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

CurrentDirector  Red Pennant Communications Corp., Vancouver, Canada
April 2019 – ongoingDirectorGeoscience Division of Red Pennant Communications Corp., Vancouver Canada
August 2014 – Oct. 2021President and DirectorRed Pennant Communications Corp., Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 2018 – Dec. 2020Consultant / Lead – Marketing and Business Development
Proposal writer
Tetra Tech Canada Inc.:
– ICE Division (Oil & Gas, Mining, Water Treatment)
– PWR Division (power transmission)
April 2018 – Sept.  2019Chief Technical Officer – Semantics (Chief Semantics Officer)Minerva Intelligence, Inc., Vancouver, Canada
Aug. 2014 – April 2017Business Development Consultant Tetra Tech Canada Inc., Mining Division
July 2011 – Aug. 2014 (Canada)Communications SpecialistWardrop Engineering / Tetra Tech WEI / Tetra Tech, Inc., Canadian Mining Practice, Vancouver, Canada
Oct. 2010 – June 2011 (South Africa)Corporate Communications ManagerAnglo American Platinum, Division of Anglo American plc, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jan. 2008 – April 2010Business Development Consultant, T/A Red Pennant Communications (Pty) Ltd.Alstom S&E Africa (Pty) Ltd. – Alstom Power, Johannesburg, South Africa (*Acquired by GE, Nov. 2015)
Aug. 2006 – Oct. 2010Owner / Principal ConsultantRed Pennant Communications (Pty) Ltd.,  Johannesburg, South Africa – technology, engineering and retail clients
Dec. 2009 – May 2011Director and founder memberSouth African Institute of Information Technology Professionals (SAIITP), Johannesburg, South Africa
Pre-2009Various companies in South Africa

2. Qualification – Registrations – Experience – Languages

  • M.A. Applied Linguistics and Literary Sciences
  • Association of Proposal Management Professionals APMP-Foundation™ Level, Jan. 2017 onwards
  • 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