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Brinkman Climate develops carbon offset projects in British Columbia, and supports the development of carbon markets around the world. We use economic tools that value keeping greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere to develop real, on the ground projects that benefit society and the broader environment.

Project sourcing and business development are focused on markets with an existing price on carbon. British Columbia is up first, with its carbon neutral public service and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) climate regulations. Existing carbon markets in Alberta, California & Quebec plus developing markets in Ontario, Washington and Oregon are up next. Where carbon markets are under discussion or development, we engage with government ministers, policy makers and private sector leaders to promote adoption of effective climate policy, and ensconce Brinkman Climate as a valued partner.

Maximizing our niche experience in turning a climate-benefiting action into offset, Brinkman Climate brings the carbon market intelligence you need to make your offset project a success. 

Genesis

Joseph Pallant rejoined Brinkman Spring 2014 to launch Brinkman Climate, and refine the business line to develop offset projects such as the Cheakamus Community Forest Offset Project. Brinkman Climate works with governments, NGOs and the private sector to develop locally-grown, socially and environmentally beneficial, compliance-grade offsets. The new unit has an added focus of securing buyers for offsets generated through its projects – a critical link in the chain connecting demand for climate action with projects on the ground.

Brinkman Climate integrates the experience of Joseph’s company, Carbon Project Solutions, developer of forest, agriculture, waste and transportation offset projects in Canada and around the world - with Brinkman Earth System’s wealth of innovative research and project development in the area of ecosystem restoration. With Provincial and Municipal governments committed to carbon neutrality, and organizations seeking to offset their climate footprint, Brinkman Climate is using carbon finance to build new emissions reduction & removal projects throughout British Columbia and North America.

About the Team

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Joseph Pallant, Manager

Active in the Carbon Market since 2004 and a life-long seeker of environmental solutions, I am passionate about the role of business in solving climate change. 

Building pioneering offset projects, contributing to the development of strong standards, and helping society understand the role of ecosystem-based projects in halting climate change is very fulfilling work. I revel the challenge of building these tools into the global mainstream as society confronts the threats of climate change and begins the transition to a low carbon way of being.

Completing a B.Sc. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria, I went on to earn a post graduate diploma in Latin American Management from the McRae Institute of International Management and an MBA from INSEEC, Paris, France. It was during a 2004 co-op year with Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. that I learned the role of carbon finance in focusing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while fostering clean development and protecting the environment. Answering a growing demand in the marketplace, CPS Carbon Project Solutions Inc. was founded in 2006 to help people with great emission reductions/removals projects turn action into offset.  I joined Pacific Carbon Trust to help aggregate carbon offsets for the province's carbon neutrality program from 2012 until mandate transition in 2014. With a clear opportunity to develop new offset projects with a great team, we've built Brinkman Climate.

There's lots of work to be done. Let's go! 

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Erin Kendall, Project Developer

I began working on the development of forest-based offset projects in BC and internationally in 2002.  My inspiration in this work is to develop self-sustaining projects that are ecologically, socially and financially viable in the long term.

From the age of 15, I started on my path in the forest working as a seasonal treeplanter, stand tender and surveyor. Through my environmental activism and the pursuit of a degree in Environmental Planning at UNBC in Prince George, I became very interested in the interrelations between humans and forests – how communities can engage with the land they depend on to best meet their needs while honouring ecological processes. This interest fit naturally with First Nations communities in British Columbia, working together to develop culturally appropriate business models.

As my work in forest and stream restoration developed, carbon offsets emerged as a viable mechanism for financing this work. I have worked with Carbon Forest and ERA Ecosystem Restoration Associates in BC, and contributed to the founding of The Forest Carbon Group in Germany. Excited about the potential of a non-extractive payment for ecosystem services – one that places a holistic value on ecosystem services - I am proud to work with Brinkman Climate at translating the languages of ecology and capital. 

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Robert Seaton, Carbon Analyst

Robert is a forest carbon and ecological restoration expert who has been working with the Brinkman Group for over 25 years, during which time he co-founded the technical and restoration divisions.

Robert is an expert forestry analyst, focusing on natural system valuation and the economics of sustainability, including through the integration of timber, grasslands, soil and other natural systems with carbon values. Robert is the lead author of a range of carbon sequestration protocols, methodologies and project design documents. He has developed many protocols including a REDD methodology under the Voluntary Carbon Standards for the World Bank BioCarbon Fund 2010, as well as a risk mitigation carbon asset structure for REDD carbon assets in British Columbia, Canada, in 2010. In addition, Robert has worked on many international forest carbon projects including projects in Zambia, Indonesia, Tanzania and Honduras.

Robert is also an established artist who provides finance and marketing consulting services to arts non-profits, and sits on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including the Society for Ecological Restoration – Western Canada.

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Dirk Brinkman, Brinkman Group Founder and CEO

Since 1970, Dirk has been a core contributor to the innovation of operational practices and policy in reforestation, ecosystem restoration, First Nations resource management, conservation and climate solutions in Canada, US and the tropics.

He has published over one hundred articles and editorials and contributed to and conducted many workshops and working committees in forestry, climate and ecosystem management areas, including being lead researcher for the FFESC project from 2010-2012 and co-author of the Credible Conservation Offsets for Natural Areas in British Columbia: Technical Report, 2011.

Dirk’s work has been recognized with a number of other prestigious awards, including the Canada Forestry Achievement Award, and a honourary membership to the Association of BC Forest Professionals. He was recently appointed as a Director to the HEDC Natural Resources Board and to the Heiltsuk Resource Operations Board.  

Dirk is also the co-founder and a director of The Earth Partners LP which specializes in large scale forest and ecosystem restoration conservation biomass projects in the US.

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Negar Naghshinehpour, Carbon Project Analyst

Negar has a passion for energy alternatives and educating the public on how these solutions make significant positive change. Negar is excited to work with Brinkman Climate in deploying high impact carbon offset projects. .

Negar Naghshinehpour is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environment. 

During her time at SFU, Negar served as co-chair of the Environmental Science Student Union for two consecutive terms.  In her role, she aimed to create more educational opportunities for her peers. Students had more opportunity to not only  learn about the various environmental challenges but also learn about innovative, sustainable solutions through speaking with industry and thought leaders in the field.