Marthe Bijman – Director, Red Pennant Communications

Marthe Bijman has more than 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing and business development. She specializes in the Resource Extraction Industries – Mining & Minerals, Oil & Gas, Water & Wastewater. She has worked for tech companies for more than 10 years and for mining and mining engineering companies for more than 15 years. She created Red Pennant Communications in 2006, to provide marketing communications, branding and business development services. In 2019, the company diversified its services to include independent professional Geoscience, led by Michael F. (Mike) O’Brien.


1. Professional Record

Aug. 2014 to presentPresident & DirectorRed Pennant Communications Corp., Vancouver, Canada
April 2017 – presentConsultant – Business Development, Marketing, CommunicationsClients include mine owners and mining engineering consultancies
 Consultant/Contractor – Proposal management and writingTetra Tech Canada Inc., Vancouver, Canada (Mining, Power, Municipal, Oil & Gas)
April 2018 – Sept.  2018Chief Technical Officer – Semantics (Chief Semantics Officer)Minerva Intelligence Inc., Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 2014 – April 2017Business Development ConsultantTetra Tech Canada Inc. (Mining)
July 2011 – Aug. 2014 (Canada)Communications SpecialistWardrop Engineering / Tetra Tech Inc. – Canadian Mining Practice, Vancouver, Canada
Oct. 2010 – June 2011 (South Africa)Corporate Communications ManagerAnglo American Platinum, Div. of Anglo American plc, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jan. 2008 – April 2010  Business Development Consultant, T/A Red Pennant Communications (Pty) Ltd.Alstom S&E Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Alstom Power, Johannesburg, South Africa
Aug. 2006 – Oct. 2010  Owner / Consultant    Red Pennant Communications (Pty) Ltd.,  Johannesburg, South Africa – technology, engineering and retail clients

2. Qualification – Registrations – Experience – Languages

  • M.A. Applied Linguistics and Literary Sciences
  • Accreditation: Association of Proposal Management Professionals APMP-Foundation™ Level, Jan. 2017 to December 2022.
  • Chartered Public Relations Professional (CPRP), PRISA, since 2006
  • Accredited Public Relations Practitioner (APR), PRISA, since 2007
  • Fluent in English, Dutch, German

3. Skills and Knowledge

  • Proposal production process, end-to-end
  • Business Development cycle
  • Public Relations
  • Writing, editing, graphic design
  • Managing deadlines and working in multi-discipline teams
  • Adequate subject-specific understanding of Engineering, Geoscience and Earth Sciences in Mining, and basics of Oil & Gas, and Municipal Water & Wastewater Management
  • Understanding of project contracting and financing (Consulting & Studies, EPC, EPCM, Design-Build, partnering, JVs
  • Understanding of requirements for communications with Indigenous Peoples in Canada

4. Software skills

Microsoft Office:
Mac OS/iOS:
Apache OpenOffice:
Models, graphs, org charts:
Pdf formatting and editing:
Photo editing:
Layout and page design:
e-Book publishing:
Blogging & Social Media:
Video editing/production:
Online training development:
Shared platform:
Blog-to-book publishing:
Digital audio production:
Whole suite/all programs up to MS Office 2019
All suites, all apps, Microsoft Project
Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, etc.
Visio, Apache OpenOffice Draw, Google Chrome
Adobe Acrobat X Pro, Nuance
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), Adobe Photoshop
MS Office, Pages, Adobe InDesign
Blurb BookSmart, BookWright
WordPress, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram
iMovie, Biteable
Articulate 360
Prezi 3D, PowerPoint 2D,   Keynote  2D, Biteable
Basic HTML 5
CloudPrinter Global Print API in JSON
GarageBand and Logic Pro for Mac OS/iOS