Research Director - Al Mattes (BA, BFA, BSc - Botany)Al has constructed plant and bacterial based remediation systems for removal of heavy metals from soil and water. In addition to a thorough understanding of the principles and operational capabilities of all phases of phytoremediation he has developed a detailed understanding of the role of bacteria in remediation processes. He has worked extensively in the area of restoration of acid damaged soils and has successfully restored areas that have been impacted by smelter emissions using phytostabilization techniques. His current research interests are directed on bacterial removal processes that remove high concentrations of arsenic from groundwater. Results of his work have been presented at major conferences in Canada and the US. Clients include: Northern Water, Environment & Training Services (Winnipeg), Teck Cominco Metals Limited (Trail BC), Elevated Wetlands (Lethbridge, Alberta and Toronto Ontario), Sherritt Mining (Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta), Symbios Restoration, (Smithers BC).
Research Consultant - Bill Duncan (MSc - Fresh Water Biology)
has an extensive background in mining and fresh water pollution biology.
A background in metal assaying and an understanding of metal chemistry
are significant additional skills. This diverse knowledge base are
important to the expertise that NATURE WORKS
offers. He has long been an advocate for the use of biologically
based systems for remediation of many environmental issues and he pioneered
the use of pulp mill residuals as a remediation treatment for acid-damaged
Design and Construction Consultant - Jim Hall
is an expert in all phases of equipment operation, a master mechanic and
a specialized equipment designer. With 25 years experience in mechanical
construction for industrial purposes, Jim ensures efficient and effective
logistical implementation in transferring research planning to any field
Wetlands Consultant - Jim Higgins (Ph.D - Chemical Engineering)
of Ecological Engineering for Jacques
Whitford, and Manager of Ecological Engineering
& Special Projects at Jacques Whitford Environment Limited at its
Oakville (Toronto), Ontario office. With 25 years experience he offers
expertise in the environmental, mining, petrochemical, energy and oil
& gas industries and has up-to-date technical expertise in several
areas of chemical, environmental and ecological engineering. He is project
manager of several ongoing bioremediation and phytoremediation projects
including a full scale hybrid poplar, aspen and willow site for remediation
of hydrocarbon-contaminated soils and groundwaters, and a major heavy
metal phytostabilization/phytoextraction project. He has designed facilities
for and is project manager of several constructed wetlands projects, including
one of the largest sub-surface flow constructed wetlands projects in the
world for treating contaminated runoff from a major international airport.
Microbiology Collaborator - Doug Gould (Ph.d - Microbiology) CANMET-MMSL
Dr. Gould is an active research scientist that is currently employed at Natural Resources Canada's CANMET-MMSL labs in Ottawa. This federal government facility is active in mine and smelter site reclamation research. Dr. Gould works on a collaborative basis with Nature Works and has an active research project examining biological removal of arsenic using test facilities in Trail and in Ottawa. He is an expert in the microbiology of bacteria that are useful in metal removal processes. An expert in anaerobic bacteria he has many years experience working with metal removal using bioremediation processes, including biofilms, anaerobic digestion and rhizofiltration. He has published 36 papers in scientific journals, holds 4 patents and has published 40 other articles (book chapters, review articles and conference proceedings). He has given technical courses in South America (Brazil, Argentina and Chile), as well as throughout North America. He has also worked in research laboratories in Singapore and Japan.
Microbiology and Remediation Consultant - Jack Adams (Ph.d - Microbiology)
Dr. Adam's education and research background is in molecular and applied environmental microbiology and civil and environmental engineering. Hereceived his Ph.D. from Utah State University, Logan, UT. He has worked for the State and Federal government and industry in the environmental biotechnology field for 24+ years. He headed both U.S. Army and U.S. Bureau of Mines Biotechnology Programs and Founded and Directed the Bioremediation Center at Weber State University.
a founder, President, and Vice President of Research & Development
of Applied Biosciences, Salt Lake City, UT through 2003 – one of
three spin-off businesses from the Bioremediation Center. Currently, he
has ‘Research Professor’ Appointments at Weber State University
in the Department of Microbiology and at the University of Utah in Civil
and Environmental Engineering. Under these two appointments he is pursuing
additional projects in Acid Drainage and metal removal. Jack is CEO of
Bioremediation and Bioprocess Consulting, LLC which has established a
collaborate partnership with Nature Works of British Columbia, CA to expand
and enhance economical treatment of passive and semi-passive acid drainage
and metal removal from various environments.
and Marketing Consultant - Rob Stephens (Ph.D. Chemical and Materials
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