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Qualified Environmental Professionals (QEP)

The staff at Current Environmental 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, Principal

Rupert Wong is a professional biologist who has lived and worked as an independent consultant in the Comox Valley since 1996. His 15 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 travelled 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, Principal

Warren has over twelve 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, independent power producers, and private developers, he 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 plays guitar and sings in the “locally famous” band Vitamin L, rides his bikes, and plays center for the Plumbers Old-timers and Viking’s Commercial League hockey teams. Rupert convinced Warren to become a professional biologist way back when…

 

Doug Swift, AScT

Doug is known throughout Vancouver Island as a resource specialist, having thirty years experience with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Much of this time with DFO was in the Habitat Management Section on Vancouver Island.

Doug has dealt with both freshwater and marine projects on the East and West Coast of Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast as well as freshwater related projects in the central interior of British Columbia. This work included conducting regulatory project reviews, providing recommendations and/or Fishery Act Authorizations for a wide variety of land development proposals, shoreline protection, stormwater management, forestry infrastructure, hydro projects, mining proposals, habitat enhancement proposals, and numerous projects with the agricultural industry. This work has included extensive interaction with all levels of government, the general public, First Nations as well as numerous environmental non government organizations.

Doug is “semi retired” – when he’s not working, he likes to golf, fish, go camping, hunt, and travel.

 

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.

 

Dusty Silvester, R.B. Tech

Dusty is the young workhorse of the Current team. He graduated top of his class from the Environmental Technology Program at Camosun College in 2010.

He first started with Current Environmental in 2009 through the 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 restoration and riparian enhancement works, water quality monitoring, Environmental Impact Assessment, sediment and erosion control planning, and GIS-based mapping.

Dusty enjoys rock climbing, yoga, going out for lunch, and Crossfit.

 

Caitlin O’Neill, B.A.Sc., ER Grad

Caitlin is the newest member of the Current team. She 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.  Out 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 three years she has worked as an environmental educator and environmental technician on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and the Lower Mainland. She recently 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 eelgrass beds to riparian habitat restoration. In her spare time Carly enjoys mountain biking, hiking, dancing, and snorkeling.

 

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