Staff & Board

Dr. Craig Orr, Outgoing Executive Director

Dr. Craig Orr is the outgoing Executive Director and continuing Conservation Advisor of the Watershed Watch Salmon Society. Orr holds postgraduate degrees in wildlife ecology (M.Sc., Acadia University) and behavioural ecology (Ph.D., Simon Fraser University), and as Executive Director, helped lead Watershed Watch over 16 years in a BC-wide involvement in water use issues, run-of-river planning, groundwater and salmon interactions, aquaculture impacts, the sustainability of salmon fisheries, and engagement organizing.

Orr also continues to be active locally, representing Watershed Watch’s interests on the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and in other processes and projects in the Coquitlam watershed, and advising Kwikwetlem First Nation on various conservation issues, including the long fight to restore Coquitlam sockeye.

 

Aaron Hill, Incoming Executive Director

Aaron Hill is an ecologist specializing in freshwater and coastal ecosystems, with an emphasis on salmon habitat and fisheries. He has worked as an observer and fisheries technician on recreational and commercial fisheries and as a graduate researcher on the Salmonid Rivers Observatory Network research program in BC. Aaron’s current project areas include Wild Salmon Policy implementation and ecological sustainability of energy development in BC.

 

Trish Hall, Acting Operations Director

Trish Hall is an experienced conservationist with a B.Sc. in Biological Oceanography and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Science. Since December 2002, Trish has been involved in advancing all aspects of Watershed Watch’s operations, administration, and communications, including 10 years of secretariat support to the Pacific Marine Conservation Caucus. Her role has recently evolved to assume managing more of the daily operations of Watershed Watch. Before joining Watershed Watch, Trish worked at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre as Marine Science Assistant, and for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, on projects involving salmon, marine protected areas, rockfish conservation, and public education.

 

Stan Proboszcz, Science & Campaign Advisor

With a M.Sc. in Biology and 10 years experience in the non-profit sector, Stan Proboszcz has a good foundation in campaign strategy, particularly how it dovetails with science. He’s participated in negotiations with large multi-national corporations, stakeholder consultations with all three levels of government, and Tier 2 discussions in support of First Nations—all in the name of habitat and salmon protection. He also spent several years working on the $37 million Cohen Commission into the Decline of Fraser Sockeye and subsequently led a call via the Auditor General of Canada to the Minister of Fisheries to implement the Inquiry recommendations. In his spare time, Stan enjoys backpacking and floating in his kayak in remote parts of British Columbia.

 

Jace Haramati, Financial Manager

Jace Haramati has always been dedicated to emphasizing the importance of conservation, activism, and community, and is excited to be part of a team that has spent so long promoting the same values.  Jace has extensive administration skills from previous work in the world of real estate management, as well as a background in non-profit management including her work with Hope Brigade Days Society and other event boards, community “celebration committees,” dinner/dances, and charity auctions.

 

Lina Azeez

Lina Azeez, Engagement Coordinator

Lina Azeez holds a B.A in Geography and a M.A in Sustainable Natural Resource Management. She has worked extensively in the lower mainland on protecting fresh water resources for all users – human and non-human – including riparian restoration in species at risk habitats. Lina recognizes the importance of engaging local communities in these issues and has with stewardship groups in Surrey, Langley and Abbotsford to improve water and habitat quality. As Watershed Watch’s Engagement Organizer, Lina is working on our Fraser Voice initiative to understand citizen perceptions and to engage people in the Fraser River watershed on issues that affect salmon and salmon habitat. Lina is an avid traveller, most recently spending a year in Costa Rica studying how communities engage with their environment. She enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, biking and boating and uses these activities to better learn about her Fraser Valley backyard.

Greg Taylor, Consultant and Fisheries Advisor

Greg Taylor has worked in the BC seafood industry for over 30 years. Until recently he was Vice-President of Fisheries Management for Ocean Fisheries. During his career he chaired several industry associations and Boards, and participated in many commercial and multiple-stakeholder bodies. Greg also worked closely with the Gitxsan and Lake Babine Nations to develop inland commercial fisheries on the Skeena. He holds a Master’s degree in Resource Management from Simon Fraser University. Throughout his career, he has taken an active interest in developing sustainable salmon fisheries, working with First Nations, and encouraging selective harvesting practices. He recognizes the direct and intentional links between MSC certifications of BC salmon fisheries and Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy, maintaining that progress on either matter will positively impact the other. Greg has participated in three MSC certifications and two surveillance audits.

Tanis Gower, Consultant

Tanis Gower is an ecologist and restoration specialist who has worked with Watershed Watch on a number of projects including a review of British Columbia’s groundwater policies and management relative to the health of wild salmon, a report explaining the nature and operation of independent power producer projects, and the development of an educational brochure on Fraser River sockeye salmon.

Andrew Rosenberger, Consultant

Andrew completed his B.Sc. in Marine Biology at the University of Guelph and since then has worked on marine issues on the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific coasts of Canada. He has worked on projects encompassing aspects of fish and invertebrate physiology of Atlantic and Arctic species, Atlantic humpback and killer whales management, biological oceanography, and most recently has done work with Raincoast Conservation Foundation related to salmon fisheries management and environmental review processes. Andrew’s current focus with Watershed Watch is the completion of an expert report examining the various impacts of hydropower development and operations in BC, with special emphasis on Run-of-River and IPPs.

Peter Broomhall, Editor and Past-Chair

Peter Broomhall is a retired instructor of English literature and former Vancouver Sun outdoors writer with nearly 30 years’ experience in salmon conservation issues in B.C., 25 of those as a director of the Steelhead Society. He assists in Watershed Watch’s writing, editing and analysis.

Vicky Husband, Senior Advisor

Vicky Husband, noted environmentalist and recipient of the Order of Canada, is a seasoned advocate for sustainable fisheries, and a senior advisor to Watershed Watch. Vicky has given more than 30 years to conservation issues in BC, including protecting critical wildlife and fish habitats and ancient temperate forests, including South Moresby/Gwaii Haanas, Khutzeymateen, Clayoquot Sound, Carmanah, Tsitika/Robson Bight, the Tahsish watershed, and the Great Bear Rainforest. Vicky’s focus has recently shifted to marine issues, mainly sustainable fisheries (both wild salmon and groundfish), and the protection of the marine environment. A resident and native of Victoria, Vicky is also active in her home community of the Highlands on land use issues.

Board of Directors

Wayne Halabourda, Chair

Wayne Halabourda, a high school shop teacher, is an avid angler, runner and outdoor enthusiast who has served as a volunteer for more than 12 years with the Seymour Salmonid Society.

Sherry Loof, Treasurer

Sherry Loof is a keen nature enthusiast and volunteer, and until recently worked as a financial officer with a major Canadian bank. She has served as Watershed Watch’s treasurer for more than six years.

Preet Pall, Director

Preet Pall is an experienced sales and marketing professional with over 12 years of experience in the insurance industry and has previously worked for London Life, The Mutual Group, Blue Cross, and RBC Insurance. She also enjoys the outdoors and loves to travel.

Rich Ronyecz, Director

Rich Ronyecz was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and enjoys all outdoor activities – including the passionate pursuit of salt and freshwater fish. As a pharmacist, he seeks to be informed, especially on subjects affecting our watersheds and health.