September 2020 Featured Agrologist is Cam Webster, PAg, Victoria and Islands Branch/District 3
What are your areas of practice? What is your expertise?
My main areas of practice are waste management, water resource management, and contaminated land decommissioning.
After spending a few years working in the contaminated sites sector, I moved to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy and have been focussing on solid waste management and planning. I have quite a few years of field work experience and have worked with remote data collection as well.
Why did you choose the career in which you are currently?
I wanted to explore life in the public sector, and I couldn’t be happier with the choice I made. I feel I am making a difference working with the ministry and helping municipalities and regional districts achieve their goals.
Why did you become a member of BCIA?
I became a member of BCIA to pursue my PAg and develop skills and make connections that would compliment my career in contaminated sites.
What do you do in a typical work day or week?
Typically I have quite a few conversations with various municipalities and regional districts, regarding current operations, future plans, or updates of solid waste management plans. I may be reviewing an operational or closure plan for an operating landfill, assessing the monitoring requirements for a closed landfill, or helping local government staff navigate the Environmental Management Act and the Waste Discharge Regulation.
Share some interesting "perks" and experiences from your employment history.
I have been fortunate to travel to throughout B.C. to conduct field work. Sometimes during lovely weather; sometimes during not so lovely weather. But it was always an interesting experience. During my masters, I was employed to help with a project in Costa Rica. I went down there twice and got to conduct a radio interview in Spanish with a very small local radio station. Recently I would say the biggest perk is the connections I’ve made with people with the ministry, the public, and with the local government staff throughout the province.