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

Bryan Shaw — President

Regional Account Manager | ClearTech

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In addition to President of the EMA of BC, Bryan Shaw is a Regional Account Manager with ClearTech Industries Inc. Bryan holds a Ph.D in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia as well as his Professional Chemist designation through the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia (ACPBC). Following his time in academia Bryan’s career shifted to the environmental analysis industry while holding various positions during an 8 year career at Caro Analytical Services. Bryan recently joined ClearTech, a leading distributor of industrial, commercial, and municipal chemicals and equipment where he supports multiple industries within BC including water treatment and environmental remediation. Bryan joined the Environmental Managers Association of BC in 2015 as Treasurer.

Karen Pyne — Vice President - Vice Chair

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).

Jennifer Nyland — Treasurer

Partner | Lawson Lundell LLP

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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, and became the Treasurer in September 2020. Jennifer is interested in promoting environmental education and information exchange, and is particularly interested in emerging technologies and solutions.

Adrian Quesada — Secretary

Jr. Account Manager | CARO Analytical Services

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Adrian Quesada is an Account Manager with CARO Analytical Services. Adrian provides project support and management to various environmental clients across multiple industries. His work with clients and understanding of environmental issues has allowed him to support numerous projects in soil remediation, water treatment, and air quality.

Adrian is excited to be part of the EMA of BC; growing up in Costa Rica, environmental remediation and preservation have always been something he is passionate about, and he is looking forward to collaborating with fellow peers to address environmental challenges and foster education and information exchange on such an important topic.

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 34 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, Indigenous groups, and other key stakeholders.

Andrea Rivers — VP Marketing

Environmental Consultant | PGL Environmental Consultants

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Andrea Rivers is an Environmental Consultant and Project Manager with PGL’s Contaminated Sites Group. Andrea’s responsibilities at PGL include design and management of environmental site assessments and remediation for due diligence and regulatory approvals. She holds a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag) designation. Prior to joining PGL in 2016, Andrea worked as a project manager at an environmental laboratory reporting analytical data and providing technical support to clients across Western Canada.

Andrea has been attending EMA of BC events for nearly a decade. She initially joined the Board in 2018 and is pleased to have returned as a Director at Large in 2022.  Andrea sits on the Board’s education committee and enjoys coordinating events that bring members together for professional development, collaboration, and networking.

Luke Dineley — VP Communications

Partner | Borden Ladner Gervias LLP

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Luke is a Partner in both the Insurance and Tort Liability Group and Environmental Law Group in Borden Ladner Gervais’ Vancouver office. Luke’s robust practice centers on civil litigation, focusing on a variety of related matters, including insurance and tort law, and environmental law. In the area of environmental law, he represents and advises clients in a wide variety of contaminated site issues relating to both commercial and residential properties, including cost-recovery actions on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. He also provides legal advice and representation to companies on environmental regulatory compliance, emergency spill responses and environmental prosecutions. Luke also has experience in various other areas, including expropriation matters, construction litigation, and debt and insolvency litigation. He has appeared as counsel before the Federal Court and all levels of court in British Columbia.


Directors at Large

Mark Condon

Environmental Specialist | Seaspan

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Mark Condon is an environmental professional with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science specializing in Environmental Biology from University College, Dublin and a joint international Master of Science in Global Change: Ecosystem Science and Policy from University College Dublin, combined with Justus Liebig University, Giessen (Germany).

Mark currently works as an Environmental Specialist for Seaspan ULC, at their new ship construction facility in North Vancouver. He ensures regulatory compliance and maintenance of ISO 14001 and Green Marine accreditations. He has extensive experience in waste management, auditing, risk assessment, training delivery, compliance and incident response.

A certified Applied Science Technologist (AScT), Mark began attending EMA of BC events in 2018 to ensure new or changing environmental regulations were adequately anticipated and adjusted to. He has proudly served on the Board of the EMA of BC since 2021. He enjoys sharing ideas and collaborating with the industry leaders he meets and taking learnings back to his day-job.

Mat Kavanagh

Sustainability & Environment Manager | Lafarge Canada Inc.

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Mat Kavanagh is the Sustainability & Environment Manager for Lafarge Canada Inc. operations in British Columbia and the US Pacific Northwest. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Site Remediation from Seneca College and a Master of Science in Environment & Management from Royal Roads University. Additionally, Mat is a Professional Agrologist with the British Columbia Institute of Agrologists.

With over a decade of experience in the environmental sector, Mat has gained expertise in numerous disciplines. He began his career as an environmental consultant in the Oil & Gas sector, focusing on downstream, midstream, and upstream oil and gas remediation and reclamation projects across Western Canada. In 2017, he transitioned into an internal industrial environmental management role.

In his current position, Mat is responsible for managing Lafarge’s sustainability and environmental portfolio across multiple divisions, including mining, concrete, cement, asphalt, marine, and construction. His key responsibilities encompass a wide range of areas including regulatory compliance, permitting and resource development, due diligence, emergency response, and stakeholder and Indigenous consultation.

Starting in 2023, Mat’s involvement with the EMA of BC as a Director at Large reflects his commitment to connecting and collaborating with industry professionals. By participating in this role, he aims to ensure that industry partners have a voice in the ever-evolving regulatory landscape in British Columbia.

Amy Sefton

Environmental Specialist | Hatfield Consultants

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Amy Sefton is an Environmental Specialist at Hatfield Consultants. She has over 8 years of experience in professional consulting and in local government. Some of Amy’s project experience includes infrastructure (i.e., highways, port facilities, and pipelines), energy (i.e., power transmission and distribution, substations, and small capital upgrades) and community level development (i.e., housing, parks, and public facilities), she also has a strong interest in climate adaptation. Amy holds an MSc in Environmental Assessment and Management, and a BSc in Environmental Hazards from the University of Brighton, England, and is based in Squamish BC.

Amy joined the board in 2023 as a Director at Large and is involved in EMA of BC to promote environmental education,  stay current on emerging environmental issues, and connect with other industry professionals.

Andrew Schmidt

Facilities Manager | Summit Earthworks

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Andrew Schmidt manages Summit Earthworks’ various Ministry of Environment permitted facilities. Those include two bioremediation treatment facilities located in Mission BC and the wood waste and contaminated soil facility in Quesnel BC. Responsibilities include directing and managing the personnel and equipment required to operate the various facilities, review all received soil disposal applications and the associated analytical data to determine if the soil is suitable for Summit’s facilities. He is also responsible for overseeing the treatment, sampling, and delisting of the soils as applicable.

Andrew started his career in environmental consulting before shifting to the contracting side of the industry.  He has over 21 years of hands-on experience in assessing and remediating contaminated sites in British Columbia and Alberta. He has developed expertise in contaminated site investigation and remediation during this period, including Stage I Preliminary Site Investigations (PSI) and designing and implementing Stage II PSIs and Stage III Detailed Site Investigations (DSI).

He has been involved in numerous projects that involved emergency response and spill clean-up, site investigation and remediation, and soil and water treatment and disposal.

Andrew has an Environmental Protection Technology diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is an Applied Science Technologist.  Andrew is excited to be a first-time board member as a director at large.

Varun Birthire

Business Development Manager – BC & Yukon | AGAT Laboratories

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Varun Birthire, Business Development Manager at AGAT Laboratories BC/YT, delivers application-specific solutions that meet the needs and objectives of our clients and stakeholders. His mission is to help organizations scale up their businesses while ensuring environmental and social responsibility.

He graduated in Gas Engineering in 2008 and ventured into corporate world as a field operations engineer at a client offshore rig site. In his 14+ years in the O&G service industry, he progressed through various roles with growing responsibility in the Middle East and Asia Pacific (MENAP) region. Prior to joining AGAT Laboratories as a regional operations manager, he spearheaded teams in executing operations across 9+ countries, launched new products and services, implemented pricing strategies, and established strong relationships with customers.

He has completed a business leadership development program at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, Project Management Professional (PMP)® from PMI, Lean Six Sigma BB, and multiple certifications in financial performance and country management.

During leisure time, he enjoys reading, playing tennis and soccer, and running outdoors. Until now, he has run nine half marathons across various parts of India and one half marathon in Vancouver, Canada

Brad Halsey

Project Manager | SNC-Lavalin

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Brad Halsey is a project manager with SNC-Lavalin Inc., currently residing in Nelson, BC.  Brad has been with SNC-Lavalin since 2012, and previously worked for SLR Consulting Canada Ltd. (formerly SEACOR Environmental Inc.) in Nanaimo and Prince George from 1998 to 2011.  Brad’s experience is primarily with the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, and has worked in numerous locations in Western Canada and Alaska.  Brad joined the Environmental Managers Association of BC as a Director-at-Large in June 2021; his previous board experience includes Vice-Chair and Chair of the Board of Governors for the YMCA of Northern BC in Prince George from 2014 to 2021.

Steve Rosell

Vice President, Environmental Services | Summit Earthworks Inc.

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Mr. Rosell is the Senior Vice-President of Environmental Services for Summit Earthworks Inc., located in Mission, B.C. He is a detail oriented Environmental Professional with diverse Environmental Management experience in an industrial, civil and geotechnical capacity. Steve has spent considerable time as a Project Manager leaning on 20+ years’ experience in the environmental industry. He has the technical expertise to accurately appraise projects and successfully coordinate/lead project teams to offer the best possible execution to client’s expectations. Mr. Rosell has been responsible for managing numerous projects of different scopes and sizes throughout British Columbia upt o $15M in value.

In his capacity as a senior executive and business manager, Steve provides corporate strategy and direction, while evaluating risk and profit potential for external projects and internal service offerings. He is a proven and trusted leader responsible for Summit Earthworks fiscal responsibility, growth and strategic direction.

Katelyn Ocampo

Environmental Scientist | SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

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Katelyn Ocampo is an Environmental Scientist/Project Manager with SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd. Her responsibilities include managing and coordinating contaminated site assessment projects in BC. Katelyn earned her Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2020. She is also registered as an Articling Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologists.

In 2024, Katelyn joined the EMA of BC Board as a Director at Large. She is excited to further her knowledge of the environmental industry and actively contribute to the community.

In her spare time, she enjoys paddle boarding in local Vancouver spots and backpacking through South America and Asia.