The Sound of Silence

I love meetings when they are useful. When they’re bad, I want to run for the hills. We’ve had our fair share of stale and boring meetings at Trace, we’re human after all. But I thought it would be worth sharing a story about how we’ve tried to make meetings better.

Here’s a story about how we broke The Sound of Silence.

About four years ago, I decided to add music to our strategic planning meetings that involve about 15 Partners in the firm, a facilitator, and our minute taker. It’s been a great idea so far. Here’s how it works.

Prior to the meeting, we ask people to send me their two favourite songs at this very moment in time. There’s only two rules to follow: 1) nothing massively inappropriate (light swearing is fine 😊); and 2) it must be uplifting (no sleepers or snooze-fest songs). We compile the songs into a playlist and put it on shuffle as people are gathering, during breaks, and as we say goodbye. What happens is pretty cool, the playlist becomes the soundtrack for the meeting. As people are listening to the songs they try and guess who picked what song. It’s a lot of fun. Much better than hiring a professional team builder to come in to teach us how to have fun.

For us, the results (fun, bonding, relationship building, etc.) have been outstanding. If you’re reading this and we sound like the type of company you’d like to work with or for, give me a shout and let me know what song you’d add to our next playlist. And for interest’s sake, the top song pick for 2017 was “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed. Great tune.

Enjoy one of our playlists.

Darrell

Trace Associates Inc. Signs MOU with Baleen International Inc.

Calgary, Alberta – Darrell Haight, President and CEO of Trace Associates Inc. (Trace), one of Western Canada’s leading environmental consulting firms is pleased to announce Trace has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Baleen International Inc. (Baleen) to distribute Baleen’s patented water filtration and separation technology. “With Baleen’s technology, we saw an instant fit with many of our key clients”, says Haight. “We will be implementing the first system with an industrial client to help them reduce their emissions and improve their bottom line.”

In today’s ever-challenging world, companies need safer, more cost-effective treatment processes that lessen our environmental impact upon planet earth, while returning investment to producers. Baleen Filter has patented an international filter technology, specifically designed for micro-screening suspended matter from water. A world-wide company, Baleen’s manufacturing facilities are located in Australia and Canada.

Newsflash, July 2017

Ever wondered how Trace’s logo was created?

Darrell Haight, Trace CEO and President, “Here’s an aerial view as I left our Saskatoon office yesterday. Although initially not a planned design element, the Trace T-logo was selected in part due to the resemblance of the many country road and city street intersections we drive to do our work. It’s a constant reminder of where we came from and where we are going.”

Announcement – 2017 Alberta Institute of Agrology Awards

2017 Alberta Institute of Agrology Awards

Calgary, Alberta – Mr. Darrell Haight, President and CEO of Trace Associates Inc. (Trace) is pleased to announce that Ms. Esther Vonkeman-Roset and Mr. Kirk Elliott are the 2017 Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) award recipients of the Outstanding Young Agrologist Award and Outstanding Young Technologist in Agrology Award,respectively.

Ms. Vonkeman-Roset, based in our Lethbridge office, is an Environmental Scientist, specializing in remediation, reclamation, and soil classification programs. Esther is a member of the AIA Lethbridge Branch and is the former Secretary and Vice-President of the Lethbridge Branch. Esther also guest lectures at the Lethbridge College, teaching 2010 Reclamation Criteria implementation.

Mr. Elliott, based in our Didsbury office, is an Environmental Scientist and Partner at Trace. Kirk leads several of Trace’s large upstream oil and gas environmental programs and specializes in reclamation and vegetation management. Kirk is a coach and mentor for several of Trace’s junior scientists and has become a benchmark for top performers at Trace.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership Esther and Kirk provide both to Trace and the environmental consulting industry”, said Mr. Haight. “We value the work AIA does on behalf of our industry, and it was an honour to celebrate Esther’s and Kirk’s work at the 2017 AIA Conference.”

About Trace Associates Inc.

Founded in 2006, Trace is a 100% employee-owned environmental consulting firm serving Western and Northern Canada. Our purpose is to help our people and our clients have a great life. Our core values are simple and guide everything we do: safety, excellence, and balance.

Trace provides environmental consulting services to energy, mining, industrial, forestry, real estate, development, agriculture, and government clients during all stages of the project life cycle (planning, construction, operation, decommissioning, and redevelopment). Our operations are located in Alberta (Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Didsbury, and Stettler) and Saskatchewan (Saskatoon and Regina).

For further information, contact:
Lois Miller, MBA
Director Strategy & Business Development
T: 306.242.5865
E: lmiller@traceassociates.ca