January 2021 - Kelly deCaux, Peace River (District 1)

What are your areas of practice? What is your expertise?

Environmental impact assessment and mitigation planning - Land negotiations, leasing and dispositions. However; Regulatory support and consultation is the area of practice where the majority of my career has been focused. 

Why did you choose the career in which you are currently?

I love the outdoors and getting paid to work in some of BC’s most beautiful watersheds on Watershed Restoration projects looked like a good career direction for me.  

Why did you decide to become a member of BCIA?

Early in my environmental career a professional designation was a decision between BCIA and BC Biologists. At the time Biologists of BC didn't have the Biologist’s Act; therefore, with all the 1990's results-based legislation, the decision was not a difficult one. I have never regretted my career path towards my PAg designation and/or my longstanding membership with and in BCIA.  

What do you do in a typical work day or week?

Over my 25+ year career my typical work weeks have changed alot, which is how I like it. I am at the top of my game when I find myself saying “it is never boring”. Currently my position at Roy Northern has a mentor, advisor, and business development focus. My weekly volunteer time mostly belonging to BCIA also; as the Peace Articling Coordinator and also a BCIA Professional Development (PD) Auditor, when I am completing 4 or 5 Annual PD Audits, it feels alot like a second job. I don’t mind giving back to an institute, which has been very good to me.

Please share some interesting bonus "perks" and experiences of your previous or current work.

Remote access field work; by helicopter and/or driving hours from any town, into some of the most amazing watersheds in Western Canada, has always been the biggest perk for me.