President – Leanne Harris BSc
Leanne Harris sits on the Societies Act Transition Committee, and the Constitution, Bylaws, and Schedule B Committee. Leanne has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Environmental Toxicology from Simon Fraser University. She has also completed several Environmental Engineering courses through British Columbia Institute of Technology and has had the privilege of teaching the Environmental Analytical Chemistry course for that program. Her long range goal is to complete a Masters degree in Environmental Management/Practice.
Leanne has twenty years of experience in the environmental sector. She has worked in the environmental industry expanding her skills in analytical chemistry, environmental sciences and project management having worked in government; laboratory; post-secondary education; and contaminated sites remediation settings. Using her technical background, Leanne incorporates a multidisciplinary approach in each role she undertakes.
Leanne has strong connections to the science industry (environmental contractors, government, laboratories, engineering and environmental consulting firms, environmental law) and academia through her years of experience and leadership position with the Environmental Managers Association of BC (EMA).
Leanne is passionate about seeking out and pursuing learning opportunities, mentoring peers and volunteering within the environmental industry. Volunteering on the EMA of BC Board of Directors as a President provides the opportunity for her to give back to the industry and to meet and network with environmental professionals. She joined the association to help develop the Association’s strategic plan and deliver timely education programming to the Association’s membership.
Vice President – Stephanie Voysey (Mat Leave)
Stephanie is the Environment and Public Affairs Manager for Lafarge’s BC, Washington and Oregon sites. A Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering from UBC and an Environment Professional, Stephanie brings over a decade of work experience with industry and in the environmental field. In her current role, she manages the environment and public affairs practices throughout the West Coast market areas, supporting product line operational efforts in complying with environmental, legal and Lafarge requirements. In addition, she supports the development of a culture focused with focused on excellent and effective environmental management, sustainability and robust stakeholder management.
Stephanie is actively engaged in environmental policy issues affecting industry and government, serving as Vice President Vice Chair for the EMA of BC, previously as the VP of Education and as an industry representative on the British Columbia Business Council Environment Committee. Stephanie is proud to serve on the EMA where she can contribute to an organization dedicated to being a resource in environmental information and current issues affecting environment in BC.
Acting Vice President – Vice Chair – Tara Wight
Tara Wight sits on the Annual Workshop Committee. Tara is an Environmental Consultant with 7+ years of experience in the resource development industry as an Environmental Manager with specific focus on permitting and approvals for projects of all sizes. This includes feasibility studies, valued component investigations, environmental impact assessment, and environmental management planning in both marine and terrestrial environments. Tara is well versed in managing environmental assessments, environmental projects, and integrating environmental management planning into engineering design. Tara has a considerable amount of expertise in communicating and collaborating within a large network of regulators, First Nations, NGO’s, research institutions, businesses and public forums.
Tara joined the EMA of BC Board of Directors three years ago for the opportunity to network with environmental professionals and to learn and contribute to an evolving education and information sharing platform. She views this as a valuable opportunity for building strong professional relationships and aligning environmental management objectives across BC.
Secretary – Deneige McIntyre
Treasurer – Bryan Shaw PhD
Bryan is an account manager with CARO Analytical Services based in Richmond, BC where he helps various project managers throughout the industry meet their analytical needs.
Bryan joins CARO after more than 10 years studying chemistry at various academic institutions. Bryan received his B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of Western Ontario followed by a PhD in organometallic chemistry at the University of British Columbia. He joined CARO after two years at the University of Calgary while participating in various industry driven research projects.
Bryan became a member of the EMA board as Treasurer in 2015. This presents an exciting opportunity to continue to learn about the environmental industry in BC and meet other professionals within this space. Bryan is also interested in helping to bridge the gap between academic and industry professionals and the EMA of BC provides an excellent platform towards this goal.
Past President – Carlos da Ponte MEM, GHG-IQ, EP
Carlos da Ponte is Director and CEO of Sustainable Elements Inc. and Past President of the Environmental Managers Association of British Columbia (EMA of BC). With over a decade of experience within the environmental industry, Carlos brings diverse experience from within environmental consulting which he uses to create innovative information management solutions for all types of stakeholders within the environmental and resource sectors. Carlos brings a fresh, dynamic approach to tried and true practices and has a reputation for bringing stakeholders together and driving consensus amongst groups. With client needs as the driver for new projects, Carlos is known for digging deep to investigate the status quo and find efficiencies for all facets of projects. Using his diverse understanding of environmental management and IT solutions he applies a unique approach to both environmental consulting and IT projects alike.
Carlos holds a B.Sc in Geography from Simon Fraser University and studied sustainability, water governance and social trust to attain a Masters degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University.
He joined the EMA of BC Board of Directors to help facilitate the growth of the organization, bringing an aptitude for IT projects and web-design as well as project and change management skills to the organization. Carlos was elected Vice President with a primary role to organize the EMA’s 2014 Workshop attended by over 100 industry executives, government officials, and senior scientists. Serving as EMA President for 2yrs, Carlos helped to progress the vision of the EMA and continued to strengthen the EMA’s ties to other stakeholders in the BC environmental landscape.
VP Education – Scott Harcus
Scott Harcus was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2010 and is currently an Associate at Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP, where he is a member of the firm’s Commercial & Insurance Litigation, Construction & Engineering, Environmental and Insolvency & Restructuring Practices. Scott has broad representative experience, including matters involving construction disputes, contaminated sites litigation and other environmental matters. Scott is proud to belong to the EMA of BC Board of Directors, and is volunteering his time to the EMA in order to contribute to the Association’s objectives of sharing knowledge and expertise among members, as well facilitating connections and communications between members of the environmental sector.
VP Marketing – Amanda Hart (Mat Leave) BSc
Amanda Hart has 9+ years of experience in the environmental industry in the roles of Senior Project Manager, Account Manager, and Sales Representative. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Brock University and a Post Diploma in Environmental Control from Sheridan College where she graduated with Deans Honour.
Amanda previously served on the board as a Director-at-Large working with the Marketing group, and after two years decided to run for VP Marketing. Amanda enjoys being part of the EMA of BC as the organization actively gives back to its members by hosting exceptional and relevant events such as; the monthly educational sessions, the famous annual work shop, the spectacular annual awards Gala, and of course our fun networking events. She has attended many events over the past 5 years, and has found them to be excellent educational and networking events that have contributed to her professional development. She is looking forward to being part of the board and making a positive contribution to the organization.
Acting VP Marketing – Melissa Magnuson P.E., P.Eng., PMP
Melissa Magnuson is the acting VP of Marketing, and sits on the Marketing, Awards, & Gala Committee, and the Sponsorship Committee. Melissa is a Business Development Manager with AGAT Laboratories. AGAT Laboratories is a highly specialized, Canadian-based company that provides laboratory services worldwide. With over 30 years of experience, coast to coast locations and over 1,200 employees Canada-wide, AGAT Laboratories is the most geographically and technically diversified laboratory in Canada.
Melissa has over 20 years of experience within the environmental and geotechnical engineering fields, and has worked in New Jersey, Seattle, and Vancouver. Her project experience consists of contaminated sites, air emissions, real estate development, and large earthworks projects. Melissa is excited to be a part of the EMA Board of Directors and is looking forward to working with a diverse group of talented professionals. When not working, Melissa enjoys spending her time mountain biking and surfing.
VP Membership – Richard Pope
Richard Pope is a Partner and senior environmental scientist with Dillon Consulting Limited. He has over 28 years of professional consulting experience and has a Bachelor’s degree in marine biology and a Master’s degree in freshwater ecology. Richard’s project experience is extensive and varied, and includes mining, infrastructure (roads, bridges), power sector (hydroelectric developments, transmission systems), waterfront and shoreline protection, and waste-management projects. His experience extends across Canada and includes projects in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, and Ontario. Richard also has international mining experience in Peru and Bolivia. Many of his projects have required extensive consultation and interaction with regulators, aboriginal groups, and other key stakeholders.
Richard is excited to join the EMA Board of Directors and is looking forward to interacting with the wide range of member environmental industry professionals.
VP Communications – Dino Rossi
Dionysios Rossi sits on the Societies Act Transition Committee, and the Constitution, Bylaws, and Schedule B Committee. Dionsyios is a lawyer at the Vancouver office of national law firm Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He practices in the areas of environmental law, oil and gas law, and transportation law, and is a frequent author and presenter on the subject of environmental law.
Dionysios has represented and advised clients on a wide variety of contaminated site issues relating to both commercial and residential properties. He has also defended prosecutions under the Fisheries Act, the Forest Range and Practices Act, and other environmental statutes and regulations.
He has represented and advised oil and gas clients on surface rights matters before the British Columbia Surface Rights Board (formerly the Mediation and Arbitration Board) and the British Columbia Supreme Court. He has also acted for clients in regulatory matters before the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission and the British Columbia Utilities Commission.
Director-at-Large – Louis Agassiz BSc, EPt
Louis sits on the Marketing, Awards, and Gala Committee. Louis is a Senior Environmental Technician and Project Manager for A. Lanfranco and Associates. In his 7 years at A. Lanfranco, Louis has led dozens of source emissions studies and been involved in hundreds more. Recently Louis has spearheaded the expansion of devices provided at ALA into air dispersion modelling and permitting assistance.
Louis earned a BSc in Physical Geography and Earth Sciences from the University of Victoria and is currently completing a MSc in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University.
Louis is excited to join the EMA of BC Board and looks forward to the opportunities to learn from, share knowledge, and network with other environmental professionals.
Director-at-Large – Donna Bartel
Donna Bartel sits on the Donations Committee, and the Education Committee. She is the Manager, Environmental Sustainability, at Coast Mountain Bus Company, TransLink’s bus division. CMBC’s operations include bus loops, operations properties, maintenance activities and service on the road. She is responsible for the environmental management system and the programs that help CMBC reduce its impact on the environment.
Donna first became involved with the EMA of BC many years ago as a recent graduate from Kwantlen’s Environmental Protection Technology diploma program. It was at one of the Speaker Sessions where she met two people, one who hired her a few months later and the other a year later. She can personally attest to the value of the EMA of BC and encourages other organizations to join the EMA of BC and to help people starting out in the environmental field.
Director-at-Large – Anthony Collett
Anthony Collett sits on the Annual Workshop Committee, and the Eductaion Committee. He is a senior project manager with SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd., one of a small number of truly international specialist companies providing advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues, to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients. Anthony has over 10 years experience in the contaminated sites discipline and a previous 12 years conducting terrain stability and soil erosion mapping and assessments for forestry and mining development. He is a Contaminated Sites Approved Professional and is currently SLR’s contaminated sites account manager for BC projects with a major oil & gas client in addition to providing environmental site assessment and remediation services for a suite of land development clients.
Having attended many EMA seminars and workshops and appreciated the value in the education provided, he has joined the EMA Board of Directors to contribute back to the industry and support the EMA in its environmental education role. Being a part of the board also provides opportunities to network with dynamic environmental professionals and increase his knowledge of environmental management issues.
Director-at-Large – Leonard Firkus P.Eng.
Leonard sits on the Societies Act Transition Committee, the Membership Committee, the Sponsorship Committee, and the Constitution, Bylaws, and Schedule B Committee. Leonard Firkus, P.Eng., is the new president and CEO of Stormtec Group, a water filtration specialty contractor providing water treatment solutions for contaminated sites, dewatering, storage and filtration across western and central Canada.
Leonard is a Professional Engineer with a background in transportation. Following engineering, he completed an MBA at the Richard Ivey School of Business before switching gears to the world of management consulting. Here Leonard spent a dozen years consulting to over 200 small and mid-cap businesses, organizations and associations across BC and Ontario. During his consulting work, he worked with clients from a broad spectrum of industries including environmental and engineering on many areas such as strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, sales & marketing, leadership development, operational performance and financial systems.
Leonard joined Stormtec in September 2015 to take over the leadership for the retiring founder. Since that time, he has been immersed in learning about many of the challenges facing the environmental industry. He brings to the EMA of BC an outside perspective that is steeped in identifying and solving difficult and complex challenges to enable organizations to reach their potential.
Director-at-Large – Andrea Harvey
Andrea Harvey sits on the Annual Workshop Committee. Andrea is the Environmental Coordinator with Seaspan, Vancouver Shipyards. She recently returned to BC after 20 years in Alberta working in Environmental and Project Management for the heavy civil construction industry. A Civil Engineering Technologist and Environmental Professional certified in Management & Health and Safety with ECO Canada, Andrea has had additional training in the fields of risk assessment, Environmental regulations and project management.
As an industry representative, Andrea looks forward to demonstrating Seaspan’s commitment to Environmental Management and participating in the valuable work being done by the EMA.
Director-at-Large – Charlotte Olson P.Geo., PMP
Charlotte Olson sits on the Annual Workshop Committee. Ms. Olson is a Project Management Specialist for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada’s largest and most dynamic gateway for domestic and international trade and tourism. Working on the Container Capacity Improvement Program, the Port’s long-term strategy to deliver projects to meet anticipated growth in container capacity demand until 2030, Ms. Olson is responsible for overseeing an environmental portfolio. This includes providing team leadership and project management to a multi-disciplinary team on fisheries mitigation and habitat enhancement projects associated with major infrastructure development. Ms. Olson plays an important role in helping the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority fulfill its mandate of facilitating Canada’s trade objectives, ensuring goods are moved safely, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.
Ms. Olson has over 12 years of environmental and project management experience with previous roles as Manager, Environment at Seaspan ULC, and Project Geoscientist at SNC Lavalin Environment. Ms. Olson holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University’s Schulich School of Business, as well as a Bachelors of Science in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University. In her spare time Ms. Olson enjoys backcountry pursuits into the mountains as well as cycle touring adventures.
Director-at-Large – Vanessa Osorio
Vanessa Osorio sits on the Marketing, Awards, & Gala Committee, the Sponsorship Committee, and the Annual Workshop Committee. Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science, and a diploma of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology. She has 5 years of experience in the Environmental Regulatory industry, in both private and government sectors. Currently, Vanessa works at Tervita Corporation as the Technical Coordinator of Facilities, managing regulatory reporting, contaminated soil approvals, and soil remediation for seven remediation facilities across BC.
Vanessa is proud to be a part of the EMA of BC board of directors, as the association provides a valuable platform for networking, sharing of industry knowledge, and continual learning for environmental professionals in BC