Preliminary Subdivision Permit Application for Shawnigan Estates Completed

Preliminary Subdivision Permit Application for Shawnigan Estates Completed

MSR completed the Preliminary Subdivision Permit Application for Shawnigan Estates!

We are proud to announce that on Friday, MSR Solutions, along with Christine Lintott Architects Inc. completed a large preliminary subdivision permit application for Shawnigan Estates.

The CVRD addressed and released a Regional Housing Needs Assessment in partnership with its member municipalities and electoral areas in 2021, which investigated the types of housing most needed in the region’s communities in both the present and the future.

Building on this assessment, the proposed development will bring various housing types and commercial business opportunities to Shawnigan Lake, in keeping with the CVRD housing needs and Shawnigan Village character.

Over the last year, MSR Solutions has been busy with the application process involving development permit, rezoning and subdivision applications to create a comprehensive housing, commercial, and institutional development.

In close collaboration with the client and Christine Lintot Architects Inc., MSR pulled together the six submissions this Friday.

Weekly Win – August 25th

Weekly Win – August 25th

Recent Weekly Win

Every Thursday afternoon, MSR has a weekly win/team-building meeting to wrap up the week.

This week, each team was given a set of Minecraft Lego to build without the instructions.

Both teams finished with only a little help by receiving the instructions for the last 5 minutes. Great teamwork, concentration, problem solving & structural engineering skills were utilized.

Weekly Win

Weekly Win

Recent Weekly Win

Every Thursday afternoon, MSR has a weekly win/team-building meeting to wrap up the week.

This week, 4 teams were each given 3 feet of string, 3 feet of masking tape, 20 raw spaghetti sticks & 1 marshmallow. The goal was to build the tallest free-standing structure with the marshmallow on top, in 20 minutes. The marshmallow could not be eaten or reduced in size in any way. All the other components were not mandatory to use completely.

The results

Taryn & Samuel won for tallest structure. Nazila & Anastasiia won 2nd place for stability and also for finishing under time. Jeff & TJ should have quit while they were ahead, building by far the tallest tower, though it was lacking in structural integrity.

This week’s weekly win wrapped up another great team effort using co-operation, innovation & creativity.

Welcome our Newest Team Members!

Welcome our Newest Team Members!

MSR Team Member Portrait

Taryn Fournie, Ph.D., E.I.T.

Taryn joined MSR based on her background in water and wastewater management, treatment, and chemistry. She completed her Bachelor of Engineering Science in Civil Engineering at Western University in 2017, specializing in Environmental Engineering and International Development. She then went on to complete her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University, specializing in Water Resources Management. As part of her thesis, Taryn explored an emerging thermal treatment technology for managing sewage sludge and assessed beneficial reuse and recovery opportunities from the process. She also has experience in analytical chemistry, aquatic chemistry, hydrogeology, and drinking water treatment, and taught water and contaminant transport modelling at the university. Taryn enjoys rock climbing, cycling, hiking, running, and camping with her partner and dog.

Anastasiia Koliehova, Ph.D.

Anastasiia joined MSR based on her background in environmental science. She completed her Bachelors of Ecology at the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding, Ukraine, with a specialization in Ecology and Environmental Protection. She then went on to complete her master’s degree in Economics of the Environment and Natural Resource Management and Ph.D. in Environmental Protection Technology, both from the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding, Ukraine. As part of her thesis, Anastasiia looked at the use of ion exchange and electrolysis for treating industrial wastewater. After completing her Ph.D., Anastasiia went on to teach courses at the university including biochemistry and hydrology and worked in a chemistry laboratory doing water testing. Anastasiia enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking, camping, and walking her dog.

MSR Team Member Portrait

We hope you join MSR Solutions Inc. in welcoming Taryn and Anastasiia. MSR looks forward to the great work they are doing and will continue to do in the future.

For more info on who works here, check out the MSR Team page.

MSR Team Building Event in Celebration of Mike’s 60th Birthday

MSR Team Building Event in Celebration of Mike’s 60th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Mike!

Our team at MSR had a lovely time celebrating Mike’s 60th Birthday with a fun-filled company team-building event. Needless to say, we were honoured that Mike chose to spend his birthday having fun and playing games with us all.

A special thanks to Iron & Wood Golf Simulators for hosting the party and providing virtual games. The team spent three hours socializing over some friendly competition with great food and drinks provided by 1550 Pub Catering.

The whole team agrees: Zombie Dodgeball took the highest rank as the sweatiest game – those suckers are hard to kill. Luckily, our hard work defeating Zombies was highly rewarded by the delicious cake provided by Cakes Etc. Turtle Cheesecake! Cheezy and adorable!

Special shoutout to Heather, who won the ‘Guess the Number of Jellybeans” (2,760) for a $50 gift certificate from Iron & Wood. Congratulations! – The jellybean jar was part of Mike’s gift from the staff. He’s been asking for these for over a year.

After a day full of fun and games we came together to wind down with an evening socializing at Browns Socialhouse. A lovely time altogether!

MSR Donates to the Canadian Red Cross – Ukrainian Relief Fund

MSR Donates to the Canadian Red Cross – Ukrainian Relief Fund

Supporting the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal

MSR Solutions is abhorred about the actions of the Russian government with the invasion of Ukraine, and imposing against the rights of Ukrainians to decide their government and actions.

There may not be much we can do as a Canadian engineering firm, however, we can support the efforts of the Red Cross in providing humanitarian assistance to those desperately in need.  We are very fortunate to be in Canada, and have the opportunities and choices.  At MSR we have had the opportunity to support Canadians in need through financial donations to the local Food Banks throughout the year.

In addition, we have felt it our responsibility to contribute to the Canadian Red Cross – Ukrainian Relief Fund, $1,000, which is being matched by the Canadian and British Columbia tax payers.  We are grateful for our freedom and hope this can be a small contribution and a quick ending to this tragedy.

Donate to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis Appeal