COMOX VALLEY – Ecofish Research (Ecofish) is a recognized leader in environmental assessment and monitoring, offering key services to industry, government, and First Nations. Their success is founded on four guiding principles: scientific excellence, professional environmental ethics, business discipline, and social responsibility.
In 2019, Ecofish’s founder, Adam Lewis, was recognized as the Association of Clean Energy BC’s 2019 recipient for the Lifetime Achievement Award. He accepted the award on behalf of all his employees, recognizing that the Ecofish team was instrumental in this achievement. Ecofish employs more than 110 skilled professionals, including biologists, engineers, hydrologists, foresters, chemists, environmental technicians, and support staff working as one firm in a distributed office model with 9 locations across BC, and offices in Toronto and Halifax.
At Ecofish, social responsibility is a key pillar of their business and building their local networks helps to identify areas where they can contribute and work with others to create positive change for the environment and the economy. This include supporting local environmental groups and initiatives to taking on pro-bono projects and generously supporting charitable activities such as food banks, medical research, and local interest groups. Ecofish directly supports economic development in the Comox Valley by employing 30 scientists and support staff, and using local contractors for day to day services including cleaning, construction, and real estate. Becoming a Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce corporate partner has been a great opportunity for them to get to know the businesses in the community.
With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, our communities have faced unprecedented challenges. Throughout the transition, Ecofish has taken all necessary measures to ensure the safety of their staff, colleagues, and clients.
Ecofish’s distributed model allowed them to quickly transition their team to work remotely. Their Emergency Response Team (ERT), part of their Safety Department, regularly monitors information from Federal and Provincial Health Authorities as they assess work hazards to identify additional effective mitigation.
Through these proactive measures, they have been able to remain fully operational to meet their client’s needs and are working diligently with their staff and suppliers to continue to provide high-quality service. The pandemic has resulted in a period of uncertainty; however, they believe that implementing social distancing, staying healthy, and practicing compassion, will help continue to flatten the curve.
Welcome New Chamber Members: Runge’s Deli, Salish Sea Foods, Tourism Café and Willow Medical Esthetics.
Dianne Hawkins is CEO of the Comox Valley Chamber. Building Good Business since 1919
For more information on the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, visit: www.comoxvalleychamber.com or call 250-334-3234.