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Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP)

Current Environmental staff bring a wealth of project experience and passion to a wide range of environmental fields that include assessment, permitting, prescription development, implementation, and monitoring.

Rupert Wong, B.Sc., R.P. Bio # 705

Rupert Wong is a professional biologist who has lived and worked as an independent consultant in the Comox Valley since 1996. His 23 years of experience include a broad range of projects involving ecological assessments and habitat evaluation work in more than 30 watersheds on Vancouver Island and Queen Charlotte Islands. He has experience in site inventories, design and implementation of habitat restoration and compensation works. Rupert is a competitive paddler and recently traveled to Hawaii and New Caledonia in the French Polynesia to compete for Team Canada. He also likes to ski and beat Warren at Crossfit.

Warren Fleenor, B.Sc., R.P. Bio #1385

Warren has over 20 years experience as a biologist, working primarily in land-use planning, environmental impact assessment (EIA), habitat enhancement and restoration, ecological design, watershed planning, construction monitoring, and water quality and hydrometric assessment throughout BC.

In addition to providing a wide range of services for engineering firms, First Nations, local, federal and provincial government agencies, independent power producers, and private developers, Warren has amassed considerable experience in a wide variety of community planning initiatives as both a consultant and volunteer. He has also worked extensively creating GIS-based mapping products for a diverse array of projects.

Warren is a lifetime Vancouver Islander with no plans to leave. He plays music (mostly guitar and drums with his son these days), swims in rivers, rides his bikes, and generally explores. Rupert convinced Warren to become a professional biologist way back when…

Dusty Silvester, B.Sc., R.B. Tech. #58

Dusty is Senior Technologist on the Current team holding a Tech. Diploma from Camosun College and a B.Sc. (Distinction) in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University. He first started with Current Environmental in 2009 through a college Co-Op Work program – his work was so impressive that he was hired on permanently. Dusty has gained a wide variety of project experience during his tenure at Current, including instream and marine shoreline restoration, riparian enhancement works, water quality monitoring, Environmental Impact Assessment, urban environmental design, erosion and sediment control planning, and GIS-based mapping.

Dusty is also a certified sea kayak guide and instructor, SCUBA DiveMaster, and yoga teacher; who enjoys adventure racing and rock climbing, and has recently taken up Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and the sport of biathlon.

Caitlin O’Neill, B.A.Sc., ER Grad

Caitlin completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in Biology and Geography and graduated from the Ecosystem Restoration post-graduate program at Niagara College in 2013. Over the past five years, Caitlin’s work as a sea kayak guide has taken her to several countries, including New Zealand, Chile, and the Bahamas.  Of all of these places, her four seasons of guiding and living on Quadra Island have been the most influential.

Caitlin has experience in riparian zone restoration, ecological land classification surveying, fish salvage and construction monitoring, GIS-based mapping, and water quality monitoring. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, playing guitar, and learning to pluck a mean banjo.

Carly Palmer

Carly has been wading the streams of the Comox Valley since she was six years old. Over the last four years she has worked as an environmental educator and environmental technician on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Lower Mainland.

Carly graduated top of her class with a diploma of environmental technology from Camosun College. Carly has experience working in terrestrial, marine, and freshwater environments doing everything from mapping eel grass beds to construction monitoring. In her spare time Carly enjoys mountain biking, hiking, dancing, and snorkeling.

Jim Palmer

Jim is the official “jack of all trades” man at Current Environmental – in addition to his first-rate skills as an Environmental Technician, Jim’s the guy we call when we need to figure out how to overcome technical challenges – like how to drill ballast rocks under water.

Jim has over ten years of experience in watershed management and monitoring. He has coordinated and supervised many volunteer-based smolt fence, water quality, stream habitat restoration and fry density sampling projects in the Morrison Creek Watershed.

He is also one of the members of the National Recovery Team for the Morrison Creek Lamprey and was a co-author of the Recovery Strategy for the Morrison Creek Lamprey (Lampetra richardsoni var. marifuga) in Canada.

Eons ago, Jim worked on a large commercial fish hatchery (Quadra Smolts Little Bear Bay) and established an oyster farm on Cortes Island. Jim is an avid naturalist and a cycling, kayaking and alternative power enthusiast – he’s published several letters in Home Power magazine.

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