Lee Failing


Lee is a Principal at Compass with a knack for getting the right science and the right people working together on hard problems.

Lee combines an interdisciplinary background in engineering, economics, science, and management with diverse sector experience including water, energy, air quality, climate change, fish and wildlife, biodiversity and land use planning. She specializes in working with groups – including multi-stakeholder groups, First Nations, scientific panels, and corporate and government decision makers – on technically-intensive decisions. She satisfies her curiosity and need for continual learning with applied research in decision making when she gets the chance.

Lee holds a Masters in Resource Management (MRM) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.

How did you come to work at Compass?

I had an idea, a bottle of wine and someone smarter than me to share them with.

What is the best thing a client has ever said to you?

“Wait, don’t we need to clarify our objectives?”

Describe why you do what you do.

Every single day I learn something new, do something that feels worthwhile, or meet someone fascinating.

What was your first job?

Peeling potatoes at a hot dog joint. I was an illegal underage worker with no rights, no influence and no vision. I learned what I don’t want to be when I grow up.

What do you know now that you wish you’d known 10 years ago?

Done trumps perfect.

What truly blows your mind?

Moonrise on the prairie.


It’s impossibly big, bright and unexpected.