Collaborating to protect water
in a changing climate
We build capacity through community-based water monitoring to help address climate impacts. We promote and facilitate cross-sector collaboration and research to increase water literacy, and support progressive decision-making for improved water stewardship.
Our successful leadership and stewardship templates have supported the creation of many other grassroots water stewardship groups. Living Lakes Canada has received multiple water stewardship awards, and has been recognized by the federal government as a “best practices” example in community-based ecological monitoring in Canada.
Living Lakes Canada is the recipient of two 2017 Water’s Next Awards (Water Steward of the Year and Non-Government Organization Winner), and was featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Water Canada magazine for work as one of Canada’s top water stewards.
Living Lakes Canada is a registered charity and affiliated with German-based Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes International, a global network of organizations that share the same mission: to enhance, protect, restore and rehabilitate freshwater areas around the globe.
Santiago grew up in Ecuador, creating a fond love for nature through hiking, camping, and adventuring in the heart of the Andes. Santiago then moved to Toronto, where he gained experience working with people and technology. The call of the mountains and love for nature brought Santiago to British Columbia, where he is working towards a career in environmental science, conservation, and geospatial technology.
Santiago graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning Technology program at Selkirk College in 2019 and is currently entering his last year of a bachelor’s degree in Geographic Information Systems. He is also taking the required courses to one day register as a Professional Biologist in British Columbia. Santiago is passionate about people, nature, and technology, and believes in harmony between them all. As the new Database Manager for Living Lakes Canada, he is excited to combine his passions, and help make a difference in protecting his local, and all watersheds.
Tom Dance has more than 35 years of professional experience as a hydrogeologist (both physical and contaminant or chemical hydrogeology). Most of his professional career has been spent working in Western Canada and he is familiar with the geologic and hydrogeologic conditions within the Western Canada sedimentary basin from the Cambrian through to the Quaternary and Recent geologic ages and throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
As a senior consultant and principal consultant for three consulting firms, Tom has a broad range of management experience and leadership skills developed on projects ranging from a few thousand to many hundreds of thousands of dollars in scope and within the regulatory requirements that apply to the petroleum exploration and production, petrochemical, mining and water resources industries.
Since entering partial retirement, Tom has assisted several organizations on a part time basis with expert advice on geology, hydrogeology and contaminant hydrology either for siting of engineered facilities, water resource development, management of storm water, groundwater remediation or development of compliance water quality monitoring programs.
Connecting Science to Action
Through the Living Lakes Canada network, organizations connect to collaborate in the monitoring, protection, restoration and policy development for long-term protection of Canada’s water bodies. We focus on watershed protection through the following areas:
- Citizen science and Community-based watershed monitoring (CBM)
- Innovative policy and management planning
- Protection of sensitive or critical freshwater ecosystems
- Watershed awareness and stewardship education
- Sustainable water use
- Restoration of degraded watersheds