Board

President

Stacy Thygesen, Principal, JSK Consulting

Stacy Thygesen has over 16 years of experience in the decommissioning and abandonment of end of life oil and gas facilities and pipelines. As a Principal of JSK Consulting Ltd, Stacy’s experience is focused on regulatory compliance, participation involvement notifications and pipeline and facility licensing requirements in both conventional and SAGD asset areas across Western Canada; this extensive portfolio of work has provided Stacy with invaluable experience working with regulators, industry and the public. She is a strong advocate for safety leadership and is responsible for managing her company’s Safety Program. Stacy is in the unique position to offer her perspectives in relation to both her extensive industry background and as the Principal of JSK Consulting Ltd.

Stacy has previously served on and acted as Chair for the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce, Environment Committee. She has been an engaged supporter of ESAA since 2004 and firmly believes in and is committed to its mandate and vision to support a strong environmental services industry. Stacy is excited for the opportunity to continue supporting ESAA and its membership.

ESAA Vice President

Rob Traynor, Managing Principal, SLR Consulting Canada

Rob Traynor is an accomplished Management Executive who has been practicing in the areas of Strategy, Business Development, Marketing and Operations for over 25 years. He started his career working in Account Management and after several successful years opted to pursue a career in the environmental field. In 1999 Rob joined Environmental Health Professionals Ltd. (EHP) which ultimately became Golder Associates. At Golder, Rob quickly progressed through the organization and became a senior partner with the firm and ultimately held the role of Global Director, Client Relations and Strategic Partnerships.

In 2015 Rob joined international environmental consulting firm SLR Consulting and is presently Managing Principal and National Director for Oil and Gas.

Throughout Rob’s career he has continually been asked to take on challenging roles and projects and has done so in some very difficult structural, market and financial conditions. He cites his ability to see and make sense of the big picture, his ability to establish relationships at all levels, and the ability to attract, retain and empower quality people, as the primary reasons for his successful track record and for being able to effect change in organizations. He jokingly calls himself the ‘renovator’ or ‘cleanup man’, being the one brought in to fix problems or sort things out.

ESAA Treasurer

Karen Schmidt, Vice President, Osprey Scientific

Karen Schmidt is the Vice President of Osprey Scientific Inc. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Environmental & Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and has over 19 years of experience in the environmental industry. Prior to joining Osprey Scientific, Karen gained the majority of her experience in the laboratory industry focusing mainly on client service, account management and business development. In her current role Karen is responsible for the overall operation of Osprey Scientific Inc. and ensuring its success.

Karen is an active member in various industry groups, including the organizing committee for the Capital Region Environmental Workers (CREW) networking group. She also volunteers regularly for her children’s school programs and extra-curricular activities.

ESAA Secretary

Darrell Haight, President and CEO, Trace Associates Inc.

Darrell Haight is a professional agrologist and completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta. Mr. Haight is a Co-founder, President, and CEO of Trace Associates Inc. (Trace), an employee-owned environmental science and engineering advisory firm with over 100 professionals across Western Canada. Darrell is responsible for ensuring Trace fulfills their company purpose – helping people have a great life. As a Board Member, Darrell works to help ESAA continue to grow it’s profile as the leading environmental services association in Canada and North America, by building positive relationships throughout our industry. Darrell resides in St. Albert, Alberta and in his spare time, Darrell enjoys running his kids around to various activities, travelling, walking, biking, and playing/watching hockey.

ESAA Director

Tyler Barkhouse, Partner, Dillon Consulting Limited

Tyler Barkhouse is a Professional Engineer, Certified Environmental Auditor, and Partner at Dillon Consulting Limited. Mr. Barkhouse has over 32 years of environmental consulting experience throughout Canada with a particular focus on the Canadian Arctic. He has worked for several large environmental firms including Jacques Whitford (now Stantec), AECOM, Focus Geomatics (now WSP), CH2M Hill (now Jacobs), and Dillon Consulting Limited. He has been involved in numerous high profile environmental projects in Canada including the Alberta Oil Sands Air Quality Monitoring Network, the Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup, the DEW Line Cleanup, and other Environmental Site Assessments for Transport Canada and Public Works and Government Services Canada throughout the High Arctic. Tyler has previously served on ESAA’s Board of Directors for several terms between 2004 and 2014. In 2011, he joined a distinguished team from ESAA on a once in a lifetime expedition to Antarctica. Mr. Barkhouse was nominated for an Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Stewardship in the category of Individual Commitment. He is the recipient of a Learning Leader Award through the Canadian Society for Training and Development for his ongoing work mentoring and training professionals in his area of expertise and promotion of workplace training in Canada. Tyler, has been a longtime supporter and contributor to the Environmental Services Association of Alberta and the environmental industry in Alberta.

ESAA Director

Darren Cherniak, President, North Shore Environmental Consultants

Darren Cherniak is the President and founder of North Shore Environmental Consultants which was established in 2002. Originally from Lacombe, AB he attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences in 1997. Darren has over 20 years of environmental experience in the oil and gas industry and is a Professional Agrologist with both the AIA and BCIA.

As President Darren sets the strategic direction for North Shore and provides senior mentorship and technical support for a variety of environmental programs. Darren’s project experience includes detailed soil surveys, environmental site assessments, pipeline environmental inspections, construction supervision, waste management, remediation, bio-treatment of hydrocarbons, contaminant mapping, and reclamation.

ESAA Director

Sheila Duchek, Service Manager, Hydrogeology and Earth Sciences, SNC-Lavalin

Sheila Duchek, M.Sc., P.Geol., is a senior hydrogeologist with 18 years of environmental consulting experience in Alberta. Currently, Sheila is the Service Manager for Hydrogeology in the Site Assessment, Remediation and Risk Assessment group at SNC-Lavalin Inc., who corporately, has been a full member of ESAA for over 10 years. Her professional client portfolio includes energy-producing and resource development clients, local to federal government agencies, waste management companies, urban petroleum retailers and industrial customers. As an experienced project leader for multi-disciplinary environmental assessments, Sheila understands the importance of clear communication, strong negotiating skills and engaging a variety of stakeholders.

Sheila has been a dedicated supporter of the Environmental Services community, not only within her professional practice but also through volunteer work. Sheila has been a frequent presenter at RemTech, EnviroTech and other national level conferences. She volunteers as a Subject Matter Expert (in hydrogeology) for engineering and geosciences professional associations, community acreage water co-operatives and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Sheila is committed to active representation as a professional environmental scientist and is a board member for the Environment Committee with the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. Sheila is also well-connected to academia through regular presentations and lecturing at the University of Calgary.

Sheila has many personal and professional connections with ESAA’s full and associate members. Through appointment to the ESAA Board of Directors, Sheila hopes to represent Alberta’s environmental service providers in support of growth and development for our industry’s association in a dynamic and challenging time.

ESAA Director

Sean Parker, Partner, McLennan Ross LLP

Sean provides legal advice on environmental issues, commercial transactions and litigation matters.

Sean is Co-Chair of the McLennan Ross’ Energy, Environmental & Regulatory Practice Group. The time Sean spent in the environmental consulting field before becoming a lawyer has provided him with a valuable technical foundation to support his practice in environmental and regulatory law.

Sean advises on an array of environmental management projects and commercial transactions, with a focus on brownfield redevelopment and contaminated site litigation. He acts for a wide variety of clients including large industry players, municipalities, landowners, government departments and administrative tribunals.

ESAA Director

Shawn Samborsky, Project Director, CORE Environmental Consulting

Shawn Samborsky has 23 years of experience in the environmental sector, specifically in the technical areas of waste management and contaminated sites. He has managed large scale (greater than $5M) remediation projects in urban, rural and remote settings across Canada maintaining overall responsibility for the budget, scope and timelines associated with each. He has also been involved in planning environmental due diligence activities associated with several multimillion-dollar acquisitions and divestitures. Shawn joined CORE Environmental Consulting in 2019 and is a member of the company’s leadership.

Shawn has been a member of the ESAA Board of Directors for the past three years.