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Hi, I’m Sheila Duchek, Practice Area Lead for Hydrogeology and Water here at Trace Associates. We’re the balancing act. Our role is to ensure regulatory compliance as our clients work through the life of the mine and provide considerations for them to achieve their approvals in a cost-effective and timely manner. We’re honest, we listen, and we understand what our clients need so they know they have a trusted advisor, not someone who is going to try to provide too little or too much.

Our mining team balances science and engineering with practicality with a focus on efficiency, cost reduction, and proactive regulatory compliance. Trace offers personalized service from a team of experts experienced in the regulatory and environmental considerations specific to mining projects in Western Canada

Mining Services

  • Reclamation (all aspects)
  • Vegetation and soil assessments
  • Slope stability and restoration
  • Vegetation/weed management, control, advisory
  • Soil and water assessment and remediation
  • Groundwater impact assessments
  • Groundwater exploration, licensing, and monitoring
  • Hydrogeological assessments
  • Dewatering system design
  • Pond integrity assessments
  • Environmental planning and monitoring
  • Erosion and sediment control plans
  • Watercourse crossing plans
  • Spill management
  • Landowner and indigenous relations
  • Wildlife, amphibian, and bird surveys and monitoring
  • Water and wastewater treatment and impact advisory
  • Emergency management and business continuity training and advisory
  • ICS training
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what our clients are saying

“We like Trace. We like Ron, we like Nick, and we like the relationships we’ve built on our projects with them. They have a suite of services that cover the ecological and environmental, and they have demonstrated that they understand what needs to be done, aren’t doing unnecessary work, and they make sure it gets done. Ron told me that the Trace motto is to 'consult better.' This motto is reflected in the service they provide.”

Clark | Qualico Communities

“I appreciate Trace’s candidness, honesty, and straightforwardness. The communication is strong, they are always professional, and they stay on point. They’re good at what they do and are always available when I need them.”

Confidential Client

“Trace provides a level of personal service that we don’t get from other companies. We get straightforward, open communication with Project Managers, including frequent touch-points. Trace always does what they say they are going to do.”

Neil Reid | Midstream Energy Client

“I choose Trace because of their expertise and clarity on what they will deliver, and my trust in them. We share similar values of honesty and communication. They’re very thoughtful in what they do and their expertise is very appreciated. Nothing they do or say leaves you scratching your head.”

Warn Franklin | works with Ron at Trace

“I value our relationship with Trace and can see it continuing into the future.  Having a third party come in to do environmental inspections is very helpful and gives added focus on areas that might otherwise be neglected due to the busy nature of the business. Trace's expertise in the Environmental Consultant field helps keep NorSask on a path of continuous improvement. We very much appreciate the proactive approach that Trace takes to meet our needs.”

Kelly | NorSask