Joan Muise, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Halifax
Joan Muise is a project manager working with a team of dedicated professionals on the Sydney Tar Ponds Project. They are cleaning up the environmental damage left behind when the steel industry closed in that city a decade ago, ensuring the safety of public health as the area is turned into parkland.
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