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Bruce McTavish, MSc MBA PAg RPBio, Red Seal (Landscape Horticulture)
President, Senior Agrologist/Senior Biologist
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Bruce McTavish, MSc MBA PAg RPBio, Red Seal (Landscape Horticulture)
President, Senior Agrologist/Senior Biologist

Bruce McTavish holds a MSc in agricultural mechanics (specializing in surface hydrology and land reclamation), an MBA and a Red Seal (interprovincial designation) in landscape horticulture.

Bruce McTavish has over thirty years experience in the environmental, business and agricultural sectors of British Columbia. This has included soil and land capability assessments, plant procurement and supervision of plant installation and maintenance, environmental assessments, project management, strategic planning, business planning, market assessment, and facilitation of industry meetings. Bruce has been involved in the assessment of environmental, agricultural and financial damage caused by linear developments such as pipelines and highways.

As a Registered Environmental Farm Plan planning advisor, he has completed over 100 environmental farm plans, riparian assessments and management plans, and nutrient management plans for BC farmers.

Bruce has contributed to the Canadian agriculture industry as a former president of the Canadian Landscape Nursery Association, past chair of the Canadian industry committee of the North American Plant Protection Association and as a past vice-chair of the BC Landscape Industry.

Bruce’s technical background, combined with a Masters in Business Administration and 30+ years of industry experience, qualifies him to bring a wide variety of expertise to complex agricultural and environmental issues.

Justin McTavish, BSc PAg BIT
Partner, Project Manager, Soils Specialist
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Justin McTavish, BSc PAg BIT
Partner, Project Manager, Soils Specialist

Justin McTavish is a Company partner and project manager.  Justin holds a BSc in Applied Biology with a focus on soils and environmental studies.  Justin is a Registered Environmental Farm Planner in British Columbia.  He manages projects involving soil sampling, environmental risk mitigation and technical report writing.  He conducts environmental assessments for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project Geotechnical Drilling Program and oversees soil handling on integrity digs for various pipeline companies. Justin carries out soil assessments for private clients, municipal governments and linear projects.

Matthew McTavish, EP ISA Certified Arborist BC CQ (Horticulture)
Partner, Project Manager, Forestry Consultant
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Matthew McTavish, EP ISA Certified Arborist BC CQ (Horticulture)
Partner, Project Manager, Forestry Consultant

Matthew McTavish is a Company partner, project manager and forestry consultant.  He is a Certified Environmental Professional (EP), an ISA Certified Arborist, a Certified Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor and an ISA-Certified Tree Risk Assessor.  Matt has two BC Certificates of Qualification: CQ – Arborist Technician, and CQ – Journeyman Landscape Horticulturalist.

Matt offers a multidisciplinary approach to the projects he manages.  He has over 15 years of experience working on various linear, industrial and urban development projects.  Matt employs a broad range of innovative strategies in his management of forestry and environmental projects.

Claudio Bianchini, RPBio
Associate, Wildlife and Species at Risk Specialist
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Claudio Bianchini, RPBio
Associate, Wildlife and Species at Risk Specialist

Claudio Bianchini is a Registered Professional Biologist. He has more than 25 years’ experience with inventory and research projects on many species of mammals, e.g. bears, furbearers, ungulates, small mammals, and cetaceans; birds (raptors, waterfowl, tundra and forest birds); amphibians and reptiles. He has extensive experience with ecosystem and vegetation inventories throughout British Columbia, Alaska, Alberta, and Nunavut.

Claudio has been involved in multiple assessments for species at risk along the Trans Mountain Pipeline.  He previously conducted environmental assessments for several other linear developments including the 110 km all-weather access road (AWAR) to the Meadowbank gold mine (Nunavut) and proposed 100 km AWAR to the proposed Kiggavik uranium mine (Nunavut).  He contributed to the preliminary habitat mapping for pipeline upgrades for the BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) Northwest Transmission Line Project.

Claudio has also contributed to the Port Mann Bridge Twinning Project, Sea to Sky Highway Improvements Project, South Fraser Perimeter Road, Golden Ears bridge crossing, Pine Pass highway re-alignment, Inland-Pacific connector pipeline and Terasen’s Coldwater III Pipeline Replacement.  Claudio assisted with the writing of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway.

Claudio has been a volunteer with the Burrowing Owl Recovery Team since 1994, and is currently a member of the Oregon Forest Snail Recovery Team.

Darrell Zbeetnoff, MSc MNRM MA PAg CAC
Associate, Senior Agricultural Economist
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Darrell Zbeetnoff, MSc MNRM MA PAg CAC
Associate, Senior Agricultural Economist

Darrell Zbeetnoff holds a MSc in agricultural economics and farm management, a MNRM in land/water use management, and a MA in anthropology.  Darrell is a Professional Agrologist and certified agricultural consultant with over 30 years’ experience in agricultural business planning and strategic analysis, feasibility assessments, agro-environmental impact assessments, and project analysis and evaluation.  As a Registered Environmental Farm Plan planning advisor, he has completed over 100 environmental farm plans and over 20 associated riparian assessments and management plans for BC farmers.

Mr. Zbeetnoff has provided services to agricultural sectors ranging from greenhouses, nursery and berries to livestock, poultry, mushrooms and functional foods.  He has undertaken agricultural area planning and strategies for the province, Regional Districts and municipalities in BC and assisted local governments in incorporating agriculture into their industrial plans, in which challenges and opportunities facing agricultural sector are regularly articulated.

He has been involved in the assessment and evaluation of issues affecting the BC agricultural industry and is intimately familiar with the economic environment and decision processes associated with agricultural business planning.

Hubert Timmenga, PhD PAg CAC CMC
Associate, Senior Soil Scientist
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Hubert Timmenga, PhD PAg CAC CMC
Associate, Senior Soil Scientist

Dr. Hubert Timmenga is a soil scientist, environmental practitioner and inventor.  He specializes in sustainable agriculture and beneficial use of organic waste and composting, and product and process development.

Hubert specializes in creating solutions based on the convergence of planning, regulations, systems and technologies.  His project and research experience includes; agricultural planning, research strategy, environmental assessments, and waste management feasibility studies. Hubert’s professional expertise includes design, permitting and monitoring of composting facilities, technology reviews, beneficial reuse of organic and inorganic waste materials in agricultural production, preparation and review of agricultural guidelines and regulations in BC, and studies involving forestry and other land uses, including greenhouse gas and carbon credits.

Geoff Hughes-Games, Dipl T (Irrigation) BSc (Agriculture – Soils) PAg
Associate, Senior Soil Scientist and Regulatory Specialist
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Geoff Hughes-Games, Dipl T (Irrigation) BSc (Agriculture – Soils) PAg
Associate, Senior Soil Scientist and Regulatory Specialist

Geoff Hughes-Games is Professional Agrologist with over 35 years’ experience in agricultural soil management including soil classification and land use.  Geoff’s training and education focused on irrigation, soils, agri-environmental risk assessment and adult education. Geoff began his agriculture career in Alberta with work on soil reclamation.  Prior to beginning his 29 year career with the BC Government, he worked in the public and private sectors on activities ranging from nutrient research in tree fruits to marketing of crop protection products.

Geoff began work with the BC Ministry of Agriculture as a technician in the area of soil management and drainage projects.  As Provincial Soil Specialist he assisted with the development of legislation and policy for organic residuals management from agricultural and non-agricultural sources.  He was instrumental in the development and management of environmental programs, including the BC Environmental Farm Plan and Beneficial Management Practices Programs.

Geoff has training and experience in emergency response and recovery efforts, particularly in relation to flooding, animal disease, spill and debris flow events.

Geoff co-authored several publications including Soil Management Handbooks for both the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan & Similkameen Valleys, the BC Agricultural Drainage Manual, and the Reference Guide and Planning Workbook for the BC Environmental Farm Plan Program.

Cassidy Hedden, BSc RPBio PBiol (Alberta)
Project Biologist
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Cassidy Hedden, BSc RPBio PBiol (Alberta)
Project Biologist

Cassidy Hedden holds a BSc in Biology with a specialization in aquatic and terrestrial ecology. She is a Registered Professional Biologist with the BC College of Applied Biology and a Professional Biologist in the Province of Alberta.  Cassidy conducts terrestrial and aquatic assessments, wildlife surveys and salvages, breeding bird surveys, raptor nest surveys, and fish inventories and salvages.  

Cassidy carries out environmental monitoring for construction projects including water quality management and erosion and sediment control.  She has completed environmental impact assessments including mitigation planning for submission to municipal planners and regulatory agencies.

Cassidy has experience working with provincially and/or federally listed species at risk including Oregon forestsnail, Salish sucker, Northern red-legged frog, Coastal-tailed frog, Trowbridge’s shrew, and Pacific water shrew.

Mike Hills, BA MSc
Commercial Manager & Controller
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Mike Hills, BA MSc
Commercial Manager & Controller

Mike Hills holds an MSc in management from Imperial College in London, England.  Mike has an understanding of key management areas for large and small companies.  His knowledge contributes to his management role on the McTavish team.

Mike is the project manager for the development of technical training and management programs for various clients.  He manages Company finance, contracts and supply chain .

Alex Hyde, Dipl T TFT BTT
Forestry Technician, GIS Technician
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Alex Hyde, Dipl T TFT BTT
Forestry Technician, GIS Technician

Alex Hyde has experience in forestry ranging from urban arboriculture and vegetation management to timber development and forest engineering.  Alex has a broad knowledge base that encompasses forestry, GIS, ecology, environmental law, and geography.

Alex is responsible for forestry field work including stand health assessments, danger tree assessments and supervision of vegetation management including brushing and timber felling.

Alex provides GIS services in map development, spatial analysis, and data management.

Daniel Kelly
Senior Environmental Technician, Manager of First Nations Engagement
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Daniel Kelly
Senior Environmental Technician, Manager of First Nations Engagement

Daniel is a graduate of BCIT and holds an Environmental Technician Certificate from Vancouver Island University. Daniel has worked in the environmental industry since 1999, and has accumulated experience in soil and water sampling, fish isolation, water quality sampling, environmental monitoring, wildlife and bird surveys, vegetation assessments, soils and stream assessments.  He has supervised fish salvage crews and coordinated site restoration and environmental monitoring on a large transmission line project.

Daniel has carried out biophysical assessments on watercourses and supervised large trail construction projects in various cities in BC.  Using a Trimble GPS Daniel and the crew he supervised mapped the Nicomen Watershed. Daniel maintains excellent working relationships with many different professionals in the environmental industry.

In March 2013 Daniel was elected to Leq’á:mel First Nation Band Council and he has been re-elected twice to continue this mandate.  He holds the Public Works and Infrastructure Portfolio.  He is honored to have this opportunity to serve his community by bringing Members’ concerns, ideas and issues to the table.  He supports the Housing Portfolio by creating necessary policies and assisting with continuing development of infrastructure for the community.

Daniel has lived for many years in the on-reserve setting and understands the challenges Aboriginal people face by being located outside of urban centres.  This isolation can make it difficult to access services such as banking, grocery shopping, paying bills and attending medical and other appointments. Daniel is committed to continue working with fellow Council members to improve infrastructure and promote employment opportunities for Leq’á:mel First Nation Members.

Taisha Mitchell, BSc PAg BIT ISA Certified Arborist
Project Biologist
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Taisha Mitchell, BSc PAg BIT ISA Certified Arborist
Project Biologist

Taisha Mitchell educational background is in plant ecology and sustainable agriculture.  She is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Certified Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor.  She has completed the Vancouver Island University Riparian Area Regulation course.  Taisha develops and implements eradication strategies for invasive plant species.  She conducts vegetation and wildlife surveys, soil and stream assessments, and oversees environmental and agricultural aspects of construction and pipeline work. Taisha is a certified electrofishing crew supervisor.  She conducts field site investigations, data analysis and prepares technical reports.

Lynn Chisholm, RN BScN MPH
Director of Health and Safety, Senior Editor
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Lynn Chisholm, RN BScN MPH
Director of Health and Safety, Senior Editor

Lynn Chisholm is a Registered Nurse and holds a BSc (Nursing) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Liverpool, England School of Medicine.

Lynn manages ISNetworld and eRailSafe training for Company employees.  She is the Company contact person for HSE policy matters.  Lynn is the senior editor of McTavish professional reports.

Lynn has been a Registered Nurse in various line and supervisory roles in the fields of primary care, occupational health and public health for almost 40 years.  In her role as a Federal civil servant Lynn provided hands-on nursing duties, staff supervision and management for First Nations communities in the geographic northeast of BC.  Lynn retired from the Federal Government in 2014, but returned to active duty in 2016 to provide hands-on home and community care services and community health services to a small local First Nation.

Alf Hills
AL (Alf) Hills, P Eng
Chair of the McTavish Advisory Board
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AL (Alf) Hills, P Eng
Chair of the McTavish Advisory Board

Alf Hills is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia and has over 35 years of international mine evaluation, development, start-up, operating, general management and board experience.

Alf spent 26 years of his career with Placer Dome Inc. where he held a number of positions including Vice President Evaluations, and Mine General Manager at Placer’s Australian Kidston Gold Mine.  In Papua New Guinea Alf held various construction, start-up and operating positions.

Alf sits on the boards of various public companies and provides advisory services to the Natural Resource industry.

Erin Vekic, BSc Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology, BIT
Environmental Technologist
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Erin Vekic, BSc Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology, BIT
Environmental Technologist

Erin Vekic holds a BSc in Biology with a specialization in aquatic and terrestrial ecology.  Erin designs and implements projects related to the restoration and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat.

Erin carries out environmental assessments and impact assessments for small-scale and large-scale development and infrastructure projects.  She prepares reports and provides supporting documentation related to various environmental topics.  Erin prepares and submits applications for mitigation and habitat offset planning for review by and approval of municipal planners and regulatory agencies.

Erin conducts environmental monitoring for construction projects including erosion and sediment control and water quality management.  She conducts stream and vegetation assessments, wildlife surveys and salvages, fish salvages and inventories and breeding bird and raptor surveys.

Raymond Wladichuk, BSc GDBA GIT
Project Manager
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Raymond Wladichuk, BSc GDBA GIT
Project Manager

Raymond Wladichuk is a practicing member in good standing with Engineers and Geoscientists BC under the discipline of Environmental Geoscience.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.  He resides on a farm in the Okanagan where he both practices and experiments with agricultural sciences.

Raymond provides geoscience, construction, and management consulting services to the natural resource and construction industries.  He has held geoscientist and engineering geologist roles for very large geotechnical engineering and construction projects, and geologist roles in mining and mineral exploration.  He holds executive level management roles in the natural resource industry for public and private companies.

 

Scott Fairley, MSc Environmental Forestry, MA Landscape Architecture, ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ
Reclamation Designer & Urban Forester
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Scott Fairley, MSc Environmental Forestry, MA Landscape Architecture, ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ
Reclamation Designer & Urban Forester

Scott Fairley is a professional urban forester and landscape/reclamation designer.  In addition to a range of vocational qualifications in practical urban forestry, Scott holds Masters degrees in both Environmental Forestry (MSc) and Landscape Architecture (MA).

Scott has over 25 years’ experience in the landscape and urban forestry industries.  He has worked in practical tree care, arboricultural consultancy, environmental reclamation, landscape construction and land reclamation design.

Scott applies his practical landscaping experience and landscape architectural training to McTavish reclamation projects, producing CAD design and construction details, bills of quantity and 3D design/visualisations.  He offers detailed urban forestry input with respect to tree protection on construction sites, arboricultural project management and tree planting design.

In addition to working in Canada, Scott has been involved in projects in the UK, Ireland, Spain and Italy for road building agencies, a range of private developers, the UK Ministry of Defence and the United Nations.