Dan Ohlson MSc 1999

Current Work:  Principal, Compass Resource Management, private consulting                                                                                    

Dan is a principal at Compass Resource Management Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he works on environmental risk management problems that involve multiple resource use conflicts, scientific uncertainty, and environmental and economic trade-off analyses. He is a recognized leader in structured decision making, co-authoring the book Structured Decision Making: A Practical Guide to Environmental Management Choices in 2012.

Working primarily in the environmental planning and resource management sectors, the majority of Dan’s current work involves the design and facilitation of technical planning processes for multi-stakeholder committees and expert panels. He continues to be engaged in many of the most complex and contentious projects across Canada, including climate adaptation and land use planning in Canada’s north, land and resource management planning in Alberta’s oils sands region and water resources management in British Columbia.

As a SCRAP graduate of 1999, Dan often highlights his return to university at UBC as transformative. Building on both his past professional experience and graduate school training, Dan helped launch Compass in the late 1990s, a niche consulting firm that takes square aim at the toughest of societal choices. Compass is widely recognized for its unique ability to integrate critical analysis with meaningful dialogue to produce robust and defensible policies, plans and decisions. Like all of his partners and associates at Compass (including two other SCARP grads), Dan takes pride in his role as neutral analyst and facilitator and his ability to help multi-stakeholder groups make more informed choices.