Our Team

Aleesha Bakkelund

Aleesha has been an archaeologist at Landsong since 2014 and is a Permit Holder in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region and a Field Director in the Coastal region of British Columbia. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology with Honours at Simon Fraser University and holds a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Toronto. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Aleesha manages major projects within Landsong’s Project Management Team and leads the Artifacts & Winter Lab Team, and the Safety & Operations Team.

Arasp Nakhaei-Sarvdani

Arasp joined Landsong as an archaeologist in 2023. Arasp completed a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology at the University of Toronto in Mississauga. As a Landsong field archaeologist, Arasp now conducts fieldwork year-around in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest and Interior Plateau regions of British Columbia. Arasp’s fieldwork typically includes reconnaissance surveys, subsurface testing, archaeology site mitigation and construction monitoring. Arasp also works in Landsong’s winter lab.

Aryn Giesbrecht

Aryn joined Landsong in 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg. She is a Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia. Aryn conducts archaeology assessments and facilitates traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Aryn is also a member of Landsong’s Artifacts & Winter Lab Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team, and the Safety & Operations Team.

Ashtyn Lockyer

Ashtyn joined Landsong in 2023 as an Accounting Assistant. Drawing on her background and experience in office administration and accounts analysis, Ashtyn processes employee timesheets, 3rd party contracts and assists with invoicing, payroll and accounts payable. Ashtyn provides crucial support for the entire Landsong team as well as our clients. Ashtyn is a member of the Finance & Administration Team and supports the Safety and Operations Team.

Avery

Avery joined Landsong in 2022. Avery comes from a mechanical engineering background and has experience managing technical projects in a variety of settings. Avery completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at McMaster University in 2014 and a Master of Applied Science (Mechanical) at McMaster University in 2016. Avery is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team, and the Quality & Training Team.

Barry Mierau

Barry joined the Landsong team in 2009. Barry is an archaeological technician with experience in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest, Interior Plateau, and Coastal regions of British Columbia. Certified by Canada Safety Council, Barry trains field workers on the safe use of mobile equipment and the use of concrete saws. Barry works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments and facilitating traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Barry is a member of Landsong’s Safety & Operations Team and works in the winter lab.

Beth Hrychuk

Beth is the Chief Operating Officer of Landsong. She formerly owned Landsong for 24 years (1998 to 2022). Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Brown University, Rhode Island. Beth is a Permit Holder and Field Director throughout both British Columbia and Alberta. In addition to conducting fieldwork and providing guidance to crews, Beth’s responsibilities include oversight of financial operations, client engagement, business development, human resources, and office operations.

Brea Harper

Brea has worked as an archaeologist since 2021. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology at MacEwan University in 2020. Brea joined Landsong as an archaeologist and a member of the Project Manager Team in 2023. Brea specializes in the review, analysis and tracking of archaeological field data from various project types across British Columbia. She is also a member Safety & Operations Team.

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Corey has been working as an archaeologist since 2012 and joined Landsong in 2021. Corey completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Corey has fieldwork experience in the Coastal and Interior Plateau regions of British Columbia. As a member of Landsong’s Mapping & GIS Team, Corey is responsible for cartography, GIS analysis, and spatial data management. Corey specializes in the production of predictive modelling for the location of archaeological potential and sites.

Eric Orr

Eric has been working as an archaeologist since 2011 and joined Landsong in 2012. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Eric is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region and has fieldwork experience in the Interior Plateau region of British Columbia. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Eric is a member of the GIS and Mapping Team and is also a key technical writer within the Regulatory & Reporting Team, with experience producing Interim and Final Archaeological Impact Assessments, Traditional Land Use reports and Desktop Reviews.

Erin MacLennan

Erin is Landsong’s Operations Manager. Erin joined Landsong in 2021. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria in 2010, she has been working as an archaeologist in British Columbia in both the public and private sectors. Erin is a Permit Holder in the Interior Plateau region and has fieldwork experience in the Coastal region of British Columbia. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Erin provides senior leadership and regulatory advice and she is a member of Landsong’s Reporting & Regulatory Team and Quality & Training Team.

George Brons

George joined Landsong as a consulting archaeologist in 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English at the University of Alberta. George is a Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia and is eligible for Permit holding status. George is responsible for leading and conducting archaeological fieldwork and facilitating traditional land use studies with Indigenous community collaboration. George is a member of Landsong’s Artifacts & Winter Lab Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team and the Safety and Operations Team.

Grace Zimmer

Grace completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology in 2022 from the University of Calgary, and gained experience in mortuary archaeology in Poland. Grace joined Landsong in 2023. Grace is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team and holds a key role managing project logistics and field coordination across all project groups. In addition to her role on the Project Management Team, Grace also works as a field archaeologist and is gaining practical field experience on consulting projects across B.C.

Jasper Pritchard

Jasper joined Landsong in 2023 as a GIS and mapping specialist and an archaeologist. Jasper holds a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as a Graduate Certificate in GIS from the Centre of Geographic Science at Nova Scotia Community College. Jasper has also previously worked as an archivist and research assistant. As a member of Landsong’s Mapping & GIS Team, Jasper is responsible for spatial data analysis and interpretation, as well as cartography and data management.

Katie Wall

Katie joined Landsong in 2023 as an archaeologist and report writer after completing a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Saskatchewan. Katie utilizes her field experience in both Plains and Coastal archaeology as a technical writer within Landsong’s Regulatory & Reporting Team. She conducts desktop assessments, is responsible for interpreting field data, and she produces Interim and Final archaeology regulatory reports.

Ken Schwab

Ken has worked as an archaeologist since 1996, working at Landsong from 2004 to 2008 and 2014 to the present. Ken completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and a Forensic Studies Post-Graduate Certificate at Mount Royal University. Ken is a Field Director and Permit Holder throughout British Columbia and has an extensive background and knowledge of British Columbia archaeology. Ken works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments and facilitating traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Ken is part of Landsong’s Project Management Team and the Safety & Operations Team.

L. Elizabeth (Bess) Doyle,

L. Elizabeth (Bess) Doyle joined Landsong as an archaeologist in 2022. Bess holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and specializes in human osteology in the contexts of research, medicolegal, and repatriation. Prior to joining Landsong, Bess was an Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology at McMaster University. She has conducted research in South Africa and Kenya and has participated in repatriation initiatives in British Columbia and southern Ontario. At Landsong, Bess actively participates in field archaeology, is Landsong’s human remains expert and she is also a member of the Reporting & Regulatory Team.

Lap-Kwan

Lap is Landsong’s Executive Manager. Lap has been working as an archaeologist in British Columbia since 2012 and joined Landsong in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Anthropology from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology with a Cultural Resource Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Lap is a Permit Holder throughout British Columbia. In addition to conducting fieldwork and managing major projects, Lap provides senior leadership, oversees corporate development and is a member of Landsong’s Health & Wellness Team.

Laura Webb

Laura joined Landsong in 2022. Laura shares more than 30 years experience in the fields of land use, environmental protection, community health and child welfare; 14 years of which she was on the Council of West Moberly First Nations. In addition to working at Landsong, Laura participates in cultural initiatives and focus groups across the province and she recently completed an archaeology field school at Tse’K’wa (Charlie Lake Cave) through UNBC. Laura is a gracious and knowledgeable member of Landsong and provides local cultural perspective and support for special projects.

Marina McCaffrey

Marina has been working as a consulting archaeologist at Landsong since 2011. Marina completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Mesolithic studies at the University of York. Marina is a Permit Holder in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region and has field experience in the Coastal region of British Columbia. Marina leads the reporting group within Landsong’s Reporting & Regulatory Team, conducts new staff onboarding within the Quality & Training Team, and is a member of Landsong’s Finance & Administration Team.

Matthea Weibe

Prior to joining Landsong in 2023, Matthea completed her Master of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University, specializing in micro-archaeology and geoarchaeology. Matthea has been a field archaeologist, report writer, curator and research assistant, and has conducted research and fieldwork at sites in British Columbia, Ontario, South Africa, and Israel. She has an extensive background in site analysis and interpretation, traditional ecological knowledge studies, and lithic artifact analysis. Matthea is a member of the Reporting & Regulatory Team and manages Landsong’s permitting requirements.

Melissa Watts

Melissa joined Landsong in 2023. Before coming to Landsong, Melissa completed her Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University where she specialized in bio-anthropology and participated in fieldwork in Portugal. At Landsong, Melissa conducts field archaeology year-round in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest, Coastal and Interior Plateau regions of British Columbia. Melissa’s fieldwork typically includes reconnaissance surveys, subsurface testing, archaeology site mitigation, and construction monitoring. Melissa also works in Landsong’s winter lab.

Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria and has been a consulting archaeologist since 2014. Rebecca worked at Landsong from 2014 to 2016 and from 2018 to the present. Rebecca has fieldwork experience in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest and Coastal regions of British Columbia. Rebecca is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team and leads the CORE clients project group. Rebecca also oversees Landsong’s winter lab and is a member of the Health & Wellness Team.

Robin Smith

Robin began working as an archaeologist in British Columbia in 2010 and joined Landsong as a Project Manager in 2023. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts with Honours in Archaeology from the University of Durham, where she completed a joint dissertation project with the Tor Vergata University of Rome. Robin is a Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia and manages field work in all regions of the province. She is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team.

Shona Polley

Shona is Landsong’s Chief Financial Officer. With over 30 years’ of accounting and human resources (HR) experience, Shona has been responsible for Landsong’s financial management and HR since 2018. Shona oversees and is responsible for all accounting processes, payroll, contracts and employee matters. Shona’s work is critical to project workflow, client support and quality assurance. Shona is also a member of Landsong’s Health & Wellness Team.

Thomas Schwab

Thomas has been an archaeology technician in British Columbia since 2010, working at Landsong from 2014 to 2015 and again from 2023 to the present. Thomas has extensive experience in fieldwork across British Columbia and works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments including winter testing, survey, and subsurface testing. He is responsible for helping to keep the field team safe by ensuring the safe operation of machinery including saws and off-road vehicles.