As an avid wilderness paddler with a background in environmental and political sciences, Hans has long maintained a passion for the Prairies and its waterways. With roots in Athabasca and an education earned in Camrose, Hans’ rural upbringing made for close ties with the creeks and rivers in his backyard. Hans currently lives in Edmonton and has come to love running in the Whitemud Creek Ravine. Together with Edmonton’s River Valley, Hans believes that the city can provide a natural refuge as much as any countryside. Hans’ appreciation for the diverse urban and rural landscapes of the North Saskatchewan River Basin provides a basis for his view that by working together, we can reclaim and protect pristine waters for generations to come.
Previously, Hans conducted field research that investigates the relationships between land, water, and energy development. Hans has traveled across Alberta working in communities that have experienced intensive energy development and has created a series of documentary films that explore the challenges of Alberta’s energy economy. In his university years, he was active in student politics and also a competitive cross-country runner and skier. But of all these things, it is the river that Hans comes back to most often. As a Keeper of the North Saskatchewan, Hans is proud to steward our waters alongside so many others in the Prairie region.
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. Karen has worked tirelessly with the directors and staff of Riverkeeper to build successful and impactful programs that 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 Vice Chair and Alternate Governor of the Oilers Entertainment Group 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 his leadership role with the Edmonton Oilers 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. Mark has been investigator and/or co-counsel on nearly every Fisheries Act private prosecution in Canada and has been credited with helping Ontario residents win some of the largest fines ever levied under Canada’s Fisheries Act. Mark also served as 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 received his Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, graduated from 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 also earned a 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 Government 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.