Chair / Principal
Is a founding partner of InterGroup Consultants. He has over forty-five years of experience consulting on resource and regional economics project challenges across Canada, including: expert testimony before rate and environmental review regulatory authorities in several jurisdictions, including Manitoba, Yukon, Newfoundland, Ontario and Saskatchewan; strategic planning counsel to the Yukon Energy Corporation since 1987 on resource planning, development of specific major generation and transmission projects (LNG displacement of diesel generation, Mayo B Hydro Enhancement, and Carmacks-Stewart Transmission), and ongoing rate regulation reviews; socio-economic team leadership on multidisciplinary management teams working for Manitoba Hydro and its partnerships with First Nations to complete environmental assessment and planning for hydroelectric generating stations in northern Manitoba (Wuskwatim, Keeyask, and Conawapa).
Other experience includes socio-economic and environmental assessment and related public consultation for several uranium mining projects in northern Saskatchewan, economic and strategic planning for downtown redevelopment projects in Winnipeg (The Forks; North Portage development), strategic planning and assessment of liquid fuels development opportunities from biomass (methanol), and participation in negotiation of compensation agreements for First Nations impacted by past hydro developments (Tsay Keh Dene First Nation and Kwadacha First Nation). Mr. Osler holds a Master's degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University.
When he is not on the job, Mr. Osler enjoys attending theatre and the symphony, reading, and family vacations traveling abroad. Mr. Osler and his wife were recently featured in an article in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra newsletter as they participated in a tour of Russia promoted by the Symphony.
President / CEO
Has worked at InterGroup Consultants for over 20 years. Mr. Osler has experience coordinating environmental assessment processes, including socio-economic assessments and public participation programs and undertaking financial and economic analysis for public and private sector ventures in western and northern Canada. He has been the Principal on recent socio-economic impact assessments for projects in northern Saskatchewan. Mr. Osler holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Sheffield.
Mr. Osler is a member of the International Association for Impact Assessment as well as the International Association for Public Participation. He recently retired as from the board of St John Brebeuf School where he had acted as co-chair since 2008 and is currently a director of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He enjoys spending time with his family and is active in recreational soccer, both as a player and youth/senior coach.
Principal and Consultant
Has over ten years of experience in utility regulation and socio-economic effects assessment. Mr. McLaren’s utility regulation experience includes preparing utility revenue requirement applications, cost-of-service and rate design studies and economic analysis in support of capital project planning.
Mr. McLaren has prepared numerous regulatory filings before utility tribunals, including providing expert testimony before the Manitoba Public Utilities Board. Mr. McLaren’s socio-economic effects assessment projects have included designing and implementing field research programs and preparing environmental assessment reports for a variety of public and private sector clients. Mr. McLaren has also provided expert advice related to costing models and rate proposals for recycling and stewardship programs across Canada. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.
Since 2004, Mr. McLaren has served on the Board of Directors of Film Training Manitoba, a non-profit organization providing training services to the film and television industry in Manitoba. He has served terms as Board Chair, Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. He completes his term as Past Chair with the organization in 2014. Andrew also enjoys running and cross-country skiing.
Principal and Consultant
Joined InterGroup in 2005 and has experience in regulatory processes related to rate regulation, environmental assessment and permitting and development activities.
Ms. Pollitt-Smith has helped to prepare and defend a number of rate applications for Yukon Energy Corporation, as well as intervenor filings in utility-related hearings in Manitoba and other jurisdictions. She has also assisted with preparation of environmental assessments and other regulatory filings for Yukon Energy Corporation (including preparation of Yukon Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment Board Project Proposals, and Yukon Territorial Water Board Licence Applications), and has been involved in three major Manitoba Hydro environmental proceedings before the Clean Environment Commission (Wuskwatim, Bipole III, and Keeyask).
Ms. Pollitt-Smith has assisted Yukon Energy Corporation in a range of resource planning activities, including preparation of its latest 20-Year Resource Plan, regulatory filings for three separate Yukon Part 3 review processes to review the need for and justification of major energy projects (transmission, hydro, and LNG) designated as regulated projects under the Yukon Public Utilities Act, and negotiations related to Purchase Power Agreements with major industrial customers, Project Agreements with First Nations and other contracts and agreements related to projects.
Ms. Pollitt-Smith holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the University of Manitoba.
Kristin Kent Drewes
Principal and Consultant
Has worked at InterGroup Consultants since 2005. Ms. Drewes has experience assessing the potential socio-economic impacts of resource development projects, including designing, implementing, and coordinating research programs, identifying potential impacts, mitigation and enhancement measures for affected communities, consideration of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge throughout the process, and with regulatory submissions. She also has experience developing, coordinating, and participating in public involvement programs for a range of projects. She has worked on projects for a number of clients, including the Community Vitality Monitoring Partnership Process, Manitoba Hydro, Cameco Corporation, KGHM Ajax, the City of Winnipeg, Yukon Energy, among others. She holds a Master's degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Manitoba.
Ms. Drewes is an active member of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Canada, and sat on the national Board of Directors from 2013-2015. In addition to having competed nationally and internationally in dragon boating, she is a yoga practitioner and instructor. She enjoys spending weekends with her young family, along with their two retired racing greyhounds.
Principal and General Manager
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2006 and after a few years of consulting took on the role of General Manager in 2008. She is responsible for a wide range of activates including internal resourcing, budget control, contracting, IT, office management, and strategic planning. Most recently she has also taken on the Finance Manager responsibilities.
Prior to entering into her administrative role Ms. Connon was a Research Consultant focused on utility regulation including the preparation of regulatory filings for Yukon Energy Corporation’s 20-Year Resource Plan (2006) and Power Purchase Agreement Hearing for Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Project (2007). She was also involved in providing support and analysis for two Northern British Columbia First Nations related to the effects from major hydroelectric development. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba.
Ms. Connon’s time away from work is busy as she has two young children. She enjoys cross-country skiing, running, swimming, travel, and spending time at the family cottage.
Principal and Consultant
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2009. He has experience performing technical and economic analysis, preparing evidence for utility regulatory filings, such as General Rate Applications, in multiple jurisdictions. As well, Mr. Mahmudov has experience in development projects support, where the process requires working with environmental regulatory agencies for the implementation of a project. He has worked on projects for Yukon Energy Corporation, Northwest Territories Power Corporation, and Qulliq Energy Corporation. Before joining InterGroup Consultants, Mr. Mahmudov worked at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Mr. Mahmudov currently represents InterGroup at the Energy Services Alliance of Manitoba. He enjoys spending time with his family and is the proud father of three boys.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2019.
Gaylen joined InterGroup Consultants in 2021 and has over 20 years experience in environmental consulting. Ms. Eaton's previous work includes environmental impact assessment and resource inventories specializing in Indigenous land and resource use, the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) development and management, climate change monitoring and adaptation, and capacity building in partnership with First Nation communities. She is highly experienced at research program development and implementation, planning mitigation and monitoring, and social impact assessment. Ms. Eaton holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Management, an advanced GIS diploma, and certificates in public engagement, adult education, impact assessment and an Environmental Professional (EP) designation from EcoCanada.
For fun, she likes to build and has constructed a variety of structures including a timber frame pavilion, a greenhouse, a log cabin and is currently running out of land doing so. Her kids are now mostly grown but she enjoys spending time with them at the family cabin along with gardening, cooking, hiking and volunteering.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2009. Mr. Najmidinov provides support for utility rate regulation and quantitative support for socio-economic research and analysis. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Economics from Fergana State University in Uzbekistan.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2011. Dr. Olson provides support for socio-economic research and analysis. She holds a Doctorate in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2012. She provides support for socio-economic research and analysis and public involvement programs. Ms. Blouw holds a Master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Manitoba.
Jeff joined InterGroup Consultants in 2020. He has held progressively senior roles in a diverse range of firms over his 15 year career and has served as the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) where he was accountable for the delivery and performance of the annual General Rate Application proceeding before the Manitoba Public Utilities Board (PUB).
Before his time in the auto insurance field, Mr. Crozier's career focused on electricity rate regulation, and competitive wholesale and retail electricity markets. He has served as a consumer advocate in Alberta representing the interests of small consumers before the Alberta Utilities Commission, and conducted market surveillance and analysis of the wholesale and retail electricity markets in Alberta and the Western Interconnection. Mr. Crozier holds a Master of Arts in Economics from McGill University, with an emphasis on cost benefit analysis and game theory.
A father to three young boys, his family time is always busy whether on skis, in his home woodworking shop, or at the cottage.
Mitch Braun joined InterGroup Consultants in 2016. Mr. Braun provides support for utility rate regulation, socio-economic research, and environmental assessment. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and a Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Manitoba.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2013. She has 15 years experience conducting and supervising field investigations for heritage resource impact assessments within Manitoba and Ontario. Before joining InterGroup Consultants, Ms. Flett worked as an Archaeologist and Data Manager at Northern Lights Heritage Services. She holds a Masters of Arts (Archaeology and Heritage) degree from the University of Leicester.
Ms. Flett is a member of the Saskatchewan and the Ontario Archaeological Societies, and the Canadian Archaeology Association. She has been an active member of the Manitoba Archaeological Society since 2007 and is serving as Past President.
Archaeologist / GIS Technician
InterGroup Consultants in 2018 and has been practicing archaeology for 10 years. Mr. Szot
has experience in archaeological survey and excavation in Ontario and British
Columbia. He has experience with GIS in both an academic and consulting
environments. Mr. Szot is presently a Masters Candidate at the University of
Saskatchewan, where he is focusing on historic fur trade archaeology.
Mr. Szot is a member of the Manitoba, and Saskatchewan archaeological societies, as well as a the Canadian Archaeological Association and the Association of Manitoba Archaeologists. He is currently serving as 1st Vice President of the Manitoba Archaeological Society.
Archaeologist / Curator
Kayleigh joined InterGroup Consultants in 2021. Ms. Speirs is an archaeologist and museum professional and has nine years of experience in culture and heritage resources management and museum curation. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies: Northern Environments and Cultures from Lakehead University. Ms. Speirs is experienced in collections care and management, exhibit design and curation, educational programming, project management, budgeting and financial reporting, strategic planning, grant writing, and social media and marketing. She is passionate about community-driven projects and working with individuals and communities to help them preserve and share their stories.
Ms. Speirs is an active member of the Ontario and Canadian Museum and Archaeology Association’s and has been a part of the CAC-ACCR’s Reconciliation Working Group since 2020.
Ashley joined InterGroup Consultants in 2017. Ms. Daciuk is a professional archaeologist with over eight years’ experience ranging from Pre-European Contact, Fur Trade, osteological, and Manitoba military archaeology. She has experience in both public archaeology and cultural resource management. She has been involved in archaeological investigations in both southern and northern Manitoba, and southern Ontario. She holds a Bachelors of Arts Honors (Anthropology) degree from Brandon University.
Ms. Daciuk is a member of the Manitoba Archaeological Society where she is currently serving as Secretary.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2017. Mr. Khasanbaev provides support for utility rate regulation, socio-economic research, and project management. He holds a Diploma (MA) in Finance of Enterprises from the Andijan Institute of Engineering and Economics, Andijan, Uzbekistan, and a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), Tokyo, Japan.
Joined InterGroup in 2018.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2021.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2021.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2021.
Has over 15 years of working experience in the Administrative Department. Ms. Gordon attained an Administrative Assistant Diploma with Honours. She has advanced training in Adobe Acrobat Pro, Word, Excel, Endnote, InDesign, Effective Supervision, and has attended management and supervisor conferences.
Ms. Gordon specializes in document management, including tracking matrices, formatting documents such as Environmental Impact Assessments, community working papers, Requests for Proposals, General Rate Applications and Interrogatory Responses for hearing processes.
Ms. Gordon is also involved in InterGroup's month-end invoicing processes and supervises InterGroup's Administrative Team.
Ms. Gordon played a key role in the production of the Bipole III Transmission Project, as well as the Keeyask and Conawapa Generating Station Projects.
In her spare time, Ms. Gordon enjoys kickboxing, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2011.
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
Joined InterGroup Consultants in 2019.
Has been with InterGroup Consultants since 1998. Mr. Bowman provides expert advice and support for utility project development and economic assessment, rate regulation and cost of service in a number of jurisdictions across Canada. Major clients include the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, Yukon Energy Corporation, Yukon Development Corporation, Utilities Consumer Advocate of Alberta, the Manitoba Industrial Power Users Group, and the Industrial Customers of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. Mr. Bowman has also provided support in preparing resource plans and managing project environmental assessment and licensing processes. He holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba.
Denis De Pape
Has spent over 30 years providing consulting services for corporate, government, and NGO clients across western and northern Canada.
He specializes in the socio-economic aspects of major resource development projects, including project specific socio-economic policy and program development, aboriginal engagement, best practices research, socio-economic impact assessment, post project evaluation and monitoring, support for negotiation of compensation and impact benefit agreements and mentoring of socio-economic specialists. Other specialities include sustainable development policy and programs, economic evaluation and case studies of projects, program review and evaluation, public/stakeholder engagement programs and facilitation of complex multi-stakeholder processes. For six years, Mr. De Pape served as an environmental policy analyst for Manitoba Hydro, contributing to the development of new environmental, sustainable development and aboriginal engagement initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba.
Mr. De Pape has been a member of the International Association of Public Participation Practitioners, Interprovincial Association for Aboriginal Employment as well as a Certified Management Consultant. He has served or currently serves on the Board of Directors of three local environmental NGOs and has facilitated numerous strategic and priority setting workshops for local NGOs. During the past fifteen years, he taught graduate courses in natural resource and environmental economics/ policy at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba. For more than 20 years, Mr. De Pape coached youth soccer and basketball and was active with school parent committees and his local community club.
Has been at InterGroup Consultants since 2005. Ms. LeBlond has experience in socio-economic impact assessment (including heritage resources) and project management related to a range of projects and clients. Key projects include the Keeyask Generation Project for Manitoba Hydro, where she was the Team Leader for the socio-economic impact assessment; and the Mayo Hydro Enhancement Project (Mayo B) and Carmacks-Stewart Transmission Line Project for Yukon Energy Corporation. Project management experience has focused on developing and managing multi-million dollar budgets and work plans related to resource development projects. Before joining InterGroup Consultants, Ms. LeBlond worked as a Coordinator and Environmental Research Manager for other companies. She holds an MA in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Environmental Management from Lakehead University.
Ms. LeBlond is a Provisional Member of the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Member of both the International Association for Impact Assessment and the International Association for Public Participation. She is a long-time member of the St. Andrews River Heights United Church hand bell choir, as well as a local book club. She also enjoys cross-country skiing, scrapbooking and travel to various parts of the world.