GIS and Environmental Consultant, Amahoe Services
Findlay MacDermid (Fin) graduated in 2004 with a degree in environmental science and geography from Lakehead University. His interest in mapping and cartography drew him to the oil and gas sector in Calgary where he played a number of roles in a small exploration company and gained invaluable experience in areas such as environmental legislation, First Nations relations, and geomatics.
In 2008, Mr. MacDermid formed a company, now called Amahoe Services, to work for First Nations as an independent consultant focusing on traditional land use information and how best to use it within the regulatory process. In 2009 he enrolled in the Ecosystem Biogeochemistry Graduate program at Trent University where he had the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally recognized scientists on water issues. His graduate thesis focuses on airborne trace metal emissions from the Fort McMurray region with an emphasis on the potential impacts in Saskatchewan (only 100km from Fort McMurray).
Mr. MacDermid's current research interests focus on the large-scale, long-term impact of industrial development on the northern environment. Environmental monitoring is a key part of understanding these impacts, and helping First Nations engage with these monitoring programs is one of his passions.