Department of Anthropology and Archaeology
Arts alumni are an accomplished crew. They have great advice for students and fellow graduates, and know that arts degrees teach skills that are sought-after in the professional environment.
Adam and John are featured in this profile together as they both graduated from our department and went on to create their own company based on their mutual interests in 2010 (blythandbathe.com). Blyth and Bathe Inc. is a specialized consulting firm with primary interests and expertise related to archaeology, biology, traditional land use, and environmental education. They specialize in resource conservation, planning, management, assessment, and mitigation services to private-sector resource development projects, all levels of government, non-governmental organizations, and Aboriginal groups.
Adam Bathe has worked throughout northwestern Canada, Alaska, and Greenland on projects ranging from traditional land use studies to alternative energy feasibility studies. The majority of Adam’s experience has been in the field of environmental impact assessments. His experience has been in collaborative projects working with multiple First Nations to locate and document sites for the purpose of informing mitigation strategies and negotiations.
Recently, Adam has been working with community-based monitoring projects in the Inuvialuit and Sahtu settlement regions of the NWT and in northern Alberta, teaching field skills through the Environmental Monitor Technician Coordinator Program as well as offering other specially designed courses. Adam is currently doing his MSc in Natural Resource Management, through the University of Iceland as well.
John Blyth has a propensity for exploration in both his work and regular life. Having worked in every region of the NWT and parts of northern Alberta and BC, as well as in Nunavut, he has a depth of background experience and is very knowledgeable and adaptable in northern working conditions. John’s professional background stems from anthropology and archaeology. Due to the deep interconnectedness of culture and the environment in the North, his work has expanded to be closely associated with a diversity of fields in the environmental sciences such as biology, hydrology, and the regulatory and assessment fields.
John: The time I spent a couple weeks working on an archaeology project at the mouth of the Maguse River north of Arviat, Nunavut.
Adam: The social life at University of Calgary is something that I often reminisce about. Having a core group of friends, many who I met in UofC 101, to bounce challenging ideas off helped me get through my undergrad and inspired me to greater things as an alumnus.
John: The bouldering wall in the basement of the Outdoor Centre.
Adam: The bouldering wall for blowing off steam. For studying, one of the upper floors of the library, with the views of the mountains to the west.
If you could give one piece of advice to an undergraduate completing the same degree that you did, what would it be?
John: If you are interested in pursuing work in the consulting field, invest time and energy in understanding the ecology and natural environment of Canada. This is important, as your work will be intertwined heavily with the environmental sciences.
Adam: If I had known how important report writing was going to be for my career, I’d have taken a technical writing course.
John: My archaeology department field school at Fish Creek. The course has the most practical experience, and I learned skills that would be applicable in my work post graduation.
Adam: I wish I could have taken my Arky field school in my first year! In those few week, I learned almost everything I need to get a foothold in the CRM world.
John: I transitioned from archaeology proper into more of an anthropology based career. I’ve applied my skills as an anthropologist into the work I do in the environmental science consulting, as well as local wilderness safety training/guiding work I do.
Adam: After spending a summer working with John on a Traditional Land Use Study in Northern Alberta, I returned to Calgary and was hired to by a consulting company to do CRM and EIAs. After a few years of doing that work, I moved back to the NWT and started to teach Environmental Monitoring at the local College.
We started our company in 2010, with the idea that we could continue to teach part time but could consider other types of work. Almost immediately, we got a Arky contract with Wood Buffalo National Park, and haven’t slowed down since.
John: The time and freedom to develop new skills and explore new opportunities.
Adam: Freedom. We can pretty much choose when and where to work. In the last 6 years, we have worked almost every community in the NWT and have seen much of the circumpolar region.
John: Near the end of my degree I had the opportunity to focus more on northern issues. This allowed me to then return home to the north and apply my skills up here. After a series of moves from working with a local first nation to the government of the Northwest Territories, Adam I and ultimately created our own consulting company.
Adam: The experience that I had at the U of C, was the perfect jumping off point for my career. The contacts I made helped me transition into the workforce and the academics inspired me to be a lifelong learner.