Principal Partner, Environmental Planner

Impact Assessment | Negotiations | Community Planning

Somia is a Certified Environmental Professional (EP) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP), specializing in Impact Assessment, Community Engagement, and Conflict Transformation informed and inspired by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Her sectors of experience include community development, renewable and non-renewable natural resources, and transportation and infrastructure development.

Somia's portfolio includes: negotiations, strategic communications, project management, environmental permitting, impact assessment, impact benefit, revenue sharing, and/or resource agreements, monitoring and evaluation, socioeconomic assessments, social programming, capacity building, risk evaluation, and development and execution of engagement programs.

Somia's research interests are in the areas of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), and psychosocial barriers to reconciliation.

Conor SmithMSc MCP MCIP

Associate Planner

Land Use Planning | GIS Analytics | Socioeconomic Research

Conor is an Associate Planner specializing in land use planning and community engagement for policy, infrastructure, and physical development projects. With experience providing services in Manitoba, Ontario, and Alberta, Conor keeps a diverse professional portfolio of projects servicing municipalities, provincial organizations, Indigenous communities, private firms, and individual clients.

He has provided his expertise in strategic public and stakeholder engagement to support development permitting, community visioning and capacity-building, and collaborative options and alternatives assessments. In the area of land use planning, Conor has experience in socioeconomic research and demographic profiling, housing needs assessment, lifecycle cost analysis, land use projection and needs assessment, and renewable and non-renewable resource development.

He has supported these projects with skills in design and visual communication to produce display boards, advanced layouts for reporting, project notification, and graphics; and geographic information system (GIS) mapping to produce existing and preferred land use figures, site plans and conceptual mock-ups, and to conduct development capability studies and other spatial analysis applications.

Heather WebbB.Env.St. EPt

Environmental Planner

Qualitative Data Analysis | Community Engagement | Impact Assessment

Heather is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. Heather holds a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, majoring in Environmental Assessment and minoring in Indigenous Studies. Through academic coursework, Heather has obtained technical knowledge in areas of environmental assessment, sustainability, natural resource law and policy, and Indigenous community development. Heather has a background in environmental monitoring of hydroelectric developments, environmental programming and event development, and environmental reporting.

Heather has a passion for meaningful and empowering community engagement, environmental stewardship, and rollerblading. Her work at Narratives includes conducting traditional knowledge and story-based interviews with Indigenous communities, qualitative data analysis of interviews through MAXQDA, and impact assessment report writing. She is also a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment, ECO Canada, and the Wildlife Society Manitoba Chapter. Heather has a love for the outdoors and spends her free time rollerblading and hiking within Manitoba's parks.

Eden KleinB. Env.Sc. Hons (Cand.)

Environmental Planner

Qualitative Data Analysis | Visual Communications | Sustainable Development

Eden is an Environmental Planner specializing in Impact Assessment and Community Engagement. With demonstrated skills in qualitative data analysis, design and visual communications, and technical reporting, she has supported a variety of projects related to areas including transportation and infrastructure development, natural resource extraction, community planning and development, capacity-building, education and training, environmental permitting, and impact assessment. Her work with Narratives involves conducting traditional land use studies, facilitating engagement activities, analyzing qualitative data, and generating environmental reports.

Eden is currently completing an Honours degree in Environmental Science, specializing in Environmental Assessment and Indigenous Studies. Through her academic coursework, Eden has obtained technical knowledge in areas of natural resource management, sustainable development, green building and design, and environmental legislation. Her thesis investigated the potential for impact assessment to be used as a tool for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

Alrika Rojas
Alrika RojasB. Env.Sc. EPt

Environmental Planner

Environmental Advocacy | Community Engagement | Socioeconomic Research

Alrika is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc. with a keen interest in environmental advocacy and trauma-informed community engagement. Through her work at Narratives, Alrika has had the privilege of working with several Indigenous communities in assisting with traditional land use and socio-cultural impact assessment studies.

Day to day operations at Narratives keeps Alrika busy with a variety of tasks including conducting community interviews, performing qualitative data analysis, and specialized report writing. With a strong interest in the community health and wellness aspects of planning, Alrika is building her knowledge in the field of mental health awareness and support through furthering her education.

A highly motivated individual with a variety of communication and research skills, Alrika is outspoken in her passion for environmental justice and sits as a member of the board of the civil society organization Prevent Cancer Now. Alrika loves to volunteer her time in her community and enjoys dividing her free time between building knowledge through reading and spending time with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Claire Woodbury
Claire WoodburyB.Sc.

Environmental Planner

Community Engagement | Impact Assessment| Qualitative Data Analysis

Claire is an Environmental Planner with Narratives Inc., coming from the field of science education and public engagement. Educated at the University of Manitoba, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a minor in Anthropology.

Claire has over ten years of experience in communication and public engagement, developing educational programs and interpreting natural environments in national parks, museums and organizations across Manitoba. With Narratives, Claire works with engaging communities through public events, social media and innovative programs. She also assists with impact assessment and the resulting data analysis.

Outside of work, Claire volunteers for various organizations and causes, including advocating for environmental policy at the federal level. She enjoys reading, travelling and getting out in nature.

Hillary BeattieB.A. (Hons) M.Env. M.C.P. (Cand.)


Community Planning | Filmmaking | Climate Change Adaptation

Hillary Beattie is a Planner with Narratives Inc. She is currently finishing a Master of City Planning degree at the University of Manitoba.

Hillary has worked on documentary films and research projects focused on environmental sustainability. In 2018, she completed a Master of Environment degree at the University of Manitoba. As part of her thesis, she worked on a participatory film project about Indigenous cultural resurgence with the Heiltsuk Nation of Bella Bella, British Columbia. She has also worked on climate change adaptation projects with First Nations communities in Alberta.

Hillary is very interested in community engagement, sustainable development, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. She is a student member of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Jennifer McWilliams
Jennifer McWilliamsBA

Projects and Office Administrator

Executive Administrative Support | Logistics Coordination | Project and Event Management

Jennifer has expertise in public relations, problem solving, conflict resolution and investigation with over 15 years in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. Graduating from the University of Manitoba she holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Political Studies.

Jennifer is fully bilingual in English and French with excellent experience communicating with individuals from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Her work with Narratives includes providing administrative support to the team including organizing events, handling travel logistics and managing general office organization.

Jennifer enjoys running, cycling and reading books involving political intrigue.

Desirée Thériault
Desirée ThériaultBEnvD MLArch MALA CSLA

Environmental Planner and Landscape Designer

Landscape Architecture | GIS Analytics | Visual Communications

Desirée Thériault is an Environmental Planner and Landscape Designer with Narratives Inc. As a Métis designer with a Masters in Landscape Architecture, Desiree grounds her work in Indigenous social, cultural and spiritual resurgence, as well as environmental vitality.

Her experience lies in engaging communities through resilient place-making, ecological assessment, representation, and spatial justice. Throughout her thesis work, Desiree looked to uncover the role of landscape architecture in responding to gender-based violence and social recovery – working alongside MMIWG2S families to deconstruct colonial spatial practices throughout Winnipeg.

Desirée's work with Narratives includes supporting landscape design and visioning, GIS analytics, traditional land use studies, community plans, impact assessments, graphic communication, and place-making.

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