About

Eclipse Geomatics is a small company located in rural Smithers, BC that has provided spatial solutions to the natural resource sector within Northwest BC since 2006. Our team at Eclipse Geomatics explores open-source tools to develop creative solutions to spatial problems and information management. We specialize in projects focused on sustainable development including conservation, land use planning & monitoring, data management and providing technical services to the Skeena Knowledge Trust.

Our Team

Johanna Pfalz

President

Johanna has worked as a consultant for the past 12 years, providing GIS services across British Columbia, Alberta, and nationally. Her work has focused on ecological land classification, land use planning, land use monitoring, environmental impact assessment, as well as documenting traditional knowledge for First Nations. Prior to consulting, Johanna worked with the Provincial Government in Information Management for 10 years including Section Head of the regional Smithers GIS section. She is the President of Eclipse Geomatics Ltd. and is excited to be working with such a great team of information specialists. In recent years, Johanna has become an advocate for open source tools as well as open data. Recent projects such as the Skeena Knowledge Trust showcase these practices and demonstrate their utility.

When she's not working on her computer, Johanna likes to spend time in her canoe (the Mad River Eclipse), go jogging with her Bouvier named Toby, garden, fish, ski and hang out at the lake with her partner and daughter.

Life is good.

Ekaterina Daviel

Information Specialist

Ekaterina Daviel is a Data Management Specialist with Eclipse Geomatics. Originally from Richmond, British Columbia, Ekaterina completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George where she developed a taste for northern living. Following her completion of a master's in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, Ekaterina moved to Dawson Creek in Northeastern British Columbia and worked as an environmental consultant on contaminated site assessment, remediation and environmental risk assessment projects primarily within the upstream oil and gas sector. After three years of consulting, Ekaterina had the opportunity to join the City of Dawson Creek's Watershed Stewardship Program, where she worked on a variety of projects including water quality characterization, streamflow monitoring, and stakeholder education and engagement around the Kiskatinaw River Watershed.

Ekaterina joined Eclipse Geomatics in 2018 after moving to Smithers with her husband and border collie. She is excited to be working with the great team at Eclipse Geomatics and integrating her experience in watershed stewardship with the Skeena Knowledge Trust project. In her spare time, Ekaterina enjoys playing the trombone with the Way North of Dixie Jazz Band, cycling and cross-country skiing with her dog.

Lizzy Hoffman

Information Specialist

Lizzy Hoffman works with Eclipse Geomatics as a Data Management Specialist, focusing on the Skeena Knowledge Trust project. Lizzy grew up in Victoria, British Columbia and completed a B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria, followed by an M.Sc. in Land Reclamation and Remediation at the University of Alberta. There she studied the development of vegetation communities at reclaimed surface mine sites and became interested in using open source tools for data analysis and management. Following her master's, Lizzy moved to Williams Lake where she taught at Thompson Rivers University, the College of New Caledonia and other institutions. In 2018, Lizzy moved to Smithers and joined Eclipse Geomatics. Lizzy enjoys skiing, hiking and mountain biking with her partner and dog in her spare time.

Monica Oliva

Business Coordinator

Monica Oliva is the Administrative & Finance Coordinator at Eclipse Geomatics. In the past three years, she has worked as the Bookkeeper and Business Administrator for two different organizations in Smithers. Monica is responsible for recording revenues, expenses, assets, liabilities and equity for all projects Eclipse Geomatics undertake. Furthermore, provide general administrative support for the company; the company couldn't do it without her. Originally from Peru, Monica had lived in Alberta for 2 years while attending college. After graduation, she moved to Smithers in 2014 to be closer to her family and enjoy the various outdoor activities the Bulkley Valley has to offer. Monica, her 3-year-old son Ryan and their puppy Leo love playing and creating memories outside!

Ingrid Farnell

Information Technitian

Ingrid Farnell is a graduate student at the University of Northern British Columbia who continues to work with Eclipse Geomatics as an Information Technician. Originally from Aylmer, Ontario, she completed a B.Sc. Biology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After graduating, Ingrid was drawn to the mountains and moved to Smithers, British Columbia, where she worked at Eclipse Geomatics as a Data Management Specialist for the Skeena Knowledge Trust. Now calling Smithers home, she is currently pursuing a M.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. Her M.Sc. is focused on evaluating the mid- and long-term impacts of timber harvesting on coarse woody debris (CWD) dynamics, and the concomitant impact this has on habitat quality of CWD dependent mammals. When she's taking a break from school you can find Ingrid mountain biking, hiking, skiing or gardening.

Reine Vizcarra

Exhibit Developper

Reine is currently the Exhibit Developer at Eclipse Geomatics, working with the Sandbox. She has a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology focused on developing Web Applications. Reine is originally from the Philippines and she moved to Smithers 3 years ago. She enjoys reading books and taking portrait pictures of kids and her friends .

Emily Hobley McCosker

Watershed Educator

Emily is new to Eclipse, having just started in January 2019. Her job is to create augmented reality sandbox lesson plans that relate to the BC curriculum. Her goal is to make the augmented reality sandbox more accessible to educators and students in the Bulkley Valley. Emily grew up in Smithers, where she spent her childhood climbing trees and riding bikes. After doing a year-and-a-half of Psychology at the University of Northern British Columbia, she is now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Emily enjoys reading good books with her cat (especially on rainy days), spending time outside with her dogs, and baking for her friends.

Zach Poba-Nzaou

Web Developer

Zach is a summer student working at Eclipse Geomatics as a Web Deloper under his Coop program. He will be starting his 4th year as a Computer Science student at Thompson Rivers University - Kamloops - in Fall 2019 and is actively looking for new avenues to learn new technologies. He was born in France and grew up in Cameroon before moving to Canada at the end of high school. Zach enjoys riding his bike around the city and hanging out with friends in his free time.

Jason Louie

Former - Sandbox Exhibit Facilitator & Web Developer

Jason was a summer student working as the Sandbox Exhibit Facilitator and Web Developer under his school's co-op program. He is a fourth-year computer scientist attending the University of Victoria specializing the graphics and gaming option. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, he seeks to explore beyond the island and enjoy life. His passions include running and learning new technology: ranging from mobile to virtual and augmented reality and game development. Passions aside, Jason also enjoys a mix of user experience and interface to interact with people and gain a new look on concepts. One of his favourite things to do is learn new concepts and apply it to other situations in the future.