Alan McCann, M.Sc., P.Geol.
Alan was principal and founding partner of OMCL and currently serves as Senior Advisor with Omni-McCann. He has extensive knowledge of geological and groundwater conditions across Alberta and significant experience with all aspects of industrial and municipal solid waste management. Alan’s waste management experience has included Class I, II and III landfill siting and design, groundwater/surface water and leachate monitoring, operation plans and advice, regulatory approval, together with closure and post-closure plans and activities. He currently provides waste management advice to more than 20 commissions, authorities, municipalities and/or companies across the province. Alan has presented findings and/or evidence before NRCB/FEARA Panels, Pollution Control Boards, Appeal Boards (including the Alberta Environmental Appeals Board), City Council, Courts and other judicial authorities.
Omprakash Sukhrani, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Omprakash (Om) was principal and founding partner of OMCL and currently serves as Senior Advisor with Omni-McCann. He has extensive experience and knowledge relating to the integration of geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering with building structures, retaining walls, pavement and road structures. His project experience has included several key capital projects at the University of Alberta including the Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre, the Law Faculty building, Henry Marshall Tory building and all aspects of asphalt pavement construction/reconstruction around the U of A hospital. Om has been associated with the geotechnical investigation and construction quality control programs for numerous sewer upgrading and subdivision works in the City of Edmonton and he has been involved in sub-grade investigation and paving stages in projects ranging from municipal roads to highways.
Grant Barker, P.Geo.
As principal, founding partner and President of Omni-McCann, Grant is responsible for overall operations, with particular focus on managing the interdependence of the company’s applied science expertise and business development strategies. A multifaceted professional, highly experienced in service delivery, project management and geoscience applications, Grant also serves in key consulting capacities for Omni-McCann projects. Grant has an honours B.Sc in Geology from Lakehead University and a post graduate certificate in Environmental Engineering Applications from Conestoga College. He is a Professional Geologist licenced with APEGA and is also licensed in other jurisdictions of Canada’s Central, Prairie and Northern regions.
Eric is a principal and founding partner of Omni-McCann and serves as Managing Director, overseeing the business and corporate affairs of the company. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he has over 20 years of experience in environmental consulting, having also served as National Lead for the Environmental Business Unit at Concentric Associates and Sr. Policy Advisor on environmental issues for the Cement Association of Canada. As a seasoned project manager for a range of environmental services, with a particular focus on contaminated site assessment, remediation and monitoring, Eric also serves as a Sr. Consultant on geo-environmental assignments.
Meaghan Blackburn, B.Sc.
Meaghan has over 15 years of experience as an environmental specialist in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. She plays a key role on geo-environmental assignments for Omni-McCann, with particular focus on coordinating and undertaking all aspects of landfill compliance programs involving leachate, groundwater, surface water, and landfill gas assessment and monitoring. Meaghan has a B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Science from the University of Alberta and previously served as a Hydrogeological Technician for DeBeers’ Snap Lake Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories. As Regional Manager for the company, Meaghan is responsible for day-to-day operations, ensuring client needs and contract requirements are effectively supported through project/proposal workflow and personnel coordination.
Kristina Small, M.Sc., P.Geo.
Sr. Hydrogeologist & Technical Lead
Kristina serves as Sr. Hydrogeologist and Technical Lead for the company’s geo-environmental portfolio. Kristina holds an M.Sc. in Geological Sciences (Hydrogeology) from the University of British Columbia and has provided scientific support to the G360 Institute for Groundwater Research at the University of Guelph. Kristina has diverse technical and project management experience in engineering and geoscience consultancies. Her project work has taken her to various regions of Canada and the United States and has involved physical and contaminant hydrogeology, contaminated site assessment and environmental compliance. Kristina is a licensed Professional Geoscientist with APEGA as well as professional associations of Canada’s Central, Prairie and Northern regions.
Davan Russell, P.Eng.
Sr. Geoenvironmental Engineer
Davan brings over a decade of local and international experience in mining, construction and pipeline sector projects to Omni-McCann. His technical expertise spans environmental and geotechnical engineering applications including hydrogeological assessments, site investigation, instrumentation systems, materials testing and cold weather engineering. Davan has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Environmental Specialization) and additional coursework in Permafrost Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has also completed certification through the Australian National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training. Davan is professionally licensed in the company’s key operating regions, providing technical support across all service areas but with particular focus on the Earth Engineering & Testing portfolio.
Tara Parker, B.Tech., P.L. (Geo.), PMP
Tara has 15 years of experience in environmental consulting, serving in various technical and project management capacities on both small and complex multi-disciplinary projects. As Hydrogeologist, she provides specialized project support for a range of geo-en¬vironmental assignments in all regions of operation, with particular focus on the company’s Prairie-West region. Tara has a Geological Technology Diploma with Geo-Environmental Specialization and Bachelor of Technology Degree in Technology Management from NAIT. She is a Project Management Professional and is licenced with both APEGA and ASET as a Professional Licensee (Geoscience) and Professional Technologist, respectively.
Jeffrey Horan, B.Sc. (Eng.), E.I.T.
As Technical Specialist with Omni-McCann, Jeffrey provides varied support across all service areas with particular focus on civil engineering services. He participates in detailed design and assembling specifications and tender/contract documents for landfills and provides landfill-related construction field services (e.g. liner, cover, stormwater pond) surveying, inspection and contract administration. Jeffrey has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he graduated with Distinction. He has completed co-op engineering placements involving civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering applications in the public and private sectors. Jeffrey has also worked as an engineer-in-training on abandoned oil well lease remediation projects, serving in field supervision, safety and field sampling capacities.
D. Royce Sather, P.L.(Eng.)
Lead – Civil Engineering
Royce is a senior civil designer and project manager and currently serves as lead for civil engineering at Omni-McCann. He has been with the company for over 20 years and has extensive experience in preparing pre-design reports, detailed designs, contract documents and specifications for a wide variety of projects including sewage lagoons, sewage lift stations, sewage collection systems, water supplies, water treatment facilities, water storage facilities, water distribution systems and solid waste disposal and handling facilities. As a project manager and design technologist, Royce was responsible for the design and construction of numerous civil/municipal projects throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. He is a Professional Licensee (Engineering) with APEGA.
Yogesh Pal, T.T.
Jr. Technical Specialist
As Jr. Technical Specialist, Yogesh provides field, laboratory and desktop support for each of Omni-McCann’s service areas. His multi-disciplinary duties include as-needed technical involvement during design, tender and construction supervision stages of various civil engineering projects, geotechnical field supervision and laboratory testing, and environmental sampling related to ESAs, remediation and on-going landfill monitoring. Yogesh is a graduate of SAIT with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, majoring in Construction Management. He is currently a Technologist-in-Training through ASET.
Design Drafting Specialist
As Design Drafting Specialist, Mona oversees the company’s drafting output, working with our technical teams to provide clients with design plans, profiles, sections, report figures and presentation drawings. Her career in engineering design drafting and CAD spans over four decades and has included a wide-ranging portfolio of civil engineering projects, engineering construction, geotechnical and environmental studies. Mona has studied AutoCAD at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and is trained in AutoCAD Civil3D through IMAGINiT Technologies. She is also certified in Lean practices.
J.R. (Bob) Beattie
Bob is a multi-dimensional technologist with extensive experience in geotechnical/hydrogeological drilling programs, environmental site assessments, surface and groundwater sampling, quality control testing and inspection for precast concrete, leachate collection, compacted clay and geosynthetic liner/containment system installation, bridge structures, piles, roadways and various other structures. He has conducted numerous subsurface drilling programs in and around the Edmonton area as well as throughout Alberta and his experience includes working with various drilling techniques and equipment as required to meet the variable and often challenging subsurface soil and groundwater conditions present across Alberta. Bob also prepares reports and documents for various quality control testing projects including landfill cell, leachate collection system and liner construction, bridges, piles, underground utilities installation and subdivision developments.
Pamela provides administrative support for corporate, regional and project-related functions. Her administrative role is a key aspect of the company’s QA/QC procedures for environmental monitoring programs and sampling events. In particular, Pamela is involved in groundwater data entry, processing of laboratory and field information, recognition of water quality parameter limits, exceedances and regulatory compliance/contravention. This initial administrative stage of data entry and review not only supports QA/QC but also contributes to project efficiency and cost control as Pamela also reviews analytical testing laboratory invoices for compliance with chain of custody requirements and agreed rate schedules.
Daniel Elliot, B.Sc.
Project & Operations Support Specialist
Daniel is a founding member of Omni-McCann. He serves as a field operations lead, project manager and provides operational oversight on several key company initiatives. He is a multiskilled field scientist, serving in key technical support roles on geo-environmental consulting assignments for environmental site/impact assessment, hydrogeological studies and groundwater remediation. With a degree in Environmental Science and Advanced Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology (Environmental Profile), Daniel spent his early career working on cutting-edge hydrogeological studies as a research technician at the University of Guelph’s G360 Institute for Groundwater Research.
Spencer Chad, M.Sc.
Project Lead, Prairie Region
Spencer is responsible for day-to-day operations in the Prairie region, ensuring client needs and contract requirements are effectively supported through project/proposal workflow and personnel coordination. He also serves as project scientist, carrying out all aspects of project work including field sampling, data management/analysis and reporting. Spencer holds a B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Sciences and an M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Spencer’s research focused on the use of isotope tracer techniques to improve on-site water management of tailings ponds as well as the transport and distribution of water through closure landscapes within the Alberta Oil Sands Region. He has participated in various conferences and multi-lateral groups including the McDonnell Hillslope Hydrology Lab at the Global Institute for Water Security, NSERC CREATE for Water Security, the Northern Contaminants Program, and the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme.
Chayla Exner, B.A.Sc., Engineer-in-Training
Chayla provides technical project support at Omni-McCann, co-ordinating and executing field work, managing/analyzing data, drafting and reporting. She is a graduate of the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Systems Engineering. Chayla joined Omni-McCann with a diverse range of co-op experience, serving in health & safety and environmental positions with the Governments of Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia, SaskEnergy and Yara International. She also worked for the Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association in Charlottetown, where she was involved in field sampling as well as stakeholder engagement on watershed initiatives such as riparian restoration, environmental studies and conveyance control system design.