Our Team


Michelle Cotton

Michelle Cotton

- President / Sr. Environmental Scientist

Michelle Cotton, P.Ag. is the President & Founder of Solstice with over 25 years experience helping clients understand, manage and reduce their environmental liability.

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Dee Patriquin

Dee Patriquin

- Sr. Environmental Scientist

Dee is a Project Manager and Senior Environmental Scientist with over 25 years of experience. She is an interdisciplinary scientist with expertise in environmental policy development, wildlife biology and conservation area management.

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Catrina Duffy

Catrina Duffy

- Project Manager / Technical Advisor Environmental Scientist

Catrina is a specialist in plant ID (experienced in Carex species), soil classification, and contaminated site assessments. Graduating in 2007 brings her plenty of experience in the environmental industry including research in reclamation and forestry.

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Ian Basford

Ian Basford

- Technical Services Group Manager

Ian is the Manager of the Technical Services group with over 40 years of experience in GIS and software development.

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Johnathan Potter

Johnathan Potter

- Environmental Scientist

John specializes in vascular and non-vascular plant ID, bryophyte and peatland ecology, and soil classification. He has been working in the industry of environmental consulting, research, and education since 2007.

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Brennan Jones

Brennan Jones

- Drone Manager/Program Development

Brennan is a program developer & drone manager with over 7 years’ experience at Solstice. He is passionate about innovation and R&D and always looking for a fresh way to solve challenging problems.

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Amy Bergunde

Amy Bergunde

- GIS Specialist / Environmental Scientist

Amy is a GIS Specialist and Environmental Scientist with a background in wildlife and fisheries conservation. Amy joined the Solstice team in 2010 and shortly thereafter found her passion for GIS, database management, and mapping.

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Stephanie Comparelli

Stephanie Comparelli

- Project Manager / Environmental Scientist

Shortly after graduating in 2005, Stephanie began work at Solstice. She is a Project Manager and specializes in contaminated site assessment at large/active upstream oil and gas facilities. Her responsibilities include overseeing and conducting field work, and safety/ground disturbance management.

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Cynthia Cotton

Cynthia Cotton

- QA/QC Manager / Senior Environmental Scientist

Cynthia is a Senior Environmental Scientist who has been working in the Forest and Energy sector for over 20 years and has been with Solstice since 2004. She most recently managed the development of the company’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control Program.

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Michelle Foster

Michelle Foster

- Safety Advisor / Environmental Scientist

Michelle is a Project Manager and Safety Advisor for Solstice. Since graduating in 2004, Michelle has gained experience with corporate safety management, various assessments, remediation, reclamation, wildlife surveys and data management programs.

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Renate Andersen

Renate Andersen

- Project Manager / Environmental Scientist

After graduating in 2008, Renate joined the Solstice Team. As Project Manager, she conducts and manages contaminated site assessments, remediation/reclamation programs, soil monitoring programs, and spill response for large and small projects.

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Erin Taylor

Erin Taylor

- General Manager

Erin is the General Manager at Solstice. She is responsible for the accounting, human resources, contract/project management and is a key contributor to financial/strategic planning and business development.

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Jenet Dooley

Jenet Dooley

- Environmental Scientist

Jenet is a scientist and research specialist with a diverse background in ecology and engineering. She brought her unique expertise to the Solstice team in 2016.

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