• People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth
  • People at CanNorth


CanNorth employs qualified and experienced aquatic biologists, hydrologists, wildlife biologists, botanists, toxicologists, risk assessors, archaeologists, and GIS/AutoCAD specialists. Our environmental professionals are supported by an efficient office staff, including data managers, editors, accountants, and human resources specialists. CanNorth also employs approximately 35 Indigenous contract staff.


Management Team and Senior Staff:

Peter Vanriel, M.Sc., P.Biol.  

Peter is the General Manager of CanNorth and has over 30 years of experience. An important part of his position is to provide leadership and vision to the organization by setting strategies and providing direction for the company’s growth. Other responsibilities include business development, staff mentorship, technical leadership, and project management. His career has focused on environmental matters related to natural resource developments and he has been involved with over 800 projects. Peter has specialized skills in aquatic ecology, but his research background encompasses many other aspects of the natural sciences. He has comprehensive knowledge of environmental regulatory requirements and has established excellent relationships with many regulatory agencies. In addition, Peter has provided expert witness testimony during public enquiries and he has been an invited speaker at conferences on a diversity of topics. His professional volunteer activities include advisory roles related to science and the environment for the Saskatchewan and Federal governments, as well as senior roles in various professional organizations.

Kelly Wells, M.Sc., P.Biol.

Kelly is our Biology Division Manager and Senior Aquatic Toxicologist. She has over 18 years of experience and has been with CanNorth since 2001. Kelly’s specialty is assessing the impacts of industrial contaminants on aquatic ecosystems. She has managed and conducted several large-scale environmental assessments, baseline investigations, environmental effects monitoring programs, and focused investigations for a variety of clients. Kelly participated in the EEM subgroup for Environment Canada's 10 year review of the Metal Mining Regulations and is an active member of the Mining Association of Canada environment and science committees.

Cassandra Rees, B.Sc., P.Biol.

Cassandra is our Aquatic Manager and a Senior Aquatic Ecologist at CanNorth. She has over 10 years of consulting experience. Cassandra has specialized skills in study design and statistical analyses.  She has been involved with programs assessing the effects of development on aquatic environments, including environmental assessments, baseline studies, state of the environment reports, environmental effects monitoring, and special investigations for various clients.

Harriet Phillips, Ph.D., QPRA

Harriet is our Risk Assessment Division Manager and a Senior Risk Assessor. She has over 22 years of experience in conducting and managing complex human health and ecological risk assessments (HHERAs) related to mining, generating stations, and contaminated and industrial sites across Canada and internationally. She has also evaluated the impacts of environmental contamination on community health as well as burden of illness studies. Dr. Phillips is designated as a Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (QPRA) under the Ontario Regulation 153/04 and has experience in liaising with regulators such as Health Canada, Environment Canada, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), and Provincial agencies, and has peer review experience on many RAs on behalf of First Nations, lawyers, regulatory agencies, and the private sector.

Jocelyn Howery, M.Sc., PAg.

Jocelyn is our Hydrology Division Manager and Senior Hydrologist. Jocelyn has over 10 years of experience in environmental research and consulting in projects related to water quality and quantity and the management of multi-use landscapes. Her experience has a strong focus on surface water and groundwater hydrology, watershed management, and statistics, as well as designing, installing, and maintaining remote hydrometric and meteorological stations. Jocelyn works closely with our aquatic division to design programs that meet client’s specific needs.

Alan Korejbo, M.A.

Alan is our Heritage Division Manager and Senior Archaeologist. He has over 10 years of heritage consulting experience. Alan’s area of expertise is in pre-contact and historic archaeology in the northern plains and boreal forest.  Alan has worked on numerous projects related to oil, gas, and mining industries, forestry, highway, and railway developments, and housing facilities/infrastructure developments throughout Western Canada. 

Ryan Froess, B.Sc.

Ryan is our Community Programs Division Manager and a Senior Aquatic Biologist. He has over 10 years of experience leading field programs in northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, and Panama. Ryan has been involved with large-scale baseline environmental assessments and monitoring programs. His current career focus is community-based environmental monitoring programs such as the Athabasca Working Group and the Eastern Athabasca Regional Monitoring Program. Ryan has developed excellent working relationships with several working groups, communities, and First Nations.

Angela Baier, B.Sc., P.Biol.

Angela is a Senior Aquatic Ecologist and Project Manager at CanNorth. She has over 10 years of experience in environmental consulting and research and has managed programs including fish habitat assessments, fish community inventories, fish spawning surveys, and other types of environmental investigations. Angela has a particular interest in evaluating the impacts of developments on fish and fish habitat and has played a key role in a number of projects requiring review or authorization under the Fisheries Act including fish habitat compensation/offset projects.

Sheri Korpess, B.Sc., PAg.

Sheri is our Botany Manager and a Senior Botanist at CanNorth. She has over 10 years of experience. Sheri has acted as project manager on several studies including environmental baseline inventories, habitat assessments, and species at risk investigations, primarily in the oil and gas and linear development sectors. Her specialty involves integrating spatial data on species at risk and vegetation into management plans.

Joshua Traylor, Ph.D.

Joshua is our Wildlife Manager and Senior Wildlife Biologist. He has over 17 years of experience in scientific research and environmental consulting. Joshua’s expertise and training is broad, though his specialty is in environmental baseline and environmental assessments, species-at-risk investigations, avian risk assessments, and the development of monitoring programs; his work has occurred in biomes across North America for mining, power, and oil and gas industries. Finally, Joshua has experience completing field surveys, knowledge of statistical analyses and environmental regulations, managing field logistics, liaising with regulators, and providing mitigation options to clients.

Stacey Fernandes, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., QPRA

Stacey is a Senior Risk Assessor at CanNorth. She has over 20 years of experience in human health and ecological risk assessments (HHERAs) and has conducted a number of risk assessments (RAs) for contaminated sites and assisted in the development of risk management plans. Stacey also has expertise in water quality modelling as well and predicting the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment.  She has been designated as a Qualified Person for Risk Assessment (QPRA) under the Ontario Regulation 153/04 and has considerable experience in conducting and reviewing RAs under the regulation. She has completed numerous RAs in accordance with Health Canada and Environment Canada protocols for sites in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and across Ontario.

Chad Coziahr, A.A.S. (hon.), B.A. (hon.) 

Chad is our Geomatics Division Manager at CanNorth. He has over 13 years of experience in geomatics and digital mapping. He specializes in geographic information system, spatial data integration, and digital cartography. He contributes geomatics expertise to every project type CanNorth participates in, particularly baseline assessments, monitoring programs, archeological screenings, habitat classification, and habitat compensation planning.

Kendra Purton, M.Sc., AAg.

Kendra is our Soil and Reclamation Specialist at CanNorth. She has over 5 years of experience in soil science and research. She specializes in planning and executing pre-disturbance baseline and post-disturbance soil sampling programs, with her experience being centred on study design, soil genesis, and soil organic matter chemistry. Kendra has extensive knowledge of soil characterization and classification as well as soil sampling methodologies for chemical, physical, and biological analyses.