EMA of BC Board Members

As a not-for-profit society, our success heavily relies on the Board of Directors, composed of volunteers from our member organizations.

Board of Directors

Leanne Harris — Past-President

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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 Master’s 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 with the EMA of BC Board of Directors since 2012, as a Director-at-Large, Vice President-Vice Chair, President and currently Past President, has provided 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. In 2018, Leanne implemented, with the support of the Board of Directors, the annual First Nations Environmental Management Projects Grant with the purpose of providing BC First Nations groups grant funds to support their environmental management projects.

Bryan Shaw — President

Client Services Representative | CARO Analytical Services

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. Bryan is interested in helping to bridge the gap between academic and industry professionals and the EMA of BC provides an excellent platform towards this goal.

Vanessa Osorio — Vice President

Project Manager | Milestone Environmental Contracting

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Vanessa Osorio is the Vice President Vice Chair of the EMA of BC. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science, and a Diploma of Applied Chemistry & Biotechnology. Vanessa has been in the Environmental industry, working in both private and government sectors, for 8 years. Currently, Vanessa works at Milestone Environmental Contracting as a Project Manager and Facility Manager. Her career focus has been on environmental regulations, contaminated sites and environmental remediation, and she has developed expertise in these areas as well as in the technical review and assessment of environmental data.

Vanessa is passionate about the EMA of BC and is proud to serve on the board, as the association provides a valuable platform for networking, sharing of industry knowledge, and continual learning for environmental professionals in BC. Together with the Workshop Committee, she works to deliver relevant and meaningful content to the EMA of BC’s wide member base.

When she is not working or volunteering on the board, Vanessa enjoys spending time working on her organic home garden.

Anthony Collett — Treasurer

Senior Project Manager – Environmental Site Assessment & Remediation | SLR Consulting

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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 12 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.

Michelle Anderson — Secretary

Manager and Senior Environmental Toxicologist | SLR Consulting

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Luke Dineley — VP Communications

Partner | Borden Ladner Gervias LLP

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Karen Pyne — VP Education

Residuals Project Coordinator | Metro Vancouver

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Karen Pyne is a Residuals Project Coordinator at Metro Vancouver, which is responsible for the region’s drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management. Karen’s work at Metro Vancouver focusses on the responsible environmental management and beneficial use of the residuals produced by Metro Vancouver from the wastewater treatment process (biosolids) and the drinking water treatment process (drinking water treatment residuals). Karen has 20 years of experience within the environmental field from an environmental analytical lab, to private consulting in contaminated sites management. While at Metro Vancouver, Karen has also worked in the Environmental Regulation and Enforcement Division as an Officer managing air quality and liquid waste permits.

Karen has an Environmental Protection Technology diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and is an Applied Science Technologist. Last year Karen was excited to be a first time Director-at-Large with the EMA of BC, and this year, she was happy to be elected as VP Education. Karen hopes to connect with environmental professionals to share experiences and knowledge, and help organize some interesting and fun educational sessions and events. Karen recently was the Environmental Manager and recipient of the EMA’s Emissions and Discharge Control Award (2018 co-recipient) for the project “Drinking Water Treatment Residuals Diverted from Landfill for Cement Manufacturing” (with Lafarge Canada).

When Karen’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family hiking, biking, and camping, and is busy with her two kids extra-curricular activities

Lindsay Du Gas — VP Marketing

Risk Assessor/Toxicologist | SNC-Lavalin

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Lindsay is a Risk Assessor/Toxicologist with SNC-Lavalin, currently specializing in human health and ecological risk assessment for contaminated sites and environmental impact assessments. Her background in aquatic and marine biology and toxicology provides a strong foundation for the effective interpretation of levels of contaminants in environmental media, the evaluation of routes of exposure and assessment of the potential for adverse effects. Lindsay participates in petroleum product spill response programs, predicting potential effects and evaluating risks to aquatic biota, and previously supported the marine and freshwater components of environmental assessments for large scale LNG and mining projects in BC. Lindsay obtained a Bachelor of Science (Integrative Biology) and a Master of Environmental Toxicology from SFU, and is currently a Registered Professional Biologist in BC.

Lindsay is excited to have joined the EMA Board last year, and was elected to serve as VP Marketing this year.  She will work to support the organization in identifying, collaborating and sharing knowledge on common issues and topics relevant to environmental professionals across industry, government and academia groups.

Richard Pope — VP Membership

Partner | Dillon Consulting

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Richard Pope is a Partner and senior environmental scientist with Dillon Consulting Limited. He has over 30 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, Ontario, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. Richard also has international mining experience in Peru and Bolivia. Key focus areas currently include Environmental Assessments (provincial and federal processes), the design and implementation of environmental baseline programs, and the acquisition of permits and approvals. Many of his projects have required extensive consultation and interaction with regulators, aboriginal groups, and other key stakeholders.

Directors at Large

Jon Arason

Manager of Environment and Emergency Management | BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC)

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Jon Arason sits on the Workshop Committee. He is the Manager of Environment and Emergency Management at the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), the rail division of TransLink. BCRTC’s operations include SkyTrain (Expo and Millennium Line), and West Coast Express. Jon is responsible for both the Emergency Management and Business Continuity System and the Environmental Management System.

Jon holds a bachelor of Environmental Science Degree from Royal Roads University, a Chemical Sciences Diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and an Emergency Management Certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He is a registered Applied Science Technologist with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians (ASTT) of BC, and an Accredited Business Continuity Professional with the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) of Canada.

Jasmeen Jatana

Business Development Representative, Environmental | ALS Global

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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.

Miranda Lewis

Environmental Scientist | Triton Environmental

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Miranda Lewis sits on the Annual Workshop Committee. Miranda is an Environmental Consultant with 8 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 Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) and BC-CESCL (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.

Melissa Magnuson

Project Manager | Jacobs

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 includes contaminated sites, abandoned and closed mine sites, air emissions, real estate development, and large earthworks projects.  Melissa joined the EMA in 2016 and truly enjoys working with such a diverse group of talented environmental professionals.

Jennifer is an environmental lawyer and partner at Lawson Lundell LLP. Jennifer advises on regulatory, indigenous and environmental law matters for a variety of industry sectors, including mining, clean energy, transportation, forestry and land development in general, including linear developments. The primary focus of Jennifer’s practice is environmental assessment and permitting for major projects in BC, Yukon, NWT and Nunavut, and land and mineral rights, including Indigenous land matters. Jennifer has developed regulatory roadmaps and provided permitting and property advice for a wide variety of projects and project expansions.

Prior to her career in law, Jennifer worked as an electrical engineer for several years before co-founding a technology company. She led the engineering department there for eight years, and successfully managed the group through two acquisitions.

Jennifer joined the EMA of BC Board of Directors in 2019 as a Director-at-Large. Jennifer is interested in promoting environmental education and information exchange, and is particularly interested in emerging technologies and solutions.