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Working and Living in Brazil

In July of 2001, I moved with my wife, Laura Milne (also a T&W graduate), and my 15 month old son to Belo Horizonte, Brazil to fill the position of Coordinator of Environmental Services for Lakefield Geosol. Belo Horizonte is the capital of Estado do Minas Gerais (The State of Minas Gerais), located in the south-eastern part of Brazil. We are about a 7 hour drive away from Rio de Janeiro. The name Belo Horizonte means "Beautiful Horizon" in English. It is justly named as it is nestled in the mountains where I have witnessed the most incredible sunsets. The city has a population of about 3 million people. The people here are very hospitable and have very easy smiles.

Lakefield Geosol is a Canadian/Brazilian joint venture that was formed in 1998 by the parent companies, Lakefield Research Limited of Canada, and Geosol Limitada of Brazil. Lakefield Geosol offers geochemical and environmental analytical services to the private sector, industry, and government throughout South America, but primarily in Brazil. My job is to expand the scope of our services in the environmental sector. I've completed two business plans for the addition of microbiological and organic analytical laboratories to our existing facility in Belo Horizonte. I'm currently working on the implementation of an ISO 14001 compliant environmental management system for our facilities in Belo Horizonte.

I love what I'm doing now because I have the opportunity to help Lakefield Geosol - and eventually other Brazilian companies - operate their businesses in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner. Brazil now has the eighth strongest economy in the world, and likely the world's greatest reserve of remaining natural resources. Sustainable development is crucial to the future of Brazil and the rest of the world, if we are to continue to enjoy our current standards of living and improve the standard of living for those less fortunate than we are. I've never seen more evidence of this than here in Brazil.

When I decided to return to school in 1993, I chose Fleming because the geology program sounded like something that interested me. After common semester, I knew that what I wanted to do was work in the environmental sciences. Terrain & Water Resources Technology gave me a sound foundation of knowledge covering a broad spectrum of key environmental sciences and technology. I consider the job I have now to be my dream job. I have been given the opportunity to use my knowledge of environmental sciences to expand a business in every environmentalist's dream location, Brazil, home of the Amazon Rainforest.

Daniel Allen
Coordinator of Environmental Services
Graduate 1996
Terrain & Water Resources Technology

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