Mike5Michael Charlebois is a terrestrial wildlife ecologist and one of the three founders of Omnia Ecological Services. Previously, Mike worked as a Partner with HAB-TECH Environmental Ltd. and an Associate with URSUS Ecosystem Management Ltd. Since completing his Masters degree, Mike has conducted research and assessment work in the boreal forests of Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as the prairies, foothill and mountain regions of Alberta. During this time, Mike has worked on over 100 ecological studies in western Canada.

Mr. Charlebois has been the principal researcher for large scale oil and gas, mining (coal and uranium) and road expansion projects as well as for smaller scale urban land development, urban park establishment and pipeline construction/routing assessments. He has designed and implemented extensive monitoring and research programs including a monitoring program to study the effect of 3-D seismic exploration and in-situ oil sands development (including above-ground pipelines) on terrestrial boreal wildlife and wildlife movement. Recently Mike has just completed work on his fourth EIA for an in-situ oil sands project in the area south of Ft. McMurray.

Mike is accomplished in the field and has conducted wildlife impact assessment and research programs utilizing a variety of survey techniques including: GPS telemetry, wildlife trapping programs (small mammals and muskrats), aerial surveys (wildlife and vegetation), game trail surveys/mapping, semi-aquatic furbearer shoreline surveys, winter tracking surveys, pellet group/browse surveys, call-playback surveys, carnivore scent post surveys, animal behaviour observational surveys, mammal sign surveys and road/driving surveys.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman and is active in all seasons. He is an accomplished downhill skier and instructor, cross country skier, multi-day backcountry hiker, mountain biker and canoeist. He has been an active recreationist throughout the mountain parks since he moved to Calgary from Ontario in 2001.