Founded in 1989, Green Plan Ltd. is an award-winning Edmonton-based environmental consulting firm. Our core business and main strength is environmental protection and regulatory planning for land development projects related to five industry sectors: Municipal Infrastructure, Subdivision Development, Road & Rail Infrastructure and Surface Material Mining (Sand & Gravel). Our professional services include: Environmental Assessments, Mitigation Planning, Regulatory Approval Acquisition, Compliance Management, and Training.
Our Team & professional organizations
Grant Potolicki has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) from the University of Waterloo and 32 years' experience in the environmental field, including 10 years with CN Rail as Environmental Protection Officer for Western Canada.
Grant's main expertise is strategic environmental planning for construction projects related to the surface transportation industry (railway and highway). In this capacity, he has helped companies successfully obtain their environmental approvals and achieve ongoing compliance through environmental management initiatives. Most recently, Grant has been helping several Alberta oil producers and distributors acquire environmental approvals for crude oil transload facilities (transfer of oil from truck to railcar).
Grant also has extensive experience providing similar services to the sand and gravel industry—specifically in the capacity of acquiring surface material leases for gravel extraction on Crown land. He has developed related policies and procedures for municipal and provincial governments and is the principle author of the Guidelines for Acquiring Surface Materials on Crown Land, posted on the Government of Alberta Website.
Davin Swift is a Professional Biologist with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (P.Biol) and a Qualified Aquatic Environmental Specialist (QAES) under the Alberta Water Act codes of practice. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta. Davin has extensive experience in his career in aquatic biology in consulting roles, research roles and high-level project management.
Davin’s experience includes project management tasks including coordinating multidisciplinary projects for oil and gas and construction clients. He has also prepared and submitted multiple regulatory documents and applications (e.g., Water Act Applications, Codes of Practice Notifications, Fisheries and Oceans Authorizations). Davin has developed and implemented remediation projects, Environmental Construction Operations and Erosion projects, Care of Water and Sedimentation Control Plans; and Alberta wetland assessments.
Davin has taken a lead role in a number of high level aquatic biology projects across Canada. His overarching role in past projects has been as a Field lead and Project Manager for habitat assessments, construction monitoring, erosion and sedimentation control, remediation, and water quality sampling programs; and, technical reporting including data management and analyses.
Davin’s primary role at Green Plan is as Senior Biologist a for projects involving aquatic biology, sediment and erosion control, and wetlands assessments. He contributes to report writing and helping projects through provincial and municipal regulatory approval processes.
Loren Brandt is a Green Plan’s Forestry industry Lead. He attended the College of New Caledonia’s Forest Resource Technology program and has worked in the logging and resource road building industry across the British Columbia interior and Alberta for the last +30 years.
Loren’s experiences include conventional, steep slope and cable harvesting along with the road and bridge construction to access these remote areas. His road construction experiences range from overlanding wet areas to steep side slopes and areas of extensive rock. He has supervised the installation of many bridges including a 120’ structure over the Shuswap River which is a significant fish stream in the Okanagan. He has dealt with inventories, maintenance, deactivation and road reclamation projects including structure removals.
Most recently, Loren has been involved with the utility industry conducting vegetation management and customer consultations.
David Sutherland is a rail specialist and environmental planner with 34 years’ experience with CN Rail engineering; regulatory affairs; transportation; and environmental management. He is also a qualified Conductor and Locomotive Engineer. David’s core strength is emergency response, hazardous waste management and regulatory compliance management associated with rail operations and lessees.
David’s background includes CN Coordinator of Regulatory Affairs where he was responsible for managing the regulatory approval process for CN civil works project. Subsequent to this he assumed the positions of Environmental Officer for Atlantic Canada, Southern Ontario and most recently Regional Manager Environment for Western Canada. In these capacities he; coordinated and supervised emergency response (ER) programs for spills and derailments, developed waste management and contaminated site remediation initiatives; and managed facility permitting and environmental compliance - namely auditing of rail facilities. David was also integral in the development of CNs corporate Environmental Management Program designed to manage environmental risk. Pursuant to this, he instituted policies and procedures for Western Canada to ensure compliance among CN employees and service providers.
Most recently, David has been involved with CN’s Pipeline on Rail Program where he has been active in developing and implemented environmental standards for the construction and operation of Rail Transload facilities on CN property.
Annissa Robertson is experienced Environmental Technician with Green Plan. She has a Diploma from Olds College majoring in Reclamation and Remediation. She is registered as an Agrologist Technologist in Training (ATT) with Alberta Institute of Agrologists in pursuit of her RTAg designation.
Annissa has worked on forested, mine and gravel pit reclamation sites, and played a leading role in the delegation of field work, as well as the Reclamation Certificate Application. In addition, she works closely with both contractors and clients in order to ensure projects meet regulatory as well as client standards. She also has working knowledge in soil sampling and identification, plant identification, data analysis, map navigation/compassing, ATV use, utilizing GPS, and watercourse assessments.
Lindsay has always been interested in the environment and her compassionate nature initially led her to pursue studies in holistic medicine and nutrition. It was during that time that she started to develop a deeper understanding and respect of the environment and to execute development projects with stewardship in mind.
Lindsay has a diploma from the Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Program at Selkirk College in Castlegar, BC . She has worked with native and invasive plants in BC and Alberta in various capacities and is especially interested in wetland ecology and restoration.
Joseph Areghan is a Senior Geotechnical Engineer with a Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Joseph has over 10 years of combined experience in teaching, consulting and research in the field of offshore and onshore geotechnical engineering. Joseph has completed geotechnical field investigations throughout Alberta and BC for a wide variety of clients whose needs range from commercial, industrial, residential, environmental, urban, and/or agricultural.
Joseph’s experience includes actively carrying out engineering design and analysis for shallow and deep foundations on soils; seepage & slope stability analyses; seismic analyses; design and analysis for retaining structures; modeling of underground structures; modeling of landslides on sensitive clays in both onshore and offshore environment; as well as geohazard assessment. Joseph possesses a solid background in research, soil modeling, soil testing, and foundation technical standards.
Joseph is skilled in SLOPE/W, SEEP/W, QUAKE/W, SIGMA/W, L-Pile as well as in advanced numerical analysis. He also has experience in proposal writing, site inspections and monitoring; construction supervision, and report preparation.
Joseph’s primary role at Green Plan is a Geotechnical Engineer for projects involving evaluation of subsurface conditions and provides guidance with regard to construction and support of the project. He contributes to field investigation and engineering analysis.
Terry MacDougall has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Urban and Regional Planning, both degrees from the University of Toronto. He has over 40 years of professional consulting experience including 15 years with the Stanley (now Stantec) Group of Companies.
Terry’s main expertise is land use planning and the preparation of Socio-economic Assessments as part of the environmental approvals for major industrial projects. This has included such projects as Keystone and Keystone XL pipelines, Energy East Pipeline, Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Terminal, Deer Creek Oilsands Project, and the Foster Creek SAGD Project. Terry also obtained all of the municipal and transportation permits on the recently commissioned Sturgeon Refinery.
He is a registered professional planner in both BC and Alberta.
Association of Alberta Forest Management Professionals (AAFMP)
Association of Saskatchewan Forestry Professionals (ASFP)
Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGA)
Association of Science and Engineering Technologists (ASET)
Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA)
Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB)
Alberta Sand and Gravel Association (ASGA)
Auditing Association of Canada (AAC)
Resource Industry Suppliers Association (RISA)