About Us


Our Company

Blue Heron was established in 2004 with the interest of providing practical assistance to resource based companies. Through experience gained from extensive work in the environmental field, Blue Heron staff are equipped provide assistance for all aspects of environmental management for your facility.

From grass roots site risk assessments, to full development and implementation of certifiable integrated Environmental, Health and Safety Management Systems, Blue Heron can provide the level of service your organization requires.


Aggressive Self-Reliance & Self Determination

Solitary in nature, Heron people follow their own path. They learn self-reliance. This is a valuable character trait in these times of conformity and homogenization of values.

Heron people can stand alone, listen to their own inner wisdom, and go their own way when everyone else is conforming to society’s commands. In this way, they build their own ways to be as well as choose their own way of doing.

Ted Andrews, Animal Speak (Llewellyn Publications: 1998)

Delivering Confidence to People with Environmental Responsibilities



To grow to serve more and more companies, indigenous peoples, and governments in Northern Ontario and elsewhere in Canada’s North.



Blue Heron’s multi-disciplined team delivers confidence to people with environmental responsibilities for Northern resource industries.




Our core value is to foster the balance between industrial development and the protection of our natural environment.



Linda Byron, Owner/Director/ Sr. Project Manager

Linda Byron, Owner/Director, of Blue Heron, is a professional Environmental Scientist who has been working in the environmental field since 1990. Ms. Byron has an honours Bachelor of Science degree from Laurentian University, and has extensive operational expertise in the practical, real-life environmental issues encountered in the mining industry.

Ms. Byron has been instrumental in the implementation of Certified Environmental Management Systems at large base-metal mining companies in Northern Ontario, Canada, and has assisted other resource-based industries in practical aspects of implementing and maintaining an effective EMS. She has also assisted industries with permitting efforts as well as development and implementation of compliance and training programs for mining operations in Canada and abroad.

Pamela Powers Senior Environmental Specialist

Pamela Powers, Operations Manager/Permitting Dept. Lead, joined Blue Heron in May 2012. Mrs. Powers has over ten years of experience in the environmental field in the mining industry. Mrs. Powers has been responsible for environmental management programs and the coordination of a variety of environmental projects, as well as permitting and regulatory compliance.

Mrs. Powers has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Technology from Brock University and a Certificate in Ecosystem Restoration from Niagara College.


Kristin Maenpaa, Senior Environmental Specialist

Kristin Maenpaa, Sr. Auditor / QA/QC Manager, joined Blue Heron in 2013 and is the lead contact at our new regional office in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Ms. Maenpaa holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Science and Toxicology from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Science from Capilano College.

Ms. Maenpaa has been working in the environmental, health and safety field within resource-based industries in Northern Ontario since 2002. Her areas of expertise include management system development and auditing, site decommissioning and closure activities, training program development and delivery, and dealing with environmental compliance issues.


Jennifer Braun, Senior Terrestrial Biologist

Jennifer Braun, Senior Terrestrial Biologist, has over 12 years of consulting experience. Mrs. Braun’s focus is on plant community classification, plant identification and species at risk. She has served as the vegetation and wetlands component lead for several large-scale environmental assessments.

Mrs. Braun also has over 12 years of experience leading wildlife surveys in the field, including species at risk surveys and habitat characterization. Jennifer is an active member of the Ontario Mining Association’s species at risk technical group that meets regularly to discuss updates in legislation and survey protocols. Her consulting experience includes project management, various plant and wildlife community studies, environmental assessments, baseline studies, impact assessments, mitigation, and associated reporting. The projects have focused on permitting requirements for the development of mining, hydroelectric, aggregate, and wind power projects.

Kara Gauvreau, Aquatic Biologist

Kara Gauvreau, Aquatic Biologist, with Blue Heron Environmental holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Honours) with a specilization in Conservation Biology, from Trent University.

Ms. Gauvreau has over 9 years of experience in environmental science and research. Kara’s focus is on fisheries management, fish and benthic identification, and data management.

Ms. Gauvreau has served as the field project technical lead for several large-scale fisheries assessments, and also has experience conducting wildlife surveys in the field, including invasive species surveys and habitat characterization.

Nicole Charbonneau, Junior Biologist

Nicole Charbonneau, Junior Biologist, has been employed as Environmental Technician with Blue Heron Environmental since April 2016. Responsibilities include conducting surface and groundwater collection on various mining operations in support of baseline studies, or as part of operational requirements and site Closure Plans.

Mrs. Charbonneau is familiar with federal and provincial environmental and mining related legislation including the Mining Act, Federal Fisheries Act and Metal Mining Effluent Regulations, Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act.


Brad Cole, Senior Environmental Specialist

Brad Cole, Project Manager has over a decade of experience in the coordination of environmental management activities in the mining and forestry industries, complemented by a deep understanding of the Canadian Environmental acts and regulations. Brad also brings a strong capacity for visioning the long-term impacts of projects, complemented by the ability to chart pragmatic strategies for mitigating risks.

Mr. Cole’s experience encompasses conducting environmental site assessments and developing environmental management systems, as well as experience in facilitating consultations with First Nations communities and the public at large.

Serena Maki, Training Coordinator

Serena Maki, Training Coordinator, has over 10 years of managing environmental compliance systems at a number of mining operations in Ontario. She additionally has 10 years in environmental toxicity laboratory experience. Ms. Maki graduated from Canadore College from the Environmental Biology Technology program, completing an internship with the Ministry of Environment and Energy’s Toxicity Laboratory.

Ms. Maki has an extensive background in managing environmental compliance at mining operations, and has been responsible for establishing and managing the environmental budget at mine sites.

 Richard Riengeutte, Environmental Specialist

Richard Riengeutte, Environmental Specialist, joined Blue Heron in January of 2016. Mr. Riengeutte has over 25 years of experience as an Environmental, Health & Safety Professional, providing him with in-depth knowledge of the acts and regulations impacting the mining industry.

Mr. Riengeutte possesses sound knowledge and experience in; construction, exploration, mining, milling, smelting, refining and water treatment processes. Experienced in utilizing risk management tools to identify, quantify and mitigate risks. Proficient with computers and a wide variety of software.


Dwayne Hoven, Environmental Compliance Lead

Dwayne Hoven, Environmental Compliance Lead, joined Blue Heron in January of 2010. Mr. Hoven has over 15 years experience in complying with environmental regulations in the oil and gas, and mining industries across Canada.

Mr. Hoven is well versed in the implementation of site specific environmental regulations, fieldwork monitoring and analysis techniques, as well as environmental and mine safety training for industry personnel and managers.

Andrew Doyle, Environmental Coordinator

Andrew Doyle, Environmental Coordinator, joined Blue Heron in October 2010. Having a background in Fish and Wildlife, Mr. Doyle has worked as a Technician performing groundwater and surface water sampling, streamflow measurements, electro-fishing, broad scale and fine scale netting. Mr. Doyle has also sub-contracted to different exploration sites to help and monitor Health, Safety and Environmental (SHE) Development.

Adam Gauthier, Environmental Compliance Coordinator

Adam Gauthier, Environmental Compliance Coordinator, originally joined Blue Heron in 2011 as an intern from the Environmental Technician Program at Northern College. He departed for a few years to broaden his experience by working at the DeBeers Gacho Kue Project near Yellowknife, NWT and has since returned to us in 2017.

Mr. Gauthier has considerable experience in the environmental and exploration fields of Canada’s mining sector.


Anthony Mascioli, Intermediate Environmental Specialist / GIS Specialist

Anthony Mascioli, Sr. Environmental Technical Specialist, holds a Master’s degree in Geography with specializations in Biophysical Sciences and Geomatics / GIS from the University of Waterloo. Mr. Mascioli is experienced in environmental management systems, ISO 14001, conducting field site assessments and baseline designs using a combination of Geographical Information System Science and site visits.

Mr. Mascioli has experience in leading environmental permitting, baseline studies design, implementation of field projects, overseeing fieldwork and overseeing all GIS / cartography related work.

Kathy-Lynn Morrish, Permitting Coordinator

Kathy-Lynn Morrish, Permitting Coordinator, holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Environmental Biology and Technology from Nipissing University. Kathy has more than 10 years of experience in the mining industry focused on compliance with Acts, Regulations, Permits and Authorizations from various government agencies.


Nathan Towsley, Communications Specialist

Nathan Towsley, Communications Specialist, joined the Blue Heron team in January of 2010. Mr. Towsley returned to his hometown of Timmins from Yellowknife, NT where he worked extensively with industry, the Territorial Government and Indigenous communities on a variety of environmental and socio-political topics. Mr. Towsley specializes in cultural studies, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, workshop facilitation, and communication strategies and holds a degree in Geography from the University of Guelph.

Mr. Towsley has assisted a number of northern mining and exploration companies navigate the consultation process, and engage cooperatively with the public and Aboriginal communities. Mr. Towsley also designs and develops web, presentation and print materials for Blue Heron’s marketing department, as well as clients looking to engage investors, the public, or government.

Jo-Ann Pretsell, Administrative Assistant/Field Technician

Jo-Ann Pretsell, Administrative Assistant/Field Technician, has experience in field work associated with environmental permitting and baseline studies projects. She has performed groundwater, surface water, and soil sampling for a variety of mining and exploration properties, and provides administrative technical support to Blue Heron clients.

Jo-Ann has been with Blue Heron since July of 2007.

Serving First Nation Communities and Indigenous Organizations

Zhashagi, the Ojibway word for “Blue Heron”, is a wing of Blue Heron Environmental that focuses specifically on providing assistance to Indigenous peoples, with respect to:

  • Environmental training and mentorship for individuals and/or committees;
  • Reviews of Environmental Assessments, permit applications, and environmental management plans for resource based development projects;
  • On-site support for environmental monitoring;
  • Helping to bridge the gap between Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and western science.

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