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Kathy Lindsay
 has been active with the BRWP since 2007 and has been chair of the Board since 2009. She lives in Renfrew and has a family cottage on the Ottawa River just downstream of the confluence with the Bonnechere River. Professionally, she is Dr. Kathryn Lindsay having obtained a PhD in Biology from Carleton and is an Adjunct Research Professor in Biology and in Geography and Environmental Studies and a co-Director of the Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Lab built with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Her graduate students have worked on habitat suitability modeling for wildlife, effects of landscape structure on farmland biodiversity, and systematic assessment for wildlife conservation both now and under a climate change future. She has been employed as a wildlife research ecologist with Environment Canada from 1986 to 2015, conducting future scenario and ecological risk assessment studies at local to national scales in Canada, the USA and Panama to understand effects of land cover and land use (particularly agriculture and urbanization) on wildlife, water, and people, and to explore approaches for incorporating nature conservation into land-use policy, planning and decision-making. Photo: Renfrew Mercury

John Almstedt - I believe it's increasingly important for individuals to take more responsibility for environmental matters by becoming informed citizen scientists.  This is particularly so in Renfrew County where three major river watersheds (Petawawa, Bonnechere and Madawaska) that flow into the Ottawa River don't have Conservation Authorities as do all the similar size Ontario rivers flowing into the Ottawa between the Mattawa and St Lawrence rivers. BRWP as a citizen based organization has directed much of its attention to helping people become better scientists related to water quality where opportunities for gathering baseline information and using mapping tools has been provided. Additional help has come through an association with Ottawa Riverkeeper, Ottawa River Institute and Carleton University.  Learning and developing skills related to the natural environment can be a fun thing to do.

Christine O'Reilly - Christine recently graduated with a two-year diploma in Business – Accounting from Algonquin College. She served as the Assistant Treasurer for the 2015-2016 year and subsequently accepted appointment as the Treasurer for 2016-2017. Christine is also seventh generation Renfrew County and currently resides in Renfrew with her husband and two children.

John Brady
- Since retiring from a 30 year career in Construction and Telecommunications management in 2009, I have been actively involved with the Arnprior and District Museum, playing a lead role in and various artifact staging and preservation projects. Other volunteer work includes chairing the Braeside Riverdrive Festival (2012-2015), leveraging this community gathering to foster stewardship of the Ottawa River and drive improvements to Red Pine park and boat launch. A graduate of Carleton University (B. Eng, Civil), I am currently living on the Ottawa River at Sandpoint with my wife Cathy in the historic Appleby family residence, circa 1820. Cathy and I are avid paddlers, bikers, boaters, walkers and swimmers and thus very committed to sustainable management of our beautiful natural setting in the Ottawa valley.

Kim Emde  - 
I am new to the BRWP but have been a valley resident since 1997. My background is in science, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics at the University of Waterloo. This led to a career in medical imaging, and I am currently self-employed as a mammography physics consultant. This is a role where I act as an independent inspector who assists facilities in obtaining accreditation as well as preventing harm to the public. In my spare time, I volunteer for the Ottawa Valley Food co-op, and I make an attempt at growing my own food using organic methods. In summer, I enthusiastically attend the paddle series which has been run by the BWRP and the Ottawa River Institute. For the past twelve years I have been a participant in the Frog Watch and Turtle Tally programs which monitor sensitive species across Ontario. I will also be participating in collecting water quality data for the Water Rangers program. I am fortunate to live in a rural setting with ready access to forests, lakes, and rivers, and I am committed to being a part of their enduring health. 

Advisors to the Board
Ottawa River Institute
Valley Climate Circle
Pipeline Awareness Renfrew County
Ottawa River Keeper
Local government liaisons; Horton, Admaston Bromley, Bonnechere Valley, Killaloe Hagarty and Richards, Town of Renfrew.


Cheryl Keetch, Coordinator -
  Cheryl is a Graphic Design graduate of both Georgian and Sheridan College. As coordinator for the BRWP, she brings a diverse career background that includes graphic design, workshop development, library management, as well as extensive experience with not-for-profit organizations and hands-on and management roles in the fields of retail building materials and alternative home building. For Cheryl, living in rural settings around Renfrew County has nourished a love and appreciation for its lands, waters, forests, and people. She lives off-grid in a renewable energy home near Killaloe.