Marie-Noëlle Chouinard, Biologist, and Marie-Noël Laurin, Project Management Coordinator, joined BBA after it acquired their employer, Biofilia, in 2018. They were soon won over by the firm's values and excited by the prospect of putting environmental expertise and consulting engineering to work toward decarbonizing and preserving biodiversity.
A smooth transition
When our bosses told us in 2018 that we were joining BBA, they assured us that our new team's culture and values would be very similar to Biofilia's, and they were absolutely right. As soon as we arrived, we felt an affinity with the members of BBA, which made our onboarding much easier. BBA's acquisition of Biofilia has brought on board a team of consultants who are specialized in studying and developing natural environments, analyzing environmental impacts and obtaining approvals for various projects, which enables the firm to provide clients with better advice about environmental governance.
As soon as we arrived, we felt an affinity with the members of BBA, which made our onboarding much easier.
Whether they’re in electricity, mining and metals, renewable energy or heavy industry, BBA's projects often take place in natural environments. Our twofold expertise in engineering and the environment allows us to offer developers a full range of services, including characterization campaigns, various impact studies (fauna, flora, aquatic environments, noise, atmospheric dispersion), permit applications and land conservation plans. For us, this enriching synergy allows us to develop our expertise and our respective skills. It’s a huge plus.
Biodiversity and reducing the environmental footprint
Every day, we work as part of multidisciplinary teams that unite a wide range of expertise in both the environmental and engineering fields. Our role is to provide solid advice to BBA clients on how to comply with municipal, provincial or federal environmental laws and regulations to protect biodiversity and help them reduce their carbon footprint.
Shortly after we arrived, we found that every BBA office had an environment committee. Of course, it didn't take us long to set up a committee at the Mont-Tremblant office, where part of the Environment team is located. We started by implementing composting at the office and recycling plastics and batteries. We also installed bike racks to encourage active commuting. Now, with the upcoming implementation of the BBA's Toward Net Zero plan, we'll be working with our colleagues to help meet our carbon footprint reduction targets.
What's great is that BBA's various environment committees share their good work and ideas with our other offices, which creates a great synergy. Some of the projects we're looking at right now include installing charging stations for electric vehicles and taking steps to increase our office's energy efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
BBA's various environment committees share their good work and ideas with our other offices, which creates a great synergy.
A growing team
At BBA, the Environment team is set to grow, along with our offering, which includes environmental engineering and environmental governance services. We leverage new technologies—drones, geomatics, visual simulations and others—to support and guide our clients' decision-making. Decarbonization and energy transition challenges are top concerns for decision-makers around the world. At BBA, our teams are well positioned to help companies combine economic growth with environmental protection. And we’re so proud to be part of it.