Our Team

Aleesha Bakkelund

Aleesha has been an archaeologist at Landsong since 2014 and is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology with Honours at Simon Fraser University and holds a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Toronto. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Aleesha is a Project Manager and a member of the Artifact & Collections Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team, and the Safety & Operations Team.

Aryn Giesbrecht

Aryn joined Landsong in 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg. She is a Field Supervisor in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia. Aryn conducts archaeology assessments and facilitates traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Aryn is also a member of Landsong’s Artifacts & Collections Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team, and the Safety & Operations Team.

Avery

Avery joined Landsong in 2022. Avery is a mechanical engineer with experience managing technical projects in a variety of settings. Avery completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) at McMaster University in 2014 and a Master of Applied Science (Mechanical) at McMaster University in 2016. Avery is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team, and the Quality & Workflow Team.

Barry Mierau

Barry joined the Landsong team in 2009. Barry is an archaeological assistant with experience in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest, Interior Plateau, and Coastal regions of British Columbia. Certified by Canada Safety Council, Barry trains field workers on the safe use of mobile equipment and the use of concrete saws. Barry works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments and facilitating traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Barry is a member of Landsong’s Safety & Operations Team and works in Landsong’s winter lab as a member of the Artifacts & Collections Team.

Beth Hrychuk

Beth is the Chief Operating Officer of Landsong. She formerly owned Landsong for 24 years (1998 to 2022). Beth holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from Brown University, Rhode Island. Beth is a Permit Holder and Field Director throughout both British Columbia and Alberta. In addition to conducting fieldwork and providing guidance to crews, Beth’s responsibilities include oversight of financial operations, client engagement, business development, human resources, and office operations.

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Corey has been working as an archaeologist since 2012 and joined Landsong in 2021. Corey completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Corey has fieldwork experience in the Coastal and Interior Plateau regions of British Columbia. As a member of Landsong’s Mapping & GIS Team, Corey is responsible for cartography, GIS analysis, and spatial data management. Corey specializes in the production of predictive modelling for the location of archaeological potential and sites.

Eric Orr

Eric has been working as an archaeologist since 2011 and joined Landsong in 2012. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Eric is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region and has fieldwork experience in the Interior Plateau region of British Columbia. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Eric is a member of the GIS and Mapping Team and is also a key technical writer within the Regulatory & Reporting Team, with experience producing Interim and Final Archaeological Impact Assessments, Traditional Land Use reports and Desktop Reviews.

Erin MacLennan

Erin has been working as an archaeologist since 2011 and joined Landsong in 2021. Prior to joining Landsong, Erin was an Archaeological Inventory Officer at the BC Archaeology Branch. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Erin is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Interior Plateau region and has fieldwork experience in the Coastal region of British Columbia. Erin is part of Landsong’s Reporting & Regulatory Team, the Project Management Team, the Artifacts & Collections Team, and the Quality & Workflow Team.

Gay Stastiuk

Gay joined Landsong in 2014 as an archaeological assistant, bringing with her many years of fieldwork experience in Northeastern BC. Gay works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments and traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. She is also a member of the Artifacts & Collections Team and helps run Landsong’s lab processing frozen subsurface tests in the winter months.

George Brons

George joined Landsong as a consulting archaeologist in 2010 after completing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and English at the University of Alberta. George is a Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region of British Columbia and is eligible for Permit holding status. George is responsible for leading and conducting archaeological fieldwork and facilitating traditional land use studies with Indigenous community collaboration. George is a member of Landsong’s Artifact & Collections Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team and the Safety and Operations Team.

Jason Weiss

Jason has been working at Landsong since 2021. With a background in forestry and having completed a Journeyman Electrician ticket through the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, he has recently opted for a career change and is now an archaeological assistant gaining fieldwork experience throughout British Columbia. Jason is a member of Landsong’s Safety & Operations Team and works in Landsong’s winter lab as a member of the Artifacts & Collections Team.

Ken Schwab

Ken has worked as an archaeologist since 1996, working at Landsong from 2004 to 2008 and 2014 to the present. Ken completed a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University and a Forensic Studies Post-Graduate Certificate at Mount Royal University. Ken is a Field Director and Permit Holder throughout British Columbia and has an extensive background and knowledge of British Columbia archaeology. Ken works year-round on Archaeological Impact Assessments and facilitating traditional ecological knowledge field assessments with Indigenous community collaboration. Ken is part of Landsong’s Project Management Team and the Safety & Operations Team.

Lap-Kwan

Lap has been working as an archaeologist since 2012 and joined Landsong in 2016. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Anthropology from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology with a Cultural Resource Management Certificate from Simon Fraser University. Lap is a Permit Holder and Field Director throughout British Columbia. In addition to conducting fieldwork, Lap is a Project Manager and a member of Landsong’s Health & Wellness Team.

Marina McCaffrey

Marina has been working as a consulting archaeologist at Landsong since 2011. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Mesolithic studies at the University of York. Marina is a Permit Holder and Field Director in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest region and has fieldwork experience in the Coastal region of British Columbia. Marina is a member of Landsong’s Reporting & Regulatory Team, the Quality & Workflow Team and the Finance & Administration Team.

Rebecca Doyle

Rebecca has been working as an archaeologist since 2014, and has been a member of the Landsong team from 2014 to 2016 and from 2018 to the present. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Victoria. Rebecca has fieldwork experience in the Subarctic/Boreal Forest and Coastal regions of British Columbia. Rebecca is a member of Landsong’s Project Management Team, the Reporting & Regulatory Team, and the Health & Wellness Team.

Shona Polley

With over 29 years of bookkeeping experience, Shona has been the Financial Administrator at Landsong since 2018. Shona is responsible for accounting processes, payroll, contracts and human resources. Shona’s work is critical to project workflow and quality assurance. Shona is also a member of Landsong’s Health & Wellness Team.