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Our People: Nick Karakis

Published June 22, 2016 in Talent

In an industry where the people in a company are as important as the company itself, “Meet the Team” pages can give great information about individual employees and company culture. We’re going a bit beyond that. We want you to really get to know our individual employees who are the best of the best.

Pictures from the Water and Climate Dialogue Series event on June 8

Published June 13, 2016 in Events

Our Mark Bassingthwaite, Vice President of Water Management, was co-host of a special discussion on June 8 as part of the Water and Climate Dialogue Series organized by the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH).

See some of our favourite pictures from the event....


Oak Ridges Adventure Relay Race 2016

Published June 10, 2016 in Activities

On Saturday, June 11, Cole Engineering staff from the Environment & Energy practice hiked, paddled, cycled and ran in stages across the 160 km Oak Ridges Moraine Trail in the 10th Annual Oak Ridges Adventure Relay Race.

Ride for Heart 2016

Published June 08, 2016 in Activities

Cole Engineering staff were among 20,000 people who participated in the 2016 Becel Ride for Heart on June 5, 2016, helping the event reach its goal of $7,000,000 for Heart & Stroke Foundation research.

Exciting Water and Climate Dialogue Series event on June 8!

Published May 20, 2016 in Events

Cole Engineering is excited to announce that John Helka from the City of Hamilton and our own Mark Bassingthwaite, Vice President of Water Management, are hosting a discussion of the Enhancement of the Windermere Basin in the City of Hamilton.

66th Annual Ontario Traffic Council Conference and AGM, May 15-17

Published May 20, 2016 in Events

Cole Engineering was a proud sponsor of the 66th Annual Ontario Traffic Council Conference and Annual General Meeting at Horseshoe Resort in Barrie , May 15-17, 2016.

Keynote Breakfast at 2016 WEAO Conference & OPCEA Exhibition

Published May 04, 2016 in Events

Cole Engineering and MWH Global hosted a keynote breakfast for attendees at WEAO's 45th Annual Conference and OPCEA Exhibition in Niagara Falls, ON. The topic was PROJECT SUCCESS THROUGH CONSULTANT SELECTION.

October 17 - The 2nd Annual Utility Management Forum

Published May 03, 2016 in Events

Cole Engineering is looking forward to the 2016 WEAO Utility Management Forum, which will be held in October.

Paddle the Don 2016

Published May 03, 2016 in Activities

Cole Engineering staff enjoyed paddling the Don River on May 1, 2016. Paddle the Don is a wonderful opportunity to experience nature, industry and history in one short water journey.

Big Challenges Facing Local Water Utilities

Published March 23, 2016 in Engineering

Wastewater management is an important component of a healthy, regulated water system. Yet as we speak, the local water utilities industry is facing major challenges in management, design and public interest. While some of these issues have clear solutions, many do not. 

TRASH: Part 2 - The Future of Solid Waste Management

Published January 18, 2016 in Engineering

As green tech, clean energy and climate change become key factors in trash infrastructure, new technologies gain traction as sustainable waste management systems. Here are some of the most prominent new technologies making their way into the trash spotlight.

TRASH: Part 1 - The Past and Present of Solid Waste Management

Published January 18, 2016 in Engineering

Solid waste management is a complex system of regulatory, administrative, market, technology, and social components, and every society throughout history has struggled to hygienically and sustainably manage its own waste.

Cole Engineering in the November edition of The Canadian Business Journal

Published November 05, 2015 in Cole in the News

In a fiercely competitive global market, the mantra “bigger is better” is a goal for many small-to medium-sized Canadian businesses. But Cole Engineering Group Ltd. is jettisoning this tactic and making excellence and innovation its modus operandi. The firm has recently been working on projects for municipalities, such as Toronto, Peel, York, Niagara, Durham, Halton, Peterborough and Ottawa.

Movember is Coming to COLE

Published October 27, 2015 in Activities

As you may or may not be aware MOVEMBER 2015 is fast approaching! For the last number of years we have had a Movember Team here at Cole Engineering. In our 2014 Campaign, the Cole Mo Bo’s were able to raise a grand total of $6,773 for a great cause and we had some fun along the way.

In Review: The First Annual Utility Management Forum

Published October 27, 2015 in Events

Senior Utility leaders came together on October 19th, 2015, at the first Utility Management Forum held in Ontario.  This one-day forum was organized by the newly formed Utility Management Committee of the WEAO to exchange ideas and have peer-to-peer discussions on the common challenges facing Ontario utilities.

An Interview with #UMF2015 Keynote Speaker Carl Yates

Published October 08, 2015 in Events

Carl Yates has extensive experience in the water utility profession having served as Project Engineer, Chief Engineer and General Manager of the Halifax Water Commission from 1988 to 1996. In 1996, he was appointed General Manager of the Halifax Regional Water Commission which assumed a regional mandate after the municipal amalgamation of the greater Halifax area in 1996.

An Interview with #UMF2015 Keynote Speaker Lynn Patterson

Published October 04, 2015

Lynn Patterson is Director, Corporate Responsibility for RBC, and oversees strategy and communications for the RBC Blue Water Project and the RBC Believe in Kids Pledge. She is also responsible for RBC's corporate responsibility reporting.

An Interview with #UMF2015 Keynote Speaker Tom Kunetz

Published October 04, 2015 in Events

Thomas Kunetz is a member of the 2014-2015 Board of Trustees for the Water Environment Federation. He is the Assistant Director of Engineering for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, leading the district’s efforts on key strategic engineering initiatives, including energy neutrality.

2015 Livable Cities Forum: Building Flood Resiliency

Published September 23, 2015 in Events

Cole Engineering (COLE) is excited about participating in the Livable Cities Forum being held in Calgary at the end of September (28th-30th).

CVDSL Division B Champions

Published September 17, 2015 in Activities

We are proud to announce that the COLE Softball team is the winner of the CVDSL Division B Championship! 

​Oakville’s Wastewater System is Getting a Modern Makeover

Published September 15, 2015 in Projects

Oakville is taking some serious steps to revitalize the city’s water systems in the wake of the increasingly frequent local floods...

A Brief History of the Gardiner Expressway

Published September 02, 2015 in Engineering

The Gardiner Expressway has been a controversial project from its infancy, and after more than fifty years in Toronto it’s still the subject of heated debate.

The First Annual Utility Management Forum

Published August 17, 2015 in Events

Recognizing the enormous potential in sharing experience, brain-storming ideas and uniting the industry behind solving it’s biggest challenges Cole Engineering and the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) are pleased to announce the first annual Utility Management Forum. The UMF will take place on Monday October 19th, 2015 at the Kingbridge Centre in the Region of York.

Project Update: Vaughan Metropolitan Centre

Published June 16, 2015 in Projects

We are excited to announce that Cole Engineering, in partnership with Diamond and Schmitt Architects has been awarded the design phase of the new York Regional Transit Bus Terminal, to be built at the corner of Millway and Portage in the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

Seven Unconventional Tips for Engineering Grads on Getting the Job You Want

Published June 04, 2015 in Talent

Job searching is stressful. Broad requirements, fierce competition and high unemployment rates make standing out to a prospective employer difficult and daunting. In the increasingly social workplace...