Our Story

From humble beginnings in 2012, Stillwater Consulting began as a sole proprietorship with a handful of prospective clients and a small team of passionate, driven and extremely talented staff. We immediately established a reputation for delivering consistent, successful work - even on the most ambitious projects - resulting in rapid growth and the incorporation of the company after only three months. Today, Stillwater Consulting is best recognized for our work providing innovative and highly-effective skills training, particularly within the forestry sector.

In addition to custom training, we continue to deliver a diverse range of projects including business development, management, marketing and communications. We take a personalized approach to project management, taking the time to fully understand the needs of our clients in order to deliver lasting results on time and on budget. We understand that every project will face challenges, but adhere to a philosophy of remaining calm, flexible and focused.

 
 

Our Team

From first contact to post-completion, you'll be working with our talented team at Stillwater Consulting.

Jody McInneS
President & Senior Project Manager

A natural born businessman and entrepreneur, Jody has a keen ability to recognize opportunities for business growth and development. His business expertise, creative approach to problem solving, relentless work ethic, calm demeanour, and eye for detail provide a solid foundation for leading the team at Stillwater Consulting.

Jody's background in natural science, outdoor recreation and business management prompted him to establish Stillwater Consulting in 2012. Since then, he has managed projects ranging from $5,000 to $5 million and created a preferred model for industry training.

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Amy McInneS
Senior Project Manager

Leading the Stillwater team in strategic planning, governance and culture building initiatives, Amy provides vision and direction for the company with her straightforward, relational leadership style. With a Masters degree in Counselling, she also applies her extensive knowledge in the field of Psychology to building and maintaining a healthy work culture at Stillwater Consulting.

Her passion for helping people find joy inside and outside the workplace has inspired many of Stillwater’s innovative, flexible company policies which focus on striking a balance between push and pride — wanting employees to challenge themselves while still enjoying the satisfaction of a job well done.

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Sara Moulton
Contract Manager

Sara joined the Stillwater team in September 2016 and quickly became immersed in the company's operations, using her experience in public administration, print media, post-secondary training and business to contribute in various aspects of our different projects. She found her niche managing Stillwater's contracts and enjoys working with the lively Stillwater team on projects that enhance the opportunities of individuals and their communities.

When she's not crunching numbers and writing reports, Sara can often be found brandishing a camera with an oversized lens or roaming the mountains around the East Kootenay region.

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Aaron Byng-Hall
Project Manager 

Aaron is a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT), an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. He joined Stillwater Consulting in early 2018, following 22 years of combined experience in natural resource management and arboriculture.

Aaron began his career working in timber evaluations and forestry field engineering and more recently has focused on project management, timber valuations, feasibility studies and forest stewardship. His extensive experience in the forest sector and urban forestry complements Stillwater's training activities and helps to build further capacity into the future.

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klay tindall
Forestry economic development & relations manager

After many years working as an instructor for Stillwater Consulting’s training programs, Klay officially joined the Stillwater team in 2018. A Registered Professional Forester based in the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Klay oversees Stillwater’s training operations and industry partnerships in the coastal region of BC.

In addition to his role with Stillwater Consulting, Klay also works for Lil’wat Forestry Ventures where he puts his Advanced Leadership certificate from UBC’s Sauder School of Business to good use pursuing his passion for creating meaningful employment in the forestry industry.

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heather mcmanus
marketing specialist

Armed with a business degree and over a decade of experience marketing some of North America’s top travel and franchise companies, Heather joined the Stillwater team at the end of 2018 after relocating to the Kootenays from the Lower Mainland.

With a passion for culture, community and creativity, Heather oversees all of Stillwater’s promotional activities, spreading the word about existing services, upcoming programs and our amazing company culture via the occasional hilarious Instagram photo.

When not at work, you can find her shredding the slopes in Kimberley, silversmithing in her home studio, or scoping out her next travel adventure.

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Matt Ferguson
Field coordinator

A part-time program coordinator for Stillwater since we began in 2012, Matt officially joined our team full-time in May 2018. Through his easy rapport with program participants and instructors, and his supportive, adaptable personality, Matt helps to ensure that Stillwater delivers consistent, quality programming for each of our training intakes.

Matt has a Bachelor of Tourism Management and certification/training in every forestry module we teach, which also makes him a fantastic instructor for several of the courses offered by Stillwater. Originally from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, Matt has called Fernie home since 2007 where you’ll find him skiing and mountain biking in the nearby hills in his free time.

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STUART MOORE
FIELD COORDINATOR

As a third generation East Kootenay logger, Stuart has spent much of his career building his extensive experience in harvesting and processing logs and lumber. Since 2016, he has utilized his skills in forestry and firefighting to provide an immensely knowledgable and stable backbone for students in Stillwater's forestry training programs. 

As an avid outdoorsman, keen hunter and former big game guide, Stuart’s interests and abilities are wide-ranging — he even spent several years as his community's fire chief! His dedication  and resourcefulness are valuable assets to Stillwater's overall operation.

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mike Turner
maintenance

Mike joined the Stillwater team at the end of 2017 to help with the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of Stillwater’s grounds and machines. A carpenter by trade, much of Mike’s experience has been with residential renovations, however he has a knack for fixing and building many different things. He is currently working toward his Red Seal carpentry certification.

When he isn’t busy keeping things running around the property, he’s keeping everyone around him laughing with his high energy, fun-loving personality.

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carrie franzreb
office administrator

Carrie joined Stillwater Consulting in February 2018 to take care of the office administration, bookkeeping and data entry for Stillwater and our affiliated companies. Her experience in various office settings as a bookkeeper and administrator for more than 15 years makes her an integral part of our team.

A long-time resident of the Elk Valley, Carrie moved to Cranbrook in the fall of 2017 and loves walking, hiking, snow shoeing, and sitting on a patio with a glass of wine. She thinks the best thing in life is a good cup of coffee and her goal in life is to spend as much time as possible with her beloved dogs and in the outdoors, just taking it all in.

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Ashley White
assistant

Ashley joined the Stillwater team in the summer of 2018 to assist with various miscellaneous tasks. Her exceptional organizational skills developed through film production and administration roles helps to keep the company on track with our growing number of projects. She enjoys the variety of her workday and looks forward to each new challenge.

Drawn by the call of the mountains, Ashley moved to the Kootenays in late 2016 and spent her first winter in a picturesque cottage covered in snow. When she’s not working, you can find Ashley hiking around the area, curled up with a good book and an oversized cup of tea, or working on her latest sewing project.

Our Work

At Stillwater Consulting, we believe in supporting and facilitating the development of sustainable communities. Since 2012, we’ve successfully partnered with companies, communities and post-secondary institutions across British Columbia to provide business solutions and address skill gaps. Our goal is to oversee projects and deliver training programs that bring long-term financial, social and environmental benefit to local areas.

Forestry Training

Demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the forest industry, we’ve built a reputation for providing innovative, comprehensive and highly-effective training programs that are carefully designed to meet the needs of local forestry employers. With a focus on experiential learning, our programs take place outside the traditional classroom setting, enabling students to get outdoors, develop practical skills, and make the connections they’ll need for the next step in their forestry careers.

Aboriginal services

Through our collaborative approach to problem solving, Stillwater Consulting has helped Nations across the province to build capacity, increase safety, overcome obstacles and achieve their long-term business goals. In addition to our business consulting and employment bridging programs for Aboriginal communities, we specialize in providing practical, flexible and innovative training based on the current and emerging needs of BC’s top forestry employers.

 
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