Meet Our Team


Land Use Planning Group

Oleg Verbenkov, B.A., C.S.P., MCIP, RPP

Oleg Verbenkov is an expert in land use and development planning, and has over 30 years of combined public and private sector experience. As senior planner and senior project manager, he is usually the lead consultant in multi-disciplinary assignments involving various professional services i.e., engineering (civil, traffic, geotechnical, etc.), environmental, architecture, landscape architecture, survey, appraisal, and land economics, etc. As the lead consultant on interdisciplinary consulting teams, Oleg is called upon to handle challenging assignments that typically involve difficult site conditions, complex negotiations or competing visions.

Oleg is a skilled facilitator and consensus-builder. As an accomplished Planner, Oleg is also a qualified expert witness who has appeared before the BC Land Reserve Commission, BC Expropriation and Compensation Board, arbitration panels and the BC Supreme Court. He is a full Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Laura Jones, B.A., C.S.B.A., MCIP, RPP

Senior Development Planner

Laura is an experienced project planner. She prepares and manages development applications through municipal development approval process and attends to various types of public consultation. Laura co-ordinates projects with local government agencies, engineers, surveyors, architects, landscape architects and project managers. As project planner Laura brings past local government experience to strengthen her current role. With a wide range of experiences in the development field Laura prepares Sustainability reports, through analyzing the costs and benefits or incorporating sustainable building measures.

Eric Wang, MSc., MRTPI, MCIP, RPP
Senior Urban Design Planner

Eric is an experienced urban design planner in land use planning, urban design and project management. His education combines architectural design, and city and regional planning. He is a registered professional planner in both Canada and United Kingdom. He specializes in highest and best land use planning studies, expropriation impact assessment, master plan and urban design. He has prepared land use reports, subdivision layouts, site plans and design guidelines for a variety of residential, industrial, commercial developments. He has developed a holistic understanding of land use planning, site planning, urban design and land development. Eric also has a background in heritage area preservation and brownfield land redevelopment.

Eric是加拿大及英国注册的专业城市规划师, 他在土地利用规划、城市设计, 房地产开发及项目管理等方面的经验非常丰富。Eric能讲流利的国、粤、英语。他的教育背景包括建筑设计、城市及区域规划等领域,多年来专注于最佳土地用途方案的规划研究、商住及工业项目总体规划,土地分割, 规划审批等。


Christopher Correia, M.Pl., RPP, MCIP

Christopher brings his extensive education background in planning, land economics, and geography fields. With experience in the municipal planning and brokerage sectors, he holds a comprehensive understanding of the multiple influences faced by the planning field. He is responsible providing support for the development applications, preparing highest and best use assessments, and preparing planning rationales.

Rosa Shih, B.E.S.,M.A (Planning)
Planning Analyst

Rosa is a planning analyst with a wide skill set drawn from private and public sector planning experience.  Rosa has been with Pacific Land Group since 2014 and is responisble for coordinating and providing support for development approval processes, conducting land use research, producing urban design briefs, and preparing planning rationales.  Rosa's educational and professional background combines international development, urban design, environmental management, and city and regional  planning.

Justin Jay, B.A

Planning Assistant

Justin joins Pacific Land Group's Planning group with a blended mix of private, public and volunteer experience. Justin provides a support role at PLG and is efficient at preparing applications and presentations and is skilled in developing detailed design for development projects.


Environmental Division

Claude Cartelier, MSc., CPESC
Senior Project Biologist

Claude specializes in conducting environmental impact assessments, watercourse studies, riparian compensation design, and habitat management planning. Claude’s work focuses on conducting detailed fish and wildlife assessments, fish enumeration, salvaging operations, and sediment and erosion control planning. He is also responsible for the implementation of environmental based projects requiring the production of technical reports, database analysis and obtaining approvals from governing municipalities.

Kyla Bryant-Milne, B.Sc., R.P.Bio.

Kyla has a background in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and has significant experience conducting watercourse assessments, environmental monitoring, stream and riparian area surveys and water quality assessments. Kyla is a Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP), and is approved to prepare and sign off on Sensitive Ecosystem Development Plans (SEDP), Construction Environmental Plans and Watercourse Classification Confirmation Assessments. She is well versed in local government approvals (Water Sustainability Act, Scientific Fish Collection Permits, Species at Risk Inventories) and is an expert in conducting field assessments (bird nest surveys, species at risk assessments).


Bo Huang, B.Sc., B.I.T
Environmental Technician

Bo is a BIT with four years of natural resource consulting experience. He is qualified to complete a variety of environmental assessments including stream assessments, nesting bird surveys, species at risk assessments, vegetation assessments and specializes in erosion and sediment control monitoring.


Chau Le
Civil Technologist

Chau has over ten years of experience as a Civil Technologist. He works in collaboration with Pacific Land Group's Planning and Environmental Divisions to create custom solutions specific to each project. Chau also collaborates with Hub Engineering and Floc Systems to assist with engineering design plans and ESC and water quality solutions.



Judy Johnansen
Office Administrator

Judy has worked in the engineering and planning field for the last fifteen years and is responsible for Pacific Land Group’s business administration. Judy is a graduate of the Business Management Program at Kwantlen College.




Melody Brodie
Payroll and Accounting Administrator

Melody has worked for Pacific Land Group's Administration since 2014. Melody has 13 years of business administration experience and an education background in business management, accounting and payroll.



Hub Engineering

Mike Kompter, B.A. Sc., M.A. Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Engineer/Principal

Mike Kompter has over 20 years of combined private and public sector experience dealing with engineering and regulatory issues in land development, municipal and parks projects. Mike manages the construction of municipal services on both small and large-scale residential, commercial, industrial and institutional projects. Mike acts as project manager for both public and private sector clients. He coordinates inter-disciplinary consultants, provides feasibility studies, and negotiates project approvals from government agencies and municipal engineering departments. Mike provides the necessary support when dealing with drainage and environmental issues and outside agencies. Mike has worked on projects in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario.

Rod Gonzalez, B.A. Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Engineer/Principal

Rod has provided civil engineering and land development consulting services since 1987. As Senior Engineer, he has designed and managed a wide range of industrial, commercial, institutional, Municipal, Parks and residential projects throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia. Rod has acted as an expert witness at BC Expropriation Board and Supreme Court of BC hearings.

South Fraser Land Surveying Ltd.

Gene Nikula, B.C.L.S.
Professional Land Surveyor/Principal

Gene is a registered land surveyor with 30 years of professional land survey experience. Gene's experience includes all aspects of land development and construction surveys: topographic, building leaseholds, legal, subdivision layout, strata, and control survey. Gene and his staff employ state of the art survey tools to ensure the successful completion of assignments in a timely and cost effective manner.