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10 years older, 10 years wiser? #happyworkiversary

Do you remember where you were TEN YEARS ago? Well, for Kristin, she was starting a new job in Edmonton, at a place called Altamira Consulting Ltd. She was an Alberta permit-holder with extensive GIS experience, and was offered the opportunity to utilize all these skills… in the forest! For those of you that don’t know, Kristin and I share a bit of a love-hate for the forest. Love the work, hate the forest. Hate the bugs, hate the bears, hate the deadfall. But we do it. Cuz we’re awesome like that!

January 19, 2018 marks Kristin’s 10 year anniversary with Altamira (now Circle CRM Group Inc.). To date, Kristin has held 92 permits in Alberta, 16 in BC, three in the Yukon, and one in the Northwest Territories, recording over 100 sites in western Canada, as well as revisiting countless others. Most of these permits have been for large-scale forestry management areas, though she has managed a large number of HRIAs for oil and gas, mining, infrastructure, subdivisions, gravel pits, etc. Kristin has also led excavations in Alberta, BC, and the Yukon, one of which became the subject of a University of Alberta field school. Without her, I would not have had the opportunity to work on the 14,000 year old Britannia Creek site (let alone discover the beauty of the Yukon!), would not have done large-scale forestry, and Circle would never have purchased Altamira. I would also be completely insane without her; she is my go-to and go-getter, and I’m so happy to have her around!

To commemorate this milestone, Kristin is getting this pewter trowel lapel pin (not available in the ten-year-traditional tin or aluminum, because obviously!), among other things. Circle has also made a donation of $500 to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, a charity close to Kristin’s heart, in honour of her son who spent a little bit of time at the Stollery after he was born. She also has the joy of seeing some old photos again, and sharing them with all of you! If you see her, please wish her Happy 10-year Workiversary!

~Margarita de Guzman

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