Staff & Board
Aaron Hill, 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, 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 now 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.
Dr. Craig Orr, Conservation Advisor
Dr. Craig Orr is the former 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. He continues to represent Watershed Watch’s interests on the Coquitlam River Watershed Roundtable and with other projects in the Coquitlam watershed, and advises the Kwikwetlem First Nation on various conservation issues, including the long fight to restore Coquitlam sockeye.
Stan Proboszcz, Science & Campaign Advisor
With a M.Sc. in Biology and 10 years experience in the non-profit sector, Stan has a solid foundation in campaign strategy, particularly how it dovetails with science. He’s participated in negotiations with multi-national corporations, stakeholder consultations with all three levels of government, and Tier 1 and 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 Harrison, Financial Manager
Jace Harrison 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, Connected Waters Campaign Manager
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 Connected Waters Campaign Manager, Lina is working to reconnect and restore salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser watershed and engage with people 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.
Anna Kemp is a communications specialist with a background in journalism, environmental writing and community engagement.
In her most recent role, Anna was the Communications and Outreach Manager for Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Programs and co-organizer of the first Hopeful Economics Summit in Vancouver.
Anna is passionate about reconnecting to the natural world and building sustainable livelihoods.
Ellika joins us this summer as an Outreach & Engagement Assistant in Coquitlam. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Environmental Geography at UBC, and is enthusiastic about working with her local community to conserve our natural British Columbian resources. Over the course of the summer, Ellika will organize and attend events for Watershed Watch, coordinate volunteers, and collaborate with other organizations to advocate for the protection of B.C.’s wild Pacific Salmon.
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, Project Biologist
Tanis Gower has been working to restore aquatic ecosystems and advocate for good water policies for the last 20 years. She is a Registered Professional Biologist from the Comox Valley who works on projects for NGOs, local government, and others. Tanis 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.
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.
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.
Eric Hobson, Director
Eric Hobson has three decades of experience as an Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, Corporate Director and Philanthropist, turning new ideas into high growth companies. Most recently, Eric’s Charitable Organization, The SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and the Namgis First Nation Co-Founded KUTERRA, the first land based closed containment Atlantic Salmon farm in North America. SOS Marine Conservation Foundation and Watershed Watch Salmon Society joined together under the Watershed Watch banner at the end of 2014.
Autumn Longley, Treasurer
Autumn Longley is a CPA, CA, and has almost 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including three years at an international financial institution. She has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria. Autumn was born in Washington State and has lived all over the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys hiking, singing and travelling.