Lee Waterman is Paragon’s President, and has a wide range of consulting experience supporting resource development, transportation and reclamation projects in Western Canada. He has acted in various capacities at most of the mineable oil sands projects and several SAGD developments in Northern Alberta, focusing in recent years on large-diameter pipeline projects, mine reclamation planning and project oversight at regulatory and operational levels. Lee has been the program manager for multi-million dollar soil and reclamation-related programs for some of the leading resource development companies in Canada, delivering highly successful results in both environmental and economic terms. He has a strong record of balancing high-level planning with operational efficiency in the context of highly complex projects. As President, he is proud to oversee the largest team of soil and reclamation specialists in Western Canada, and is likewise proud of Paragon’s productive cooperative efforts with other consulting firms and clients alike.
Len is a senior soil consultant with over 40 years of experience in Canada and abroad. His soils expertise covers agriculture, environment and forestry. He has led and conducted many aspects of land resource evaluation including: soil surveys, agricultural capability, irrigation suitability, forest capability, soil reclamation and remediation, environmental impact assessments, conservation and reclamation planning, construction supervision, long term soil and vegetation plot monitoring on forested and agricultural lands, plus training in a range of forums. During the past 15 years he has been involved in numerous projects dealing with the oil sands, pipelines and coal mines, in both forested and agricultural settings. He has worked with government and industry committees in establishing land capability classification systems for reclaimed soils for agriculture and forestry, the well site reclamation criteria, and pre-site assessment criteria for well sites and associated pipelines for Alberta regulators.
Vivienne has over 18 years of experience in reclamation and restoration projects, ranging from low-impact storm-water management and riparian restoration projects in British Columbia, to mine reclamation planning projects in the Yukon, New Brunswick, Ontario and the Alberta Oil Sands, and Coal Seam Gas reclamation projects in Australia. She is experienced in finding reclamation solutions for problem sites, especially where ongoing operations and maintenance costs have proven to be a problem. Vivienne is Paragon’s Principal Environmental Scientist in addition to running our Calgary office. Vivienne was the lead reclamation planner for the Shell Canada Ltd. Jackpine Mine and Muskeg River Mine sites (Alberta), with specializations in impact assessment and multi-stakeholder review processes. She is adjunct faculty with Royal Roads University and the University of Waterloo.
Todd has been with Paragon for over a decade, specializing in mining development and pipeline construction oversight. As Paragon’s Field Superintendent he oversees quality control and training for staff at all mineable oil sands projects in which Paragon is involved, working with the lead project coordinator and field staff to ensure that client reclamation programs are being executed as per design. His wealth of experience working with all the major earthworks contractors in the oil sands region is extremely helpful in executing projects efficiently and in developing a good rapport between all project stakeholders. In recent years Todd’s focus has expanded to include environmental inspection and soil handling oversight for major pipeline infrastructure projects.
Barb is a soil scientist and project manager with over 12 years of experience. As a project manager, Barb liaises with senior members of multi-disciplinary teams, coordinates fieldwork and reporting between multiple disciplines, assists with data quality assurance and quality control and ensures that projects are completed on time and on budget. As a soil scientist, Barb has conducted soil surveys in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. She has been involved as a key author of conservation and reclamation plans, environmental impact assessments, soil salvage and placement plans, mine reclamation and closure plans, and pre-disturbance assessments. Barb is well-versed in assessing soils for reclamation suitability, acid sensitivity, soil compaction and erosion, agricultural land capability and capability for forest ecosystems in the oil sands region. She has been a key member of our team that developed reclamation material balances for the Fort Hill, Kearl, Muskeg River and Jackpine mine projects.
Scott obtained his bachelor’s degree in 2003 in land reclamation. Scott has over 12 years of professional consulting experience and specializes in pre-disturbance soil survey and reclamation monitoring. He has extensive experience in soil handling oversight related to pipeline construction and mineable oil sands projects. Recently, Scott has managed various soil survey and soil salvage projects, and has also managed multiple soil reclamation audits and pre-disturbance soil surveys on coal mines. Scott has also been involved in construction and soil salvage supervision on major pipelines in northwestern and southeastern Alberta and northeastern British Columbia. Scott coordinated the safety program for Paragon for six years and his background in safety lends itself well to the coordination and management of field activities.
Blair is a soil reclamation specialist and project coordinator with over 7 years of experience. He has a range of experience on projects in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. His focus is on mineable oil sands projects in northern Alberta, and has been involved with soil and reclamation planning and implementation of large scale projects. He has demonstrated success in coordinating these projects in an efficient and safe manner to the highest environmental standards. Blair is currently providing oversight and management of soil salvage and placement projects for Suncor and Shell.
Vince has over 21 years of environmental consulting experience with exposure to clients and projects within the Forestry, Oil and Gas, Power, Mining, Transportation, and Community Development sectors. Vincent is well practiced in Biophysical Baseline Studies, ELC (Veg/Soils) Inventory and Mapping, Wetland Assessments, Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), Pre-disturbance Assessments (PDAs) and Conservation and Reclamation (C&R) Planning and Reporting. His speciality is in developing ecologically-based classification, decision-support and management systems; terrestrial predictive ecosystem mapping and modeling programs; and biophysical data collection, sample design, evaluation, statistical analysis and summary. He is co-author of the Field Guide to Ecosites of the Mid-Boreal Ecoregions of Saskatchewan while collaborating on other field guides in this series (Northern, West-Central and Southwestern Alberta guides) and has experience working with and adapting forest site classification systems from British Columbia and Ontario.