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  1. Chris Ellingwood
    President, Senior Terrestrial & Wetland Biologist

    Mr. Ellingwood is president and senior terrestrial and wetland biologist for NEA. Mr. Ellingwood has over 25 years experience as a biologist working for consulting firms, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) in Ontario and the Maritimes. Since joining NEA in 1996, he has conducted over 900 environmental impact studies and biophysical inventories. Mr. Ellingwood brings a depth of experience to projects with practical advice and knowledge of ecosystems and project management.

    Mr. Ellingwood is a certified wetland evaluator, trained in the Southern Ontario Ecological Land Classification (ELC) system and a certified Butternut Health Assessor (BHA). His specialties include botany, bird identification, wetlands, the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM), federal and provincial environmental assessments, and species-at-risk.

    As a biologist he participates annually in numerous provincial, national and international breeding bird and amphibian monitoring programs. He is currently the regional coordinator for Bird Studies Canada's Marsh Monitoring Program. Mr. Ellingwood is an experienced instructor and has taught ecology, environmental assessment and Ontario Wetland Evaluation System courses at Sir Sandford Fleming College for over 12 years.
  2. Amanda Smith
    Fish Biologist

    Ms. Smith is the fish biologist for NEA. Previously, Ms. Smith has worked for the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ganaraska Conservation Authority. Ms. Smith is responsible for proposal writing, cost estimating, project management and client liaison. She authors technical reports providing fisheries mitigation, compensation and restoration plans for clients and regulatory agencies. Ms. Smith completes fish community assessments and data analysis, as well as other aquatic assessments for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
  3. Stacey Zwiers
    Fisheries Technician

    Ms. Zwiers is the fisheries technician with Niblett Environmental Associates. Ms. Zwiers previously worked for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources working on a variety of aquatic projects within Ontario. Her duties at NEA include aquatic habitat assessments, fish community surveys and water quality profiling of lakes and streams.  With years of experience, she is NEA’s specialist in the collection and classification of aquatic organisms (i.e. benthic invertebrates and zooplankton).

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  1. Katherine Ryan
    Terrestrial & Wetland Biologist

    Ms. Ryan is a terrestrial & wetland biologist for Niblett Environmental Associates.  Previously Katherine has worked for Peterborough County, Otonabee Region Conservation Authority as well as Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Katherine’s responsibilities for NEA includes Ecological Land Classification (ELC), working with species-at-risk legislation and authoring various technical reports (Environmental Impact Studies and Natural Heritage Evaluations) to provide mitigation advice for property owners.

    Ms. Ryan is experienced in surface and ground water quality monitoring, vegetation surveys, aquatic organism sampling and identification (i.e. benthic invertebrates and zooplankton), and amphibian surveys . 
  2. Ernie Silhanek
    Terrestrial & Wetland Biologist

    Mr. Silhanek is a terrestrial and wetland Biologist for Niblett Environmental Associates and has over 30 years of experience working for government agencies, non-government organizations, consulting firms, educational institutions, community groups, schools and private landowners.  His expertise is varied and includes working with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Kawartha Conservation and Fleming College (Frost Campus) as well as being the owner and operator of his own private consulting company which specialized in trail design and construction.

    Ernie brings a wealth and depth of knowledge to NEA with expertise in terrestrial and wetland ecosystems. He is a certified Environmental Professional (EP) through ECO Canada, certified in conducting wetland evaluations and in Ecological Land Classification (ELC). He also has expertise in Forest Ecosystem Classification (FEC), identification of flora and fauna of ON (specializing in Lichens), Species at Risk (SAR), wildlife habitat enhancement techniques and restoration.

  3. Will Pridham
    Geomatics Specialist & Cartographer

    Mr. Pridham is the geomatics specialist for Niblett Environmental Associates Inc. Past experience includes planning for the City of Lloydminster, Al/Sask., as well as contract cartography for the Royal Ontario Museum’s Centre for Biodiversity. He joined the company in December of 2003 and has been responsible for all aspects of cartographic design and GIS implementation for all projects. Mr. Pridham’s maps have appeared in The Royal Ontario Museum Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes of Ontario and he has been recognized by ESRI Canada in their 25th Anniversary Map Calendar.

    He is proficient in ESRI products, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Bentley Microstation, Surfer, Idrisi, PCI Geomatica and ERDAS Imagine. Mr. Pridham is also experienced in the development of GIS applications in VB.NET and Java within a Visual Studio environment.

  4. Chantal Ellingwood
    Office Administrator

    Mrs. Ellingwood is the office administrator for NEA. She is responsible for project and database management, accounts receivable, accounts payable, invoicing and other client care issues.

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