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Scott Boorman, PAg

I obtained my B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences with a major in Land Reclamation and Remediation from the University of Alberta in 2003. My work experience started with two years at Syncrude Canada Ltd as a Reclamation Assistant and I have been working at Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting since 2005. I specialize in pre disturbance soil survey for industrial projects and developments. Further, I have extensive experience in soil handling oversight, salvage through to reclamation of soil resources, pipeline construction monitoring, mineable oil sands projects and project management. I have also managed multiple soil reclamation audits and soil surveys on coal mines in the Rocky Mountains. In addition to soil and reclamation work, I have coordinated and led many large scale diverse projects. I currently live in Spruce Grove with my wife and two sons. When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my family travelling, camping, hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing.

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Sanjay Gupta, PAg

I am passionate about Agriculture and Environment - the two fascinating worlds of art, science and technology. With my good intensions, and knowledge, experience and education of a Soil/Environmental Scientist, I want to facilitate the best use of soil, water, plants and other natural resources by the Albertans.

Academically, I did my B. Sc. (Ag.), M. Sc. (Soil Science) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Remote Sensing and GIS from India. To update myself, I joined M. Sc. (Land Reclamation and Remediation) at the University of Alberta and graduated in 2014. My research focus was heavy metal contamination in soils and agricultural crops.

Professionally, I started my career as a Sales Executive for agro-chemicals, seeds and fertilizers. Later on, I joined the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India and lead multi-disciplinary teams on soil survey projects for fifteen years. After moving to Alberta, I worked with Stantec Consulting Ltd, Total E & P Ltd and Tech Nova Environmental Inc. on different environmental projects.

My association with AIA started in 2009 first as AIT and then as P. Ag. Very recently, I received my Canadian Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) certificate from the Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC).

I like to volunteer for the community soccer and basketball leagues so that I could contribute towards the success of all families living in our community. At the University of Alberta, I volunteered as a Graduate Student Councillor for two years.

Alberta Land Use Framework, Watershed Management, Climate Change and Adaptation, and Expansion of export markets of Alberta Agriculture are some of my favourite topics these days. I am working as an Environmental Consultant for Environmental Site Assessment-Remediation-Reclamation projects.

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Dennis O'Leary, PAg

Over the past 37 years, Dennis has been intimately involved in the field of agrology having spent his entire career in the field of soil and terrain sciences. From his early years in completing soils and ecological inventories in support of agriculture land expansion in the Peace River country to working through central and northern British Columbia in completing soil, Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping and Terrain Stability Mapping to his most recent soils and terrain work throughout North America, Africa and South America on pipeline projects, Dennis brings a true appreciation for the importance of agrology in today’s fast growing resource development world. He has mentored and trained numerous soil and terrain scientists in Alberta and elsewhere and has been instrumental in the spread of softcopy mapping to soils and terrain sciences and in the incorporation of terrain as a valued ecosystem component in many of the recent large environmental impact assessments for pipeline projects. Over his career, he has mapped and/or overseen the mapping of over 6 million hectares of land. He has previously developed terrain and terrain stability mapping protocols in the United States, has been a 3rd party reviewer of soils and terrain mapping for the B.C. government and was part of a team that developed soil and terrain practice standards for the Alberta Institute of Agrology. He is a firm believer of “doing things correctly” and adherence to the standards and ethics of the Alberta Institute of Agrology. Dennis is passionate about the practice of agrology.

Current Area of Work

• Currently an Associate at Golder Associates Ltd. Current work includes:
• Detailed terrain and soils mapping in support of pipeline routing and pipeline integrity project
• Promotion of proper mapping techniques, including use of softcopy mapping tools
• QA/QC of soils and terrain mapping
• Mentoring of soils and terrain staff
• Assisting in teaching airphoto interpretation at the University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering
• Writing of numerous papers on mapping and their application for proper planning
• Delivering numerous workshops on mapping and importance of soil and terrain sciences for geotechnical engineering purposes
• Proud supporter of Alberta Institute of Agrology

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Candace Vanin, PAg

Candace is a Land Use Specialist with the Science & Technology Branch, of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Her work currently involves provision of technical expertise and research on agricultural land-use issues, local and regional food systems, regional planning, geo-spatial analysis and modelling impacting agricultural landscapes across Canada.

Candace is from a fourth generation farm family near Indus, Alberta (southeast of Calgary). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983; and has been a professional agrologist in good standing with Alberta Institute of Agrologists since 2000, and formerly with Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists [1991-2000].

Candace has worked with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada since 1995, originally with the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration [PFRA], in various capacities from technical specialist, to management, to policy and program development. Prior to AAFC, she worked with the provincial government of Saskatchewan in agricultural extension, farm safety and she co-managed a family farming operation involving over 4,500 acres of crops, grazing lands and a 120 head cow-calf operation in the headwaters of the Assiniboine River. She possesses over 25 years of professional experience in agri-environmental program development and delivery, as well as multisector, multi-disciplinary initiatives dealing with local and regional land-use planning, land and water resource conservation, ecosystem services, & integrated watershed planning.

Current collaborations include: Beaver Hills Initiative Biosphere, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin, Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta, Alternative Land Use Services [ALUS], and AAFC advisory committees on climate, sustainability metrics, and ag water. In her spare time, Candace assists with her family’s farming operation. She also loves to garden, participate in most sports and travel. Last but not least, Candace is a proud Mom to her two grown children & recent University of Alberta graduates.

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Jay Woosaree, PAg

Jay is a senior Environmental Researcher with over 30 years in the applied sciences and led several projects in the resource extraction (Energy and Forestry) and agricultural sectors, specializing in evaluating best practices, tools and innovative products in enhancing reclamation practices on disturbed lands and improving environmental performance and management. Jay has also served as panel expert on EIA’s and as subject matter expert at several occasions. Throughout his career, Jay has received many several accolades, including the Emerald Awards, Alberta Chamber of Resources Major Reclamation Award and the AIA Distinguished Agrologist. Currently, he operates his environmental company (Woosaree Environmental), chair of the Lakeland College Conservation and restoration ecology program advisory committee, Board member of the Whitemud Equine Learning Centre Association and volunteer on international development assignment.

Practice area: Land Conservation & management, Agricultural and natural resources, Environmental monitoring and land reclamation.

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