James (Jay) Rourke

Terrestrial Ecology Practice Leader, Senior Biologist

James is a Terrestrial Ecology Practice Leader and Senior Biologist with experience in conducting, developing, and managing studies on wildlife populations and their habitats.
Burnaby, British Columbia

Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth. - Mark Twain

James is a professional biologist with over 25 years of extensive experience in leading and conducting species-specific and ecosystem-level programs to federal, provincial, and academic standards and has extensive knowledge and experience in study design and the statistical analysis of complex datasets. James’s personal areas of interest include avian ecology, coastal habitat restoration, data management and study design and is an advocate for finding innovative solutions to meet specific client needs, as no two projects are the same.

James leads teams of biologists to collect and analyze data to assess potential project effects on ecological communities and work with clients to design and implement effective mitigation. He has worked as an ecologist on numerous small- to large-scale development projects, including highways, ports, and residential developments and has managed project teams of over 25 individuals. His work has involved assessing effects on valued components within terrestrial and marine environments, developing mitigation and management recommendations, and conducting cumulative effects assessments.

James is an effective member of multidisciplinary teams, working with managers and engineers to facilitate project development while minimizing potential environmental effects. Over his career, James has built strong working relationships with regulatory agencies and has managed numerous projects for a variety of clients, including the federal government, military, LNG, ports and infrastructure, and the transportation sectors.

As Terrestrial Ecology Practice Leader, James is heavily involved in staff mentoring and training, quality assurance, discipline innovation, and development of practice area guidelines and tools to ensure successful project delivery.