OUR TEAM

SHAWN CLARK

Dr. Clark is a Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. His primary research program involves a considerable amount of fieldwork throughout Manitoba, where his team monitors ice processes on the Assiniboine, Dauphin, Nelson and Red Rivers.  The fieldwork component is complemented by laboratory testing and numerical modelling. He first began conducting research on the Netley Marsh in 2009, which focused on understanding flow distributions within the various marsh channels as well as water level variations throughout the marsh.

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BUSTER WELCH

Harold Welch, PhD. Dept. Fisheries and Oceans scientist (ret.), specializing in all aspects of aquatic ecosystem research. Buster is one of the lead Scientist for the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and continues to support environmental projects within the Foundation and abroad.  

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MIKE STAINTON

Mike is the Chair of the Lake Winnipeg Foundation and is a chemist with the DFO’s Freshwater Institute and the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research team. His areas of expertise include Lake Winnipeg scientific research and networking with current scientific community working on Lake Winnipeg. He is currently researching the impact of flooding and land use practice on nutrient loss from agricultural lands, monitoring the algal productivity that these nutrients produce in Lake Winnipeg using remote sending and shipboard instrumentation.

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Dr. Pascal Badiou has been a research scientist with Ducks Unlimited Canada’s (DUC) Institute for Wetland and Waterfowl Research (IWWR) since 2006. Prior to joining DUC Pascal worked as an aquatic scientist specializing in water quality and aquatic ecology for an environmental consulting firm in Winnipeg. In general, Pascal’s research interests focus on the ecology of wetlands and shallow lakes. He is particularly interested in how multiple stressors such as droughts, eutrophication, nonindigenous species and pesticides interact to affect the ability of wetlands to enhance water quality and regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, Dr. Badiou is working in a number of prairie watersheds where he and his team are examining the impacts of wetland management practices (drainage and restoration) on hydrology and water quality at large scales. Dr. Badiou has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Wetland Ecology from the University of Manitoba. He is an adjunct professor in the University of Manitoba’s departments of Biological Sciences and Soil Science.

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ALEX SALKI

B.Sc. (U of M), M.Sc. (U of M). MSM (2017).Alex’s vast experience includes his work in DFO as Research Biologist (1968-2007), Experimental Lakes Area as part of the Research Team (1987-2007), Lake Winnipeg Foundation as a Board Member & Science Advisory Council Chair (2009-2016), Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium as Co-founder & Science Program Coordinator (1999-2009), Lake Winnipeg Stewardship as a Board member (2003-2006), Climate Change Connection as a Steering Committee member (2002-2005), Forks Citizens Advisory Committee (1992-1993), and as a judge in the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium (1999-2009) and the Manitoba Envirothon. His area of expertise is on Limnology, freshwater biology and ecology, and crustacean zoogeography. Alex is the principal taxonomist Salki Consultants Inc providing laboratory analyses and consulting services to government and industry.

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DALE HUTCHISON

Dale is married with two children, has a background in science, natural resource management and engagement.  He has worked with the federal government and a First Nation, and for the past several years with Manitoba Hydro. He is the Section Head for the Waterway Community Engagement Section, responsible for working with people along the waterways we share throughout the hydro-electric system. This community includes Indigenous Nations, communities and groups; municipalities; cottage and environmental associations; researchers and resource users. Dale's role is to engage with the waterway community to foster understanding of the Manitoba Hydro waterway system, to understand people’s concerns with Manitoba Hydro, and to act on these understandings to improve relations.

JAMES BLATZ

Dr. James Blatz was appointed Associate Vice-President (Partnerships) for a second five-year term effective July 1, 2014. He obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering in 2000 from the University of Manitoba and completed an NSERC Post-Doctoral award at the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s-RMC. He was previously the Associate Head of the Department of Civil Engineering and also served as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Programs) in the Faculty of Engineering. He is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering conducting research in the areas of risk management for civil engineering infrastructure and technical aspects of temporary and permanent flood protection works.

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ZACH REGIEC

"It’s been my pleasure to have worked various communications roles within Manitoba Hydro and now assist with the Red River Basin Commission. I have lived in Manitoba most of my life and have two young children who I am trying to teach about the importance of Mother Nature and our waterways. Graduating from Red River College in Creative Communications in 2007 helped show me there are always vital stories to tell and pass on. My hope, with working with both the RRBC and Manitoba Hydro, is that I continue to garner more knowledge to keep sharing these important stories about how hard people are working to make this province a better place to live."

TONY PIMENTEL

Tony is the Mayor of the Town of Winnipeg Beach since 2010. He is also part of the South Basin Mayors and Reeves and Lake Friendly.

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STEVE STRANG

Steve has passion for family and the environment.  He works at the Red River Basin Commission as the Manitoba Director, where 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 medal in 2013 for Region Partnership and in 2014  "the Friend of Planning award" by the Manitoba Professional Planners Institute.

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SHAUN MOFFAT

Shaun Moffatt, M.Sc. has over 15 years of experience as an ecological researcher and environmental scientist with a broad range of experience working in the environmental, water resource, construction and energy industries. As a Senior Environmental Scientist at KGS Group, Mr. Moffatt is responsible for project management, senior review, public consultation and coordination, undertaking, analysis and reporting of environmental fieldwork. Fields of expertise include Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Approvals, Public Consultation, Environmental Monitoring and Terrestrial Ecology Studies. 

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PATRICE LECLERC

Mr. Leclercq is a Water Resources Engineer at KGS Group with over 11 years of experience in a variety of water resource and hydrologic/hydraulic projects including flood studies, drainage design, design of hydraulic structures and channels, economic analyses, erosion and sediment control assessments, and environmental protection planning and monitoring. Since his graduation from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Mr. Leclercq has worked on projects located throughout Manitoba and across Canada.

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RICHARD GROSSHANS

Richard is a research scientist at IISD. He has over 20 years of expertise working in natural and managed wetland systems, and in environmental management and sustainable energy. He has conducted research in both Delta Marsh on Lake Manitoba and Netley-Libau Marsh on Lake Winnipeg examining long-term wetland changes. For the past 12 years, Richard has led innovative applied research on integrated watershed and renewable energy management with a focus on Lake Winnipeg phosphorus issues, biomass harvesting, wetland restoration, water retention, and agriculture resilience. More recently, he has led research on bioremediation and floating wetland islands at IISD- Experimental Lakes Area.

Gordon Goldsborough is a member of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba where he studies the impacts of human activities and invasive species on wetlands and lakes. Much of his research has focused on coastal wetlands of Manitoba's large lakes, especially Delta Marsh and Netley-Libau Marsh. He is also the past Chair of the Manitoba Water Council, the senior advisory body to the Minister of Sustainable Development.

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GORDON GOLDSBOROUGH

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