Dr. Erin McCance, P.Bio., Ph.D., M.Env., B.Sc. –
Partner, Project Manager, and Senior Biologist, EcoLogic Environmental Inc.
Erin is a Partner, Project Manager, Senior Wildlife Biologist and Ecologist with Ecologic Environmental Inc. She has significant experience with biophysical research involving terrestrial mammals and ecology. She has been involved in the development of various research and monitoring activities for linear developments including all-season roads and transmission lines. Erin has been involved in many ways with respect to EIA development and completion. She has led programs for data acquisition for Environmental Assessments, been a part of Aboriginal Participation and Public Engagement Programs, has served as the lead author of technical reports to support EIAs, and as an author for EIAs.
Erin is an accomplished project manager with multiple years of experience working in the boreal forest ecosystem, researching ungulate ecology and behaviour. Her doctoral research investigated white-tailed deer movement patterns with respect to linear features. Erin has extensive experience in the execution of fieldwork and monitoring/baseline studies for terrestrial species. She has also worked on baseline and monitoring programs for wildlife research through the EIA for Riding Mountain Transmission line Project, Pointe du Bois Spillway Replacement Project, and Northwest Angle Distribution Project, and conducted field work related to effects assessment for the Manitoba East Side Road Authority, CentrePort Canada Project, the Pine Falls to Manigotagan Transmission Line, and MIT’s Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels projects.
Through her work on these projects, Erin has been the primary author for numerous technical reports related to linear infrastructure development and environmental effects assessment. She has substantial experience in leading and conducting Key Person Interviews (KPIs) with First Nation communities. Erin is proficient with spatial and temporal analysis of wildlife movement data using GIS, specifically on white-tailed deer research in Riding Mountain National Park and the City of Winnipeg.
Mr. Derek Leask, D. NRMT, B Env. St., M. Env St Candidate –
Partner, Geomatics Manager, and Senior Biologist, EcoLogic Environmental Inc.
Derek is a Partner, Senior Biologist and Geomatics Manager for EcoLogic Environmental Inc. Derek completed a certificate in Natural Resource Management Technology from University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba, and is currently completing his Master's of Environmental Studies Degree at the University of Manitoba (expected graduation date of June 2020).
Through his work as a Wildlife Technician with MCWS and through his over 10 years of experience working in fisheries and wildlife, Derek has developed and refined an extensive set of skills for desktop and field studies in aquatic, wetland, and terrestrial environments. He is trained and accomplished in the use of Geographic Information systems (GIS) for mapping, spatial analysis and multivariate statistical analysis to examine biological and physical data, and is responsible for the overall management of the spatial database management system. Derek has managed multiple project databases, spatial analysis and all mapping needs, specific to client standards. Derek has comprehensive experience in the development and execution of fieldwork with respect to trail camera studies aimed at monitoring ungulate and furbearer populations. Derek has played a key role in a number of the wildlife monitoring and baseline data activities including: Wuskwatim Transmission Lines and Trap Lines Pilot Project, the Wuskwatim Transmission Project, and the Bipole III Transmission Line Project. Derek has also played a primary role in the development of the field program and GIS mapping and spatial analysis for the EIA for Riding Mountain National Park Transmission Line Project, the Pointe due Bois Spillway Replacement Project, and is currently working on baseline investigations for MIT’s Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels projects. He has wide ranging experiences working with local and First Nations communities, for example his work on the Saskatchewan Sturgeon Management Board, his involvement in the Wuskwatim Pilot Trapper Participation Program, and with his role working with local communities on the ESRA Trapper Participation Program.
Mr. Michel Leclaire, D. NRMT, B. Env. Sci., M. Sc. – Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist, EcoLogic Environmental Inc.
Michel is a wildlife and fisheries biologist with EcoLogic Environmental Inc. He completed a diploma in Natural Resource Management Technology from University College of the North in The Pas, Manitoba. He then moved on to complete an honours degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Manitoba and has completed his Master of Science from the University of Manitoba. Michel has worked for many years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, on population assessments of northern salmonids in the far reaches of the Canadian north. He has experience working with local aboriginals in remote northern communities. Michel has worked on numerous wildlife monitoring and baseline data acquisition projects including field work for Manitoba East Side Road Authority for wildlife in all project study areas, as well as serving as an author for caribou and aquatic furbearers on Manitoba Hydro’s Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment project in northern Manitoba, and he is currently working on baseline investigations for Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Outlet Channels projects.
Mr. Chris Kullman, Adv. Dipl. in GIS Technology, B.Sc. –
Senior Geomatics and GIS Analyst, EcoLogic Environmental Inc.
Chris has extensive experience with the management of geomatics spatial database management systems. He has a broad background in Geography and GIS and has extensive knowledge of GIS analysis and project management. He provides high-level coordination and manages key aspects of GIS projects related to spatial analysis of habitat data, mapping, and modeling. He played a vital role in the completion of environmental assessments and infrastructure projects for mammals and avian species in the Bipole III Transmission Project and the Wuskwatim Transmission Project. Chris has also conducted the analysis for numerous projects associated with the Manitoba East Side Road Authority's Wildlife Monitoring Plan for Project 1 as well as the Wildlife Baseline Studies associated with the Local Area Transportation Network for ESRA. He is very familiar with the mapping standards and protocols associated with ESRA maps and data management. He has developed significant skills in cumulative effects analysis, analysis of land cover classifications, and habitat selection of wildlife and birds using GIS software for five different ESRA contracts (PG-EL-60, PG-EL-57, P3-P7a-EL-27, P1-EL-39, P1-EL-5). He has also performed GIS analysis and mapping for projects such as the Pointe du Bois Spillway Replacement Project, the Pine Falls to Manigotagan Transmission Line Project, and the EIA for the Riding Mountain National Park Transmission Line. Chris plans and delivers tactical data management scenarios for various clients. He provides high-level coordination with the geomatics department and organization of the geomatics databases and manages key aspects of GIS projects related to spatial analysis. Chris also has vast experience in working with First Nation communities in regards to Treaty Land Entitlement and Relocation claims.