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 the same core team over the last 7 years, with the addition of summer staff.

The 2018 BRWA staff time line up outside at Mirror Lake in Camrose.
2018 BRWA staff team. Left to Right: Susanna, Nathalie, David, Sarah, Sheila.

 

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. Cycling. He also reading Dr. Seuss books to grandchildren, playing the Great Highland Bagpipe and a has renewed interest in running.

Sheila Logelin, Office Manager. Contact: sheila@battleriverwatershed.ca

Sheila has been with the Alliance since April 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, Research and Stewardship Coordinator. Contact: susanna@battleriverwatershed.ca

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.  Susanna is currently on maternity leave, returning to work in January 2020.

Nathalie Stanley Olson, Education and Outreach Coordinator. Contact: nathalie@battleriverwatershed.ca

Nathalie has been leading our youth education and community outreach projects since 2011.  She graduated from Royal Roads University in 2018 with a MA in Environmental Education and Communication. She combined her loves of maps, art, and place to design the “Make Your Map” workshops, encouraging people to create personal maps of their special places in the Battle River region.

Nathalie has loved water everyplace she has lived across Canada- from the Gulf of St. Lawrence, to Ontario’s lakes, to the ephemeral stream which flows across her family’s farm. She loves to take her rubber boots through puddles in the spring and ski or skate across the snow and ice in the winter.

Sarah Skinner, Watershed Planning Coordinator. Contact: sarah@battleriverwatershed.ca

Sarah has been the BRWA’s Watershed Planning Coordinator 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, AB, 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.

We would also like to thank previous summer staff; Carson Hvenegaard and Maven Boddy (2018), Tannis McNabb (2017), Jenna Szuch (2016), and Erin Specht (2015, 2014).

Board of directors

2017/2018 BRWA Board of Directors
2017/2018 Board of Directors. Back row (left to right): David Samm, Bruce Cummins, John Pearson, Al Corbett, Hugh Sanders, Lorne Ferguson, Jamie Bruha, Preston Weran. Front Row: Les Parsons, Diane Hanson, Barb Bosh, Midge Lambert, Melissa Orr-Langer. Absent: Corinne Kelts, Shane Mascarin.

 

Academia

Les Parsons, University of Alberta. Contact: lesparsonsgreen@yahoo.ca

Les grew up on Whelp Creek at his family farm near Lacombe.  Les coaches the Camrose Ski Club & Augustana Vikings and many of Canada’s Olympic athletes. During open water season, Les paddles the Battle River a couple of times each week by Aberhart Bridge, south of Camrose. He is really excited about guiding & sharing the Battle River experience with everyone. His dream is to encourage others to protect the sacred waters of our Battle River. 

Agriculture

John Pearson, Farmer, Landowner. Contact: jjpearsonfarm@gmail.com

John grew up on the family farm NE of Donalda and attended school in Donalda, Stettler, Camrose Lutheran College and U of A in Edmonton in Agriculture. He is married to Jeanne and has two adult children; Mark- Mechanical Engineer and Kimberly- Teacher, both living and working in Calgary.

John was Vice-President of Alberta Wheat Pool in the 1990’s until its merger into Agricore in 1999 and was Reeve/ Deputy Reeve of the County of Stettler during the early 2000’s. He is currently on the board of Stettler Waste Management Association and also sits on the board of Donalda and District Agriculture Society.

John farms 400 acres, seeded to wheat, peas canola and rents 75% of the remainder to a neighbour. He also owns purebred Red Angus on shares with a neighbour.John enjoys traveling, square-dancing, reading and puttering with old cars. He is looking forward to working with the board and staff of BRWA to gain a better understanding of watersheds and working with the communities within the watershed.  

Business/Industry

Barb Bosh, ATCO Power.  BRWA Chairperson. Contact: barb.bosh@atcopower.com

Barb has been with ATCO Power for 20 years and currently is the Laboratory and Environmental Supervisor at the Battle River Generating Station.  She has been involved in the development of many environmental programs at the site over her time there.

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.

Jim Geddes, Private Energy Consultant. Contact: jimhgeddes@gmail.com

Jim grew up on a mixed farm in Saskatchewan.  He spent the next 30 years in a career in the oilfield which took him to various areas including Kindersley, Savanna Creek, Slave Lake, Camrose, and Drayton Valley areas.  He semi retired this year in 2016.  Jim previously worked with the group that helped to form the Battle River Watershed Alliance.  He also was a director on the Special Places program to set up a provincial park known as Lesser Slave Lake Wildland Provincial park.

Environment

Lorne Ferguson, BRWA Board Treasurer

Lorne joined the Camrose Police Service in 1969 and after a successful career retired in 1996. He then spent three seasons as a Park Ranger at Miquelon Lake PP and the next eight years working in the Oil Field Service Industry.   Lorne has been a member of Ducks Unlimited for over thirty years acting as Committee Chairman for the Camrose Committee as well for the  Ducks Unlimited New Norway Golf Tournament.  He also was responsible for the Alberta Ducks Unlimited Art Program for eight years and served 7 years as the president of the Friends of Little Beaver Lake Society.  

He and his wife Laurie have two grown children. He likes to spend time in the badlands looking for artifacts, fly fishing and hiking, with his two grandchildren.

Diane Hanson, Alberta Rural Sustainable Alternatives Network. Contact: diane@arsan.ca

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

Vacant Positions (2). Interested in this position? We’re now taking nominations. Contact us for more information. 

Individual

Midge Lambert, Landowner. 

Our Vice Chair Midge has been with the BRWA since 2007.   Growing up in Consort, Midge is very familiar with our watersheds, and now enjoys a beautiful view of the Battle River from her home in the river valley near Kelsey.  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 feeding the Battle River Streamers 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 Vice 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, Individual. Contact: ppullishy@gmail.com

Municipal Government

Corinne Kelts, Special Areas. Contact: corinne.kelts@gov.ab.ca

Corinne grew up on a mixed farm south of Consort in the Sedalia area in Special Areas #3.  She studied business at Lakeland College in Vermilion prior to her current 33+ year career with the Special Areas Board.  She started in admin and steadily moved her way up to Manager and is the Administrator for Special Areas #4 in Consort.  Corinne has always had a great interest in agriculture, native prairie and water so is pleased to be a municipal representative member on the BRWA. 

Corinne and her husband Bruce farm and ranch west of Consort.  They have a daughter who is a teacher and a son who is a Journeyman Millwright working on his second ticket of Machinist.  They are proud to have them both remain and work in the Special Areas. 

Ryley Andersen, MD of Wainwright. Contact: randersen@mdwainwright.ca 

Preston Weran, Town of Blackfalds. Contact: pweran@blackfalds.com

Provincial/Federal Government

Shane Mascarin, Department of National Defense. Contact: shane.mascarin@forces.gc.ca

Shane has worked at the Canadian Forces Base in Wainwright since 2001 and has been the Range Biologist since 2005. He works mostly with Species At Risk, invasive species and sustainable military training. He first started in consulting after graduating from University of Lethbridge in 1999.

Shane has been an active member in the Battle River Watershed Alliance since 2002. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors (2006). Shane also is a Director on the Alberta Invasive Plant Council and is very involved in invasive species management.

Shane lives in Wainwright with his wife and twin girls who share his passion for the outdoors.  In his free time Shane can be found training for endurance events like cycling, ultra-marathons and Ironman.  He was part of the team who dreamed up the Rolling down the River Bike Tour.

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

Melissa Orr-Langner is an Agricultural Water Engineer with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. She graduated from the U of S in 2003 with a degree in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, and has been with the department since 2006. Melissa’s role as a water specialist is to provide technical expertise to agricultural producers, non-profit groups and other organizations on the areas of water supply, quality, treatment and management. Melissa was raised on a mixed farm in the Battle River watershed near Kelsey, and has fond memories of looking for crocuses in the coulees, fishing, tobogganing and haying in the valley. She has a keen interest in assisting farmers and rural landowners protect and manage their water supplies. In her spare time, Melissa enjoys camping, playing sports and spending time with her husband and their children.

Ex-Officio

Jamie Bruha, Alberta Environment and Parks. Contact: jamie.bruha@gov.ab.ca
Hugh Sanders, Past BRWA Chairperson. Contact:  hugh.mindsprings@gmail.com

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

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