Master of Environmental Studies, P. Ag.
Marilou joined SEAWA as its Executive Director on April 1, 2016. Marilou has worked in Alberta for ten years now, seven of which were with Watershed Planning and Advisory Councils (WPACs). 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. 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.
Patrick Jablkowski, M. Sc.
Patrick is a graduate from the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary (2017), where he studied riparian plant ecology. He also holds a degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of British Columbia’s faculty of Forestry. Patrick has worked with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations, the Aleza Lake Research Forest, as well as a Fisheries Observer of the BC ground fishery. He is passionate about evidence, and process based environmental management. Patrick role is collaborating with landowners and managers and other stakeholders to restore riparian areas in the Seven Persons Creek watershed.
Natasha Rogers is a recent graduate from the Ecosystem Restoration program at Niagara College. She received her Honours Bachelor’s degree from Carleton University in Environmental Studies and Physical Geography, focusing on social sustainability, biogeography, and geospatial analysis. She has contributed to various restoration projects, involving stream erosion prevention, tree and shrub planting, sand dune restoration, and invasive species management. She has worked with not-for-profit community-based organizations in the past, where she has learned the importance of public communication and partnerships. Although new to the province, she is eager to share her knowledge while learning about watershed management and Alberta’s natural landscape. Natasha’s role is to assist with the Riparian Areas Assessment & Restoration Project, as well as to help implement a collaborative study between SEAWA, Medicine Hat College, and the City of Medicine Hat.
Summer Outreach Facilitator 2017
Seline Solis worked with SEAWA in 2017 as summer student. She is a student at the University of Calgary studying Environmental Science. Seline applied to become a Community Outreach Facilitator because she is passionate about promoting sustainability and stewardship, and wanted to learn more about watershed management practices in Southern Alberta. She gained experience interacting with the public, especially the youth, through various community events. She is a strong believer in the importance of education and outreach efforts because she knows that learning and understanding paves the way for positive impact.