Board of Directors

The RiverWatch Institute of Alberta is a registered Canadian charity under the guidance of a nine-person Board of Directors and an incorporation advisor.

Directors

Jim Gendron - Chairman

Principal, LTG Consulting

Jim Gendron is pleased to be a Board member with RiverWatch, an entrepreneurial, forward thinking organization that lives the organization definition of stewardship - "Service before self-interest".

Jim was a RiverWatch Board member from 2006 to 2009 and rejoined the Board in 2011.

Since graduating from Macdonald College of McGill University in 1974, his career has spanned occupations in the public sector - provincial park planning and operations (Prince Edward Island and Alberta); resource management and coordination of public land decision leaders (St. Paul, Alberta); tourism planning (Edmonton, Alberta); and the private sector - business planning and financial assessment; community tourism planning; public involvement; meeting planning, design and facilitation; and management consulting.

Jim has been the principal with LTG Consulting in Edmonton, Alberta since 2006.

Howard R. Heffler - Past Chairman

M. Eng., Environmental Management Consultant

Howard is an environmental manager who has worked in the petroleum and pipeline industry in Calgary for almost forty years. He has a B.Sc. Eng. from University of New Brunswick (1969) and an M. Eng. from McMaster University (1971). His career includes employment with major Canadian firms such as Dome Petroleum, Norcen Energy and Alliance Pipeline.

For the past ten years Howard has worked as a consultant to industry, leading major project regulatory applications. Howard has translated his love of nature and outdoor recreation into several community initiatives. He was instrumental in the efforts to re-build the Bow River weir into what is now the Harvie Passage project by Parks Foundation Calgary.

Currently Howard is co-leading a new initiative for Calgarians to celebrate their relationship to the Bow River. He is a Past Chairman of the Board of RiverWatch, active with Bow Waters Canoe Club and an outdoor enthusiast.

Craig Ikeda - Vice President

President, Mustard Productions

Craig has been a Television Commercial Writer/Producer/Director for the past 15 years having worked with The Calgary Flames, The Calgary Stampeders, The Calgary Health Region and Air Canada to name a few. Recently, he wrapped up on a National Television Campaign for the United Nations that won international recognition at the Promax World Gold awards.

Craig recently headed-up the Video Production department at Mosaic Studios in Calgary and was very honoured to be a part of a film festival that showcased the artistry and spirit of Calgary's local filmmakers.

Craig Ikeda is currently president and owner of Mustard Productions, a marketing and advertising company. He still maintains a close working relationship with Mosaic Studios as well as his contacts at Global Television. He's eager to move forward in the direction of more strategic marketing aspirations involving the latest in Social Media, Video for Internet – specifically webisodes and web-casting.

Terry Antoniuk - Treasurer

Principal, Salmo Consulting Inc.

Terry has been involved with water, watersheds, and environmental education in various ways for over thirty-five years. He became involved with Riverwatch in 2009 because he believes it's important for our children and grandchildren to understand how important water is to our quality of life, and to gain first-hand experience about the way that our lives affect it.

Terry has led communication and outreach initiatives while a Board member of Trout Unlimited Canada and Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. He is an aquatic biologist and principal of Salmo Consulting Inc. working with industry, government agencies, land-use planning organizations and non-profit groups to develop land and watershed management tools and objectives.

Terry spends much of his free time in boats and waders exploring western Canadian waters.

 

Joanne Steinmann - Secretary

Coordinator, Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) for the University of Calgary

Joanne is presently the Coordinator of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) for the University of Calgary. She is also instructing in the Master of Teaching program. Joanne is new to the university after having completed six years as the System Principal for AISI in the Calgary Board of Education.

Before undertaking her role in AISI, she was a principal in elementary schools, a consultant in science education and a specialist in reading. Joanne has been involved with Imagine Calgary and has sat on the Board of Directors for Fort Calgary and Volunteer Calgary (Governance Chair). She remains involved with Fort Calgary to help plan the Canadian Canoe Exhibit. All these responsibilities allow her to connect various organizations to the educational context and to highlight the magnificent work occurring in schools.

Joanne's work with AISI is based on a bold approach to supporting the improvement of student learning and performance by encouraging teachers, parents, and the community to work collaboratively to introduce innovative and creative initiatives based upon local needs and circumstances. The goal of AISI is to improve student learning through initiatives that enhance student engagement and performance and reflect the unique needs and circumstances of each school authority.

Mike Tyler - Director

Science Teacher, Woodman Junior High School 

Over the years, Mike has been very involved in RiverWatch programs as a teacher in charge. Mike has provided valuable feedback to the program when asked in the past. His background in off campus trips with the Calgary Board of Education and his science teaching background benefit RiverWatch. Mike's river experience has also given him the opportunity to guide rafts on several RiverWatch trips in the past. He has extensive river experience, from his own paddling to teaching raft guides rescue and first aid. As a member of the RiverWatch Board of Directors, Mike continues to add his voice to the benefit of students across the province.

Stacie Lundberg - Director

B.A., Communications and Fund Development Specialist

Stacie is an active community volunteer. She joined the RiverWatch Board in 2010 and brings her communications and fund development experience to the organization.

Since 2005, Stacie has been a member of the Volunteer Calgary Board - an organization dedicated to building capacity in the voluntary sector where she has served as the Board Vice-Chair and Governance Committee Chair.

Stacie has been a Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Committee volunteer for the past ten years. She also volunteers with her community soccer program and is a martial arts instructor.

Stacie has an Applied Communications Degree and a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has completed the Leadership Calgary program (Class of 2008), Canadian Securities Course and National Certificate in Fundraising Management.

 

Chris O'Brien- Director

Governmental Specialist, Government Relations

Public & Government Affairs, EPCOR

As a member of EPCOR’s Government Relations team, Chris is fortunate in being able to apply a life-long interest in politics and government.  If fortune smiles the same way, he feels that his political interests, combined with a wastewater treatment background, will benefit RiverWatch.       

A long-time Edmonton resident, Chris has dipped a toe in both water and wastewater treatment.  Son of a retired water treatment specialist responsible for many of Alberta’s water treatment facilities – including EPCOR’s E.L. Smith plant -- Chris and siblings were afforded ample opportunity to accompany the paterfamilias on many a guided tour through plants large and small.      

After a stint in the office of the General Manager of Transportation, Chris was ‘sent down river’ to the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant in the early 1990s where he spent the next 17 years.  A sleepy place known more for its pungent aromas, it would soon become better known for its advanced treatment technologies and pioneering ways – and a RiverWatch trailer!

Wanting to share an exciting wastewater treatment story with a wider audience, it was serendipitous when Cal Kullman came knocking and suggested a collaboration between Gold Bar and RiverWatch.  Something must have gone right because the collaboration continues successfully to this day between RiverWatch and Gold Bar’s owner/operator, EPCOR.     

Steph Neufeld
Cal-PFD

Cal Kullman - Executive Director

B. Sc., Educator

Cal has taught science and environmental education in Calgary secondary schools for a quarter century – a career that has made him old but young at heart. He has also been an instructor for adult programs in swimming, xc-skiing, whitewater paddling and first-aid. He has paddled and camped along twenty-one rivers in the western provinces and NWT since the age of twelve.

Majoring in zoology, Cal worked two summers as a field research assistant in population studies of dippers in Kananaskis Country and blue grouse on Vancouver Island.

Cal's efforts to make the outdoors a valued place to learn have been recognized with the Prime Minister's National Award for Teaching Excellence; the Alberta Provincial Teaching in Excellence Award; and the Alberta Teacher's Association Environmental and Outdoor Education Specialist Council Award of Merit.

Cal believes that our current environmental situation is one best handled by well-intentioned people working together in communities and across the generations. The creation and development of the registered charity "RiverWatch" has been his career calling and life work.

Chris Brown - Advisor

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Chris has been practicing law and providing pro-bono incorporation advice to RiverWatch since 1995. When once asked why he has remained involved with RiverWatch for so long, Chris replied, "RiverWatch is just a good idea."

Chris believes it is important to be involved in both professional and community organizations and to give back to the community in which we live. He has been a volunteer lecturer at the Alberta Bar Admission Course and is involved as a youth basketball coach.

Chris has been honored and recognized by the "The Best Lawyers in Canada". His area of expertise is in pensions, benefits and executive compensation plans. He helps clients by providing practical, strategic guidance on governance, funding and structuring of these plans. He also advises clients on the impacts of mergers and acquisitions or other transactions on their plans and works with his colleagues on litigation matters relating to such plans.

Chris has extensive experience regarding legal issues impacting a wide variety of business trust structures.

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