Team

  • Ian Wallace
      Ian WallaceProject Geoscientist

      Ian is a Project Geoscientist and a Nelson resident. His geoscience background began over 10 years ago and during that time he has spent time gaining experience in Australia, Papua New Guinea, and throughout Canada. He is interested in increasing his understanding of the interaction between surface water and groundwater, particularly in the Columbia Basin. When Ian is not busy Sciencing, he is usually on his bike or spending time with his family.

    • Avery Deboer-Smith
        Avery Deboer-SmithProgram Coordinator

        Avery was raised in Nelson, BC. She is currently the Program Manager with the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS) where she is coordinating projects such as wildlife monitoring, water quality monitoring, restoration of wetlands and shoreline cleanups. Avery is involved in the planning of the annual Kootenay Lake Summits and organizes all the Society’s outreach capacity. FOKLSS is a partner of Living Lakes CanadaAvery worked for local government in the Kootenays for 3 years prior to her role with FOKLSS. Her focus during this time was water conservation. She helped implement two of the most successful Columbia Basin Trust Water Smart Ambassador programs during its duration.

        Avery has an educational background in international relations and a technical diploma in environmental sciences. She is returning to school to do her Master’s in environment and management in 2018.

        In 2016 Avery was the City of Nelson’s individual recipient for the Sustainability Leadership Award. Avery was also awarded the Spirit of St. Lucia Award during her attendance at the Living Lakes International Conference in South Africa.

      • Heather Leschied
        Heather LeschiedProgram Director

        Heather as been involved in community-based watershed monitoring and stewardship in the Columbia Basin, Mackenzie Basin and Winnipeg Basin for over 10 years. As Program Director for Living Lakes Canada, she works with individuals and groups to build knowledge, and implement citizen science monitoring programs that inform policy, in order to better protect our watersheds. Heather is Chair of the Kootenay Lake Partnership and East Kootenay Integrated Lake Management Partnership, and through these roles has been involved in Sensitive Habitat Inventory Mapping projects for 13 lakes in British Columbia and Alberta.  Heather holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Geography, and is a certified Streamkeepers Instructor and field instructor for the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Science at the University of New Brunswick.

      • Kat Hartwig
        Kat HartwigExecutive Director

        She grew up on her family ranch in the Southern Rockies of BC.  She has been involved in international, national and regional environmental advocacy issues relating to sustainable tourism, endangered species, corporate social responsibility and water based ecosystem health since 1983.  She continues to advocate for land and water policy and protection mechanisms necessary to support biodiversity, source water protection and climate resilient communities.  She is an advisor for; the Lake Windermere Ambassadors; BC water leaders consortium; Small Change Fund; Vancouver Foundation Environmental advisory; Canadian Freshwater Alliance advisory and the Columbia Basin Trust Climate Resilience Advisory.  Kat is currently on the board of The Keepers of the Water, the Columbia Basin Water Stewardship Network and Global Nature Fund. Kat facilitates cross sector-corporate, academic, government and NGO partnerships and collaborations for water stewardship. She lives with her family near the headwaters of the Columbia River.

      • Megan Peloso
          Megan PelosoResearcher

          Megan has a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies (UBC, 2014). With an interest in African studies carried over from field research conducted during her undergrad (Honours in International Development, Bachelor of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, 2009), Megan’s graduate research focused on local water access and community-scale participatory water governance in peri-urban areas of Accra, Ghana. Freshly in the wake of receiving her graduate diploma, Megan dove head-first into learning about non-profit management in the world of water, serving as Program Coordinator of the Lake Windermere Ambassadors’ community water stewardship programs for almost 3 years (2014-2017). She is a certified Program Manager through the Canadian Aquatic BIomonitoring Network. Megan currently lives in Smithers and works as a professional grant writer and contractor.

        • Raegan Mallinson
          Raegan MallinsonWater Stewardship Coordinator

          Raegan grew up on the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, nestled in the Alberta foothills in the small townsite of Redwood Meadows. She received her BSc. from the University of Calgary in Environmental Science, Biology concentration, has a certificate in Aboriginal Relations Leadership and is a  CABIN certified Program Manager and Trainer. She has worked with the Lake Windermere Ambassadors, and grassroots environmental organization Wildsight to help support their local water programs. Enjoying all forms of water the Kootenays has to offer from fresh powder tracks, to glacier hikes and dips in Kootenay Lake, the beautiful, eccentric mountain town of Nelson, British Columbia is where she calls home.  

        • Bruce MacDonald
            Bruce MacDonaldFish Habitat Biologist, Advisor, Consultant

            Bruce MacDonald is a fish habitat biologist and retired head of the habitat management program in the Columbia River basin for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has bachelor degrees in biology and education from Acadia University and St Francis Xavier University and has taken post graduate courses at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. He has worked in fish habitat management throughout British Columbia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories for the past 30 years including 25 years with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He was a member of the Association of Professional Biologists of British Columbia for 20 years. He has extensive experience with impact assessment of land and water developments on fish habitat and has most recently been working on the assessment, classification and mapping of lake shorelines and the development of lake shoreline development guidelines for lakes in the Columbia Basin.