Who We Are

Georgina Farah, B.Sc.

Environmental Scientist, Partner

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


Patrick Littlejohn, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Senior Chemical/Metallurgical Engineer, Partner

Patrick is an experienced engineering professional with a demonstrated history of developing and implementing innovative solutions in the mining sector. He has senior experience with mine water issues in Canada, USA, Peru and Australia, including treatment development and design, water quality predictions, process water re-use, 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.


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

Senior Environmental Engineer, Principal

Rina has over 20 years of experience in mining related to mitigation designs for water management and mine closure.  Her experience includes proponent work and expert review for various phases of mining including EA, permitting, expansions, ongoing life-of-mine and closure. She has successfully completed Best Achievable Technology (BAT) studies for tailings facilities and water discharge approvals, water balance and load models,  geochemical models and hydrogeology assessments. Since 1995, Dr. Freed has worked at mines across Canada and in the US with federal, provincial, state and Indigenous governments.


Martin Shin, M.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Project Engineer

Martin is a process engineering professional specializing in wastewater treatment and hydrometallurgical process development in the mining industry. He has completed a master’s degree in metallurgical engineering at the University of British Columbia, while researching a system to remove fluoride from an electrodialysis brine solution through laboratory work, analysis, modelling, and process design. Martin also has in-depth experience in operating a pilot-scale mine wastewater treatment unit. His knowledge in mineral processing and mine water analysis brings a unique approach to evaluating applications for various phases of mine development.


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

Senior 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.


Fraser Riddolls,  B.Sc.


Fraser is a biologist who specializes in aquatic ecology and water quality. He graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with a double honours in biology and physical geography. During his education he gained working knowledge of study design, field work, and lab analysis. He participated in a study to characterize water, soil, air, and vegetation quality of remote First Nations Traditional Territory in the Chilliwack River Valley. Fraser later analyzed water samples from this project during an internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts. He also assisted students at ETH Zurich in a Fraser basin-wide black carbon study in field collection and sample analysis. Fraser has experience reviewing environmental monitoring programs and performing analysis on water quality datasets. He also has a strong background in leadership from his roles as in environmental education and community organizations.