Team

Firelight’s friendly and enthusiastic team brings together a wide range of expertise and backgrounds.

Directors

Craig Candler
Craig Candler

Director / TUS team co-lead

PhD Anthropology

Craig is an anthropologist with more than 15 years’ experience working within environmental, regulatory, and Aboriginal rights processes… Read more

Steven DeRoy
Steven DeRoy

Director / TUS team co-lead / Mapping team lead

MSc GIS

Steve is Anishinabe/ Saulteaux and a member of the Ebb and Flow First Nation from Manitoba. Since 1998… Read more

Ginger Gibson
Ginger Gibson

Director / IBA team Lead / Socio-economic Team Co-Lead

PhD Mining Engineering

Ginger is a Director of the Firelight Group. She works as a negotiator and implementation coordinator… Read more

Alistair MacDonald
Alistair MacDonald

Director / EA team lead / Socio-economic Team Co-Lead

MA Geography

Alistair’s work over the past decade has focused on designing, managing, conducting, and critiquing environmental impact assessments… Read more

Rachel Olson
Rachel Olson

Director / TUS team co-lead / Health Team Lead

PhD Social Anthropology

Rachel is a citizen of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation from the Yukon Territory. She has been a researcher in First Nation communities… Read more

Carolyn Whittaker
Carolyn Whittaker

Director / Ecology team lead

MSc NRES (Natural Resources and Environmental Studies)

Carolyn is a Founding Director of the Firelight Group. She was the Founding CEO from 2011 to 2013… Read more

Staff

Makiko Allison
Makiko Allison

Chief Financial Officer

Makiko is Firelight’s CFO and Finance Manager. Originally from Japan, she moved to Canada in 2007 and has been working and studying… Read more

Sarah Anthony
Sarah Anthony

Finance Admin

Sarah has a diploma in Library and Information Technology. She has a background as a records manager and administrator providing support in the military, private, and public sectors…Read More

Boyd Barrett
Boyd Barrett

Researcher: GIS; TUS

MRM Resource and Env. Mngt

Boyd completed the Master of Resource Management program at Simon Fraser University… Read more

Jonaki Bhattacharyya
Jonaki Bhattacharyya

Senior Researcher: Ecology

PhD Env. Planning

Jonaki is an ethnoecologist and Senior Researcher with Firelight. Her work engages diverse people, cultural values, and ecological… Read more

Katy Dimmer
Katy Dimmer

Researcher: Regulatory

BA Native Studies, BSc Env. & Conservation Sci.

Katy is an environmental assessment specialist with the Firelight Group. Katy is experienced and well-versed in… Read more

Karen Fediuk
Karen Fediuk

Senior Researcher: Socio-Ec

MSc Human Nutrition, RD

Karen is a Registered Dietitian and holds a MSc in Human Nutrition from McGill University (2000). Since 1998, Karen has been actively involved…  Read more

Kalene Gould
Kalene Gould

Junior Researcher: IBA

BSc Environmental Science

An aspiring birder and lover of the outdoors, Kalene is a recent environmental science graduate from the University of Alberta: Augustana Faculty… Read more

Sandra Gosling
Sandra Gosling

Junior Researcher: IBA; Socio-Ec

BSc HECOL, Family Science & Community Diversity

Sandra is Metis, born in Vancouver BC, raised in West Kelowna BC, and now resides in Edmonton AB. Since day one, Sandra strongly… Read more

Jeffrey Hackett
Jeffrey Hackett

Capacity Building and Partnership Development Coordinator

MEnv Env. Assessment and MPhil Int. Peace Studies

Jeffrey has a Masters in Environmental Assessment from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada… Read more

Jessica Hak Hepburn
Jessica Hak Hepburn

Junior Researcher: GIS

BA Geography

Jessica graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Geography specializing in Environment and Sustainability… Read more

Jessica Holden
Jessica Holden

Researcher: Ecology

MSc Biology, RPBio

Jess is a registered professional biologist and Research Coordinator at Firelight. She works with the Ecology team, providing support for… Read more

Shauna Johnson
Shauna Johnson

Indigenous Community Planner

MSc Indigenous Community Planning

Shauna is Coast Salish from the Tsawout First Nation on her mother’s side and Tsimshian from Laxkwala’ams on her father’s side… Read more

John Kelly
John Kelly

Chief Operating Officer

MRM Resource and Env. Management

John’s background is in team leadership and organizational management. As a team leader he has a strong focus on… Read more

Sammy Kent
Sammy Kent

Junior Researcher: TUS; Ecology

BSc Geography and Environmental Studies

Sammy is a Junior Researcher at The Firelight Group in Victoria, BC. Born in Whitehorse, Yukon and living there for much of his youth… Read more

Knut Kitching
Knut Kitching

Junior Researcher: TUS

MA Geography

Knut is a Junior Researcher at Firelight. He works in the Traditional Knowledge and Use Study team conducting research and writing…Read more 

Janelle Kuntz
Janelle Kuntz

Senior Researcher: TUS

MA Anthropology

Janelle’s masters research focused on the meaningful engagement of Indigenous women’s knowledge in environmental… Read more

Sejal Lal
Sejal Lal

Junior Researcher: TUS; Indigenous Planning

BA Geography

Sejal is a Junior Researcher for the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies and Indigenous Planning teams. She completed her …Read more

Susan Leech
Susan Leech

Senior Researcher: Ecology

MSc Biology, RPBio

Susan is a registered professional biologist with a strong foundation in ecology and conservation, technical and non-technical writing, and… Read more

Molly S. Malone
Molly S. Malone

Research Manager: TUS

PhD Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Molly holds a doctorate in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, where her dissertation research focused… Read more

Charlotte Moores
Charlotte Moores

Researcher: TUS; Health

BA Socio-Cultural Anthropology & International Development

Charlotte holds a Joint Honours Degree in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and International Development from McGill University, and works…Read more

Mathew Murray
Mathew Murray

Researcher: TUS; Ecology

MA Political Ecology

Mathew holds a BSc in Geography and an MA in political ecology. Mathew’s masters research in political ecology investigated the causes of social conflict… Read more

Guy Polden
Guy Polden

Senior Researcher: TUS; Mapping

MSc Env., Culture and Society

A geography graduate from Trinity College Dublin, Guy also holds a MSc in Environment, Culture, and Society from the University… Read more

Sarah Reid
Sarah Reid

Researcher: Socio-Ec; EA

MA Human Geography

Sarah is a Research Coordinator with the Firelight Group. Her Master’s research focused on evaluation of social vulnerability… Read more

Trefor Smith
Trefor Smith

Senior Regulatory Advisor: EA

MA Ethnohistory

Trefor is a Senior Regulatory Advisor with Firelight. Trefor comes to Firelight with more than 20 years of combined experience related to… Read more

Aurora Skala
Aurora Skala

Researcher: TUS

MA Anthropology (Archaeology)

Aurora is a Research Coordinator for the Firelight Group TUS team and holds an MA in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of Victoria. In addition… Read more

Corvyn Steel
Corvyn Steel

Executive Assistant

MA English Language and Literature

Corvyn is an experienced educator, editor, and administrator, who earned their Master’s degree in English Language… Read more

Rhett Sullivan
Rhett Sullivan

Accounting Coordinator

BA Business Administration

Rhett has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, minor in Economics and is pursuing the CPA Canada Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance… Read more

Jordan Tam
Jordan Tam

Senior Research Manager: TUS

PhD Resource Management

Jordan is a Senior Research Manager with Firelight. His doctoral work focuses on the resilience and adaptive capacity of Chilean artisanal fisheries… Read more

Lauren Tekano
Lauren Tekano

GIS Technician

MA Geomatics for Environmental Management

Lauren is the Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician with the Firelight Group…Read More

George Van
George Van

Junior Researcher

BA Geography and Environmental Studies

George is a Junior Researcher at the Firelight Group in Victoria. He conducts research and provides support to Firelight’s… Read more

Sashka Warner
Sashka Warner

Junior Researcher: Ecology

BSc Global Resource Systems

Sashka is a Junior Ecology Researcher with The Firelight Group. He creates maps and conducts statistical and geospatial analyses as part … Read more

Interns

Sarah Jeffrey
Sarah Jeffrey

Research Intern: TUS

Squamish Language Immersion Certification

Sarah is of Squamish heritage on her father’s side and Gitxan Chieftanship heritage on her mother’s side. Sarah is a Research Intern with Firelight… Read more

Sarah Ravensbergen
Sarah Ravensbergen

Research Intern: TUS

MA Geography, BA Geography and Environmental Studies

Sarah is a Research Intern with Firelight, and works on the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies team in Vancouver… Read more

The Firelight Group

Research, policy, planning, mapping, negotiation, advisory, and capacity building services for Indigenous and local communities.

Offices

VANCOUVER (604) 563-2245
VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255

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