Hatfield Welcomes New Staff
Apr 20, 2020
Hatfield continues to grow, and we are pleased to introduce the following new staff:
North Vancouver, BC
Hélène Gautry, BA Economics – Accounting and Administrative Support
Hélène comes to Hatfield with 15 years of accounting experience. Originally from France, Hélène studied at both the University of Paris (Economic Sciences) and École Nationale des Finances Publiques. She began her career as a Tax Auditor, then a Legal Copywriter for the Direction des Vérifications Nationales et Internationales in Paris before moving to Canada in 2014. Prior to joining Hatfield, she worked at a Canadian insurance company supporting the Vice President of Legal Claims. Hélène has always been drawn to the West Coast and she recently moved to Vancouver. We are pleased to have her join our Accounting team in our North Vancouver head office.
Paula Soto, BSc Environmental Science (Hons) – Water Resource Specialist
Paula recently completed her BSc, which included an honours project focused on compiling and interpreting hydrologic and climactic data in the Nicola Watershed. The research for the technical report sought to better understand local hydrologic dynamics to aid in Chinook and Kokanee salmon population management. This past summer, Paula worked as an Ecohydrology Assistant for Natural Resources Canada, where she was responsible for installing and calibrating equipment and collecting data related to surface water hydrology. She has experience in stream habitat and stream invertebrate surveying, including cross-sectional surveying, as well as stream discharge, velocity, and water quality sampling. Paula joins our Water Resources team in North Vancouver supporting projects in both BC and Alberta.
Francine Beaujot, MSc Marine Biological Resources – Junior Marine Scientist
Francine recently completed her MSc with high distinction while on a full scholarship from the Erasmus Mundus IMBRSea Program: an international collaboration hosted by three universities that included many internships. Her thesis comprised of conducting multivariate analyses of time series data collected from specialized chemical sensors used at sea, near benthic communities. Francine has had the opportunity to work in the USA, France, Chile, Antarctica, and Norway through her internships and volunteer work. She spent two years as a Scientific Assistant at the Huinay Scientific Field Station in Chile, which involved expedition planning and extensive diving to collect marine invertebrate samples. Francine’s dream to be a Marine Scientist brings her to the consulting world and to the West Coast. We are excited to have Francine join our growing Marine Resources team in our North Vancouver head office.
Ian McIvor, MSc Biological Oceanography – Environmental Specialist
Ian is an ecologist with extensive experience in fisheries and aquatic toxicology, as well as ten years of experience in project management, remediation, data analysis and environmental risk assessments. He has managed water quality and macroinvertebrate sampling programs, while implementing initiatives to improve methodologies, and has participated in ecotoxicology research to help develop remediation guidelines now adopted by the Government of Alberta. Most recently, Ian spent a year living abroad in New Zealand where he worked as a Freshwater Ecologist designing and leading fish screening research. He joins our Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team in our North Vancouver head office, supporting projects in both BC and Alberta.
Nathan Medinski, MSc Conservation Biology– Environmental Specialist
Nathan comes to Hatfield with a solid background in fisheries, fish habitat and aquatic science. While completing his Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, Nathan spent his summers conducting extensive fisheries fieldwork for the University of Alberta. Most recently, he worked for the Government of Alberta as a Fisheries Biologist and Project Manager, where he designed and implemented a sampling strategy to help mitigate the spread of whirling disease in the Athabasca River and surrounding tributaries. In addition, he was also an Approval Agent for fish and fish habitat assessments for construction projects in Alberta. Nathan joins our Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team in our North Vancouver head office, supporting projects in both BC and Alberta.
New Westminster, BC
Leilane Ronqui, PhD Philosophy Science – Environmental Specialist
After completing her PhD, Leilani completed a fellowship with the UBC Stream and Riparian Areas Research Laboratory where she conducted research into the ecological relationships between water chemistry and aquatic invertebrates. She also spent one year working for the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Canada focusing on biological and aquatic environmental impact assessments within the mining industry. Prior to coming to Canada, Leilani spent eight years working in the Radioecology Division of the Nuclear Energy Commission in Brazil, where she conducted water quality and sediment studies including physical and chemical environmental analyses related to the mining industry. Leilane joins our Environmental Monitoring and Assessment team in our New Westminster office, supporting projects in both BC and Alberta.
Fort McMurray, AB
Keith Pottruff, BSc Geology – Water Resources Manager
Keith has an extensive career in hydrogeology. He initially began working as a wellsite geologist, then quickly morphed into a groundwater specialist. He has worked as the Lead Project Manager on several large multi-year hydrogeology projects, and his technical and field experience has led to his reputation as one of the top field hydrogeologists in Western Canada. His expertise covers a wide range of topics, including well construction, installation and testing, groundwater sampling, geological sampling, pumping test design and supervision, hydrogeological and geotechnical instrumentation, geological well logging, Phase 1 and Phase 2 investigations, regulatory report submissions and spill response. We are excited to have Keith bring his technical and managerial expertise to our growing Water Resources team in our Fort McMurray office.
Brenden Disher, MSc Geography – Water Resource Technician
Brenden recently completed his MSc where his thesis focused on characterizing land cover in the Northwest Territories, comparing high level dry peatlands versus lower level wetlands from a hydrological perspective using spilling wells. This past summer, Brenden worked for the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority helping to install and maintain 30 hydrometric stations that measured water levels and precipitation. He is also very proficient in using ‘R’ to analyze large data sets. Brenden joins our growing Water Resources team in our Fort McMurray office.
Fort St. John, BC
LeeAnn Muggeridge, BSc Engineering and Applied Science – Environmental Specialist
We’re thrilled that LeeAnn is rejoining our office in Fort St. John after spending a year as an Environmental Specialist for construction monitoring, where she increased her experience as a First Nations Liaison and a Wetlands and Wildlife Specialist. LeeAnn is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, where she worked as an Environmental Lead and managed large mining infrastructure projects. In that role, she coordinated fieldwork in remote locations, including air monitoring, site assessments, fish health studies, fish relocation, benthic sampling and analysis, and water quality assessments for tailings and lakes. She also has experience working on aerial studies using drones and is currently working towards her MSc.