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

Pamela Perreault
Pamela Perreault

Director / Ecology Team Co-Lead

MSc Forest Management

Pamela Perreault is a member of Garden River First Nation in Ontario. Her academic and
consulting careers have taken her across Canada… 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

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

Boyd Barrett
Boyd Barrett

Senior Researcher

MRM Resource and Env. Mngt

Boyd is a Senior Researcher with the Firelight Group, and works with the Community Planning… 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

Amanda Bulmer
Amanda Bulmer

Junior Researcher

M.Env Environmental Assessment (in progress)

Amanda is a Junior Researcher with the Firelight Group supporting the Regulatory Team. She is currently located in Montreal where she is completing her Masters of… Read 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

Michelle Cuomo
Michelle Cuomo

Junior Researcher

Masters of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP)

Michelle is a Junior Planner with Firelight with two years of planning experience. She has contributed… Read more

Jason Day
Jason Day

Researcher & Environmental Assessment Specialist

MSc Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Jason is an environmental assessment and regulatory researcher with The Firelight… 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 Coordinator

BA Communication Studies

Sabrina is the Communications Coordinator at The Firelight Group and one of the organizers of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop. She graduated… Read more

Rachel Ford
Rachel Ford

Researcher

MSc Environmental and Natural Resources Economics

Rachel is an environmental assessment and regulatory researcher with The Firelight
Group. She worked for several years… Read more
Kalene Gould
Kalene Gould

Researcher

BSc Environmental Science

Working with Firelight since 2017, Kalene works closely with the Ecology and IBA teams, providing support in the coordination and management… 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

Anne Hervieux
Anne Hervieux

Junior Researcher

Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM)

Anne is a Junior Ecology Researcher with the Firelight Group. Anne conducts research and applies geomatics … 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

Claudia Ho Lem
Claudia Ho Lem

Researcher

MSc Resource Management and Environmental Science

Claudia is a member of the Métis Nation of Alberta with family roots in the Young’s Point Métis settlement in Manitoba, and is also of Chinese and Polish ancestry… Read more

Jessica Hum
Jessica Hum

Senior Planner

RPP, MCIP, MREM, BURPl (Urban & Regional Planning)

Jessica is a Registered Professional Planner, a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. As a member… 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

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

Researcher

BA Geography, Environment & Sustainability

Sejal is a Researcher for the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies and Indigenous Planning teams. …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 … 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

Rylan O'Krane
Rylan O'Krane

Junior Researcher

BSc Geology, ADGISA

Rylan is a member of Opaskwayak Cree Nation in Manitoba. He is part of the GIS team at Firelight and works out of the Vancouver office. Born and raised… 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
Rebecca Rothgeb
Rebecca Rothgeb

Researcher

MSc Environmental Practice

Rebecca is a Researcher with the Ecology Team. She holds a BSc in biology and recently completed her Master of Science in Environmental… 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
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

Jonathan Taggart
Jonathan Taggart

Senior Researcher

PhD Candidate in Resource Management & Environmental Studies (in progress)

Jonathan is a Senior Researcher with the Traditional Use Studies team, where his primary responsibilities are community-based work… 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

Tanya Tran
Tanya Tran

Junior Researcher

MSc Environmental Studies

Tanya is a Junior Researcher with the Ecology Team. She enjoys working at the intersection of conservation, community, research, policy, and education… 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

Kassandra Woods
Kassandra Woods

Senior Researcher

MA Indigenous Governance

Kassandra Woods is a health researcher with the Firelight Group. She is a settler and grateful visitor on the traditional territory of the WSÁNEĆ (Saanich)… Read more

Anang Yashim
Anang Yashim

Junior Researcher

MES Sustainable Environmental Management

Anang is a Junior Regulatory Researcher with the Firelight Group. She completed a master’s degree in Sustainable Environmental Management… Read more

Rose Zolhayat
Rose Zolhayat

Accounting Specialist

BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)

Rose is Firelight Group’s Accounting Specialist. She has been living in North & West Vancouver almost all her life… Read more

Interns

Aiba Baekova
Aiba Baekova

Research Intern

BA Global Politics

Aibakyt is a Research Intern at the Firelight Group supporting the Traditional Knowledge
and Use Studies and Indigenous Planning teams. She graduated from York University… Read more

Catherine Baxendale
Catherine Baxendale

Research Intern

BSc Geography

Catherine is an intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting the Mapping and GIS team. Born and raised in Okotoks, Alberta, she moved to Vancouver… Read more

Jakob Knudsen
Jakob Knudsen

Research Intern

BA Double Minor in Indigenous Studies and Legal Studies

Jakob is an intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting the Health team. Jakob grew up in the Fraser Valley… Read more

Hayden LaBoucane
Hayden LaBoucane

Research Intern

BSc Environmental Science, ADGISA

Hayden is a research intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting the Ecology team. Raised in… Read more

Grant Wallace
Grant Wallace

Research Intern

MEnv Environmental Assessment (in progress)

Grant is a research intern with The Firelight Group and is supporting the Regulatory Team.  He was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario.  He is currently completing his Masters… Read more

The Firelight Group

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

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