Rob Stevens, PhD, PGeo


Dr. Rob Stevens is an engaging and dynamic trainer, facilitator, and project director for the mining industry who excels at helping people and organizations succeed. He is a skilled communicator and educator who is adept at combining technical expertise with training, team facilitation and project management to ensure projects excel. Rob is also an accomplished mining policy advisor with expertise across the mining spectrum.

Rob was the Vice President at Association for Mineral Exploration from 2018 to 2020 where he was responsible for analysis of government policies and where he led the development of guidance documents including those on early engagement with Indigenous people and reclamation for mineral exploration (together with Keefer Ecological). Prior to that he was the Director of Partnerships and Learning at the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) at UBC from 2016- 2018. At CIRDI, Rob was responsible for international training programs and policy development in areas such as mine closure and environmental impact assessment. From 2010-2016, Rob was the Associate Dean of Natural Resources and Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and from 2000-2010 he was a professor and head of the Mining and Mineral Exploration department at BCIT.

Rob is the author and publisher of the best-selling book ‘Mineral Exploration and Mining Essentials’ that provides a comprehensive overview of the mining industry ( In 2011, he received the C.J. Westerman Memorial Award from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia for his significant contribution to professional geoscience. Rob is passionate about the mineral exploration and mining industry and enjoys the mix of science, engineering, business, community, discovery and
entrepreneurialism that are integral to the industry.

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Roy D. Hartstein, BE, MBA


Roy is driven to help companies find the value in “doing the right things”.  He has led companies to achieve “Freshwater Neutral”, offsetting their use of freshwater by improving water quality and availability, established methane management initiatives for production operations and pioneered the implementation of the first U.S. “certified gas” transaction.  He combines these experiences with leading oil and gas companies, both upstream and midstream operators, in implementing ESG strategies focused on key areas of material value and environmental risk mitigation.

Prior experience includes eleven years at Southwestern Energy Company where he was Vice President of Strategic Solutions. He led the development of Southwestern Energy’s sustainability initiatives including water management, chemical management and methane emissions initiatives.  He launched the company’s inaugural Corporate Responsibility Report and subsequent four years of reporting which gained increasing recognition among ESG investors.

Beyond upstream energy, Hartstein also has 20 years of technical operations and leadership experience with a major interstate pipeline company.  Positions included Manager of Pipeline Operations; Technical Operations Superintendent Northeast Field Operations which included technical leadership responsibility for compressor station operations and maintenance, measurement, corrosion control, automation and controls, electrical operations and field construction.

Hartstein has spoken frequently on responsible development including presentations on corporate responsibility, water management, methane emissions management and certified gas.  Recent presentations include SPE ATCE 2020 – Strengthening Our Efforts to Cleaner Energy; EarthX 2020 – Responsible Gas Partnerships; 2020 IOGCC Forum – Methane Detection and Certified Gas; ESG Made Simple for SPE Women in Hydraulic Fracturing; 2020 Darcy Partners Perspectives – Certified Gas;   2020 Resources for the Future – “Green Gas” webinar; 2020 ADI Forum, 2019 ONE Future Climate and Methane Strategies Summit and IGU Methane Conference at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.


Patrick Littlejohn, Ph.D, P.Eng


Patrick Littlejohn is an experienced engineering professional with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing innovative solutions in the mining sector. He has 7 years senior experience in a wide variety of issues related to mine water, including treatment development and design, water quality predictions, water management planning, regulatory engagement, and First Nations independent technical review. He brings a holistic approach to projects, recognizing that success is only possible when social, economic and environmental factors are integrated with technical understanding.

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Rina Freed, Ph.D, P.Eng


Dr. Freed has over 20 years of experience in mining related to mitigation designs for water quality management. Her expertise includes various phases of mining including EA and initial permitting approvals, life-of-mine permitting and closure planning. She has experience in mining with Best Achievable Technology (BAT) studies for mitigation planning, water balance and load modelling, surface water quality impact assessment, geochemistry, and contaminant hydrogeology. Since 1995, Dr. Freed has worked at mines in BC, Alberta, Ontario, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut and Labrador. Dr. Freed is a registered P.Eng. In various provinces and territories in Canada.


Lorne Silvertson


Lorne Sivertson holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics and has broad national and international experience in the energy and mining sectors gained from his work in industry, banking, government service and consulting.


He established Columbia Power Corporation in 1994 and was its CEO until he retired from that position in 2006 to form his consulting firm. At Columbia Power, Lorne Sivertson was responsible for the permitting, financing, development, power sales negotiations and operations of a combined total of 800 megawatts of run-of-river hydroelectric power projects.  One of these projects won the International Hydropower Association’s Blue Planet Prize at the United Nations Conference of Parties on Climate Change in Montreal in 2005.


Mr. Sivertson is a member of and was formerly Vice Chair of the Canadian Hydropower Association. As a consultant in British Columbia Lorne Sivertson has negotiated long-term power sales agreements, helped firms find project financing, assisted on regulatory and policy matters, advised on project procurement arrangements and on public private partnerships (P3s). His clients include major engineering and construction firms, private power producers, a world-class electromechanical equipment supplier, an industry association, British Columbia Crown Corporations and government agencies. In 2010 Mr. Sivertson delivered papers on hydropower procurement issues at the HydroVision Conference in Charlotte, NC and at the Renewable Energy World Asia 2010 Conference in Singapore. In September, 2013 his article “Hydroelectric Projects – Risks and Management” was published in the Wiley Periodicals Natural Gas & Electricity journal. In January, 2015 his article “Canadian Hydropower in the Pacific Northwest” was published in the Wiley Periodicals Natural Gas & Electricity journal.

Bowie Keefer, PhD, PEng


Bowie Keefer is a multidisciplinary scientist and entrepreneurial innovator whose wide-ranging research projects deal with the development of technologies for clean energy conversion, alternative fuels, bio-energy, gas separation, and water desalination. He has worked in the fields of ocean engineering, fluid machinery development, tidal power studies, reverse osmosis desalination, solar photovoltaic systems, advanced thermal power cycles, gas separation, fuel processing, and fuel cell power systems. His present research activities are directed toward clean energy technologies and climate change mitigation, for example strategies to improve the efficiency of high temperature fuel cell power plants and biomass gasification processes by recirculating enriched hydrogen for enhanced performance. Bowie has received two R & D 100 Awards which are issued by Research and Development Magazine recognizing top technology projects each year: the first for his manual desalinator and the second for his industrial hydrogen purification system.


Mike Robinson, MSC, RPBio

Mike, of Lotic Environmental has been working in the field of aquatic sciences for over ten years. He completed his MSc degree where his thesis investigated, for the first time, the ecological consequences of hybridization between native Westslope cutthroat trout and introduced Rainbow trout. This study in part, considered the effects of human-impacts, such as flow alterations, on the fish ommunity and the potential spread of introduced species. As a consultant, Mike’s career has focused on Environmental Assessments and Ecological Restoration.


In regards to Environmental Assessment Mike has been involved in multiple projects, often acting as the Fish and Fish Habitat discipline lead. He has been an author on gap analysis reports, baseline work plans, and Baseline Assessment reports. Mike has also completed environmental effects studies, including assessing the effects of substrate manipulation on benthic macroinvertebrate communities.


Regarding Ecological Restoration, Mike has experience designing and implementing habitat restoration prescriptions. He is currently leading multidisciplinary teams in identifying and designing habitat offsetting projects throughout the several watersheds in BC and Alberta. Mike has lead projects investigating fish distributions in British Columbia and Alberta, to assist with Federal Species At Risk recovery plans. Mike has a strong understanding of scientific design and statistical analysis, and provides a balance of research, education and experience.

Brett Watson, BSc, RPCA


Brett Watson is the owner and general manger of Core Heritage Consultants in Cranbrook, BC and is a permit-holding archaeologist with over 15 years of archaeological consulting experience. Brett gained extensive experience conducting archaeological and cultural heritage assessments in diverse locales, including the Caribbean, Nicaragua, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC and for a diverse clientele, including oil and gas, forestry, infrastructure and residential developments.  

Brett has primarily been in a project management role since 2015, focusing on delivering timely and efficient service to his clients. He has prioritized building positive relationships with local First Nations, and helping to build Indigenous capacity for community-driven archaeological assessments. 

Brett is a permit holder in the Sub-Arctic Boreal and Interior Plateau regions of BC, and an experienced instructor of the Resource Information Standards Committee (RISC) Archaeological Field Skills Training course. 

Shannon Shaw, MSc, PGeo


Shannon Shaw, P.Geo (BC) is a senior geochemist with pHase Geochemistry Inc. Shannon holds a B.Sc. (honours) in chemistry and geology and a M.Sc. in geology and has specialized in the geochemistry of sulphide mine wastes and the prediction, control and prevention of acid rock drainage and metal leaching (ARD/ML). 


She has over twenty years in consulting and has led or been a principal investigator for geochemical investigations at various mine sites in North America, in South America, in Indonesia and Australia. Shannon has also worked on several projects in a review capacity responsible for the review of the geochemistry, ARD/ML issues, permitting and closure measures for regulatory agencies and industry. Most recently, she has served as a member of the Independent Engineering Review Panel (IERP) for the Red Chris Mine in B.C. 


Shannon has published extensively on the topics of ARD/ML, mine waste management and mine closure and has presented several workshops and short courses related to ARD/ML and mine waste management at conferences, to the U.S. EPA, and through the continuing education program at the University of British Columbia. She is also a recipient of the Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 (2010) recognized for her balanced approach to the mineral resource sector.


Randy Moody, MSc, RPBio

Randy is a leading provincial expert in whitebark and limber pine and has worked on related conservation and restoration projects throughout British Columbia. Randy has developed whitebark pine recovery plans, implemented planting programs, established permanent monitoring plots, designed prescribed burns and treatments for whitebark pine restoration, and conducted numerous research studies. Randy also has considerable experience with industrial and small-scale native plant restoration and reclamation, including hydroelectric reservoirs. In addition, Randy has managed and implemented numerous ecosystem mapping projects over his twelve-year career as an ecologist in British Columbia. Randy’s strong professional and educational experience coupled with his field work, public speaking, and research skills make him a valuable asset to any team.


Rachael Roussin, MLWS, BA


Rachael holds a Masters’ degree in Land and Water Systems and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia. She has over nine years’ experience as a consultant for the natural resource sector for community engagement, facilitation and meaningful public consultation including the Columbia River Treaty Review. Rachael’s passion for agriculture and environmental science led her to advance her training in soil science, agricultural development and watershed management where she focused her Masters’ thesis on Canada’s Soil Capability Classification for Agriculture and climate change impacts to BC’s agriculture sector. Rachael has conducted feasibility studies and research for the agricultural sector including abattoirs and greenhouse operations and has experience conducting baseline environmental assessments for soil and water including leading water sampling programs. Rachael is skilled in program coordination and public communications and has coordinated the Canadian Columbia Glacier and Snow Research Network since 2015 where she facilitates the development and collaboration of glacier and hydrology research.


In her free time, Rachael can be found skiing powder, playing in the mountains or engulfed in her veggie garden and soil food web.

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Jakob Dulisse, BSc, RPBio


Jakob Dulisse is a wildlife biologist located in Nelson, BC, with a particular interest in amphibians, reptiles, and birds; and has successfully led several projects involving these taxa throughout the East Kootenay region. Jakob has more than 20 years of experience conducting surveys for at-risk aquatic and terrestrial wildlife species, including mortality, and other impact assessments; inventories (breeding bird surveys, nest searches, call-playback surveys); habitat use, and identification of wildlife trees; and biological tissue sampling, handling, and salvaging (including securing required permits). He has also completed several habitat restoration projects for major infrastructure developments, including hydroelectric, major mines, and pipelines.

Lincoln Best, MSc


Lincoln is passionate about the biodiversity of native bees, their floral relations, restoring native plant communities, and land management for conservation. In BC he has documented nearly 600 species of native bees and has active research in many regions of the province. He collaborates with a full spectrum of stakeholders, instructs popular courses on these topics, and is a director for the Native Bee Society of British Columbia. Lincoln is a Pollinator Taxonomist in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary, AB, where he provides taxonomic support to large-scale eco-agricultural landscape ecology research, urban ecology research in the City of Calgary, and restoration ecology research in prairie-agricultural contexts. At Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, he is the Native Bee Taxonomist in the Faculty of Horticulture where he provides taxonomic support to the Oregon Bee Atlas, and generates biodiversity data for research in urban ecology, forest pollinator health, managed timber systems, genomics, metabarcoding, environmental farm management planning in various crop and orchard systems,and works with many other stakeholders and citizen scientists. In British Columbia, Lincoln strives to improve environmental decision-making in extractive industries in order to optimize biodiversity conservation at landscape scales.

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