Responsible use of the earth’s resources (oil & gas, minerals, and water), development of sustainable communities, and the preservation of key ecosystem functions requires a solid understanding of the climates and geological processes that have formed and shaped the earth’s surface and subsurface systems. Our Geoscience expertise and curiosity drive our industry leading team of geologists, hydrogeologists, geomorphologists, geochemists, engineers, scientists, and technicians to design and execute projects for clients that include large to small industrial, oil & gas, and mining companies as well as federal, provincial, and local governments and agencies. Whether completing complex or routine projects, we leverage the experience of our multidisciplinary teams in a range of regions and geological environments in Canada, the US, and South America; and draw on partnerships with other leading practitioners and research groups.

Our clients trust us to support decision-making on their most challenging projects, due our attention to detail, our commitment to the big picture objectives and ability to apply the best available field characterization techniques, data management/visualization, modelling, and analysis tools to communicate the results to a range of stakeholders. We are also trusted to complete routine work efficiently due to our knowledge and experience with a range of field technologies, workflows, regulatory requirements, and best practices to support client and company goals.

Geosciences Services

Stream Channel Assessment, Processes & Restoration

Hydrogeologic Characterization, Modelling & Management

Integrated Surface Water – Groundwater Assessments & Modelling

Source Water Supply & Management

Mineral Resource Assessment, Mine & Reservoir Management

Contaminant Hydrogeology & Geochemistry

Excess Soil Management

Meet our Technical Director for Geoscience

Daron Abbey

What has been the most rewarding part of your career working in geosciences?

The opportunity to travel to amazing locations, use state-of-the science tools and methods, and be trusted to tackle a client’s complex problems has been extremely rewarding. The reward of collaborating with industry leaders to solve new problems, being challenged together, then solving and ultimately being able to communicate a solution to broad audience is most the rewarding.

What is your favourite thing about being a Technical Director at Matrix?

The ability to work with our geoscience and other technical leaders to share learnings and identify and facilitate innovation in field methods or workflows to support more sustainable communities and industries.

What attributes make for a strong geoscience practitioner?

Curiosity, understanding of regional and local hydro/geological systems, features and processes, and a desire to listen, connect and collaborate across disciplines, client teams and regions.

Why is the geosciences practice area important for Matrix?

Our success in managing climate risk, building, and renewing our communities and infrastructure, and facilitating energy transformation and security is intrinsically tied to our understanding of the surface and subsurface processes and interactions biosphere and atmosphere. Without understanding how these systems function we run the risk of developing solutions that risk additional impacts for the next generations.

Related Projects

Mine Water and Selenium Management Plan

Mine Water and Selenium Management Plan

Matrix was engaged to design a water and selenium management program as part of a Feasibility Study and to complete baseline environmental monitoring and assessments to support the groundwater and surface water components of an EPEA application for the Tent Mountain open pit coal mine project.

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Lithium Brine Deposit Resource and Reserve Estimate

Lithium Brine Deposit Resource and Reserve Estimate

Our client was in the resource delineation and quantification stage of planning a lithium brine project in South America. As part of this exploration, it was recognized that hydrogeological aquifer modelling could be incorporated to refine mineral resource estimates and optimize production plans.

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Drumquin Park Weir Removal and Channel Enhancements

Drumquin Park Weir Removal and Channel Enhancements

In collaboration with Enbridge and the Town of Milton, Conservation Halton undertook a priority environmental project to decommission the existing Drumquin Park weir on East Sixteen Mile Creek and restore the natural channel function and habitat. Sixteen Mile Creek provides aquatic habitat to many species including the Silver Shiner, a species classified as at risk in Canada and threatened provincially. Removal of the Drumquin weir provides the opportunity to restore connectivity to downstream occupied Silver Shiner habitat and rehabilitate degraded Silver Shiner habitat – actions that address the various recovery objectives for this threatened species.

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