Karen Percy Lowe
Born and raised near the Bow River in Banff, Karen has always felt a connection with water and passion for global water issues. An Olympic and professional downhill skier, Karen’s interest and concern grew when she was asked to ski with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Annual Waterkeeper Alliance fundraiser in Banff six years ago. Wanting to bring her passion to the watersheds of her home province, Karen forged a lasting relationship with the Alliance. She is now an active Waterkeeper Trustee, and dedicates ongoing time and support to the efforts of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
Karen and co-founder Britt Standen worked hard to secure approval for the Saskatchewan Riverkeeper and become a licensed member of the Alliance. In the last year, Karen has worked tirelessly with the directors and staff of Riverkeeper to make the launch of the program a success and truly engage the North Saskatchewan River Watershed community. Two-time Olympic Bronze Medalist, recipient of the Order of Canada, and mother of five, Karen can now count her leadership of this organization among her many achievements in making Edmonton and Alberta a healthy, vibrant community.
Britt has always been closely connected to the North Saskatchewan River. Growing up along its banks, Britt spent her childhood water skiing, canoeing, cross-country skiing and walking the trails along the river with her parents. Her lifelong connection to the river made it a natural progression to “walk the talk” and co-found the Saskatchewan Riverkeeper group with Karen Percy-Lowe.
Since the inception of North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, Britt has been an advocate for swimmable, drinkable, fishable watershed. She is currently the Vice President and Treasurer of North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper. Today, Britt is the president and owner of Physique Fitness Stores, Alberta’s premier retailer of fitness equipment. She continues to nurture her connection to the river with her husband, Craig, and two children.
Kevin’s interest in clean water grew out of his original bond with the Shuswap Lake. As he became educated on everyday practices that were threatening our watersheds, Kevin felt a pull to take responsibility for stewardship of this lake and other waters. Along with his wife Karen, Kevin has developed a leadership role as Canadian Trustees in the Waterkeeper Alliance. They have worked hard in collaboration with other Canadian waterkeepers to make the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper program a leader in the protection and preservation of our watershed.
As the President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers and long-time resident of Edmonton, Kevin demonstrates commitment and dedication to making Edmonton a great city. Other endeavours include his support for fundraising efforts by the Stollery Children’s Hospital and leadership role with the Edmonton Oiler Community Foundation.
As President of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (LOW), Mark Mattson works tirelessly to promote and defend the ideals that safe waterways belong to the people. In 2001, Mark founded LOW in an effort to give voice to the cares and concerns of the millions of people who depend on the Lake Ontario watershed.
Mark has appeared on behalf of clients in front of the International Water Tribunal in Amsterdam, and serves as the Canadian representative to Waterkeeper Alliance’s Board of Directors. He is the supervising attorney with the Clean Water Workshop, a program dedicated to mentoring law students and providing legal tools to citizens fighting for clean water in their communities. Mark has been investigator and/or co-counsel on nearly every Fisheries Act private prosecution in Canada. He has been credited with helping Ontario residents win some of the largest fines ever levied under Canada’s Fisheries Act.
Mark received his Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, graduated of the University of Windsor School of Law, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Since Mark made the move from criminal law to a practice focused on environmental and regulatory matters, he has acted as counsel for environmental and public interest groups at over fifty hearings, including the Walkerton Inquiry.
Krystyn Tully is LOW’s co-founder and Vice President. She oversees Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s many programs, staff, and volunteers working to create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario. After graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in Radio and Television Arts, Krystyn worked with Mark Mattson as a researcher at the Walkerton Inquiry. She is currently working towards her second degree in Public Administration and Governance.
On behalf of LOW, Krystyn has written many comments on licenses and legislative proposals that have contributed to better decisions and environmental protections. She has appeared before the Federal Standing Committee on Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities (TRAN), and the Ontario Goverment Standing Committee on Legislative Affairs. Krystyn has also been a two-time contributer to the Great Lakes Town Hall, an international organization dedicated to identifying and addressing common issues across our shared Great Lakes. For many years, Krystyn Tully was the Lake Ontario Advisor to Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Network Fund, now Freshwater Future.
In addition to the day-to-day management of the LOW organization, Krystyn also takes the lead on several of our key ongoing issues alongside Mark. Krystyn oversees LOW’s Clean Water Workshop, a volunteer mentoring program offered to 20 law students each year.