Instructors

Kim Ives MSc, P. Bio

Kim Ives is a Professional Biologist (P. Bio) and a Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) with more than 10 years of combined experience in the fish & wildlife and education fields conducting species sampling and habitat assessments throughout Alberta and BC. Kim has worked in both the government and environmental consulting sector as a fisheries biologist and has also been an instructor in the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the Renewable Resources program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT).

Kim has taught several courses related to both fish and wildlife ecology and management. She has also taught invertebrate zoology and Environmental Assessment courses, as well as supervised independent student research projects examining fish and wildlife and their habitats in BC.

Lora Tryon, MSc, R.P.Bio 

Lora is a Professional Biologist with over 16 years’ experience as a consultant in the fisheries and aquatic sciences. She has a strong background in salmonid ecology, having lead numerous stream, wetland and lake assessments. Lora has also dove into the marine realm of the aquatic sciences – literally – with numerous underwater marine ecosystem assessments and coastal restoration projects. Her career has exposed her to a variety of sectors across BC and in the Arctic, including aquaculture, forestry, hydro, mining, highways, First Nations land management, residential development and non-profit conservation initiatives.  Teaching for NREP allows Lora to share her knowledge and experience to further students’ careers in this exciting field.

Lisa Henault, MSc

Lisa Henault is both a geoscientist and teacher.  After completing her BEd at the University of Winnipeg she completed her MSc in fluvial geomorphology at the University of British Columbia. Following completion of her MSc, Lisa worked for BCIT as program manager of the Squamish First Nations Restoration Program, which was followed by nearly 6 years in engineering as a consulting geoscientist. Much of her time in engineering focused on the quantitative evaluation of rivers as a risk to linear infrastructure. This work included many summers evaluating rivers and slopes across all of North America. Lisa also managed a detailed hydrotechnical investigation program, which included the management of large-scale data collection and evaluation, training engineers in data analyses, client management and the completion of technical reports on an annual basis.

Lisa currently teaches several courses in BSc and MSc Ecological Restoration programs at BCIT. She also supervises multiple MSc and BSc applied research projects. Her research projects have focused on natural methods of slope stabilization and bank erosion, achieving suitable spawning grounds through substrate augmentation, determining best methods to achieve floodplain connectivity and evaluating suitability of terrain for productive wetland habitat. 

Norm Zirnhelt, R.P.Bio

Norm Zirnhelt is a Registered Professional Biologist with over 35 years experience in water and air quality. Norm was head of the BC Ministry of Environment’s (MOE) Air/Water Quality Monitoring and Impact Assessment Section for the Cariboo Region from 1989-2010.

 Norm has been Principal Consultant at his consulting firm, Cariboo Environmental Quality Consulting Ltd. (CEQC) since 2010. CEQC has completed projects on lakeshore protection in sensitive areas, aquatic benthic biology, fish tissue & water chemistry assessment in the mining sector, analysis of aquatic benthic data from a range of sites for the Ministry of Environment, and has developed & conducted training courses for impact assessment biologists for the MOE, as well as Ducks Unlimited staff. In addition, from 2011 – 2016 Norm has conducted Lakekeepers training for lake stewardship groups in the interior of BC. Norm is currently President of the BC Lake Stewardship Society (BCLSS), a non profit society dedicated to the preservation and protection of British Columbia’s lakes.