Sikumiut Environmental Management Ltd. (SEM) is the largest wholly Newfoundland and Labrador owned and operated environmental consulting firm in the province. It is registered as an Inuit Business with the Nunatsiavut Government and is considered as an Aboriginal Business under Federal Government criteria. Sikumiut is an Inuktitut word for “People of the Sea Ice”. SEM is incorporated under the laws of Newfoundland and Labrador and is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador (PEG-NL), as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association (NEIA), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industry Association (NOIA).
The Sikumiut owners and equal partners are Ron Webb, an Inuk residing in Nain; Gus Dicker, an Inuk residing in Nain; and Leroy Metcalfe, an Inuk originally from Nain, now residing in St. John’s. The company has offices in Nain and St. John’s, with a core staff of 20, seasonally growing to over 40. In addition, SEM has developed a network of senior advisors who are available as-needed to provide their experience and insights.
Since its formation in 2002, the company has focused on work opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador. We have assisted with environmental approvals, permitting and community consultations for clients in the mineral exploration and development sector as well as for offshore exploration. While we have developed capacity to offer quality service to major industry players, we are still available to assist with small scale plans, too. We are especially proud of our ability to hammer out major Environmental Impact Statement documents to salvage client schedules. Furthermore, we have developed a strong capacity to assist customers with approvals related to fish and fish habitat issues pertaining to Section 35 of the Fisheries Act.
SEM was formed initially to capitalize on environmental opportunities made available through the Voisey’s Bay Nickel Mine/Mill Project in northern Labrador. Since then we have expanded our client portfolio such that we have added most major corporations with a stake in our province’s rich natural resources. We continue to work for Vale NL’s Voisey’s Bay Mine, but now have also serviced their Long Harbour Site; Cliff’s Wabush Mines has availed of our Fish Habitat Compensation Services and our general Environmental Monitor Services; Labrador Iron Mines has engaged us to provide Environmental Monitors for construction of their project in Schefferville and we have also completed a Land Use Study on their behalf; we continue to provide Inuit Monitors for seismic exploration activity offshore Labrador for companies such as Petroleum Geo Services; GSI and TGS-NOPEC; we’ve permitted offshore Labrador exploration for Investcan Energy and have done numerous community consultations in Labrador and Newfoundland for these exploration companies; our customer base also includes Emera NL; Environmental Studies Research Funds; AECOM/Quest; Fednav; Tata Steel Minerals Canada; New Millennium Capital Corporation, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Aurora Energy Resources Inc., Nunatsiavut Government, Nalcor; Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, the Labrador Inuit Development Corporation, the Lower Churchill Project, Defense Construction Canada and Canadian Wildlife Service. In addition to work undertaken in Newfoundland and Labrador, SEM has also completed work assignments Nunavut, Nova Scotia and Sweden.
Most recently, we have been involved in the Environmental Approval of Baffinland Iron Mines’ Mary River Project in northern Baffin Island. For this project we led production of the Final Environmental Impact Statement and participated with the company in the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s Technical and Public Hearings, focusing primarily on marine environment and marine mammal issues.
SEM services include environmental impact assessment, environmental site assessments and remediation, baseline surveys and monitoring; logistics support and expediting, Inuit observers for seismic vessel operations in the Labrador Sea; fish habitat quantification and compensation planning, field laboratory services, environmental effects monitoring, ice surveys, wildlife (polar bear) monitoring and regulatory compliance.
SEM has grown significantly since its formation. Through its network of associations with other environmental and engineering firms it is able to offer clients customized study teams familiar with local regulators and proponents, augmented by a broad range and depth of services available from this network.