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.
Raegan grew up on the Eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies, nestled in the Alberta foothills on Treaty 7 Territory, traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. She received her BSc. from the University of Calgary in Environmental Science, Biology concentration, has a certificate in Indigenous Relations Leadership and is a Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) certified Program Manager and Trainer. She has worked with stewardship groups, Indigenous communities, academia and environmental consultants across Canada to develop aquatic monitoring with cutting edge genomics technologies to support biodiversity and source water protection. Raegan has also worked internationally in Colombia on watershed stewardship projects. She currently resides in North Vancouver where she enjoys all things mountain life.
Richard is a Professional Engineer, registered in Alberta, where he worked most of his professional career. His work involved reservoir engineering (flow through porous media), geology and reservoir modelling. His company, Opus Petroleum Engineering Ltd., published the “Handbook of Formation Waters of Western Canada”, which categorizes subsurface brines by geologic formation and depth. Together with his wife and business partner Susan, they have taught water analysis interpretation to engineers and geologists for over twenty years. Richard also teaches an on-line course on how to make maps using the open-source QGIS software and does hydrogeological studies. He has mapped aquifers in the Slocan Valley and continues to update his knowledge of these aquifers using water well data, geology and morphology.
Richard graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a bachelor degree in Geological Engineering and his current interests include interpreting bird song recordings using machine learning, and remote sensing of the environment using satellite data. He provides GIS advice and other technical support to the Living Lakes Canada Groundwater Monitoring Program.
Rob is the program assistant for the West Kootenays Groundwater Monitoring Program, primarily installing and calibrating groundwater monitoring systems in addition to training well owners how to use the program’s well monitoring software. Rob graduated from Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning program in 2014 and has been working in the Kootenays on various fish and wildlife habitat restoration projects since.
Bob Sandford holds the EPCOR Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health. In this capacity Bob was the co-author of the UN Water in the World We Want report on post-2015 global sustainable development goals relating to water. He is also lead author of Canada in the Global World, a new United Nations expert report examining the capacity of Canada’s water sector to meet and help others meet the United Nations 2030 Transforming Our World water-related Sustainable Development Goals.
In his work Bob is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy and to bringing international example to bear on local water issues. To this end, Bob is also senior advisor on water issues for the Interaction Council, a global public policy forum composed of more than thirty former Heads of State including Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, U.S. President Bill Clinton and the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Brundtland. Bob is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and a Fellow of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary. He is also a member of Canada’s Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto.
Bob is also the author, co-author or editor of more than thirty books including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice; Saving Lake Winnipeg; Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; and The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer.
Ryan recently joined the LLC team as Acting Foreshore Integrated Management Planning (FIMP) program manager. He brings a wealth of project management and technical experience gained from working in the consulting world, for industry, and in government. Ryan holds a Master’s degree in science from Simon Fraser University and is a Registered Professional Biologist. He’s also a certified commercial diver, stats and data lover, and part-time blogger. Ryan lives in Nelson with his wife and three-year-old daughter.
Samuel is a watershed enthusiast living in Nelson, BC. He is a registered professional engineer specializing in water resources engineering, and he is completing a Master’s in Watershed Sciences, specializing in fluvial geomorphology. Samuel has a diverse range of technical skillsets that he has applied to governmental, non-profit and private projects. He is passionate about collaborative watershed management and using data to inform decision making. Samuel has extensive experience collecting stream and groundwater data for environmental monitoring and engineering design purposes, including hydrologic/geomorphic impact assessments, flood modelling and stream restoration design. Samuel plays a technical role on Living Lakes Canada projects, and also enjoys participating in workshops and outreach events.
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