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.


  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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 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. 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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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


Leigh Hyatt, B.Tech., P.Biol., QAES

Biologist/Project Manager
Basin Environmental Ltd.

Leigh is a biologist with over ten years of environmental consulting experience in Alberta and BC with a focus on primarily aquatic environments with expertise in biophysical impact assessments, fish and wildlife surveys, riparian area assessments, mitigation planning, habitat restoration, regulatory applications, technical report writing, and project management.

She has worked on projects in a variety of sectors including renewable energy (i.e., solar and run-of-the-river hydroelectric projects), transportation corridors (i.e., road and rail), utility expansions, residential and commercial land developments and oil and gas. Leigh has a working knowledge of provincial and federal legislation including, but not limited to: Federal Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Alberta’s Water Act and Codes of Practice, Wildlife Act, Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act, Water Sustainability Act, Riparian Area Regulations, and Wildlife Act.

Leigh has experience in the following: Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) assessments; Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) and Fish Salvage plans; Instream Construction Monitoring; Riparian Area Assessments (RARs); Applications and Notifications under the Alberta Water Act; Fisheries Act Applications and Self-Assessments; Environmental Protection and Mitigation Planning; Fish Habitat Restoration 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)
  • Society of Ecological Restorations (SER), Western Canada – Member
  • Northwest Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (NPARC) – Member

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 Leigh Hyatt

Leigh Hyatt


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

Wildlife Biologist
BASIN Environmental Ltd.

Javan Green has a Bachelor of Science with Ecology Specialization from the University of Alberta.  

Javan is a Wildlife Biologist with over 6 years of experience in environmental monitoring, protection and regulatory compliance. He has experience conducting desktop assessments and baseline field assessments, construction monitoring, and preparing technical reports, environmental plans and regulatory permit applications.

Javan has experience in the following: Wetland Assessments; Wildlife Assessments and Monitoring; Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) Assessments; Water Quality Monitoring (WQM) and Fish Salvage activities during construction and spill response; Wetland and Watercourse Remediation; Environmental Protection and Mitigation Planning; and Environmental Assessments (EA), among others.

Affiliations:

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

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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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 Christopher Rudge

Christopher Rudge


 

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

Environmental/GIS Technologist
BASIN Environmental 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 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.

 Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry

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

 Kris Cernele

Kris Cernele

Aquatic Specialist
BASIN Environmental 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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Willi Powell, B.Sc., P.Biol, QAES

Biologist,
Basin Environmental Ltd.

Willi Powell has an Honours Biology Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Willi has been able to develop a diverse skill set with experience in fisheries, wildlife, timber, vegetation and soils. He has 4 years of consulting experience for oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure developments including; qualified aquatic specialist (QAES) assessments, electrofishing (both boat and backpack), migratory bird surveys, general wildlife assessments, vegetation and timber assessments, soils assessments, construction monitoring, water quality monitoring, and technical report writing. Willi also has 8 years of experience working as a Fisheries Technician and Assistant Fisheries Biologist with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Willi’s current interests and responsibilities with Basin Environmental are focused on fulfilling environmental fieldwork and reporting needs. His primary goals are to continue to develop a diverse skill set while continuing to grow the fisheries and wildlife departments at Basin.

Affiliations:

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

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 Willi Powell

Willi Powell