The Oldman Watershed Council Board of Directors is comprised of 19 people bringing diverse perspectives from many sectors and 4 Members At Large, with elections held for each position.
Individuals and organizations nominate someone from their sector to bring that perspective to the OWC Board of Directors. The nomination forms for these Board positions are available in early spring.
The current Board includes the following members, each serving a two-year term:
City of Lethbridge
Doug Kaupp is currently the General Manager of Water and Wastewater for the City of Lethbridge, Alberta. He holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta (1986), and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University (2003).
After relatively brief assignments as a consulting engineer and technical sales representative, he joined the City of Lethbridge in 1990. Originally, Doug worked as a process engineer at the wastewater treatment plant, and later served as the manager of the water treatment plant prior to advancing to a general utility management role. He is a member of the Western Canada Water - Alberta Provincial Council and the Alberta Environment Municipal Water and Wastewater Guidelines and Standards Advisory Committee.
Doug is a long-time member of the Oldman Watershed Council and has participated on the Urban Team, the State of the Watershed Team, and the Core Team for the Integrated Water Management Plan. He also served on the Oldman River Basin Advisory Committee for the South Saskatchewan River Basin Water Management Plan
Reeve, Municipal District of Taber
Mayors and Reeves Association of Southwest Alberta
Mayor, Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Mayors and Reeves Association of Southwest Alberta
Alberta Health Services
Robert Rippin lives in Fort Macleod and works as an Environmental Health Officer for Alberta Health Services. He has an Honours Chemistry Degree from the University of Victoria and is a federally registered Environmental Health Officer (EHO). In his twenty-year history as an EHO he has developed a passion for water; for five years as a Senior Drinking Water Officer in BC, he was responsible for addressing foreshore development and water quality issues in the Thompson Shuswap Region. In addition to his work with Alberta Health Services he is a distance education tutor with the Water and Wastewater Treatment Programs at Thompson Rivers University and is a member of Alberta's Technical Advisory Committee on Potable Drinking Water.
Robert would like to see the Oldman Watershed thrive as a healthy ecosystem. One that supports diversity of animal and plant life, and can be enjoyed, utilized, and protected by all.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Claudia Sheedy is a research scientist in environmental chemistry with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta. Her main scientific interests consist in water quality and trace residue analysis of agricultural contaminants such as pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and natural estrogens in water. Her current projects focus on the presence of pesticides in irrigation waters of southern Alberta, the development of novel analytical methods for determining the impacts of agriculture on water quality and modelling of the fate and transport of pesticides in surface waters across Canada. She loves the outdoors and activities such as paddling, climbing, hiking and skiing.
Alberta Environment and Parks
Heather Sinton is the Land and Environment Planning Director for Alberta South. She and her team work with partners to develop sub-regional plans under the Land Use Framework Regional Plans. In the Oldman basin, these will include linear footprint and recreation plans. Her team will also be working with provincial colleagues to develop guidelines for source water protection plans and strategies to manage and protect native grasslands. Heather has a technical background in biology and agrology, with an M.Sc. in range management.
Over the course of her thirty-year career, Heather has had a particular interest in improving reclamation and re-vegetation practices on natural landscapes through the use of minimum disturbance practices, erosion control and the application of native plant materials. She has authored a number of publications and has won several awards for her work.
Alberta Environment and Parks (Alternate)
Linda Cerney is an Integrated Resource Grasslands Planner with Alberta Environment and Parks, for the Red Deer and South Saskatchewan Regions.
Her current work is implementing grassland strategies within the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan, including the development of a management plan for the Pekisko Heritage Rangeland and Special Management Area, grassland conservation tools and the Twin River Heritage Rangeland Natural Area designation. She has assisted her team members working on the recreation and footprint planning and will be further assisting the footprint work in the grassland areas.
Born and educated here in Lethbridge, she spent most of her childhood up in the mountains of the Crowsnest Pass and eastern B.C, but developed a passion for the prairies. Working throughout the watershed, Linda has been employed with Alberta Fish and Wildlife, Alberta Conservation Association, Alberta Parks and even dabbled in contract/consulting work. She worked under contract as an assistant planner with the OWC during the development of the Priorities document and now sits on the Integrated Watershed Management Plan team with her current position. She holds a BASc in Geography and Psychology, and when not working assists with a bird banding project in Waterton; enjoys birding, hiking, camping; and participates in various sports throughout the year.
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Janna Casson is an Agri-Environmental Stewardship Specialist who works at the Farm Stewardship Centre in Lethbridge, Alberta. She has been working with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for almost 13 years. Janna’s education and career focus has been on assessing agricultural land management practice effects on soil, air, water quality, rangeland and riparian health. She has helped design and develop agricultural watershed monitoring programs and has led and been involved with numerous on-farm and watershed-scale beneficial management practice (BMP) applied research projects.
Janna holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture Biotechnology from the University of Lethbridge and a M.Sc. in Natural Resource Sciences from McGill University. She is a member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. Janna and her family live on a coulee that overlooks the Oldman River valley. She has always had a love of the southern Alberta Rocky Mountain and Native Prairie landscapes that she has called home for most of her life.
University of Lethbridge
Andy Hurly is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge where he has taught and conducted research since 1991. His research interests involve two areas: animal behaviour and ecosystem ecology. Andy's interests in ecosystem ecology concern the health of bird and plant communities and how they are affected by activities such as cattle grazing and alterations to river flow.
Andy and his wife live on the banks of the Oldman River near Fort Macleod, and thus he is interested in maintaining healthy and economically viable ecosystems for his family and his neighbours.
Southern Alberta Group for the Environment (SAGE)
Cheryl Fujikawa's training is in medical science, microbiology, zoology and botany. She came to Lethbridge in 1978, and currently is teaching at Lethbridge Community College. She has also worked for the University of Lethbridge, the Provincial Government, the University of Alberta, CUSO and for Alberta Environment. Cheryl has been a member of the Southern Alberta Group for the Environment for twelve years.
Kelly Scott has actively participated in water related environmental initiatives in both business and community activities throughout his career, including Alberta's Water for Life Strategy. He has been active in the energy industry for thirty-three years and has broad experience in planning, development, operations and regulation. With the ATCO Group of Companies, commercial and regulatory experience has been gained in the supply and demand sides of both regulated and unregulated businesses.
Kelly holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and an M.B.A. from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta and the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
Dwayne Rogness has been working for Lethbridge County as the Rural Extension Specialist for the last 10 years. Dwayne is a member of the Association of Alberta Agricultural Fieldman, as well as a Soil Conservation Officer and Pest Control Officer with Lethbridge County. Working for Lethbridge County has helped Dwayne understand the systems approach needed to sustain an agricultural operation in today’s world.
Dwayne has been an active OWC member for the last 10 years and is a past Rural Team member/chair and currently helps approve OWC Watershed Legacy Program applications and enjoys being involved with the OWC Holding the Reins Workshop. Dwayne has been actively working with producers in the Oldman Watershed to educate them on their responsibilities to establish beneficial management practices, (BMPs) to reduce the footprint that is associated with the agriculture industry. He coordinates 3 watershed groups in Lethbridge County and has experience working on various agriculture committees.
Agriculture Producers (Atlernate)
Potato Growers of Alberta
Terence is the Executive Director of the Potato Growers of Alberta and part owner of a multi-generational family run farm and ranch in SW Alberta. Terence and his wife, Lynnette and family have lived in Taber for the past 9 years. He is actively involved in many projects and programs that seek to continue the sustainability of Agriculture in Alberta. The future of Agriculture is Southern Alberta is highly dependent on the Oldman Watershed and all who share it.
Bio coming soon...
Anne was born and raised in the Trout Creek Watershed, in the Porcupine Hills, West of Claresholm. She and her husband now ranch 17 miles S.E. of Pincher Creek, within the Waterton Watershed.
Anne is keenly aware of the importance of water to agriculture, and sat as an Alberta Beef Producer delegate on the Environment and Animal Welfare Committee. She has also served 9 years on the Pincher Creek Chamber of Economic Development, and the Cowboy Poetry Committee of the Agricultural Society, and has worked on the “Blueweed Pull” put on by the Pincher Creek Watershed Group. Anne has her B.Sc. in Zoology and worked as a Park Interpreter in Waterton Park, before taking on her lifelong passion of ranching. After dispersing her purebred herd of cattle, Anne worked for the Nature Conservancy of Canada for five years in the Waterton area. She and her husband are now semi-retired on their ranch in the MD of Pincher Creek.
Randall Wolf Tail
First Nations, Piikani Public Works
Randall Wolf Tail graduated as a Civil Engineering Technologist from the Lethbridge Community College in 1999. He works with the Piikani Public Works Department on the Piikani Nation as the Maintenance Management Officer. Randall is a Level One Water operator and is a member of the Alberta Water/Waste Water Association.
Alternate - Noreen Plain Eagle (Biography and photo TBA)
Mike Bruised Head chief bird
First Nations, Ninaa Piiskii
2011 – 2016 Presently serving on Blood Chief and Council.
2012 - present Chairman - KEPA
1994 - 2011 Kainai Board of Education
Prior to running for the office of Blood Tribe Chief and Council I was involved in Environmental issues in southern Alberta.
I have a B.A / B. Ed Degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters Degree from Gonzaga University, Spokane Washington.
I have served on numerous committees and board at the tribal, provincial and federal level. I live on the Blood Reserve where I raise horses and cattle and practice Blackfoot Ceremonies.
Members at Large
Loreena (Lori) Brave Rock
My name is Loreena (Lori) Brave Rock and I reside on the Blood Reserve where I was born and raised. My grandmother, and mother, instilled in me from a young age the traditional knowledge of our Blackfoot culture which encompasses every aspect of our natural environment with an emphasis on water.
Our culture recognizes that every part of the environment has a spirit and represents life. Over the years I have witnessed drastic changes to my childhood home on the Reserve where we enjoyed living nearby the waters that run through Bull Horn Coulee. We can no longer fish these waters or enjoy them the way we used to as they have been reduced to a near trickle and no longer provide the lush greenery and life they once supplied.
Today we recognize the need to learn more about our waters that extend throughout and beyond the Blood Tribe and how we can help preserve their quality and all the life that they support. In the spirit of our people as the true stewards of these our traditional lands, I have become active in the protection of that which we hold most dear for all of our future generations. I look forward to any opportunity to help me achieve this goal and it is in this spirit that I put forth my name to become a member at large for the Oldman Watershed Council
I served on the OWC Council for 6 years from 2007-2013, representing the Mayors/Reeves Caucus of Southwest Alberta. I decided not to run again for mayor of Picture Butte in 2013 and thus stepped away from OWC as well. I now feel it is time to become re-involved. I chaired OWC Council for my last 3 years I was on Council. Like many southern Albertans, I took the Oldman River for granted, assuming it would always be there for drinking water, irrigation, and recreation.
My 6 years on OWC Council certainly opened my eyes as to the many challenges that exist to maintain the health of the Oldman Basin. Generally, I try to find balance when making decisions that affect people. But while on OWC, I also dug my heels in and drew a line when I felt the core values and mission of OWC were threatened. I will continue with that approach if elected for a Member-at-Large position.
Christina Lam is a young associate lawyer at a Lethbridge law firm with strong ties to the local community. She has a broad practice, providing services in the areas of litigation, estates law, real estate law, and corporate and commercial law. Outside of her practice, Christina actively provides pro-bono legal advice to the Lethbridge area's population of seniors and through the Lethbridge Legal Guidance Ask-a-Lawyer program.
She has a Bachelor of Science (Biology) in addition to her law degree and throughout law school had an active interest in environmental, aboriginal, and water law issues in Southern Alberta.
She was previously a member of the Bow River Basin Council Legislation and Policy Committee and has past Board of Directors experience, having held the position of Secretary for the Link-Ages Society of Alberta for two years.
My family has been in the Oldman River Watershed for the last three generations. My great grandfather on my mother’s side was in the RCMP stationed at Fort Macleod and my great grandmother (Edith Emma Coe) was the first school teacher in Lethbridge.
I received most of my secondary and post-secondary education in Lethbridge. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Biology) and Masters of Education from the University of Lethbridge and a PhD from Montana State University in Agriculture (Land Resources and Environmental Science).
I began my career teaching Biology at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. For the remaining 27 years I taught in the Environmental Science program (Range Management and Soils) at the Lethbridge Community College (LCC). I retired from the LCC in 2005 and became an environmental consultant primarily in the gas and oil sector travelling all over Alberta and Saskatchewan. The last five years I worked with Nunenne-Stantec at the Cenovus Foster Creek SAGD project northeast of Cold Lake on the Air Weapons Range.
I am now winding down my career and entering a new phase which will allow me to volunteer in the area of both my expertise and life experiences. I look forward to working with the OWC on the Board of Directors
Recognizing OWC Board members over the past 10 years
Founding Members who signed the 2005 Bylaws to form the OWC Society:
Ian Dyson, 2004-2014, Provincial Government
Andrew Hurly, Vice Chairman, 2004-2015, Academia
Barbara Lacey, Chair, 2004-2009, Municipalities
E. Duncan Lloyd
Ron Renwick, 2004-2011, Irrigation Sector
Our Past Members:
LeRon Torrie, 2012-2016, Agricultural Producers
Keith Francis, 2004-2015, Member at Large
Shane Petry, 2004-2013, Federal Government
Anne Stevick, Treasurer, 2007-2015, Member at Large
Gerhardt Hartman, Chair, 2004-2011, Member at Large
Richard Burke, 2010-2015, Environmental Non-Government
Bruce Konynenbelt, 2006-2011, Agricultural Producers
Robert Rippin, 2010-2015, Health
Duane Climenhaga, 2004-2008, Member at Large
Bill Dolan, 2009-2013, Provincial Government
Brian Hammond, 2004-2008, Municipalities
Andrea Kalischuk, Treasurer, 2007-2011, Provincial Government
Terry Kerkhoff, Chair, 2008-2014, Municipalities
Shirley Pickering, Chair, 2011-2015, Member at Large
Sean Robison, Treasurer, 2006-2010, Health
Jeff Carlson, 2009-2012, Muncipalities
Cheryl Dash, 2006-2009, Provincial Government
Lorne Fitch, 2006-2009, Member at Large
Paulette Fox, 2012-2015, First Nations
Glen French, 2007-2010, Member at Large
Ryan Kasko, 2010-2013, Agricultural Producers
Greg Nikles, 2004-2007, Industry
Brent Paterson, 2004-2007, Provincial Government
Don Watson, 2006-2009, Environmental Non-Government
Ron Axelson, 2004-2006, Agricultural Producers
Vic Brown, 2004-2006, Federal Government
Jeff Coffman, 2011-2013, Municipalties
Rodney Cyr, 2010-2012, Member at Large
Brian Dalshaug, Treasurer, 2004-2006, Health
Reed Davis, 2009-2011, Member at Large
Henry Doeve, 2004-2006, Member at Large
Tony Bruder, 2012-2013, Member at Large
Adam Judd, 2010-2011, Industry
Robert (Bob) Tarleck, 2013-2014, Member at Large
Brian Valgardson, 2011-2012, Member at Large