The current Senior Project Managers, Darcy O'Brien, B.Sc., RPF, Darren Rath, B.Sc bring over 30 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry.


Management Team


Darcy O'Brien

Darcy O'Brien

Darcy O'Brien, B.SC.F., RPF

Principal, Senior Project Manager
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Darcy O'Brien has a B.Sc. degree in Forest Management from the University of Alberta with over fifteen years of environmental consulting experience in a variety of industry sectors including oil and gas, seismic exploration, transportation, and land development projects mainly in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  His background is in forest management with considerable field experience conducting ecosite mapping, timber assessments, vegetation, soil and wildlife surveys, wetland assessments and riparian health assessments.

He is currently a Principal, Senior Project Manager with over fifteen years experience in the environmental field, including permitting and regulatory filings.  Darcy has extensive project management experience with small and large oil sands projects. Work completed for these oil sands projects include oil sands explorations plans, coal exploration plans, caribou protection plans and reclamation inspections/certificates. Other environmental experience within Alberta includes environmental assessment (EA) reports, biophysical impact assessment (BIA) reports, wetland Impact Assessment (WIA) reports, environmental field reports (EFR), landscape analysis tool (LAT), enhanced approval process (EAP), Alberta environmental monitoring, ecosite/soil classification, road/cut block layout and Phase I and II environmental site assessments.  Throughout his career he has gained experience in successful implementation of projects and communication with individuals ranging from crews to landowners to clients to regulators.

Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Professional Foresters - Registered Professional Forester

  • Canada Institute of Forestry

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Darren Rath, B.SC., P.Biol.

Principal, Senior Project Manager
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Darren Rath

Darren Rath

Darren has extensive project management experience with small and large oil sands projects. Work completed for these oil sands projects include Oil Sands Exploration (OSE) Plans, Coal Exploration Plans (CEP), Caribou Protection Plans (CPP) and reclamation inspections/certificates.

Darren also has a vast experience in Alberta’s conventional oil & gas sector providing Environmental Field Reports (EFR), Enhanced Approval Process (EAP) Supplement and Landscape Analysis Tool (LAT) documents, Pre-Disturbance Site Assessments, and Detailed Site Assessments (DSA).

Experience on federal lands includes environmental assessments on Oil and Gas Canada lands which includes the Louis Bull, Wabamun, Wabasca, Kehewin, and Frog Lake First Nation Reserves and military leased land on the Canadian Forces Base Wainwright.

Experience specific to Saskatchewan includes the completion of Private Land Checklists (PLC), project proposal and restoration plans, and Environmental Protection Plans (EPP). In addition, regulatory approvals and reporting for the province's first ever oil sands exploration and development.

Other environmental experience within Alberta includes Alberta Environment Water Act Notification, Surface Material Exploration (SME)/Surface Material License (SMC)/Surface Material Lease (SML), detailed site assessments (DSA), topsoil and vegetation surveys for transportation projects, and Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) for both industrial and commercial sectors.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) - Professional Biologist (P.Biol)

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Dalei Chen, M.Sc., P.Eng.

BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.
Principal Engineer & Managing Director

Dalei Chen

Dalei Chen

Dalei has almost 30 years of experiences on hydrotechnical engineering and surface water management projects across Canada, China and USA. He has helped clients find technical sound, environmentally friendly and cost-effective solutions.  As a professional engineer, Dalei has completed various of types of projects including thousands of existing and proposed pipeline watercourse crossings, numerous road watercourse crossings, bank erosion protection, flood control management and flood mitigation plans, water supply studies, weirs and intakes. Dalei is knowledgeable of various relevant engineering design standards, codes, best practice guidelines and technical references. He has strong project management skills including scope and schedule setup, budget estimate, and meeting deadlines. Dalei has strong interpersonal skills to lead and manage multi-disciplinary project teams, collaborate and work efficiently with engineers, scientists and managers at all levels, and communicate effectively with clients.

 Affiliations:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS)

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC)

  • Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA)

  • Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE)

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

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Staff


Wes Walkenden

Wes Walkenden

Wes Walkeden, Dipl. EnvSci, EPt

Environmental Technologist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Wes has a diploma in Environmental Sciences from NAIT and is currently enrolled in Eco Canada's Environmental Professional program. He has nearly three years of field experience conducting Phase I, II and III Commercial Environmental Site Assessments. Wes has extensive experience conducting and coordinating projects all over Northern Alberta.

Wes' current interests are focused on commercial Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments and business development.

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Suzanne Thompson, B.Sc., P. Biol., R.P. Bio.

Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson

Project Manager, Biologist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Suzanne is a Biologist with over 8 years of experience primarily in aquatic environments with a focus in linear developments (e.g., pipelines, roads, and transmission lines) and mining (i.e., construction and operations) activities.

Throughout her career, Suzanne has extensive experience working in a field capacity and developing technical reports, environmental plans and permitting applications for a variety of regulatory agencies. Suzanne has working knowledge of provincial and federal legislation including, but not limited to: Federal Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, National Energy Board Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Alberta’s Water Act and Codes of Practice, British Columbia’s Oil and Gas Activities Act, Environmental Assessment Act and Water Sustainability Act.

Suzanne has experience in the following: Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) assessments; Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) and Fish Salvage plans; Applications and Notifications under the Alberta Water Act; Fisheries Act Applications and Self-Assessments; Environmental Protection and Mitigation Planning; Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM); Fish Habitat Offsetting Planning and Effectiveness Monitoring; Environmental Baseline Field Work and Literature Reviews; Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIAs), among others.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) - Professional Biologist (P. Biol.)

  • British Columbia College of Applied Biology (CAB) – Registered Professional Biologist (R.P. Bio.).

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Courtney Kelly, B.Sc., P. Biol.

Wetland Specialist, Project Manager
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Courtney Kelly has an Honours Biology Degree from Western University and an Ecosystem Management Technology Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Courtney has over 6 years of experience, with a diverse skill set which includes: ecosite classification, wetland assessments, vegetation surveys, construction monitoring, water quality monitoring, biodiversity surveys, wildlife identification, wildlife monitoring, environmental spill response, technical report writing, permitting for a variety of regulatory agencies and project management. In the past two years, Courtney has primarily focused on wetland biology; providing regulatory support and guidance.

Courtney’s current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on wetland ecology. These duties include but are not limited to: environmental assessment (EA) reports, biophysical impact assessment (BIA) reports, wetland impact assessment (WIA) reports, wetland permanence assessments, wetland delineation, ABWRET.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) - Professional
    Biologist (P. Biol.)

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Courtney Kelly

Courtney Kelly


Javan Green, B.Sc., P.Biol.

Wildlife Specialist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Javan Green has a B.Sc. Specialization degree in Ecology from the University of Alberta.  

Javan is a Wildlife Specialist with over 7 years of experience in environmental consulting in western Canada. He is knowledgeable in provincial (Wildlife Act, Water Act) and federal (Migratory Birds Convention Act, Species at Risk Act) legislation, with experience in environmental monitoring, protection and regulatory compliance. 

Javan’s wildlife experience includes: breeding bird surveys, avian migration surveys, burrowing owl call playback surveys, raptor nest searches, sharp-tailed grouse lek surveys, amphibian surveys (auditory and visual), snake hibernacula surveys, amphibian and snake relocation, pre-disturbance nest searches, wildlife sweeps, wildlife snow-tracking and desktop assessments. Other field experience includes: wetland assessments, timber assessments, qualified aquatic environmental specialist (QAES) assessments, fish salvage, water quality monitoring and construction monitoring. 

Javan’s reporting experience includes authoring or assisting with the following: environmental assessment (EA) reports, biophysical impact assessment (BIA) reports, wetland impact assessment reporting (WAIR, WAIF, ABWRET), environmental construction operations (ECO) plans, environmental protection plans (EPP), construction environmental management plans (CEMP), and various technical reports.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)- Professional Biologist (P.Biol.)

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Javan Green

Javan Green


Vanessa Vitorino, B.Sc., EPt, Trainee(R.B.Tech)

Environmental/GIS Technologist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Vanessa Vitorino has a B.Sc. degree in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Alberta. Her core strength is creating technical drawings to supplement wetland assessments and aggregate development/reclamation. Vanessa has been involved in numerous aggregate reclamation plans on both private and public lands.  She is well versed in the Public Lands Act, and Water Act, completing Disposition Applications and Water Act Approvals/Licenses. She has been involved in numerous wetland assessments under the new Alberta Wetland Policy, and is responsible for the submission of Water Act Applications and Wetland Replacement Plans to the Province.

Vanessa’s current interests and responsibilities as an Environmental and GIS Technologist is creating technical drawings and competing wetland assessments.

Affiliations:

  • College of Applied Biology – trainee(R.B.Tech).

  • EcoCanada Environmental Professional (in training)

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Vanessa Vitorino

Vanessa Vitorino


David Leskiw, B.SC.F, RPF

David Leskiw

David Leskiw

BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

David Leskiw has a B.Sc. in Forest Business Management from the University of Alberta and is currently a Registered Professional Forester in Alberta.

David has over fifteen years experience in both the Forestry and Oil and Gas industriesy. He initially started his career in Forestry working in both Alberta and British Columbia. There he gained experience in harvest planning, layout, vegetation assessments, creek assessments, planting supervision and logging supervision.

David then moved into the Oil and Gas Industry as an Environmental/Regulatory Consultant. As a Consultant his primary role was to assist Companies plan out their projects on Crown land. His responsibilities included; scouting well and pipeline locations, consultation with regulatory bodies and special interest groups, coordinate survey activities and complete regulatory applications (includes Environmental Field Reports, Enhanceds Approval Process Reporting, Landscape Analysis Tool Reports, Water Act Notification, and Temporary Field Authorization Reports). David also has experience working on various oil sands exploration (OSE) projects. Work completed on these projects include environmental assessments, reclamation supervision and Environmental Inspection on drilling programs.

Other work experience includes work within the Utility Industry. Here he worked on large transmission lines where his primary role was to manage and supervise the clearing of powerline right of ways and construct any required access. David continued to expand his consulting role within the Oil and Gas Industry by providing suspended well inspection (Directive 13) and pipeline discontinuation/abandonment services (AER Manual 005).

Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Professional Forester – Registered Professional Forester

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Matthew Henry, B.Sc., M.Sc., P. Biol., R.P. Bio.

Biologist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Matt Henry has a B.Sc. in Biology and M.Sc. Integrative Biology from Wildfrid Laurier University.

Matt has 6 years of experience primarily in aquatic environments with a focus on linear development (e.g. pipelines, roads, and transmission lines) and fish habitat restoration with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). He has conducted biophysical impact assessments, fish rescue, fish  habitat restoration, general wildlife assessments, regulatory applications and technical report writing in Alberta, British Columbia and Manitoba. More recently, Matt worked as an Environmental Inspector/QAES for pipeline projects in Northwestern Alberta providing construction recommendations and mitigation for watercourse and wetland crossings, topsoil handling, wildlife mitigation, water quality monitoring, drilling fluid handling and fluid disposal, and watercourse, wetland and right-of-way reclamation.

Matts current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting requirements. Matts primary goals are to support and coordinate field crews for various linear development projects while continuing to grow the fisheries department at Basin.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologist (ASPB) – Professional Biologist (P.Biol.)

  • British Columbia College of Applied Biology (CAB) – Registered Professional Biologist (R.P. Bio.)

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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry


Kris Cernele, B.Sc., Dipl. Fish and Wildlife Tech, EM Tech.

Kris Cernele

Kris Cernele

Aquatic Specialist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Kris Cernele has an Honours Biology Degree from Trent University, as well as Fish and Wildlife and Ecosystem Management Technician Diploma’s from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Kris provides a well-versed skillset with regards to fisheries, fish habitat and aquatic biology. He has 1+ years of experience with regards to environmental consulting; including qualified aquatic environmental specialist (QAES) assessments, electrofishing (both boat and backpack), construction monitoring, water quality monitoring and report writing. Work experience prior to graduation includes Aquatic Resource Technician; RT-2, Crew Lead (3 years), Aquatic Resources Technician; RT-1, Crew Member (1 year) with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (OMNRF), as well as an Aquatic Monitoring Assistant with Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority.

Kris’ current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting needs of all types while expanding a diverse skillset. Kris’ primary goals are to help grow the fisheries department at Basin and to pursue his Professional Biologist Designation.

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Renee Burns

Renee Burns

Renee Burns, C.E.T

Environmental Project Manager
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd..

Renee Burns has a diploma in Environmental Sciences from NAIT. She is also a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T) in good standings registered through ASET.

Renee has over 5 years experience in conducting Phase I, II and III ESA’s throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Furthermore, she has experience conducting Environmental Compliance Audits for both private companies and large government institutions.

Other work experience includes working for utility companies in Monitoring and Compliance as it pertains to City of Edmontons sanitary/ storm drainage systems and waste water treatment plant. She is also experienced in performing HSE Audits for commercial, industrial and government institutions throughout North America. Renee also holds experience working as an Environmental Advisor performing water quality analysis and animal relocation services for large refineries located in Alberta.

Renee is also enrolled as a EPt working towards obtaining her Environmental Professional (EP) designation.

Affiliations:

  • Registered Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T) through ASET.

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Jessica Demetrick, B.Sc., G.I.T.

Jessica Demetrick

Jessica Demetrick

Environmental Technologist
Basin Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Jessica Demetrick has a B.Sc. degree specializing in Environmental Earth Sciences from the University of Alberta. She is primarily responsible for creating technical drawings via ArcGIS for wetland assessments, the development/reclamation of aggregate pits, and fieldwork. Her responsibilities extend into technical report writing for sand and gravel operations, general report preparation, and submitting disposition applications through the Electronic Disposition System (EDS).

Jessica’s current interests and responsibilities as an environmental technologist is creating technical drawings, technical report writing, and submitting EDS disposition applications.

Affiliations:

  • Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) – Geoscientist in Training (G.I.T.)

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Tim Bientjes, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Environmental Technician
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Tim has a Biology Degree from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Science in Ecological Restoration from Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. During his masters Tim researched the effects of soil salinity on alfalfa as a phytoremediator for hydrocarbon contaminated soils.

Tim has experience in plant identification and has worked on several small projects including a Burrowing Owl Habitat Assessment, tidal mudflat restoration project, and wetland design plan.

Tim’s interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on environmental fieldwork and reporting. Tim’s goals are to further develop his field skills while pursuing his professional biologist designation.

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Tim Bientjes

Tim Bientjes


Tayla Lazenby, B.Sc., BIT

Environmental Technologist
BASIN Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Tayla Lazenby has a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Science majoring in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta.

Tayla has 4 years of field experience gained working within a municipality as a weed inspector and as a field technician for ABMI. These positions allowed her to develop a diverse skill set which includes: noxious and prohibited noxious weed surveys, wetland vegetation surveys, ecosite classification, lichen surveys, moss identification, wildlife identification, wetland health assessments and landowner consultation. She also has remote field experience working in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta as part of a Caribou Monitoring Program.

Tayla’s current interest and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting needs. Tayla’s primary goals are to continue to grow her diverse skill set, gain more experience in all aspects of environmental consulting and work towards obtaining her professional biologist designation.

Affiliations:

·       Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)- Biologist in Training (BIT)

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Tayla L

Tayla L


Kate Targett

Kate Targett

Kate Targett, B.Sc.

Aquatics Specialist
Basin Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Kate Targett has a B.Sc. in Geology from Mount Royal University. Kate has a diverse skillset with a background in petroleum/wellsite geology, paleontology, and for the past two field seasons, environmental consulting with experience in: Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) assessments, water quality monitoring, electrofishing (backpack), fish salvage, instream construction monitoring, wildlife assessments and technical

report writing. Much of her consulting work has been based in Northern Alberta with a focus in linear development (e.g., pipelines and roads) projects in the Grande Prairie region.

Kates’ current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting requirements. Kates’ primary goal is to continue to growher field skills in all aspects of environmental consulting.

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Robyn Sayer, Env.Sci.Dip.

Vegetation Technician,
Basin Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Robyn Sayer has an Environmental Sciences Diploma majoring in Conservation and Restoration Ecology from Lakeland College.

Robyn has a wide skillset from working with several disciplines throughout her five years in consulting. She has been a crew lead responsible for executing Phase I and II investigations, test pitting programs, groundwater and surface water monitoring/sampling programs, remedial excavations and drilling programs at various residential, commercial, and industrial properties throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. More recently Robyn has been conducting rare plant surveys, wetland delineation, classification and monitoring, wetland ABWRETs, WAIF and WAIR reporting, firebreak and reclamation monitoring, ecological land classification, ecosite classification, and construction monitoring throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to consulting she also worked as a research assistant with the University of Alberta conducting reclamation research in Alberta and the North West Territories.

Robyn’s current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting needs. Her primary goals are to continue to develop a diverse skill set while continuing to grow the vegetation and wetlands department at Basin.

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Robyn Sayer

Robyn Sayer


Hugo Gee, Ph.D., P.Biol.

Wildlife and Wetlands Specialist
Basin Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Hugo is a Wildlife/Wetland Specialist with a combined 17 years of environmental consulting (6 years) and research experience (11 years) with wildlife and wetlands across North America. Hugo provides wildlife and wetlands legislative guidance for development projects and is familiar with the Species at Risk Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act, Alberta Wildlife Act, Alberta Wetland Policy, and Alberta Wildlife Act

Hugo has been wildlife discipline lead for three major pipeline projects, two flood mitigation projects, and a land use plan. Discipline lead activities include providing cost-efficient workplans and budgets as well as field program design and execution. Hugo has extensive experience with wildlife surveys (breeding bird, auditory and visual amphibian, sharp-tailed grouse lek, raptor nest, burrowing owl, snake hibernaculum, turtle, winter tracking, wildlife sweep, and habitat assessment), wildlife monitoring (nest sweep, amphibian and snake relocation), wetland assessments (Wetland Assessment and Impact Form/Report), water quality monitoring and timber salvage assessment from British Columbia to Ontario.

Hugo has provided technical support for regulatory applications including Environmental Impact Assessments, Biophysical Impact Assessments, Pre-application Requirements for Formal Dispositions, Conservation and Reclamation Plans, and Water Act applications. Hugo’s experience includes designing and executing practical, client-based wildlife monitoring programs during construction.

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Hugo Gee

Hugo Gee


Erin McMillan, B.Sc., P.Biol.

Aquatics Specialist, Project Manager
Basin Environmental & Engineering Ltd.

Erin McMillan has a B.Sc. in Biology, Marine from the University of British Colombia. 

Erin has six years of experience working on fisheries and aquatics programs in Western and Northern Canada. She has extensive experience working in field conducting watercourse assessments, fish rescues, amphibian salvages, fish habitat mapping, water quality monitoring, construction monitoring, wildlife and herptile monitoring, among others. Throughout her career, Erin has submitted regulatory applications, completed project scopes for water quality and fish salvage plans and wrote technical reports. 

Previously, she worked for the Manitoba Government assessing the health and community of commercially and recreationally fished lakes and rivers in Northern Manitoba. She participated in the Lake Sturgeon enhancement program and received hands on experience collecting and fertilizing eggs, rearing and tagging individuals.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB) – Professional Biologist (P.Biol.)

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Erin McMillan

Erin McMillan


Christopher Rudge, B.Sc., P.Biol., EP, CPESC

Project Manager, Biologist - BASIN Environmental Ltd.

Chris is an environmental consultant with approximately eight years of experience in Alberta. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree from Lakehead University along with a Graduate Certificate in Governance and Management from the University of Ottawa.

Throughout his career Chris has developed extensive knowledge in the development of Environmental Impacts Assessments (EIA) for a variety of projects including roadways, bridges, recreational infrastructure, resorts and public events. He also has significant practical experience in the application of federal and provincial environmental regulations including the federal Navigation Protection Act, Fisheries Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, along with the Alberta Public Lands Act, Water Act and Code of Practice and Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. Additionally, Chris has direct experience with the implemetation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Environmental Construction Operations (ECO) Plans, Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC) Plans and construction monitoring and inspection programs for large-scale infrastructure projects.

Chris’ current interest and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on the development of regulatory applications for a variety of oil & gas projects and civic infrastructure projects throughout Alberta, along with the development of environmental impact assessments and environmental field work in support of such activities.

Affiliations:

• Alberta Society of Professional Biologists – Professional Biologist (P.Biol.)
• Canadian Environmental Certifications Approval Board – Environmental Professional (EP) with Specialization in Policy and Legislation
• Erosion Sediment Control Association of Canada – Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC)

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Chris R