Our Team

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 and looking for opportunities to engage in the community. Since 2009, Giles has been a Manager and Director for local Search and Rescue and recently joined the Board of Directors for the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program.

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Brett Elmslie, M.Sc., R.P.Bio. | Intermediate Biologist

Brett is an Intermediate Biologist 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 is an active member and volunteer with the Revelstoke Protect Our Winters (POW) Chapter and enjoys giving back to the local community! 

Olivia Muir, M.Sc. | Junior Biologist 

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!

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Tyra Joe, B.Sc. | Environmental Specialist
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Tyra is one of SCL's Environmental Specialists. Before joining the team, Tyra held various biology-related roles throughout the East Kootenays. For example, during her university summer holidays, she worked as a Wildlife Technician for VAST Resource solutions. During her time at VAST, she helped perform numerous types of wildlife surveys throughout the Elk Valley, including the first ever mass amphibian inventory of the valley. In addition, Tyra previously worked for the BC Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team as a field technician where she helped with the relocation and monitoring of individuals in the Columbia Wetlands. More recently, Tyra worked for the British Columbia Conservation Foundation under the supervision of a Biologist from The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development, East Kootenay Branch. During her time with the BCCF, she worked on a project concerning the habitat enhancement of the Bull Mountain big horn sheep range located in the Southern BC Rocky Mountains.

Tyra graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Biology. Her honours thesis explored the effects of chronic anthropogenic noise exposure on songbird vocal learning.

In her spare time, you can usually find Tyra working on a painting or outside ski touring, hiking, or gardening. In addition, Tyra often volunteers with local environmental / conservation organizations. She is a long-standing volunteer which the Kootenay Community Bat project, a volunteer with the Southern Rockies Grizzly Bear Project, and an active member of the British Columbia Climate Emergency Network.   

Sam Legebokow, B.Sc. (in-progess) | 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, clothing swaps, and informational booths.

 

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.

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Kaitlan Murphy | Hazardous Materials Field Technician
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Kaitlan conducts AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act) building inspections for SCL.

 

Kaitlan is a licensed house inspector (CPBC License # 78538) and an associate member of HIABC (House Inspection Association of BC) since 2019. Her company Craftsman Home Inspections LTD provides residential house inspections in the Kootenay, Columbia and Shuswap Areas.  With more than 10 years of experience working as a carpenter on commercial, industrial and residential projects, this hands-on understanding of how building systems operate is integral to all of her inspections. 

 

When not inspecting, Kaitlan can be found in her pottery studio or out in the wild.

 

Kathy Horkely | Senior Administrator

Kathy Horkley is SCL’s Senior Administrator. Originally from the UK, Kathy arrived in Canada in 2008. She has a background in Microsoft Certified Software Test Engineering and prior to moving to Canada, worked primarily within the private sector, as well as for some busy departments in local government. Since moving to Revelstoke, Kathy has been in the Office Administration business; working with several local companies. She has experience as an Office Manger and Administrative Assistant and has also worked as a Personal Assistant to an Area Manager for an electronics company.

 

When not at work, you can find Kathy helping her “Brew master” husband as they brew their own recipes from scratch, hitting the mountain bike trails, or getting out for adventures with her dogs. Kathy also enjoys the challenge of hosting and cooking for Medieval Banquets, as she is a self-confessed “foodie” and loves to socialize over food and drinks. Kathy’s spirit of adventure has even taken her to the skies, as she once abseiled over 100 ft off the side of a building for charity!

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