South Valley Estates
Dockside Green
Sooke Liquid Waste Management Plan
Cadboro Gyro Park Master Plan
Southeast False Cree Waterfront Park
Bowker Creek
Willowbrook Estates
Blenkinsop Creek


Lehna Malmkvist presents 'Designing with Nature' at TEDx Berlin. Watch video

Swell project Bowker Creek wins EcoStar Award 2012 for Integrated Watershed Management

Swell and Rick Lloyd (PEng, RCL Consulting Ltd.) collaborative project Copperfield Village Strata Corp. wins 2012 Saanich Environmental Award for Sustainability


Lehna Malmkvist
Swell Environmental Consulting Ltd.
480 Beach Drive
Victoria BC V8S 2M5 Canada

tel 250.217.9190
fax 877.702.9190

We need a future in which people live integrated within their ecosystems and, to help accomplish this, where our built environments mimic the processes and functions of nature.

Swell Environmental Consulting Ltd. was established in 2004 by vegetation and aquatic ecologist Lehna Malmkvist, MSc. RPBio. We provide ecological expertise within multi-disciplinary teams for a wide range of projects - from private development projects (residential, commercial, institutional or industrial) to watershed scale land use planning for municipalities or regions. Our role as consulting ecologists is to ensure that an innovative, whole system approach is integrated into all projects. The company has excellent contacts with professionals in the environmental, engineering, building development and general contracting fields and good working relationships with regulatory agencies and the community. Swell is an environmental consulting company that can help design and build your projects.

We also share our expertise and help to create a new way of thinking about how we integrate into our ecosystem by teaching workshops, facilitating public consultation and integrated design sessions, and lecturing at professional, community and university events.


Swell Environmental Consulting works with clients and other consultants (e.g. engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners) to create a multi-disciplinary team that will design and implement your project. By creating an integrated team we are able to efficiently and effectively produce the best plan for your project:

-in a timely manner, for permits and approvals
-in consultation with regulatory agencies, public and/or other stakeholders, as needed
-economically, by having all members of the design team present early in the process to produce cost efficiencies
-ecologically, by using a whole system perspective to evaluate project options

We offer cost effective, personalized, scientifically-based consulting services and can assist you with the following tasks:

Ecological Assessments
• ecological resources and site capacity
• environmental development permit areas
• riparian areas regulation
• watersheds and water bodies

Watershed Scale Planning
• integrated watershed management plans
• rainwater management planning
• integrated stormwater management plans/master drainage plans

Ecological Site Design
• LEED and BuiltGreen
• low impact development
• rainwater management
• ecosystem restoration
• invasive species management

Environmental Monitoring & Construction Supervision
• development of Environmental Management Plans
• erosion and sediment control
• spill prevention, response and reporting

Facilitation and Teaching
• coordinate and facilitate integrated design process
• coordinate and facilitate public consultation
• workshops and lectures for professional, community and university events