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Board of Directors

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.

David Brown - 
David Brown worked for the Canadian Air Force for six years before entering the medical field, where he worked for 18 years with the medical division of General Electric, the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Heart Institute and eventually formed his own company. His volunteer work has included two terms on the Carleton Board of Education, and with KMED, and organization he formed to assist those in developing countries. David has also worked on access and employment issues for people with disabilities. David presently serves on the planning committee for the Township of Horton. Photo: Renfrew Mercury

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.

Jim Miller
Owner of MEQA Consulting Ltd. a quality consulting firm with a twenty year history in waste water and fresh water treatment engineering.
MEQA assits companies with ISO Registratons including aerospace and medical devices.
Jim has worked as a Quality Manager providing Rotating Biological Contactors in mining camps, housing development areas, and populated areas such as Manotick, Barrie Ontario etc. around the world. 
Jim's dream is to restore previously used beaches to current use especially the Bonnechure River in the Renfrew Ontario area.

Joscelyn Coolican -
Joscelyn grew up in Renfrew and is very appreciative of her teachers, coaches and the community in general. Joscelyn has a special connection to the Bonnechere River Watershed as she learned to swim at the Renfrew Beach and at her family cottage on Round Lake. During high school, she worked as a lifeguard at the Renfrew Beach- a few years before it was closed. Joscelyn is currently a Senior Advisor in the Science and Technology Policy Division at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) but most of her work at ECCC has involved various files pertaining to sustainable water management. Joscelyn studied Environmental Studies and International Development at the University of Guelph, and Urban and Regional Planning for her graduate studies at Queen’s University. Joscelyn lives in Ottawa with her husband and two children who can’t wait to go to Round Lake in the summer.
Photo: Renfrew Mercury

Doug Fraser

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.