Who We Are

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.

 

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.  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.

 

Farzad Mohamm, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Senior Chemical and Materials Engineer, Partner

Farzad is a professional engineer with recognized accomplishments in the development and commercialization of multidisciplinary treatment processes for water and solutions impacted by mining and industrial activities. With a background in metallurgy, semiconducting materials, electrometallurgy and process engineering, he led the design of treatment and management solutions for various mining projects in Canada, the USA, China, Mexico, and Chile over the past 15 years using a diversity of processes including precipitation, filtration, membranes, ion exchange and electro-reduction/oxidation/coagulation for the removal of contaminants such as heavy metals, arsenic, cadmium, selenium, sulphate, ammonia, cyanide, cyanate, thiocyanate, and thiosalts among others. Farzad received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has contributed more than forty articles to refereed journals and conference proceedings and he has received major Provincial and National awards for his achievements in process technology development.

 

Pauline Mengote, B.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Process Engineer

Pauline is a process engineer with experience in mine remediation and water treatment design. She has experience performing analyses of environmental remediation datasets and has assisted First Nations clients in contaminated sites assessments, support for technical reviews, and general project coordination. Pauline has a working knowledge of federal and provincial regulatory processes in British Columbia.

 

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.

 

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.