Circle CRM Group– a team of experienced professionals

We are professional archaeologists who share a common mission: to protect and promote understanding of historic resources. We believe in a balance of practical growth and development while preserving our cultural resources for future generations. Through great teamwork and collaboration we deliver consistent, quality historic resource services that exceed our client’s expectations.

Meet our team of archaeology nerds!

Senior Management
& Permit Holders

Margarita de Guzman

Principal Archaeologist

Kristin McKay

Senior Project Manager

Jode MacKay

Senior Project Manager

Project Coordinators

Kyle Belanger

Senior Archaeologist
& Lead Project Coordinator

Amanda Wong

Assistant Project Coordinator & Field Archaeologist

Additional Permit Holders

Kimberly Jankuta

Project Archaeologist
(Interior BC, AB, SK, MB, YT, NT)

Braedy Chapman

Project Archaeologist (Interior BC)

Erik Johannesson

Senior Archaeologist (AB)

Sarah Woodman

Project Archaeologist (AB, SK)

Field Staff

Lucas Towstego

Field Archaeologist
& BC Field Supervisor

Kevin Haugrud

Field Archaeologist
& BC Field Supervisor

Matt Rawluk

Field Archaeologist
& AB Field Supervisor

Brooke Gerard

Field Archaeologist

Duncan Trippel

Field Archaeologist

Margarita de Guzman

Principal Archaeologist

Margarita has over 17 years of extensive archaeological experience and knowledge in all services related to historical resource consulting. She is an approved permit-holding archaeologist in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. Throughout her consulting career, Margarita has managed many large scale HRIAs and HRIMs, and recorded numerous historic resource sites. Her experience includes field assessments and mitigations for projects ranging from small-scale oil and gas to Class I pipelines and Forestry Management Areas, as well as infrastructure, power, residential/industrial subdivisions, and other developments in the private and public sector.

A graduate of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and Durham University (UK), Margarita holds degrees in both Archaeology and Economics. Her Masters studies involved relational artifact analysis of three sites in central Europe: Austria, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Upon completing her studies, Margarita spent 5 years working in Europe on a variety of archaeology sites including an Iron Age hillfort in Schwarzenbach, Austria, a complex Roman bath site in Grumentum, Italy and an Urartu fortress outside Yerevan, Armenia. Margarita also founded and co-directed the SVG Public Archaeology Program, a non-profit rescue excavation on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. With the help of a select team, she completed two seasons of public excavations.

Kristin McKay

Senior Project Manager

Kristin has over 17 years of archaeological experience, and is a qualified permit-holding archaeologist for BC (Interior Plateau and Sub-Arctic/Boreal Forest), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, and Northwest Territories. She has been responsible for all aspects of HRIA/AIA and HRIM work for small to large-scale developments throughout these regions. With extensive experience in GIS, Kristin is responsible for much of the mapping and desktop assessments conducted at Circle. Having earned an M.A. and M.Sc. applying GIS to archaeology, her masters thesis focused on the creation of a 3D model of the Lucanian site of Roccagloriosa in southern Italy and the Lunt Roman Fort near Coventry, England. Kristin also worked a number of years as an archaeologist in England, and has developed archaeological management and predictive models for large-scale operations in northern Alberta.

Jode MacKay

Senior Project Manager

Jode has over 17 years of archaeological experience, 12 of which have been spent in Alberta as a field archaeologist and site supervisor. He is a permit holder for the Interior Plateau in BC. Having worked in a variety of sites throughout Alberta, BC, Ontario, Jordan and the Caribbean, he is highly knowledgeable in diverse archaeological assemblages. In 2011/2012, he had the opportunity to be Field Director for the SVG Public Archaeology Program on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. From May to November, he can be found at our seasonal office in Williams Lake, leading our BC team throughout the Cariboo and the Kootenays. When it comes to huffing it through the forest, he can’t be beat.

Kyle Belanger

Senior Archaeologist & Lead Project Coordinator

Kyle has 15 years of archaeological experience in Alberta and Manitoba and extensive experience in archaeological survey and mitigation in a variety of environmental zones: the Montane Cordillera, Boreal Forest, Plains, Parkland, and the Canadian Shield. Kyle holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Winnipeg and has also dabbled in palaeontology. When he’s not busy studying past remains, Kyle spends his free time in the backcountry of the Canadian Rockies.

Amanda Wong

Assistant Project Coordinator & Field Archaeologist

Amanda is a junior field archaeologist with a BA from the University of Calgary; she has also participated in excavations in Poland and the Yukon. She initially joined Circle as a GIS practicum student, but we’ve decided to keep her forever! Amanda is a valuable asset to our GIS initiatives; she’s already created two predictive models and is working on more. Amanda periodically escapes the office into the field and is proving she can keep up with the big dogs. Fun fact: She loves wild blueberries.

Kimberly Jankuta

Project Archaeologist

Kimberly has 9 years of experience in cultural resource management in western Canada. She is a permit-holding archaeologist in BC (Interior Plateau), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and Northwest Territories and a Field Director for the Sub-Arctic/Boreal Forest of BC. With a B.A. from the University of Alberta and an M.A. from the University of Trent, Kimberly has a wide range of skills that are applicable to any and all impact assessments. Her true love is arctic archaeology so we’ll be throwing her into the northern Boreal as often as we can!

Braedy Chapman

Project Archaeologist

Braedy is an experienced field archaeologist with 8 years of cultural resource management experience in Alberta and the Interior Plateau of BC. He has worked on a variety of sites in BC, Alberta, Yukon Territory, and Italy. Braedy is a permit-holding archaeologist for the Interior Plateau of BC and spends the majority of the field season with the BC crew in the Cariboo and the Kootenays. Braedy also runs through blocks at high speed–must be something to do with his avid fencing practise.

Erik Johannesson

Senior Archaeologist

Erik is a seasoned archaeologist with over 16 years of experience in North America and internationally including Egypt, Mongolia, Russia, Greece, and the United States. Erik holds a Ph.D in Archaeology from the University of North Carolina and has worked in a teaching capacity at both University of North Carolina and Pacific Lutheran University in Washington. Now he can inundate us with his knowledge and expertise in Alberta. Recent lessons include how not to travel with your laundry detergent in an unlabelled bag, and how to survey with a broken rib.

Sarah Woodman

Project Archaeologist

Sarah has over 10 years of experience in cultural resource management in western Canada. She is an approved Field Director for the Interior Plateau and the Sub-Arctic Boreal Forest of BC and an approved permit-holder for Alberta and Saskatchewan. She has worked on large excavations and large-scale HRIAs and in various sectors as an assistant and supervisor. Most recently, Sarah finished her Masters degree, investigating Writing-on-Stone through the use of D-Stretch. When Sarah is not out in the field, she’s tuning into some heavy metal (her favourite music genre) or doing some classical East Indian Dance.

Lucas Towstego

Field Archaeologist & BC Field Supervisor

Lucas is a field archaeologist with a BA double major in Anthropology and History from the University of Victoria. Based on Vancouver Island, field school found him investigating clam gardens. But when Circle discovered him in 2013, he left the clam gardens and became a field supervisor on our BC team. We think he’s having more fun with us. Fun fact: Lucas loves CMTs!

Kevin Haugrud

Field Archaeologist & BC Field Supervisor

Kevin has gained vast and varied archaeological experience in the last 6 years, working on numerous assessments and excavations in the Boreal/Subarctic, Parkland, and Prairie regions of Alberta. Kevin has also acted as a field supervisor in the Interior Plateau and Sub-Arctic Boreal Forest of BC, and is working towards permit-holding status in these regions. When not in the field, you can find Kevin skiing, fishing, canoeing, or doing some other crazy outdoor sport. Apparently, archaeology just doesn’t get him outside enough. He’s also a national dance champion and Prince Rupert’s newest resident.

Matt Rawluk

Field Archaeologist & AB Field Supervisor

Matt has over 6 years of experience in CRM, having worked on numerous surveys and excavations in BC and Alberta. He is currently completing his MA at the University of Saskatchewan, tackling spatial problems presented by the lack of stratified deposits in the Boreal forest. He also has a horseshoe up his #*! – the first site he ever discovered contained a microblade. That site was subsequently named the Rawluk Site. What a claim to fame! Fun fact: he found two points during shovel testing last season.

Brooke Gerard

Field Archaeologist

Brooke is a field archaeologist with 4 seasons of field experience including mitigation and survey in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. A graduate from the University of Calgary, Brooke has been working in CRM since her university days. Brooke is quite possibly the happiest person on earth; she has a great attitude and she snaps into action whenever quads, argos, rhinos or people get stuck.

Duncan Trippel

Field Archaeologist

Duncan joined Circle’s BC team in 2015, straight out of Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Richmond, BC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology. His great attitude, e ciency and ability to learn quickly have made him a valued member of our team. It only took us three seasons to get a photo of him!