The day to day operations of the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta is under the management of three fulltime staff: the Executive Director, Business Manager and Operations Manager.
RiverWatch implements its "on-river" educational programs with a sixteen-person staff of professional river guides certified to Transport Canada standards. Guides are responsible for safety, equipment, group dynamics, trip logistics, river interpretation and science instruction.
Seasonal Guide Staff
We’re pleased to introduce you to the graduating class of RiverWatch guides for Fall 2013.
These 15 young people came to us with a breadth of experience from across Canada and around the world. We then worked with these guide candidates during an intense week of training that involved rafting, emergency response, health and safety, bus driving, equipment maintenance, water quality monitoring, natural history interpretation, science curriculum and wastewater tours. The end result was a stellar graduating group ready to work with students during the Fall Season, 2013.
Cal Kullman - Executive Director
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 Excellence in Teaching 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.
Andrea Myers - Business Manager
Through a combination of employment and education, Andrea has developed skills that meet the business needs of RiverWatch. She was previously employed in the capacity of Business Manager/Executive Director of a non-profit society that served the needs of children and families throughout Edmonton. Through that opportunity, as well as previous employment in a variety of industries, Andrea understands the need to meet deadlines, work efficiently and be organized. She is able to work both independently and as part of a team utilizing excellent communication and problem solving skills. Her desire for continuous improvement in internal and external customer satisfaction is inherent in all areas of her work performance. Her capabilities benefit the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta.
VACANT - Provincial Operations Manager
B.Sc., M. Sc.
This position became vacant as of April 11, 2014.
The search for a new staff member will be ongoing.
In the meantime, please contact Executive Director Cal Kullman for matters involving staffing or our working presence in your area.