Staff

The staff at the BRWA are a dedicated team, all bringing their talents and passions to the table to make our work come alive. We have been lucky to have many of the same core members over the last 7 years, with the addition of summer staff and some wonderful new faces!

Left to right: Susanna, Sheila, Kandra, David, Sarah. Not pictured: Carson.

David Samm, General Manager.

Contact: david.samm@battleriverwatershed.ca

David Samm is the Battle River Watershed Alliance’s General Manager. He started with BRWA in 2007 and continues to coordinate the work of the Alliance and to oversee the BRWA’s long-term strategic plan. David is a graduate of both the University of Manitoba (BSc in Agriculture) and Saint Francis Xavier University (Masters Degree in Adult Education).

Prior to joining BRWA David worked as a consulting agrologist and has over 30 years of experience working with the agriculture industry in central and northern Alberta. He is passionate about helping people and enjoys creating new projects that focus on making the world a better place for people.

David also enjoys being involved with volunteer work for programs that strengthen the social, economic and ecological fabric in Camrose and area. Currently he is a director on The Bethany Group (TBG)’s Governing Board. He also enjoys reading Dr. Seuss books to grandchildren, playing the Great Highland Bagpipe, and has renewed interest in running.

 

Sheila Logelin, Office Manager.

Contact: sheila@battleriverwatershed.ca

Sheila has been with the Alliance since 2009. She provides internal administrative support and records management, employee benefits and attends to the Alliance’s day-to-day office needs. She also supports the BRWA Board of Directors as the recording secretary and manages their meeting logistics. She is often behind the scenes at our events, helping to plan food and logistics. Originally from the Southern Alberta, Sheila grew up on an irrigation farm and maintains strong ties to that area and agriculture. Outside of work, she dedicates her time to supporting to two active sons who enjoy competitive hockey and baseball.

 

Susanna Bruneau, Stewardship Coordinator.

Contact: susanna@battleriverwatershed.ca

Susanna Bruneau, our Stewardship Coordinator, has been seconded for one year to work with all
the Alberta WPACs (Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils) as the Legislation and Policy
Manager.

Susanna has worked with the BRWA since 2012 in various roles. She is a Bachelor of Science graduate from the Biology program at Augustana University College (now U of A, Augustana Campus), and has a Master’s in Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University. Her thesis examined how media communicates about drought and climate change, and how these frames affect landowners’ mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Raised in the watershed, Susanna’s passion for understanding the natural world and people’s connection to it has taken her across Alberta and around the world. She seeks to learn how the land and cultural values shape personal worldviews and society. She currently lives with her family, dog, and rabbits, overlooking the Battle River.

 

Sarah Skinner, Watershed Programs Manager.

Contact: sarah@battleriverwatershed.ca

Sarah has been the BRWA’s Watershed Planning Coordinator (and now Programs Manager) since 2010. This work includes sharing information on the health of the watershed and collaborating with residents, stakeholders, and decision-makers to develop and implement watershed management plans, programs, and practices that support improved watershed health.

Originally from Turtleford, SK, Sarah moved to Camrose in 2005 to study at the U of A, Augustana campus, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. In her work and in her life, Sarah desires to work together with individuals, organizations, and communities to care for the long-term health and wellbeing of land, water, and people. Sarah is a beautiful singer and musician, and a coffee and tea connoisseur.

 

Kandra Forbes, Education Lead.

Contact: kandra@battleriverwatershed.ca

A new addition to our team, Kandra will be coordinating our education programs such as X-Stream Science and Future Farmers for Freshwater as well as being the Program Coordinator for the Alberta Caring for Our Watersheds contest. Originally from Moose Jaw, SK, She received her bachelor in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Regina and has been hooked on working for watersheds since. First in Biggar SK, then Milk River AB, then Gravelbourg SK and now here!

Her family has a small herd of bison. In her spare time you will find her with her camera, borrowing other people’s dogs, and cross country skiing. Sometimes at the same time. Other times she can be found swimming or gardening.

 

Carson Hvenegaard, Engagement Assistant.

Contact: carson@battleriverwatershed.ca

Carson grew up in Camrose, exploring Stoney Creek and the rest of the watershed by foot, bike, ski, and canoe. He has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Augustana, and during that degree worked for the BRWA as a summer student in 2018. This experience, along with working for Alberta Parks as an interpreter and being part of the Camrose Green Action Committee and Augustana Earthwise Club, inspired him to pursue a MA in Sustainability Studies at Trent University. He studied how and why local ENGOs and municipal governments collaborate on environmental initiatives and is excited to apply that work to engaging with the BRWA’s municipal partners. Carson enjoys spending time with his wife and family, exploring nature, cooking and eating good food, and playing board games.

We would also like to thank our Education and Outreach Coordinator Nathalie Olson (2011-2021), Education Lead Mackenzie Durocher (2019-2021), and previous summer staff; Samantha Bauer (2019) Carson Hvenegaard and Maven Boddy (2018), Tannis McNabb (2017), Jenna Szuch (2016), and Erin Specht (2015, 2014).

Board of directors

2019/2020 Board of Directors in attendance at the Annual General Meeting.
Back (L to R): Preston Weran, Greg King, Ryley Andersen
Middle: Melissa Orr-Langner, Jamie Bruha, Corinne Kelts, Diane Hanson
Front: Al Corbett, Barb Bosh, Lorne Ferguson

Academia

Greg King, University of Alberta-Augustana.

Contact: gking@ualberta.ca

Greg grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, but is currently putting down roots in Camrose. He completed his B.Sc. in Environmental Science and an M.Sc. in Geography at Carleton University, establishing a love for northern forest ecology which lead him to complete his Ph.D. on tree growth dynamics in Switzerland. He has taught at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, and Queens University in Ontario. In January 2018 he started as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at University of Alberta – Augustana campus. He continues his research of northern climates and vegetation, recently completing a 5 week canoe -based field expedition in the arctic, and more locally, studying the growth and health of Camrose’s urban forest.

Outside of his teaching and research work, you might find Greg with his partner and son in the backyard garden, or getting active on the ski trails, paddling a river, or playing ultimate frisbee.

Agriculture

Khalil Ahmed, Battle River Research Group.

Contact: manager@battleriverresearch.com

Khalil’s key research interests are sustainable agriculture and protecting the environment. He has more than eight years of research experience and holds a PhD in Agriculture and a Diploma in Environmental Sciences from NAIT. Khalil previously worked with SARDA Ag Research as an Environmental Coordinator and then Research Coordinator, often partnering with the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance. He has also worked in the fertilizer industry in Pakistan, at the Agricultural Institute of Malaysia and at Integrated Crop Research Management Services in Fort-Saskatchewan.

Apart from work he enjoys time with his family, playing cricket and tennis, and watching documentaries and DIY home repair videos on YouTube.

 

Ryley Andersen, BRWA Co-Chairperson

Contact: ryleyandersen@hotmail.com

Ryley was formally a Councillor with the MD of Wainwright where he is born and raised. After finishing high school Ryley worked with his dad completing road building, then went to Lakeland college completing his Applied degreed in Environmental Management. He worked in the environmental field for 5 years before switching to farming in 2015. Ryley and his wife reside 20 mins Northeast of Wainwirght approximately 2 miles from the Battle River. Ryley and Kamille have 2 daughters and 1 boy. Ryley and Kamille presently own speckle cattle and farm with Kamille’s family where they run a mixed cattle and grain operation.

He likes to spend time within the Battle River Watershed, fishing, snowmobiling, and horse back riding with the family

Business/Industry

Barb Bosh, Ashcor Technologies, ATCO.

Contact: barb.bosh@atco.com

Barb has been with ATCO for 25 years and currently is the Senior Quality, Regulatory and Operations Advisor at the new Ashcor Battle River Recycled Ash Management (RAM) Site. She has been involved in the development of many environmental programs while working with ATCO.

Barb has a diploma in Conservation and Reclamation and a Bachelor Degree of Applied Integrated Environmental Management. She has been involved with the BRWA even prior to its inception. Barb has been a BRWA director for many years and has previously held the treasurer position.

Barb was born and raised in the Forestburg area, and now lives near Donalda on a farm with her family. She is involved with community and kids activities including 4H, minor hockey, agricultural societies, and most activities her kids are involved in. She loves the outdoors and enjoys spending time hiking, canoeing, and camping in the Battle River Watershed, and all parts of the province.

Dustin Owens, Heartland Generation.

Contact: dustin.owens@heartlandgeneration.com

Dustin currently leads Heartland Generation’s public policy and government portfolios. In this role he leads the company’s development of public policy positions, and associated advocacy with provincial and federal governments. Dustin previously held senior management positions with Alberta Energy and Alberta Executive Council, focusing on energy markets and natural resource policy. He is a currently the Chair of the Alex Community Health Centre’s board of directors. He resides in Calgary.

 

Environment

Diane Hanson, Alberta Rural Sustainable Alternatives Network.

Contact: diane.hanson2602@gmail.com

Diane grew up on a mixed farm north of Viking AB. She feels fortunate to be from a family who respected the interdependence of land, water and humans. She studied agricultural internationally prior to a 20 year career working in adult education and in the natural gas industry.

She is currently working at the Viking Farm – a bio-intensive /organic venture producing fruits, vegetables and grass fed poultry and beef. She is pleased to be part of BRWA and hopes to make a positive difference in our watershed!

 

First Nations

We’re now taking nominations for this position. Contact us for more information.

 

Individual

Midge Lambert, Landowner.

Growing up in Consort, Midge is very familiar with our watersheds. She had spent a number of years stewarding a section of land on the Battle River near Kelsey, but now resides in Camrose. Midge enjoyed an active career catering and cooking, working across western Canada from movie sets to forestry camps. She still loves to cook and has been one of the amazing chefs during the Rolling Down the River cycling tours. Midge is passionate about local politics and rural Alberta and was the Alberta Party candidate for the Battle River-Wainwright constituency in 2013. She continues to work with the Party and encourages everyone to get involved in their local communities.

Al Corbett, BRWA Co-Chairperson.

Contact: georgeemerson.consultants@gmail.com

Al currently works with the Drainage Council as their WPAC coordinator in the North Saskatchewan, Battle and Red Deer watersheds. Prior to retirement in 2010, he was the AESRD representative to the Drainage Council and the Water Operations Central-North Region manager for provincially-owned water infrastructure in the northern two-thirds of the province including Dickson Dam, two pumping stations and many other smaller projects. Al’s background includes design, construction and operation of water structures for the province over a 33 year period. Al and his wife Landy currently live in Camrose, and have four children and five grandchildren to keep them occupied. Al serves with other groups including the NSWA, the RDRWA, the Camrose Public Library Board and as treasurer for Grace church.

Peter Pullishy

Contact: ppullishy@gmail.com

Peter Pullishy ,who retired in Wetaskiwin in 2020, had been involved in operating ,and then managing Municipal Drinking Water and Waste Water systems since 1992. During his time operating, then managing the City of Wetaskiwin water and wastewater treatment facilities , he enjoyed interacting with the Battle River Watershed Alliance-in particularly he liked acting as a judge for the Battle River Watershed Alliance youth competitions. Peter still currently enjoys being involved in water and serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Battle River Watershed Alliance. In his spare time, Peter enjoys spending time with family, flying a small airplane, hiking and reading.

Greg Smith- BRWA Treasurer

Contact: smithcg@telus.net

Greg is originally from Edmonton and after completing a BSc in zoology and BCom in 1977 moved to Vermilion and worked for an agricultural manufacturing company. In 1991 he returned to University and completed his teaching certificate followed by a M Ed in school counselling. After a career as a teacher, school counsellor, and administrator he retired in 2010 and spends time with his grandchildren and volunteers for activities that promote education and environmental conservation. His outdoor passions include archaeology, geology, kayaking, cross country skiing, and hiking.

 

Municipal Government

Bill Lawson, MD of Wainwright.

Contact: blawson@mdwainwright.ca

Bill was elected in 2013 representing Division #6 He was born and raised in the Irma district just North of Fabyan. After finishing high school Bill worked at the Wainwright Coop for a bit before finding a Job as a professional firefighter. He continued with that Job at CFB Wainwright for 31 years. He and his wife Carol built a new home in 2000 and reside there just North of the farm where Bill grew up as a child. Bill and Carol have 3 sons, Rob, Steven and Chad, all of which still live around the Irma area. Rob presently farms with Bill where they run a mixed cattle and grain operation. Steve sells for Webbs machinery out of Wainwright and Chad has his own Real Estate Business. Currently they have 9 grandchildren who they enjoy immensely, which is also keeping them young at heart!

Preston Weran, Town of Blackfalds.

Contact: pweran@blackfalds.com

Preston Weran is the Director of Infrastructure and Property Services for the Town of Blackfalds. He started with the Town in 2011 and continues to oversee the Public Works and Planning Department for this thriving community. Preston recently graduated from the Alberta University NACLAAII Program. He is also Certified Technologist with ASET and a Certified Local Government Manager.

He spend his days planning, executing and reporting to the CAO and Council on capital projects and utility functions ensuring alignment with the Municipal Sustainability Plan and budgetary restrictions. He has over 20 years of civil and buildings design experience working with civil and industrial clients in central and northern Alberta. He is passionate about developing systems that conserve, protect and enhance the environment in balance with the many social and economic needs of a growing community. He currently is a technical advisor on the North Red Deer River Water Services Commission and the North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Services Commission.

Preston enjoys being a Director with the Battle River Watershed Board to help spread the story of this important interprovincial watershed and the value of all water as a resource. He is originally from North Battleford, Saskatchewan where as a youth, he spent may hours swimming in the Battle River east of Battleford. He now spends most of his free time with his wife Crystal, his son Declan and daughter Scarlett on family outings camping and boating. He is also currently working towards his Bachelors of General Studies online.”

Dale Pederson, Beaver County

This is Dale’s second term in office He works as w journeyman mechanic,  has been employed through the years by Whitehorse Construction, Lakeland College (instructor),  and Atco Gas as a compressor mechanic and operator. He began cow/calf operation in 1985 and manages repair service in conjunction with cattle operation to the present day. As well he worked casually at U of A Research Ranch until 2012. He was born in Viking and attended school in Kinsella and Viking. He is committed to working on the family farm and enjoys working with cattle.

Provincial/Federal Government

 

Ex-Officio

Jamie Bruha, Alberta Environment and Parks. Contact: jamie.bruha@gov.ab.ca

Melissa Orr-Langner, Alberta Agriculture. Contact: melissa.orr-langner@gov.ab.ca

Lorne Ferguson,  Past BRWA Board Treasurer.

David Samm, Battle River Watershed Alliance. Contact: david.samm@battleriverwatershed.ca

 

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