Team

Firelight’s friendly and enthusiastic team brings together a wide range of expertise and backgrounds.

Directors

Steve DeRoy
Steve DeRoy

Director / TUS team co-lead / Mapping team lead / Indigenous Planning Lead

MSc GIS

Steve is Anishinabe/ Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. Since 1998… Read more

Ginger Gibson
Ginger Gibson

Director / IBA team Lead / Socio-economic Team Co-Lead

PhD Mining Engineering

Ginger is a Director of the Firelight Group. She works as a negotiator and implementation coordinator… Read more

Alistair MacDonald
Alistair MacDonald

Director / EA team lead / Socio-economic Team Co-Lead

MA Geography

Alistair’s work over the past decade has focused on designing, managing, conducting, and critiquing environmental impact assessments… Read more

Rachel Olson
Rachel Olson

Director / TUS team co-lead / Health Team Lead

PhD Social Anthropology

Rachel is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon Territory. She has been a researcher in First Nation communities… Read more

Staff

Makiko Allison
Makiko Allison

Chief Financial Officer

Makiko is Firelight’s CFO and Finance Manager. Originally from Japan, she moved to Canada in 2007 and has been working and studying… Read more

Holly Andrews
Holly Andrews

Senior Planner

MSc Resource Management and Environmental Studies

Holly is a Senior Planner with Firelight. She has a background in community, land use, and strategic planning and expertise in … Read more

Sarah Anthony
Sarah Anthony

Finance Coordinator

Sarah has a diploma in Library and Information Technology. She has a background as a records manager and administrator providing support in the military, private, and public sectors…Read More

Boyd Barrett
Boyd Barrett

Researcher

MRM Resource and Env. Mngt

Boyd completed the Master of Resource Management program at Simon Fraser University… Read more

Etienne Beaudet
Etienne Beaudet

Junior Researcher

MSc Integrated Water Resources Management

Etienne is a Junior Researcher with the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies Team. He holds a MSc in Integrated Water ResourcesRead more

Alexis Castle
Alexis Castle

Junior Researcher

BA Anthropology

Alexis is Anishinabe/Saulteaux and is a member of the Skownan First Nation from Manitoba. Alexis is a Junior Researcher… Read more

Katy Dimmer
Katy Dimmer

Environmental Assessment Specialist

BA Native Studies, BSc Env. & Conservation Sci.

Katy is an Environmental Assessment Specialist with the Firelight Group. Katy is experienced and well-versed in… Read more

Karen Fediuk
Karen Fediuk

Senior Researcher

MSc Human Nutrition, RD

Karen is a Registered Dietitian and holds a MSc in Human Nutrition from McGill University (2000). Since 1998, Karen has been actively involved…  Read more

Sabrina Fields
Sabrina Fields

Communications Specialist

BA Communication Studies

Sabrina is the Communications Specialist with The Firelight Group. She graduated from York University in 2018… Read more

Sandra Gosling
Sandra Gosling

Junior Researcher

BSc HECOL, Family Science & Community Diversity

Sandra is Métis, raised in the Westbank First Nation community. She is a Professional Human Ecologist/Home Economist, with a Bachelor of Science… Read more

Kalene Gould
Kalene Gould

Researcher

BSc Environmental Science

An aspiring birder and lover of the outdoors, Kalene is a recent environmental science graduate from the University of Alberta: Augustana Faculty… Read more

Jeffrey Hackett
Jeffrey Hackett

Capacity Building and Partnership Development Coordinator

MEnv Env. Assessment and MPhil Int. Peace Studies

Jeffrey has a Masters in Environmental Assessment from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada… Read more

Jessica Hak Hepburn
Jessica Hak Hepburn

Junior Researcher

BA Geography

Jessica graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Geography specializing in Environment and Sustainability… Read more

Jessica Holden
Jessica Holden

Senior Researcher

MSc Biology, RPBio

Jess is a registered professional biologist and Senior Researcher at Firelight. She works with the Ecology team, providing support for… Read more

Aaron Jones
Aaron Jones

Junior Researcher

Natural Environmental Technologist

Aaron is a member of the Garden River First Nation and is a Junior Researcher of Ecology at Firelight. Aaron is a Natural Environment Technology… Read more

John Kelly
John Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

MRM Resource and Env. Management

John’s background is in team leadership and organizational management. As a team leader he has a strong focus on… Read more

Sammy Kent
Sammy Kent

Junior Researcher

BSc Geography and Environmental Studies

Sammy is a Junior Researcher at The Firelight Group in Victoria, BC. Born in Whitehorse, Yukon and living there for much of his youth… Read more

Knut Kitching
Knut Kitching

Researcher

MA Geography, FRGS

Knut brings a circumpolar perspective to the work of the Traditional Use Studies team. With an academic background in climate…Read more 

Melinda Konings
Melinda Konings

Accounting Administrator

Melinda is Accounting Administrator with The Firelight Group. Melinda offers accounts receivable and payables support as well as other support to the Finance Team… Read more

Janelle Kuntz
Janelle Kuntz

Senior Researcher

MA Anthropology

Janelle’s masters research focused on the meaningful engagement of Indigenous women’s knowledge in environmental… Read more

Elizabeth Kuroyedov
Elizabeth Kuroyedov

Junior Researcher

MSc Anthropology, Environment, and Development

Elizabeth is a Junior Researcher Intern with the Firelight Group supporting the Traditional Knowledge and Use Team… Read more

Sejal Lal
Sejal Lal

Junior Researcher

BA Geography, Environment & Sustainability

Sejal is a Junior Researcher for the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies and Indigenous Planning teams. She completed her …Read more

Tara Lamothe
Tara Lamothe

Researcher

MRM Resource and Environmental Management (In Progress) BSc Biogeography

Tara Lamothe is Métis, Jobin family, from the Lesser Slave Lake area in Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta. She holds an Honours B.Sc. … Read more

Susan Leech
Susan Leech

Business Lead: Ecology

MSc Biology, RPBio

Susan Leech (MSc, RPBio) is the Ecology Team’s Business Lead and a Senior Researcher with Firelight’s Regulatory Team. She specializes in species at risk policy and planning, impact assessment, knowledge-based decision-making, and data analysis…. Read more

Tiana Lewis
Tiana Lewis

Junior Researcher

BA Geography

Tiana (Seliliye) Lewis is Coast Salish and a member of the Sḵḵwxḵwú7mesh Úxwumixw… Read more

Molly S. Malone
Molly S. Malone

Senior Research Manager

PhD Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Molly holds a doctorate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, where her dissertation research focused… Read more

Mathew Murray
Mathew Murray

Researcher

MA Political Ecology

Mathew holds a BSc in Geography and an MA in political ecology. Mathew’s masters research in political ecology investigated the causes of social conflict… Read more

Kelechi Nwanekezie
Kelechi Nwanekezie

Researcher

PhD Candidate Environmental Assessment

Kelechi is a Researcher on the Regulatory Team at Firelight. Her background is in impact assessment, particularly strategic… Read more

Justin Page
Justin Page

Senior Regulatory Advisor: Environmental Assessment

PhD Environmental Sociology

Justin is a Senior Regulatory Advisor and Socio-economic Research Director with Firelight. He has 15+ years of experience in… Read more
Guy Polden
Guy Polden

Senior Researcher

MSc Env., Culture and Society

A geography graduate from Trinity College Dublin, Guy also holds a MSc in Environment, Culture, and Society from the University… Read more

Letitia Pokiak
Letitia Pokiak

Researcher

MA Anthropology

Letitia Pokiak is an Inuvialuit beneficiary, from Tuktoyaktuk of the Inuvialuit
Settlement Region, in the Western Arctic, NWT.

She recently completed… Read more
Tania Salerno
Tania Salerno

Researcher

PhD Anthropology

Tania is a researcher with Firelight’s Regulatory and Impact and Benefit
Agreements (IBA) teams. Tania has over ten years of experience… Read more
Dehga Scott
Dehga Scott

Junior Researcher

BA Indigenous Governance

Dehga Scott is Tłįchǫ Dene from Yellowknife, NWT. She works as a Junior Researcher IBA teams…  Read more

Trefor Smith
Trefor Smith

Senior Regulatory Advisor: Environmental Assessment

MA Ethnohistory

Trefor is a Senior Regulatory Advisor with Firelight. Trefor comes to Firelight with more than 20 years of combined experience related to… Read more

Corvyn Steel
Corvyn Steel

Executive Assistant

MA English Language and Literature

Corvyn is an experienced educator, editor, and administrator, who earned their Master’s degree in English Language… Read more

Jordan Tam
Jordan Tam

Senior Research Manager

PhD Resource Management

Jordan is a Senior Research Manager with Firelight. His doctoral work focuses on the resilience… Read more

Lauren Tekano
Lauren Tekano

GIS Technician

MA Geomatics for Environmental Management

Lauren is the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with the Firelight Group… Read More

Sashka Warner
Sashka Warner

Junior Researcher

BSc Global Resource Systems

Sashka is a Junior Ecology Researcher with The Firelight Group. He creates maps and conducts statistical and geospatial analyses as part … Read more

Interns

Jack Baker
Jack Baker

Research Intern

MA Cultural Anthropology

Jack is an intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting the Socio-Economic team. Jack grew up on Vancouver Island and, in 2016, he completed an honours… Read more

Amanda Bulmer
Amanda Bulmer

Research Intern

M.Env Environmental Assessment (in progress)

Amanda is an Intern with the Firelight Group supporting the Regulatory Team. She is currently located in Montreal where she is completing her Masters of… Read more

Rena Case
Rena Case

Research Intern

BA First Nations Studies

Rena Case is Tsilhqot’in (Chilcotin) from TsiDelDel (Redstone) also called the Alexis Creek First Nations. Rena is a Research Intern with the Firelight Group… Read more

Carilia Horning
Carilia Horning

Research Intern

B.Soc.Sc Geography

Carilia is an intern with the Firelight Group supporting the ecology team. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Geography… Read more

Jenny Lin
Jenny Lin

Research Intern

MSc Geomatics for Environmental Management

Jenny is a Research Intern in GIS and Digital Skills with The Firelight Group. She previously studied Environment Resources and Sustainability… Read more

Lucas Soper
Lucas Soper

Research Intern

BA Political Science

Lucas is a Research Intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting both the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies and Indigenous Health teams… Read more

The Firelight Group

Research, policy, planning, mapping, negotiation, advisory, and capacity building services for Indigenous and local communities.

Offices

XWMÉLCH’tSTN (SQUAMISH CAPILANO 5 RESERVE) (778) 851-0264
VANCOUVER (604) 563-2245
VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255

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