Staff Bios

Leanne Murakami, BA

Lab Director

Graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Communications. Leanne oversees lab operations and its quality assurance program.

She is a competent bulk analyst, receiving her Asbestos Identification training from the McCrones Research Institute in Chicago, IL in 2003 and Advanced Asbestos Identification using PLM in 2016 at MICA taught by Peter M. Cooke.

Leanne has developed solid relationships with many key contacts, technical experts and mentors in the field of asbestos analysis throughout North America. The combined knowledge acquired from her experiences as a Lab Director of Epoch Analytical since its inception in 2006, has contributed to a broader understanding of the wide range of challenges associated with asbestos containing materials, analytical methodologies and techniques that promote accurate analyses.

Leanne enjoys the interpersonal relationships with clients and making their experience with Epoch Analytical Inc, a unique and positive one.

Kelvin Tang, BSc.

Senior Lab Analyst

Kelvin graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of General Sciences with a concentration in chemistry and Life Sciences.

He also attended BCIT and completed an advanced specialty certificate in Forensic Sciences. Kelvin was a chemical laboratory technician for many years where he digested mineral samples with ICP-MS and ICP-OES instrumentation.

Kelvin obtained his Advanced Asbestos identification certificate using Polarized Light Microscopy from Micascope Training Institute. Kelvin oversees the

In his free time Kelvin enjoys golf, badminton, cycling and hiking.

Lyudmyla Ishkova, Dipl. Chem Tech

Lab Analyst

Myla graduated with a Diploma in Chemical Technology in Leningrad, Russia.

She was a quality control chemical laboratory technician for 13 years in a Life Touch Film Labs in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Upon moving to BC, she was employed as an Asbestos Lab Analyst since 2012.

Myla completed the following training courses at the MICAscope training institute with instructor Peter Cooke: Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust (NIOSH 582E and NIOSH 7400) Asbestos Identification using PLM and Advanced Asbestos Techniques using PLM.

Simon Chen, M.Eng

Lab Analyst

Simon is Engineer-in-Training of EGBC. He graduated from the University of Fuzhou with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Simon has over 10 years of experience working as a chemical professional and possesses solid capabilities in laboratory analysis. He also attended Douglas College and completed a diploma in Data Analytics. Simon has worked in a chemical laboratory as an analyst in Calgary for many years with some projects in a pilot plant before moving to BC to become an Analyst at Epoch Analytical. Simon was instrumental in setting up our metals analysis of Lead (Pb) Standard Operating Procedures and is also an analyst in our lead (Pb) analysis division. In his free time, Simon enjoys soccer, badminton and hiking.

Adrian Chang, M.Sc

Lab Analyst

Adrian possesses a Masters of Science in Biology from the University of Saskatoon and a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from Simon Fraser University. He has over 8 years of experience in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences field before becoming  member of the EA labs team. He has worked in government funded research labs conducting important research in agriculture and in the private sector labs as well. As an experienced microscopist, Adrian brings excellent analytical skills and attention to detail.

Sue Wilson


Sue Wilson is the friendly face and voice that greets you upon calling or entering our Coquitlam office to drop samples. Sue has over 12 years of experience in accounting and administration. As the sample receptionist, she will walk you through the procedure of submitting a proper sample and make it as easy as ABC-123. You will appreciate her calm, friendly disposition and easy-going personality. Sue is the epitome of customer service and attention to detail. A good portion of her work experience history was as an owner of a tree falling business from 1994-2008 in Campbell River, BC where she managed all aspects of administration and record keeping. We can always rely on Sue to keep our staff and customers organized and on task! In her spare time, she relaxes by reading a good novels, watching a variety of sports on TV, and going for walks.

Winnie Pan

Accounting Manager

Her extensive full cycle accounting experience contributes to the successful execution of this important position. Winnie completed her Accounting and Payroll Administrator Diploma from CDI College in 2005.

You will find Winnie to be a very pleasant and helpful person. She enjoys traveling, socializing with friends and eating good food!

Bulk Sample Asbestos Identification using EPA600/R93/116

Airborne Asbestos Fiber Counting using Phase Contrast Microscopy (PCM) in accordance to NIOSH 7400

Gravimetric 400 and 1000 Point Count for Bulk Asbestos

Vermiculite Research Method by PLM using EPA600/ R-04/004

Lead Detection in Paints and Coatings

Lead (Pb) Detection by Open Beam X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analysis

Lead (Pb) Detection by Flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (FAA) NISOH 7082

Mold and Bacteria Analysis

Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)


of Epoch Analytical Inc.

EPOCH is accredited with the US National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) for bulk asbestos sample analysis under NVLAP Code 200746-0.

NVLAP Lab Code: 200746-0

NVLAP Lab Code: 200746-0

EPOCH is accredited with the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) for airborne fiber analysis (Membership No. 3533).

Testing Accreditation No. A 3533

NVLAP Testing Accreditation No. A 3533

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