Staff

Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services is majority Aboriginal-owned. We seek to maximize the personal and professional development of all our staff. Our team members are passionate about providing top-quality service. Please use the e-mail links below to contact individuals, or call our office during business hours to speak with one of our qualified employees.

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TMECS is led by both owners; Robert Williams, a Ktunaxa Nation Member residing on the St. Mary’s Reserve, with extensive archaeological experience and cultural knowledge. 

 
ian pictureIan Tamasi (BSc, RPCA): Ian has been working in the field of archaeology in the Kootenays since 2003, involved with cultural resource management in the forestry, hydro-electric, mining and residential sectors.  Ian has been employed by Tipi Mountain since the incorporation of the company in February of 2011; assisting with management of day to day operations and fieldwork. Prior to permanently moving to the East Kootenays, field experience was gained in Alberta starting in 1998 through involvement in a variety of academic and CRM projects including: a Paleo-Indian to middle period site at Lake Minnewanka (Banff), a middle to late period bison pound site in Fish Creek Provincial Park (Calgary), various oil sands development and large scale excavations in the Little Bow Reservoir basin (S. Alberta). Education includes a BSc in archaeology and BSc in Physical Geography both from the University of Calgary (2001). Besides fieldwork, Ian has a keen interest in Public Archaeology, educating youth (of all ages) about the region’s fascinating pre-contact history. Contact Ian via email at ian@tipimountain.com

Picture1Wayne Choquette (BA, MA Candidate): Wayne is a Senior Archaeologist with Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services. For more than 40 years, he has been involved as an independent scholar, consultant, and educator in all aspects of heritage resource management with a focus on the upper Columbia River drainage area of Canada and the US. Wayne has extensive experience with multiple / integrated land and resource management within a broad range of institutional settings. This has included preparing archaeological overview and impact assessments and stewardship plans, directing large and small scale excavation projects, developing and implementing avoidance, mitigative and monitoring studies, and conducting archaeological workshops for a wide range of professionals of other disciplines. Contact Wayne at wayne@tipimountain.com

Andrea Thompson (BSc, MSc): Andrea has been employed as an archaeologist at Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services since January 2012 and is currently a permit holding archaeologist. She received her bachelors and masters degrees in anthropology and archaeology at the Université de Montréal. Her primary academic research focus is Eastern Arctic zooarchaeology (Palaeoeskimo period). Andrea has been involved in field work and research, in both the private and public domains, in a variety of cultural settings and diverse regions in Canada including the Arctic (Nunavik), interior and southern Quebec, coastal Nova Scotia and southeastern BC. Contact Andrea at andrea@tipimountain.com

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Jacob Liddy (BA): Jacob graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in anthropology and has been working as a consulting archaeologist since 2011 in British Columbia’s Northwest Coast, Interior Plateau and Subarctic/Boreal Forest Regions. He has worked on a variety of small and large scale projects, ranging from excavation of coastal and interior archaeological sites, to helicopter assisted survey of large resource tenure areas. Jacob joined TMECS in 2013, is a recognized Permit Holder for the Interior Plateau. When he’s not working, Jacob loves to spend time outside enjoying the great outdoors. Contact Jacob at jacob@tipimountain.com

 SebastieSeb Bugaboon Martinez (Dipl. Comp. Sci., Dipl. Env. Mgmt) GIS Technician: With a background in Computer Science and Environmental Management, Sebastien has provided natural resources GIS services in the East Kootenays for the last 5 years. At Tipi Mountain Eco-Cultural Services Ltd. he is responsible for all aspects of data acquisition, quality control, conversion, editing, and digitizing, as well as map production and database management. Contact Sebastien at sebastien@tipimountain.com

Besides the above mentioned senior level staff, TMECS has a highly experienced and enthusiastic pool of First Nations field technicians to round out the team. TMECS is committed to providing employment opportunities and career advancement for First Nations, and actively encourages the continuation of formal education with the goal of achieving permit holding status.

If you think that you would like to be a part of the team please contact us or view our job postings. We are always looking for talented and passionate people to help the company grow.