Dr. Rina Freed, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Senior Environmental Engineer, Partner
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.
Dr. Patrick Littlejohn, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Senior Chemical/Metallurgical Engineer, Partner
Patrick Littlejohn is an experienced engineering professional with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing innovative solutions in the mining sector. He has 7 years senior experience in a wide variety of issues related to mine water, including treatment development and design, water quality predictions, water management planning, regulatory engagement, and First Nations independent technical review. He brings a holistic approach to projects, recognizing that success is only possible when social, economic and environmental factors are integrated with technical understanding.
Rob Griffith, P.Eng.
Senior Water Resources Engineer
Rob has diverse experience in water management applications in the mining industry including mine site hydrologic assessments and hydraulic design of water management infrastructure. He also has extensive experience with the development of water balance models in assessing water supply, storage, conveyance, and treatment requirements. Rob has been a key player in developing large mine site water quality models to support waste and water management planning for mine operations and closure.
Georgina Farah, B.Sc.
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.
Nadia Joe, M.Sc.
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.