Who We Are

Rina Freed, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Senior Environmental Engineer

Dr. Rina Freed has extensive experience in mine design, permitting and mine closure. Her expertise includes mine waste management planning, water balance and water quality modelling, geochemistry, and groundwater modelling. Dr. Freed has 17 years experience working at mines throughout BC, Alberta, Ontario, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Labrador and New Brunswick. Her projects include review for First Nations and consulting to the mining industry. Dr. Freed has experience with engaging communities in alternatives for mine design and government-to-government co-management within First Nations territories.

When not working, Rina can be found camping and kayaking in the Salish Sea with her husband and two daughters.

Katie Jones, M.Sc, P.Geo, P.Chem

Hydrogeochemist

Katie has a strong background in aqueous geochemistry, with over 9 years of experience in contaminant transport. Katie’s technical expertise includes: source term development, ML/ARD assessments, water quality modelling, water management planning, and hydrogeology. Katie regularly analyzes and interprets large datasets, and models contaminant technician, and as a result, has developed a holistic understanding of contaminant behavior. Katie developed an appreciation for hydrogeology prior to completing her M.Sc. as an environmental consultant for small scale remediation programs. During her M.Sc. Katie evaluated reactive transport. She later began work as a consultant to the mining sector, for open pit, underground, and oil sand mines. She has developed models to evaluate flow and water quality in receiving environments and basins, and regularly integrates geochemical analysis into her assessments. Through her experiences Katie learned to develop and manage large scale prediction programs for operating and proposed mines.

Ben Collins, EIT

Geotechnical Engineer

Ben Collins has a strong technical background in the analysis of geotechnical and environmental risks of resource development projects. His expertise includes mine closure design, reclamation, land use planning, mine waste management, and Aboriginal traditional knowledge. Ben’s success stems from his ability to work with communities to solve, analyze, and communicate complex environmental risks associated with resource extraction projects.

Nadia Joe, M.Sc.

Environmental Scientist

Nadia brings a diverse range of experience in water and wastewater management and water and watershed governance. As a researcher in Australia, she investigated nutrient removal and methane capture and reuse from municipal wastewater. She also brings several years experience researching water resource management within the context of Aboriginal rights and title.

Through extensive work with indigenous communities, she understands the need for and value in blending research methods to integrate indigenous knowledge and traditional laws into the existing regulatory frameworks.

With significant experience building and nurturing relationships with key stakeholders, local governments and indigenous communities, Nadia brings a high degree of cultural awareness and sensitivity to the needs of local and indigenous communities and can offer unique insights into the challenges of managing water resources.

Nadia currently holds a B.Sc. in chemistry, an M.Sc. in Environmental Management and is enrolled in an environmental engineering program to pursue her professional designation.

Georgina Farah, B.Sc.

Environmental Scientist

Georgina provides expertise in technical communications and conflict resolution to facilitate clear and effective decision making, within the mining industry.

Georgina is a flexible and creative thinker, and understands that technical expertise is only part of the solution for engaging on major projects. She specializes in identifying opportunities that lead to improved working relationships and shifts communities from stakeholder positions to authentic partnerships. Having a background in counselling psychology, science and fine arts, Georgina uses this diverse knowledge base to craft unique solutions for Indigenous communities, proponents and government.

Georgina has delivered both one-on-one and group facilitation to communicate technical information and to identify underlying beliefs that influence decision-makers. She has a solid understanding of the Provincial and Federal regulatory systems governing mining and has experience working with various First Nations in areas of social programming, health initiatives and major project environmental assessments.

Georgina spends her free time with her husband and twin daughters and exhibiting her artwork in Whistler and West Vancouver galleries.