Michael holds a MSc. in plant ecology from the University of Alberta and has eight years of experience rebuilding native ecosystems. His background is in Environmental Biology (BSc), where he specialized in wetlands. His efforts run from designing the ecosystems with other professionals (e.g., engineers), to work ensuring successful ecosystem rebuilding in the field, laboratories and greenhouses. Michael’s on site capabilities include assessing the landscape, soil, water, ecology and other ecosystem aspects that will support plant communities. Michael’s greenhouse work experience includes both basic plant production and scientific green house studies. Both have required his time manipulating moisture, soils, fertilizers and other variables to produce plants.


Michael's Role: 

Michael, oversees all steps in plant production from field material collection until it is processed in a laboratory. Michael also collects material (seeds and vegetation) to prepare and grow new individuals from. He carries out the majority of data analysis, reporting and design work. Many industry and academic partners have been involved in collaborations with him. Michael has co-authored scientific and technical papers about organizations adapting sustainability practices, invasive species diversity, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, and rebuilding native ecosystems.

Sascha Bachmann

Sascha holds a MSc. in forest biology and management from the University of Alberta and has three years of experience assessing native vegetation and conducting IPM site care. His background is in forest management (BSc) with exposure to biodiversity conservation management, forest and wildlife management, and landscape development for recreational use. At the University of Alberta, he gained experience in ecological restoration through applied research. He focused on vegetation and forest regeneration assessments and designed a forest floor protection plan. Prior, he assisted in investigations of succession and re-establishment of Alberta native wetland communities. Sascha is a certified applicator and strives to broaden the IPM practices and manage invasive species control more efficiently and sustainably.


Sascha's Role:

Sascha is a CES vegetation ecologist and field operations manager. Sascha is involved in conducting field assessments, vegetation installation and care, and applied scientific research. This includes data collection, statistical analyses, presentations, and reporting. He also designs site specific Integrated Pest Management plans, executes and supervises weed control as required for CCC and FAC applications. He works with Michael in project planning and evaluation, as well as communicating and publishing of results.

Daniel Adams

Daniel Adams obtained a diploma in conservation and restoration ecology from Lakeland College and a B.Sc. in environmental and conservation sciences from the University of Alberta. His specialty is revegetation monitoring and land reclamation. He continues to learn and grow in the environmental sciences industry field and currently participates in an EcoCanada internship.



Daniel is involved in various aspects of CES operations. He provides support in greenhouse operations through maintenance and vegetation care. As a Field Technician, Daniel works with the Field Supervisor and field crews to install and maintain successful establishment of vegetation on sites. Additionally, he helps Sascha with the execution of weed control through the Integrated Pest Management plans.  He is also involved in CES research projects at the Desrochers site in SW Edmonton. Research involved field data collection and assessment of biomass and soils in different soil biochar treatments in a storm water management facility.

Alison Wilson

Alison (P.BIT) is an ecologist and environmental scientist, specializing in native Alberta vegetation and land reclamation. She holds a MSc. in Land Reclamation and Remediation from the University of Alberta and has five years experience assessing vegetation and wetlands across Canada. Her background is in environmental science and biology (BSc.) focused on exploring the influence of tidal creek networks on wetland vegetation colonization in a macro-tidal system in Nova Scotia. At the University of Alberta, she gained experience in applied research exploring the effects of fertilizer, biochar, and shelter treatments on native vegetation growth on a recently reclaimed coal mine. Alison is a Registered Biologist in Training through Alberta Society of Professional Biologists.


Alison's Role

Alison is a principle researcher in the R&D division at CES. Her current project involves exploring the optimal level of biochar application in a storm water management system, specifically in relation to maximizing native vegetation establishment and investigate storage of soil organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous in plants and soils to a level that can significantly reduce downstream pollutant water flow. This research involves conducting field assessments, vegetation installation, data collection, statistical analysis, project development, and scientific communication and writing.

Dawn Watts

Dawn has a combined lifetime of living in both Alberta’s prairies and the foothills so she is familiar with many native species in their natural environments. She took soils and forage crops courses at Olds College as well as public relations and marketing, enabling her to bring people and plants together. Dawn has close to 15 years hands on experience with gardening, greenhouse propagation and landscaping. Her specialty is wild edibles and medicinals which has prompted her to start her own business, Medieval Manor Gardens. Dawn has a strong sense of community and constantly looks for news to engage with likeminded people to work together in a mutually beneficial relationship.


Dawn's Role

Dawn’s focus with CES is plant production involving stratification, propagation, and most importantly monitoring and tracking. She is currently revising the inventory system to facilitate the translation of scientific knowledge for nursery operations. She also helps with developing new guidelines for staff training and public relations.