Team Member

Bruce McTavish, MSc MBA PAg RPBio CQ (Red Seal Landscape Horticulture)

Bruce is President of McTavish Resource & Management Consultants Ltd.

Bruce is the Company’s senior agricultural, environmental and business consultant. Bruce is a Professional Agrologist and Registered Professional Biologist in the Province of British Columbia. He is a journeyman horticulturalist with a Red Seal in Landscape Horticulture. As a Registered Environmental Farm Plan Planning Advisor, Bruce has completed over 100 environmental farm plans for farm operators in BC.

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 projects and issues.

Team Member

Justin McTavish, BSc AAg

Justin McTavish is a Company director and project manager. Justin is a soils and environmental consultant.

Justin has managed projects involving soil sampling, agricultural capability assessment, nutrient management and environmental risk mitigation. He provides oversight of soil handling on integrity digs for Kinder Morgan Canada and Spectra Energy. He carries out environmental assessments for the Kinder Morgan geotechnical drilling program and other projects.

Team Member

Matthew McTavish, ISA Certified Arborist #PN-8194A, ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor, Certified Wildlife/Danger Tree Assessor #7195, CQ Arborist Technician, CQ Landscape Horticulture

Matt is a Company director, project manager and consulting arborist. He has two BC Certificates of Qualification: CQ – Arborist Technician and CQ – Journeyman Landscape Horticulturalist.

Matt has 10 years’ experience working in the fields of arboriculture, horticulture, oil and gas and civil construction. As an ISA Certified Arborist, Certified Wildlife/Danger Tree Assessor and ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor Matt’s involvement with Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) includes tree inventories and tree health assessments, tree risk assessments and tree valuations.  Matt supervises reclamation projects, providing oversight and management of brushing and tree felling for the Kinder Morgan TMEP geotechnical drilling program. He provides assistance to Kinder Morgan Operations’ vegetation management program.

Matt carried out the landscape and tree valuations for private land that will be affected by the 2017 Fortis Lower Mainland System Upgrade (LMSU) project. He is developing tree management plans and overseeing the merchantable timber valuation for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project between Burnaby and Langley.

Matt is a journeyman landscape horticulturalist managing landscape rehabilitation, new landscape installations and land reclamation for various clients.


Team Member

Lynn Chisholm, BScN MPH

Lynn provides office administration and is the Company contact person for health, safety and environmental policy-related matters, ISNetworld and ERailSafe. She edits McTavish professional reports prior to their publication.

Lynn has been a Registered Nurse in various line and supervisory roles in the fields of primary care, occupational health and public health for 30+ years. She provides hands-on service delivery and has managed staff, medical inventories and been responsible for facility maintenance in several First Nations health facilities in BC.  She holds a Masters degree in Public Health (MPH).


Darrell Zbeetnoff, MSc (Agricultural Economics) MNRM MA PAg CAC

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, Darrell has completed over 100 environmental farm plans, and over 20 associated riparian assessments and management plans for BC farmers. He holds an MSc in agricultural economics and farm management, an MNRM in land/water use management, and an MA in anthropology.

Darrell has provided service 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.


Dr. Hubert Timmenga, PhD PAg CAC CMC

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.


Elizabeth Kenney, MSc (Soil Science) PAg

Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Kenney has over 34 years’ experience in soil resource characterization (pedology, soil surveys, pedon description and sampling for specific research projects, and agricultural capability characterizations). Liz is a former Federal/Provincial soil correlator for BC (retired), a×150.jpgnd provides input for BC into an assortment of data interpretations and models, including the maintenance and updating of the National Soils Database and Soil Landscapes of Canada. Liz has expertise in developing soil mapping legends, review and classification of field survey data, and is involved in quality reviews of soil mapping projects.  She has conducted and published soil quality plot-based research.

Liz has experience mentoring field assistants involved in soil resource characterization. She currently provides support to various projects as a consulting soil resource specialist.


Claudio Bianchini, RPBio

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.


Team Member

Taisha Mitchell, BSc AAg BIT

Taisha is a junior environmental scientist with McTavish Resource & Management Consultants Ltd.  She has education in plant ecology and sustainable agriculture, and has completed the Vancouver Island University Riparian Area Regulation course.  She has developed eradication strategies for invasive plant species, and is a certified electrofishing crew supervisor.

Taisha conducts vegetation and wildlife surveys, soil and stream assessments, and oversees environmental and agricultural aspects of construction and pipeline work.  She participates in field site investigations, data analysis and assists with report preparation.


Team Member

Mike Hills, BA MSc (Management)

Mike recently completed his MSc in management from Imperial College in London, England.  In this intensive program he developed an understanding of key management areas for large and small companies.  As a graduate of one of the top business schools he brings a multifaceted leading edge approach to the McTavish team.

Mike is the project manager for the development of technical training and management programs for various clients.  Mike provides support to senior Company staff in accounting and human resource areas.

Team Member

AL (Alf) Hills, P Eng

Alf Hills is registered as a Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia.  He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia in Mining and Mineral Process Engineering, 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; Mine General Manager at Placer’s Australian Kidston Gold Mine; and in Papua New Guinea in various construction, start-up and operating positions.

More recently Alf has sat on the boards of public companies including Western Pacific Resources as a nominee director for Quintana Minerals Corp; a Texas Private Equity fund; and North American Palladium.

Team Member

Cassidy Hedden, BSc BIT

Cassidy Hedden holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Vancouver Island University, and is a Biologist in Training (BIT) with the BC College of Applied Biology. Cassidy has 2 years of environmental consulting experience, specializing in aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

Cassidy has experience conducting fish inventories, stream classifications, fish habitat assessments, water quality monitoring, and wildlife and vegetation assessments primarily for forestry, urban development and municipal infrastructure projects.  She has conducted fish and wildlife salvages, including work regarding the following provincially and federally listed species at risk mentioned below.

  • Oregon forestsnail (Allogona townsendiana)
  • Salish sucker (Catostomus sp.)
  • Northern red-legged frog (Rana aurora)
  • Coastal tailed frog (Ascaphus truei)
  • Pacific water shrew (Sorex bendirii)


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