Spotlight on Natural Sciences: Jeremy Prahl hones a passion for the outdoors to guide, inspire, and educate his clients.

Feb 22, 2023

For Jeremy, the opportunity to problem-solve and his appreciation for the outdoors combine to fuel his passion for helping clients navigate complex ecological challenges.

Armed with a degree in Biological Sciences and a diploma in Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife Technology, plus practical experience in both Ontario and British Columbia, Jeremy has managed Cambium’s Natural Sciences team since 2021. Jeremy and his team are responsible for guiding clients through environmental permitting and development approvals processes by applying their knowledge of ecological principles, land use planning policy, species conservation, and everything in between. 

What brought you to Cambium?

Having consulting experience with both smaller firms and larger civil engineering firms, I was looking for an opportunity with an established and innovative company that offers a wide range of consulting and engineering services. In the five years since joining, Cambium has proven to be calculated and strategic in managing its growth, yet willing to adapt quickly when needed, in response to emerging industry trends.

What keeps you here?

Primarily, the people. Cambium has a strong people and values culture that is reflected in the day-to-day work experience. It is also exciting to be part of a company that is growing yet remaining grounded in strong environmental ethics – there is a real sense of momentum at Cambium and it’s exciting to see the results of our combined efforts. 

Secondly, the work is always interesting and engaging. I particularly enjoy guiding clients through complex species-at-risk permitting processes. Whether it is dealing with bats, fish, or birds, those projects are often unpredictable and always challenging.

What is your proudest accomplishment?

Reaching a point in my career where I am relied upon as a trusted advisor and team member. It’s satisfying when clients recognize and appreciate the potential value you can add to a project.

What advice would you give to someone entering your line of work?

Having a solid understanding of basic ecological principles is always going to be important, but I try to impress upon new professionals that they can really benefit from learning about how other technical disciplines, such as engineering, land use planning, and building sciences mesh with our core areas of practice. In my experience, the most successful projects are those that integrate and leverage a wide range of technical inputs.

Jeremy Prahl, B.Sc., EP, Can-CISEC is the Group Manager of our Natural Sciences team and a Biologist with over 17 years of applied professional experience relating to the design, implementation, and communication of environmental studies.


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