Holly Nesbitt


Holly provides decision analysis and facilitation support to diverse groups of people to resolve complex resource and environmental management issues.

She works closely with government agencies, indigenous groups, community members, industry, and non-profit organizations. Her subject areas include: managing environmental and cumulative effects, land/marine/water use planning, fisheries assessment, fish and wildlife conservation planning, environmental policy, adaptive management, data analysis, and indigenous rights.

Holly has a Master of Resource Management from Simon Fraser University (BC), with a focus in First Nations fisheries management, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Queen’s University (Ontario), with a focus in aquatic ecology.

How did you come to work at Compass?

Near the end of my Master’s, I knew that I wanted to be involved in a multi-disciplinary team that uses facilitation and analysis to tackle complex environmental challenges. The problem was I didn’t know if my dream job existed. I started reaching out to mentors, friends, and fellow classmates to explain the kind of work I wanted to do and see if they had any ideas. A good friend of mine knew about Compass and told me that’s exactly where I should be working. He was right!

Describe why you do what you do?

I love bringing people together to make deliberate, informed decisions. I also love creating a space where different perspectives and quieter voices can be heard.

What truly blows your mind? Why? 

Swimming in the Arctic Ocean. You feel so alive.

What do you do when unplugged from work?

Canoe, hike, read, play outside.

What were your best classes in grade school?

Math and English.

What have you learned from working at Compass?

Success is a combination of preparedness beforehand and quick thinking in the moment.