Changes are coming to ASI!

Meyer's Spring Rock Art by Richard Rulander

Friends and colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know of exciting developments happening at ASI over the coming year.

Since our incorporation in 1980, we have enjoyed many successes as a company, acquiring a vast portfolio of interesting projects from our valued clients and earning recognition as innovators and leaders in heritage resource management. We pride ourselves in employing talented, experienced individuals and we recognize that the backbone of our organization is our diverse specialists. With this solid team behind us, and with many new and exciting challenges on the horizon, the future for ASI has never looked brighter.

With the company in such a strong position, the current partnership team has seized the opportunity to reduce their involvement and pass the torch to a new team under my leadership. So, after 36 years, Dr. Ronald Williamson will be stepping back from his role as Managing Partner, and Deborah Steiss, Robert Pihl and Martin Cooper will also be stepping back from their roles as Partners. This move has been orchestrated through a multi-year transition process that is allowing the current partnership team to train and mentor the new team and then assume new active roles with ASI going forward.

The ownership of the company will officially transfer to the new team on October 1, 2016.

I will be become the principal shareholder of ASI and assume the role of Managing Partner. Joining me will be a team of five new partners, chosen in recognition of their outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of heritage resource management and to our business. It gives me great pleasure to announce the five members of my new partnership team, as follows:

Katherine Hull, PhD has been with ASI for 11 years and is currently Acting Manager of the Cultural Heritage Division and Manager of Historical Archaeology for the Environmental Assessment Division.

Lisa Merritt, MSc owned and operated her own archaeological consulting company prior to joining ASI. She is currently the Manager of Environmental Assessment Projects (East) in the EA Division.

Andrew Riddle, PhD has 13 years industry experience at ASI primarily managing infrastructure and renewable energy development projects throughout the province. He is currently the Manager of Environmental Assessment Projects (West) in the EA Division.

David Robertson, MA has been on staff at ASI since 1988 and is currently the Manager of ASI’s Planning Division with a specialty in complex archaeological assessments and mitigations in both green- and brown-field contexts.

Rebecca Sciarra, MA, CAPH is ASI’s Manager of Business Development was previously the Manager of the Cultural Heritage Division. She has many years of experience in both private and public cultural heritage sectors and specializes in cultural heritage policy development and cultural heritage landscape conservation.

I am honoured by the endorsement of my leadership by both the current and new partnership teams and consider it a privilege to have them all by my side as we begin a new chapter at ASI, maintaining the core values which have served us so well and exploring new ways to extend our commitment to heritage resource management. We look forward to sharing our passion with you as this transition unfolds over this and the coming years.

Yours sincerely,


Robert I. MacDonald, PhD, RPA
Assistant Managing Partner

*Photo of Meyers Spring Rock Art (Where the ASI logo originates from) by Richard Rulander @ Rock Art Foundation, Texas.