Holly Nesbitt

Holly is an Associate at Compass with a background in aquatic ecology and fisheries management.
Holly has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Queen’s University and completed her Master’s in Resource Management at Simon Fraser University. The general theme of her academic research has been broad scale spatio-temporal trends in aquatic landscapes. For her Master’s thesis, Holly examined the effects of salmon biodiversity on catch stability and fishing season length in First Nations food fisheries in the Fraser River watershed. 
 
She uses quantitative and facilitation skills through the Structured Decision Making framework to inform resource use planning and policy at Compass.
 
How did you come to work at Compass?
Although I have a strong background in aquatic and environmental science, I wanted to be at the table helping resource management decisions get made with the diversity of people that make them. At Compass, I get to do exactly that.
 
What is something that most people don’t know about you (but will now)?
Star Wars is up there in my movie favourites. 
 
What is the best thing a client has ever said to you? 
“This experience changed my life.”
 
Describe what you do in five words or less.
Analysis, support, strategy, critical thinking.
 
Describe WHY you do what you do.
I love bringing people together to make deliberate, informed decisions. So many problems could be avoided through holistic planning and thinking outside the box.
 
What was your first job?
Canoe guide at Camp Wanapitei.
 
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favourite teacher was my high school chemistry teacher. He taught with passion, was extremely creative, was determined to help his students understand the material, and had a great sense of humour. He was also a Trekky (not the same as Star Wars, mind you).
 
If you were on a trans-atlantic flight, feeling chatty, and could pick anyone – alive or dead, real or fictional – to sit beside who would it be and why?
Farley Mowat or Margaret Atwood. Both are Canadian icons and master storytellers who have something to say, and are heard quite readily, about socio-political and environmental issues in Canada.
 
What do you know now that you wish you’d known 10 years ago?
Imperfection is interesting.
 
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 do the letters after your name mean?
Bachelor of Science (Honours) and Master of Resource Management.
 
What was your best subject in grade school?
Math and English. Weird combination, I know.
 
Do you have a role model?
My parents, they’ve achieved both work and personal success from almost scratch.
 
What have you learned through working for Compass?
Success is a combination of preparedness before hand and quick thinking in the moment.