Team

Shearing Consultants Limited is a team of diverse and experienced professionals able to provide exceptional results through collaboration, creativity and addressing each project component.

Giles Shearing, M.Sc., A.Sc.T. | Principal/Lead Consultant

Giles is SCL’s founder and Principal Consultant. Over the past 17 years Giles has worked on over 350 projects throughout British Columbia. He has a broad range of expertise that includes environmental science, river ecology, ornithology, civil construction and the management of small to large complex projects. Giles has grown his company around the core values of collaboration, creativity, technological solutions, expert planning, and financial prudence. Giles worked previously for Envirowest Consultants in Vancouver and BC Hydro in Revelstoke.  

 

Giles holds a B.Sc. (Honours) in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and a M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of British Columbia. Since 2012 Giles has been a registered Applied Science Technologist (ASTTBC) with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia with a specialty in Environmental Engineering. 

 

When not at work, you can find Giles outside with his family observing birds, exploring rivers, hiking, and skiing. Closer to home Giles enjoys playing his cello, volunteering with local search and rescue and looking for opportunities to engage in the community.

Brett Elmslie, M.Sc. | Intermediate Biologist/Consultant

Brett is an Intermediate Biologist / Consultant for SCL. Brett has 8 years of experience in the environmental sector with a diverse background in aquatic ecology, fisheries biology and environmental management. As an Ontario transplant, Brett has lived in the southern interior since 2017, working in a variety of roles. Prior to joining SCL, Brett was the Fish & Fish Habitat Program Manager for the Elk River Alliance in Fernie, BC where he developed a research program aimed at improving our understanding of Westslope Cutthroat Trout population dynamics in the Elk River. Brett has also worked as an Invasive Plant Crew Supervisor for West Fork Resource Management in Sparwood, B.C. and as a Teaching Assistant while completing his Graduate Research at Queen’s University.

Brett graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Marine & Freshwater Biology from the University of Guelph and a M.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University. His master's thesis explored the response of phototropic communities to climate warming over the last 11,000 years in northeastern Ontario. 

When not at work, you can find Brett hiking, biking, and exploring the surrounding mountains with his camera in tow. He also enjoys fishing, skiing, swimming, kayaking and anything else that gets him outside!  

Amy Clarke, B.Sc. (Hons) | Intermediate Biologist/Consultant

Amy is an Intermediate Biologist / Consultant for SCL. Amy joins our team in Revelstoke from Parks Canada where she previously worked in External Relations as the Public Outreach and Education Officer and Partnering and Engagement Officer, as well as with the Natural Resource Conservation Branch as Project Manager for the Pathway to Canada Target 1 Secretariat. Prior to Parks Canada, Amy worked for the North Columbia Environmental Society as their administrator and project coordinator for the Visual Arts Centre Garden, Garden Guru Workshop series, and the Downtown Community Garden.  She is also currently the engagement specialist for a dynamic team working to develop the Official Community Plan for the Village of Valemount.

 

Amy graduated with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology from Ryerson University, and is currently working towards a certificate in Project Management from the University of British Columbia, with the goal of earning her Project Management Professional designation.

 

When not at work, you can find Amy working in her garden, spending time with her dog Abby, or biking, hiking, and trail running in the mountains.

Olivia Muir, M.Sc. | Field Technician

Olivia is one of SCL's Field Technicians. Before making the move to Canada, Olivia was working as a Graduate Ecologist for Ecus Ltd. Most notably, she became a central member of the team assigned to monitor the ecological impact of the East West Rail expansion, including protected species surveys and development of trackside habitat management strategies. Olivia has always had a passion for the outdoors and volunteers whenever she can with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust to maintain local nature reserves back in the UK, as well as organizing woodland management initiatives as a Green Space team leader during her masters studies.

 

Olivia graduated with a B.Sc. (Honors) in Geography from Swansea University and an M.Sc. in Environmental Consultancy from the University of the West of England. Her master's dissertation explored the success and future development of blanket bog restoration techniques in the Scottish Highlands.

 

When not at work, you can find Olivia camping, hiking and biking, whilst exploring the mountains surrounding Revelstoke and beyond!

Sam Legebokow, B.Sc.(in-progress) | Field Technician

Sam is one of SCL’s Field Technicians. She is a born and raised Revelstokian who has spent the last two summers working for the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society as a Field, Aquatic, and Outreach Program Assistant. She also previously volunteered for the Revelstoke Caribou Rearing in the Wild Program as a wildlife photographer and assisted with calf care.

 

Sam is currently working towards her B. Sc. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management at the University of Northern British Columbia. She is a passionate advocate for the environment and has spent the last two years (2018-2020) volunteering for her university’s leading environmental group, Students for a Green University, as vice-president and president. Through this group Sam has organized and hosted numerous events, including educational speakers, film screenings, rallies, clothing swaps, and informational booths, as well as advocating for divestment from fossil fuels.

 

When not at work (or studying), you can find Sam pulling on rocks at Revelstoke’s finest crags, hiking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, skiing, or developing her budding ornithology skills.

Revelstoke, Spill Response,  Environmental Monitoring, Erosion and Sediment control, Electrofishing, Project management, Civil maintenance, Road construction, Pre construction and post-construction monitoring, Environmental Protection Plans (EPPs) and Environmental Management Plans (EMPs), Compliance testing for land, air and water systems, Water quality monitoring, Wildlife presence absence and monitoring studies, Species at risk (SAR) protection plans,  Terrestrial and aquatic inventories, Bird presence/absence surveys, nest and bird inventories, nest sweeps, Land impact mitigation and compensation plans, Habitat compensation design, Fish Identification, Wetland Habitat, Creation of wildlife harm reduction programs, Invasive species identification and removal, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Environmental Overview Assessments (EOA),  Environmental Permitting Applications - regulatory submissions and process management, Environmental Avoidance, Prevention and Impact Mitigation Strategies, Riparian Areas Regulation (RAR) Assessments, Phase 1 Preliminary Site Investigations, Technical correspondence, Professional presentations, Public presentations, River surveying with SEC cataraft, Fish population and fish habitat inventories, Aquatic salvages, Taxonomic ID of fish and benthic invertebrates, Design and construction of fish habitat, Statistical analysis, , Training for spill response and hazardous waste management, Impact assessment for spill response, Environmental impact evaluation, Environmental emergency spill response, Emergency spill response coordination, Oil spill sensitivity mapping, Clean-up, remediation, and revegetation of spills and contaminants, Detailed Site Assessments (DSA) for reclamation certificates,  Water, land and soil sampling, Asbestos bulk sampling (building materials)​, Lead in paint and water sampling, Lead Content Water Management, Abatement Risk Assessment

Contact

                    giles@shearing.ca

(250) 683-8882

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