Jim Harrington is both CEO and Chief Technical Officer of Ensero providing technical oversight for the company’s services. He provides technical expertise in environmental science and engineering with a focus on remediation technologies and water treatment. He has been a pioneer for in situ and biogeochemical treatment technology applications for metals, radionuclides, perchlorate, and nitrogen compounds including cyanide, explosives, ammonia and nitrate. He has provided technical expert services for mining and industrial projects in assessment and permitting phases, and expert witness for microbiology and mining litigation. Jim holds a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.
Anthony Allen joined the Ensero team in 2015 responsible for corporate development and Brownfields projects. Prior to joining Ensero, Mr. Allen was a partner at Seabord Capital Corp, a consulting company that provides investment analysis and financial services to companies operating in the mining, oil and gas, and energy sectors. Prior to joining Seabord Capital (formerly Terrasearch Inc.) in 2007, Mr. Allen spent 20 years as a consultant/project manager to environmental remediation, brownfield redevelopment and energy related projects in North America. Mr. Allen has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.
Paul Barnes is Ensero’s Operations Director. He specializes in closure strategies for complex environmental sites. Paul’s experience includes leveraging multidisciplinary technical teams to solve complex problems, often with innovative technical or business strategies. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Master of Science Degree in Environmental Science where his thesis research focused on the use of fungi in fixed-film bioreactors.
Kevin Conroy serves as Ensero’s Overall Engineering Practice Leader. He has more than 37 years of professional experience in the field of industrial water and wastewater management and treatment. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in thirteen states, and over his career has worked on hundreds of projects that have encompassed a variety of contaminant types including metals, inorganic compounds, high dissolved solids, hydrocarbons, toxic organic compounds, and radionuclides. Industry segments include mining, oil and gas, manufacturing, food and beverage, groundwater and leachate, and a variety of nuclear facilities. Project scope has ranged from process development (including bench and pilot studies) through detailed design, construction, commissioning, and operations.
Dr. Vanessa Friesen serves as Ensero’s technical leader for biological treatment including treatment wetlands and bioreactors, selenium biogeochemistry, and microbial genomics. She provides technical oversight for our water treatment piloting facilities and Ensero’s Microbiology and genomics testing laboratories. She has extensive experience as a scientific lead on projects for biological water treatment and industrial and environmental microbiology. She holds a double bachelor of science degree in Microbiology & Immunology and Biochemistry, and a PhD that focused in industrial microbiology and genomics.
Dr. Andrew Gault is an environmental chemist and technical lead for much of Ensero’s water quality and acid rock drainage/metal leaching characterization work. His experience includes the characterization of the geochemical and microbial controls on metal(loid) mobility in the environment, including mine drainage impacted settings, radionuclide and metalloid transport in the shallow subsurface, and industrially contaminated soils and sediments. He also contributes to the design and implementation of biological water treatment solutions for active mine and post-closure settings. He holds an MChem in Environmental Chemistry and a PhD in Aqueous Geochemistry.
Ryan Herbert serves as Ensero’s Environmental Permitting Practice Leader. Ryan has over 14 years of direct environmental management and project management experience in the mining industry. During that time, he has managed diverse teams of technical experts to develop environmental assessment project proposals, permit applications, Reclamation and Closure Plans, and comprehensive Environmental Monitoring and Management Plans. His extensive mining industry experience allows Ryan to bring a unique owner’s perspective to environmental management and permitting challenges.
Kari McCaffery leads the team at Ensero’s microbiology laboratories, overseeing operations and business development. She has more than twenty years of experience as an industrial microbiologist, manager, and business development professional. She holds a double bachelor of science degree in Applied Microbiology and Biology, a MSc in Applied Microbiology, and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Corné Pretorius is Ensero’s Director of Mine Water Management. He is an environmental professional with more than 25 years of broad technical and business leadership experience in water and waste related roles in the mining, oil & gas and power sectors. He has led and supported water treatment projects internationally including projects in Africa, Australia, South and North America. Since 2016, he has been responsible for leading the North American Mine Water divisions for both Golder Associates and Black & Veatch. Corné holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Water Utilization, both from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Allan Steckelberg has more than 35 years of experience which includes mine reclamation, environmental remediation and heavy civil construction work. Mr. Steckelberg experience in mine reclamation consists of design and construction of solutions for uranium mine and mill sites, hard and soft rock mining and tailings impoundment reclamation as well as phosphate mine reclamation. His responsibilities included managing projects as a designer and as a constructor throughout North America. Mr. Steckelberg also has extensive experience in financial analysis for support of reclamation bonding efforts, developing mine and mill site asset retirement strategies and the development and review of benefit and use cases.
Karen Hohe Suchomel
Karen Hohe Suchomel leads Ensero’s business development and program management efforts for our federal and state government market sectors. Karen has more than 30 years of experience in the environmental industry, with 15+ years focused on federal/state projects performed for major US federal agencies. Karen also is experienced in providing remediation and water supply development services for the mining industry in both North and South America, and formerly managed operations in South America for a US-based consulting firm. Karen is a Professional Geologist in California and has a Master of Science Degree in Hydrogeochemistry.
Kai Woloshyn is the Vice President Strategic Projects with fifteen years’ experience in mine development, reclamation and closure. Kai has successfully project managed and been the technical lead for numerous baseline studies, environmental impact assessments, regulatory permitting & licensing projects and lead First Nation & stakeholder engagement within Northern Canada. His work experience has included providing expert testimony in Regulatory hearings regarding geochemistry, water quality and environmental management as part of leading mining projects through the Yukon environmental assessment and permitting processes. He holds a combined major bachelor of science degree in Chemistry and Earth and Ocean Science and is a registered Professional Chemist in British Columbia.