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Based in beautiful Victoria, BC, we’re a team of environmental scientists, programmers, and geospatial experts drawn from government, academia, and the private sector. Our secret sauce is a blend of scientific knowhow and entrepreneurial innovation. Above all, we care about the environment, and supporting people across multiple sectors in responsible decision-making about our air, land and water.

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We often say that Foundry Spatial is its people. What we mean is that the talent, experience, and dedication of these colorful characters is what has made Foundry the most innovative environmental consultancy in North America, and the company best prepared to help you meet your data visualization needs. We always find a way to get the job done right, and this page is a good window into why that is…

Leadership

Ben Kerr, B.Sc., P.Ag.

Ben Kerr, B.Sc., P.Ag.

Managing Partner and COO

Ben Kerr founded Foundry Spatial in 2009 with a goal to help people leverage data to make more informed decisions. What started as a consulting practice, led into a specialized software company as client demands multiplied. Initial investments in foundational technology designed to solve internal project data compilation, analysis and reporting challenges have evolved into water decision support tools now covering more than 1.5 million km2 of western North America.

Ben collaborates with globally renowned scientists to combine engineering and scientific methods with live streams of data, and communicate results in responsive web-based tools that are simple to use and easy to understand. He has been a core team member of projects that have been recognized with major awards from the Premier of British Columbia, and Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He has steadily grown Foundry Spatial to employ 10 highly qualified personnel on Vancouver Island, and leads data science and software development teams that develop and maintain knowledge systems that provide more than $30 million of value to the Canadian economy each year.

Born and raised in Victoria, BC and a Geography graduate of the University of Victoria, Ben is a Professional Agrologist. Prior to starting Foundry Spatial, he worked for several years in resource development with the Province of BC and in environmental and engineering consulting practices.

Tim England, Ph.D., P. Geo.

Tim England, Ph.D., P. Geo.

Managing Partner and CEO

Tim England joined Foundry Spatial in 2018 to guide its transition from an innovative technology start-up to a major global provider of on-demand information for a sustainable future, in response to the increased global demand for real-time, critical environmental information. Foundry Spatial is expanding to reach markets across North America and overseas, deploying its expertise in helping government, industrial, and public stakeholders with resource stewardship, planning, and policy development.

An accomplished professional geoscientist, Tim has spent more than three decades working in resource assessment, exploration, and development projects spanning the American continents, Europe and Asia in technical and senior executive roles. Since 2009, Tim has been consulting to international energy companies and co-founded a private exploration company, providing him with abundant small-company experience in corporate management, administration, and raising investment capital. Today, Tim brings his deep understanding of geological processes, an enthusiasm for applied natural sciences, and strong business background to his new role at Foundry Spatial.

Tim holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Geological Sciences from the University of British Columbia, a Ph.D. in Earth Science from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and he attended the Ivey Executive Development Program at the University of Western Ontario.

Foundry Spatial Team

Hailey Eckstrand
Hailey Eckstrand

Spatial Data Scientist
A dance of science and data

Manuel Garcia-Melgares
Manuel Garcia-Melgares

Operations Coordinator
Trail running Specialist

Duncan MacKenzie
Duncan MacKenzie

Full Stack Developer
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Nathan Myhre
Nathan Myhre

Full Stack Developer
Master Googler

Sina Shabani
Sina Shabani

Data Scientist
Data πrate

Chris Tooley
Chris Tooley

Full Stack Developer
「ソフトウェア侍」

Chris Webb
Chris Webb

GIS Specialist
Dungeon Specialist