The day-to-day operations of the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta are under the management of three full-time staff consisting of the Executive Director, Business Operations Manager and Citizen Science Coordinator. RiverWatch also implements its on-river programs with Edmonton and Calgary teams of professional river guides certified to Transport Canada standards. Guides are responsible for safety, equipment, group dynamics, trip logistics, river interpretation and science instruction.
Graduating Class of RiverWatch Guides (Right)
Guide candidates complete an intense week of training involving rafting, emergency response, health and safety, bus driving, equipment maintenance, water quality monitoring, natural history interpretation, science curriculum and wastewater tours. The end result is a stellar graduating group ready to work with students learning on Alberta rivers.
Seasonal Guide Staff
Martin is originally from Ontario but has called Alberta home since 2001. With a background in business, psychology and professional sports, Martin is also passionate about education and science. As an innovative systems thinker, he has been working as a non-profit leader for nearly 20 years across numerous charitable sectors. With a commitment to serve, Martin is driven to help organizations maximize their impact and is excited to be a member of the RiverWatch team.
Through a combination of employment and education, Andrea has developed skills that meet the business needs of RiverWatch. She was previously employed in the capacity of Business Manager/Executive Director of a non-profit society that served the needs of children and families throughout Edmonton. Through that opportunity, as well as previous employment in a variety of industries, Andrea understands the need to meet deadlines, work efficiently and be organized. She is able to work both independently and as part of a team utilizing excellent communication and problem solving skills. Her desire for continuous improvement in internal and external customer satisfaction is inherent in all areas of her work performance. Her capabilities benefit the RiverWatch Institute of Alberta.
Reed Froklage M.Sc., P. BIOL.
Citizen Science Manager
Reed hails from Ontario but after one season guiding with RiverWatch, he moved back west and has called Calgary his home since 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Environmental Studies at the University of Waterloo, where he investigated the cultural, physical, and environmental impacts of tourism in Nepal on a 20 day trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. During his Master’s in Environment and Sustainability at Western University London, Ontario, Reed prepared a report aimed at municipalities and the general public regarding the status of plastic pollution in Lake Huron. Reed is an avid outdoorsman and spends many weekends in the Rockies or camping in B.C. He enjoys fly fishing on Calgary’s Bow River and worked as fishing guide in northern Ontario for six years. Reed is a valued RiverWatch staff and is appreciated for his cheerful philosophy “How can I help?”