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Services for Indigenous Communities

In all MSES projects, learning is a two-way street. The traditions and wisdom that guide cultural knowledge and sensitivities are every bit as informative as the intentions of development and scientific findings.

For over fifteen years, MSES has helped communities across Canada understand, be involved in, and make decisions about their traditional lands. The tools and services we offer include environmental monitoring, third-party reviews, landscape change analysis, mapping, land-use planning, and ecological teaching & training.

Collaboration and Teamwork


Braiding Traditional and Western Ways of Knowing

We work with highly capable and enthusiastic experts to drive meaningful change in environmental science and Indigenous knowledge integration. Serving as a scientific arm to our clients with a focus on fostering shared knowledge, values, and intentions. We strive to champion meaningful and culturally-respectful resource management that supports balanced decision-making, driving beneficial outcomes and elevating performance for all parties involved.


  • Technical scientific support when engaging in discussions and decisions related to the environment.
  • Technical support & representation before, during, and after meetings when land and resource decisions are being discussed and made.
  • Assisting with technical and environmental negotiations and agreements related to development projects.
  • Credible and defensible testament and evidence, given on your behalf, during regulatory hearings for proposed projects.

Third-party Reviews. Environmental Assessments. Landscape Change Analysis. Regional Planning.


Canadian Oil Sands Third-Party Reviews

McClelland Lake Wetland Complex Advisory Group

Canmore Development Technical Wildlife Assessments

Canadian Oil Sands Consultation & Industry Relations Support

Jasper Caribou Recovery Consultation

Fish eDNA and Fish Habitat Assessments

Regional Land Use Planning & Landscape Change Analysis

Character and Qualifications


We take great pride in our consistent reputation for scientific excellence that transcends work sectors, divergent interests, and continents.

Mikisew Cree First Nation

“You never lost focus of our issues and main concerns. Your analytical approach is the strongest tool that we ever had in addressing the volumes of technical information that industry and government expose us to… Thank you for your objective and personal support.”

Goodman & McDougall Associates Ltd.

“Thank you for teaching me so much about the biology of the local area and the importance of connectivity. … I appreciated your diligence and support on Environmental Committee issues,… and you took the time to explain them in layman’s terms.”

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper

“I… was so impressed by the thoroughness of your review, as well as the simple language you were able to use in explaining some complex elements of the… application. The report is very informative and accessible!”

Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation

“Dr. Komers has worked with the ACFN and other First Nations in the region for a number of years. He’s a highly respected and regarded advisor in our community.”

Developing a Vision of Land Use

Regional & Environmental Planning

Understanding the balance between socio-economic, cultural and environmental tradeoffs in land use management is important for making informed land use decisions. With our scientific data driven analyses, we assist our clients in developing a vision for the sustainable use of the landscape.

Assessing cumulative effects requires understanding the big picture from a number of smaller puzzle pieces which reflect numerous smaller projects across a landscape. 

Experts You Can Rely On

Our Core Team

Dr. Petr Komers

Dr. Petr Komers

Founder | Ecologist

Dr. Petr Komers has led ecological assessments in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia and Africa. As part of his 20+ years of working experience he has worked with proponents, governments, stakeholders and NGOs. 

Dr. Brian Kopach

Dr. Brian Kopach

President | Ecologist

Dr. Brian Kopach is a broadly trained ecologist with over ten years of academic research and resource management experience in ecosystems across western and northern Canada. He has led and assisted with research and conservation related projects for public and private sector organizations

Dr. Sheri Gutsell

Dr. Sheri Gutsell

Plant Ecologist

Dr. Sheri Gutsell is a plant ecologist with interests in plant population and community ecology. Over the past 17 years, she has worked as a scientific advisor and technical reviewer for various Indigenous communities across Canada on a wide variety of industrial and infrastructure development applications.

Kaitlin Gargus, BSc

Kaitlin Gargus, BSc

Environmental Scientist

Ms. Gargus’ current focus is on supporting research, report building, and project administration. She has experience leading and training environmental DNA programs in an attempt to monitor fish presence and evaluate fish habitat throughout central Alberta.

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