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.

Julie Baribeau

Julie Baribeau

Communications Associate

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Julie is the Communications Associate at the Ottawa Riverkeeper. She is passionate about finding creative ways to reach and engage with the many audiences that have a stake in ensuring that our watershed can provide drinkable, fishable and swimmable water for generations to come.
She brings a wealth of experience to our organization, having worked for over 15 years to move our communities towards sustainability. She also holds a M.A. in Communication from the University of Ottawa, a Certificate in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto, and a B.Sc. concentration in ecosystems science from Cornell University.
Having grown up on the Ottawa River, Julie loves to swim, canoe, and sail, and is super driven to protect the river she loves. Close

Meredith Brown

Meredith Brown

Riverkeeper

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We would like to acknowledge and thank the Leacross Foundation for being a patron of the Riverkeeper.

With years of experience in protecting and restoring the Ottawa River, Meredith works to establish responsible and accountable monitoring, assessment, enforcement, and long-term planning for the river.
She holds degrees in biology and environmental engineering from Queen’s University and the University of Guelph. Additionally, she holds a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University where she studied with Robert Newbury, a world-renowned river engineer and stream restoration specialist.
Meredith enjoys many river activities, but she especially adores swimming down rapids on the Gatineau River with her son, Charlie. Close

Chloe Hillier

Chloe Hillier

Director of Donor Relations

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

Larissa Holman

Larissa Holman

Riverwatch Coordinator

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

Larissa 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. Close

Emma Konrad

Emma Konrad

Communications Coordinator

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

Emma holds a Bachelors of Journalism from Carleton University. She has prior experience in marketing and online engagement, which she will use to communicate Ottawa Riverkeeper’s objectives.
A former competitive swimmer, Emma is committed to keeping the river clean – after all, her favourite activity has her spending more time diving under the water’s surface than floating above it. Close

Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy

Senior Scientist - on maternity leave

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Meaghan is currently on maternity leave. Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting ecological data in the watershed, Meaghan excels as our data warrior. She keeps the team informed of ecological impacts caused by river issues. She coordinates and assists over 70 Riverwatchers as they protect the river and become strong leaders within their own communities.
She holds a Ph.D. in Geography and M.Sc. in Biology from McGill University as well as a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Mount Holyoke College. Meaghan has taught at both McGill and Carleton University and has been a post-doctoral fellow at both Université du Québec à Montréal and McGill. She loves walking along the shoreline with her daughters while sharing her great passion for the river by identifying plants and animals, and teaching them that every living thing has a name, a story, and a history. Close

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. Close

MJ Proulx

MJ Proulx

Director, Watershed Council

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Bringing together elected officials, First Nation representatives, conservation experts, hydro-power generators, regional tourism and boating associations, as well as 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 build an inclusive and visionary Watershed Council that will be focused on actions and tangible results.
MJ has many years of experience 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 exploring tributaries in her kayak and surfing (small) ocean waves on her paddleboard. Close

Katie Shafley

Katie Shafley

Events and Volunteer Coordinator

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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. Close

Kim Tremblay

Kim Tremblay

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

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Kim holds a degree in Fundraising and Event management from Algonquin College and has a diverse history, having worked in multiple administration and sales-related roles.
She enjoys camping, hiking, and spending time with her family – whether it’s in the ringette arena with her daughter or on campus with her son. Kim is also an avid pet lover and can often be found walking her dog and attending to the family's cats and fish. Close