Our Team

Get to know the small team of dedicated staff that work hard every day to promote, protect and improve the health of our beloved Ottawa River.

Patrick Nadeau

Patrick Nadeau

Executive Director

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

As the Executive Director, Patrick is responsible for leading the team and managing the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.
Patrick holds a B.Sc in Biology from the University of Ottawa as a Loran Scholar and a M.Sc. in Forest Science from the University of British Columbia. Patrick has prior experience with working on provincial, national, and international environmental files while serving as an Executive Director for CPAWS Quebec.
His favourite river activities are paddling along the Dumoine River and swimming.
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Chloe Hillier

Chloe Hillier

Director of Donor Relations

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

Chloe is passionate about inspiring donors to be more engaged with the causes they believe in and works to steward Ottawa Riverkeeper supporters so they feel closely connected to the projects we do and can see the impact of their gifts.
She holds a B.A. from Concordia University in History and has worked in fundraising for over a decade. Chloe enjoys lazy, sunny beach days on the Ottawa River with her kids. Playing and swimming in the water and occasionally scuba diving and checking out old wrecks in the St. Lawrence River.
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Larissa Holman

Larissa Holman

Director of Science and Policy

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We would like to acknowledge and thank the Ontario Trillium Foundation for providing funding for this position.

Larissa investigates the numerous issues facing our watershed and oversees our community-based water monitoring initiatives. She works with Riverwatchers throughout the Ottawa River watershed, learning first-hand from the people invested in caring for this river and finding ways to support their efforts.
Larissa has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from Concordia and a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. She has worked with communities to advocate for renaturalisation projects along urban waterways and has encouraged the adoption of practices that protect freshwater lakes and rivers. Larissa's favourite river activity is to explore the tributaries and see how these smaller streams have shaped the land around them.
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MJ Proulx

MJ Proulx

Director, Watershed Network

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We would like to acknowledge and thank MEC, Ville de Gatineau, and Echo Foundation for providing funding for this position.

Bringing together Conservation Authorities, Organismes de bassin versant, First Nations, municipalities, river trip outfitters, research institutes, and other groups of river enthusiasts from across our watershed is essential to ensuring the responsible management and healthy future of the Ottawa River. MJ's role is to facilitate collaboration among these stakeholders as they share information and tackle the challenges facing our watershed.
MJ has many years of experience leading collaborative initiatives and managing strategic communications both in the humanitarian sector and in federal departments. She has also lived and worked in Chicago (U.S.), Manchester (UK), and Freetown (Sierra Leone). She holds a master in Journalism from Carleton University and a Certificate in Project Leadership from Cornell University. MJ's favourite water activities are touring and racing on her paddleboard.
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Dave Rayner

Dave Rayner

Operations Manager

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

For Dave, his role in the organizational support and development of Ottawa Riverkeeper is an opportunity to serve the river community, protect a critical watershed and work alongside some fantastic people. Previously, he held numerous positions with MEC, most recently as Ottawa store manager. Dave thrives being outside with friends and family and the swimmable, fishable (and canoe-able, and sail-able, and windsurf-able!) Ottawa River has always been a source of adventure.
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Katie Shafley

Katie Shafley

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

Katie is responsible for planning and managing Ottawa Riverkeeper's events, which raise essential funds and help bring the Ottawa River into the community spotlight. She also coordinates Ottawa Riverkeeper's fantastic team of volunteers whose collective efforts and skills help make Ottawa Riverkeeper's work possible.
With a B.A. in Rhetoric and Professional Writing and a Graduate Certificate in event management, Katie is committed to bringing people and communities together in support and celebration of the River.
Katie loves being on the water, from whitewater canoeing to a good old lazy river float, and has rarely met a body of water she won't jump into.
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Matthew Brocklehurst

Matthew Brocklehurst

Digital Communications Coordinator

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

Matthew loves to engage with the public about environmental issues and the science surrounding them. As Digital Communications Coordinator, he gets to connect with the online community and spread information about Ottawa Riverkeeper’s mission and activities.
He has a B.Sc. in Biology from U of T, and a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Visual Communications from Fleming College. He loves spending time reading outside by the water.
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Caroline Keddy

Caroline Keddy

Biologist

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We would like to acknowledge and thank Swim Drink Fish and The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for providing funding for this position.

Caroline has a passion for all wildlife and is motivated to protect the river and all that lives within it! As the Biologist at Ottawa Riverkeeper she will be working on our American eel initiative, building up our Citizen Science Hub, and helping to keep an eye on the health of the river.
Caroline holds a B.Sc.H in Environmental Science from Queen’s University and has prior experience working with stakeholders on various initiatives along the St. Lawrence River as well as running environmental education programs for elementary and high school students. She also has several years experience in the private sector performing environmental monitoring and remediation. Caroline is game for any activity on the water, especially kayaking, and has even tried Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga!
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Katy Alambo

Katy Alambo

Youth Leadership Coordinator

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We would like to thank those who gave to our Youth Water Leaders programs to help fund this position.

As Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Youth Leadership Coordinator, Katy is passionate about working with the next generation of Water Leaders, teaching them about the Ottawa River watershed and how to engage their local communities in water protection.
Katy holds a B.Sc.H in Biology from the University of Waterloo and an M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Ottawa. Her research has focused on the production of harmful algal blooms in Canadian freshwaters. Katy also has experience in the private sector where she worked as an environmental consultant and risk assessor.
Katy loves all activities around the water, be it canoeing or kayaking, exploring the natural flora and fauna, or just relaxing by the shore.
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Sharmila Mahamuni

Sharmila Mahamuni

Administrative Assistant

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We would like to thank our many donors and supporters who help fund this position.

Sharmila is responsible for administrative duties and organizational support. She is passionate about being engaged in issues relating to our watershed.
She has a background in strategies for protecting freshwater resources and intergenerational equity in water. She has a Masters in Law from the University of Ottawa with special focus on Environment and Sustainability Law. She has several years of experience in the private sector as a compliance advisor and legal consultant. She has also worked in teaching faculties at various law and management schools in India.
Sharmila enjoys swimming, canoeing and spending days at the beach with her family along the Ottawa River.
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Erin Mackey

Erin Mackey

Youth and Events Intern

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We would like to acknowledge and thank Canada Summer Jobs for providing funding for this position.

Erin is a fourth year Bachelor of Commerce student at the University of Ottawa. She is responsible for assisting in the planning and managing of our events that help raise funds to keep the Ottawa River swimmable, drinkable, fishable.
Erin loves being out on the water with her favourite activities being paddle boarding, kayaking, and waterskiing.
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Megan Williamson

Megan Williamson

Community Outreach Intern

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We would like to acknowledge and thank United Nations Association in Canada for providing funding for this position.

As Ottawa Riverkeeper’s Community Outreach Intern, Megan is leading and facilitating various outreach projects - connecting our volunteers to the health of our river.
She is currently pursuing her B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at Carleton University and hopes to continue studying water health and quality in the future.
Megan spends most of her early mornings rowing on the river for her university’s rowing team. Other water activities she enjoys are swimming, stand-up paddling and long canoe trips with friends!
Having grown up on the Dunrobin shores, Megan feels especially grateful for the everyday beauty and life that our river brings to the Ottawa area. She hopes to share this appreciation for our river with the people she will meet as part of her work!
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Jordan Jason-Byerley

Jordan Jason-Byerley

Water Quality Intern

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We would like to acknowledge and thank ECO Canada for providing funding for this position.

Jordan is the water quality intern and his responsibilities include gathering and analyzing water samples, these samples will help us better understand the health of our River!
Jordan is a Biology and Neuroscience student at Carleton University entering his third year of studies in the fall. In the past he has been a research assistant at Carleton University, a Lifeguard and a Paddling Coach.
He enjoys many outdoor sports and is passionate about conservation so that other people may enjoy the same outdoor activities he enjoys.
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