Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services Ltd.

As a First Nations leader in business development it is the objective of GGDL to move toward responsible development while at the same time ensuring the environment is protected and Mother Earth is not harmed by the new realities of day to day life.

Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services Ltd. provides a problem solving approach rooted in Traditional and technical knowledge to environmental and project management consulting for a range of clients including Indigenous Groups, oil and gas, industrial, real estate and academic sectors. Our experience in environmental services and project management is broad and we can manage and execute projects in permitting and planning, monitoring, and reclamation and remediation. We have completed projects for a diverse range of clients throughout Western Canada.

Our view is that the role of an environmental consultant is to provide the best service possible by approaching each project using the best fundamentals of environmental science while considering the needs of the client balanced with the goals of other impacted parties. Feel free to review our list of environmental consulting and project management services and feel free to contact us regarding any of your perceived service needs.

Consulting for First Nations

We feel that success with any project where First Nations and Indigenous Groups are impacted as rights holders is dependent on the constructive engagement of all involved parties. We have experience in bringing First Nations and Indigenous Groups stewardship considerations forward to groups such as regulators and proponents, and providing a bridge between diverse groups in order to successfully satisfy the concerns of all involved

LINE 3 REPLACEMENT PROGRAM: BUILDING CAPACITY, ONE PERSON AT A TIME

Line 3 Replacement Program: Building capacity, one person at a time

Published: December 07, 2017

ENBRIDGE PROJECT PROVIDES ASSORTED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIGENOUS WORKERS

Building capacity. In the business world, it refers to developing the skills, knowledge and understanding for future success.

At Enbridge, we use the term to describe our engagement with Indigenous communities—with the goal of capturing long-term benefits from current and future projects, such as the Line 3 Replacement Program, as well as ongoing maintenance and operations work.

“Ultimately, it comes down to individuals and supporting their success. Enbridge has a significant interest in supporting transferable skills development, since we recognize that much of pipeline work is temporary,” says Jamie Honda-McNeil, Enbridge’s Manager of Community and Indigenous Engagement in Canada.

“We’ve made a concerted effort to identify Indigenous candidates for work opportunities and provide them the skills and training they need to secure work—not only on Line 3, but wherever their careers will take them,” he adds.

For a mammoth undertaking like Enbridge’s L3RP, capacity building takes many forms, including:

TRAINING-TO-EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS;

creating unique positions like Indigenous construction liaisons and monitors, and encouraging our contractors to provide detailed Indigenous participation plans in their bid packages.

Evan McNab-Desjarlais is one such candidate who took advantage of an opportunity to work on the Line 3 project through an Enbridge contractor.

McNab-Desjarlais, 21, had just moved from Saskatoon back to his home on George Gordon First Nation, 110 kilometres northwest of Regina.

In early July, he received an e-mail about some on-reserve training being conducted by Golder Associates, which is providing environmental support for Line 3 construction in Saskatchewan, and a subcontractor, Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services Ltd.

“When I moved back on the reserve it was tough finding a job,” says McNab-Desjarlais. “But when I heard of the training coming up—and a potential job offer—I took it as a real opportunity to get some work and do some good.”

McNab-Desjarlais enrolled in a training program that qualified him to support environmental specialists working on pipeline construction projects, and then secured a position on the Line 3 project through Wicehtowak Limnos.

He was subsequently deployed to the Line 3 right-of-way near Regina, where Enbridge recently completed a crossing underneath the environmentally and culturally sensitive Qu’Appelle River using a trenchless technique known as micro-tunneling, or horizontal directional drilling (HDD).

The work gave him a “changed perspective” on the environment, he says, and involved a good cross-section of disciplines—wildlife surveying, archeological and heritage resource monitoring, and aquatic surveying and monitoring.

The aquatics surveying was a particular highlight.
“I really enjoyed the work,” says McNab-Desjarlais. “It was quite the learning experience.”

“We started a few days before drilling, to collect baseline samples upstream and downstream of the HDD,” he explains. “We drilled holes in the (river) ice at five locations to take test samples. What I really loved about it was the data analyzing, where we’d take the samples and put them through a turbidity reading, which measures the clarity of the water.”

With the river crossing now effectively complete, McNab-Desjarlais is back home but eager for more work, which he expects in the new year.

“I’m on a call list,” he says. “When work becomes available, they’ll go down the list and I’ll be asked if I want to go. Of course, I’ll say yes.”

TECHNICAL TEAM

Scott Barnes, Ph.D., P.Ag.

President

Cell – (403) 990-0645
Email – sbarnes@wlcs.ca

Scott Barnes received a Ph.D. in Earth System Science in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University in 2003. After a post doctoral fellowship at the same institution, he returned to Alberta and began working as a consulting environmental scientist in a range of industries. Since 2013, he has worked with George Gordon First Nation on environmental issues and stewardship, and has been President of Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services LP since 2015. As a Professional Agrologist, he has worked extensively on water issues, soils and reclamation contaminated sites, as well as regulatory compliance analysis, engagement and training for Indigenous Nations, Government and the private sector.

Scott Verot

Vice-President of Operations

Cell – (403) 561-6808
Email – sverot@wlcs.ca

Scott received his Business diploma at Mount Royal University in Calgary in 1997. Prior to joining WLCS Scott worked in the oil and gas industry in the exploration field. After 10 years in the field and then completing his diploma, Scott used his field experience with his education to gain employment with a major international oil and gas firm as a senior project manager for 12 years. Scott executed multi-million dollar exploration projects domestically and internationally with up to 350 people in the field on one project per day. Since 2014, he has transitioned into the environmental field and has been working with WLCS since 2016.

David Fortin, Ph.D., P.Ag.

Senior Environmental Scientist

Cell – (306) 527-9576
Email – dfortin@wlcs.ca

David received a Ph.D. in Earth System Sciences from the Department of Geography, Queen’s University, and is an accredited professional agrologist in Saskatchewan. Since 2018, he’s been an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan, Department of Geography and Planning. David has worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique-Centre Eau, Terre et Environnement (Research Centre on Water, Earth, and the Environment) in Québec City and as a Research Associate at the University of Northern Arizona, School of Earth Sciences and Sustainability in Flagstaff, Arizona. He joined Wicehtowak Limnos Consulting Services in 2017 and has since led several community-based research and engagement initiatives with First Nations in Saskatchewan.

Josh Montana

Operation Supervisor

Cell – (306) 531-3732
Email – jmontana@wlcs.ca

Josh has been with the company for two years. Josh has received an Associates Degree in economics and commerce from Cañada College in San Francisco, California whilst on a baseball scholarship. He is currently finishing his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the First Nations University of Canada. Josh is one of our certified project managers, workshop facilitators, certified solar installation technician, and full time supervisors on our team. Josh is an advocate for Indigenous youth, and a speaker that focuses on physical health, mental health, and indigenous issues. 

Jarmila Abraham, Dip. Env. Tech., ATT

Environmental Technologist

Cell – (403) 966-4021
Email – jabraham@wlcs.ca

Jarmila (Mila) completed the Land and Water Resources Environmental Technologist program at Olds College in 2016 receiving diploma in two majors; Land Reclamation and Remediation and Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning. Prior to transitioning into environmental field, Mila worked as a Registered Veterinary Technician for 12 years. She joined WLCS in 2018 and has worked as an administrator and a bookkeeper, as well as a co-instructor for Environmental Monitoring program and Regulatory Documents Review program.

Marley Oness, P.Eng.

Project Manager/Technical Advisor.

Marley is a graduate of the University of Calgary Civil Engineering program (1985). From 1986 to 1989 Marley worked for PCL Construction as a Project Coordinator for heavy civil construction projects. In 1989 Marley joined Stantec and worked out of the Kamloops B.C. office for 10 years as a design engineer and project manager for municipal infrastructure projects. In 1999 Marley joined the Town of Okotoks as Engineering Manager, a position he held for 19 years. As Engineering Manager, he led a team of technical professionals responsible for review, approval and quality control of new subdivision and development as well as capital projects. His responsibilities included preparation of annual and long term capital budgets and providing funding strategies to implement the capital programs. Marley is a proponent of “smart growth” and was involved in regional planning, including chairing the servicing committee of the Calgary Regional Partnership. Marley joined WLCS in 2018 as a Project Manager/Technical Advisor.

Wayne Bitternose

Stewardship Coordinator

Cell – (306) 531-6924
Email – wbitternose@wlcs.ca