Board of Directors

   PRESIDENT Pat Alexander (County of Clearwater) Sector: Municipal

Joint owner/operator, with wife Patricia of the Carlos Valley Ranch in the Carlos District north of Leslieville since 1973. He has four children and seven grandchildren. He has also worked for Imperial Oil for twenty years, operating oil and gas wells, compressor stations and over-seeing facility and pipeline construction. He has been director and president of the Aurora community center,  5 years as the chairman of the David Thompson High School Parent council and involved with the Gilby 4H beef club for 18 years and a coach for minor fastball for 10 years, 5 years at the provincial level. He was appointed to the environment, subdivision and development appeal board for the County of Clearwater for six years. 

Since 2004 he has been councilor for the Clearwater County, Reeve for three and half years (as of Dec 2011) and served on various boards and committees. He is Vice-Chairman for the Rocky Rural Electrification Association board of directors, was appointed member of the Provincial Court Nominating Committee, and also of the Utility Consumer Advocate Committee. 

VICE PRESIDENT Ken Crutchfield (Alberta Chapter of the Wildlife Society) Sector: Non Government Organization

Ken has 38 years of professional experience in the design and delivery of provincial fish and wildlife management programs and 30 years in an Executive Officer-Senior Manager capacity. Ken had direct responsibility for the development of land and water use review mechanisms for Alberta Fish and Wildlife management programs including the development of guidelines, directives, and policy.

Ken played a science leadership role in the design and implementation of multi-disciplinary investigations for the Athabasca, Peace and Slave river basins for the interjurisdictional Northern River Basins Study (1992-96). He reported directly to an independent Board representing affiliated and unaffiliated public interests, various levels of government, including First Nations, universities, and community health organizations.

He was the senior Alberta Government representative on a variety of intra-interdepartmental and inter-governmental multi-disciplinary committees developing policies and programs relating to natural resource management, e.g., Land use FrameworkInstream Flow NeedsWater for Life Strategy, Alberta Government representative to the Alberta Board – Nature Conservancy Canada, Minister’s representative to the Alberta Conservation Association Board.

Ken has taken a leadership role in professional, voluntary organizations and municipal government committees, e.g. Committee member on the City of St. Albert Council - Environmental Advisory Committee, Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society - Past President, Director and currently Chairman of the Conservation Committee, and Advisor to the Alberta Board of the Nature Conservancy of Canada on the Science and Stewardship Committee

   SECRETARY Candace Vanin (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) Sector: Federal Government

Candace is a Land Use Specialist with the Science and Technology Branch, of Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada based out of Edmonton, Alberta. Her work currently involves provision of technical expertise and research on agricultural land-use issues, local and regional food systems, regional planning, and geo-spatial analysis and modelling impacting agricultural landscapes across Canada.

Candace is from a fourth generation farm family near Indus, Alberta (southeast of Calgary). She completed her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983; and has been a professional agrologist in good standing with Alberta Institute of Agrologists since 2000, and formerly with Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists [1991-2000].

Candace has worked with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada since 1995, originally with the former branch known as P.F.R.A, in various capacities from technical specialist, to management, to policy and program development and delivery. Prior to coming to AAFC, she worked with the provincial government of Saskatchewan in agricultural extension, and co-managed a family farming operation involving over 4,500 acres of crops, grazing lands and a 120 head cow-calf operation on the headwaters of the Assiniboine River. She possesses over 25 years of professional experience in agricultural program development and delivery, integrated land-use planning, land and water resource conservation, GIS analysis and modelling, community-based watershed planning, and multi-sector, multi-disciplinary initiatives.

Candace’s involvement from 2000-03 as Co-chair of the Land Use Core Action Team (LUCAT), an Alberta-wide, multi-sector stakeholder group tasked with developing a “Provincial Land Use Strategy Framework for Alberta”, subsequently formed much of the groundwork for the current Land Use Framework initiative in Alberta. Past and current projects include: Beaver Hills Initiative, North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Vermilion River Watershed Project, Alberta Capital Region Ag Profiling Study and Edmonton’s Food and Urban Agriculture Strategy.

  TREASURER Bob Kitching (County of Brazeau) Sector: Municipal

Councilor for Brazeau County. Owner operator of Bear Paw Ranch, an Ag tourism business. Bob served on the NSWA Intergrated Watershed Management Steering Committee for five years prior to joining the NSWA Board of Directors in 2010. He is a liason between NSWA and his rural community, his county council and other member municipalities not represented on the NSWA board. 

Dr. Stephen Craik (EPCOR) Sector: Utility

As Director of Quality Assurance, Stephen is accountable to ensure that water and wastewater quality monitoring and testing programs are in place at all EPCOR water and wastewater facilities in Canada, and that EPCOR is compliant with the letter and intent of its environmental regulatory approvals. In this role, he oversees the EPCOR Water and Wastewater Laboratories, the Environmental team, the Process Development Team and the Cross Connection Control program team.

He is responsible for ensuring that effective testing and quality assurance programs are in place, an appropriate level of technical support is provided to operations on water quality and environmental issues, and that EPCOR stays abreast of regulatory developments. Part of these responsibilities involves ensuring that Drinking Water Safety Plans and Watershed Protection Plans are in place for our water treatment facilities, and that EPCOR is engaged in larger watershed initiatives.

Stephen is a professional engineer (APEGA member) and holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. Prior to starting at EPCOR in 2007, he was part of the academic staff team between 2000 and 2006 where he taught courses in Environmental Engineering and carried out a research program related to drinking water quality. He was tenured as an associate professor in 2005.    

    Dr. Laurie Danielson (NCIA) Sector: Industry

Dr. Danielson joined the Northeast Capital Industrial Association as the Executive Director in 2007 following a lengthy career with Sherritt Inc., Viridian Inc. and The Westaim Corporation. Dr. Danielson holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Alberta and has extensive experience in regulatory compliance, government relations, and regional issues management. A longtime resident of Fort Saskatchewan, he is a member of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta, and a board member of the Fort Air Partnership. Dr. Danielson resides in Fort Saskatchewan with his wife.


  Tracy Scott (Ducks Unlimited) Sector: Non Government Organization

Raised on the family farm near the City of Camrose, Tracy is a graduate of Olds College, completing studies in the Agronomy – Land Resources Program and in the Ag. Business Program with a Finance Major. Following graduation, he worked as an Agricultural Fieldman for the County of Paintearth in east central Alberta prior to obtaining employment with Ducks Unlimited Canada in 1990. During his career with DUC Tracy has functioned in various capacities including delivery of upland and wetland habitat programs to agricultural producers and as a Technical Assistant for the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan. In his current role as Provincial Watershed Coordinator for DUC, Tracy works closely with many partners to incorporate the importance of wetlands, riparian habitat and upland cover into watershed planning initiatives.

Over the last several years Tracy has played numerous roles in support of watershed partnerships. These include two terms as President of the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA) Board of Directors. During those terms NSWA obtained WPAC status, completed its State of the Watershed Report and received an Emerald Award for its accomplishments. In addition to his other duties on the NSWA Board, Tracy serves as the Board rep. on the NSWA Integrated Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee, is a member of the Communications Working Group and chaired NSWA’s Watershed Stewardship Group working group. He served as a member of the Red Deer River Basin Advisory Committee since early 2003 and was an initiating partner of the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance (RDRWA). He currently serves on the RDRWA Board and as chair of the RDRWA State of Watershed Steering Committee. Involved in the work being done in the Battle River Watershed from the very initial stages, he was an active member of the Battle River Watershed Advisory Group and now serves as Vice Chair of the Battle River Watershed Alliance (BRWA) Board of Directors and sits on BRWA’s State of the Watershed Project Steering committee. Additionally, he is a member of the Bow River Basin Council’s IWMP Steering Committee and Strategic Watershed Action Team, the Nose Creek Technical Advisory Committee and the Alberta Stewardship Network’s Board of Directors as well as serving on the curriculum review committees for Lakeland College and Olds College. As a past member of the Iron Creek Watershed Improvement Society and other local initiatives, he is well attuned to local stewardship issues in rural Alberta.

At a provincial scale, Tracy has recently served on two Alberta Water Council (AWC) project teams, the Shared Governance and Watershed Planning Framework Project Team, where he represented the interests of Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils throughout Alberta, and on the AWC Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems Project Team. 

David Curran (City of Edmonton) Sector: Large Urban Municipality

Fayi is a senior engineer the Drainage Services department of the City of Edmonton. 

    John Thompson (Watrecon Consulting) Sector: Individual Member at Large

John is a socio-economic consultant with extensive experience in water management. He worked as Senior Economist with Alberta Environment in support of water basin planning and for the Natural Resources Conservation Board that reviews major water management project proposals and managed intensive livestock operations. He also helped draft the Alberta Water Act and worked part-time as a policy analyst for the Alberta Water Research Institute for 2 years.

As a consultant, he has completed water use and demand studies for all major basins in Alberta, including a detailed analysis of water use in the sub-basins in the North Saskatchewan basin for the NSWA and for the Battle River basin. He also prepared socio-economic profiles for each sub-basin and estimated the value of ecological goods and services in the NS basin. As part of the Water for Life Strategy, he completed a number of other studies including some full-cost accounting work for provincial and irrigation district infrastructure and have provided policy advice and analysis related to the Guidelines for Water Conservation and Allocation for Oilfield Injection.  

Born and raised in Edmonton, John has a major interest in paddling sports. He was on the BC whitewater team in the early 1970s and represented Alberta at the National Marathon Canoe championships in 1986. He participated in and helped organize the Klondike Days Canoe Race on the North Saskatchewan River in the 1990s and later helped establish the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival and managed the event for three years, including providing on-river training for about 500 paddlers per year. He helped establish the Edmonton dragon boat program for breast cancer survivors and served as coach for three years.  

   Al Corbett (Alberta Drainage Council) Sector: Municipal

Al works with the Alberta Drainage Council as the WPAC coordinator in the three watersheds where districts are active (North Saskatchewan, Battle and Red Deer). Prior to retirement, Al was the AESRD appointed representative to the Drainage Council as well as the AESRD water operations Central-North Region manager for provincially-owned structures in the northern two-thirds of the province including Dickson Dam, Paddle River Dam and South Heart River Dam and many other smaller projects. His background includes design, construction and operation of water structures for the province over a thirty-three year period.

He serves with other groups including the BRWA policy committee, the RDRWA surface water quantity/ground water quality and quantity technical group and the Camrose Public Library Board. 

Al and his wife live in Camrose. They have five children and five grandchildren to keep them occupied.

  Tom McGee (Alberta Energy Regulator) Sector: Provincial Government

Tom McGee is a proven leader with a deep sense of social responsibility. He served as the Mayor of Drayton Valley for three consecutive terms prior to joining the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB). He served as a Board member of the ERCB for nine years before taking a similar role with the newly formed Alberta Utilities Commission.

In 2002, Tom was bestowed an Indian name by a Piikani elder of the Blackfoot Confederacy in recognition of his genuine and sincere efforts in assisting aboriginal people.

Tom returned to the ERCB in 2008 to build and shape a group that would ultimately enhance Stakeholder Engagement within and beyond the organization. On 17 June 2013, all regulatory functions previously carried out by the Energy Resources Conservation Board were taken over by the Alberta Energy Regulator.

Tom’s primary focus is the engagement of Alberta municipalities while maintaining his passion for the issues and concerns of landowners and communities.

  Andrew Schoepf (Alberta Environment and Water) Sector: Provincial Government

Andrew is a senior water resources planner for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and has been the Ministry’s representative on the NSWA Board since 2005.  Andrew has over 20 years experience working on integrated resource management issues within the forestry and agricultural sectors.

Born in Germany to first generation immigrants, raised on the prairies, and studied in Sweden, Andrew brings an eclectic mix of experience and perspectives to the table. He shares a passion for the conservation of the environment, and has been an active member of the NSWA since its founding.

He currently resides in Edmonton with his wife and three children, and is an avid fly fisherman, photographer, and home handyman.

  Bill Fox (Alberta Beef) Sector: Agriculture

With a certificate of Practical Agriculture from Vermilion School of Agriculture, now Lakeland College, Bill Fox operates a mixed farm in the Elk Point/Bonnyville area. He is an Alberta Beef Producers Delegate for Zone 8, a member of Alberta Conservation Tillage Association, has participated in a working group for AG Summit 2000, is on the Board of Lakeland College Alumni, and is presently Alberta Beef’s Environment Committee Representative member on the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance Board. He is also the Agriculture rep on the Beaver River Watershed Alliance Board.

In his spare time, he farms and does custom work for other farmers and for Provincial Grazing Reserves.He has also done construction work in the oil field.

  Bob Winship (Weyerhaeuser) Sector: Forestry

Bob has been a professional forester for over 32 years, practicing primarily in Alberta. His work experience has been varied and encompasses all aspects of professional practice including silviculture, forest management planning, integrated resource management, timber harvesting, road construction, and environmental certification.

He has authored landscape level forest management plans involving resource inventory and analysis. In recent years, he has represented both Weyerhaeuser and the forest industry with Government and other stakeholders on key issues related to Aboriginal interests, integrated land management and resource management policy. Hs current role with Weyerhaeuser is in business management for the forestry side of the Company (termed Timberlands).

  Aaron Rognvaldson (Husky) Sector: Petroleum

Aaron is an Environmental Specialist with the Husky Ram River Sour Gas Processing Plant. He is a certified Engineering Technologist and is a 1999 graduate of the Hydrogeological Technology course at NAIT.

Since graduation he has been employed as groundwater specialist by various firms including Komex InternationalThurber Environmental Ltd. andEnvironmental Solutions Group Inc. He was also employed as a project manger with Alberta Research Council. Aaron has been with Husky Energy since 2005 and is the chairman for the Parkland Airshed Management Zone (PAMZ).

Shirley Benson (Metis Association of Alberta) Sector: First Nations

Shirley is an active and current Board member of LICA - Lakeland Industry & Community Association, designated by members of the Region II Métis Nation of Alberta, for the past 3 years. She has also sat on the Airshed and Education & Information committees for these terms.She is the Vice-president for the Region II Métis Nation of Alberta (2011- 2013). Métis Nation of Alberta President, Audrey Poitras appointed her Minster of Environment and Water. 

Shirley was born and raised in Lac La Biche, but now lives on the Frog Lake First Nation, which is in the Frog subwatershed within the North Saskatchewan River watershed.
As a leader of the Zone II Métis, she strongly believes in promoting positive community engagement with industry, local and provincial governments as well as non-government organizations.

Lora Brenan (TransAlta) Sector: Utility

Ms. Brenan holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemistry from the University of Alberta. She has been employed with TransAlta for over 13 years.  During her time with TransAlta she held a number of roles including; Plant Chemist at Sundance, Keephills and Wabamun power stations, Chemical Project Supervisor, Corporate Chemist, Technical Planning Manager, Director of Technical Service and Director of Quality Control and Compliance. 

Ms. Brenan is now the Director of Hydro Operations for TransAlta which includes responsibility for the Business Planning and Operation of facilities along the North Saskatchewan River, the Bow River as well as sites in British Columbia and Ontario. Ms. Brenan has over her career also held the following supplementary positions: TransAlta Champion to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Operating Committee Member for a joint venture project and Canadian Electrical Association Generation Council Member. 

She co-hosted and presented a technical paper at the EPRI Conference on Cycle Chemistry in Calgary, June 2006. Ms. Brenan also supports her community as the secretary for the Willow Park Band Council.