David notes that, “My job is sort of new for this industry; there aren’t a lot of people doing it. So there’s a lot of opportunity for people who want to rebuild the ecosystem and help the environment.”
David coordinates rehabilitation projects on abandoned aggregate properties in Ontario. He also coordinates research with universities and other consultants to improve environmental rehabilitation in the aggregate sector. In David’s job, there is no typical day. “Usually, I’ll be visiting sites that have potential for rehabilitation. I am a part of creating a design that may result in the land becoming a site for forest, prairies or wetlands. I may potentially be conversing with other members of academia and the aggregate sector about the work.”
David enjoys his work because there is a huge potential for positive environmental impact and an opportunity to create benefits and gains. Because the mining industry has a lot of resources, he is able to be on the cutting edge of ecological research, techniques, and processes. “There’s a lot of cooperation too, so when we make gains everyone shares the knowledge. And there’s a lot of interest in the industry to do things environmentally better, so it’s a great time for me.”
David believes that the mining industry is well-suited for people who are passionate about the environment, realize resources are required, and want to help the industry become greener.