Council Members

ws_council_2016The Okanagan Water Stewardship Council is a broad-based advisory body to the OBWB, with representatives from diverse water stakeholder groups and a local source of technical expertise.

Council members are nominated for 18 month terms by their respective organizations, and ratified by the OBWB.

The 28 member Council meets monthly to provide independent advice and policy recommendations for sustainable water management.

Current Council Members:

November 2016 – February 2018

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Denise Neilsen / Scott Smith

Don Dobson / Sue Lapp / Shawn Badasha

BC Agriculture Council
Hans Buchler

BC Cattlemen’s Association
Lee Hesketh / Linda Allison

BC Fruit Growers Association
Kevin Day / Richard MacDonald

BC Groundwater Association
Marta Green / Remi Allard

BC Water Supply Association
Bob Hrasko / Patti Meger

BC Wildlife Federation – Region 8
Doug Flintoft / Lorne Davies

Canadian Water Resources Association
Brian Guy / Rod Maclean / Dwayne Meredith

City of Kelowna
Andrew Reeder / Jason Angus

City of Vernon
Ed Stranks / Rob Miles

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Doug Edwards

Interior Health
Rob Birtles / Judi Ekkert

Irrigation Industry Association of BC
Ted van der Gulik / Bruce Naka

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
TBA / Tom Dyas / Jeff Robinson

Ministry of Agriculture
Andrew Petersen / Stephanie Tam

Ministry of FLNRO: Fish / Wildlife
Grant Furness / Lora Nield

Ministry of FLNRO: Resource Management
Robert Warner / Ray Crampton

Okanagan Collaborative Conservation Program
Scott Boswell / Tanis Gieselman

Okanagan College
Alison MacMillan / Rob St. Onge

Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
David O’Keefe / Howard Neufeld

RD of Central Okanagan
Margaret Bakelaar / Chris Radford

RD of North Okanagan
Renee Clark / Jennifer Miles

RD of Okanagan–Similkameen
Zoe Kirk / Evelyn Riechert

Shuswap Okanagan Forestry Association
Murray Wilson / Michael Bragg

UBC Okanagan
Bernard Bauer / Carolina Restrepo-Tamayo


Okanagan Nation Alliance
Zoe Eyjolfson / Elinor McGrath / Natasha Lukey

Environment Canada – Pacific & Yukon
Kendall Woo / Ian Rogalski

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