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.

Meredith Brown

Meredith Brown

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.
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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

Patrick Nadeau

Patrick Nadeau

Executive Director

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.
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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

Chloe Hillier

Chloe Hillier

Director of Fund Development

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

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

Adèle Michon

Adèle Michon

Director of Operations for Quebec

Adèle rallies Quebecers around a common vision for our Ottawa River Watershed. She meets with citizens, community groups, and mayors to discuss their concerns about the ways that we can improve the watershed’s health.
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She holds a B.A. in Environmental and Developmental Studies from McGill University and a M.A. in Geography from Carleton University. She has formerly worked both abroad and in Canada to protect the environment.
This past summer, Adèle was able to experience the thrill of rowing for the first time in a narrow boat, along with seven others from the Ottawa Rowing Club, a phenomenal way to speed along the river. Close

Brigitte Boudreau-Cassidy

Brigitte Boudreau-Cassidy

Engagement Organizer

Organizing and engaging 700 volunteers throughout the watershed, Brigitte thrives with coordinating and leading teams to assist with many issues, projects, and events that are vital to the organization.
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Brigitte holds a B.A. in Criminology and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Ottawa.
She enjoys stand up paddle boarding, both solo and with friends, because it gives her the opportunity to connect and reflect with the river she cares so much about. Close

Meaghan Murphy

Meaghan Murphy

Senior Scientist - on maternity leave

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.
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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

Emma Konrad

Emma Konrad

Communications Coordinator

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.
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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

Larissa Holman

Larissa Holman

Riverwatch Coordinator

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

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