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Elders and Indigenous Representatives


Mary Maytwayashing (Zoongi Gabawi Ozawa Kinew Ikwe, Strong Standing Golden Eagle Woman)
Lake Manitoba First Nation

Mary Maytwayashing, (Zoongi Gabawi Ozawa Kinew Ikwe, Strong Standing Golden Eagle Woman) is from the Lake Manitoba First Nation. Mary is an Anishinaabe Grandmother who leads Traditional Ceremonies. Mary’s Western educational background is Social Work. Mary’s professional career has been in the areas of Health, Substance Abuse, Corrections, Child Welfare and Education. Mary’s greatest learning has come from the Traditional Knowledge Keepers from many nations. Mary’s passion continues to be in assisting and educating people about the Original and Ancient ways of the First People to these lands. Mary has facilitated alongside Grandmothers and Elders teaching young girls and women on the Grandmothers Teachings “Coming of Age” Rites of Passage teachings. Mary believes that we are all born and gifted with a purpose.  As humans we need to find what our purpose is. This can be done through our ceremonies and teachings. Mary continues to live her purpose by honoring and facilitating the teachings and sharing with the people from all walks of life.

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Florence Paynter
Sandy Bay First Nation, Norway House Cree Nation

Florence Paynter, Sandy Bay First Nation and is a band member of Norway House Cree Nation. Florence is a long time educator and has been involved in many programs to help towards the advancement of First Nations languages and our history as a people. Florence is a member of the Elders Council of: the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and the Treaty Commission of Manitoba. She is also very involved with The National Centre of Truth and Reconciliation as an Elder and knowledge Keeper as well as a member of the National Council of Elders through the Turtle Lodge of Sagkeeng First Nation in those similar capacities.


Florence is a Residential School Survivor and speaks her Anishinaabe language fluently.She holds a master’s degree in Education.

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Linda St. Cyr-Saric
Red River Metis, Manitoba Métis Federation

Linda is a retired educator and citizen of Red River Métis of the Manitoba Métis Federation where she also serves as one of the Elders. She is a mother, grandmother and great grandmother and part of 5 generations of strong Métis females. She enjoys spending time cooking for family and friends. Linda tries to incorporate her Métis traditions in her cooking. She is very proud to be Métis. 


Taylor Fleming
Minitonas, Manitoba Métis Federation

Tayler Fleming is a fiddle player from Minitonas, Manitoba. She first started learning the fiddle when she was 9 years old through an Manitoba Métis Federation funded fiddle program and instantly feel in love with it. Today, she is grateful for all the opportunities she has had and is in awe of the places she has been promoting Métis culture through the art of traditional Métis fiddle music.


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Arthur Friesen
Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Sharon Reedyk
Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Ute Holweger
Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Dana Hay
Environment and Climate Change Canada

DAY 1 - JANUARY 18, 2022
Scientific Advancements related to Nutrients and Climate Change

Nutrient Transport and Fate

Serban Danielescu
Environment and Climate Change Canada and
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Dr. Serban Danielescu is a research scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, based at AAFC’s Fredericton Research and Development Centre (Fredericton, New Brunswick). Dr. Serban Danielescu’s research focuses on understanding the impact of agricultural practices on groundwater quantity and quality and on downgradient aquatic ecosystems and employs field investigations in combination with various tools and models, to develop an integrated perspective on the transfer of water and contaminants from sources to receiving surface water. Dr. Danielescu is currently conducting research at Fredericton (NB) and Harrington (PEI) AAFC Experimental Farms and in the Assiniboine Delta Aquifer (MB), where he is collaborating with scientists from universities and other governmental departments to advance the understanding of the significance of subsurface nutrient fluxes at various spatial and temporal scales.


Agnes Richards
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Agnes Richards received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2007 where she quantified plankton spatial structure under wind-driven conditions. In 2006, she started working for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans where she led work on whitefish life history and developed an Ecopath model to examine bottom up effects of nutrient control on walleye populations in the Bay of Quinte, Ontario. Two years later, Agnes joined Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) where she led remediation actions in Lake Superior and worked in the High Canadian Artic on wildlife and SNOWPACK modelling. About 5 years ago, Agnes joined the water science and technology branch at ECCC where she started working on watershed modelling.


Kristin Painter
University of Saskatchewan

Kristin Painter is a freshwater ecologist and biogeochemist. Her research has focused on transport, fate, and impact of anthropogenic nutrients and contaminants in rivers and lakes across Canada. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan where she investigates the ecological and biogeochemical drivers of cyanobacterial bloom phenology as part of the Global Water Futures FORMBLOOM project

Climate Change Implications on Hydrology

Rajesh R. Shrestha
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Rajesh R Shrestha is a Research Scientist at the Environment and Climate Change Canada and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria. His research focuses on assessing the cascading impacts of climate change on hydrologic systems that include snowpack and streamflow and water quality constituents. His recent research includes the assessment of hydro-climatic controls on future hydrologic extremes, snow drought and river temperature from the river basin to regional scale, using complementary process-based, machine-learning and statistical model


Yonas Dibike
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Dr. Yonas Dibike is a Research Scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division located at the University of Victoria, in BC. He also holds adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Victoria and McMaster University in Canada. His research interests include hydrological, hydrodynamic and transport modelling as well as hydro-climate analysis and climate-change impact studies in cold region watersheds. He authored/co-authored numerous (>70) scientific articles that were published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and book chapters

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Chris Spence
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Chris was born in Hanna, Alberta and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Chris holds a B.A. (Hons.) and M.Sc. from the University of Regina and a Ph.D. from McMaster University. He works as a research scientist for Environment and Climate Change Canada in Saskatoon. He holds adjunct professor appointments at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His research focuses on better understanding hydrological and hydrometeorological processes in cold regions for environmental prediction systems and policy development.  His field studies have taken him across Canada, but these days the focus is on the Canadian Shield and Prairie, as well as the Laurentian Great Lakes.  Away from work, he enjoys mountain biking, backpacking, and drumming with the North Saskatchewan Regiment Pipes and Drums. He likes to travel, meet people, and hear their perspectives

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Merrin Macrae
University of Waterloo

Merrin Macrae is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo (commencing 2006). She specializes in hydrological controls on biogeochemical processes (Google h-index: 25, 2190 citations, i10-index 52). Her research interests center around nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorus) dynamics and water quality in agricultural landscapes and wetlands. Dr. Macrae studies water quality at both watershed and field scales, with an emphasis on understanding the impacts of assisted or modified land drainage. Her work also emphasizes the winter and snowmelt periods, characterizing the efficacy of conservation practices during these critical times. Her research is largely field-based science, focused in Southern Ontario and Manitoba. She has supervised or co-supervised more than 30 graduate students, 5 post-doctoral researchers and 18 technical staff, published 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored more than 230 conference presentations. She is also a frequent speaker to the farming community, industry and government, often serving as a keynote speaker or panelist at meetings. Her work has also been featured in the agricultural media (magazines, podcasts, newspapers) 10 times in the past 8 years


Helen Baulch
University of Saskatchewan

Helen Baulch is an Associate Professor and biogeochemist at the University of Saskatchewan.  Her work focusses on the cycling and transport of nutrients and the consequences of nutrient pollution, with the goal of understanding intervention points to help mitigate and adapt to current issues of eutrophication and blooms.


Pascal Badiou
Ducks Unlimited Canada

Pascal Badiou is a research scientist with Ducks Unlimited Canada who focuses on watershed research to help create and inform sound, sustainable wetland policies that protect water and offset the impacts of climate change.

DAY 2 - JANUARY 19, 2022
Advancing the Knowledge of In-lake and Watershed Science

Lake Ecology

Gordon Goldsborough
University of Manitoba

Dr. Gordon Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on anthropogenic and invasive species impacts on, and remediation of, lakes and wetlands. Most of his work has occurred at Delta Marsh and Netley-Libau Marsh, two of the largest coastal wetlands on the continent.

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David Depew
Environment and Climate Change Canada

David Depew is a research scientist with the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division with Environment and Climate Change Canada with expertise in water quality and aquatic ecology. Current research interests include novel methods to identify phosphorus sources and understand phosphorus cycling in aquatic ecosystems, ecosystem dynamics related to the proliferation of nuisance algal blooms and understanding the impacts of invasive species on ecosystem structure and function

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Jun Zhao
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Jun Zhao is a Physical Scientist and has worked for the Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division (WHERD) at Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) since 2007. She has a Masters of Science in Oceanography from Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on hydrodynamics and modelling for rehabilitation and conservation of lakes and inland waters. 

Nutrient Sources in the Watershed

Kim Rattan
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Kim Rattan received her PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2010 where she used new fluorometric methods to determine phytoplankton nutrient status for freshwater systems.  In 2013, Kim joined Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) where she worked on the Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative program on examining the source, transport, and fate of nutrient concentrations and loads in southern Manitoba sub-watersheds.  Recently, Kim joined the Regional Director General’s Office where she is a program officer for the Great Lakes Harmful Pollutants group.

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Bob Brua
Environment and Climate Change Canada


Kristin Painter
University of Saskatchewan

Kristin Painter is a freshwater ecologist and biogeochemist. Her research has focused on transport, fate, and impact of anthropogenic nutrients and contaminants in rivers and lakes across Canada. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan where she investigates the ecological and biogeochemical drivers of cyanobacterial bloom phenology as part of the Global Water Futures FORMBLOOM project

Dr. Robert (Bob) Brua is a Research Scientist in Saskatoon, SK with Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Watershed Hydrology and Ecosystem Research Division. Dr. Brua earned his BSc in Wildlife Management & Biology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, MSc in Zoology at North Dakota State University, and PhD in Biology at the University of Dayton. Dr. Brua is an authority on the bioassessment of cumulative effects due to human activity, such as agriculture, oil sands development, and human wastewater, on aquatic ecosystems. His research focuses on the development of indicators that have the ability to detect spatial and temporal change in aquatic communities and, can diagnose the cause of ecological effects on aquatic ecosystems. When not working, he is kept busy with his family, 7 dogs, 1 cat, 3 horses and 50 chickens.

Priority Science Gaps Panel: In-lake & Hydrology Focused Research
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Nora Casson
University of Winnipeg

Dr. Nora Casson is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Influences on Water Quality at the University of Winnipeg. Her research focuses on the ways in which landscape processes influence water and nutrient cycling and ultimately impact streams, lakes and wetlands

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David Lobb
University of Manitoba

David Lobb is a Professor of Landscape Ecology in the Department of Soil Science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and was the Senior Research Chair of the Watershed Systems Research Program at the UofM. David earned his BSc from the University of Toronto and his MSc and PhD from the University of Guelph. He is internationally recognized for his research in tillage translocation and tillage erosion, particularly for his advances in experimental methods and modeling. His expertise in soil erosion and conservation has been sought by the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency and Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in addition to provincial and federal government agencies across Canada. David currently co-chairs the FAO’s Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soil. David is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Soil Science, the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the Soil Science Society of America


Greg McCullough
University of Manitoba

Greg McCullough received his Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba in 2006 for his study of hydraulics and sediment transport in Lake Malawi, SE Africa.  Prior to his return to academia, Dr. McCullough had been employed by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans since the 1970s to study sediment and nutrient transport in reservoirs in northern Manitoba, and at the Experimental Lakes Area in NW Ontario. In the course of research on Lake Winnipeg over the last three decades, he has developed remote sensing tools for monitoring algae in Lake Winnipeg, including the capability to distinguish and monitor cyanobacteria.  He has also studied the effects of climate and flooding on nutrient loading to Lake Winnipeg.  He currently studies nutrient loading and transport processes in the three Manitoba Great Lakes.

DAY 3 - JANUARY 20, 2022
Actions Throughout the Basin

Indigenous Engagement

Lori Bradford
University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Bradford is an Assistant Professor in the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development in the College of Engineering, and in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist who works on the incorporation of social and cultural factors into research on water security and sustainability. She is also currently editor of the Engaged Scholar Journal.  

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Lynda Nicol
Manitoba Association of Watersheds

Lynda Nicol is the executive director of Manitoba Association of Watersheds (MAW), an industry association dedicated to supporting Manitoba’s 14 watershed districts in their efforts to protect the province’s water, soil, habitat and climate. Lynda brings 15 years of experience in not-for-profit management focusing on communications, operations, and leading strategy to support organizations for success.

Nutrient Reduction

Norine Ambrose
Cows and Fish (Alberta Riparian Habitat Management Society)

In her nearly 22 years with Cows and Fish, Norine has focused on working with landowners, communities and natural resource professionals to help them recognize the value of riparian areas, and what they can do to maintain these areas as healthy, productive pieces of our landscape.  Her work with community leaders, organizations and agencies emphasises sharing lessons learned in effective program design and delivery. She combines wetland ecology research with her farm upbringing to help bridge science, management and education.  She believes strongly that those who manage and use the land are critical to ensuring a healthy landscape.


Armand Bélanger
East Interlake Watershed District

Armand Bélanger has worked at the East Interlake Watershed District for 13 years. In that time, he has helped develop four Integrated Watershed Management Plans and the delivery of many programs including wetland enhancement, water storage, riparian protection, education, and water monitoring. Armand helped initiate the survey of 4,000 kms of drains and the inventory of over 10,000 culverts, this data is now very important for the innovative GIS/LiDAR watershed support systems and planning tools that the district utilizes. Armand enjoys spending time with his family on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and finished his first full marathon with his wife Michelle last September.   

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Richard Grosshans
International Institute for Sustainable Development

Richard is a research scientist at IISD, and Lead, Bioeconomy in IISD’s Water Policy Program. He holds a PhD in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba where he is also currently an Adjunct Professor. Richard has over 25 years of expertise in environmental management with a focus on natural infrastructure and managed wetland systems. For the past 15 years, Richard has explored innovative applied watershed management strategies and renewable energy management, investigating biomass harvesting for remediation of phosphorus and contaminants, wetland restoration, water retention, and bioenergy. Richard’s current research focus includes bioremediation through natural systems and floating treatment wetlands for nutrient and contaminant treatment.

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Derek Kornelsen
Swan Lake First Nation

Dr. Derek Kornelsen is a 4th generation settler to Treaty 1 territory. He holds a PhD in Political Science from UBC (2016), and has worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba focusing his work on understanding Indigenous relationships with land as a key determinant of Indigenous health and well-being. He is the president of Rootstalk Resources, a company he created to work towards decolonization and implementation of Indigenous rights in Canada. Dr. Kornelsen currently works full-time in this position, working with First Nations on land rights and land protection initiatives. He has worked with Swan Lake First Nation for the past 3 years on various land stewardship projects and on developing relationships and partnerships with neighbouring Watershed Districts.

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David Scott
Swan Lake First Nation

David Scott is an Ojibwa Traditional Knowledge Keeper and a researcher of Treaty and Indigenous Rights from Swan Lake First Nation.  In his 40 years of experience in these areas David has facilitated community-led research and Traditional Knowledge camps; taught widely about land claims, the Indian Act, and governmental policies of assimilation; and has worked to strengthen relationships with non-Indigenous neighbours including local community members, Watershed Districts, and provincial and federal entities. David has also worked with several other First Nations on issues related to community engagement and consultation, particularly in relation to section 35 of the Constitution Act. In addition to the Traditional Knowledge he holds, David is fluent in Ojibwa and has a working understanding of Cree.

Innovation & Collaboration

Todd Sellers
Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation

Todd Sellers is the Executive Director of the Lake of the Woods Water Sustainability Foundation.  He leads the Foundation’s activities to initiate water quality research and the development of a water quality sustainability plan for the Lake of the Woods basin.  Todd is a member of the International Joint Commission’s Rainy-Lake of the Woods Watershed Board and is the Canadian co-chair of its Aquatic Ecosystem Health Committee.  Todd holds a Master of Science degree in aquatic biology from the University of Alberta, with his thesis work on climate change impacts on lake trout being conducted at the Experimental Lakes Area east Kenora


Steve Strang
Red River Basin Commission


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Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

Steve has passion for family, friends and the environment. Employed at the Red River Basin Commission as the Managing Director, he focuses on water management and water quality issues facing the Red River Basin both in the US and Manitoba. He holds a certificate in Financial Management and as well, he has been awarded the Queen Jubilee metal in 2013 for Region Partnership, in 2014 was awarded the “Friend of Planning” Award by the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and in 2019 was gifted the “Truth and Reconciliation” Award from the Southern Chiefs Organization.

Steve worked for the Province of Manitoba from 2011 to 2017 as a Flood Protection Officer assisting on the flood of 2011, as well he served on council for the RM of St. Clements from 2002 to 2014 as Mayor. During his term, Steve sat on and chaired organizations such as the Manitoba Capital Region (now Winnipeg Metro), the Red River Planning Board, and the South Basin Mayors and Reeves. Steve successfully took on many environmental issues that faced his community and their watershed during his time in council.

Steve believes the environmental legacy we leave for our communities will be judged by future generations.

Richard is a project manager at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, where he as worked since January 2020. His previous experience includes working in non-profit, consulting, and public sector roles, most recently as the director of the Forum for Leadership on Water. Richard graduated from the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in 2019 with a Master of Resource Management (Planning) degree, where his research focused on watershed co-governance in British Columbia. Richard also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Political Studies and History from the University of Manitoba. Richard enjoys paddling and spends much of his spare time exploring Manitoba’s backcountry lakes and rivers.

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Chelsea Lobson
Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Chelsea Lobson, Lake Winnipeg Foundation’s programs director, oversees LWF’s program development in line with the organizations mission, with specific responsibility for the Lake Winnipeg Community-Based Monitoring Network. Chelsea has overseen the growth of LWCBMN since 2017, coordinating network activities, manages critical partnerships and overseeing lab and data analysis. Chelsea received her Master of Science from the University of Manitoba in 2018.


Marci Riel
Manitoba Métis Federation

Marci Riel is the Senior Director of Energy, Infrastructure and Resource Management at the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), the government of the Red River Métis. The department was created by the Métis government in Manitoba to address the development and management of energy projects and infrastructure constructed on lands utilized by the citizens and harvesters across the Métis Nation homeland. The amalgamated department also manages the MMF’s Resolution 8 engagement and consultation process and lands management files as well as the natural resources and conservation portfolios related to harvesting, environmental assessment, Métis monitoring, forestry, mining, migratory birds, commercial fisheries, wetland restoration, fish and fish habitat, environment and climate change.

Although not an elected representative of the Métis Nation, Marci is the Indigenous Co-Chair of the Line 3 - Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (L3IAMC), is the Métis National Council representative on the Canada Energy Regulator’s Indigenous Advisory Committee and is currently working with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the International Joint Commission (IJC) to create and implement an Indigenous Advisory Committee. Her role is to best represent the needs of the citizens of the Métis Nation and to assist Canada and the regulators in better understanding the lifecycle impacts of projects on the collectively held rights, claims and interests of the Métis Nation.

Ms. Riel holds a Masters Degree in Sociology and prior to joining the Manitoba Métis Federation in 2011, Marci worked in the field of public safety and crime prevention. Marci is the mother of two active teenage boys and together with her husband Kevin is proud to be raising the next generation of citizens of the Métis Nation. Marci lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba – in the heart of the Métis Nation homeland – on one of the original Red River lots next to the historic Riel House site.


Jian Liu
University of Manitoba

Dr. Liu obtained his Ph.D. in Soil Science in 2013 from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Since then he has conducted research at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba. Currently, he holds a Research Associate position at the University of Manitoba’s Soil Science Department. His research focuses on nutrient cycling and sustainable management for water quality and crop production, with findings documented in nearly 50 peer-reviewed articles. In 2021, he led to organize a Prairie-wide workshop discussing phosphorus management solutions for achieving the dual goals of water quality and crop production.