Chairperson and President: Karen Percy Lowe
Born and raised near the Bow River in Banff and travelling the world as an Olympic and professional downhill skier, Karen has always felt a connection with water and interest in global water issues. Her interest and concern grew even more when she was asked to ski with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at the Annual Waterkeeper Alliance fundraiser in Banff 6 years ago. Since then, Karen has continued a relationship with the Alliance. She is now an active Waterkeeper Trustee. A role which requires a lot of time and dedication to support the efforts of the Waterkeeper Alliance. As a result of this growing concern and interest in clean water for communities everywhere, Karen wanted to bring her passion to her watersheds in Alberta.
Karen and co-founder Britt Standen worked very hard for to secure approval for the Saskatchewan Riverkeeper and become a licensed member of the Alliance a year ago. In the last year, Karen has worked tirelessly with the directors and Riverkeeper, Glenn Isaac, 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 amongst her many achievements in making Edmonton and Alberta a more livable, healthy community.
Vice President and Treasurer: Britt Standen
Britt is the president and owner of Physique Fitness Stores. Born and raised in Edmonton along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, she has a very close connection to the water. Water skiing, canoeing, cross-country skiing or walking the trails with her parents when growing up, she was always close to the water. Doing those same activities with her husband, Craig, and 2 children, the river is very near and dear to her and part of her everyday life.
For the past 5 years Britt has attended and supported the Waterkeeper Alliance fundraiser in Banff and Lake Louise. Living on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River for the past 40 years, it was a natural progression to "walk the talk" and she along with Karen Percy-Lowe co-founded the Saskatchewan Riverkeeper group.
Director: Kevin Lowe
Kevin's interest in clean water and water issues grew out of his original bond with the Shuswap Lake. The responsibility of stewardship of this lake and the other waters began with him learning more about everyday practices which can harm lake water quality. As the President of Hockey Operations for the Edmonton Oilers and long time resident of Edmonton, Kevin's interest and concern for clean waters in his community grew even more with his relationship to the Waterkeeper Alliance as a supporter and Waterkeeper Trustee. Since then, both Kevin and wife Karen have developed a leadership role as Canadian Trustees in the Alliance and have worked hard in collaboration with other Canadian Waterkeepers to make the North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper program a leader in protecting the North Saskatchewan River watershed. As with Karen, Kevin's passion for making Edmonton a great city extends to many other endeavors such as supporting fundraising efforts for the Stollery Children's Hospital and his leadership role with the Edmonton Oiler Community Foundation.
Director Mark Mattson
As President and Waterkeeper of Lake Ontario (LOW), Mark Mattson works tirelessly to promote and defend the ideals that safe waterways belong to the people. In 2001, Mark founded Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to give a voice to the cares and concerns of the millions of people who live in the Lake Ontario watershed. 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.
Mark has also 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.
Prior to launching Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Mark Mattson founded the volunteer-based Environmental Bureau of Investigation, dedicated to identifying and prosecuting environmental offenders and served as a board member of Great Lakes United. Mr. Mattson is co-author of The Citizens Guide to Environmental Investigation and Private Prosecution. Mark is host of the weekly radio show and podcast Living At the Barricades, alongside Vice President Krystyn Tully.
Krystyn Tully, Director and Secretary
Krystyn Tully is LOW’s co-founder and Vice President. She oversees Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s many programs and people who are all working to create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Ontario. After graduating 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 Tully also takes the lead on several of our key ongoing issues alongside Mark. Krystyn also oversees LOW’s Clean Water Workshop, a volunteer mentoring program offered to 20 law students each year. Krystyn is the editor of Waterkeeper.ca Weekly and co-host of LOW’s podcast, Living at the Barricades.