Ecofish Research Ltd. Further Expands Across Vancouver Island with New Location in Nanaimo, BC

From left, Senior Project Manager Janet Rygnestad and colleagues Aaron Donnelly and Matthew Thornton stand in front of the new Nanaimo office.

(Nanaimo, B.C.)Ecofish Research Ltd. (Ecofish), a Vancouver-based science and environmental consulting firm, launched a new office in Nanaimo, B.C. to better serve its clients in the region while working to reduce its own environmental impact by staying local to where their expertise is needed.  Ecofish has worked to reduce the impact of development on the environment through assessment, monitoring, mitigation, offsetting and design services for more than a decade.  The Nanaimo office is the company’s eighth location in British Columbia.

“We have seen a real increase in our environmental work in the Regional District of Nanaimo and the east coast of Vancouver Island,” says Adam Lewis, President, Ecofish Research Ltd.  “Rather than having our team commute across Vancouver Island, we believe that it’s important to live and contribute in the communities that we work within especially with the site specificity of our expertise.  Our Nanaimo location will be a benefit to not only our clients but also our Ecofish team members.”

The Nanaimo based team of Ecofish experts and support staff include Senior Project Manager Janet Rygnestad.  With close to 20 years of work experience in the environmental consulting field and construction environmental monitoring (CEM) projects, Rygnestad has expertise managing multiple, multidisciplinary projects and has a comprehensive understanding of incorporating environmental regulatory requirements into active construction and long-term monitoring projects.

“We already have deep roots in the Nanaimo community,” adds Janet Rygnestad, Senior Project Manager, Ecofish.  “Members of our team were born, raised and educated here in Nanaimo and many of us volunteer with groups like the Nanaimo Search and Rescue Association (SAR).  Having a local office allows our team to respond to SAR community needs, provides work-life balance and even allows us the ability to ride our bikes to work and lessen our personal impact on the environment.”

Located at 3148 Barons Road, Ecofish has plans to expand the Nanaimo team to a dozen employees over the next year, as well as offer future paid internship opportunities for students registered in local post-secondary environmental programs.  For more information on future job opportunities with Ecofish, please visit their careers page at

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