Senior Research & Operations Manager
I have over 8 years of experience as an environmental and socio-economic practitioner in various sectors including pipelines, oil and gas, and flood management. After graduating with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University, I went on to earn a Master of Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba. I am a certified Environmental Professional and a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment.
I have worked as the environmental planning lead and socio-economic planning lead on numerous federally regulated project applications as well as on the team responsible for the socio-economic assessment of the recently approved Kinder Morgan Canada Inc. Trans Mountain Expansion Project. While working for TERA Environmental Consultants and CH2M Hill, I led and prepared socio-economic assessments, addressing the full suite of socio-economic components (for example, land and resource use, community health, social and cultural well-being, community infrastructure and services, population and employment and economy). My expertise includes project scoping, conducting technical discussions with key informants, identifying project interactions, mitigating impacts, and working with the public, First Nations, and government regulators. I also led the development of innovative methods and approaches for socio-economic assessments, such as socio-economic management plans and monitoring for pipeline projects. Through my work on federally regulated project applications, I have extensive knowledge of the National Energy Board Filing Manual as well as the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (2012).
In addition to my experience in social impact assessment, I have experience in public engagement and facilitation. In collaboration with the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, I organized and facilitated the education and logistical components of various environmental programs in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. I have facilitated workshops and community engagement as part of the Northern Healthy Foods Initiative review for Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs and was the Aboriginal Community Liaison and Lead Writer for ATCO Pipelines Southern Extension Replacement Project through two Indian Reserves near Edmonton, Alberta. Most recently I was part of a team assessing the community impacts of the proposed Energy East Pipeline Project on Wahgoshig First Nation in Northern Ontario.
I have international work experience in areas including Costa Rica, the United States of America, Australia and the Caribbean and hold citizenship in the European Union, Canada and Bermuda. In 2016 I co-authored a paper at the International Pipeline Conference in Calgary, Alberta entitled Socio-Economic Effects Monitoring and Pipelines: Moving Toward a Practical and Project-Specific Framework, a follow-up paper to the 2014 paper I co-authored and presented at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Annual Conference in Chile, entitled Pipelines in Canada: Socio-economic monitoring.
I currently reside on a hobby farm in a small town outside of Ottawa, Ontario, where I have horses, laying chickens, a pot belly pig, two adventurous canines and a big vegetable garden.
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