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Chief Larry Nooski

Chief Larry Nooski is the Chief of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, located in north-central BC. He was first elected to Council in 1992 and has served Nadleh Whut’en in various capacities since, including Band Manager, Councillor, Pipeline Coordinator and Chief.


Communicating EFNs media panel

Facilitator: Corinne Jackson Corinne is responsible for getting the word out about Okanagan water issues and the activities of the OBWB, and is the staff lead on the Okanagan WaterWise communication strategy. Corinne is uniquely suited for this role –


Rita Winkler

Rita Winkler is a Forest Hydrologist with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development in Kamloops. She is a Registered Forest Professional with a PhD in Forest Hydrology and many years of experience in


Ted White

Ted White, Director Water Management and Comptroller of Water Rights, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. The Director Water Management leads the implementation of provincial legislation, policy, regulations and the delivery of services related to the


Suzan Lapp

Dr. Suzan Lapp (P.Geo., P.Ag.) has over 15 years of technical and outreach experience as a professional in the fields of watershed management, hydrology and climate change.  In the fall of 2017 she joined the BC Oil and Gas Commission


Dawn Machin

Dawn Machin Biologist – Fish Water Management Tool, Okanagan Nation Alliance Dawn Machin is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, part of the Okanagan (Syilx) Nation. She holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia. After receiving her


Richard Bussanich

Richard Bussanich has served the Sylix People, and Okanagan community as a biologist of ONA’s salmon reintroduction program. The “Cause to come back” of Salmon will forever be etched in his professional and life story. The sharing and learning of


Drew Lejbak

Drew Lejbak (M.Sc., GIT) has over 12 years of professional experience in water resource management, in both the private and public sectors. Drew has been the Project Manager and Lead Hydrologist for various drought and flood planning studies in the


Michelle Tung

Michelle Tung, B.Sc., MA (Anthropology) is a Vancouver native who has followed her interests in salmon right up the Fraser. She has had the privilege of working for Upper Fraser First Nations for over the last 8 years, primarily focused


Deana Machin

Deana Machin (MBA, B.Sc.) is the Strategic Development Manager at the First Nations Fisheries Council and has been active in the field of First Nations fisheries management and policy for over 15 years. She is a member of the Okanagan


Michael Epp

Michael Epp is a Senior Water Authorizations Specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development in Vernon, BC. He has a degree in Natural Resource Sciences from Thompson Rivers University, and has worked in a


Andrew Petersen

Andrew Petersen grew up in Northwestern B.C. with a family farm and a logging company. He chose to follow the farming path for a career. Andrew graduated from UBC with a degree in Agricultural Science in 1986. He then moved


Tessa Terbasket

Tessa Terbasket is a talented young Syilx woman who has been instrumental in empowering, challenging and encouraging Syilx youth to become more involved in water. She has an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary studies at UBC Vancouver, concentrating in Indigenous Studies,


David Thomson

Mr. David Thomson is a Regional Hydrogeologist with the Province of British Columbia, based in Vernon, BC. He is part of a team supporting groundwater legislation and stewardship, and advising on technical groundwater matters in the Thompson-Okanagan, Cariboo and Kootenay


David Tickner

David Tickner is Chief Freshwater Adviser at WWF, based in the UK. He advises river conservation programmes internationally, leads research and innovation projects, and engages governments, the private sector and the public on water issues. Dave also sits on the


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