Freshwater Science-focused Consulting

Thompson Aquatic Consulting is a freshwater science-focused consulting company specialising in supporting Indigenous communities in research and monitoring initiatives, regulatory process participation and community engagement activities.

Megan Thompson

Principal consultant Megan Thompson is a limnologist and aquatic ecologist with expertise in water quality and aquatic ecosystem science. She has experience in supporting and representing clients in meetings with industry and government, including technical third party reviews as well as participating in and facilitating technical discussions with Indigenous community members, industry and government.

Her past projects have included supporting communities as they participate in regulatory processes for proposed oil sands mine and in situ developments, pipelines, hydro dams, metals and coal mines, wind and solar energy developments, and biosolids application within their traditional territories. Megan has also provided technical support to Indigenous communities as they navigate government engagement processes for environmental legislation development and amendment.

Finally, she has supported communities in designing and implementing community based monitoring programs, including field sampling and data management training and support.


  • Technical expertise and advice in the form of third party technical reviews of project applications and impact assessments, including regulatory hearing preparation and participation.
  • Translation of technical aquatic science information to plain language, participation in and facilitation of community meetings dealing with water science topics and water related legislation and regulations.
  • Water quality and aquatic biota monitoring program development (i.e., water, sediment, algae and invertebrate sampling) and field training. Certified CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) project manager.
  • Water quality data management support and data analysis expertise.
  • Project managing research programs carried out by interdisciplinary teams of water-focused scientists (i.e., hydrogeology, hydrology, geomorphology, fish biology, ecotoxicology, statistics).