Speakers

 

Rita Winkler - Rita Winkler is a Forest Hydrologist with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Kamloops. She is a Registered Forest Professional with a PhD in Forest Hydrology and many years of experience in the southern interior. Her responsibilities include coordination of the long-term Upper Penticton Creek Watershed Experiment, ... Read more
Ted White - Ted White, Director Water Management and Comptroller of Water Rights, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The Director Water Management leads the implementation of provincial legislation, policy, regulations and the delivery of services related to the effective management of the provincial water resource, including the following programs: Water Allocation, Dam Safety, ... Read more
Suzan Lapp - Dr. Suzan Lapp (P.Geo., P.Ag.) has over 15 years of technical and outreach experience as a professional in the fields of watershed management, hydrology and climate change.  In the fall of 2017 she joined the BC Oil and Gas Commission as their hydrologist.  Prior to the OGC, Suzan worked as a consultant and taught University/College ... Read more
Dawn Machin - Dawn Machin Biologist - Fish Water Management Tool, Okanagan Nation Alliance Dawn Machin is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, part of the Okanagan (Syilx) Nation. She holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia. After receiving her degree, she started as the Okanagan regional biologist for the then Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal ... Read more
Richard Bussanich - Richard Bussanich has served the Sylix People, and Okanagan community as a biologist of ONA’s salmon reintroduction program. The “Cause to come back” of Salmon will forever be etched in his professional and life story. The sharing and learning of indigenous knowledge and the capacity building during his tenure with the ONA are hallmarks of ... Read more
Drew Lejbak - Drew Lejbak (M.Sc., GIT) has over 12 years of professional experience in water resource management, in both the private and public sectors. Drew has been the Project Manager and Lead Hydrologist for various drought and flood planning studies in the Okanagan Region. He has also lead and contributed to the development of various watershed management ... Read more
Deana Machin - Deana Machin (MBA, B.Sc.) is the Strategic Development Manager at the First Nations Fisheries Council and has been active in the field of First Nations fisheries management and policy for over 15 years. She is a member of the Okanagan Nation and grew up spending summers on Okanagan Lake in Vernon, BC which has formed ... Read more
Andrew Petersen - Andrew Petersen grew up in Northwestern B.C. with a family farm and a logging company. He chose to follow the farming path for a career. Andrew graduated from UBC with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1986. He then moved to Kamloops with his wife to start working for a private irrigation company. For the ... Read more
David Thomson - Mr. David Thomson is a Regional Hydrogeologist with the Province of British Columbia, based in Vernon, BC. He is part of a team supporting groundwater legislation and stewardship, and advising on technical groundwater matters in the Thompson-Okanagan, Cariboo and Kootenay regions. He worked in the consulting and industry sectors prior to moving to Vernon in ... Read more
David Tickner - David Tickner is Chief Freshwater Adviser at WWF, based in the UK. He advises river conservation programmes internationally, leads research and innovation projects, and engages governments, the private sector and the public on water issues. Dave also sits on the UK government’s Darwin Expert Committee, and he is a Visiting Professor at Hohai University (China), ... Read more