Meet Our Team

Our Core Values:

Solutions-focused • Protectors of the environment • Respectful • Open Communications • Quick and Practical

VISION

To be the most sought after experts for environmental solutions on southern Vancouver Island. Our clients love us and we are at top of mind whenever an environmental solution is considered or required.  

MISSION

We focus on solutions, act with absolute integrity, respond quickly, find all the answers, expertly navigate environmental regulation, provide specialised environmental field services and raise the bar when it comes to innovation to lead those making changes to the physical environment to go the extra mile for environmental protection while developing their projects. 

Current Team

Matt Johnson

Matt specializes in managing the environmental aspects on light and heavy civil infrastructure and industrial construction sites. Anything erosion/sediment control related, and he is your man.

Matt Johnson

Owner/Environmental Construction Manager

Matt grew up on Vancouver Island and is a huge fan of exploring the outdoors. 

Matt specializes in managing the environmental aspects on light and heavy civil infrastructure and industrial construction sites. Anything erosion/sediment control related, and he is your man. 

Matt started environmental consulting in 2003, but before that, he got his hands dirty in the construction industry as a framer and had a ridiculous job at a composting facility running heavy equipment to turn cow and horse offal into quality soil. It has been up and up from there. He now runs Corvidae Environmental with his amazing business partner and wife, Julie.  

Matt specializes in building great relationships, staying solution focused with clients to keep projects running smoothly and in compliance with environmental regulations. 

Julie Budgen

“Every obstacle is an opportunity for improvement”.

Julie Budgen

Owner/Operator/Environmental Planner

If Julie wasn’t so good at her job she would be a novelist!  A dog and horse lover, Capoeria instructor, mountain biker and Super Environmentalist, Julie truly takes the lead in her own life.  

Julie Budgen has been working in the environmental field since 1997. Her most memorable job was working on Richard Branson’s private island as the wildlife biologist for lemurs, giant tortoises and more. Julie specializes in project management, planning and regulations, report writing and reviewing for Environmental Impact Assessments, vegetation assessments, restoration and bioengineering. She has managed several hundred projects for municipal projects, mining, oil and gas facilities, roads and bridges, wind farms, linear developments, and private land developments in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has worked in marine and freshwater environments for the past 10 years, monitoring, assessing shorelines and riparian areas. Providing protection plans for riparian, foreshore and marine environments. Her favourite of all these areas is native plant reclamation and soil handling techniques to minimize the projects’ impact on the environment. Julie has worked with the clients and regulators (local and provincial) to ensure environmental impacts are minimized and regulations are met in a timely manner to get project approval.

 

“Every obstacle is an opportunity for improvement”. 

 

Haj Bains

Haj loves being on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Born and raised on the South Island his love of outdoors has made him have a career in the environmental world.

Haj Bains

Intermediate Biologist

Haj loves being on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Born and raised on the South Island his love of outdoors has made him have a career in the environmental world. He is always seeking new places along the coastline.

He has several years working on regional survey programs in BC. Went to Camosun College for the Environmental Technology program. With his years of field work, Haj loves to be out in the bush collecting data. His main role is supporting field teams with projects in and out of the office.

Haj has passion for restoration work, especially with salmon. He continues to volunteer with local organizations to improve habitat and awareness of salmon populations on Southern Vancouver Island.

Ally Johns

She is a big nature lover and loves dogs - which is why she is usually spending time off exploring the forests and beaches with her rescue dog Murphy!

Ally Johns

Biologist

Ally started in the Environmental Field of work after graduating from the Environmental Management program at Lakehead University in Ontario, Over the past two years, the Island has become her home.

 She is a big nature lover and loves dogs – which is why she is usually spending time off exploring the forests and beaches with her rescue dog Murphy!

 After several years of tree-planting, wildlife monitoring, fisheries work and forestry experience, Ally has been able to put all of her skills to good use working for Corvidae. As a passionate Environmentalist, her favourite part of the job is being able to play a part in protecting fish and wildlife habitat.

Missy Jaud 

Outside of her environmental career she is passionate about food preserving, food security and sustainable food production and she loves the snow.

Missy Jaud 

Environmental Scientist

Missy works on phased environmental assessments and remediations for development projects and land remediation projects. She conducts field work for construction monitoring and environmental monitoring on remedial sites, involving soil sampling, surface water sampling, groundwater sampling and air sampling.

Outside of her environmental career she is passionate about food preserving, food security and sustainable food production and she loves the snow.

Erin Vekic

Erin has a background in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and obtained her Master of Science in Ecological Restoration in 2021.

Erin Vekic

Intermediate Biologist

Erin has worked in the environmental services industry as a consultant throughout the Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island for 5 years in the private sector, including urban development and oil and gas. She has a background in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and obtained her Master of Science in Ecological Restoration in 2021.

Erin’s ecology experience includes conducting terrestrial and aquatic biophysical assessments and mapping, conducting vegetation surveys, fish inventories and salvages, wildlife sweeps and salvages, environmental monitoring, and breeding bird and raptor surveys. She has also completed habitat suitability assessments and mapping for species at risk.

Erin also likes to hike and explore Vancouver Island, travel, spend time with family, and birding.  A big animal lover, Erin also has a cat named Chase.

Nicole Da Silva

Intermediate Biologist

Nicole joined the Corvidae team in summer of 2022. She was born and raised on Vancouver Island and still calls it home today. Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Science from University of Victoria with a major in biology and minor in environmental studies. Nicole was first introduced to the environmental consulting world in 2018 as a summer intern where she discovered her passion for wildlife studies through western screech-owl and northern goshawk monitoring. At Corvidae, she has been working on environmental assessments, RAPRs, and wildlife surveys and salvages. Her special interests include birding, amphibians, restoration, and species at-risk. When she’s not working, she’s probably exploring outside, riding her horse, or gardening.

Fabrizio Abate

Fabrizio Abate

Intermediate Biologist

Fabrizio was born in Venezuela (speak spanish), He grew up in the Capital, Caracas. Growing up, he was around boats a lot, snorkeling and spearfishing in the Caribbean islands near our coast.

He arrived in Canada in 2011 and quickly started a Science degree at Douglas College. He transferred to UVIC, where he graduated with a BSc in Biology, marine concentration. He also completed the Environmental Technician Certificate with VIU that nicely prepares you for an Environmental Monitor role.

He worked in the aquaculture industry for 4 years , 2018 to 2022, as a technician and a supervisor. Soon after, he pivoted to pursue more conservation/ restoration like opportunities with BCCF. He was just recently involved with invasive species management (bullfrogs) this Summer.

He is a quiet but very approachable person. He looks to always make conections and build relationships and most importantly, help when and how he can. Since arriving in Canada he adopted hockey and the Canucks as his die hard team.

His interest lies in the marine sector, its protection, conservation and sustainable use.

 

Jennifer Conroy

Senior Administrator

Maybe working for an Environmental company was in the cards for Jenn. If her Grade 3 autobiography was any indication, her goal was to be a Wildlife Biologist. Jenn has lived in BC, Alberta and Ontario, but her time at Royal Roads getting her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications made her see that the island was calling. 10 years, a couple kids, and a cross country move later, she now calls Langford home.  Jenn feels super lucky to be part of the Corvidae team and loves that her kids are now dreaming about a career as a biologist. Weekends are spend exploring the island with her kids, husband, and her soulmate Colby the dog. Whether it’s on the water, on the trails or beach combing, there is no better place to live, work and play.

Beverly Hill

Biologist

Beverly has been a dedicated advocate for wildlife and wild spaces throughout her life, most of it spent on Vancouver Island. She has a BA in Geography, an MSc in Climate Change Adaptation, and a Post Degree Diploma in Applied Coastal Ecology. Bev’s commitment to the well-being of wildlife began with her career in wildlife rehabilitation and later working on a project dedicated to oiled sea bird response.

In 2022, she channeled her professional efforts into environmental consulting and has trained and gained multiple experiences since then, focusing on wildlife and vegetation surveys, water quality assessments, habitat restoration, and traditional ecological knowledge.

When Beverly isn’t working to protect and restore BC’s natural environment, she can often be found hiking, cycling, kayaking, or sailing in it. 

Get In Touch

250.642.0078

info@corvidaeenv.com

6526 Water St, Sooke, BC V9Z 0X1

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