(Fort McMurray, Alberta) The Wood Buffalo Environmental Association (WBEA) has welcomed Keyano College as its newest member.
The WBEA members include government, industry, Indigenous, and environmental organization members. Keyano College is its first educational institution member.
As a part of the WBEA, the college will have an equal voice at the table and will help set the strategic direction of the Association. Through Keyano College’s University Studies and Environmental Technology Department, opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to cooperate and share information on future environmental monitoring initiatives will also be enhanced.
There have been long-standing connections between the WBEA and Keyano, including research programs reaching back to 2011, and collaborative connections through the WBEA’s air monitoring network. Those connections are expected to continue to grow as a result of the college’s membership.
“This has proved to be a very positive partnership,” said Vincella Thompson, Dean, University Studies, Career Programs & Academic Upgrading. “We are proud to work with an association that is committed to the environment and that supports Keyano graduates by providing opportunities to learn and work in environmental monitoring.”
“The WBEA is looking forward to continuing to develop a collaborative partnership with Keyano College. The association has been fortunate to hire Keyano graduates who have sustained long-term positions with the WBEA,” said Sanjay Prasad, Executive Director of the WBEA.
The WBEA’s environmental monitoring network is the most integrated and intensive focus on air and terrestrial monitoring in any one area, anywhere in Canada.
A partner of the Environmental Monitoring and Science Division (EMSD) of Alberta Environment and Parks, the Association is committed to reporting accurate and timely high-quality data from air, terrestrial, and human exposure monitoring programs to ensure people have the information they need to make informed environmental decisions.