The current Senior Project Managers, Darcy O'Brien, B.Sc., RPF, Darren Rath, B.Sc., P.Biol., Rod Holliday, P.Biol., RT (Ag)
and Richard Scholz, P.Tech (ENG) bring over 70 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry.


Darcy O'Brien

Darcy O'Brien

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

Principal, Senior Project Manager
BASIN Environmental 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 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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Rod Holliday, P.Biol., RT(Ag)

Vice President, Field Operations Manager
BASIN Environmental Ltd.

Rod Holliday

Rod Holliday

Rod holds a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge (2003). He also holds a diploma in Land Classification and Reclamation from Olds College (1997). He is a Professional Biologist with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. He is also a Registered Technical Agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists. Rod has been in the environmental consulting industry since 1997. He has expertise in the areas of reclamation, environmental protection plans, impact assessments, environmental audits, Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments, project management, environmental field reports and area operating agreements, pre and post-site construction assessments, conservation and reclamation plans, timber assessments, wildlife studies and land administration.

Rod is part owner and is a Senior Manager with Basin Environmental Reclamation Ltd. Rod is responsible for the supervision of staff and excavation activities, site assessments, reclamation and remediation project planning and implementation, business development, the corporate health and safety program, data analysis and report preparation.

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Richard Scholz, P.Tech.(Eng.)

Vice President, Senior Project Manager
BASIN Environmental Ltd.

Richard Scholz

Richard Scholz

Richard holds a diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (1995), he has a Professional Technologist designation with the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta. Richard been in the environmental consulting industry since 1996. He has expertise in the areas of well site construction, reclamation, environmental protection plans, impact assessments, environmental audits, Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments, project management, environmental field reports, pre- and post-site construction assessments, and remediation.

Richard is part owner and is a Senior Manager with Basin Environmental Reclamation Ltd. Richard is responsible for overseeing staff, excavation activities, site assessments, reclamation project planning and implementation, remediation project planning and implementation, business development, data analysis, report preparation and review and corporate safety.

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Wes Walkenden

Wes Walkenden

Wes Walkeden, Dipl. EnvSci, EPt

Environmental Technologist
BASIN Environmental 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. We has extensive experince conducting 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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Dan Cooper, B.Sc., BIT.

Aquatics / Wildlife Specialist
BASIN Environmental Ltd.

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper has an Honours Biology Degree from Trent University and a Fish and Wildlife Technology Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Dan has a diverse skill set with experience in fisheries, wildlife, birds and more recently vegetation and soils. He has almost 3 years of post-graduation experience in environmental consulting; including qualified aquatic environmental specialist (QAES) assessments, electrofishing (both boat and backpack), construction monitoring, water quality monitoring, breeding bird surveys, environmental spill response and wildlife rescue/trapping, general wildlife assessments and report writing. Work experience prior to graduation includes Fisheries Research Technician (2 years) and Provincial Parks employee/supervisor in Algonquin Park (5 years).

Dan’s current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting needs of all types and continuing to grow his diverse skill set. Dan’s primary goals are to help grow the fisheries department at Basin and to pursue his Professional Biologist Designation.

Affiliations:

  • Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)- Biologist in training (BIT

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

Suzanne Thompson

Suzanne Thompson

Project Manager, Biologist
BASIN Environmental 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 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