Stratos is a management consultancy specializing in environmental, social and governance issues. We work across the space between government, industry, Indigenous peoples and NGOs to collaborate and support them in developing the ideas, strategies and tools they need to solve large scale, non-linear, complex problems.
We offer transformative yet practical solutions. We know when to listen and when to ask the right questions. We have the courage to go off script, to trust ourselves, to trust each other and trust the process. We achieve results by understanding the context, making connections, integrating perspectives, and designing solutions that promote sustainability, diversity and inclusion.
With over 20 years of experience, we have the ability to understand and balance different stakeholder perspectives and needs, providing sound advice that is supported by a practical implementation plan. We are at our best when co-creating solutions with our clients and stakeholders.
Contact us today to begin a dialogue on how we can support your organization in the transition to a clean and inclusive world.
Barb is an experienced facilitator, motivational team leader, creative problem-solver and seasoned sustainability consultant.
“What excites me is seeing people come together and be empowered to make thoughtful decisions -- decisions that allow them to take positive action, in particular around sustainability” says Barb.
Barb’s approach to group process facilitation is bold, creative and highly interactive. With over 20 years’ experience, Barb has lead multi-interest sessions for international and domestic government meetings, cross-Canada multi-stakeholder dialogues on challenging themes, strategic and work planning sessions, large workshops and conferences, as well as corporate retreats.
She works closely with organizations to better understand their internal cultural and organizational challenges, leaning on her problem-solving skills to co-create and implement effective solutions for these teams. She has also designed and instructed courses on an eclectic range of topics, including: team building, conflict resolution, human rights and security, auditing and verification, as well as environmental liabilities.
Barb is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators. She is also certified with Langevin Learning Services as an Instructional Designer/Developer.
“I love my job because I have the chance to make a difference every day,” Barb says.
Joined Stratos: 2005
Specialty: Facilitation, organizational design and effectiveness, instructional design and training, conservation and nature, and environmental and natural resource management
Prior Work Experience:
- Regulatory Affairs Manager, Environment Canada
- Co-Founder/Owner, Viridis Environmental Inc.
- Bachelor of Environmental Studies – Honours Environmental and Resource Studies, minor Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 1994
- Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF), International Association of Facilitators, 2010 (recertified in 2014)
- Instructional Designer/Developer, Langevin Learning Services, 2010
What Barb offers:
As Director of Organizational Effectiveness at Stratos, Barb offers a unique combination of experience in both environment and natural resources management, complemented with deep expertise in engagement and group facilitation.
Barb specializes in designing and facilitating complex multi-stakeholder conversations using creative, meaningful and interactive engagement strategies and techniques. She is certified as a Professional Facilitator (CPF) with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).
Barb is also certified with Langevin Learning Services as an Instructional Designer/Developer. She designs and delivers courses building on the principles of adult learning, focusing learners on developing the skills and knowledge to ultimately improve environmental and social performance.
Whether facilitating workshops, designing training, or helping organizations to be more effective, Barb works closely with clients to understand the specific organizational needs and challenges. Then, working side-by-side, she helps shape and support the implementation of solutions that at the end of the day help these organizations to have a more positive impact on the environment and communities in which they exist.
When not working, Barb keeps can be found either on her bike or cross-country skis traversing the region’s network of trails …. or you might find her puttering in her garden… or you might find her crafting some new pieces of art!
“My most valuable asset is the ability to inspire people to bring the very best to everything they do” says Barb.
Jennifer Davis is a Partner at Stratos Inc., a people-focused sustainability consultancy. She leverages her strong network and knowledge base to provide strategic advice and practical implementation support for ambitious and inclusive science, innovation and clean economy initiatives. Jennifer is passionate about the role innovation can play in achieving our climate targets and in diversifying the Canadian economy.
Some of Jennifer’s marquee projects include helping advance Canada’s collaborative science vision, supporting the design and launch the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), working with federal granting programs, and enabling research and technology development in Canada’s Arctic. Jennifer leads a team of amazing consultants who regularly collaborate with clients on strategic planning, capacity building, multi-party dialogues, program design and change management projects.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science and a Master of Business Administration, and is a certified change management practitioner. Prior to joining Stratos, Jennifer and held positions in international development and high-tech. Jennifer’s Master’s thesis elaborated the business case for corporate sustainability. Jennifer can build a mean dashboard and 2x2 matrix and will make you feel better about yourself by only showing her forehead during video calls. Jennifer also practices the extreme sport of last-minute deck editing. Outside of work, you can find Jennifer hiking, playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends.
Julie is one of Stratos’ owners, Vice President of the firm’s Corporate Sustainability Practice, and has over 20 years of experience in the field of sustainability management. Julie works with clients across a range of sectors to more effectively integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations into their overall strategy, management, performance measurement and disclosure. She has a wealth of experience and an excellent understanding of leading practices and tools; and draws upon this expertise to build customized solutions for Stratos clients.
Julie has conducted numerous gap assessments and strategic reviews designed to assess the effectiveness of client’s sustainability strategies, management systems and practices, as well as leading teams in developing strategies, policies, procedures and programs to manage specific ESG issues. She is very familiar with a range of management, performance measurement and disclosure standards, and draws on this knowledge to inform her work.
Julie has a particular expertise in designing and facilitating multi-interest engagement processes/ workshops, as well as training. She has worked with organizations to design and facilitate advisory groups and dialogues to provide advice and work towards collaborative solutions, as well as interactive training sessions built on adult education principles.
“My clients are looking to address challenges and prepare for future success,” she says. “The range of issues we tackle together makes my job so interesting – it’s dynamic and constantly evolving.”
Joined Stratos: 2000
Specialty: Environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy and management, program design, stakeholder and Indigenous convening, engagement and facilitation, training design and delivery, performance measurement and disclosure
Prior Work Experience:
- Environmental Management Consultant, Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd.
- Community Development Research Analyst, African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) (research placement), East Africa
- Associate, The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Chairman’s Department
- Master of Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 1998
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Political Science, Queen’s University, 1992
What Julie offers:
As Stratos’ Vice President of Corporate Sustainability, Julie has a comprehensive understanding of the complex environmental, social and economic issues affecting the corporate sector today.
Her consulting expertise encompasses the full range of services organizations require to more effectively integrate ESG considerations into their overall strategy, management, performance measurement and disclosure.
Julie is also certified by the ISO as a Lead Auditor and has taken Sustainability Assurance Training as part of the international Certification Program for Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP), developed by AccountAbility and the International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA) in London, England.
Examples of Julie’s clients include: a range of industry associations, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), Enbridge, The Gordon Foundation, Hydro One, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Ivey Foundation, Mackenzie Valley Impact Review Board (MVEIRB), NEI Investments, NWT Board Forum, Pembina Pipelines, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Julie describes Stratos as committed to providing “quality tailored solutions.” Plus, she says, “I work with a great team of people, which keeps it fun.”
MICHAEL VAN AANHOUT
Michael van Aanhout joined Stratos in 2000 as a Senior Consultant, became President in 2005 and Chairman in 2012. Michael is a driven by the desire to move towards a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future. He works collaboratively with corporate, public sector and civil society leaders to address environmental, social, and governance opportunities, challenges, and risks. In addition to strategy and management consulting, Michael works with clients and communities of interest to design, manage, and facilitate consultation and engagement processes on a range of sustainability issues.
Before joining Stratos, Michael was a Senior Environmental Management Consultant at Jacques Whitford Environment Limited. Prior to that, Michael was a Regulatory Affairs Manager Western Canada at Laidlaw Environmental Services Ltd and served as a Naval Officer and Marine Systems Engineer with the Department of National Defence for the Canadian Navy.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Management from the Royal Military College of Canada, has completed the Marine Engineering Application Course from the Royal Naval Engineering College in the United Kingdom, participated in the Leadership Forum at the University of Ottawa, School of Management Centre for Executive Education, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. Michael was honoured to be a recipient of the Delta Management 2015 Canada’s Clean50 Award.
Outside of the office, Michael enjoys self-propelled recreation and sports all year round with family and friends, and volunteers with local, regional and national community and environmental not-for profits including sitting on the boards of HOST, EnviroCentre and Nature United.
Stefan is a cross-disciplinary analyst, advisor and risk management specialist. Trained as a civil engineer, with a focus on the environment and water resource management, Stefan brings technical insight and experience to Stratos’s management and strategic advice.
“I enjoy helping clients address the technical, management and community realities of their business,” he says.
Stefan works primarily in the mining and energy sectors, providing his private and public sector clients with a range of services, including: risk management; socio-economic strategy, planning and reporting; sustainability program design and implementation; and stakeholder mapping.
As technical lead at Stratos, Stefan has led a number of studies to inform policy, protocols and management approaches on such issues as shadow carbon pricing, climate change risk in mining and water stewardship.
He has also played a key role in designing and implementing a risk management framework for a large portfolio of abandoned mine sites in Canada’s north.
“I’m proud of the work Stratos has done to help the Canadian government manage abandoned mine sites in Canada’s north,” Stefan says.
Joined Stratos: 2004
Specialty: Designing, implementing and facilitating processes and risk management approaches that combine management, strategy and technical content; leading research studies and reviews on key environmental issues
Prior Work Experience:
- Environmental Engineer, Franz Environmental Inc.
- Master of Applied Science, Civil Engineering (Environmental option), University of Toronto, 2000
- BaSc., Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo, 1996
- Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS): “Foundations of Water Stewardship,” “Advanced Training in the AWS Standard,” “AWS Specialist Training”
What Stefan offers:
Trained as a civil and environmental engineer, Stefan brings a technical understanding and advanced analytical skills to his projects, particularly those combining policy, management and technical content.
Stefan’s areas of practice include:
- Risk management
- Socio-economic strategy, planning and reporting
- Program design and implementation
- Stakeholder mapping
- Canadian and international companies in the mining and energy sectors
He has extensive experience supporting industry associations to develop protocols and standards in such areas as land management, biodiversity, water stewardship, and carbon/energy management.
For these engagements, Stefan has conducted reviews and benchmarking studies of global standards and practices as well as issues-specific management reviews and risk analyses. He has also designed and run interview programs with industry stakeholders and company representatives and facilitated working group processes.
Stefan has also led a number of research studies and reviews to inform policies, strategies and management approaches on a range of environmental issues, including climate change impacts on acid-rock drainage, water stewardship in mining, and shadow carbon pricing in the Canadian energy sector.
For the public sector, Stefan has focused on providing policy, management and implementation support to the Canadian federal government related to mine closure and contaminated sites.
Stefan’s clients have included:
- Industry associations such as the Mining Association of Canada, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
- Government departments and programs such as the Mining Environment Neutral Drainage program (Natural Resources Canada) and the National Roundtable on Environment and Economy (NRTEE)
- Canadian and international companies in the mining and energy sectors.
Stefan is an avid cyclist – for pleasure, exercise and commuting – so it stands to reason that the one thing he can’t live without is his bikes!
As one of Stratos’ founding owners, Stephanie works at the strategic level. She helps senior leaders set their organization’s sustainability vision, create alignment with staff and business processes, and develop sustainability management systems.
Stephanie leads Stratos’ work with the mining sector where she provides strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, performance management and reporting services for such clients as Agnico-Eagle Mines, Sherritt International, Teck, Hudbay and the Mining Association of Canada.
Helping clients strengthen their relationships with local communities is an important pillar of Stephanie’s work. “Those most directly affected by development need to have a voice and should see benefits to their communities, including through local procurement and employment,” she says.
Stephanie is also an experienced facilitator and trainer. “I aim to create an energetic and enjoyable atmosphere,” she says. “I believe that’s essential for true collaboration and partnership.”
As President of Stratos, Stephanie is proud to work with an amazing team. “Every one of Stratos’ employees is bright, passionate and out to make a difference,” she says. “That’s what makes this such a great place to work.”
Joined Stratos: 2000 (Founding Owner)
Specialty: Strategic sustainability planning and stakeholder engagement, primarily for the mining sector
Prior Work Experience:
- Consultant, Jacques Whitford Environment Limited
- Environmental Health & Safety Specialist, Nike
- Master of Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 1995
- Environmental Professional (Certified Environmental Auditor) – Emeritus, 1999
What Stephanie offers:
Stephanie brings a powerful mix of strategic thinking, an ability to effectively engage with senior leadership and a deep understanding of environmental and sustainability management within the mining sector.
Her clients include Agnico-Eagle Mines, Sherritt International, Teck, Hudbay and the Mining Association of Canada. She works with leadership teams to set their organization’s sustainability direction and ensure staff and business processes are aligned with the strategic sustainability vision.
Stephanie is driven by her firm belief that environmental and social considerations need to be deeply embedded in decision making. “They can’t be an afterthought,” she says.
Stephanie also supports her clients in developing effective sustainability management systems, including for community engagement and development, and local procurement and employment.
As an experienced facilitator and trainer, Stephanie is able to create the positive environment needed for true dialogue and collaboration, whether that’s with internal staff or with external partners and stakeholders.
When not working, Stephanie enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, rock climbing or scuba diving. She is a founding member of Nature Canada’s Women for Nature, a network of leading women passionate about enjoying and conserving nature.
Vicky is a policy and planning specialist. She works with the public and private sectors to address policy issues and improve performance through sound analysis and planning.
Her clients include all levels of government, co-management bodies, industry associations and other collaborative organizations.
“I’m motivated by constant challenge,” Vicky says. “And being able to use my skills and experience to navigate complex issues and make a meaningful contribution.”
Vicky has a particular interest in environmental governance and natural resource management, and she credits her years of outdoor education experience for inspiring her to pursue her chosen profession.
“Whether it was implementing the 4 Rs as a family growing up, or leading youth on canoe trips through indigenous land or near resource developments, my early experiences have shaped my interests and passions today,” she says.
Joined Stratos: 2008
Specialty: Strategy, policy and planning; governance; program design, assurance, stakeholder engagement
Prior Work Experience:
- Outdoor & Environmental Educator, various organizations
- Masters, Resource and Environmental Management (Planning), Simon Fraser University, 2008
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology, University of Guelph, 2003
What Vicky offers:
Vicky understands the complex policy issues facing public and private sector clients in developing and managing natural resources.
Working with industry and other member-based associations has given Vicky insight into what it takes to make “collective action” successful.
She has supported the design and ongoing implementation of various voluntary industry sustainability initiatives aimed at strengthening performance across a sector. These include Towards Sustainable Mining and the pipeline sector’s Integrity First initiative.
Vicky is passionate about working at the regime level. Having worked across jurisdictions and in many different regions of Canada, she is familiar with the different environmental governance arrangements to manage resources.
In the North, Vicky has worked with co-management bodies, such as in the Mackenzie Valley and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, sharing her knowledge of organizational effectiveness and collaborative governance practices.
Vicky’s combined background in natural resource management and human behaviour naturally lead to a keen interest in policy. She has worked with a range of government clients on policy files. In particular, Vicky is passionate about water and was proud to support the former National Round Table on the Environment and Economy with its Program on Water Sustainability and the Future of Canada’s Natural Resource Sectors.
Vicky holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management (Planning) and is a member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute.
When not working, Vicky loves to spend time outdoors and in nature. “In fact,” she says, “that’s the one thing I can’t live without!”
Managers, Consultants & Administrators
Adam is a creative problem solver. He is a nimble thinker, adept at developing usable products for clients and turning information into insights and knowledge that lead to better decisions and outcomes for Canada’s natural resource development sector.
“I come into the office every morning looking forward to the opportunity to work with my colleagues and clients on the sustainable development challenges of the day,” says Adam.
Adam’s clients include governments and regulators, Indigenous groups and policy makers, and industry and trade associations.
He provides his clients with a variety of services, including: research and analysis; decision-making and management support; facilitation, engagement and workshop design; risk management; presentation support; and organizational design.
As a veteran consultant with Stratos, Adam considers himself “a jack of all trades and master of some.” He is a quick learner and prides himself on his ability to slip into new roles, service offerings and subject matters with relative ease.
Joined Stratos: 2012
Specialty: Developing creative solutions to complex sustainable development challenges
Prior Work Experience:
- Analyst, City of Toronto, Environment Office
- Research & Policy Analyst, Public Works and Government Services Canada
- Master of Public Policy and Administration in Innovation, Science & Environment, Carleton University, 2011
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Guelph, 2008
What Adam offers:
Adam has a strong grasp of the ever-changing legislative and regulatory regimes across the country and a keen understanding of the complex social, environmental and economic factors that shape northern development.
Adam provides a variety of regular services, including development of and support for:
- decision-making and management aids
- facilitation, engagement and workshop design
- risk management
- socio-economic monitoring
- presentations and information visualization
- organizational design and change management
- research and analysis
Adam’s clients include Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Nunatsiavut Government, Agnico Eagle Mines, Enbridge, the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board and the Yukon Government, among many others.
His other interests include wandering outdoors, finding areas without cell reception, grammar and enlightening friends on the wonders of black licorice.
Andrew joined Stratos in January 2020. He was born in Plymouth, England and has over 22 years of experience with specialization in Finance and Administration.
"I enjoy the variety of my work and I like that each day is different" says Andrew. Hes describes the culture at Stratos as "interesting, friendly & dynamic."
Andrew is a busy dad to three children and on his days off he enjoys spending time with his family.
Carolyn is a strategic problem solver. She combines her management consulting and scientific backgrounds to provide advice and support to Stratos clients, including governments and regulators, non-profit organizations, and industry.
Carolyn enjoys wrestling information and ideas into strategic results, whether it is for capacity development, communications, governance, engagement, or performance measurement. She turns complex concepts into tangible solutions that advance sustainable resource development.
“One of the best things about working at Stratos – apart from my amazing colleagues – is the diversity of work,” Carolyn says. She also appreciates building relationships with the interesting and knowledgeable people she meets on the job.
Joined Stratos: 2007
Specialty: Leading research studies and reviews on key sustainability issues; performance measurement; facilitation and engagement support.
Prior Work Experience:
- Intrinsik Environmental Sciences
- School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University
- Master of Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University, 2006
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, Queen’s University, 2002
What Carolyn offers:
Carolyn is a strategic problem solver whose experience with collaborative engagements makes her particularly effective in serving the public sector.
“While individual actions have impact, government policy can lead to major advancements in sustainable development,” Carolyn says.
She supports her clients through strategy development, research and analysis, engagement design and implementation, capacity building, and performance management.
Her recent clients include:
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Health Canada
- Ivey Foundation
- Marine Plan Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada
- Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission
- Natural Resources Canada – Major Project Management Office
Carolyn’s work has focused on Canada’s North. “Working in Canada’s North allows me to become engaged in so many important issues, from contaminated sites management, to land use planning and marine management” says Carolyn.
She is also experienced in regulatory development and reform within the energy and mining sectors, at the federal and provincial levels.
Carolyn lives in BC’s Okanagan, which brings a unique western perspective to the team. When not at work, Carolyn loves exploring wild spaces, swimming (especially in open water), and spending time with her family.
Cindy joined Stratos in 2010. An honours graduate from Algonquin College’s Professional Accounting Program, she also holds a degree in Accounting from the Beijing University of Business and Technology.
As part of the administrative team, Cindy carries out the company’s day-to-day accounting activities and helps ensure the office runs smoothly.
Like a lot of Stratos employees, Cindy enjoys gardening. “In fact, if I weren’t doing what I do today, I’d be a farmer,” says Cindy.
A consultant at Stratos, Courtney brings strong research and analytical skills to the team and demonstrates the ability to communicate complex ideas and arguments clearly and effectively; in a way that is accessible and easily understood by a range of audiences. In all aspects of her work at Stratos, Courtney focuses on working collaboratively, and understands the importance of approaching environmental and sustainability issues from multiple perspectives.
When asked what she likes most about working at Stratos, Courtney is quick to answer: “Every day brings something new and different – be it a project or a perspective. It is clear to me that the work we do here is bringing about meaningful and impactful change”.
Joined Stratos: 2016
Specialty: Courtney understands emerging expectations on the mining sector, and has worked with international standards, including ICMM’s Sustainability Principles and Position Statements, and the IFC Performance Standards. She has supported the sustainability reporting team at Lundin Mining, and understands the importance of clear and focused reporting templates to guide internal reporting. Courtney also has experience working with mining companies to identify and assess the business impacts of - and stakeholder interest in - environmental, social and economic issues that are material to their operations. More recently, her experience in this service area expanded in scope to include the agricultural sector; working with one Canadian-owned company to conduct their first materiality assessment.
Courtney understands the importance of management schemes that realize local realities and acknowledge not only the resource system but the actors that depend on it and the interactions therein. She has worked with a federal government department to take stock of what has been working well with Canadian northern resource co-management systems and suggest potential areas for future attention. For her Masters’ thesis Courtney travelled to Thailand for four months of field research, and there gathered a more nuanced understanding of ecological change within small-scale fisheries and considered the extent to which communities can become involved in fisheries management, and whether co-management of these fisheries is in fact a viable option.
Prior Work Experience and/or Internships:
- Research Assistant, New Directions in Environmental Governance Project, York Center for Asian Research
- Research Assistant, Linking Natural Capital and Productivity Project (NKP), Smart Prosperity Institute
- Bachelor of Arts, English, Saint Francis Xavier University, 2011
- Bachelor of Social Science, International Development and Globalization, University of Ottawa, 2014
- Master of Science, Environmental Sustainability, University of Ottawa, 2016
One thing many people do not know about Courtney is that she is a seasonal lobster fisher. Two months of the year – for the last ten years – she returns home to Nova Scotia to fish with her father (who is also her business partner). She continues to seize opportunities to incorporate her fisheries background into her work at Stratos.
Emily is motivated by tackling complex problems, recognizing the relationships between people and places. As a consultant with Stratos, she supports Stratos’ advisory, strategy, facilitation and research work. For her Masters’ thesis, Emily spent time in the Yukon engaging with stakeholders involved in regional land use planning for the Peel Watershed to determine how First Nations’ and sustainability interests were addressed in planning for the region. Her thesis included lessons and recommendations for future planning initiatives in the Yukon as well as other similar jurisdictions.
Joined Stratos: 2018
Specialty: Research and analysis; Indigenous engagement; Stakeholder engagement; Knowledge of natural resource governance including environmental assessment and regional planning processes.
Prior Work Experience and/or Internships:
- Junior Policy Analyst, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Pacific and Yukon Office)
- Aboriginal Consultation Advisor, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (Pacific and Yukon Office)
- Intern – Environment and Energy, Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
- Master of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo, 2018
- Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Environment, Resources and Sustainability with International Development Studies, Dalhousie University, 2014
What Emily Offers: Emily can provide a range of research and analysis skills to support her clients, including report writing, Indigenous and other stakeholder engagement initiatives, web and literature-based research and synthesis of complex issues into plain language. She is a natural problem-solver and collaborator and brings her strong professional and academic background in governance for sustainability and natural resource management to support her clients.
One thing many people do not know about Emily is that she is a proud Franco-Ontarian. She enjoys being able to support her clients in both official languages!
Emma is one of Stratos’ reporting experts. She primarily works with private companies, industry associations and government departments to improve disclosure of their sustainability performance and management practices.
“What I love about my job is the variety. I have such interesting clients and colleagues and my work spans several different sectors – energy, mining, forestry and finance,” Emma says.
Emma also specializes in materiality analysis, performance management, sustainability program development and design, and Aboriginal relations. In 2011, she was involved in the redesign of of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ flagship Progressing Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program.
Since then, she has helped Canadian companies develop Aboriginal engagement strategies, measure social impact and performance, and understand the emerging transparency and disclosure requirements.
“When people ask me what I do, I tell them I help companies and organizations make better decisions for the environment and the communities where they operate,” she says. “I’m optimistic about what we can accomplish when we collaborate.”
Joined Stratos: 2010
Corporate disclosure and reporting, sustainability program development and management, performance measurement, Aboriginal relations
Prior Work Experience:
- Lecturer on Corporate Social Responsibility, Nipissing University
- Geomatics Specialist, Natural Resources Canada
- Geomatics Specialist, Statistics Canada
- Master of Business Administration, Segal School of Business, Simon Fraser University, 2010
- Bachelor of Arts, Geography, McGill University, 2002
What Emma offers:
Emma brings a comprehensive knowledge of sustainability reporting and disclosure requirements as they continue to evolve both in Canada and around the world. She also specializes in materiality analysis, sustainability program development performance management and Aboriginal relations.
Working across sectors, Emma’s clients have included:
- Sustainable Development and Technology Canada
- Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- J.D. Irving Forest and Paper Products
- The Royal Bank of Canada
- The International Council for Forest and Paper Associations
- Environment Canada
- Canada’s Eco-fiscal Commission
In 2011, Emma played a key role in the redesign of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ flagship Progressing Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program. This program has provided numerous Canadian companies with a framework to understand and improve Aboriginal employment, business development, community investment and community engagement.
Since then, she has helped many Canadian companies develop Aboriginal engagement strategies, measure social impact and performance, and understand the emerging transparency and disclosure requirements
As a geographer, Emma gets her greatest inspiration from the “two Janes” – Jane Goodall and Jane Jacobs.
“Clients and colleagues can count on me to be resourceful, practical and persistent but that doesn’t mean I won’t challenge the status quo when it’s called for,” Emma says.
When she’s not in the office, Emma enjoys traveling and exploring the Ottawa valley with her family. Having lived in Japan for several years, she also speaks Japanese and makes a mean okonomiyaki.
Genevieve is a bilingual consultant at Stratos with over three years of experience providing strategic policy and project support, with a strong background in research and writing. Having conducted research for various academics and professionals, Genevieve has developed the skill of tailoring her findings to both the audience and the client. Regardless of the topic, she has consistently proven her ability to deliver specialized content with varying degrees of depth of analysis, from plain language summaries to detailed reports.
Joined Stratos: August 2020
Specialty: Genevieve is passionate about her work in sustainable resource governance, specifically regarding fisheries, oceans, and mining in Canada.
Work at Stratos:
- Genevieve has provided technical and facilitation support for stakeholder engagements and workshops for clients in the fisheries and oceans sector, such as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada, and the World Wildlife Foundation.
- Genevieve has provided analytical, strategic, and secretariat support for a range of clients in the mining sector, including the Mining Association of Canada, El Dorado Gold, and Glencore.
Prior Work Experience:
- As a Research Assistant at the Smart Prosperity Institute, Genevieve supported and led several research projects on themes related to natural resource development and governance, such as the circular economy and artisanal and small-scale mining.
- As a Development Officer at Global Affairs Canada, Genevieve supported multi-million-dollar projects at various stages of the project management life cycle, from the initial assessment of proposals to project reporting to the monitoring and evaluation of project progress.
- Master of Science, Environmental Sustainability, University of Ottawa
- Bachelor of Social Science, Honours in International Development and Globalization, Minor in Spanish Studies, University of Ottawa
Genevieve enjoys consulting as it allows her the opportunity to listen and learn about the unique challenges, perspectives, and lived experiences of people and communities across Canada. This continuous learning allows Genevieve to bring a more holistic perspective to her work at and advise accordingly.
Guy is an environmental scientist by training. As a researcher and data analyst, he incorporates his technical and scientific background in the delivery of his work. He has experience with extensive literature reviews, report writing and data analysis. He has also been involved with the development of platforms to foster information sharing and project collaboration between water experts.
“I enjoy working with clients to help them establish their priorities and support them in developing strategies to address the challenges they face. My proudest moment at Stratos was participating in the Conversational Gathering we held in partnership with First Peoples Group in January 2019 as part of our Reconciliation Strategy to create a space for our Indigenous Partners and Federal Employees to support meaningful dialogue and stimulate relationship-building.”
Joined Stratos: 2018
Specialty: Guy works across the spheres of the private and public sectors as well as civil society, having supported on the development of training materials, reporting of strategic planning processes, and the research and analysis for assessment projects (i.e. benchmarking, materiality).
Prior Work Experience:
- Research Assistant, University of Waterloo
- Research Technician, Analytical Services Unit, Queen’s University
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Earth Sciences and Aquatic Resources, St. Francis Xavier University, 2015
- Masters of Environmental Studies, Queens University, 2017
What Guy offers:
At Stratos, Guy applies his ability to analyze and synthesize information from various sources and his multi-disciplinary perspectives to support the decision-making process of clients.
Recent clients include:
- Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board [MVEIRB]
- Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs [CIRNA]
- Egg Farmers of Canada [EFC]
- Fisheries and Oceans Canada [DFO]
- National Research Council [NRC]
Outside of work, Guy can be found social dancing, playing soccer or pool with friends, occasionally attending events such as spoken words, and actively supporting his friends on their projects!
Julie Nguyen is a senior consultant at Stratos and supports organizations with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Julie is a strategic thinker, skilled researcher and writer. She incorporates her scientific and communication backgrounds to help her clients proactively capture opportunities and manage risks. Julie provides a range of services, including strategy and planning, performance management and reporting.
Prior to joining Stratos, Julie worked for Shell Canada and LNG Canada in Vancouver and Calgary, where she provided strategic leadership on communication functions and engagements, and liaised with corporate shareholders on environment, government, Indigenous Peoples, and corporate social responsibility topics.
Julie holds a Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of British Columbia. Julie enjoys listening to podcasts about business and science, travelling and baking.
Kathryn gets her energy from tackling ‘wicked’ problems and developing innovative, collaborative solutions. A strong analyst with an interdisciplinary background, she excels at mapping out complex issues and identifying pathways for success.
“What I appreciate most about my role at Stratos is hearing directly from clients about the challenges they’re facing and visualizing what success could look like for them,” says Kathryn. “That’s what gets me excited to come to work.”
Joined Stratos: 2017
Specialty: Kathryn works across the private, public, and civil society spheres, providing a variety of services from research to strategic implementation. In her time at Stratos, she has supported: the development of materials for in-person and online training courses, the design and execution of workshops, the reporting for several strategic planning processes, the design of organizational capacity-building exercises, as well as the research and analysis for multiple performance benchmarking projects.
- Master's of Science, Environmental Sustainability, University of Ottawa, in progress
- Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, University of Ottawa, 2014
After seeing firsthand how the physical Arctic environment is changing on a geomorphology field course in Yukon and Alaska, Kathryn was motivated to explore some of the indirect, human impacts of climate change. As a part of her Master’s, she examined regional visions of successful economic development in Nunavut, with a focus on opportunities for greater Inuit self-determination and benefit. She carries the learnings from this work into her role as a consultant at Stratos.
What Kathryn offers:
- Pan-territorial experience in the field of natural resource management and development
- Knowledge of Canadian Indigenous history, cultures, and processes that facilitate reconciliation
- A holistic, systems-oriented approach to problem solving
Her recent clients include:
- Teck Coal Ltd.
- Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
- Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board
- Yukon Government
Outside of work, Kathryn enjoys heading to the Gatineau Hills, visiting with friends out of town, or reading a good thriller over a drink of something warm.
Kelsea is a bilingual consultant at Stratos with over two years of experience working with Public and Private sectors both in Canada and internationally. With a focus on clean technology and innovation, Kelsea enjoys working with her colleagues and clients to drive progress to a more sustainable world.
Joined Stratos: November 2020
Specialty: Clean tech and innovation; equity, diversity, and inclusion
Prior Work Experience and/or Internships:
- Sustainability Consultant – Heineken, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- European Key Account Manager – Brambles CHEP, Paris, France
- BA in International Studies and Modern Languages, Minor in Business Administration, University of Ottawa, 2017
- MSc in Sustainability and Social Innovation, HEC Paris, 2019
- Certificate in Energy and Finance, HEC Paris, 2019
Kelsea enjoys consulting because she has opportunities to work with companies and organizations to solve complex problems to support our transition towards more global sustainability.
“I’m motivated by the team at Stratos and the clients we work with. Sustainability is a transition made up of thousands of steps in the right direction. This work is sometimes challenging, but always exciting as we work together, in lockstep, to carve the route forward.”
If Kelsea was not working as a consultant, you could find her working as an international coffee curator for independent coffeehouses.
Leah is a cross-disciplinarian, an integrator, synthesizer and communicator.
With degrees in systems design engineering (University of Waterloo) and development studies (London School of Economics), and a track record of producing award-winning publications, Leah is adept at integrating different types of knowledge and presenting it in a clear, accessible manner for a broad range of audiences.
“My ability to analyze and synthesize information from technical, environmental and socio-economic sources is important to help clients make well-informed decisions,” she says.
Leah works with both private and public sector clients, providing a variety of services, including risk management, program design and implementation, and research, analysis and report writing.
Her clients include: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Syncrude, and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
“I enjoy connecting with diverse organizations and individuals to help them understand and more effectively address complex environmental and societal challenges,” Leah says.
Joined Stratos: 2014
- Masters of Science, Development Studies, London School of Economics, 2013
- Bachelor of Applied Science, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2012
What Leah offers:
Leah brings an understanding of the technical, environmental and socio-economic challenges faced by the natural resource sector today. She integrates knowledge from and communicates with multiple disciplines to help solve complex problems.
Leah works with natural resource companies, federal and territorial governments, and not-for-profit organizations.
Her clients include: Mining Association of Canada, Agnico-Eagle Mines, Syncrude, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Yukon Government, and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Leah has provided the following services to Stratos clients:
- Risk management: Coordinating, co-facilitating and reporting on risk update workshops for large, complex extractive sector sites. She has also provided advice for and developed risk criteria, procedures, and reporting and communication processes and tools.
- Socio-economic services: Researching, analyzing and synthesizing local and regional socio-economic baseline information. She has also supported the development of key documents such as: current state assessments, socio-economic strategies, socio-economic implementation plans, labour capacity studies and socio-economic monitoring reports.
- Program design and implementation: Designing and implementing key technical review processes for the federal government’s abandoned mine sites. She has also acted as secretariat for governments and industry associations, managing documents, handling meeting logistics, keeping meeting records and tracking recommendations.
- Research, Analysis and Report Writing: Summarizing technical and non-technical information into accessible reports for multi-disciplinary audiences. Examples include developing mineral resource development profiles for Nunavut regions for the Natural Resources Canada, synthesizing Canadian Aboriginal business needs for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and summarizing mine closure best practices for the Project Technical Office at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
“Capacity building for Aboriginal businesses and managing socio-economic elements of mine closure are two issue areas I’m particularly interested in,” says Leah.
When not working, Leah is usually out exploring the Ottawa region, its parks and its history.
As a member of the Stratos team, Mike enjoys the collaborative approach Stratos takes to projects. He is happy to work closely with team members to create value for clients while expanding his knowledge of the sustainability agenda in Canada and around the globe. The ability to work for public and private clients allows Mike to better understand the ecosystem of building a more sustainable world.
Joined Stratos: October 2020
Specialty: Risk management, stakeholder consultation and engagement, cleantech, climate change
- Federal Government Departments (including CIRNAC, NRCan, DFO)
- International Joint Commission
Prior Work Experience and/or Internships:
- Research Affiliate, G360 Institute for Groundwater Research
- Research Assistant, University of Guelph
- Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph, 2020
When not at work, you can find Mike spending time with family and friends in the outdoors.
Mike is a problem solver, integrator and cross-disciplinary thinker. Trained as a chemical engineer with a focus on air quality, wastewater management and remediation, Mike brings a strong technical expertise to Stratos.
“I’m proud of the work I do, waking up every day and feeling like I’m having a positive impact for our clients and the world is what drives me” he says.
Mike provides clients with a range of services, including: risk management, sustainability reporting, research and analysis and sustainability program design and implementation.
He has supported a risk management program for a portfolio of abandoned mine sites in Canada’s north including the Faro and Giant mines.
As a technical consultant at Stratos, Mike has also supported the facilitation of meetings and studies to inform policy, protocols and management approaches on climate change risks in contaminated sites as well as emerging technologies including artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
Mike believes that fostering meaningful relationships and working collaboratively is the key to realizing our potential and solving our world’s toughest problems.
Joined Stratos: 2017
Specialty: Understanding, diagnosing and solving cross-cutting problems involving multiple disciplines and stakeholders.
Prior Work Experience:
- Environmental Consultant, Ramboll
- Environmental Engineer in Training, Sanofi Pasteur
- BaSc., Chemical Engineering (environmental specialization), Queen’s University, 2014
What Mike offers:
Trained as a chemical and environmental engineer, Mike brings a technical understanding and advanced analytical skills to his projects, particularly those combining policy, management and technical content.
His technical background allows him to listen to and “translate” perspectives from multiple disciplines to understand and solve complex problems.
His clients include: Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, Giant Mine Remediation Project, Faro Mine Remediation Project, Natural Resources Canada, Syncrude, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Outside of work Mike is an avid Toronto sports fan, and recreational sports enthusiast. He enjoys spending time outside camping and hiking and has enjoyed dabbling in the world of home brewing over the last few years.
Rebecca Lafontaine joined Stratos in 2019 as the Administrative Assistant. She is an experienced administrative professional that has worked with corporations, non-profit organizations and industry associations. Rebecca’s interests include natural resources management, community health and harm reduction and stakeholder engagement. Rebecca brings exceptional skill to designing and managing large-scale events that target underrepresented populations, implementing data solutions and developing materials for senior executives.
Prior to joining Stratos, Rebecca worked at Mining Association of Canada and Shepherds of Good Hope. Rebecca is also an active volunteer in her community.
Rebecca has an Executive Office Administration Diploma from Algonquin College. She also has certifications and training in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Active Listening and Communication and Suicide Prevention. Rebecca was born in the Algoma Region of Northern Ontario and is a proud citizen of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO).
Samantha joined the Stratos team in May 2016, bringing diverse experience from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Samantha supports Stratos’ advisory, strategy, facilitation and research work. In her role as a consultant with Stratos, Samantha is responsible for supporting Stratos engagements by conducting desk-based research, compiling synthesizing and analyzing information, assisting with the preparation of engagement sessions and note-taking and preparing reports for clients.
Joined Stratos: 2016
Specialty: Research and analysis; logistics management and coordination; facilitation; reporting
Prior Work Experience:
Samantha has worked as a junior research analyst, communications officer, administrator, travel consultant and English teacher, all of which contributed to her well-rounded understanding of and skills in providing support to a myriad of clients.
- Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Carleton University, 2010
Samantha describes working at Stratos as “fulfilling hard work.”
“I really enjoy the opportunity to learn new, interesting things every day, all while improving myself, the people around me and the world we live in,” she says.
Tara is a multilingual Senior Consultant at Stratos with over 8 years of experience working in project and event management. Tara enjoys working on projects where she can see the ‘big picture’ and overall contribution and impact.
Joined Stratos: August 2020
Specialty: Project Management
Work at Stratos: Tara’s key clients include Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), and Laboratories Canada (LabsCan).
Prior Work Experience:
- Consultant in IT Project Management at Export Development Canada
- IT Project Manager at the Office of Auditor General
Education and Certification:
- M.A Candidate at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA)
- Bachelor of International Business at the Sprott School of Business
- Project Management Professional (PMP)
Tara enjoys being a part of the Stratos Team. When asked what she enjoys most about Stratos, she said “the contagious energy of the people I work with.”
When not working, you can find Tara practicing yoga and spending quality time with her family.
Alison Kerry is an independent consultant and Stratos Associate who has been providing consulting services to the Canadian government and not-for profit organizations since 1988. Following a successful career with a major environmental and engineering consulting company, Ms. Kerry participated in the Interchange Program of the federal government as a Senior Evaluation Officer. She is now president of her own independent consulting company and specializes in the areas program evaluation, management frameworks, results-based planning, performance measurement, and policy analysis, particularly with respect to environmental and science-based programs.
Alison has conducted over 50 program evaluations, and has worked as part of the Stratos senior management team for the evaluations of the Natural Health Products Program, Strategic Environmental Assessment, the Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the Habitat Stewardship Program, the Wildlife Habitat Canada Conservation Stamp Program, and Border Air Quality Programs. She has also worked with science and laboratory managers across Canada to: develop business and capital plans; improve organizational performance; analyze training programs; investigate resourcing options; and, assess alternative delivery options.
Alison has worked internationally in Nigeria and the Caribbean on climate change capacity development projects and worked across Canada on climate change public outreach. She holds a Masters in Environmental Science and is a Certified Management Consultant, Credentialed Evaluator, and member of the Canadian Evaluation Society.
George is one of Canada’s most respected sustainability leaders. He has over 40 years of experience in policy, governance, and management of natural resources and the environment with a particular focus on energy, mining and nature conservation.
George provides strategic advice and practical recommendations to international organizations, federal/provincial/territorial and Indigenous governments, industry, and not-for-profit organizations.
He is a skilled moderator and negotiator, particularly in complex, multi-interest situations.
With decades of experience as a facilitator, George has designed and led national and international multi-stakeholder processes on climate change and energy policy, nature conservation, and sustainability performance.
“I believe in people working together,” he says. “Whether I’m working with government departments, industry associations, regulators or conservation NGOs, I never lose confidence in the human capacity to collaborate and craft viable solutions.”
Guy is the President and Senior Partner of the First Peoples Group (firstpeoplesgroup.com), Canada’s leading Indigenous consulting firm. A fifth generation Métis from Flin Flon, Manitoba, he remains closely connected to his community and is dedicated to the revival, renaissance and resurgence of First Nations, Métis and Inuit cultures through the arts, media and business. Guy is a thought leader on contemporary Indigenous issues, keynote speaker and writer.
As a former Senior Advisor (Reconciliation) for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), Guy assisted the TRC in developing the conversation around reconciliation with Canadians. He is a member of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights Standing Indigenous Advisory Committee. Guy’s first book of poetry, Little Athapapuskow, a Métis Love Story, was published in October 2017 by Saskatchewan’s Gabriel Dumont Institute.
Jane is a facilitator, a communicator, an integrator. She works primarily in the natural resources sector, helping private and public sector clients in mining, forestry, and oil and gas manage and report on key environmental and socio-economic issues.
Jane’s clients include government bodies such as Natural Resources Canada Canadian Forest Service, private companies like Sherritt International and Hudbay Minerals, and industry associations like the Mining Association of Canada.
“Every day is different,” Jane says. “At any time, I could be working on a strategy job for a mining client in Toronto, or preparing for a training workshop in the north or a national stakeholder engagement plan for a federal government department.”
Skilled in stakeholder engagement and facilitation processes, Jane is both creative and practical in guiding groups toward their objectives.
Drawing on her extensive reporting and communications experience, she also helps clients understand the complex disclosure and reporting landscape and supports all elements of the reporting process.
“I love my work,” says Jane. “Helping clients understand and manage environmental, social, and governance issues is meaningful. Every project helps make this world a better place.”
As of April 2020, Jane has begun a new adventure, but continues to work with Stratos as an Associate.
Stratos employee: 2011 - 2020
After many years as an academic researcher both in Canada and Europe, Kathy came to live in Yellowknife to pursue a career in the areas of environmental science and management. During her 12 years as an NWT resident, she has held a number of senior positions within the federal government as well as with the regulatory boards created under the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act. In all of her roles, Kathy strives to combine her scientific expertise with her strong communication skills and knowledge of the North to provide the regulatory Boards with recommendations for the management of major developments that balance environmental protection with the economic goals of local people. Her work as Technical Director with the Land and Water Boards in particular has resulted in several policy and guidance documents, providing greater clarity and consistency to the NWT regulatory system.
Kathy graduated with a Ph. D. in chemistry/biochemistry in 1996 and then continued her scientific training with four years of post-doctoral research at universities in France, Germany and Canada. In an effort to supplement her scientific skills, Kathy also undertook a two year course in life coaching which has given her enhanced skills in communicating with individuals and in facilitating productive group discussions. Her combined training has made her especially good at explaining complicated scientific information to lay people who want to be more involved in regulatory decision making. For every project she participates in, Kathy strives to combine her skills as a communicator with the expert knowledge she has gained through her many years of experience working within the Northern legislative and regulatory environment.Outside of the office, Kathy’s main interests are music, running, and trying to keep up with her young daughter.
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