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Let’s play ball!

June 7, 2021

We are excited to be the name sponsor of the new Town of Devon ball diamonds for the next 10 years!

For more details:

https://devon.ca/Government/News-Publications/Community-News/ball-rolling-on-new-diamonds-development-west-of-highway-60?fbclid=IwAR0i0g44dYcWyRItdcIBKFHd81PPxypTXh8om-8H2eTsw_8ddQRVATdeYbM

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Warm Welcome!

May 28, 2021

Warm welcome to our 2021 summer students and new hires: Joshua Balak, Kallie Caskey, Munashe Chigwada, Emily Jamieson, Emma Kary, Courtney Klevgaard, Tracy Kwan, Jakob Lavoie, Luke Machan, Katrina Sharko, Kayla Sloman, Joshua Walsh, Marvin Warnecke, Christopher Wohl, and Kaitlyn Yonge. Glad to have you all onboard!

Photo by Nico Smit on Unsplash
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Métis Cultural Awareness Training

May 18, 2021

On May 7, 2021, Fort McMurray Métis graciously provided our staff with a fun and informative Métis Cultural Awareness training session. Thank you to Melanie Walsh and Bryan Fayant for taking the time to connect and educate. Our staff enjoyed learning the history of Métis people, seeing the success of the summer student program, and cooking with Kokum Ann Michalko (please adopt us). We look forward to meeting everyone in person at the Métis Cultural Centre in 2023! If you would like to learn more, check out the links below:

https://mcmurraymetis.org/
http://albertametis.com/
https://www.rupertsland.org/
http://infinitymetiscorp.com/en/

Photo (from Infinity Métis Corporation) shows a FMM Métis elder with Paragon staff
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Paragon Infinity

May 12, 2021

We are pleased to announce Paragon Infinity, a partnership between Paragon Soil and Infinity Metis Corporation, the business arm of the Fort McMurray Metis (Local 1935)! This partnership builds a professional, educational and cultural relationship between the two companies through mutual advocacy, training, community engagement, and sharing of resources. Our President, Lee Waterman, is committed to making this partnership the model for how environmental consulting can integrate the knowledge and participation of Indigenous community members, to the benefit of all.

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Acquisition of Tor Land Resources Inc.

April 27, 2021

We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Tor Land Resources Inc., a small company of professionals specializing in the aggregate industry. Established in 1994, Tor Land provides exceptional plans and strategic support, applies the latest technology, and strives to meet and exceed legislative and regulatory compliance related to the industry. Welcome Tor Land to the Paragon family!

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From fuel source to garden soil booster

April 14, 2021

From fuel source to garden soil booster, peat moss can do it all! Paragon now provides comprehensive regulatory and technical support to Peat Harvest Developers, applying our expertise to prepare peat harvest applications. Our interdisciplinary team assists clients in navigating a complex regulatory framework, from exploration and approval, through to closure and reclamation, with the aim of minimizing risk to the environment. If you need help, what are you waiting for? Give us a call for peat’s sake 😊

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Webinars on salt-affected wellsites

March 3, 2021

Thank you to the Grassland Restoration Forum for hosting two free winter webinars discussing salt-affected wellsites (March 10) and working in the oil and gas industry (March 24). See below for more details.

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Welcome

February 18, 2021

We are pleased to welcome our new Paragon employees: Charde Clark, Caitlin Low, and Hannah Hammond!

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Soil science at the University of Alberta: a century of service to science and society

February 10, 2021

Inspiring and informative article about the University of Alberta’s contributions to soil science, lead by our own Len Leskiw. Log in to the Canadian Journal of Soil Science to read about this remarkable history:
https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/full/10.1139/cjss-2019-0158

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Fundraising 2020

January 27, 2021

With corporate and employee donations plus Paragon’s matching program, over $15,000 was raised for a wide range of charities in 2020, even in the absence of group events that are usually key fundraising opportunities. Donations were made to Action for Healthy CommunitiesStollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Camrose Open Door Society, Second Chance Animal RescueYESS | Youth Empowerment & Support Services, The Pride Centre of EdmontonOperation Smile Canada…and the list goes on. We are committed to continuing the community support through donations and volunteer hours in 2021!

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