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Our Team

John is a senior ecologist with more than a decade of experience offering ecological and land management services to both the private and public sectors. His areas of specialization include: land securement strategies and negotiations; ecological land classification; and biological monitoring and surveying.

John Urquhart M.Sc., EP


John works effectively in all terrestrial and wetland ecosystems and he is one of Ontario’s leading experts on reptiles and amphibians. He is a certified butternut health assessor and ecological land classification practitioner.

John is also the Secretary-Treasurer of the board of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council. In addition to John’s comprehensive work in the ecological research and management sector, he also has extensive experience conducting conservation related outreach for a diversity of audiences including: industry professionals; conservation professionals; planners; consultants; scientists; naturalists; and other adults and children from a variety of backgrounds.

Monique Aarts

Conservation Biologist


Monique is an ecologist who graduated from the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Science (BAS) program of the University of Guelph with specializations in Biology and Geography. Monique attained a post-graduate diploma in Ecosystem Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College.


Monique’s experience includes evaluating aquatic and terrestrial habitat for natural heritage features and to collect, manage and interpret field data from aquatic and terrestrial habitats. She specializes in the inventory, monitoring, research and recovery of wildlife, particularly species at risk reptiles. Monique is conducting projects in river, wetland and upland habitats. Her other specializations include: grant writing, site mapping, and educational outreach. Monique has experience providing environmental educational presentations to campers, students, stewardship councils, and nature club members.

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