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Monica Klaas

Monica Klaas grew up on a small mixed farm in Southern Alberta. Her early start into the world of agriculture began on the family farm, helping out in most duties pertaining to the farming operation, which at one time even included a few acres of irrigated row crop. Monica graduated with honors from the Horticulture program at Olds College, with a Green house major. After working a whopping 3 days in the greenhouse industry, the pull of production agriculture suddenly had her back focusing on Agriculture. Gaining valuable handson work experience in various careers which ranged from ‘Agricultural Fieldman’ for a municipality, to compiling provincial soil moisture maps, she finally settled into a career focusing on early season plant health as a crop input manufacturing representative. Being able to prioritize, communicate personally and publically, work on teams or independently, solve problems, manage budgets are all skills gained over a very interesting career which spanned nearly 28 years. Monica has been recognized by industry associations with outstanding service awards, and honorary life memberships, as well as performance based awards by various previous employers. Monica has also contributed to national industry standard protocols, as well as provincial protocols pertaining to pesticide applicator licensing. Currently Monica is using her business management skills working for a non for profit agriculture-based association, as well as keeping her ‘hands in the dirt’ but eye on the future doing field-based agronomy contracts.

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Jeff Robertson

Jeff Robertson completed his Applied Bachelor of Environmental Science degree at Mount Royal University in Calgary in 2010 and has been a member of the AIA since 2011 attaining his RT(Ag) designation in 2014 with a practice area in assessment remediation and management of contaminated lands. Jeff’s environmental consulting career, which began in 2009 prior to completion of his degree, has been largely focused on managing spill related incidents and contaminated sites primarily in Alberta with experience across Canada and in the U.S.. As a project manager and technical lead with Stantec Consulting Ltd. Jeff works both from the office and in the field to ensure that the technical requirements of site investigation and remediation projects are adhered to. Jeff is also responsible for the development and advancement of industry leading methodologies related to contaminated site management. In addition to technical development Jeff works as part of a national team developing program specific procedures to help various clients from the oil and gas, insurance and commercial development industries adhere to and exceed regulatory requirements and manage public perception while meeting deadlines and budget constraints. Prior to beginning his environmental career Jeff worked for 10 years in the construction industry as a general contractor; including 3 years as the owner/operator of his own residential and commercial construction company. Additionally Jeff has been a member of the Calgary Saracens Athletic Association since 1997 including 6 years as an executive director with a 200 person association membership.

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