.

"I'm honored to have been selected to serve on the advisory committee," commented Dr. Forman. "Citizen input continues to play a critical role in the regulatory process in Minnesota and I look forward to the opportunity to provide the MPCA with technical insight on a variety of pollution control issues."

For details visit the MN.gov News Room: http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/index.jsp?id=1055-154776#/list/appId//filterType//filterValue//page/1/sort/Date/order/descending

Merjent Soil and Wetlands Specialist, Jim Arndt, Authors Key Chapter in Wetlands Technical Reference Aimed at Consultants and Regulators

We're proud to announce that one of our soils and wetlands specialists, Dr. Jim Arndt, is a co-author of the recently released technical reference book, Wetland Soils: Genesis, Hydrology, Landscapes, and Classification; CRC Press, 2015. Jim was primary author, along with Ryan E. Emanuel and Jimmie L. Richardson, of chapter 3, "Hydrology of Wetland and Related Soils".

A major revision of the first edition, this specialized book is intended for use by environmental consultants and governmental wetland regulators. It explains, in easy-to-understand terms, how wetland soils form, are described, and can be identified in the field. For details and to purchase, visit the CRC Press website: https://www.crcpress.com/Wetland-Soils-Genesis-Hydrology-Landscapes-and-Classification-Second/Vepraskas-Craft/9781439896983

Merjent Sponsors Mummy Exhibit at Science Museum of Minnesota

Merjent is pleased to sponsor the February 18th VIP opening event for the latest Science Museum exhibit, " Mummies: New Secrets from the Tomb" and to provide financial support for the planned radio carbon dating of the Science Museum's longtime resident mummy.

The exhibit, developed by the Field Museum in Chicago, showcases a unique selection of mummies from Predynastic Egypt to Pre-Columbian Peru and highlights the CT scanning and 3D printing technologies that made it possible for scientists to decipher intricate details about the lives and customs of these ancient people. https://www.smm.org/mummies

MERJENT FORMS INDUSTRY-LEADING CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY & SOCIAL PERFORMANCE TEAM

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Feb 03, 2015: Merjent is proud to officially launch its Corporate Responsibility and Social Performance (CRSP) Advisory Group. Our highly respected advisors are located throughout North America to serve clients operating in the United States, Canada and internationally.

The CRSP team has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes, both as in-house staff and as external consultants to advance best practices in Indigenous and stakeholder engagement, social impact and risk assessment, management, reporting, and community development. Read more...

Merjent, Inc. Opens First Canadian Office in Vancouver
Merjent extends industry-leading Integrated Environmental and Social Consulting Services to the Canadian Oil & Gas and Mining sectors.

Minneapolis, Minnesota, Feb 03, 2015: Merjent, Inc., a professional environmental and social consultancy advising the world’s leading mining and energy companies, is proud to announce the opening of operations in Vancouver, British Columbia.
After more than a decade of serving clients from its Minneapolis, Minnesota headquarters, Merjent has incorporated in Canada to support existing clients and to answer increasing demand for Merjent’s environmental and social consulting services.
Merjent President Tom Janssen said the time was right for establishing a Canadian presence. “Merjent’s expansion into Canada is a natural progression. We have long-standing relationships with Canadian companies, built on years of successful collaboration on their projects in the United States. By extending our geographic reach with a Canadian team, our clients will benefit from the integrated environmental and social expertise provided by our advisors located throughout North America.”
The Vancouver office will offer the same environmental consulting services that Merjent has provided to its U.S. clients since 2004, including environmental permitting, third-party analysis, planning and feasibility, construction compliance, and operational compliance.
Merjent is also a premier provider of corporate responsibility and social performance (CRSP) services with a fast-growing team boasting three of North America’s most respected CRSP professionals in the mining and energy sectors – Laureen Whyte, Jo Render, and Caroline Rossignol. The CRSP team has extensive experience working with U.S. and Canadian companies of all sizes, both as in-house staff and as external consultants, to advance best practices in First Nations consultation, stakeholder engagement, social impact, and risk assessment and management.
The Vancouver office will be the foundation for Merjent’s growth and service development in Canada. "Merjent is looking to attract the best and brightest environmental professionals in Canada to enhance our team and grow our Canadian office,” said Anna Dosen, Merjent’s Senior Human Resources Manager. "This is a unique opportunity to introduce Merjent’s award-winning culture and people-centric policies to the Canadian environmental consulting market."
“Our Canadian team will combine the high standards of service that Merjent is known for with in-country experience and expertise to meet the unique needs of Canadian companies and projects,” said Mr. Janssen. “With this expansion into Canada and our in-depth capacity in environmental and social performance services, we offer a truly integrated approach to supporting our clients on both sides of the border. We are very excited and confident about our future as a North American company.”

About Merjent:

Merjent, Inc., is a professional environmental and social consultancy advising the world’s leading mining and energy companies. Our focus is on oil and gas, electric utilities, biofuels, mining, and renewable energy projects throughout the United States and Canada. Merjent is known for providing quality services and a leading standard of client care through our team of highly qualified and specialized professionals.

Dr. Jim Arndt Presenting on Wetland Hydrogeology at SME 2015 in Denver

James (Jim) Lewis Arndt PhD, Merjent Senior Environmental Scientist, will be presenting “Estimating Groundwater Recharge and Discharge Relationships in Wetlands using Soil Morphology, Plant Community Composition, and Geomorphology Indicators”. His talk discusses the use of soil morphology, geomorphology, and plant community composition indicators to evaluate groundwater recharge and discharge dynamics under baseline conditions in the upper Midwest. For details visit: http://www.smeannualconference.com


Leslie Watson Presenting on Stakeholder Engagement Practices at SME 2015 in Denver

Leslie M. Watson, Merjent Senior Analyst, will be presenting “One size does not fit all; Comparing stakeholder engagement between three federal agencies” on February 18th ay SME 2015 in Denver. She will be comparing the different stakeholder engagement practices used by three federal agencies during the environmental permitting process. The panel will compare stakeholder engagement mechanisms and processes used by the U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). For details visit: http://www.smeannualconference.com


Dan Hannan to present at North Dakota Safety Council Annual Conference in Bismarck on February 5th

Dan Hannan, Merjent Corporate Health and Safety Director, is known for championing the ultimate goal of all health and safety professionals, which is getting workers to change their behavior and develop an instinct to think and act safely at all times -- even when they're off the job.

On February 5th Mr. Hannan will be presenting a talk and leading a small-group discussion on "Achieving a 24/7 Health & Safety Mindset" at the North Dakota Safety Council Annual Safety & Health Conference in Bismarck, ND. For details visit: http://www.ndsc.org/annualconference/default.aspx

Caroline Rossignol to Present on Social Risk Management at American Society of Safety Engineers Conference in Metro Minneapolis on February 3rd, 2015

Caroline Rossignol, Merjent Corporate Responsibility & Social Performance Senior Advisor will be introducing a topic new to many health and safety professionals with her scheduled talk, " Extending Reach of Health & Safety into Your Community & Environment: Social Risk Management"

Ms. Rossignol is a corporate responsibility and social performance senior advisor at Merjent. She will be presenting at 1:00 pm CST on February 3rd at the Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers 12th Annual Professional Development Conference, held at the Marriott Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Merjent Attending EEI/NRECA Utility Siting Workshop on October 12-15, 2014

Stop by our booth at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) / National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Utility Siting Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 12 – 15, 2014.

Merjent representatives will be on hand to discuss our specialized experience supporting transmission and renewable energy projects across the United States.

Our staff have worked on hundreds of miles of electric transmission line projects and numerous renewable energy facilities. We understand the complexities of project economics and scheduling and we fully appreciate the demands of construction compliance and the operation & maintenance phase of projects.

In addition to our extensive technical expertise, the Merjent team also provides corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement and public outreach services to help our clients manage their non-technical risks and maximize opportunities to build constructive relationships with stakeholders who are integral to permitting, construction and operations.

Dan Hannan Presenting at the South Dakota Safety & Health Conference on October 8th

"Achieving a 24/7 Health & Safety Mindset" will be presented by Dan Hannan, Merjent Health & Safety Director at the 22nd Annual South Dakota Safety and Health Conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

His talk will include tips for improving off-the-job safety, such as controlling risk by identifying and eliminating obvious and hidden hazards, getting the whole family involved in making the home a safer place, using inspection checklists, and web-based resources to help keep safety top of mind around the clock.

Merjent Participates in Minnesota Archaeology Week September 13 – 21, 2014

Minnesota Archaeology Week was established to promote public interest in archaeology and increase an understanding of the role it plays in Minnesota's rich cultural heritage.

Merjent is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Elden Johnson Distinguished Lecture, "Minnesota's CCC Camps as Archaeological Resources: A Legacy of Environmental Restoration and Economic Recovery." One of the high points of the annual Minnesota Archaeology Week will be this year's Elden Johnson lecture given by Mark Bruhy of Commonwealth Cultural Resources Group, Inc. The lecture will focus on efforts to evaluate, preserve, and research Minnesota's 10 documented Civilian Conservation Corps camps. The talk will be held on Friday September 19 at 7pm in the Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center.

The Merjent Cultural Resources Team encourages every Minnesotan to take advantage of the wide range of open houses, talks, and events scheduled this year! All Archaeology Week events are free to the public. For more information, visit the Minnesota Office of the State Archaeologist's website at www.osa.admin.state.mn.us

New Hires: Kristina DeName, Antonio Rosario, Bruce Galer, and Jeff Miron join the Merjent Team (August 06, 2014)

Due to continued growth in all service areas, we're pleased to welcome four new hires this month!

Kristina DeName is an Environmental Analyst joining our National Environmental Protection Act team. She holds a B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Antonio Rosario joins Merjent as a Data Entry Clerk/Office Assistant and will assist with field timesheets and expense reports. Antonio holds an Associate's degree from McNally Smith College.

Bruce Galer, Senior Environmental Analyst, brings to Merjent over 20 years of nationwide experience as an environmental consultant and geologist. Mr. Galer has been involved in the permitting and construction of utility projects, wetland delineations, stream characterizations, and assessment of endangered species habitat. He has also conducted contaminant investigation and remediation studies, environmental assessment/due diligence, and emergency spill response. He holds a B.A. in Geology from the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Jeff Miron has been hired as a Senior Cost Analyst. Mr. Miron has 10 years of experience in Environmental Services Finance and will partner with Project Managers, Business Development, Accounting, and Operations staff to improve project cost controls, establishing budgets, and resource scheduling. He previously worked in Energy Finance for Target Corporation and retail finance for Schwan's Consumer Brands and Supervalu. Mr. Miron holds an M.B.A. from Hamline University and a B.S. in Economics from Northern Michigan University.

New Hire: Merjent Welcomes Leslie Watson as Senior Environmental Analyst (August 05, 2014)

To better serve client needs in the western states, we're pleased to announce that Leslie M. Watson has joined Merjent as a Senior Environmental Analyst.

Ms. Watson brings more than 20 years of natural resource and project management experience to the Merjent team, including National Environmental Policy Act compliance for mineral development, transportation, and transmission lines, and the preparation of environmental permits in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, California, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.

Ms. Watson's experience includes conducting complex impact analyses, alternative development, and project management for Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements, including coordination of cooperating agencies, alternative development, and response to public comments. She holds a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Montana.

New Hires: Julie Knapp, Shannon Hansen, and Diana Richards join the Merjent Team (July 14, 2014)

We're pleased to announce the addition of three new employees to the Merjent team this month!

Julie Knapp joins Merjent as Marketing Manager. Her 8 years of experience in marketing professional services and solutions are enhanced by a previous career in environmental consulting. She holds a B.S. in Geology from James Madison University.

Shannon Hansen, Environmental Analyst, brings to Merjent 14 years of experience managing complex environmental projects in addition to oversight of the municipal solid waste program for the City of St. Louis Park. Ms. Hansen holds a B.S. in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota.

Diana Richards joins our editing team this month. Ms. Richards brings 8 years of experience in editing and legal publishing to the Merjent editing team. She holds a B.A. in English from St. Olaf College.

New Hires: Abby Korte, Kevin Mueller, Brie Anderson, Bec Gawtry, and Matt Joseph join the Merjent Team (May 19, 2014)

As we continue to grow to meet client needs, we're pleased to welcome five new employees to the Merjent staff this month!

Abby Korte, Senior Environmental Analyst, brings 7 years of environmental permitting and project management experience in the energy and mining industries, primarily for oil and gas pipelines. Ms. Korte is also a surface water hydrologist with experience in baseline environmental data collection programs, rainfall-runoff modeling, channel hydraulics, fluvial geomorphology, and erosion control. She has done graduate work in watershed science at Colorado State University and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota.

Kevin Mueller joins us as an Environmental Analyst with 7 years of experience supporting, enhancing, and streamlining geospatial data and map services to help create a wide range of products and analyses for environmental projects. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Brie Anderson, Environmental Analyst, brings 6 years of experience in environmental permitting and wildlife and threatened and endangered species surveys in the energy industry, primarily for wind farms and transmission lines. Ms. Anderson holds a B.S. in Ecology and Field Biology (emphasis in Wildlife Biology) from St. Cloud State University.

Bec Gawtry joins Merjent as an Environmental Analyst with 8 years of experience, specializing in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and National Environmental Policy Act regulations, including land use, transportation, and wildlife sections of the FERC's section 7(c) Environmental Report applications, Environmental Impact Statements, and Environmental Assessments. She holds a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College.

Matt Joseph joins Merjent as an Environmental Analyst. Prior to joining Merjent, he worked at Target Corporation as a project manager. He has also held positions as a graphic artist/desktop publisher and holds a B.S. in Design Communication from the University of Minnesota.

New Hire: Merjent welcomes Dean Sather as Senior Environmental Analyst (May 12, 2014)

We're pleased to announce the addition of Dean Sather to the Merjent team.

Dean Sather, Senior Environmental Analyst, brings more than 20 years of nationwide experience as an environmental consultant and archaeologist. He is experienced with permitting and knowledgeable of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements involved in the permitting and construction of utility projects to ensure compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Mr. Sather also manages and provides technical oversight for National Historic Preservation Act compliance-based cultural resources investigations for projects throughout the Central and Western United States. Mr. Sather holds an M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology from Moorhead State University.

New Hire: Merjent welcomes Joseph Sedarski as Senior Environmental Analyst (April 21, 2014)

We're pleased to announce the addition of Professional Engineer Joe Sedarski as a Senior Project Manager and a Senior Environmental Analyst to the Merjent team.

Mr. Sedarski has more than 25 years of experience managing energy and environmental permitting projects, obtaining various land use/development approvals, and providing environmental consulting and related engineering services. In addition to being a licensed Professional Engineer, he is also a licensed attorney and previously practiced law for 6 years as a transactional/litigation attorney. Mr. Sedarski also worked in the power industry and was employed by Xcel Energy as a permitting analyst.

Mr. Sedarski has extensive project management experience in environmental permitting, assessment, compliance, and related regulatory arenas and has worked on large energy infrastructure, industrial, commercial, and retail development projects across the Upper Midwest and East Coast. His experience includes all major U.S. environmental regulations and policies: RCRA, CWA, NEPA, CERCLA, CAA, and associated state and local regulations.

Mr. Sedarski has technical expertise related to permitting of energy projects, property acquisition/divestiture, environmental liability risk management, and overall energy industry regulatory planning and compliance. In addition to senior project management duties, Mr. Sedarski will also provide QA/QC of project plans and documents, proposals, permit applications, compliance, and related environmental documents. He will also provide corporate, organizational, and management services to Merjent.

New Hires: Andrea Sampson and Madeline Steffenson join the Merjent Team (March 10, 2014)

We're pleased to welcome two new environmental professionals to our ranks this month!

Andrea Sampson joins us as a Senior Analyst and threatened and endangered species specialist. Ms. Sampson brings 22 years of experience in the environmental and conservation fields, including natural gas, natural gas liquids, and petroleum pipeline projects across the Upper Midwest. She holds an M.S. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of St. Thomas.

We also welcome Madeline Steffenson, an Environmental Analyst with experience in the water resources and environmental regulation fields, including natural gas, natural gas liquids and petroleum pipeline and facility projects throughout the US. She holds an M.B.A. from North Dakota State University and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University.

New Hire: Merjent welcomes Caroline Rossignol to the Corporate Responsibility Group (February 24, 2014)

We're pleased to announce that Caroline Rossignol has joined the Merjent Corporate Responsibility team.

Ms. Rossignol, who has 20 years of experience working with corporations, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations, enhances the global perspective of the growing Corporate Responsibility team and will contribute in-depth understanding of material issues and best practices.

Ms. Rossignol has expertise in social risk management; stakeholder engagement; employee engagement; Indigenous issues; community safety; sustainability reporting; environmental, social, and governance performance assessment; policy, procedures, and management systems; community investment; multi-sector partnerships; reputation management; and crisis communications. Her previous experience includes 7 years on the corporate social responsibility team at Barrick Gold, the world's largest gold producer

New Hires: Cheryl Davis, Daniel Clifford and Allison Lange Mueller join the Merjent Team (February 17, 2014)

As we continue to grow to meet client needs, Merjent is pleased to welcome three new employees this month!

Cheryl Davis, Senior Environmental Analyst, brings extensive experience in the permitting and compliance of renewable and traditional energy facilities, reviewing and negotiating regulatory requirements in multiple states, and preparing air permit applications. Ms. Davis holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of California at Riverside.

Daniel Clifford joins us as a Senior Document Controller. Mr. Clifford has 10 years of experience in editing and publishing and will provide quality assurance/quality control and editorial review on project deliverables. He holds an M.A. in Business and Finance Journalism from City University of London, UK; an M.A. in International Journalism from the University of Denmark at Aarhus; and a B.S. in News/Editorial Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Allison Lange Mueller is an Environmental Analyst with 13 years of experience in cultural resources management. Ms. Lange Mueller brings expertise in transportation, energy, conservation-related projects, and oversight for National Historic Preservation Act compliance-based cultural resources investigations. She holds an M.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Merjent a Proud Winner of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility

"We are very pleased to be recognized as one of the best companies to work for when it comes to worklife well‐being," said Merjent President Tom Janssen. "Environmental consulting can be a tough business, requiring long hours and strict deadlines – necessary to please a demanding client base," Janssen said. "We pride ourselves on collectively creating and maintaining a sustainable work environment, where work and life can exist in harmony. Read more...

New Hire: Merjent welcomes Dan Hannan as Health & Safety Services Director (January 06, 2014)

We're pleased to announce that Dan Hannan, Certified Safety Professional, has joined Merjent as our new Corporate Health & Safety Director. Mr. Hannan has over 23 years of applied health and safety experience, serving both the public and private sectors.

Mr. Hannan is an accomplished trainer and specializes in safety leadership development. He has led organizations through corporate cultural assessments and process improvement activities and specializes in custom training and education materials based on identified audiences and learning objectives. He holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Minnesota.

Mr. Hannan is a frequent presenter and active member of several professional associations, including Board Member for both the American Society of Safety Professionals – Northwest Chapter and the Washington/Dakota Community Awareness and Emergency Response Organization. He is also a member of the National Safety Council Executive Committee for Off-the-Job Safety.