Jennifer Steele

B.Sc., MMM

Jennifer provides decision analysis and facilitation support to help clients navigate complex, multi-stakeholder environmental management and planning problems.

She combines a multi-disciplinary background in science and management with diverse sector experience including sediment and water quality, biotechnology, marine management, policy development, and protected area planning. During her professional career in environmental management, she has worked with government agencies at the provincial, federal, international and intergovernmental level, as well as with community members, industry, and non-profit organizations.

Jennifer completed her Master’s in Marine Management (MMM) at Dalhousie University (Halifax, NS), with a focus on water quality and integrated marine management. She has a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and is a Registered Professional Chemist (P.Chem.) with the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia.

What was your first job?

I worked part time in bakery, part time in a chem lab. While the two roles required surprisingly similar skill sets, one had far tastier results.

How did you come to work at Compass?

I wanted a job where I got to help people communicate with each other and work collaboratively through complex problems, that challenged me to creativity and continual learning, and where I could work across a diverse range of organizational types and practice areas.

What do you do when unplugged from work?

Swim, surf, cycle, kayak and ski, and recently I’ve started training for triathlons. I am especially drawn to the water and the mindful meditation of falling into a rhythm over distance.

What truly blows your mind?

Paddling past the break in open ocean swell.


It is both immensely peaceful and charged with energy.