Murray Slezak


Murray is a results orientated leader in corporate social responsibility who has been recognized for significant contributions by industry, Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders in the area of social impact management and non-technical risk management. He has provided guidance and support on several Canadian projects as well as several international projects. His competencies and experiences include social and health impact assessments, stakeholder engagement strategy planning and delivery, contractor health and safety management systems, contracting and procurement, management systems auditing, impact benefits agreements and related negotiations with Indigenous communities. other governments and regulators.


The skills differentiator for Murray is his ability to work in different cultural and socio-economic contexts with demonstrated skill to communicate and engage effectively with Indigenous communities and all levels of stakeholders. Sustainable relationships have been developed with Indigenous communities and a broad range of stakeholders which include federal, provincial, municipal elected leaders and government officials, Indigenous peoples, post-secondary educational institutions, contractors, local residents, non-profit organizations, competitors, other industry leaders and organized union labour leaders. In addition, he has participated in a number of business assurance reviews as well as health, safety, environmental and social performance management systems auditing. He has demonstrated the ability to apply his knowledge and skills to a broad range of business opportunities in an effective manner. Murray has chaired a number of industry and stakeholder committees and served as a board member for a number of Indigenous training projects.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Oliver Thomae, BScF, RPF


Oliver has worked 6 years for the coastal forest industry, 14 years with the Ministry of Forests in 3 forest districts, and 14 years as an independent forestry consultant in southern interior BC.  His experience covers technical field work, administration of tenures, strategic planning, and economic analysis.  His background includes silviculture, ecology, watershed planning, and habitat modeling and management.  Oliver has participated in and/or prepared a number of significant government reports and guides including the BC Spotted Owl Recovery Plan, Watershed Management Plans, East Kootenay Fire Maintained Ecosystem Management Standards, East Kootenay Ungulate Winter Range Committee Report, and Silviculture Strategies for Williams Lake, Kamloops and Merritt Timber Supply Areas.  


Oliver has lead the delivery of the Forests For Tomorrow program for the Ministry of Forests following the 2003 forest fires, planting 8 million trees on 6,000 hectares of wildfire killed forest land over 5 years. He has completed many silviculture treatment prescriptions and has extensive GPS and GIS mapping capability. Oliver has also done substantial trail and recreation facility planning, mapping, and development work for the Cranbrook Community Forest, Trails BC and the Trans Canada Trail.  

In his spare time, Oliver enjoys hiking, cycling and cross country skiing. A fun fact about Oliver is in the 1990’s he used his weak german to lead the City Council from Munich, Germany on a tour of the Whistler Interpretive Forest.

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.

Jakob Dulisse, BSc, RPBio


Over the past 22 years, Jakob Dulisse (project lead) has been involved in a wide range of biological projects involving many wildlife species including amphibians, reptiles and birds.  Jakob has extensive experience with the target species of this project and has led several research projects involving these taxa throughout the West and East Kootenays.  He has successfully completed projects for numerous clients including Columbia Basin Trust, BC Ministry of Environment, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, BC Hydro and Columbia Power Corporation.

Clayton Apps, PhD, RPBio


Dr. Clayton Apps is an independent research scientist working collaboratively on ecology and conservation studies of wide-ranging terrestrial mammals in western Canada over the past 25 years.  He holds bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in environmental science, wildlife ecology, and conservation biology.  Clayton's research is mostly focused on understanding and predicting relationships of wide-ranging species with habitat and human influence across scales to support conservation planning, environmental assessment, and effective mitigation.  His work has addressed spatial and temporal factors affecting species movements, habitat selection, abundance, distribution and survival.  Clayton’s work is primarily with large and mid-sized carnivores, with most of his focus in recent years on long-term grizzly bear studies in southwestern and southeastern BC.  

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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