MCEA Training

Note:  The MCEA Workshop scheduled for October 15-16 is sold out. More sessions will be scheduled in the new year. 

Learn what the Class EA process is all about from an instructor who has conducted many such planning exercises since the inception of the Municipal Class EA over 20 years ago. Discover how the Municipal Class EA planning process works, and how it can be your best friend in bringing a project from concept through construction. Discover how the process, that may at first seem complex, is really quite easy to follow and use. Learn why and how this planning process is “owned” by the municipality rather than the government, and how flexible the process can be. Acquire knowledge on how you get to decide how to use the MCEA process to plan your own projects. Discover how you can manage the planning process to suit your projects, through devices like how to develop a Problem Statement, and how to evaluate alternatives. Also learn about the planning work going forward to amend and streamline the MCEA process.

Paul Knowles, P.Eng., is the MEA’s MCEA Advisor. He graduated from Queen’s University as a Civil Engineer and worked in the private sector for 9 years before joining the Town of Carleton Place as Town Engineer in 1989. His involvement with the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) and the Municipal Class Environment Assessment (MCEA) began shortly thereafter. In 1993, Paul was promoted to CAO for Carleton Place but continued his engineering work and remained very active with the MEA as a Board member (2008 – 2018) and as its President in 2017,
Throughout the years, Paul has been involved in all aspects of the MCEA document, including all re-writes and amendments. Paul officially retired from Carleton Place at the end of 2018 but is continuing to work with MEA as its MCEA Advisor, delivering training programs and pursuing improvements to the MCEA process.

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