Our Leadership Team
EMAIL Bob Redden
Bob Redden, R.P.Bio, A.SC.T.,CPESC – Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner
Bob is our Chief Executive Officer. In his role as CEO, Bob leads EDI, providing vision and strategic leadership to guide the overall direction of the firm.
Bob has over 25 years of biological and environmental management experience working in northern and western Canada. With a background in fish and wildlife biology and extensive experience working on most aspects of natural resource development and construction projects, he has significant knowledge with regards to regulatory and project requirements. He has managed numerous projects related to environmental assessments and environmental management planning/permitting and has worked extensively in the oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, and transportation infrastructure industries. Over the past two decades, Bob has developed numerous practical environmental management training courses for environmental professionals and construction team members, having trained over 2,500 people.
Bob has always been committed to making a difference by volunteering for boards, committees, and charities. Since 2014, he has been a northern BC representative (volunteer) for the BC Provincial Government’s Small Business Roundtable. The purpose of the Small Business Roundtable is to champion small business interests to government. In 2016, Bob was invited to volunteer on the Champions Table; a joint initiative established by the BC Assembly of First Nations and Business Council of BC. The Champions Table provides a meeting place for formal ongoing dialogue where leaders come together to explore opportunities, discuss barriers and work jointly to develop a more effective approach to economic development based on reconciliation with First Nations.
EMAIL Mike Setterington
Mike Setterington, B.Sc.F., M.Sc., R.P.Bio., CWB – Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Senior Partner
Mike is a senior terrestrial biologist and EDI’s Deputy CEO. Since 1995 he has led projects focused on wildlife and bird ecology, habitat management, impact assessment, and post-environmental assessment monitoring in northern Canada. He has managed many projects related to environmental assessments and has coordinated the submission of technical reports to environmental and socio-economic impact review boards. Mike has experience both as a government regulator/expert witness and as a project proponent representative for environmental reviews of northern development projects.
In his corporate role, Mike provides his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to continue to keep EDI delivering quality and practical service to our clients. He is known for his problem-solving abilities, community connections, calm demeanour, and logical solutions.
EMAIL Cathy MacKay
Cathy Mackay, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., P.Ag. – Chief Operating Officer and Senior Partner
Cathy joined EDI in 2006 as a biologist, and quickly became a Project Manager and then Branch Manager. She was invited to join the EDI Board of Directors in 2008 and now manages EDI’s operations. Cathy continues to work as a biologist and is both a Registered Professional Biologist and a Professional Agrologist. She is seen as a leader in the mining and energy sectors. Building teams that exceed the expectations of clients, associates, and regulators is what inspires Cathy the most.
Prior to joining EDI, Cathy worked as a biologist in the public and private sectors. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Biology from Simon Fraser University in 1997 and worked for the BC Ministry of Environment upon graduation until 2002. While continuing her work in the private sector, Cathy completed her M.Sc. in Natural Resources Science in 2006.
Cathy’s motivation as a business owner is grounded by her passion to further a knowledge-based economy in the north. She has lived in Prince George, BC, since 2003 and has served on the Prince George Chamber of Commerce as a director since 2016.
EMAIL Alison Fuhr
Alison Fuhr, MBA, CHRP – Chief Financial Officer and Partner
Alison is EDI’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She guides EDI’s financial strategy, manages corporate risk and human resources, and oversees accounting and investment management. She prides herself on being approachable and helps keep our company’s financial well-being on track.
Prior to the Chief Financial Officer role, Alison worked closely under EDI’s previous CFO and oversaw financial analysis and management, corporate risk, insurance, fleet management and human resources. Alison continues to assist the Board of Directors with long term strategic planning, talent management and development, acquisitions, and streamlining procedural and financial policies and systems.
Raised in Smithers, BC, Alison went to school at the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia to gain her B.Comm. and MBA. As an outdoor enthusiast, she is passionate about living in the north and enjoying everything it has to offer.
EMAIL Rahul Ray
Rahul Ray, B.Sc., DEIA, MRM, RPP, MCIP – Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer
Rahul is the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer and a senior environmental planner with EDI. In his business leadership role, Rahul identifies and builds opportunities for and with EDI team members. He also explores collaboration opportunities with companies that share our passion for excellence, client focus, and strong ethics.
In his project role, Rahul’s planning and facilitation work is supported by his education and experience in the biological and social sciences. He has facilitated major planning processes involving Indigenous communities; municipal, provincial and federal levels of government; and stakeholders designed to reach mutually-beneficial solutions. He has prepared baseline studies, led community engagement programs, and conducted assessments for major projects across western Canada over the past 15 years. Rahul is a Registered Professional Planner in British Columbia and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
In his non-work time, Rahul is focused on helping individuals and families with mental, physical, or financial barriers reconnect with nature.
EMAIL Patrick Tobler
Pat Tobler, R.P.Bio., CPESC – Territories Regional Director and Senior Partner
Pat is a senior fish biologist in EDI’s Whitehorse office and our Territories Regional Director. He opened our Whitehorse office in 2000 and currently leads a team of 20 environmental specialists. He has managed many environmental projects including large efforts with private sector, as well as Indigenous, and non-Indigenous government clients in Yukon and northern BC. He has played a lead role on hundreds of projects involving aquatic science, erosion and sediment control and environmental assessment.
Pat is a strong believer in supporting community and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Yukon College Foundation. He has been a key coordinator and coach for developing and growing female youth hockey opportunities throughout the Yukon.
EMAIL Leslie Chamberlist
Leslie Chamberlist, B.Sc., P.Ag., CPESC – Northern BC Regional Director
EMAIL Ian Redden
Ian Redden, B.Sc., R.P.Bio – Southern BC Regional Director and Senior Partner
Ian is EDI’s Southern BC Regional Director and a registered professional biologist who oversees the operations of the Nanaimo, Vancouver, and Victoria offices. He provides strategic guidance, seeks new business opportunities, and helps our clients scope, plan, permit and execute their projects.
Ian has more than 25 years of experience in project management, fisheries and wildlife studies, baseline and environmental assessments, environmental monitoring, environmental flow needs, watershed assessments and fish habitat offsetting. He has held positions with industry, government and in the consulting industry and has worked extensively in coastal BC. Ian has worked as a Senior Fisheries Biologist for a variety of sectors including hydropower, forestry, land and infrastructure development. He also has extensive experience in the hydropower industry working in all aspects from preliminary feasibility assessments through detailed impact assessment, permitting, construction monitoring, long term effects monitoring and operational support. As the permitting lead on numerous large projects Ian regularly works with provincial water licensing, land tenure acquisition and with the federal Fisheries Act.
EMAIL Meighan Kearns
Meighan Kearns, B.Sc., P.Biol., R.P.Bio. – Prairies Regional Director and Partner
Meighan is EDI’s Prairies Regional Director and a senior biologist with EDI. In Meighan’s leadership role, she oversees the operations of the Calgary, Grande Prairie, and Saskatoon offices and provides strategic guidance, coordinates team efforts, and helps clients scope and solve issues.
Meighan has worked on numerous projects throughout Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Yukon and Northwest Territories for various sectors. She has accumulated over 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, conducting environmental impact assessments, fish and fish habitat baseline studies, stream crossing assessments, water quality data collection and management, and environmental monitoring of construction projects.
EMAIL Dennis Thideman
Dennis Thideman – CRSP Occupational Health and Safety and Information Technology Director
Dennis is EDI’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Director, focused on supporting the safe work practices of the EDI team. He is designated as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Dennis has worked in various industry sectors for more than 30 years including forestry, oil and gas, mining, engineering, surveying, construction and GIS/mapping, providing him with well-grounded and practical health and safety experience. In his role as OHS Director, Dennis coordinates and administers EDI’s health and safety program to support the overall health and safety of all employees, visitors and contractors. Additionally, Dennis manages EDI’s COR certification for British Columbia, Alberta, and Yukon.
Dennis is also EDI’s Information Technology (IT) Director, supported by his extensive data management experience, solid background in application development, and well-rounded IT background.
EMAIL Dr. Julia Krizan
Dr. Julia Krizan, M.Sc., Ph.D. - Operations Director
Julia joined EDI in 2019 as a Senior Biologist and was appointed Operations Director in 2022. With a Ph.D. in Biology, she came to Canada in 1996 and spent most of her time since then living and working in the North. She was involved in live-capture and radio telemetry studies of wolves in northern Ontario, was the carnivore biologist for the Government of Nunavut, an Instructor at Aurora College in the NWT, and, prior to joining EDI, a senior biologist and director for an Indigenous environmental consulting company in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Canada’s Western Arctic.
Julia has 25 years of environmental management and consulting experience, mostly in the Arctic and northern Canada. She has completed environmental assessments, project description reports, ecological and renewable resource assessments, and has assisted clients with regulatory permitting of large-scale development projects, baseline data inventories, community engagement and consultations, development and implementation of community-based monitoring networks, and conservation and reclamation planning. Julia has experience collaborating with Indigenous peoples and is accustomed to working in cross-cultural settings. She has also gained a solid understanding of the diverse cultural, natural, and socio-economic landscapes in the Canadian North. In her corporate role as Operations Director, Julia is supporting our teams to execute projects effectively and she continues to lead business growth in the North, supporting our clients through her extensive knowledge and network.
Driven by her passion for wildlife and desire to have communities coexist with wildlife, Julia is on the Board of Directors for WildNorth, a non-for-profit wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization in northern Alberta.
EMAIL Susan Norman
Susan Norman, B.A. – Accounting & Administration Director
Susan is EDI’s Accounting and Administration Director. She oversees the processes and procedures that EDI has developed to help the company operate efficiently. Susan manages the administrative teams in each of our four regions to support our staff and the clients we work with.
In her free time, Susan is an active leader with the Girl Guides of Canada.
EMAIL Janhavi Durve
Janhavi Durve, B.Com., MBA (Human Resouces) - People and Culture Leader
Janhavi is EDI’s People and Culture Leader. She started with EDI in 2020 and brings over 8 years of Human Resources experience specializing in talent acquisition, employee relations, on-boarding, employee engagement and performance management. Her passion is creating an engaging and collaborative workforce. She supports our team by delivering Human Resources programs and procedures that include policy development, recruitment, onboarding, employment agreements, learning and development, and performance management.
Prior to joining EDI, Janhavi worked in both private and public sectors in India and Canada. She was raised in Mumbai, India, and enjoys baking, travelling, and visiting new places to learn about different cultures. Janhavi is currently based out of our Burnaby office.
EMAIL Cameron Jackson
Cameron Jackson, M.Sc., P.Biol. – Saskatoon Lead
Cameron is a Senior Biologist and Project Manager who leads our Saskatoon office. He has managed the environmental components of numerous power transmission, pipeline, oil and gas, wind energy, and infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan. Projects Cameron has worked on include environmental screenings, biophysical impact assessments, permit applications, environmental management plans, and environmental construction monitoring.
Cameron brings a proven ability to mobilize resources. He accomplishes this by engaging high performing teams, tracking budgets and deadlines, liaising with client, regulatory personnel and non-government agency personnel, consulting with land owners and Indigenous representatives, preparing and reviewing reports, and mentoring staff for career development.
EMAIL Kristin Kendrew
Kristin Kendrew, B.Sc., P.Ag. – Grande Prairie Lead
Kristin is an Environmental Scientist in our Grande Prairie office with close to 10 years of environmental experience. She is a graduate of both Lakeland College and the University of Alberta, specializing in Restoration Ecology and Land Reclamation. She is a professional agrologist with extensive experience working in Alberta’s oil and gas sector. Areas of professional focus include reclamation, construction supervision, and project planning and management. Kristin is involved in project management, reporting and field work ranging from soil sampling to aquatic assessments.
In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, canoeing, snowshoeing or reading a good book. Prior to entering the Environmental Industry, her decade-long career was in the theatre and staging community in Edmonton, where she coordinated between designers, union technicians, and the public. She is ranch raised and comfortable working with diverse project stakeholders.
EMAIL Mary Ann Middleton
Mary Ann Middleton, Ph.D., P.Geo (BC/AB) – Vancouver Lead
Mary Ann is a Senior Water Resources Scientist who leads our Vancouver office. She is a professional geoscientist with a Ph.D. in Hydrogeology, and a specialization in groundwater-surface water interactions and vulnerability assessments of groundwater-dependent streams. In her technical role at EDI, Mary Ann provides senior support for hydrogeology and hydrology projects and our growing Water Resources team, advancing our water data management capabilities across regions. As Vancouver office lead, Mary Ann provides strategic guidance to the local team and builds relationships with clients by coordinating strong teams and expertise to successfully scope, manage, and execute projects.
Mary Ann has experience with Water Resource projects in a wide variety of sectors, including mining (through advanced stage exploration, operations, and post-closure), transportation, urban, and renewable energy in BC, Yukon, and Alberta. Her environmental consulting career experience has included hydrogeological studies, hydrology and water quality monitoring, aquifer-stream vulnerability assessments, contaminated site investigations and remediation, forestry, mineral exploration, and fish and fish habitat assessments.
Mary Ann is active as a volunteer with Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) as a Member-At-Large with the BC Chapter and is active within CWRA Mentorship program. In 2022, Mary Ann was appointed to the Geoscience BC Mineral Technical Advisory Committee and the Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) Geoscience Credentials Assessment Panel. Outside of professional activities, Mary Ann is a nationally ranked competitive powerlifter, and enjoys the art of lifting heavy things and putting them back down.
EMAIL Melanie Wilson
Melanie Wilson, M.Sc., R.P.Bio. – Smithers Lead
Melanie joined EDI in 2021 as a Senior Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager. She is also the acting office lead for the Smithers office in British Columbia. Prior to joining EDI, Melanie worked as a biologist for federal, provincial, and territorial governments throughout British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Since completing her graduate degree at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, she has accumulated over 15 years of experience, with a focus on species at risk, avian research and ecology, habitat protection and management, and environmental effects monitoring.
In her spare time, she enjoys travel by bicycle and has cycled across Canada and many other countries including Mexico, Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ecuador, and New Zealand. She also enjoys hitting the hiking trails, mushing with her sled dogs, and painting.
EMAIL Hanna Donaldson
Hanna Donaldson, B.Sc., R.P.Bio. – Senior Biologist and Senior Partner
Hanna is a Professional Biologist with over 20 years of experience in project management, fisheries, and surface water resources. She works closely with clients in the mining, energy, and oil and gas industries, providing strategic guidance in project scoping, planning, and permitting. Hanna regularly manages baseline and impact assessment programs as part of regulatory applications, including provincial water licensing, and the federal Fisheries Act. Hanna has directed and managed several independent reviews of projects under the BC Environmental Assessment Act on behalf of provincial government and Indigenous communities.
EMAIL Daryl Johannesen
Daryl Johannesen, M.Sc., P.Biol. – Senior Biologist
Daryl is a Professional Biologist with over 30 years of consulting experience from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and into the Northwest Territories and Yukon. His experience includes energy (hydroelectric, wind, solar and geothermal power generation and transmission lines), mining (uranium, coal, gold, and diamonds) and oil and gas (seismic, wells and pipelines) projects.
His expertise is related to project and regulatory strategy and direction, environmental effects assessment, cumulative effects assessment, and formulation of environmental mitigation and offset plans. Projects have spanned ecological landscapes from the grasslands to the boreal forest and into the Arctic, and have been provincially or federally regulated. These projects include a 1,100 km power transmission line, a gold mine in Ontario, windfarm projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and numerous seismic programs, exploratory wells and pipeline projects in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories.
Daryl has been involved with the public consultation and hearing process (provincial and federal) for several large-scale projects proposed in environmentally sensitive areas. He works with clients to develop environmental strategies related to long-term operating plans for projects throughout Canada. He has also been involved in several Traditional Knowledge studies with First Nations, related to oil and gas, pipeline, windfarm and hydroelectric projects.
EMAIL Patrick Audet
Dr. Patrick Audet, Ph.D., R.P. Bio – Senior Scientist, Team Lead and Partner
Patrick is EDI's Discipline Lead in land reclamation planning, environmental monitoring design and closure with applications in the mining and oil and gas industries. He has contributed to environmental assessments and research worldwide including northern and western Canada, eastern Australia, central America and Europe. His project approach emphasizes careful data management and analysis, advanced progress tracking, and timely delivery of objectives.
Patrick is an Associate Editor for two leading environmental journals and has edited two special issue volumes on the topic of ecological restoration. He is currently an Advisory Board Member to the NAIT Boreal Research Institute in the area of reclamation science.