Integrated Environments is pleased to announce the newest member to the IEL team: Samantha (Sam) Mackay.
Sam is IEL’s new Environmental Specialist and is registered as a Professional Agrologist and Professional Biologist in Alberta, while also holding her International Society of Arboriculture Arborist Certification.
Sam studied Environmental Sciences with a hydrology specialization for her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, and completed her Masters of Science degree in forest ecology and hydrometeorology at McMaster University. Sam has 7 years’ experience primarily in pre-construction and post-construction planning and assessments for the oil and gas industry, for pipelines, well-pads and SAGD programs. Her background is extremely diversified, and includes assessments and reporting for a variety of disciplines including: pre-disturbance assessments; reclamation certificates; Timber Salvage Plans; EFRs/PLDA Supplements; wildlife surveys; construction monitoring; post-construction reclamation assessments; watercourse/riparian area reclamation; vegetation management; erosion and sediment control; aboriginal engagement; and Environmental Protection Plan (EPP) development.
For two of the seven years’, Sam worked in a joint-role as a professional field arborist as well as an avian field biologist, responsible for pre-work wildlife sweeps and training programs for non-biologists for utility line vegetation management programs. This joint role was developed to ensure company compliance with necessary environmental regulations for transmission and distribution line vegetation management projects during the operation/maintenance phase of project life, to avoid significant provincial and/or federal offences against environmental acts (i.e., Migratory Bird Convention Act; Species at Risk Act; etc). During this time, Sam was involved in numerous roles including: training, environmental lead, field and reporting, conference presentations, client environmental-safety summits, as well as arboriculture tasks.
Sam is plunging head first into IEL’s current projects and already has several things on the go. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, pursuing a part-time knitwear design career, biking and camping with her fiancé and climbing trees every chance she gets.