Our Leadership Team
EMAIL Bob Redden
Bob Redden, R.P.Bio, A.SC.T.,CPESC – Chief Executive Officer
Bob is our Chief Executive Officer. In his CEO role, Bob leads EDI, providing strategic leadership to guide the overall direction of the firm. He was recently selected for and completed the prestigious QuantumShift program at the Ivey School of Business, designed to help Canadian business owners accelerate their companies and innovate. The program focuses on how to lead an enterprise through exponential growth; how to attract and retain the best employees; how to uncover obstacles that may be limiting growth; how to value a venture and use strategies for moving from business plan to financial proposition; and how to build a strong network of entrepreneurial peers to share best-practices.
Bob has 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 conducted and managed numerous projects related to environmental assessments and environmental management planning/permitting and has worked extensively in the oil and gas (upstream and pipelines), mining, renewable energy (hydro/wind/solar/transmission) and public infrastructure (highways/bridges/culverts) industries. Bob has developed and conducted environmental management related training for close to 20 years and has trained over 2500 people.
EMAIL Mike Setterington
Mike Setterington, B.Sc.F., M.Sc., R.P.Bio., CWB – Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Technical Director
Mike is a senior terrestrial biologist, EDI’s Deputy CEO and our Technical Director. For the past 25 years, he has led projects focused on wildlife and bird ecology, habitat management, impact assessment, and post-environmental assessment monitoring in western and 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 roles, Mike leads our technical innovation and provides his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to continue to keep EDI successful. He is known for his problem-solving abilities, community connections, and calm and logical solutions.
EMAIL Cathy MacKay
Cathy Mackay, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., P.Ag. – Chief Operating Officer
Cathy Mackay is EDI’s Chief Operating Officer and a senior biologist. As EDI’s Chief Operating Officer Cathy leads EDI’s operations, overseeing the efficient conduct of the work EDI team members undertake.
In her project role, she has worked with clientele in the energy, mining, transportation, and public sectors. Cathy specializes in environmental impact assessment, regulatory support, and environmental management. She is a leader in mitigating impacts to wildlife and wildlife habitat and has provided best practices to multiple clients on this topic. Cathy regularly conducts baseline and impact assessment programs as part of regulatory applications.
EMAIL Alison Fuhr
Alison Fuhr, B.Com., MBA – Chief Financial Officer
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 social science planning and facilitation work is supported by his education and experience in the biological sciences. He has prepared socio-economic baseline studies, led Indigenous community engagement programs, and conducted impact assessments for many major projects across western Canada over the past 15 years. Rahul is a Registered Professional Planner in British Columbia (BC) and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.
In his non-work time, Rahul serves as a committee member for Power To Be, an organization that helps individuals and families with mental, physical, or financial barriers reconnect with nature.
EMAIL Patrick Tobler
Pat Tobler, R.P.Bio., CPESC – Territories Regional Director
Pat is a senior biologist in EDI’s Whitehorse office and our Territories Regional Director. He opened our Whitehorse office in 2000 and currently leads a team of 25 environmental specialists. He has managed many environmental projects including large efforts with private sector, Indigenous, and non-Indigenous government agency 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 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 Ian Redden
Ian Redden, B.Sc., R.P.Bio – Southern BC Regional Director
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 24 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 Colin Hamilton
Colin Hamilton, PMP – Northern BC Regional Director
Colin is the Northern BC Regional Director with EDI. In his leadership role, Colin mentors and leads 25 environmental specialists.
Based on his background in environmental planning, Colin’s experience over the last 14 years has included roles on contaminated sites, earthworks construction, and emergency spill response, as well as widespread capacity building with Indigenous communities across Northern BC. Colin is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Colin has lived in Prince George for 12 years, is learning how to tie fishing flies, and is an active member of the local cross-country ski club in the winter months.
EMAIL Meighan Kearns
Meighan Kearns, B.Sc., P.Biol., R.P.Bio. – Prairies Regional Director
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, the Yukon and Northwest Territories for various sectors. She has accumulated over 15 years’ experience in environmental consulting, conducting environmental impact assessments, fish and fish habitat baseline studies, stream crossing assessments, water quality data collection and data management, and environmental monitoring of construction projects.
EMAIL Dennis Thideman
Dennis Thideman – Occupational Health and Safety and Information Technology Director
Dennis is EDI’s Occupational Health and Safety Director, focused on supporting the safe work practices of the EDI team. 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 ensure 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 IT Director, supported by his extensive data management experience, solid background in application development, and a well-rounded IT background.
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, wind energy, and infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan. Projects include environmental screenings, biophysical impact assessments, permit applications, and environmental construction monitoring. Cameron brings a proven ability to mobilize resources 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, report preparation and review, and mentoring staff for career development.
EMAIL Kristin Kendrew
Kristin Kendrew, B.Sc., P.Ag. – Senior Environmental Planner
Kristin is the Lead for EDI’s Grande Prairie office and a Senior Environmental Planner. 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.
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 Rick Murray
Rick Murray, B.Sc. P.Ag. – Environmental Scientist
EMAIL Hanna Donaldson
Hanna Donaldson, B.Sc., R.P.Bio – Strategic Initiatives Director
Hanna Donaldson is the Strategic Initiatives Director and a Senior Biologist with EDI. In her Strategic Initiatives role, Hanna helps to empower EDI team members, working to help them realize their potential and advance their careers.
She has over 20 years of consulting experience, with expertise in surface water resource management in the mining, renewable energy, and oil and gas industries. Hanna works closely with clients to develop effective and practical environmental management programs designed to identify, evaluate and mitigate potential adverse effects. Her projects typically involve developing and implementing baseline collection, effects assessments, and subsequent monitoring programs, with a focus on fish and fish habitat and surface water quality.
EMAIL Daryl Johannesen
Daryl Johannesen, M.Sc., P.Biol. – Senior Biologist
Daryl Johannesen is a Professional Biologist with 30 years of project experience from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and into the Northwest Territories. His experience includes energy (hydroelectric and wind power generation, transmission lines) and oil and gas (seismic, drilling and pipelines) developments.
His expertise is related to project and regulatory strategy and direction, environmental impact assessment, cumulative effects assessment, and formulation of environmental mitigation and protection plans. These projects have spanned ecological landscapes from the grasslands to the boreal forest and into the Arctic. Several of the projects Daryl has directed and managed have been screened under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), including Joint Review Panels. These include a 1,100 km long power transmission line, a large 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 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 developments throughout Canada. He has also been involved in several Traditional Knowledge studies with First Nations, related to oil and gas, pipeline, windfarm and hydroelectric development projects.
EMAIL Patrick Audet
Dr. Patrick Audet, Ph.D., R.P. Bio – Senior Scientist
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 (Alberta, BC, Yukon Territory), eastern Australia (Queensland), central America (Belize and Guatemala) and Europe (Belgium). 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.
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.
On her free time, Susan is an active leader with the Girl Guides of Canada.