Staff

Partners

Robert MacDonald, PhD

Managing Partner

Robert I. MacDonald is an archaeological anthropologist with more than three decades of experience in the field of heritage management. He joined the staff of ASI in 1982, completed his PhD in Anthropology from McGill University, and is now accredited by the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). His experience includes the direction of hundreds of projects throughout Ontario involving all aspects of archaeological and cultural heritage.

Katherine Hull, PhD

Partner

Katherine Hull joined ASI in 2004 following the completion of her doctoral studies at the University of Toronto. Specializing in historical archaeology, she has directed and managed numerous archaeological assessments and mitigations in Ontario, in addition to extensive fieldwork in both Ireland and North America. Katherine is the Director of the Cultural Heritage Division and a project manager for Stage 3-4 historical site excavations.

Lisa Merritt, MSc

Partner

Lisa Merritt has been a practicing archaeologist in Ontario since 1996. As Director of the Environmental Assessment Division she currently oversees a team of dedicated staff from both our Toronto and Burlington offices, and is responsible for assessments stemming from federal, provincial and municipal infrastructure projects. She has directed dozens of archaeological surveys and excavations throughout Ontario.

Andrew Riddle, PhD

Partner

Andrew Riddle is the Director of ASI’s Mitigation Division, responsible for overseeing Stage 3 and Stage 4 archaeological mitigation projects. His responsibilities include senior project management, resource allocation, and quality assurance for all deliverables. Dr. Riddle is also Manager of Information Technology and is a lithic analyst, which was the subject of his doctoral studies from the University of Toronto.

David Robertson, MA

Partner

David Robertson has been with ASI since 1988 and has experience in all of the firm’s fields of business. As Director of ASI’s Planning Assessment Division he is responsible for the completion of green field and brown field archaeological resource assessment projects required under the Planning Act. He is Project Archaeologist for most of ASI’s projects in complex urban settings, as well as specialty planning studies related to cultural heritage.

Rebecca Sciarra, MA

Partner

Rebecca Sciarra is the Director of Business Development for ASI and also serves as a Senior Cultural Heritage Specialist on complex technical and planning studies. She has developed specific expertise in the application of heritage guidelines as part of the environmental assessment process in Ontario and heritage policy development, and has served as an expert advisor in this area for major municipal, regional and provincial proponents and clients.

Senior Associates

Dr. Williamson is founder of ASI and has over 40 years of field and administrative experience. He holds an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and MA and PhD from McGill University, all in Anthropology. He is also an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Toronto (Anthropology) and at Western University (Anthropology) in London and Chair, Board of Directors at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology at London. He has published widely on both Indigenous and early colonial Great Lakes history and is a recipient of the Smith-Wintemberg award of the Canadian Archaeological Association.

Deborah Steiss, MA

Debbie Steiss joined ASI in 1983 after completing a BA and MA in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. She is the principle lithic analyst for the Toronto office and directs several archaeological resource assessments throughout the province each year. As a Senior Associate and Senior Archaeologist, Debbie possesses invaluable management experience in finance, human resources, information technology, as well as laboratory and collections management systems.

Robert Pihl, MA

Robert H. Pihl is a retired ASI Partner and the former Manager of ASI's Environmental Assessment Division but will continue as a Senior Associate to work with the new EA team. His duties will include project management, report writing and property inspections, and he will continue to provide analysis skills for precontact ceramics.

Martin Cooper, MA

Martin Cooper has been involved in archaeology in Ontario for over thirty years. He received his Honours BA in Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario and his MA at the University of Toronto, where he is currently completing his PhD. He is a Senior Associate and Senior Archaeologist with the firm. Martin has served as Project Director on hundreds of single and multi-phased assessments and has directed many of ASI's archaeological assessments in northern Ontario.

Corporate Management

Greg Pugh

Director of Operations

Greg Pugh, Director of the Operations Division, is responsible for overseeing all the day to day operations at ASI, including administration, human resources, finances, laboratory and collections management, and information technology.  Greg received a BA (Hons) from University of Reading (UK) and an MA with Merit in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester (UK). He has worked in the Heritage Industry since 1993, dealing with both archaeology and cultural heritage, managing a wide variety of projects including those relating to EA and major infrastructure, as well as three World Heritage Sites.

Alexis Dunlop

Bioarchaeologist | Manager, Laboratory and Fieldwork Services

Alexis Dunlop works in the Operations Division. Alexis earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology from McGill University and her MSc in skeletal and dental bioarchaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, UK. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience as an archaeologist and bioarchaeologist.

Beverly Garner

Senior Archaeologist | Manager

Bev earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology from McMaster University. She has thirty years of experience as a heritage professional with ASI and holds the ASI designation of Senior Archaeologist. Bev now oversees all ASI's early stage archaeological assessment projects in the Planning Division, required under provisions of the Ontario Planning Act, in her role as department manager.

Eva MacDonald

Senior Archaeologist | Manager, Historical Archaeology

Eva MacDonald works in the Mitigation Division. Eva earned her BA (Hon) and MSc in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and holds the ASI designation of Senior Archaeologist. She has served as ASI's manager of historical archaeology since 2002. Eva is an acknowledged leader in Ontario's heritage resource management industry with thirty years of professional experience.

Annie Veilleux

Cultural Heritage Specialist | Manager

Annie Veilleux works in the Cultural Heritage Division. Annie earned her BA (Hon) in archaeology from the University of Toronto, her Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College, and her MA in interdisciplinary studies from York University. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over fifteen years of experience as a heritage professional, both in archaeology and cultural heritage. Annie also has experience in Indigenous engagement and she is fully bilingual in French and English.

Zeeshan Abedin

Archaeologist | Assistant Manager, Indigenous Engagement

Zeeshan Abedin works in the Mitigation Division. Zeeshan earned her BA (Hon) in Anthropology and Psychology from McMaster University and her MA in Museum Studies from the University  of Leicester, UK. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has been an active practitioner in heritage resource management for over ten years.

Andrea Carnevale

Archaeologist | Assistant Manager, Special Projects

Andrea Carnevale works in the Mitigation Division. Andrea earned her BSc (Hon) from the University of Toronto in environmental science and archaeology. She also received a Nuclear Energy Worker Certificate from McMaster University and a Radiography Level 1 Certificate from the Canadian Institute for NDE. Andrea holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience in archaeological consulting. In addition to archeometry and other special public outreach projects, she serves as a Project Manager for precontact Indigenous mitigation work.

Sara Cherubin

Senior Archaeologist | Assistant Manager, Indigenous Archaeology

Sara Cherubin works in the Planning Division. Sara earned her BSc (Hon) in archaeological science and biological anthropology from University of Toronto and her MSc in human osteology and funerary archaeology from The University of Sheffield, UK. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario. She has over ten years of experience as a Field Director on all types of sites in the northeastern US and Ontario and holds the ASI designation of Senior Archaeologist.

Caitlin Coleman

Assistant Manager | Communications

Caitlin Coleman works in the Business Services Division. Caitlin earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology and history from McGill University and her master's degree in museum studies (MMS) from the University of Toronto. She is cross-appointed to ASI's Laboratory and Fieldwork Services Department as Assistant Manager, where she utilizes her skills and experience in historical material culture and collections management.

Jonas Fernandez

Archaeologist | Assistant Manager, Fleet and Geomatics Specialist

Jonas Fernandez works in the Operations Division. Jonas earned his BA (Hon) in archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and his MSc in archaeological computing - spatial technologies from the University of Southampton, UK. He holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over 15 years of experience as a field archaeologist in Ontario and the UK.

Mary Fernando

Assistant Manager | Accounting

Mary Fernando works in the Operations Division. Mary earned her accounting credentials in Sri Lanka where she worked for over ten years in corporate finance. Since joining ASI in 2009 she has applied these skills in her primary role as senior-level bookkeeper. She also provides administrative support to the Director of Operations.

Lindsay Graves

Cultural Heritage Specialist | Assistant Manager

Lindsay Graves works in the Cultural Heritage Division. Lindsay earned her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from Wilfrid Laurier University and her MA in Conservation Studies (of Historic Buildings) from the University of York, UK. She also holds a post-diploma Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sandford Fleming College. Lindsay has over fifteen years of experience as a heritage professional, both in the UK and Ontario. Lindsay is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (CAHP).

Sarah Jagelewski

Archaeologist | Assistant Manager

Sarah Jagelewski works in the Environmental Assessment Division. Sarah earned her BA (Hon) in prehistoric archaeology and Near and Middle Eastern civilizations from the University of Toronto. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience as an archaeologist and heritage professional. Currently she coordinates and helps manage all ASI's early stage archaeological assessment projects required under provisions of the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Jennifer Ley

Archaeologist | Assistant Manager

Jennifer Ley works in the Planning Division. Jennifer earned her BA (Hon) in classics with minors in both archaeology and anthropology from McMaster University. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. Currently she helps coordinate and manage all ASI's early stage archaeological assessment projects required under provisions of the Ontario Planning Act.

Full-Time Staff

Lauren Archer

Cultural Heritage Specialist | Project Manager

Lauren Archer works in the Cultural Heritage Division. Lauren earned her BA (Hon) in archaeological anthropology from Trent University and her post-graduate certificate in arts administration and cultural management from Humber College. She is an experienced cultural heritage planning professional with over ten years of experience working in the heritage planning and historic conservation field.

Eric Beales

Archaeologist | Project Manager

Eric Beales works in the Planning Assessment Division. Eric earned his BA (Hon) from the University of Toronto majoring in prehistoric archaeology and architecture his MA from Trent University in anthropology. He holds an Applied Researcher archaeology license from the province of Ontario and has served as a Field Director on numerous archaeological assessment projects across the GTA.

Carol Bella

Archaeologist | Executive Assistant

Carol Bella works in the Operations Division. Carol earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology from the University of Toronto. An archaeologist with over a decade of experience, her current role is primarily in support of the Director of Operations.

Danielle Bella

Archaeologist | Administrative Assistant, Laboratory & Fieldwork Services

Danielle earned her BA (Hon) in archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to providing administrative support in our Laboratory and Fieldwork Services Department, Danielle also serves as an analyst for historical artifacts.

Robb Bhardwaj

Archaeologist | Field Director

Robb Bhardwaj works in the Planning Assessment Division. Robb earned his BA (Hon) and MA in classical archaeology from Brock University. He holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has worked as a field archaeologist and technical writer for ten years.

Michael J. Brand

Archaeologist | Technical Writer

Michael J. Brand works in the Environmental Assessment Division. Michael earned his BA (Hon) in archaeology from Simon Fraser University, an MA in archaeological anthropology from University of British Columbia and a PhD in archaeology from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Brand has over 20 years experience in consulting and academic archaeology in Ontario, British Columbia, and the Yukon. He holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario.

Eliza Brandy

Archaeologist | Project Manager

Eliza Brandy works in the Environmental Assessment Division. Eliza earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology from McMaster University and her MA in archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has experience in Ontario archaeological fieldwork, artifact analysis, and report writing.

Laura Burke

Archaeologist | Analyst, Laboratory & Fieldwork Services

Laura Burke works in the Operations Division. Laura earned her BA (Hon) degree in archaeological anthropology from the University of Toronto and her certificate in geographical information systems (GIS) from George Brown College. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. She has experience in archaeological fieldwork, artifact analysis, archival research, and report writing.

Andrew Clish

Senior Archaeologist | Technical Writer

Andrew Clish works in the Planning Assessment Division. Andrew earned his BES degree in geography from the University of Waterloo. He holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over twenty years of experience as an archaeologist and Field Director. In addition to his current role as Technical Writer, Andrew is cross-appointed to ASI's Geomatics Department and holds the ASI designation of Senior Archaeologist.

Karen Hansen

Archaeologist | Laboratory Coordinator, Laboratory and Fieldwork Services

Karen Hansen works in the Operations Division. Karen earned her BA in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from McMaster University. In addition to her role as coordinator of ASI's Burlington laboratory, Karen also serves as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations.

Jamie Houston-Dickson

Archaeologist | Technical Writer

Jamie Houston-Dickson works in the Planning Division. Jamie received a BA and MA from Trent University in Anthropology and Archaeology. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has worked as an archaeologist and Field Director for over seven years.

Johanna Kelly

Bioarchaeologist | Cultural Heritage Assistant

Johanna Kelly works in the Cultural Heritage Division. Johanna earned her BA (Hon) in anthropology from McMaster University and her MSc in anthropology from the University of Toronto. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience as an archaeologist, bioarchaeologist, and heritage professional.

Joel Konrad

Cultural Heritage Specialist | Project Manager

Joel Konrad works in the Cultural Heritage Division. Joel earned his BA (Hon) in history, with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies, from Brock University, his MA in history from the University of Ottawa, and his PhD in cultural history from McMaster University. He also holds a Professional Graduate Certificate in cultural heritage planning from the University of Victoria and has worked as a lecturer, researcher, and heritage professional in British Columbia, Rhode Island, USA, and across Ontario for over ten years.

Caitlin Lacy

Archaeologist | Project Manager

Caitlin Lacy works in the Planning Assessment Division. Caitlin earned her BA in anthropology from McMaster University. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has worked as an archaeologist and Field Director for over fifteen years.

Jessica Lytle

Archaeologist | Project Manager

Jessica Lytle works in the Environmental Assessment Division. Jessica earned her BSc (Hon) in anthropology and biology and her MSc in anthropology, focusing on bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, from the University of Toronto. She holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has worked as a Field Director with ASI for five years.

Brian Narhi

Historian

Brian Narhi works in the Planning Assessment Division. Brian earned his BA in classics, history and language from Brock University and his MA in classics, history and comparative literature from the University of Toronto. He has completed PhD-level graduate work in classical studies and comparative literature at the University of Toronto. Brian has over twenty years of experience as an historian and archival researcher, including over ten years with ASI.

Wesley Oldham

Archaeologist | Field Director

Wesley Oldham works in the Mitigation Division. Wes earned his BA (Hon) in anthropology from McMaster University. An archaeologist with over a decade of experience, he holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. Although experienced in all aspects of archaeological fieldwork, his particular area of expertise is in urban (brownfield) sites with complex stratigraphy.

Deborah Pihl

Archaeologist | Technical Writer

Deborah Pihl works in the Planning Assessment Division. Deb earned her BA in anthropology from Lawrence University, Wisconsin. She has over thirty years of field experience in all aspects of Ontario archaeology and holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. With many years of experience working on large-scale environmental assessment (EA) projects, Deb has developed specialized skills in the area of ecological archaeology and the preparation of large, complex reports.

Aleksandra Pradzynski

Archaeologist | Technical Writer

Aleksandra Pradzynski works in the Mitigation Division. Aleks earned her BSc (Hon) in anthropology from the University of Toronto. She holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience as a heritage professional. Currently she applies her skills as both a technical writer and an occasional Field Director.

John Sleath

Archaeologist | Cultural Heritage Assistant

John Sleath works in the Cultural Heritage Division. John earned his BA (Hon) in history and archaeology and his MA in anthropology from the University of Toronto. He also earned a certificate in foreshore and underwater archaeology from the Nautical Archaeological Society. He holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has ten years of experience as a heritage professional, both in archaeology and cultural heritage.

Douglas Todd

Archaeologist | Analyst, Laboratory and Fieldwork Services

Douglas Todd works in the Operations Division. Doug holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. A former award-winning journalist, Doug has over fifteen years experience as a heritage professional, both as a field archaeologist and materials analyst specializing in chipped lithics.

Blake Williams

Archaeologist | Geomatics Specialist

Blake Williams works in the Operations Division. Blake earned his BA in anthropology from Trent University and his MLitt degree with merit in professional archaeology from the University of Glasgow, UK. He holds a Professional-class archaeological license from the province of Ontario and has over ten years of experience as a heritage professional, both in the UK and Ontario. Blake's special areas of interest include battlefield archaeology, geophysical prospection, and geomatics.

Robert Wojtowicz

Archaeologist | Field Director

Robert Wojtowicz works in the Mitigation Division. Rob earned his BSc in anthropology from Lakehead University. An archaeologist with over ten years of experience, Rob holds an Applied Researcher archaeological license from the province of Ontario. His special areas of expertise include field archaeology, Late Woodland sites, and the analysis of pre-contact Indigenous ceramics.

Affiliates

Peter Carruthers

Senior Archaeologist

Peter Carruthers, Senior Archaeologist, received a BA in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and a MA in Archaeology from the University of Calgary. He served in the Ontario Ministry of Culture for 27 years before joining ASI.

Suzanne Needs-Howarth

Perca Zooarchaeological Research

Suzanne Needs-Howarth, Zooarchaeologist at Perca Zooarchaeological Research, holds a MSc in Anthropology from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the Biologisch Archaeologisch Instituut at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She analyzes pre-contact and Euro-Canadian period zooarchaeological remains, and is a member of the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre.

Andrew M. Stewart

Principal of Strata Consulting

Andrew M. Stewart, Principal of Strata Consulting, is a licensed professional archaeologist for the Province of Ontario. He holds a MSc in Physical Geography (geomorphology) from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Anthropology (Archaeology) from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research and cultural resource management experience includes southern Ontario and the Canadian Arctic. His geoarchaeological experience has focused on the early and mid-Holocene period of the Great Lakes.

Ruth Ward

Information Technologist

Ruth Ward, Information Technologist, has more than 25 years experience in IT management, support and administration for hardware and software, servers and workstations, networking and the internet.