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Kelly (Smith) Newell

B.Sc. Practice Lead, Environmental Health & Safety

Kelly (Smith) Newell is a Practice Lead for the Environmental Health & Safety Group at Haag Canada in Toronto. Ms. Newell has over twenty-three years of experience consulting on matters pertaining to hazardous materials in public and private sector buildings. She has accumulated a diverse compliment of skills and knowledge enabling her to effectively investigate the potential impact of contaminants in built environments before determining and managing the most appropriate / required remediation process from a health and safety perspective. Newell often collaborates with Haag Canada’s multi-disciplinary root cause analysis and remediation experts to ensure an optimal remediation to mitigate future risks while complying with health and safety regulations, standards and guidelines to ultimately protect constructors and the public.


  • Management of complex and sensitive projects in contaminated building environments.
  • Crisis management and risk mitigation
  • Cost control, schedule control, resource allocation, quality assurance/quality control and ensuring adherence to regulations, standards and guidelines.
  • Communication with clients, regulatory bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Dispute Resolution to ensure that tasks are completed in the prescribed manner.
  • Development of programs, site investigations and management of designated substances, and hazardous materials.
  • Preparation of technical specifications, remedial scopes of work, tender documents and provision of contract administration.
  • Preparation and provision of technical training and information sessions including asbestos awareness, respiratory protection, and fit testing.


  • Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA)
  • Ontario Regulation 278/05 – Regulation respecting Asbestos on Construction Projects and in Buildings and Repair Operations – made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Ministry of Labour Guideline, Lead on Construction Projects, April 2011.
  • Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO) EACO Lead Abatement Guidelines. Edition 1, 2014
  • Ministry of Labour Guideline, Silica on Construction Projects, dated April 2011
  • Canadian Construction Association, Mould Guidelines for the Canadian Construction Industry. Standard Construction Document CCA 82 2004.
  • Environmental Abatement Council of Ontario (EACO) Mould Abatement Guidelines. Edition 3, 2015
  • Federal Asbestos Management Standard.

Academic Background

Royal Roads University, Victoria, British Columbia Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science


Sir Sandford Fleming College of Applied Arts and Technology, Lindsay, Ontario Integrated Resource Management Technician Diploma


Professional Experience

Haag Canada, Toronto, ON Environmental Health & Safety Consultant

2021 to Present

Arcadis Canada Inc. (formerly DCS Limited), Richmond Hill, ON Senior Project Manager

2013 – 2021

Decommissioning Consulting Services (DCS) Limited, Richmond Hill, ON Senior Project Manager/Project Manager

2001 - 2013

North West Environmental Group, Ltd., Victoria, BC Technologist

1997 - 2000