I have more than 25 years of chemistry related work experience, including organic synthesis of novel surfactants for enhanced oil recovery, management of an environmental analytical laboratory and environmental consulting, which has encompassed contaminated land assessment, remediation and risk management. I have participated in numerous (hundreds) of Phase/Stage 1, 2 and 3 environmental site assessments, involving a diverse and unique range of contaminants, including metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, wood preservatives (creosote, chlorophenols etc.), pesticides, herbicides, PCB’s, chlorinated and non-chlorinated solvents, landfill leachate parameters, dioxins and furans, explosives, chemical warfare agents, ground gas (methane and carbon dioxide), etc.
I have also worked for a broad range of Federal, Provincial, municipal and private sector clients and have performed site assessment on small projects such as single family dwellings to larger projects involving entire First Nation communities (assessing large numbers of residential properties, community assets and commercial developments) and large industrial complexes, such as a 300 hectare coal gasification and chemical production facility.
More recently I have managed and provided senior technical design (as the lead scientist) for a multimillion dollar investigation and remediation project involving widespread metal and hydrocarbon contamination within the remote First Nation community of Klemtu. This work was conducted on behalf of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation and Aboriginal Affairs and North Development Canada (AANDC). I am also proud to have developed close and long term working relationships with many First Nations within BC and I am currently assisting numerous Nations (such as Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Kwantlen, Cheam, Tzeachten, Williams Lake, Lil’Wat, Sumas, etc.) to assess the environmental condition of their lands under the First Nation Land Management Act (FNLMA).
Based on my previous experience as the manager of an environmental laboratory I have developed significant expertise in understanding the composition and fate of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment and the methods and limitations of current analytical techniques. My knowledge of quality control measures and analytical procedures, particular those associated with petroleum hydrocarbon analysis, allows me to conduct forensic assessments of analytical data and hydrocarbon fingerprints to identify the nature, source and age of contamination by petroleum hydrocarbon products. Based on my work with gas and telephone utility companies, I have also developed a very unique understanding of the nature and degree of physical damage that may be caused to underground utilities by petroleum hydrocarbons, and associated risks to utility workers, general public and the environment.