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

Justin McTavish holds a BSc in Applied Biology with a focus on soils and environmental studies. He has worked for McTavish Resource & Management Consultants Ltd. for 8 years assisting with 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 provides oversight of soil handling on integrity digs for various pipeline companies. He carries out soil assessments for private clients, municipal governments and linear projects. Justin McTavish is a Registered Environmental Farm Planner in British Columbia.

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, has two BC Certificates of Qualification: CQ – Arborist Technician, and CQ – Journeyman Landscape Horticulturalist. He is a Certified Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor and an ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor.

Matt offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to the projects he is involved in. He has over 12 years of experience working on various linear, industrial and urban development projects. Matt has the knowledge to implement a broad range of innovative solutions to the management of projects in the forestry and environmental fields.

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 23 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. In addition, he has 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 Kinder Morgan Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. He has 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 many 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. His 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. His training and education have 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.

Over the course of his career 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 BIT
Project Biologist
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Cassidy Hedden, BSc BIT
Project Biologist

Cassidy Hedden holds a BSc in Biology with a specialization in aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and she is a Biologist in Training (BIT) with the BC College of Applied Biology.  Cassidy has conducted terrestrial and aquatic assessments, wildlife surveys and salvages, breeding bird surveys, raptor nest surveys, and fish inventories and salvages.  Cassidy has three years of consulting experience.

Cassidy has carried out environmental monitoring for construction projects including water quality management and erosion and sediment control.  She has assisted in the completion of environmental impact assessments including mitigation planning for submission to municipal planners and regulatory agencies.

She 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
Financial and Project Controls
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Mike Hills, BA MSc
Financial and Project Controls

Mike Hills holds an MSc in management from Imperial College in London, England.  In this intensive program Mike developed an understanding of key management areas for large and small companies, and this knowledge contributes to his multifaceted contribution to the McTavish team.

Mike is the project manager for the development of technical training and management programs for various clients.  He provides support to senior Company staff in the areas of finance and supply chain management.

Alex Hyde, Dipl T TFT.
Forestry Technician, GIS Technician
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Alex Hyde, Dipl T TFT.
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 BIT AAg
Environmental Technologist
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Taisha Mitchell, BSc BIT AAg
Environmental Technologist

Taisha Mitchell has education in plant ecology and sustainable agriculture; and has completed the Vancouver Island University Riparian Area Regulation course. Taisha has developed eradication strategies for invasive plant species. Taisha conducts vegetation and wildlife surveys, soil and stream assessments, and oversees environmental and agricultural aspects of construction and pipeline work. She is a certified electrofishing crew supervisor. Taisha participates in field site investigations, data analysis and provides assistance with report preparation.

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 with a BScN and holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Liverpool School of Medicine.

Lynn provides office administration, and manages health, safety and environmental (HSE) matters such as ISNetworld, eRailSafe, Gold Shovel, etc.  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 more than 30 years.  She provided hands-on nursing duties, and staff supervision and management in several First Nations health facilities in northeastern BC.  Lynn continues to provide 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.

More recently Alf has sat on the boards of public companies and provides advisory services to the Natural Resource industry.