Cascadia’s small group of highly qualified professionals have a strong history of working with governments, universities and private industry. We believe in a collaborative approach to problem solving which draws on the experience and insights of our diverse network of technical experts, stakeholders and regulators to help develop robust and realistic solutions.

Clayton Hiles - MASc, P.Eng

Clayton Hiles is a coastal engineer with more than a decade of experience. He has a Master of Applied Science from the University of Victoria and a Coastal Engineering Certificate from Old Dominion University. His research and experience includes computational modelling of ocean hydrodynamics and wind-waves, assessment of coastal hazards and quantification of marine renewable energy resources. Clayton is owner and Principal Engineer at Cascadia Coast Research.

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Roy A Walters, PhD

Dr. Roy Walters is a physical oceanographer with over 35 year of experience working within various aspects of modelling and field data analysis for estuaries and coastal oceans. He worked within the National Research Program of US Geological Survey for 23 years, then with National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (New Zealand). His research has included the hydrodynamics of San Francisco Bay, Puget Sound, coastal British Columbia and Alaska, and sites around New Zealand where he was a project leader for several tsunami hazard assessments and examined tidal power potential in Cook Strait.


Ignacio Beya, BEng

Ignacio has a civil engineering degree with specializations in hydraulics and environmental engineering from the University of Chile. His skills and experience include computational modelling of waves and ocean hydrodynamics, field measurement programs, and laboratory modelling of coastal engineering works. He has more that seven years of experience as a consultant and as a researcher. He acted as a Project Manager for the Chilean National Hydraulic Laboratory from 2011 to 2014 and 2015 to 2018.

Matthew Sypus, MSc

Matthew recently completed his Master of Science program from the University of Victoria (Dec 2019). His research involved constructing tsunami source scenarios for the west coast of North America, which are then used as inputs for scientists/engineers running tsunami simulations. He worked on generating rupture scenarios for three main regions off the west coast of North America (Cascadia, Winona, and Haida Gwaii). His work contributed to the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) supported by NRCan.