ABOUT US

Heather Meberg
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 ES 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 Coordinator


Marjo has worked with E.S. Cropconsult since 2008. She specializes in IPM for seed potatoes, organic vegetable crops and cranberries. She has a B.Sc. in Agronomy from Laval University and is a professional Agrologist with the BC Institute of Agrologist. She has completed the CFIA Seed Potato Inspector Course and coordinates the field portion of the Western Canada Seed Potato Post-harvest Test in Hawaii. Marjo is a recognised Nutrient Management Planning Consultant and develops IPM Plans with the BC Environmental Farm Plan. Her main areas of expertise are pest management, biological control and horticulture production. Her field research has focused on pest and disease control options for organic production and virus control in seed potato production.



Kiara Jack, P.Ag
Potato and Organic Vegetable IPM Coordinator


Kiara has worked with E.S. Cropconsult since 2009. She has a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College and B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC. She is a P.Ag. with BCIA and has completed the Seed Potato Certification Inspector’s Training Course through CFIA. Kiara specializes in IPM for conventional and organic potatoes and vegetables. Her research has focused on thrips and two spotted spider mite control in potatoes, tuber damage reduction at harvest, soil nutrient management, predator release in peas, and irrigation timing in beans among other assessments of pest control options for organic and conventional production. She is also the Coop Coordinator for our summer students.



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.



Lauren McGreer
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, A.Ag
Potato IPM Supervisor


Kathy has a Bachelors of Science in Physical Geography from Simon Fraser University, specializing in Biogeosphysical Science. She is an Articling Agrologist with BCIA, and has worked for E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. since 2015, starting as a potato scout. Since joining E.S., she has assisted in a number of projects related to potatoes and vegetable crops.



Allyson Mittelstaedt
Blueberry IPM Supervisor


Allyson has a Horticulture Crop Production Certificate from the
University of the Fraser Valley. She started working at ES Cropconult in 2015 as a blueberry scout. She has also assisted in several research projects involving different brassica vegetables, beets and blueberry diseases.



Jen Scholefield, MPM.
Blueberry IPM Supervisor


Jen has a Masters in Pest Management from Simon Fraser University, where she researched potential biopesticides for caterpillar pests. Jen has been with ES 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.



Dru Yates, 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.



Samm Marsh
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.



Stephanie Larsen
Blueberry IPM Supervisor


Stephanie joined E.S. as a blueberry scout in 2016. She specializes in IPM for berry crops, and has also assisted in several research projects pertaining to berries as well as vegetables. She has a certificate in Horticultural Crop Production and Protection from UFV, and is continuing her education in the vein of environmental sustainability, research, and extension.



Arlan Benn
Blueberry IPM Supervisor


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.