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OUR PEOPLE

Doug Geller, M.Sc., P.Geo., P.Geol. – Principal, President

Mr. Geller is a registered professional across Western North America, including BC, Alberta, and Washington and Oregon States, with nearly 30 years hydrogeological experience and holds a master’s degree in hydrogeology. Doug brings extensive knowledge of hydrogeological applications within a variety of geologic, climatic, regulatory, governance, and geopolitical environments, both as a consultant and, previously, as a senior water manager with the City of Portland’s water utility.
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Working with municipalities, water purveyors, engineers, developers and First Nations, he has assisted with the location, design, installation, and testing of high capacity production wells and well fields, and in developing sustainable management and protection strategies for groundwater resources. His projects with WWAL involve groundwater supply development throughout the B.C. Interior, groundwater and source water protection planning, and hydrogeological senior review services for local, provincial and federal government clients and First Nations. Doug has been an invited speaker at professional conferences on a variety of groundwater related topics in both the U.S. and Canada. Originally drawn to geoscience by his love of the outdoors, Doug enjoys trail running, cross-country skiing, road and mountain biking, and mountaineering.

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Ryan Rhodes, B.Sc., P.Geo., P.Geol – Principal

A registered professional in both B.C. and Alberta, Mr. Rhodes provides reliable hydrogeological expertise, advice and management for a variety of projects. With more than 10 years of experience practicing Geoscience, he applies his broad knowledge of hydrogeology to a wide range of projects, involving both "getting water out" and "putting water back" into the ground. Read more...

Specializing in groundwater exploration, evaluation and development, Ryan has overseen the siting, construction and testing numerous water supply wells for water purveyors, First Nations and industry. Ryan has also completed several investigations to support the design and permitting of large wastewater disposal facilities and has specialized experience in the evaluation and design of Rapid Infiltration Basins. He has designed and managed construction of well fields for two large, multi-well open loop geothermal systems, and has completed numerous site evaluations and impact assessments for stormwater infiltration. Ryan has the ability to tackle complex hydrogeological projects, some of which have required understanding and balancing interests of multiple, and sometimes conflicting, groundwater users. Ryan likes to fish and ski, and enjoys getting outdoors with his wife and two children.

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Bryer Manwell, M.Sc., P.Eng. – Principal

With her environmental engineering background, Ms. Manwell has applied her hydrogeological expertise to projects involving environmental monitoring for community water supply systems and landfill sites, groundwater supply evaluations, mine site water balance evaluation, onsite wastewater system design, aquifer characterization, solute transport analysis, groundwater at risk of containing pathogens (GARP) assessments, and source water protection planning. Facilitating groundwater licencing applications and liaison between regulators and clients further rounds out Ms. Manwell’s core practice areas. Read more...

She currently serves as the Vice President of WCOWMA Onsite Wastewater Management of BC, where she promotes implementation of environmentally sound practices within the onsite wastewater sector.

Her previous academic work involved study of surface water – groundwater interactions in the Lower Elbow River, Alberta, and she continues to develop her interest in this topic as applicable to relevant projects. She has recently completed studies of land use and water quality impact within the North Okanagan area of BC. Bryer was part of the core team who completed the groundwater resource assessment for the Okanagan Basin Water Board groundwater study, providing input pertaining to valley bottom water interactions and was a final report co-author for the Phase 2 Water Supply and Demand Project. When she’s not thinking about water, Bryer keeps herself busy enjoying family time with her two sons, playing roller derby, Nordic skiing and practicing yoga.

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Chad Petersmeyer, M.Sc., P.Geo. – WWAL Partner

A registered professional in B.C., Mr. Petersmeyer is a Senior Hydrogeologist with WWAL and has more than 15 years of experience as a consultant based mainly in his home town of Victoria. He manages our coastal B.C. branch operations from the Victoria office.
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Chad holds a B.Sc. degree in geoscience from UVic and a M.Sc. degree in hydrogeology from UBC and specialises in physical and contaminant hydrogeology, with major water supply project experience both on the Island and in the Interior of B.C. Chad has served as the hydrogeologist of record on a number of high profile and technically challenging groundwater projects and is well respected in the groundwater industry and with regional and provincial regulators. He is currently serving as the Professional and Technical Director with the B.C. Groundwater Association. Chad enjoys cycling and getting outdoors with his wife and two daughters.

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Trina Koch, B.Sc., R.P.Bio., Senior Biologist, Partner

Trina Koch is a registered professional biologist with over fourteen years of experience working as a water science professional. Her client base includes developers, property owners, government agencies, First Nations and those in the mining and forestry sectors. A graduate of the Okanagan University College (now UBCO) Freshwater Science Program, her academic skill set includes aquatic chemistry and biology, limnology, geology, botany, wildlife biology, hydrogeology, mineralogy, hydrology, fisheries and biostatistics. Ms. Koch has acted as the President of the Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake and routinely leads or participants in creek restoration initiatives. She continually works towards professional excellence and values every project and client.
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With her extensive biological and water science-related background, Ms. Koch has applied her expertise to projects involving project management, environmental impact assessment, environmental mitigation, surface and ground water assessment, creek restoration, environmental permitting and riparian, foreshore and fisheries assessments., While with the B.C. Ministry of Environment (2004-2008) she managed and provided technical input on a three-year hydrogeological study of the North Okanagan. During her time with Western Water, she has managed a two-year water quality and land use study on Coldstream Creek, a three-year project on Vernon and BX Creek and completed numerous land tenure applications, Riparian Area Regulation (RAR) Assessments, Section 11 Change Approvals, Navigable Water Protection Act Applications, municipal permits and DFO Project Review submissions. Most recently, she has assisted many private land owners along Okangan and Kalamalka Lake with obtaining required permits for dock and retaining wall repair.

Trina spends her leisure time exploring forestry trails with her golden retriever, summer and winter camping, paddle boarding, going on long distance biking adventures, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing with her friends and family.

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Warren Grafton, B.Sc., P.Geo – WWAL Partner

Warren is a hydrogeologist with a diverse range of experience operating in Northern British Columbia. He’s a proud Prince George local, graduate of the University of Northern British Columbia and in 2018, named one of Prince George’s Top 40 under 40 . Having been born and raised in the Prince George area, Warren prides himself on approaching projects from a Northern perspective to ensure quality and efficiency for projects in our unique work environment. Read more...

Mr. Grafton’s experience includes contaminated site assessment and remediation, groundwater supply, and landfill hydrogeology. He has completed Stage 1 and 2 Environmental Site Assessments and remediation projects in numerous locations throughout northern BC, and has experience in delineating contaminated soil and groundwater at sites impacted by heavy metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds, and inorganic contaminants. Much of Warren’s project work has included project management and supervising field crews. He has supervised drilling and excavation contractors during test pitting, groundwater sampling, site decommissioning and remediation system installation projects. Warren has also designed and installed multiple high capacity water wells for drinking water sources and industrial uses including new supply wells for the District of Mackenzie and 100 Mile. Warren is an avid mountain biker and competitive karate athlete, but when water is plentiful above ground in frozen forms, he can be found skiing in the local mountains.

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Morgan Jackson, B.Sc., environmental scientist

Morgan Jackson is a graduate of UBC Okanagan, receiving her Degree in Earth and Environmental Science with a minor in Mathematics and Statistics. Morgan has experience in data collection, statistical analysis, well drilling oversight, well and aquifer testing, and groundwater sampling. Morgan has conducted land use and water well surveys in the north and south Okanagan and served for two years as field lead for groundwater monitoring programs at five landfill sites and ten foreshore communities within the Columbia Shuswap Regional District. More recently, she has worked on large capacity well water supply projects for the municipalities of Burns Lake and Mackenzie in northern B.C. and has conducted several Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental site assessments in the Prince George area. Read more...

Morgan is extremely passionate about our water resources and has focused her education towards the study of hydrogeology and is involved in environmental monitoring, groundwater monitoring and groundwater supply projects throughout B.C. After working in our Vernon office for several years, Morgan relocated in 2016 and is now based out of our Prince George office. She truly enjoys being in the field and travelling to new places. Morgan enjoys outdoor activities like boating, camping, fishing, and mountain biking.

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Paul Williamson, M.Sc., GIT, hydrogeologist

Mr. Williamson is a geoscientist in training with more than five years of consulting experience in earth sciences including high-level involvement in hydrogeological assessments, contaminated site investigations and remediation projects. Paul also holds a B.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. degree in hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo. Read more...

Paul has extensive experience in field data collection, technical report writing, and project management developed while servicing a broad range of stakeholders including private landowners, First Nations communities and the Federal government. During the initial stages of his career, Paul was primarily involved in conducting preliminary and detailed contaminated site investigations and overseeing large scale remediation projects. During this time, he designed and supervised numerous drilling and test pitting programs, performed hydraulic response testing and groundwater surveys, and assisted in developing detailed conceptual site models. Since joining Western Water Associates, Paul’s focus has shifted to predominately “clean” groundwater. He has gained a wealth of experience in water well design through a variety of projects including the installation of a small-scale well network for a residential subdivision and the construction of a large-scale, high-capacity well intended to supplement a municipality’s distribution supply. Outside of work, Paul enjoys playing basketball, getting outdoors and spending time with his family.

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Rachel Arychuk, B.Sc., GIT, hydrogeologist

Rachel Arychuk is a recent graduate from the University of Victoria, receiving her B.Sc. Degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences, and is based in our Vernon office. Rachel has previous experience in mineral exploration, petrography, and data collection. Rachel is passionate about water resources and is working towards obtaining her professional designation in B.C as a Junior Hydrogeologist. Read more...

She is currently involved in environmental and groundwater monitoring for various projects throughout the B.C Interior. She has also worked on groundwater supply development projects for B.C. Parks and for First Nations communities. Rachel is a Vernon native, who enjoys spending her free time snowboarding, hiking, and travelling.

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Amanda Ross, Bookkeeper, Office Administration

Ms. Ross joined Western Water Associates Ltd with more than twelve years of experience in all levels and areas of accounting; including many years of full charge bookkeeping, as well as experience as a Corporate/ Real Estate Legal assistant. Amanda is proficient in several versions of QuickBooks, Simply Accounting and thoroughly knowledgeable in accounts payable, receivables, invoicing, payroll, HR, general ledger, journal entries, assets depreciation, taxes, month-end and year-end processes. Read more...

Additionally she has solid experience working in the specialized accounting of multiple industries including construction, subcontracting, retail, medical, hospitality, consulting services and non-profits. Amanda is passionate about pursuing personal and professional development in every area possible. Having two beautiful children and a wonderful husband, Amanda is able to teach a fitness dance class, go camping and enjoy many more activities with her family.

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