Get to Know the Board of Directors: Meet Jennifer
To help you get to know the Inogen Alliance Board of Directors better, we'll be sharing a series of interviews with each of the board members. You'll learn more about where they work, what they do, and the value of being a part of Inogen Alliance.
Meet Jennifer O'Grady
Where do you live, and where do your companies operate?
I live in Toronto, Canada, which is the capital of the province of Ontario, and the largest city in Canada. Terrapex operates primarily out of three offices in southern Ontario, and we have recently added two satellite operations in western Canada.
What is your location/geography known for?
Toronto is known to be one of the most culturally diverse and welcoming cities in the world. We are located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, one of the “great lakes” of North America. Many people are surprised to learn that we are at the same latitude as Nice and Florence. Our geography was shaped by glaciers, leaving the area primarily flat, but over time evolving into a network of ravines and small rivers which provide green space within the city.
What is your background and role?
My background is in chemical engineering, with an environmental specialty. I have 30 years of experience in environmental consulting, focusing on-site assessment and remediation. I’ve spent all but seven of those years with Terrapex, helping the company grow and develop. As President, I oversee the operational aspects of the company, while maintaining technical involvement in selected projects. My goals are to ensure that our corporate values are integral to every project completed, that the expectations of our clients are met or exceeded, and that our staff are engaged and challenged in the execution of their work.
How long have you been a part of Inogen Alliance and what value does Inogen Alliance bring to you as a member?
I’ve been involved in Inogen since Terrapex joined in 2015, and became a board member in 2020. Being a member of Inogen has given Terrapex opportunities to provide new services for clients across the country which we wouldn’t otherwise have as a small-to-medium sized firm. Inogen also enables us to sees trends coming from Europe and the U.S., which tend to be precursors of what the industry does in Canada.
What are the biggest strengths in EHS&S in your geography?
There is currently little government commitment in Ontario to environmental or sustainability initiatives, so much of the impetus for anything beyond compliance with regulated requirements comes from corporations that are mindful of their ESG record. Safety is heavily regulated, resulting in a robust consulting industry to support certifications, training, and auditing.
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