D'Silva - Environmental Scientist - Toronto, ON, Canada

Paloma D'Silva

Toronto, ON, Canada


Environmental Scientist


Experience in Phase I and II Site Assessments, slope stability assessments, groundwater monitoring, source protection, environmental planning, and water sampling

Work History

Assistant Environmental Planner

Ministry of Transportation

May 2013 - August 2013

• Gained familiarity with environmental legislation in the province of Ontario, and worked with multiple stakeholders regarding environmental issues as related to the provincial highways management division
• Conducted independent and team fieldwork and site visits to offsite areas
• Prepared Preliminary Site Screening(PSS) forms for properties in Ontario
• Created environmental monitoring reports such as Phase I and II Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) for highway projects and conducted site inspection and testing during environmental remediation projects
• Conducted environmental compliance audits for air, water, and soil using the Class Environmental Assessment(EA) Act
• Created map projections using ArcGIS 10 and geocoded and georeferenced addresses using a network system
• Participated in waste management and heritage training sessions
• Attended Aboriginal Affairs workshops and learned about cultural heritage issues in regards to First Nations Affairs and land use planning
• Contacted external consultants to ensure that project goals and objectives were being met, and acted as a facilitator to ensure that projects were completed smoothly and on schedule
• Obtained federal and provincial environmental approvals, permits, and agreements that were necessary to proceed to facility construction for highway projects
•Streamlined operational efficiency by creating a database of previous properties, aerial photographs, and site maps, and reduced the completion time of forms and reports by approximately 30-50%

Stewardship Coordinator

Credit Valley Conservation

From March 2013

• Coordinated stewardship projects relating to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) areas and was involved with multiple stakeholders as well as all three levels of government
• Implemented and monitored ecological restoration for the Credit River watershed using the Ontario Clean Water Act
• Conducted large-scale erosion and sediment control review for the Credit River, and monitored water levels, including fluctuations
• Implemented in-stream restoration projects to mitigate the impact of invasive aquatic species, such as Round Goby, in the watershed
Participated in public information sessions/field days such as National Fishing Day to educate community members about the Credit River watershed

Ministry of Transportation

Green Team Committee Member

May 2013 - August 2013

• Attended monthly meetings regarding sustainability developments and initiatives at the Ministry of Transportation
• Implemented Smart Commute, a platform for staff to carpool to work and reduce emissions

Market Researcher

Transportation Tomorrow Survey

September 2012 - December 2012

• Implemented market research surveys and statistical analysis regarding transportation initiatives with households in the Greater Toronto Area
• Received a performance-based raise of 20% due to improved precision and accuracy for record-keeping and market research

Fisheries and Wildlife Crew Member

Credit Valley Conservation

June 2012 - September 2012

• Electrofished as part of the Credit Valley Conservation(CVC) Authority for maintenance and environmental remediation of the Credit River
• Gathered field data for an ecological restoration project of the Credit River
• Gained knowledge of different species at risk(SAR) of fish and aquatic wildlife native to the Great Lakes region, including their habitats, spawning behavior, and descriptive characteristics
• Utilized total station and GPS RTK surveying equipment to measure water level fluctuations and concentrations of contaminants in the river

Waste Audit and Reusability Project ManagerEditRe-order


November 2011 - April 2012

• Coordinated campus-wide waste audits using policy development and decision-making techniques
• Presented information to external stakeholders and authorities such as the community
• Implemented ideas for a more sustainable campus, such as an annual “Refill to Win” contest to encourage reusability and publicity for EnviroWestern
• Designed an exhibit in the campus library of all coffee cups collected on campus, to highlight waste that could be saved as a result of switching to reusable mugs
• Wrote budget reports to gain funding from organizations, and raised money for prizes

Committee Member

Youth Can Move the World

December 2008 - June 2009

• Designed advertisements and surveys to entice patrons to provide feedback on the annual event
• Negotiated with the Mayor of Mississauga and other authorities regarding youth opportunities in Peel Region


Do Pollutants Cause Breast Cancer?

An article regarding whether pollutants from the environment have a direct or indirect link with causing breast cancer in women.
Published February 5, 2012 by Sierra Club Green Home

Qualifications & Certifications

Continuing Education, Concentrations: GIS, Geology


Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Concentration: Environmental Earth Science



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