Salmon-Safe site assessors are experts in biology, landscape architecture, urban design, aquatic ecology, water quality, stormwater management, and pesticide management. Based on a site's needs, our team will contract the most appropriate site assessor(s) for a project to complete an initial site assessment and to determine the steps and process necessary for a site to become Salmon-Safe Certified. The Salmon-Safe Site Assessors are an incredible resource and wealth of knowledge, you can hear some of them speak on the Salmon-Safe Standards in our Introduction to Salmon-Safe Standards for Urban Development webinar.
Urban Site Assessors
Patrick is a senior biologist and project manager in KWL’s Greater Vancouver office. His background includes degrees in Environmental Science (B.Sc., UBC, 2000) and Plant Ecology (M.Sc., UBC, 2008), and over nine years of professional practice spread between positions in government, conservation organizations, and environmental consultancies. His current work focuses on baseline aquatic habitat, vegetation, and wildlife studies, impact assessment, environmental planning and policy development, habitat restoration design, and environmental monitoring. Clients include public and private entities, First Nations, and all levels of government. He frequently works as part of interdisciplinary teams and with stakeholders and the public. For the past decade, a primary focus of Patrick’s work has been watershed planning and management, particularly measures to reduce the impacts of urbanization and restore and enhance aquatic habitat in developed watersheds. Patrick sits on two provincial species at risk recovery teams and is a past co-chair of the Science & Research Committee of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver. He is also a Certified Erosion & Sediment Control Lead in BC (BC-CESCL).
Randy Sharp is a graduate of the University of Oregon in Landscape Architecture. In 1977 he joined the urban design team for the redevelopment of Granville Island for CMHC. 1980, Randy Sharp established a practice in Vancouver that grew into Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture Inc., committed to ecological based solutions for site development that blends landscape and architecture. Major achievements include the Vancouver
International Airport (YVR), the Seymour Filtration Plant (Metro Vancouver), Broadway Tech Centre (QuadReal) and the William Griffin Community Recreation Centre (North Vancouver). He was also the landscape architect for retail stores, the distribution centre, and the new headquarters for Mountain
Equipment Co-op (MEC). Randy recently retired from the firm to focus on urban design, writing and teaching, as well as consulting in living architecture, green infrastructure and water management. Mr. Sharp is a guest lecturer in the City Program at SFU, and the Centre for Architectural Ecology at BCIT. Randy is also a Green Roof Professional (GRP) and has designed over 100 green roofs, living walls and vertical landscapes for a wide range of building types
RPBio, B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc. (Biology), M.Sc. (Planning)
Cassandra is a professional biologist, with a background in aquatic ecology and water quality. She completed her Masters of Biology from Queen’s University researching the effects of climate change on algal communities in freshwater lakes in the Adirondacks. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Planning from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, focusing on Environmental and Natural Resource Planning. Prior to joining Diamond Head, she was working with the City of Vancouver to better understand patterns of water quality and E. coli concentrations in False Creek. Her most recent work includes environmental assessments, Riparian Areas Regulation assessments, environmental planning, and urban forest strategies. In her spare time Cassandra enjoys hiking, reading, and scuba diving.
Crystal Campbell leads the Stormwater Group at KWL with over 20 years of consulting experience in stormwater and drainage engineering. She has extensive experience with Integrated Stormwater Management Planning (ISMP) at the watershed, neighborhood and site scale. Crystal has worked on over 20 watershed-based ISMPs within the Lower Mainland. She is well-versed in low impact development techniques and source controls and has developed many stormwater management
guidance documents at the provincial and regional level (Stormwater Source Control Design Guidelines, ISMP Template, DFO Land Development Guidelines) and rainwater management bylaws for municipalities. She won the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada - BC Award of Engineering Excellence in 2012 for the Partington Creek: A New Watershed Development Planning Process.
Megan Turnock is a Principal at LEES+Associates Landscape Architects and Planners and has 20 years of multidisciplinary experience in parks and recreation planning and design, environmental and watershed planning, and habitat restoration design. She holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture, a Masters of Environmental Science (Conservation Biology), and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has also been involved in landscape sustainability rating systems including the Green Shores Coastal Development Rating System and the Sustainable Sites Initiative. With the Sustainable Sites Initiative, she worked for 6 years as a
researcher during the initial credit development phase, as a technical advisor on the ‘Water” subcommittee, and as a pilot project reviewer.
Tasha holds a B.Sc. (Ecology & Environmental Biology) from Thompson River University and a M.S.T. (Masters of Science in Teaching) from Portland State University. Her research involved the assessment of student learning, environmental education programs and science curricula, using a diversity of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Tasha has been involved in conservation in the Pacific Northwest for over fifteen years and has worked extensively to manage invasive plants. She previously worked as the coordinator of the Vancouver Aquarium's River Works program, an aquatic stewardship initiative focused on volunteer-based restoration projects. She has worked for the ISCMV since 2008. As the Executive Director she is currently leading the ISCMV team. Her passions at the ISCMV are the outreach & education program and running behind-the-scenes of the society.
Gary Williams is a Professional Wetland Scientist specializing in estuarine and coastal habitat assessments, habitat mitigation design and post construction monitoring. Since 1986 when he established his professional practice, GL Williams and Associates Ltd., he has worked on numerous waterfront and port projects in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and north coast of B.C., as well as internationally in Chile, Venuzeula, Coasta Rica, and Indonesia. Most of his work has been focused on juvenile
salmonid habitat and notable achievements include preparation of the Coastal/Estuarine Fish Habitat Description and Assessment Manual for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, and establishment of the Port North Fraser Environmental Management Plan for the North Fraser Port Authority, which included the first habitat bank in Canada. He served as President of the Pacific Estuarine Research Society from 2012-2014 and
currently is Co-Chair of the First Nations and Native American Session at the Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation biennial conference to be held in Providence, Rhode Island in November 2017.
Agriculture Site Assessors
The backbone of Rochelle’s expertise is her 30+ years of assurance (verification, certification and standards), extension and consulting work in and outside the organic sphere. She has also worked in a collaborative relationship with Dr. Brenda Frick and Gunta Vitins under the banner of Resilient Solutions Consulting – “A diverse, skilled and experienced agri-business consulting team that influences positive change through an innovative and open minded approach.” Rochelle is involved with the Fraser Basin Council’s Salmon Safe agriculture program which is focused on watershed health sufficient for native salmon to spawn and thrive. She has also worked as a reviewer for ISEAL’s Standard-Setting Code of Good Practice, for the WWF’s Sustainable Aquaculture Dialogues and as a technical expert for the BC Wine Authority. She is the chair of the CFIA’s Standards Interpretation Committee and is active on the Canadian General Standards Board's Organic Technical Committee responsible for maintaining the Canadian Organic Standards.