Vicki Lightbown | Director, Water Innovation Program | Alberta Innovates
Water Futures Panel (Friday 10:30-11:30)
Vicki Lightbown is the Director for the Water Innovation Program at Alberta Innovates. She is a Professional Engineer with a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Vicki loves the outdoors and is driven by her desire to support initiatives to improve the environment. Her role with Alberta Innovates allows her to work proactively to identify critical knowledge gaps and support world-class researchers in developing solutions for some of the biggest water challenges in Alberta.
John Pomeroy | Distinguished Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Off-Site Tours - Canadian Rockies Hydrological Observatory (Saturday afternoon)
John Pomeroy is the Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, UNESCO Chair in Mountain Water Sustainability, and Director of the Global Water Futures program and the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory at the University of Saskatchewan, Canmore.
Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
Patrick Hanington | Professor, University of Alberta
Projects in Action Workshops (Saturday morning)
Patrick is an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. Patrick and his group use molecular biology to detect and quantify organisms that pose a risk to human and environment health in aquatic ecosystems. Part of this research involves engagement of community and school-based participants to expand the scope of research projects, encourage community participation in scientific research and increase water literacy.
Dr. Vanessa Swarbrick | Senior Science Advisor, Office of the Chief Scientist, Government of Alberta
Water 101 (Friday morning)
Vanessa Swarbrick is passionate about using science to advance the way we manage aquatic ecosystems and has worked on water-related issues across academic, non-profit, industry, and government sectors. As a scientist, she is interested in the intersection of limnology, biogeochemistry, and resource management.
From the highest alpine lakes to our prairie rivers and streams, Dr. Swarbrick’s research has evaluated the impacts of different types of pollution, like mercury, organic contaminants, and nutrients, on freshwater ecosystems in Canada. Since joining the Government of Alberta in 2014, she has focused on improving the way water is managed through science and monitoring, policy, and resource management programs.
Pieter Aukes | Professor, Integrated Water Management Program, SAIT
Innovation Gallery (Saturday morning)
Pieter has a passion for working with water information in a digital world. With a research background in hydrogeology and arctic biogeochemistry, Pieter has always enjoyed being outside trying to understand how natural water and chemical cycles interact with each other. He looks for ways to create effective and engaging products to share these findings using a number of techniques, ranging from open-access tools to virtual-reality data rooms. When not working as an Instructor at SAIT for the Integrated Water Management Program, he can be found out on the trails (sometimes frantically keeping up with his toddler-on-bike).