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

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

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

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 Nat. Resource Mngt.

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

Financial Manager

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

Chris Ames
Chris Ames

Mapping & GIS Specialist

PhD Anthropology

Spatial data collection, management, and analysis have been central to Chris’ research activities, as has been the production of… Read more

Boyd Barrett
Boyd Barrett

Junior Researcher

MRM Resource and Environmental Management

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

Peter Bates
Peter Bates

Research Manager: TUS

PhD Anthropology

Peter is a Research Manager at Firelight. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in Ecology and Anthropology from the 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

Sarah Cotton
Sarah Cotton

Accounting Specialist

Sarah is Firelight’s Accounting Specialist. She moved to Victoria from Campbell River in 2001 to attend Camosun College… Read more

Libby Chisholm
Libby Chisholm

Researcher: TUS

BA Anthropology

Libby is a member of Timiskaming First Nation, QC and is working with the Firelight Group as a Junior Researcher. She holds an Honours… Read more

Katy Dimmer
Katy Dimmer

Researcher: IBA; Policy

BA Native Studies, BSc Env. & Conservation Sci.

Katy is completing her Masters in Resource and Environmental Management. She has over five years experience in… Read more

Karen Fediuk
Karen Fediuk

Senior Researcher: Socio-Ec.

MSc Human Nutrition, RDN

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

Lindsay Galbraith
Lindsay Galbraith

Senior Researcher: EA

PhD Geography

Lindsay holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Cambridge, England and is one of Firelight’s Senior Researchers. Her thesis… Read more

Gillian Gregory
Gillian Gregory

Researcher: TUS

PhD Geography

Gillian’s thesis focused on changing access to natural resources among indigenous and mestizo communities in… Read more

Jeffrey Hackett
Jeffrey Hackett

Research Coordinator: EA; Capacity Building

MEnv Env. Assessment and MPhil Int. Peace Studies

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

John Kelly
John Kelly

Operations Manager

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

Janelle Kuntz
Janelle Kuntz

Research Coordinator: TUS

MA Anthropology

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

Mathew Murray
Mathew Murray

Junior Researcher: TUS; Mapping

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

Research Coordinator: 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

Research Coordinator: Socio-Ec.; EA; IBA

MA Human Geography

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

Laleah Sinclair
Laleah Sinclair

Research Coordinator: TUS

BSocSc Anthropology

Laleah is a Research Coordinator with the Firelight Group. She was previously a research assistant with Creative… 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

Binita Sondagar
Binita Sondagar

HR Generalist

CHRP

Binita is the HR Administrator for the Firelight Group. Originally from India, she has lived and worked in Tanzania, East Africa… Read more

Jordan Tam
Jordan Tam

Senior Researcher: TUS

PhD Resource Management

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

Andrew Thompson
Andrew Thompson

Research Coordinator: TUS; Mapping

BSc Biology

Andy is a Research Coordinator with Firelight. His undergraduate thesis focused on the combined effects of land use change and climate change… Read more

Interns

Jennifer Valliers
Jennifer Valliers

Admin Intern

Jennifer Valliers is Firelight’s Administrative Intern. She grew up in Vancouver and loves the Westcoast. She is a single mother of two beautiful children …

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Charlotte Moores
Charlotte Moores

TUS Research Intern

BA Socio-Cultural Anthropology & International Development

Charlotte Moores comes from the Shuswap region of British Columbia, and is working with The Firelight Group as a Research Intern for the Traditional Knowledge and Use Studies team…

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Kalene Gould
Kalene Gould

Research Intern

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…

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Niisii Guujaaw
Niisii Guujaaw

Research Intern

BSc. Global Resource Systems (In Progress)

Niisii is from Haida Gwaii, where she is a Research Intern for The Firelight Group. She is studying at UBC in the Global Resource Systems BSc. program, focusing on marine biology…

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The Firelight Group

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

Offices

VICTORIA (250) 590-9017
VANCOUVER (604) 563-2245
EDMONTON (780) 760-1255
HAIDA GWAII (250) 559-7885 ex 228

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