Collaborating for the environment
Since taking on the role of Team Leader, Environmental Services at CFB Borden, Pawel Leonowicz has dedicated himself to the contaminated sites program. This has progressed contaminated soil sites closer to completion and site closure for the base. As his nominator, Administrative Assistant Gabriella Thomas, explains: ‘This translates into less contaminated soil and groundwater at CFB Borden, and a reduced likelihood that contaminants could impact nearby communities.’ His approach to collaboration included reviewing all sites and contaminants of concern, prioritizing them within a five-year business plan based on future construction projects, closing those that no longer carry a liability, developing a tracker to document and communicate progress—and managing Ontario's largest Accelerated Assessment Program. ‘To implement this amount of assessment work in one year demonstrates Pawel's ability to manage his team, consultants, and DND expectations, effectively going well beyond those expectations,’ says his nominator, Gabriella Thomas.