Cathy Mackay, MSc, RPBio, PAg

Cathy Mackay is a Professional Biologist, a Professional Agrologist, and an owner of EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. Her technical background is split equally among specialities in wildlife, wildlife habitat and aquatic sciences. Cathy began her career in 1995 working in Habitat Protection for the BC Ministry of Environment. She administered and conducted baseline inventory projects including Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping with Wildlife Habitat Ratings, moose population inventory, and ungulate winter range analyses. Cathy returned to school at UNBC to complete her MSc in 2006 and developed a specialty in biomonitoring using benthic invertebrates. As a consultant, she continues to conduct baseline wildlife and biomonitoring studies for the purpose of environmental impact assessment. Cathy is originally from Taylor, BC.

EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc.

EDI scientists study living things and the places they live. We work on projects that are being planned, projects that are under construction, and sites that are being reclaimed.   We collect baseline information in a project area so we understand the ecosystem and can help developers design the project so it complies with regulatory requirements. Many of our staff have conducted monitoring on construction sites and this perspective enables us to provide mitigation and monitoring plans that are realistic and achievable on the ground.  For example, EDI developed an industry best practice for Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers to mitigate impacts to nesting birds. In a unique partnership between EDI, First Nations, University of Northern BC, and industry, we initiated a traditional plants project based on incorporating community involvement into requirements for environmental impact assessment. In recognition of this project, EDI and UNBC were awarded the “Collaborative Research Award” at the Northern BC Business and Technology Awards along with our partners Encana and Prophet River First Nation.