Team

Sage Environmental engages a network of skilled employees, and associates to bring balanced, solutions for environmental concerns to stakeholders and clientele. Below you will find a profile of our key staff members and associates.

Matthew Davidson, P.Ag., EP

Jessica Morgan, P.Ag.

Kristen Cockburn, A.Ag.

Rhia Whittaker, Dipl.Tech.

Eric Miller, R.P.Bio. R.F.P., (Associate)

Mike Simpson PhD, R.P.Bio. (Associate – Earth Rooted Ecology Projects)

Mike Dunn R.P.Bio. (Associate – Big Picture Biology)

Our Team

Matthew Davidson, P.Ag., E.P.

Matthew Davidson, P.Ag., E.P.

Priciple, Environmental Scientist

Matthew Davidson is an Environmental Scientist and Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) with a background in environmental biology, environmental assessment, land services and contaminated sites. With a diverse work history, Matthew has worked for clients in various sectors including oil and gas, forestry, agriculture, land development and construction, recycling and waste management industries. Project work has taken Matthew throughout British Columbia, into Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Matthew is the owner and manager of Sage Environmental with a professional focus on Habitat Assessment for Permitting and Enhancement, Contaminated Sites and Land Remediation, and Agricultural Land Capability.

Jessica Morgan, P.Ag.

Jessica Morgan, P.Ag.

Environmental Scientist

Jessica Morgan is an Environmental Scientist and Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.). She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Northern British Columbia, with a major in Environmental Science focusing on Ecological Systems. Jessica’s work history includes work in contaminated sites throughout BC, from small scale oil and gas remediation and monitoring to large scale aluminum smelter modernization which involved hazardous waste management. She has also worked on a variety of environmental assessment programs ranging in scale from substations to provincially reviewed hydroelectric dams. Jessica strives to deliver projects with a transparent approach and enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish.

Kristen Cockburn, GIT

Kristen Cockburn, GIT

Environmental Geoscientist

Kristen Cockburn is an Environmental Scientist and Geoscientist in Training (GIT). Kristen’s work experience includes contaminated sites and construction environmental management throughout BC and Alberta. She additionally has 2 years of procurement and contract management experience in a municipal waste management setting in the United Kingdom. Her experience in contaminated sites, project management and contract management has taken her from small residential sewage disposal systems to large scale Public Private Partnership contracts. Kristen strives to deliver projects with a transparent, whole system approach.

Eric Miller, R.P.Bio., R.P.F.

Eric Miller, R.P.Bio., R.P.F.

Biologist & Forester (Associate)

Eric is a Registered Professional Biologist and a Registered Professional Forester specializing in forest and plant ecology, forest engineering, fisheries and aquatic assessments. Eric maintains extensive experience in business start-up, ownership, project development/ management and business development. A proven leader in the energy sector, Eric’s prior works have included the establishment of the Envolve Energy Services (oil and gas) and the Selkirk Power Company (hydro). This and operating an environmental consulting firm for 15 years have provided Eric with considerable understanding of the environmental regulations and the permitting process for small and large project development. In addition, Eric has an extensive understanding of energy projects and their feasibility after working with solar, wind and hydro site assessments for over 16 years. As a part of executive management, Eric directed engineering and permitting for Selkirk Power Company and Envolve Energy Services Corp. He was in charge of finding potential project locations, developing economic models and completing the feasibility assessments for specific projects for the businesses, while staying involved in fisheries and aquatic projects.

Mike Simpson PhD, R.P.Bio.

Mike Simpson PhD, R.P.Bio.

Vegetation Ecologist (Associate in Salmon Arm)

Mike Simpson, PhD, RPBio (Earth Rooted Ecology Projects) is a Registered Professional Biologist based in Salmon Arm BC. He has over 20 years of experience in ecology research and professional practice in Britain and North America, with a particular emphasis on plants, biological diversity and blending nature and culture. He has worked in British, North American and South American ecosystems and with First Nations communities, non-profits, government, academia and industry. Mike has been successful at merging research, data analysis and reporting across science and social science disciplines; communicating scientific principles and ideas to a range of audiences; and maximizing a broad skill set gained from experience in academia, consulting, and the legal profession. His track record of deliverables includes: Vegetation Ecology, Project management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Statistics and Data Analysis and Technical Writing.

Rhia Whittaker, Dipl.Tech.

Rhia Whittaker, Dipl.Tech.

Environmental Technician (Kelowna)

Rhia Whittaker is an Environmental Technician with a background in Ecology, Fish and Wildlife Management, Environmental Assessment, Environmental Monitoring, and Ecological Restoration. Rhia’s work experience in the environmental field expands from working in government with Parks Canada, to now working with a privately-owned company in the Okanagan. As a professional with Sage Environmental Consulting Ltd., Rhia’s skills are concentrated in Construction Environmental Management, Environmental Monitoring, Habitat Assessment for Permitting and Enhancement, Habitat Restoration and Remediation, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Mike Dunn R.P.Bio.

Mike Dunn R.P.Bio.

Wildlife Biologist (Associate in Penticton)

Mike Dunn, RPBio (Big Picture Biology) is a registered professional biologist with 13 years of experience working in the wildlife and natural resource management fields. He holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia, is a registered professional biologist in BC and is a certified Wildlife Rehabilitator from IWRC. Mike has experience with small mammal trapping, bird and bat mist netting, large mammal radio and ear tagging, large carnivore baiting, amphibian DNA and age sampling, e-DNA sampling (fish, amphibian and reptile), PIT and radio tagging of reptiles (freshwater/marine turtles and snakes), assistant bird banding, acoustic surveys and remote monitoring using wildlife cameras. Mike has worked with First Nations, territorial and provincial governments and NGO organizations. He has also consulted privately for government, industry, and conservation-group clients. Since 2012, Mike has been employed as a consulting wildlife biologist and in 2019 he launched his own consulting company: Big Picture Biology. His experience includes wildlife population inventory; wildlife habitat assessment and enhancement; wildlife capture, handling and monitoring; reporting; project management and implementation; and project development. Areas of expertise include: Herpetology, Habitat Restoration and Enhancement, Environmental Impact Assessment and Conservation/Population Biology.