Board of Directors
Mathew Graham PMP, MCIWEM, CPESC, CAN-CISEC
Associate Water Resources Specialist, Wood, Vancouver BC
Matthew is a Chartered Water and Environmental Manager and CPESC with over 18 years of experience. He is engaged in a wide range of water management, river engineering and erosion a projects in Canada and the UK. He specializes in the delivery of capital improvement projects including flood mitigation, erosion and sediment control, river engineering and water infrastructure projects.
Risa Olekshy B.Sc CPESC
Environmental Impact Assessment Biologist, Manitoba Infrastructure, Ashville MB
Risa has worked throughout western and northern Canada as a Biologist and Environmental Educator for Parks Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and as a private Consultant. For the past 9 years she has enjoyed working with Manitoba Infrastructure as an Environmental Impact Assessment Biologist and has helped the province ‘Green Up’ its day-to-day operations and construction practices. She is committed to helping Industries achieve their objectives in an environmentally sustainable way.
Russ Paton Dipl. Tech FT, BC-CESCL
Owner/Operator, Western Seeds & Erosion, Abbotsford BC
Russ has been in the ESC field for over two decades, served as a Director of IECA PNW Chapter, Sponsored Vancouver Island University Extension Program ESC courses, is a founder of ESCAC and ESCAC BC. He is current director of ESCA BC and teaches and practices ESC on a daily basis.
Jamie Lawson P.Eng
President/Owner, MJL Engineering, Abbotsford BC
Jamie is a Professional Civil Engineer in BC and Alberta. He has worked designing and inspecting various aspects of ESC facilities for over thirty years. He is currently a director of ESCABC and involved with ESC education.
Peter Andrew-McBride CPESC
Project Manager/Senior Environmental Scientist - Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Windsor ON
Peter has 12 years of experience working in management, planning and design, monitoring, and reporting associated with infrastructure developments. He has worked on projects associated with planning, design and construction of a variety of transportation, municipal and mine infrastructure developments. His coordination and management have included detailed design compliance overseeing internal design reviews specifically related to environmental aspects. Peter has undertaken and overseen specific environmental input such as the design and construction of fish habitat compensation features and channel realignments, ecological and urban landscape design integration, site specific environmental management planning and documentation, erosion and sedimentation control, noise mitigation design and application, eco-passage design, wildlife exclusion fencing design, environmental permitting and regulatory consultation, and environmental inspection, construction staging, and site specific endangered species mitigation.
Dieter Geesing CPESC
Regional Agrologist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture and Soil Science Instructor at UFV, Vancouver BC
Dieter is the Regional Agrologist for Metro Vancouver for the BC Ministry of Agriculture. Prior to his work for the BC government, Dieter has worked for more than 25 years as a consultant and researcher in agriculture, forestry and organic waste management in and outside Canada. He has specialized in soil science and holds a BS in Forestry, a MS in Plant and Soil Science and a PhD in Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. His research interests lie primarily in management practices, innovations and policies that directly respond to the degradation of soil, water and air resources. Dieter also teaches at the Agriculture Department of the University of the Fraser Valley.
Elyse MacDonald R.P.Bio, CPESC
Senior Project Manager, Terrestrial Team Lead - Hemmera, Calgary AB
Elyse is the Senior Project Manager for Renewable Energy, Erosion Control as well as provides office management support as a team lead for the Terrestrial Group. She is a registered professional Biologist (R.P.Bio.) focusing on fisheries and erosion control issues in large scale, remote development projects including hydropower, oil/gas, and mining. Elyse is experienced in project management, baseline data collection/reporting, impact assessment, construction/development, operational monitoring, performance management, office management and corporate strategic planning. Her specialties include fish and fish habitat, impact assessment, environmental construction planning and monitoring.
Graham Tait CPESC CPSWQ
City of Calgary, Calgary AB
Graham is a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Specialist for the Water Resources Business Unit, City of Calgary. The Stormwater Pollution Prevention Team within Water Resources is responsible for the review and inspection of erosion and sediment control and stormwater pollution prevention practices associated with development permit sites and city projects. Graham has a degree in Soil Science and Environmental Chemistry. Not only is he is a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) and Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ); he is a certified instructor as well. He has more than 16 years experience in ESC and land reclamation in Alberta and British Columbia.
Steffanie Warriner P.Eng.
Environmental Services, City of Coquitlam, Coquitlam BC
Steffanie is a registered professional engineer with over 16 years of experience in civil/environmental engineering. She has broad experience in all aspects of environmental management, pollution control and impact assessment with extensive experience in environmental policy and environmental regulation. She has worked in both Canada and the United States with experience in industry, consulting and provincial and municipal governments. While working for the City of Coquitlam, Steffanie developed the City’s Erosion and Sediment Control Management Strategy and associated Streamside Protection Bylaw, which has drastically improved accountability and compliance related to construction site management in Coquitlam.