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By Lindsay Penny on January 30, 2024

January 30, 2024, EDMONTON, AB – In a significant accolade, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) has been recognized as one of Alberta's Top 80 Employers for the eighth consecutive year through the esteemed annual competition organized by Canada's Top 100 Employers. 


Vanessa Nhan
By Vanessa Nhan on September 22, 2023

For many of us who found our way into forestry as a career, spending our childhood outdoors in the woods or working in the field within nature was a fundamental part of developing that interest.

Whether it was canoeing on the lake at the family cottage, conducting field research for an undergraduate thesis, or planting trees in the summer, those experiences were vital in shaping our career paths and passions.


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By Silvacom on August 31, 2023

Forest fires are an important driving force in forest structure, composition, and merchantability. Effective forest management planning is essential for mitigating the impacts of wildfires so that forest managers can protect their forest resource and its users. Silvacom specializes in providing comprehensive programs to help forest managers plan and adapt to wildfire in the short and long term.


Cat Fauvelle
By Cat Fauvelle on August 24, 2023

Drones, or RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems), are aircraft without onboard pilots, crews, or passengers. Initially developed for military use, they have become extremely popular over the last decade.

New drone models and applications are consistently being developed and advertised for photography, stunt racing, and surveillance.   


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By Silvacom on July 25, 2023

July 5, 2023, EDMONTON, AB – Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) is pleased to announce that it has joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) as a non-Aboriginal member. This new membership reflects Silvacom’s commitment to fostering relationships and promoting collaboration with Indigenous groups in Canada.


Cat Fauvelle
By Cat Fauvelle on May 12, 2023

Forestry companies strive to manage their forests to ensure their health and longevity, but this can be a challenge when taking into account factors that transcend management area boundaries. 

One key factor that forest managers must consider is the detection, management, and control of pest outbreaks. Pests such as mountain pine beetle, spruce budworm, and emerald ash borer occur at varying rates in forests across Canada and can decimate tree populations, moving from forest stand to forest stand and leaving dead, damaged, and unmerchantable trees in their wake. Early detection is critical to the control and management of pest outbreaks in our forests.

Silvacom's Approach to Pest Management 

Read on to discover how Silvacom utilizes remote sensing technology, careful planning processes, and expert analysis to assist forestry companies in detecting, controlling, and managing pest outbreaks in Canadian forests. 



Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on April 04, 2023

April 4, 2023, EDMONTON, AB – The Silvacom Group is proud to announce that it has been named one of Canada's Top Small and Medium Employers (SMEs) for the seventh consecutive year. The award was announced today and is part of the Canada's Top 100 Employers project run by Mediacorp Canada Inc. (Mediacorp).


Cat Fauvelle
By Cat Fauvelle on February 16, 2023

Linear restoration – the process of encouraging vegetation regrowth on legacy disturbances such as seismic lines or access roads – is an important process in enhancing and increasing functional habitat for Species at Risk such as woodland caribou. 


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on January 31, 2023

January 31, 2023, EDMONTON, AB – Today, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers for the seventh consecutive year in an annual competition organized by Canada’s Top 100 Employers.


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By Silvacom on September 15, 2022

Are you curious about carbon sequestration? Have you heard the term and don't quite understand what it means? This blog sheds some light on natural carbon sequestration processes and their role in the forestry industry.


By Lindsay Penny on April 05, 2022

On Tuesday, April 5, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Canada's Top 100 Small & Medium Employers (SMEs) for 2022. This is the sixth time that Silvacom has been awarded this title, having been recognized previously in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. 


By Lindsay Penny on January 25, 2022

 

January 25, 2022, AB: Today, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Alberta's Top 75 Employers for the sixth consecutive year in an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. 


Adrian Smith
By Adrian Smith on December 14, 2021

Across Canada, there is a need to verify the long-term sustainability of forest management plans. This has typically required planners to demonstrate that their forest management plans provide long-term and steady fibre supply while complying with various fibre and non-fibre constraints over a projected planning horizon of between 100 to 200 years. While this is often done aspatially (without consideration to spatial planning constraints or harvest block scheduling) many planners are beginning to plan using spatial models to both comply with provincial regulations and improve planning efficiency. This begs the question: what is spatial modelling and how do planners make the conceptual jump from aspatial to spatial modelling during forest management planning?


April Sun
By April Sun on December 01, 2021

Are you a student interested in forestry, agriculture, environmental sciences, or a related field? Maybe you’ve heard about Remote Sensing and Photo Interpretation, but you’re not quite sure if it’s the right fit for you. This blog is intended to help you find out more about this career choice and decide if it is something you might be interested in. 


Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP
By Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP on October 26, 2021

Ecosystem services (ES) are the benefits that nature provides to people. This includes everything from food and building materials to spiritual and recreational values. 


Emma Derenowski, BScF, RPF
By Emma Derenowski, BScF, RPF on May 21, 2021

What is the NACW?

The North American Caribou Workshop (NACW) is held every two years, and this year’s virtual instalment featured participants from North America and Europe. Industry, researchers, Indigenous community representatives, resource managers, and decision-makers came together to discuss and share learnings, ideas, and the challenges of caribou conservation.


By Lindsay Penny on April 06, 2021

On Tuesday, April 6, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Canada's Top 100 Small & Medium Employers (SMEs) for 2021. This is the fifth time that Silvacom has been awarded this title, having been recognized previously in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. 


By Lindsay Penny on January 26, 2021

 

Today, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Alberta's Top 70 Employers for the fifth consecutive year in an annual competition organized by Mediacorp Canada Inc., organizers of the annual Canada's Top 100 Employers project. 


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on June 10, 2020

On Friday, June 5, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Canada's Top 100 Small & Medium Employers (SMEs) for 2020. This is the fourth time that Silvacom has been awarded this title, having been recognized previously in 2016, 2018 and 2019. 


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on April 14, 2020

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – The Silvacom Group of Companies is proud to unveil Silvacom CS. The Silvacom Group has been creating cloud-based solutions since 2001, and the launch of the new Silvacom CS brand sees its software development team break out into its own business venture.


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on February 20, 2020

Today, Silvacom Ltd. (Silvacom) was named one of Alberta’s Top 75 Employers for the fourth consecutive year in an annual national employer competition run by Mediacorp Canada Inc. (Mediacorp).


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on July 04, 2019

Meet LuSEE

The Land-Use Social, Environmental, and Economic decision support system (LuSEE) was developed to evaluate the trade-offs between overlapping values within each Land-Use Framework (LUF) region in Alberta by assessing the relative value of complementary, competing, and conflicting interests.


Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP
By Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP on October 02, 2018

Wildfires are a natural part of Canada's wildland ecosystem and play an integral role in nature. They recycle nutrients, regenerate the forest and create diverse vegetation that provides wildlife habitat.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on September 25, 2018

Five years after the first large-scale restoration project of its kind, Silvacom and project partners set out to quantify the additional benefits of linear restoration of legacy seismic lines.


Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP
By Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP on June 29, 2018

Forests provide society with many beneficial ecosystem services, including wood products, biodiversity, fresh water, recreation and carbon storage.


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on June 21, 2018

The Silvacom Group is excited to announce that we’re expanding and moving our existing Calgary location to a prime downtown location. Accessible via the Plus 15 pedestrian system (+15 Skywalk), this move will help our three companies (Silvacom Ltd., MNC Ltd. and Altalis Ltd.) continue to grow and offer a more convenient location to hold meetings and presentations. 


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on January 18, 2018

An estimated 150,000 km of legacy seismic lines across Alberta will require some type of intervention to be placed on a trajectory to full recovery.


Scott Wilson, MSc, EP
By Scott Wilson, MSc, EP on December 08, 2017

The overarching goal of the environmental assessment process is to protect the environment by incorporating environmental factors into decision making.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on August 21, 2017

The Interim Report 2 of 3: Assessing the Ecosystem Service Benefits of the COSIA LEAP Program is now available to download.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on July 31, 2017

Since the launch of the Natural Capital Protocol last year, we have made strides in assembling the necessary tools available to the private sector.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on June 20, 2017

 

Natural Capital Symposium

The purpose of the Natural Capital Symposium is to bring together Natural Capital thought leaders from around the globe to review their natural capital approaches, share new ideas, and address gaps and barriers.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on May 30, 2017

The Alberta economy depends heavily on natural resource extraction. These activities can have significant environmental and social impacts on regions in which they operate.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on May 03, 2017

In recent years, there have been ongoing improvements in resource exploration techniques that have allowed for faster recovery of the impacted forest. 


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on February 02, 2017

I find that I am often asked what the Silvacom name means and/or where it came from, so I asked Bob Morton, one of our founding partners and our current CSO and Chairman of the Board to pen a quick blog that explains the history behind the Silvacom name and brand.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on January 03, 2017

Monitoring programs provide us with valuable information to help assess the various innovative linear restoration techniques we have trialled and their effectiveness at achieving desired ecological outcomes including improving undisturbed caribou habitat.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on December 05, 2016

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS)

ALUS Canada is a Canada-wide not-for-profit organization that encourages the delivery of ecosystem services by partnering with agricultural producers to set aside marginal lands or cost-share the implementation of a number of best management practices.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on September 13, 2016

With more public and government pressure to decarbonize the economy, carbon heavy industries are having to adapt to remain competitive in these new market conditions.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on August 05, 2016

What Is the Protocol?

Natural capital is defined as the earth’s stock of natural assets. These assets can be renewable and non-renewable resources, including; air, soil, forests, and water, to name a few. The benefits people derive from the combined flow of natural capital have been coined ecosystem services.


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on June 27, 2016

Government regulation has long been the traditional mechanism employed to avoid environmental degradation. These Command and Control (CAC) policies tell companies what the environmental standards are and how to meet them. 


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on May 02, 2016

While conventional linear restoration programs have concentrated on reducing the amount of fragmentation in caribou habitat, there is now a focus on the additional benefits that occur on the land base in the form of ecosystem services (ES).


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on March 18, 2016

Ecosystem Services (ES) are the benefits nature provides to people. These can include essential services like access to clean drinking water and food production or other values like recreational opportunities and aesthetics. 


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on March 11, 2016

Environmental stewardship first came to the forefront in the 1980s with the introduction of basic environmental health and safety (EHS) systems. 


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on December 14, 2015

Many industries enjoy a wide range of benefits from the resources and processes supplied by nature. Forests supply timber and wood fiber, purify rivers and streams, and yield genetic resources. River systems provide fresh water, power, and recreation. 


Scott Wilson, MSc, EP
By Scott Wilson, MSc, EP on September 17, 2015

Think biomass and its production doesn’t impact you? Read on to learn 5 great reasons why you should care about biomass!


Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP
By Toni Anderson, BBA, MScF, EP on September 04, 2015

Ecosystem Services are the benefits nature provides to human well-being. The term is frequently thrown around in academic circles, but why should you care about them?


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on August 05, 2015

Where It All Began

Classrooms for Africa’s mission is to help poor and disadvantaged African communities provide high quality, value-based education.


Steve Reed, BScF, RPF, GISP
By Steve Reed, BScF, RPF, GISP on November 19, 2014

In the spirit of GIS Day, and for those of you that don’t know much about spatial or image analysis, we've broken down the basics of GIS.


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on June 06, 2014

Congratulations to our clients at COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance) for receiving a 2014 Emerald Award for their use of LEAP in the Algar Restoration Pilot Project.


Elva Kennedy, BA
By Elva Kennedy, BA on May 12, 2014

Congratulations to our team for their win at the 2013 Graphex Awards; Canada’s biennial National design awards program celebrating the best design in Canada in all mediums! 


Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP
By Libby Price, B.Econ, MEM, EP on October 22, 2013

If someone was to Google the term "environmental monitoring", they would get millions of hits, including a wide range of definitions; some of which are pretty complex. In its simplest form, "environmental monitoring" can be boiled down to "the process of gathering information or data on a regular basis".


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