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

Managing Director
(Permit Holder AB, SK, YT, NT)

Kristin McKay

Senior Manager, AB Operations
(Permit Holder Interior & SA/BF BC, AB, SK, YT, NT)

Jode MacKay

Senior Manager, BC Operations
(Permit Holder Interior BC)

Michael Turney

Senior Archaeologist
(Permit Holder AB, SK, MB, YT, NT)

Matthew Moors

Senior Archaeologist
(Permit Holder AB, SK, MB, YT, NT)

Michael Ross

Project Archaeologist (BC)

Alexandra Burchill

Project Archaeologist
(Permit Holder AB, SK, MB)

Anthony Russell

Project Archaeologist
Permit Holder AB

Shannon Wright

Project Archaeologist
(Permit Holder AB, SK, NT)

Field Directors & Supervisors

Jennifer Gainer

Field Director (BC)

Brooke Gerard

Supervising Archaeologist

Ewald Van Rooyen

Supervising Archaeologist

Tyler Statz

Supervising Archaeologist

Tristan Flotre

Supervising Archaeologist

Maegan Huber

Supervising Archaeologist

Project Coordinators

Kyle Belanger

Senior Archaeologist
& Lead Project Coordinator

Amanda Wong

Assistant Project Coordinator,
GIS Specialist & Assistant Archaeologist

Meg Simper

Technical Coordinator & Assistant Archaeologist

Assistant Archaeologists

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Field Archaeologists

Margarita de Guzman

Managing Director

Margarita has over 18 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 18 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 18 years of archaeological experience, 13 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.

Michael Turney

Senior Archaeologist

Michael brings over 20 years of experience in the historic resource management and heritage resource consulting field, two B.Sc degrees (in Archaeology and Geography), and a M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary to the table. Michael has held over 140 archaeological permits within Alberta alone. Michael has a broad base of knowledge spanning ancient prehistoric technology, early Euro-Canadian culture material, and the historic built environment. Besides his extensive background in Alberta archaeology, Michael’s past work experience includes archaeological investigations in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, Northern Ontario, Idaho, Missouri, Panama, and numerous islands in the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean. He has had a long and active interest in rock art, having visited most rock art sites outside of Writing-on-Stone before he completed his undergraduate degree. He has recently just co-authored a paper on the presence of Vertical Series and Foothills Abstract rock art at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. Michael worries that he isn’t fun but in is his spare time you might find him practicing martial arts, reading a book, hiking in the backcountry (without a shovel), or exploring an ancient skill that has not been practiced for several 100 years.

 

Matthew Moors

Senior Archaeologist

Matt brings two decades of experience to the Circle team, having worked in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories in a wide range of environmental zones. His Masters research involved the analysis of distribution patterns of tipi rings and other sites near medicine wheels in southeast Alberta, and, notably, he led the excavations of the Hardisty Bison Pound and an associated campsite  that was determined to be among the most important Avonlea sites on the Northern Plains. Matt has led excavations of over a 1,000 square metres in Alberta, and probably participated in 1,000 more. We are excited to have him join our team as he works on his Ph.D., and we’re hoping he brought his luck with him! Fun fact: he doesn’t like winter archaeology. But who does?!

Anthony Russell

Project Archaeologist

Anthony is originally from Vancouver, and recieved his PhD from the University of Glasgow in 2011. He has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Scotland and Canada. Within Canada, Anthony has worked in BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. He has recently become a permit-holder for Alberta, and holds an R-License for Ontario. He would like to work at least once in the Yukon or Northwest Territories, as he has a body designed for winter weather. His research interests include globalization, the Mediterranean Bronze Age, and the material culture components of identity formation. In his spare time, Anthony is a self proclaimed sub-par gamer, a neophyte cider maker, a world-class cider consumer, and a fan of several failing sports franchises. He has two cats, one dog, and a bunch of fish. Fun fact: he has an irrational hatred of salad forks.

Alexandra Burchill

Project Archaeologist

Alexandra began her consulting archaeology career in 2014. She is a permit-holder in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba and has participated in HRIAs, HRIMs and large-scale mitigations. Alexandra also has experience carrying out traditional land use assessments with First Nations and managing Indigenous consultation for provincially led developments. She obtained her Masters in Environmental Studies from Lakehead University, focussing on determining the presence and/or absence of the Three Sisters (maize, beans, and squash) from Middle Woodland archaeological components in northern Minnesota. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys reading and playing board games so we know she’ll be a perfect fit here. Fun fact: Alexandra assisted in excavations at the ancient city of Tel Beth-Shemesh in Israel.

Shannon Wright

Project Archaeologist

Shannon is a permit holder in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, with extensive field experience in both survey and excavation in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut and the North West Territories. She has also worked in Jordan, and completed an M.Sc. in Archaeology with merit at the University of Edinburgh. Fun facts: she used to sell jade! She also enjoys knitting, reading and writing fantasy in her spare time.

Michael Ross

Project Archaeologist (BC)

Michael Ross has 18 years of experience working in consulting archaeology in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and the Yukon, and is both a Permit holder  and qualified field director in British Columbia (Interior Plateau, Sub-Arctic/Boreal Forest, and Coastal regions). Michael has participated in and/or directed numerous AIAs for forestry, oil and gas, hydroelectric, mining, infrastructure, transportation, and land developments throughout BC, has held a permit for a proposed mine expansion in the Yukon, and has participated in additional excavation projects in Idaho, Baja California, and Baja California Sur. When not working, Michael enjoys being outdoors hiking, snowboarding, and gardening. So basically, he loves his job!

Brooke Gerard

Supervising Archaeologist + Culture Champion

Brooke is a field archaeologist with 7 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. She has recently returned to school to do her masters through Simon Fraser University. 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. Because of this, she has been designated Circle’s Culture Champion, ensuring morale is always high and our staff are always happy.

Ewald van Rooyen

Supervising Archaeologist

Ewald is an established archaeologist with over seven years of experience across western Canada, having participated in numerous surveys and excavations in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan Ontario, and New Brunswick. A graduate of the University of Calgary, Ewald is multi-lingual and is multi-talented; he makes his own soaps and is an avid woodworker. If you ever want to learn what it would be like to live as a Victorian, ask Ewald in English, German, or Afrikaans.

Jennifer Gainer

Field Director (BC)

Jennifer brings 7 seasons of archaeological experience to the team. She received her B.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary and has completed extensive archaeological survey and mitigation throughout, BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, as well as the Northwest Territories. Jennifer has recently become an Interior Plateau field director! Congrats Jenn!  Jennifer’s reputation for getting things done when things go wrong, jumping into action to repair your Argo or your spirit, make her an asset to any field crew. In her spare time, she enjoys training for half marathons and eating ice cream, sometimes at the same time. You can call her many things; she just asks that you do not call her Jenny.

Tyler Statz

Supervising Archaeologist

Tyler is a field archaeologist with roots on Vancouver Island but he has worked in various locations in western Canada, including mitigative excavations and survey work in southern and central Alberta, southeast Manitoba, and in the Peace region of northeast British Columbia for the past five years. Tyler received his BA from the University of Victoria, and is a PADI certified scuba diver, as well as a “Magic the Gathering” competitive champion, a jazz musician, and a former soccer pro (ok, we use the word pro loosely).

Tristan Flotre

Supervising Archaeologist

Tristan graduated from Simon Fraser University in 2010 with a B.A. in archaeology and a specialization is Cultural Resource Management. Tristan comes to us with 5 years of archaeological field experience in both British Columbia and Alberta. He took a brief break from archaeology to work for the Government of Alberta building and maintaining OHV trails, but he is back in archaeology and ready to hit the ground running! One super cool fact about Tristan is that during his university days, he played semi pro baseball. We aren’t saying we are counting on him to be our ringer at our annual archaeology baseball game but if the shoe fits….

Maegan Huber

Supervising Archaeologist

Maegan grew up in the central interior of BC, and is from a farming/logging family. A graduate from the University of Calgary, Maegan spent an entire summer on the Caribbean island of Saba excavating a 17th century sugar plantation while in university. After taking some time off to teach English in China, Maegan has been working in consulting for the past two years, gaining experience in Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. She loves outdoor adventuring; kayaking, biking and hiking are among her favorite activities. Also, Maegan is a three time provincial sheep shearing champion. Baaa!

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

GIS Specialist + Assistant Archaeologist

Amanda is a field archaeologist with a BA from the University of Calgary; she has participated in excavations in Poland and the Yukon, and joined our field crews in the past two years in Alberta and BC, hiking/sweating/digging/avoiding wasps with the best of them. 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. Fun fact: She loves wild blueberries.

Meg Simper

Technical Coordinator & Assistant Archaeologist

Meg is an archaeologist with 7 years of experience in CRM. She received her B.Sc. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary and has completed extensive archaeological surveys and mitigation in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and the Northwest Territories, as well as in the Caribbean on the islands of Antigua and St. Vincent. She prefers to spend any available time either curled up with a good book or in the mountains, hiking, rock climbing or skiing, and loves travelling or talking about travelling. A little known fact about Meg, she was a  competitive horse rider for 10 years!

How About More

Field Archaeologists

There are a few Assistant Archaeologists that join us each season. Please check out our Instagram for stories and photos of our field assistants.