My name is Troy Herring and I'm an Environmental Technologist
for Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd. I've been employed here,
this is a brand new office opened up July 1, 1997 and I'm in
the process of just developing this new company in the field
Short term, I clean up things such as contaminated
water systems. I'm making sure that the water
ways that we have right now exist and stay
as pure as possible, as clean as possible.
I believe that if at all possible when a man
leaves a place, there shouldn't be evidence
left that he was there - if at all possible.
And in doing so, I guess I'm trying to clean
it up and leave it the way it was.
If someone wants to buy a building the
bank says, "Well have you check out the environmental
status of the site?" The client comes
to me, he starts - I go through a review of
the history of the site and low and behold
I find in 1955 there was a gas station on this
site. I talk to the regulatory body such as
the Saskatchewan Environmental Resource Management
and low and behold I find that they had 300
ground storage tanks, one of which leaked 3000
gallons of petroleum on 1958. And from there,
I make my recommendation "Probably you
should slow down. Maybe go in with a drill
rig and just confirm that this was cleaned
This is our field lab. Not much of a lab,
but actually this where we physically bring
back the soil samples and we do a physical
testing of them. These are some samples of
a collected site in Regina where we were looking
for contamination from a removed tank. (Sniff)
Yeh, you can smell some diesel in there.
When I first started into school and everything
like that, I really thought I wanted to be
a geologist. As I, because I just, I've always
just picked up rocks. I grew up on a farm so
it was always, between working I picked rocks
or walking along rail beds and that we'd pick
up the old pieces of orthaglaze with the funny
little specks in it or the pieces of mica that
My formal education is a diploma in Water
Resources Engineering Technology from SIAST
in Moose Jaw. That course mostly deals with
ground water quality, hydraulics for like piping
networks and what not, and as well as touching
on surveying, a lot of computer stuff, computer-aided
drafting, physical drafting. Presently I am
finishing a degree in Engineering at the University
The advice I could give is just to get involved
with, whether it be through tech school or
whether it be through engineering, is get yourself
involved with a co-op program and get as much
exposure to as much as possible before you
make the choice.
I believe people skills are very important,
the ability to adapt, and the openness to learn
and to new experiences is also very important.
You find most of your education is what you
gain on the job and is experience and being
able to learn from the experiences you have
had and being able to apply it to other adventures
you take in the futures - adventures, projects,
and what not.
Try to enjoy it. Find a job that you really
like and really enjoy. It makes it so much
easier to work at what you enjoy as opposed
to going to a job where you are just going
to a job. Have a job where it actually means
something to you personally, and you enjoy
it. I believe that's the most…that's
the key to success in anything. Some days I
just really love my job.
My job is new and exciting. Things are changing.
There's a level of responsibility and as I'm
getting older and getting more experience within
my field people are asking me questions and
I know the answers and I make a difference.
And that's important to me. So, am I where
I wanted to be? I don't know yet. Cause I'm
still on the journey yet.