Staff

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.

2023 Staff

Wage subsidy provided by Canada Summer Jobs program and EcoCanada


Paige Phaneuf

BSc, Biological Sciences     

Stewardship & Communication Coordinator 

Paige joined the SEAWA team in April 2023 as the Stewardship and Communication Coordinator and is excited to share her interests in environmental conservation, restoration and education with the community. Since graduating with a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary, Paige has been involved with a variety of aquatic fieldwork projects and various leadership roles in the environmental field. From a fisheries management project in Banff National Park, an international internship at an agricultural college in Cambodia, to leading a junior forestry crew with Alberta Wildfire, she brings an appreciation for ecology, wilderness skills and outdoor education. Outside of work, you`ll find her adventuring with her Borer Collie named Betsy!

Matthew Hoffart

Riparian Research Assistant

Matt is an Environmental Science student from Lethbridge, and recently completed a Renewable Resource Management diploma at Lethbridge College. In the fall he will be returning to school to work towards a degree in Ecosystem Management. He has a strong passion for the outdoors, and spends the majority of his free time fly fishing, hiking, and camping with friends and family. He is looking forward to gaining knowledge and experience that will help him in his career.

Alex Gavey

Riparian Research Assistant

Alex is a student working towards completing his Environmental Biology & Reclamation Technology diploma at Medicine Hat College. After completing his diploma, he intends to continue to do a degree in Environmental Science.  Growing up, Alex has always had a profound love for the natural world,  exploring and fishing around the South Saskatchewan River. He developed a keen interest in plant identification.  When he isn’t outside, Alex can usually be found listening to, playing, or writing music. All in all, Alex is a dedicated individual who loves to learn, explore, and make a positive impact on the world around him