About Tavares Group
Tavares Group Consulting is a corporate social responsibility firm specializing in environmental and health & safety (EHS) and drinking water quality management systems, training and communications. Tavares Group Consulting is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) firm specializing in environmental and health & safety (EHS) and drinking water quality management systems, sustainability planning and implementation, training and communications. Our emphasis on the management systems process approach to sustainability has been developed as a software product, StaarsoftTM to assist businesses to manage comprehensive sustainability programs.
Consulting projects have focused on this process approach supporting sustainability implementation in a number of sectors – agriculture, automotive, construction, education, electronics, power generation, furniture, food and beverage, municipalities, retail, etc. – and have included:
- Management systems integration and optimization
- Training development and delivery (EHS, DWQMS, emergency response, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), sustainability, environmental legislation, etc.)
- EHS / CSR / Sustainability reporting
- Development of Greenhouse (GHG) quantification / inventories
- ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, GHG, Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS), Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and EHS compliance auditing
Tavares Group Consulting has also participated in the development of the ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on Social Responsibility and the 2004 version and current revision of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems standard.
About Tavares Group | Team
B.Sc., M.Sc., EP (EMSLA), EP-Sustainability
Sandra Tavares is the Principal of Tavares Group Consulting Inc. Since 1995, Sandra's experience has ranged from local Environment and Health & Safety (EHS) management with small firms to global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) management with large multinationals. Sandra, a certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor and Greenhouse Gas Verifier, has conducted EHS management and compliance audits throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Sandra was an active member of the Canadian Advisory Committees on Environmental Management and Social Responsibility who provided Canadian feedback to the ISO Technical Committees to develop the ISO 14001 and ISO 26000 standards, respectively. Sandra is a former Director of the Board for the Small Business Centre and Environmental Management Resource Centre for Business in London, Ontario and former member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment's (CCME) Pollution Prevention Awards Advisory Board and the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Environmental Quality Committee. Sandra earned her M.Sc. (Plant Science/Environmental Science) from the University of Western Ontario, where she returned to lecture at the Masters of Environment & Sustainability program. She is fluent in English and Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Italian.
B.A. (Hons), B.Ed., M.E.S., EMS-Lead Auditor
Kirsi McLandress is a Sustainability Associate for Tavares Group Consulting Inc. Having grown up in Northern Ontario, Kirsi has first hand knowledge of the impact development and industry can have upon the environment and the importance of social responsibility. Kirsi has worked in education at the elementary, secondary and post-secondary level and has experience in sustainability action planning, program and policy development in the public sector, environmental management system and environmental compliance auditing. Kirsi, an EMS-Lead Auditor certified through Exemplar Global, earned her B.A. (Hons) in Geography and B.Ed. from Laurentian University and her Master of Environment and Sustainability (M.E.S.) from the University of Western Ontario. Kirsi has completed training in Life Cycle Analysis, has The Natural Step - Level One certification, and most recently has completed and passed the ISO 14001:2015 transition training and assessment, required of all Exemplar Global-certified auditors. A Canadian and Finnish citizen, Kirsi is bilingual in English and French.
Kayla Wright is a Sustainability Associate for Tavares Consulting Inc. Kayla has a background in Environmental and Civil Engineering from Conestoga College. Throughout her time there, Kayla has gained knowledge and hands-on experience in environmental fieldwork, site remediation, storm water management, environmental site assessments and waste management. Kayla has also gained experience in sustainability and community throughout her work experiences. This background helps ease the collaboration of environmentally consciousness into any sustainability platform. Kayla is working with Bruce Power’s Environment, Sustainability and Indigenous Relations team on advancing their corporate social responsibility, sustainability and community outreach programs.
Jenn Schleich is a Sustainability Associate for Tavares Group Consulting Inc. Jenn is a communications professional specializing in editorial narrative. She has built a strong understanding of storytelling through years of experience in news, emerging media and magazines, with a focus on feature writing and community-based journalism. She earned her B.A. (Hons) English Literature from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied the breadth of North American storytelling tradition and self-reflexive writing. She is professionally and personally devoted to exploring the power of stories and is an advocate for young and emerging writers. Jenn is working with Bruce Power’s Environmental Community and Indigenous Relations team within the corporate social responsibility program and her skills are being leveraged to help foster corporate narrative.
Salena Nazarali is the Marketing Intern for Tavares Group Consulting. She studied Media, Information and Technoculture studies and Digital Communications at Western University, and is experienced with all social media platforms, Hootsuite, Wordpress, MailChimp, Facebook Advertisements, and various additional social marketing tools. She is a skilled Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator user, and often works as a freelance graphic designer for various clients, including GM Canada, multiple small businesses, and volunteer-based projects. Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are of great interest and importance to Salena.