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 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.


Mark Gressler (Brazeau County) Sector: Municipal
John McNab (Parkland County) Sector: Municipal
Dwight Dach (County of St. Paul) Sector: Municipal


 David Curran (City of Edmonton) Observer status


    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.  


  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).

Jason Wilkins (Husky) Sector: Petroleum
- Tyler Fetch (Metis Nation of Alberta) Sector: Metis  
Advisor - Josh Donovan Alexis (Alixis Nakota Sioux First Nation) Sector: First Nations 

Jamie Bruha (Land & Environmental Planning) Sector: Provincial Government
Alison Ronson (CPAWS) Sector: NGO
Brian Lausten (TransAlta) Sector: Utility
Anne-Marie Bertagnolli (Ag Services Clearwater County) Sector: Agriculture