Quarry Tech Virtual
October 28, 2020 at
Competitive advantages of a strong biodiversity program
Bill Gowdy, Environment and Public Affairs Manager, northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan, Lafarge Canada
Chuck Priestley, STRIX Ecological Consulting.
Join Lafarge Canada’s Bill Gowdy and STRIX Ecological Consulting’s Chuck Priestley as they discuss a successful bio-diversity program that has been rolled out over several years in northern Alberta at Lafarge’s Berrymoor Pit.
Bill Gowdy (P.Geo) is currently the Environmental and Public Affairs Manager based in Edmonton for Lafarge Canada Inc. A graduate of Queens University and Sir Sandford Fleming College in geology, he has worked for 30 years in the geology and environmental fields in Canada and internationally. Bill currently manages environmental compliance, biodiversity and community engagement programs for Lafarge Canada Inc. in northern Alberta and northern Saskatchewan. He currently chairs the advisory committee for the Geology and Geo-Environmental programs for the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), and is a member of a number of community and provincial sand and gravel committees.
Chuck is a biologist with 20 years of academic and professional work experience for a variety of industry clients, government agencies, non-government organizations and environmental consulting companies. His interest in ecosystem management lead to his involvement with professional opportunities throughout western Canada, including long-term monitoring programs for songbirds and owls; wildlife habitat use on military bases; environmental impact assessment of road, wind farm, coal mine and oil sand development projects; woodland caribou management in Alberta’s Foothills; habitat suitability index modeling for the Barred Owl; testing the Global Monitoring Protocol for Important Bird Areas; North American movement of Burrowing Owls; bat population surveys; testing the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program protocol and community engagement efforts. Chuck studied bird movements using radio telemetry, stable isotopes and DNA analyses for his M.Sc., Wildlife Ecology and Management, degree which he attained at the University of Alberta. His B.Sc. was obtained from the same institution in Environmental and Conservation Sciences. Chuck currently serves as a Director on the boards of Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society and the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. For the past fourteen years Chuck and his wife Lisa have co-owned STRIX Ecological Consulting a small firm which specializes in terrestrial wildlife inventory, monitoring, research and management projects and community engagement initiatives.