Simon Meunier, senior director, environment, at Sanexen Environmental Services Inc. has won the Next Generation Distinction Award from Réseau Environnement.
Réseau Environnement is a Quebec-based not-for-profit organization that brings together environmental specialists in the public, private and academic fields who work in the water, residual materials, air, climate change, energy, soil, groundwater and biodiversity sectors.
“I want to thank Réseau Environnement for this award, it’s a great honour,” Meunier said.
“The work we do is often very complex, but incredibly rewarding. We have several major projects for 2023 – including the site remediation for the Couchiching First Nation in Ontario and for the former Aleris plant in Québec – I look forward to continuing our work in the field with our teams.”
The award is presented to an environmental professional who is under 35 years old and who has demonstrated innovative, outstanding and above-standard actions and achievements, that are also sustainable and have a social impact.
With his expertise, teamwork and remarkable achievements, Meunier has risen through the ranks of the company. He began as a project manager at Sanexen after graduating, and was promoted to assistant senior manager, environment, in 2021. In 2023 he was again promoted, this time to his current position.
In his career, he has completed over $100 million worth of projects in both Québec and Ontario, and has helped treat millions of litres of water and tonnes of soils.
His main achievements include projects in remote areas, where the logistics present important challenges, such as the cleanup and rehabilitation of a former dump site located on Anticosti Island. He has also contributed to the environmental rehabilitation of former military sites, most of which were contaminated by the “forever chemicals” per- and polyfluoroalkyl toxic substances (PFAS).
“With the complex environmental issues we face, the next generation of environmental professionals has never been more crucial,” said Jean-François Bolduc, Sanexen president.
“Simon makes it his duty to put his expertise and experience in the field to work for our customers and our communities. He is an asset not only for the company, but for the environmental future of Québec and Canada. We are proud to have him on our team and wish him congratulations.”
The award was presented at the Distinctions Ceremony held on March 21 in Montréal during the 2023 Americana conference. Réseau Environnement has been presenting the Distinction Awards since 2000.