President and Director of Grower Services
Heather Meberg started working at E.S. Cropconsult in 1998. Her specialty area includes IPM for organic and conventional vegetable production. She has conducted field research examining chemical and non-chemical pest control. In 2006, Heather assumed the role of President and Director of Grower Services, overseeing all aspects of the monitoring programs offered by E.S. Cropconsult. Heather has worked with the Delta Farmland and Wildlife Trust, and is a recognized Planning Advisor with the BC Environmental Farm Plan.
Marjolaine Dessureault, P.Ag
Research and IPM Coordinator
Marjo has worked with E.S. Cropconsult since 2008. She specializes in IPM for seed potatoes, organic vegetables and cranberries. Marjo oversees all research projects conducted at E.S. Cropconsult, from trial design, execution and administration of project funding. She has a B.Sc. in Agronomy from Laval University and is a professional Agrologist with BCIA. She has completed the CFIA Seed Potato Inspector Course and is a recognized Environmental Farm Plan, Nutrient Management Plan and Integrated Pest Management Plan Advisor with the BC Environmental Farm Plan program. Marjo is located in Pemberton, where she founded our Pemberton Valley Branch.
Heidi van Dokkumburg
Cranberry IPM Coordinator
Heidi has a diploma in Agriculture Technology from UFV with a focus on livestock production & a certificate in Horticulture Crop Production and Protection. She has worked with E.S. Cropconsult since 2010 starting out as a cranberry scout. Since being with E.S. Cropconsult she is currently involved in research related to the surveillance of the rusty tussock caterpillars and cranberry fruitworm within the Fraser Valley in addition to being a co-author on the Integrated Pest Management For Cranberries In Western Canada 2nd Edition.
Seed and Conventional Potato IPM Supervisor
Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria. She has worked for E.S. Cropconsult since 2010 starting out as a potato scout. Her specialty areas include IPM for seed and conventional potatoes as well as vegetable and blueberry crops. Since joining the E.S. team, she has assisted with various research projects pertaining to IPM for organic potatoes and vegetables.
Kathy Ma, P.Ag
Conventional Potato and Vegetable IPM Supervisor
Kathy has a B.Sc in Physical Geography from SFU, specializing in Biogeosphysical Science. She is a registered Professional Agrologist with BCIA, and has worked for E.S. since 2015. Her focus areas are IPM for conventional potatoes and table beets, and she also conducts research related to pest management and other related crop production areas. Kathy is also the Executive Director for the Fraser Valley Invasive Species Society and coordinates invasive species programs throughout the Fraser Valley.
Dru Yates, MSc, A.Ag
Vegetable and Blueberry IPM Supervisor
Dru received her M.Sc. in Soil Science from UBC, where she investigated the effects of grassland set-asides on soil quality in the Fraser River Delta. She is also an Articling Agrologist with the BCIA. Dru has been with E.S. Cropconsult since 2015. Her focus is on IPM for field vegetables, potatoes, and blueberries. Dru is passionate about soil management, and she is currently doing research on nutrient management in potatoes.
Allyson Kang (Mittelstaedt)
Berry IPM Supervisor
Allyson has a Horticulture Crop Production Certificate from the
University of the Fraser Valley. She started working at E.S. Cropconsult in 2015 as a blueberry scout. She has also assisted in several research projects involving different brassica vegetables, beets and blueberry diseases.
Jen McFarlane (Scholefield), MPM
Berry IPM Supervisor and Assistant Research Coordinator
Jen has a Masters in Pest Management from Simon Fraser University, where she researched potential biopesticides for caterpillar pests. Jen has been with E.S. since early 2016. She primarily works in blueberry IPM, including monitoring fields for the China and Korea export programs. Jen also gets involved in various ongoing research projects in all crops.
Berry IPM Supervisor and Organic Research Coordinator
Arlan started with E.S as a Blueberry scout in 2016. He holds an associate’s degree in Science from Langara college and is finishing an undergraduate degree in Biology from Simon Fraser University. He has a combined 5 years of IPM experience working in the BC and Alberta Peace region as both an independent pest monitoring contractor and a research assistant with Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. His past research interests have been heavily focused on entomology projects, predominantly in the field of IPM.
Cranberry IPM Supervisor
Samm is currently working on her Bachelor of Horticulture Science with
a Plant Health Major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She started
working at E.S. Cropconsult in 2016 as a cranberry scout.
Berry IPM Supervisor
Nayla has an Agriculture Technology livestock diploma from UFV, and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Horticulture major. Nayla started with E.S. as a berry scout, and is now a supervisor and IPM consultant in blueberries. When she is not doing field work, she spends her free time hiking, riding her horses, and caring for her motley crew of farm animals.