About Our Company

Since our humble beginnings in 2006, Ecoscape has relied on our professional strengths and unsurpassed quality of work in growing a successful Environmental Consulting firm.

At Ecoscape, we strive to understand our client’s needs and to succeed in integrating and balancing these needs within the regulatory frameworks to ensure sound environmental management. Ecoscape’s adaptive management approach allows us to respond quickly and efficiently to the evolving needs of our clients as well as to the complex relationships of natural systems.

Our Staff

Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd. is a full-service environmental consulting firm with a range of associates who complete geotechnical, environmental engineering, civil, land use planning, groundwater, and stream engineering studies.

Benjamin Butz

Josh Castanier

Luke Crevier

Kyle Hawes

Theresa Loewen

Scott McGill

Kris Mohoruk

Mary Ann Olson-Russello

Jason Schleppe

Misty Schleppe

Mike Schutten

Kelsey Tanaka

Robert Wagner

Benjamin Butz

B.Sc. B.I.T.

Ben has an academic background in ecology and evolutionary biology, with extensive knowledge of and passion for BC plant species. A native of Kelowna, Ben uses his knowledge of local ecosystems to inform reporting for local development projects.

Ben’s position within Ecoscape has focused on environmental monitoring as well as habitat restoration for both local development and projects throughout the BC interior. His experience has involved providing practical recommendations for a variety of construction infrastructure projects such as highways, bridges, and culverts – many of which within Canada’s national parks. He is also proficient in vegetation surveys, bird nesting surveys, fish salvages, and rare plant surveys within a range of ecosystems throughout BC.

In addition to work, Ben spends his time hiking and practicing wildlife photography.

Josh Castanier

B.Sc./Adv.Dip. GIS
GIS/CAD technician and Natural Resource Biologist

Josh is a GIS/CAD technician and natural resource biologist with Ecoscape. Josh has been working with GIS maps and collaborating with team projects for over 5 years. He specializes in map production, city infrastructure and development, geospatial editing, riparian area management, data management, and problem solving. His diverse passion of the environment has fueled his interests in learning and exploring Canada’s outdoor world. He has a wide range of knowledge in environmental issues, management, and construction; allowing him to understand the entire life cycle impact of development projects. Josh has a degree in environmental science, and an advanced Geographic information systems diploma, he has knowledge and experience in many work fields as is able to transfer these skills throughout all types of projects here for Ecoscape.

Josh has a wonderful need to stay active and loves to immerse in the outdoors; he is a runner, backcountry skier, biker, hiker, and hockey player. He is an advocate for hydrotherapy and will lead by example by cold dipping in  Okanagan Lake throughout the winter months. Josh appreciates what the natural world offers us is dedicated to providing a dutiful work ethic to help manage our ever developing world. He is always up for an activity and enjoys sharing is positive outlook on life.

Luke Crevier

B.Sc.

Luke has been with Ecoscape since July 2019 as a GIS technologist and Data Analyst while working part-time on the completion of his Master’s degree at UBC. His biology background combined with his technical mapping and data analysis skillset makes him well-suited to the management and interpretation of biological and spatial data. Luke’s experience includes modeling population cycles, individual-based modeling of wildlife movement, fly-camp soil sampling, as well as diverse mapping and data analysis projects.

For data analysis, Luke works primarily in R but leverages Python where needed for tasks such as the automation of spatial analysis using ArcPy. He emphasizes a reproducible and repeatable workflow for all analysis tasks through comprehensible, modular code. Luke also aims to reduce menial or manual work where possible for office tasks ranging from field data entry to accounting analysis and formatting.

Outside of work, Luke enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, hanging out with his dog, 3D modelling, fine-tuning his 3D printer, and D&D.

Kyle Hawes

R.P.Bio.
Senior Natural Resource Biologist – Principal

Kyle Hawes is a Senior Natural Resource Biologist and Principal of Ecoscape Environmental Consultants Ltd. (Ecoscape).  With over 20-years’ experience, he has conducted numerous field studies within aquatic and terrestrial habitats throughout British Columbia, Ontario, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta.  Kyle has provided services to a broad sector base from mining, to forestry, natural resource projects, transportation, urban land development, and various research and conservation initiatives.

Kyle acts as the logistical field lead and senior biologist for numerous large complex biological programs and is responsible for field coordination/logistics, study design, data collection, and crew safety. He is a very well-rounded biologist with demonstrated skills in fisheries and aquatic habitat studies, fish and benthic taxonomy, amphibian and reptile inventory and life history studies, bird inventories/counts from BC through to Ontario, terrestrial ecosystem mapping and vegetation surveys, wetland evaluations/classifications, Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping, small mammal surveys, and stream and wetland restoration.

Kyle has worked closely with regional, provincial, and federal inventory specialists to develop and refine inventory protocols and data collection requirements and standards.

When not working Kyle keeps active trying to stay ahead of his three boys racing triathlons, mountain biking, back packing/camping, alpine skiing and touring, and coaching nordic ski racers.

Theresa Loewen

M.Sc., P.Ag., Environmental Project Coordinator

Theresa is a registered Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) who has been employed with Ecoscape since January 2020.
She has a diverse background, specializing in terrestrial ecology and agroecology, with experience in agricultural and ecological land classification and mapping, environmental impact assessment and mitigation planning, soil and land conservation, reclamation planning, and management. Theresa’s role as Environmental Project Coordinator keeps her involved in a diverse array of projects in the areas of environmental planning, development, and research, including project management and coordination, environmental assessments and monitoring, field data collection, reporting, and mentoring of junior staff.

Theresa is a Master’s graduate from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan under the supervision of Dr. Lael Parrott, as part of the research team with The Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES). Her thesis is titled “Integrating Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity in Landscape Management for Multifunctional Agroecosystems: A Case Study in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia,” specializing in Applied Agroecology. Her research focuses on integrating the principles of sustainable agriculture and ecology in order to conserve the sensitive ecosystems, species at risk, and natural biodiversity on agricultural land in the Okanagan.

In addition to work, she enjoys travel, agritourism, landscape photography, yoga, and hiking around the Okanagan with her dogs.

Scott McGill

B.Sc., CISEC

Mr. McGill has 9 years of environmental experience and is a Natural Resource Biologist with Ecoscape. Scott has considerable experience working on many multi-disciplinary engineering, environmental assessment, scientific research, natural habitat inventory and impact assessment projects across Ontario and British Columbia in the transportation, oil and gas, industrial and land development sectors.

Mr. McGill has conducted a variety of aquatic sampling programs including but not limited to benthic invertebrates collection/analysis and water quality monitoring related to construction and aquatic species at risk. Scott has supervised crews for fisheries research projects involving underwater documentation, passive and active fish capture techniques, tagging and marking, acoustic and telemetry surveys, age and growth analysis, and creel surveys. He has also provided sediment and erosion control inspection services on several projects where fisheries mitigation and compensation measures were implemented. Scott has provided onsite guidance in and around watercourse features for the installation and maintenance of sediment and erosion control measures as well as fish and fish habitat mitigation measures including by-pass channels, site isolation and dewatering, and fish rescue operations. He has diverse experience in assessing post-construction monitoring conditions and reporting on-site stability and natural feature protection following construction.

When not working, Scott enjoys fishing/hunting, hiking, camping, hockey, snowboarding, and competitive bass angling.

Kris Mohoruk

B.Sc. Dipl.Tech

Kris Mohoruk is a natural resource biologist with Ecoscape. He has worked in various capacities since joining Ecoscape in 2019 and has work experience in both aquatic and terrestrial environments, including environmental monitoring and reporting, dock assessments and mussel surveys, water quality and CABIN sampling, fish and wildlife salvages, ecological restoration, and permitting.

His diverse background in recreation, fish, wildlife, and ecological restoration has enabled him to be involved in many different projects at Ecoscape.

When not in the office, he can be found out fishing, hiking, kayaking, swimming, and biking.

Mary Ann Olson-Russello

M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Principal

Mary Ann is a Senior Biologist and Director with Ecoscape. She started working at Ecoscape in 2007, after relocating to Kelowna from Connecticut, USA.  Mary Ann became a Registered Professional Biologist in 2009 and has since garnered ample experience in aquatic productivity research, environmental assessment, wildlife inventory, ecosystem mapping, watershed management, parks planning, and species-at-risk.  She also has a broad range of project management experience, having overseen multi-year, large-budget projects for organizations such as BC Hydro and Barrick Gold.

Mary Ann is experienced in a variety of different scientific disciplines. Prior to consulting, she worked for nongovernmental organizations, including the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Wildlife Conservation Society, where she worked to improve the reproductive success of captive endangered species, most notably the giant panda.  While her Master’s research used molecular techniques to assess population differentiation within a marine worm, Hobsonia florida, in light of the geologic history of the Long Island Sound.

In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, travel, bird watching, road biking, and spending time with family and friends.

Jason Schleppe

M.Sc. R.P.Bio., Principal

Jason is a Senior Biologist and Principal with Ecoscape and started the company with Kyle to work on interesting and exciting projects. He has numerous published technical and prepared peer reviewed publications. Jason has worked on a variety of different projects in terrestrial, lake and stream ecosystems. Working with all sectors, Jason has been effective at collecting, interpreting, and analyzing biological data.

Mr. Schleppe is a leader in the province in the development Foreshore Inventory and Mapping (FIM) a methodology that was developed with local, provincial, and federal Government agencies, that is now being used as the template for lake inventory and mapping projects. Jason has developed important spatial risk assessment tools for Source Water Protection Planning in the Okanagan, working with local and provincial agencies to ensure adequate source water protection. Finally, Jason has been involved on numerous water infrastructure projects, such as dams, bridges, culverts, and instream habitat restoration. The above highlights his ability to work with Governmental agencies to develop practical solutions by integrating biological principles into land use planning and engineering design.

When not working, Jason escapes with his family to camp and fish at his many “undisclosed” trophy lakes throughout BC.

Misty Schleppe

Office Administrator & Bookkeeper

Misty is the face behind the front desk, the voice on the other end of your phone calls, and the sender of many, many emails.  She has been taking care of the day to day business administration and bookkeeping and trying to keep the Ecoscape team in line since 2009.
When not in the office, Misty can be found driving her children to their extra-curricular activities, working outside on hers and Jason’s property or, even better yet, spending quality time with family and friends.  She enjoys a variety of exercise, personal development and outdoor activities; topping the list are: running, yoga & meditation, horseback riding, paddle boarding, cross-country skiing, and camping.

Mike Schutten

M.A.Sc.
Groundwater Scientist

Mike Schutten is a Groundwater Scientist with over seven (7) years of geoscience, water resource, environmental and contaminated site experience in both British Columbia and Ontario.  As a graduate of McMaster University’s Master’s of Applied Science program, his skill set largely pertains to physical and contaminant hydrogeology, and contaminant fate and transport.

Sustainable groundwater exploration and development, aquifer management, groundwater quality studies, and environmental impact assessments are a major focus of Mike’s groundwater-related projects. Mike also works closely with engineers, planners, land developers, property owners and regulators to evaluate, design and permit wastewater and/or stormwater to ground disposal systems using practical and environmentally conscious techniques. Mike is well versed in both the Sewerage System Regulation and Municipal Wastewater Regulation as they relate to hydrogeological and environmental impact studies.

Mike also has extensive technical and regulatory experience in contaminated sites assessment (Stage 1 and 2 Preliminary Site Assessments and Detailed Site Investigations) and remediation in British Columbia, and he regularly assists landowners and responsible parties in complying with applicable environmental site investigation and remediation guidelines and regulations to help meet future site development goals.

Mike enjoys cycling, hiking, camping and anything that else that takes him outdoors with his wife and pup.

Kelsey Tanaka

AScT, EPt, Senior Environmental Technologist

Kelsey is a Senior Environmental Technologist with over 13 years of relevant experience working in a consulting engineering setting.  Kelsey has been employed with Ecoscape since November 2018.

Kelsey has experience completing soil, groundwater, vapour and sediment investigations for Phase I and Phase II ESAs, DSIs, delineation, environmental monitoring, and remediation. She has completed field investigations and data analysis under both Provincial and Federal jurisdictions and regulations at over 100 sites including residential properties, dry cleaners, works yards, service stations and garages, industrial facilities such as smelters, mines, manufacturing facilities, wood processing yards, railyards and pipelines.

Kelsey is a well-rounded field technologist with skills in hydrogeological assessments ( including rising and fall testing), groundwater and surface water monitoring and sampling (including low-flow sampling), monitoring well installations, environment drilling and soil, groundwater and soil vapour sampling.

In addition to work, she enjoys traveling, playing soccer, working out and spending time with family and friends.

Robert Wagner

Chief Technical Officer – Principal

Mr. Wagner is a GIS Specialist/Environmental Scientist with Ecoscape.  He brings over 17 years of experience completing spatial mapping, field inventories, GIS models and analysis associated with terrestrial and aquatic habitats, watershed assessments, and topographic/bathymetric modeling. Mr. Wagner specializes in data management, utilizing GPS for field data collection, geomatics, and GIS for processing and analysis. He is highly skilled in GIS applications and has extensive experience with Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping, watershed assessments, and Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping inventories, and spatial analysis.

Having a multi-disciplinary background allows Mr. Wagner to contribute to all projects, by performing orthophoto interpretation, environmental monitoring, ecosystem mapping, land surveying, bathymetric surveying, preparation of environmental construction management plans (e.g., erosion and sediment control), AutoCAD, GIS, and a variety of other tasks, as needed. As the primary GIS analyst and mapping specialist, Mr. Wagner has the experience necessary to more than adequately manage and analyze the range of data collected for the various types of Ecoscape projects.

Mr. Wagner is also the Chief Technical Officer within Ecoscape.  He is responsible for managing and coordinating all aspects of computer hardware and software, computer networking, data security and redundancy, software training, and information technology.