Marilou Montemayor, Master of Environmental Studies, P. Ag.

Executive Director

Marilou joined SEAWA as its Executive Director on April 1, 2016. Marilou has worked in Alberta since 2007, and with Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs) since 2009. Prior to joining SEAWA, Marilou worked with three other WPACs: North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance, Athabasca Watershed Council, and the Red Deer River Watershed Alliance.  She has considerable experience in implementing WPAC projects such as: State of the Watershed Report, Integrated Watershed Management Plan, Communication Plans and public consultations, and riparian areas restoration. She has experience in building volunteer organizational capacity and helped in the formation of the Vermilion River Watershed Alliance. Marilou completed Master of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Science (Environmental and Resource Sciences) from Trent University. She has scientific and field experience in peatland restoration; wetlands and riparian areas ecology, hydrology, and management; and surface water quality assessment. She has published in peer-reviewed, international scientific journals. Marilou has deep admiration and passionate interest in the ecology of Alberta’s five natural regions, and has worked in all but one: Boreal, Foothills, Parkland, and Grasslands. Marilou also has overseas degrees in agriculture, and agricultural development work experience in developing countries.


Selected Publications:

Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L. 2015. The importance of pH and sand substrate in the revegetation of saline non-waterlogged peat fields. Journal of Environmental Management, 163: 87-97.

Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L, Boudreau, S. 2010. Temporal variations and spatial patterns in saline and waterlogged peat fields: II. Ion accumulation in transplanted salt marsh graminoids. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 69: 87-94.

Montemayor, M. B., Price, J., Rochefort, L, Boudreau, S. 2008. Temporal variations and spatial patterns in saline and waterlogged peat fields: I Survival and growth of salt marsh graminoids. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 62: 333-342.

Nabi, G., Mullins, C. E., Montemayor, M. B., Akhtar, M. S. 2001. Germination and emergence of irrigated cotton in Pakistan in relation to sowing depth and physical properties of the seedbed. Soil and Tillage Research, 59(1-2): 33-44.

Montemayor, M. B. 1995. The effect of soil compaction during planting on cotton emergence. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 61(2): 129-136.

Sutherland, J. A. and Montemayor, M. B. 1991. A note on the retention of water-soluble dyes by cotton foliage. Tropical Pest Management, 37(2): 132-133.



Ben White 

Watershed Stewardship Intern

Ben is a recent graduate of Medicine Hat College’s Environmental Reclamation Technician program. Having lived in the Medicine Hat area his whole life, he is very interested in the unique natural features of Southern Alberta, and sees the importance of conservation in the region. He looks forward to learning more about restoring native plant communities, and having opportunities to pass this knowledge on to the public.




Christopher Beck

Riparian Restoration Assistant

Christopher is a recent graduate of the Environmental Reclamation Technician at the Medicine Hat College. In his free time Christopher enjoys spending time on the water either through boating or fishing along the many lakes and rivers in the area. Through this he has seen the degrading health of many of Alberta’s water bodies. He hopes that working alongside SEAWA he will develop the skills and knowledge to better protect our water bodies and inform the public of the ecological importance of our riparian areas.


2020 Summer Students


Alexi Nelson

Riparian Restoration Assistant

Alexi is going into her 4th year of a Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management Degree at Lethbridge College. She has lived in Medicine Hat for most of her life and has developed a strong interest in grassland conservation and restoration through previous field experience in the area. Her hopes are to expand her knowledge and gain more experience in weed management and restoration techniques. Alexi is excited to be involved in improving the health of riparian habitat while connecting and working with the community.




Hannah Sabatier

Riparian Restoration Assistant

Hannah is currently attending University of Manitoba, working towards her degree in Ecology. Growing up in Manitoba, Hannah has worked and lived on the Tall Grass Prairie and has worked with invasive and endangered species. She is interested in the impacts of human activity on the environment and loves learning how we can change our behavior to live more symbiotically with it. She is looking forward to learning more about riparian areas and how we can change our behavior to maintain a healthy watershed.



Past summer students and interns


ECO Canada Student Placement Program

United Nations Association Canada – Green Corps program recipients:


UNAC Nations Association Canada – Green Spaces program recipients:


Canada Summer Jobs program recipients: