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 – 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 Marketing – David Kemp
David Kemp is an environmental professional that has immersed himself in a career dedicated to improving how we manage the environmental impact of our businesses on finite water resources. David spent about 5 years in the environmental consulting industry helping to guide clients through BC’s complex network of environmental regulations. Following this experience he joined Stormtec Vancouver as a Business Development and Project Manager, promoting the business and managing a diverse portfolio of environmental projects. With its deep knowledge of water chemistry and understanding of applicable environmental regulations, Stormtec engineers custom solutions for various dewatering and water treatment needs.
He is proud to have obtained a BSc in Environmental Science from Royal Roads University as well as a Diploma in Business Management from Langara College.
David is excited to work hard as the VP Marketing to explore news ways of engaging the environmental community in the activities and objectives of the EMA of BC.
VP Education – Vanessa Osorio
Vanessa Osorio is the VP of Education for the EMA of BC. 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
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 – Spencer Chaisson
Spencer is an Environmental Coordinator at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. His work includes supporting and leading the environmental reviews of projects within VFPA jurisdiction ranging from infrastructure development, to remediation, to habitat enhancement projects. Prior to working for the port authority, Spencer worked in environmental permitting, programs, and policy in several industries, including renewable energy in Ontario and BC, oil & gas in Alberta, and nuclear power at Bruce Power in Ontario. He also has experience in government policies and programs for environmental matters, having worked on these issues at every level of government including strategic policy at the City of Calgary, environmental impact assessments at the Ontario Ministry of Environment, and wastewater and fisheries policy at Environment and Climate Change Canada in Quebec.
Spencer is a graduate from the Environment and Resource Studies Bachelors program at the University of Waterloo. Spencer sits on Metro Vancouver’s Regional Invasive Species Task Force, is a Registered Biology Technologist in Training with the BC College of Applied Biology, and is a LEED Green Associate (soon to be AP). He was chosen as a delegate for the Leading Change Conference for Globe 2016’s Leadership Summit and hopes to be chosen again in 2018. Spencer is an avid volunteer and was part of a team that managed and visited development project in Honduras in 2016. He currently volunteers with Vancouver Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Rescue Centre.
He joined EMA hoping to learn and meet the diverse field of environmental professionals who work throughout BC, and is excited to support the organization in creating ongoing dialogue among environmental managers in industry, government, and NGOs.
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 – 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 – James Hoffele
James Hoffele is an Environmental Coordinator at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which is responsible for the stewardship of Canada’s largest port. James’ work at the port authority is focused on initiatives that promote greenhouse gas and air emissions management, noise monitoring, and sustainability reporting. His work entails data analysis, stakeholder consultation, project management, and program administration.
James is a graduate of the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University. For his master’s thesis, he used data obtained from multiple leading energy-economy modeling teams to analyze the likely decline in production of different fossil fuel resources if global temperatures are limited to a 2 C increase. He also holds a B.A. and B.Ed. from Brock University in Ontario. James plans to become Project Management Professional (PMP) certified soon and has joined the EMA of BC Board to meet other environmental professionals, share knowledge, and help organize some interesting events.
Director-at-Large – Jasmeen Jatana
Jasmeen Jatana works in Sales at ALS and her current responsibilities include growing the market share for ALS in the environmental testing sector across Western Canada and to secure new clients, present to and consult with mid and senior level management on business trends with a view to developing new services, products, and distribution channels. Jasmeen has over 10 years experience within the environmental testing sector which has included working in a Laboratory as an analyst, progressing on to Project Manager which helped her transition into her role as an Account Manager handling client portfolios. Her experience spans across the UK, Canada and India where she has gained valuable knowledge about different regulatory requirements and dealing with various governing bodies.
Jasmeen holds a Master of Science and Business Administration from Aston Business School. She is excited to be part of the EMA Board of Directors as she believes the key to success is gaining knowledge in your field and sees EMA as a platform to increase her knowledge about environmental topics through networking with like minded professionals. She is looking forward to working with a diverse group of talented professionals.
Director-at-Large – Miranda Lewis
Miranda Lewis sits on the Annual Workshop Committee. Miranda is an Environmental Consultant with 7 years’ experience, with a focus on mitigating natural environment management and environmental impacts during construction. This includes erosion and sediment control, the development of Environmental Management Plans, water quality studies, and preparing permits and approvals.
Miranda holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Master of Science in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo, and holds Articling Agrologist and BC-Certified Erosion and Sediment Control Lead designations. She joined the EMA of BC to connect with other environment industry professionals, and stay current on emerging environmental issues.
Director-at-Large – Melissa Magnuson P.E., P.Eng., PMP
Melissa Magnuson is a Director-at-Large with the EMA of BC. 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.