Who We Are
NorthWinds Environmental Services is an employee-owned environmental services company based out of Thunder Bay. We pride ourselves as the experts of the North and specialize in northern ecosystems and the inherent challenges of resource and infrastructure development in remote locations. Our team includes biologists, foresters, ecologist and boots on the ground staff. We bring experience in class EA, wetland assessments, forest management planning, and Indigenous engagement, among others. We are a team of local experts with strong ties to the Indigenous and local communities, industry, government, and other stakeholders. We have a proven record of project delivery in mining, energy, community development, transportation, and forestry sectors.
The staff of NorthWinds are strong believers that natural resources should be managed locally to meet the needs and wants of the people living close to them, and always seek to find consensus between local communities, industry and governments in an evidence based collaborative manner.
Meet the Team
Terry Honsberger began his natural resource education at Fleming College where he obtained a Fish and Wildlife Technologist diploma. Afterward, Terry moved to Thunder Bay to pursue a H.B.SC. in Forestry and a M.Sc. in Wildlife Biology from Lakehead University. Today, Terry is a skilled and respected environmental professional with over 15 years of experience across a diverse range of projects, specializing in environmental assessment and species at risk with an emphasis on ungulate biology (including Woodland Caribou). Terry brings his expertise and expansive network to provide environmental support through all phases of project development, including planning, baseline studies, provincial and federal environmental assessments, permitting (e.g., aggregate, water crossing, Endangered Species Act/Species at Risk Act and Overall Benefit), and long-term monitoring studies.
Through his career, Terry has nurtured a reputation for providing competent, thoughtful, and meticulous environmental and permitting support for a range of mining, energy, and natural resource development projects. The combination of his technical expertise and facilitation has enabled him to become a highly effective project manager, supporting complex projects in the private sector and leading a multi-disciplinary consulting team through successful regulatory and permitting processes. Terry has considerable experience coordinating with a range of government agencies and stakeholders in high-profile projects throughout Ontario.
Terry is one of the two co-founders and principals of NorthWinds Environmental Services.
Triin Hart completed both her H.B.Sc in Natural Resource Management and M.Sc. in Forest Management at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. In 2006, she moved to Canada and completed her PhD in Forest Sciences at Lakehead University. Since then, Triin has been working in northwestern Ontario as a Forest Ecologist and Environmental Consultant. Triin specializes in natural resource policy analysis, landscape ecology, Species at Risk, emulating natural disturbances, and development of natural landscape condition templates and analyses of ecological implications of planned management activities. She has provided consulting services to natural resource managers, First Nations communities, and infrastructure developers in ecological and management related issues. This work included disturbance emulation, woodland caribou habitat management and policy analysis. Triin is currently working with several First Nation communities on forest management and infrastructure development projects. She is passionate about the development and implementation of locally based natural resource management models that seek to balance the needs of communities with requirements for natural resource utilization and ecological values maintenance. She enjoys working with Indigenous and local communities to increase the local natural resource management capacity through youth training and employment in forestry and environmental fields.
Triin is one of the two co-founders and principals of NorthWinds Environmental Services.
Zachary is a fish and wildlife biologist with advanced research skills, specializing in amphibian ecology, environmental assessment, wetland management, fish and wildlife management, and Species at Risk. He has a B.Sc. from the University of Alberta with a major in Biology and a minor in Earth and Atmospheric Science, as well as a MSc from Lakehead University. Zachary has worked as a natural resource management professional for 8 years in Alberta and Ontario, and has 10+ years of environmental fieldwork experience, including amphibian acoustic and visual surveys, waterfowl and songbird surveys, owl call-playback surveys, nest sweeps, small mammal trapping, bat netting, fecal pellet-group and aerial ungulate surveys, winter track surveys, fisheries surveys (electrofishing, sein-netting, gill-netting and minnow trapping), fish habitat assessment, understory vegetation surveys, remote wildlife camera and acoustic recording unit monitoring, as well as extensive radio-telemetry experience. Zachary has contributed to several major environmental assessments (EA) for projects in the oil and gas and mining sectors, preparing terrestrial environment reports and providing support throughout the EA review process. Zachary brings the full extent of his broad experience and knowledge to every project.
James Barber is an expert ornithologist with a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from University of Waterloo, and studies in Ornithology at Lakehead University. James is a seasoned field biologist, with 10+ years of experience in managing and conducting biological surveys across Ontario on a range of resource development projects in the renewable energy, mining and forestry sectors. Specializing in Ontario Species at Risk, he has conducted a wide range of field surveys, including bats, amphibians, fish, Odonata, waterfowl and songbirds. Competent in survey methods such as Aerial surveys, Point Count, Call-playback, Nest sweep, and Acoustic Recorder Unit programming, deployment and analysis. He has been a team member for several environmental assessments, construction monitoring and wildlife studies for clients such as EDP Renewables, Treasury Metals Inc., First Mining Gold, and Wataynikaneyap Power, and contributed to the projects through coordination and management of field teams, survey designs, monitoring and reporting. James is an expert birder with 18+ years of experience. In addition to work for the private sector, James has worked several contracts in sensitive areas for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
Jeffrey Cameron, R.P.F.
Jeffrey Cameron has an H.B.Sc in Forestry from Lakehead University, and is a Registered Professional Forester in Ontario. He started his career in forestry as a silvicultural forester for Miller Western Forest Products in Whitecourt, Alberta, then moved to Thunder Bay to work with GreenForest Management Inc. as a Planning Forester. He has 10 years of experience in the forest industry in forest operations, forest management planning, forest tenure, and provincial government relationships. He has successfully authored the Pic River Forest 2013-2023 forest management plan, assisted in the development of other Forest Management Plans, Contingency Plans, Plan extensions, Annual Work Schedules and Annual Reports for several forest management units in northern Ontario including the Ogoki Forest, Sapawe Forest, Lac Seul Forest, as well as the former Pic River Ojibway Forest, Black River Forest and Big Pic Forest. Jeffrey has also worked as an Environmental Services Coordinator for FSC Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood certification for two northern Ontario sawmills and as a Forestry Adviser with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the Tenure Implementation Unit.
Mariah is currently pursuing her Forestry Technician diploma at Confederation College and working at NorthWinds as forest technician-in-training. Her responsibilities include forest policy research, values digitizing, occasional field work, preparation of forest management communication materials and presenting forest management related issues at community meetings. She is a reliable problem solver and valuable team member in our Armstrong Forest Management Plan project that is prepared in Joint Venture with Whitesand First Nation. Mariah’s hard work and enthusiasm have not gone unnoticed. In 2015, Mariah received the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority Award for her “A O H2O” project, where she analysed water quality in Whitesand First Nation. The following year, she was recognized by the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards as a Heritage Keeper.
Jennifer became familiar with Geographic Information Systems while completing a BSc in Geography at McGill University. Having found an innovative way to apply technology to spatial problems, she pursued an Advanced Diploma in GIS at the British Columbia Institute of Technology to gain further expertise in GIS application development. One of Jennifer’s first jobs involved creating an intelligent digital street network for Vancouver’s 911 responders. As a part of this work experience, Jennifer learned to create programs to parse very large spatial datasets. She later brought this development experience with her to San Diego’s tech hub, where she honed her skills over the next ten years building routines to visualize emerging spatial trends for public safety agencies. During this time, Jennifer worked closely with ESRI technology becoming skilled in several iterations of the platform as it expanded from desktop, to web to mobile.
Jennifer moved to Thunder Bay in 2010, where she has since worked in the areas of Forestry, Environmental Sciences and First Nations community development. Jennifer brings her background as a GIS analyst and application developer to support and expand NorthWinds’ geomatics expertise. In addition to her professional interest in GIS and geomatics, Jennifer is a strong believer in engaging youth through these technologies. She has pursued this vision through her volunteer work as an ESRI GIS Ambassador and as a part-time instructor in the Engineering Department at Confederation College.
Kristy completed her H.B.Sc in Forestry at Lakehead University in 2018 and her M.Sc. in Forestry in the spring of 2020. Kristy’s Masters research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) – Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship and was focused on the effects that soil compaction has on coniferous seedlings. She is also working towards her Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation. Kristy has experience working in British Columbia conducting silviculture related work, including planting layout, tree checking, regeneration surveys and weather monitoring. In Ontario, Kristy has extensive knowledge in identifying native and ornamental plant and tree species, including experience leading a group of first year Natural Resources Management students at Lakehead University through plant identification in the field. Her work at NorthWinds focuses on developing the Wabadowgang Noopming Contingency Plan, Forest Management Plan, Annual Work Schedule, and Annual Report. Kristy is also involved with developing the Forest Management Plan for the Neskantaga Forest. Her other roles include proposal writing, business development related administrative tasks and various consulting projects.
Caitlyn is currently completing high school and joined NWES over a year ago as a project assistant on WFN Traditional Knowledge, Land Use and Occupancy mapping project. She spent her first few months at NWES as an audio file transcriber, but soon found her interest in mapping and working with spatial databases. Under the supervision of our Senior Geomatics Analyst Jen Link, Caitlyn has mastered the skills of spatial data editing and database management, creating desktop and web maps and apps, and producing hardcopy map products. Caitlyn will continue to expand her skillset with spatial data management with focus on traditional knowledge, land use and occupancy data mapping and using these data to inform natural resource projects.
Caitlyn is also working to develop her entrepreneurial skills. In 2018, Caitlyn had the opportunity to take The Canadian Centre for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Inc's (CCAE) Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Training Program.
Alex is a recent graduate of the HBSc Environmental Sciences program at the University of Guelph. While completing a variety of work for NorthWinds, she is seeking her Environmental Professional (EP) designation through ECOCanada. Alex focused on water and soil processes, as well as Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Indigenous management of resources in her studies. She has put these skills to use by assisting NorthWinds with the Whitesand Traditional Knowledge collection project, and project managing the Waasigan Transmission Line training and skills development program for communities with Hydro One. Alex has previous experience working for Ontario Parks and MNRF in various roles, including as a park interpreter.
Breanne Neufeld is a conservation ecologist with 5 years of experience in planning and conducting fieldwork in the forestry, mining and academic sectors, as well as 5 years of experience coordinating the implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to quality review and audits of education programs. At NorthWinds, Breanne is involved in environmental assessment ecosite calibration surveys and proposal writing.
For 6 years Breanne has been a board member for Forests Without Borders, a Canadian charity run entirely by volunteers, who create partnerships with communities and educational organizations locally and around the world, who wish to restore or improve their forest landscapes for health, security, the economy and the environment.
Magnus Kitchemonia is a proud member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug. In 2013, Magnus graduated from Sir Winston Churchill High School in Thunder Bay. After graduation, Magnus was a student employee in Banquet Catering Services while concurrently undertaking studies in electrical engineering at Confederation College. Reluctantly, after completing one term Magnus had to leave his studies due to illness. From 2014 to 2021, Magnus continued to work in Banquet Catering and other service jobs before making career changes. Being raised with Indigenous Knowledge and cultural practices since early childhood, and with a great love for the land, Magnus decided to pursue training and employment opportunities in environmental services. In the fall of 2020, Magnus applied for and was accepted in the Ganawenchikewin Environmental Protection Training program. Magnus earned a Certificate of Completion and was honoured with an Indigenous Knowledge Bundle upon completion of the training. The program focused on land-based Environment Protection training combining both Indigenous Knowledge and Western Sciences methodologies. Magus also participated and completed the Valard Environmental Monitoring Training Program. He graduated with a Certificate in the Completion in environmental monitoring. Today, Magnus is still mentoring and working with Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers and Practitioners on the practice of protecting the environment through ceremony and other cultural practices. This learning is ongoing for Magnus and it is a lifetime commitment on his part.
Krista Oswald completed her H.B.Sc in Biology at Dalhousie University before moving to South Africa to complete an M.Sc. in Avian Physiology at Nelson Mandela University and a Ph.D. in Avian Ecology at Rhodes University, graduating in 2020. She then moved back to Canada and now lives near Algonquin Provincial Park. She has spent her time working on publishing her research, as well as working on the media rollout for the Cape Rockjumper, the focal species for her MSc and PhD, which is BirdLife South Africa’s 2021 Bird of the Year. She is currently pursuing opportunities for Post-doctoral research, and in the meantime is working with NorthWinds to gain experience in environmental assessment and monitoring.