Board of Directors

Public Member at Large Richard Keillor
Public Member at Large Dave Walty
Environment Bob Cameron
Research Education Catherine Brown
Watershed Stewardship Vacant
Recreation/Tourism/Fisheries Dave Hay
Agriculture Shelleen Gerbig
Forestry Ian Daisley
Utilities Ashley Rowney
Oil & Gas Sarah Belak
Mining Vacant
Metis Nation of Alberta Vacant
Upper Watershed First Nation Vacant
Metis Settlements General Council Darren Calliou
Lower Watershed First Nation Jim Webb
Middle Watershed First Nation Troy Stuart
Rural Municipalities Elaine Garrow
Small Urban Elaine Manzer
Federal Transboundary Relations Dave Coish
Large Urban Chris Thiessen
Provincial Government Dan Benson


Rick Keillor - Chair - (Public Member-At-Large)

Since 1982 I have been operating my own mixed (cattle and grain) farm. I am married and have a grown son and daughter.

Before returning to the farm I obtained a BSc in Zoology, minor Geography, course work in Geology at the University of Alberta (1975). From 1976-1982 I worked for Alberta Fish and Wildlife, mainly on Wildlife management and Land use issues.

   Over the past years I have been involved in organizations such as Peace Country Forage and Beef Association and Holistic Management, with an interest in grass management, including riparian and forest grazing management. (All bush and riparian areas on my farm are fenced out from general grazing use)

During the 1990’s I served as member of DMI Peace River (Daishowa Marubeni International) Public Advisory Council. I gained valuable insights into forest management and water issues, as well as the mill side effects and issues.

   I have a long standing interest in land use and land and water management issues, as it relates to agriculture, industry, recreation and ecosystem needs.


Shelleen Gerbig - Treasurer -  (Agriculture)

Shelleen moved to Falher in 1990. She has a BSA from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1993, she began working for the MD of Smoky River. Where she remained working for 14 years as The Director of Agricultural Services. After taking a year to work on the farm, she went back to work with SARDA. Her position deals with the environmental programs and extension.

    She has four children and helps operate a 5000 acres grain farm in addition to full time work. Shelleen was a member of the initiators group and is representing the Agriculture Sector.


Ashley Rowney - Secretary -  (Utilities)

Ashley was born and raised in Southern Saskatchewan and currently resides in Grande Prairie, Alberta. She relocated to the Peace Region after graduating from the University of Regina with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Petroleum Systems Engineering. Ashley is the Regulatory and Compliance Office for Aquatera Utilities, a full service utility corporation.  In her role, she develops, implements and maintains various programs. These programs involve public education, conducting environmental projects and studies, as well as monitoring and reporting relevant to provincial and federal requirements.


Sarah Belak (Oil & Gas)

Sarah Belak has 10 years of experience working with Canadian Oil and Gas producers with operations in the Peace River Area focusing on responsible water management. She has previously held the position of Environmental Water Coordinator at Canadian Natural Resources Limited and is currently a Water Coordinator at Tourmaline Oil Corporation. Through these roles she has gained knowledge and experience regarding the Oil and Gas industry’s management of water and works with the Alberta Energy Regulator and stakeholders to ensure sustainable development. Sarah Belak resides in Calgary and holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Calgary.

Dan Benson (Provincial Government)

Dan was raised on a farm in the County of Camrose.  He attended Northern Alberta Institute of Technology where he graduated as an Engineering Technologist.  He moved to Peace River in 1997 where he worked for PFRA/AAFC.  In 2013 he started a new position with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry as an Agricultural Water Specialist.  He served as an alternate on the MPWA board of directors before becoming a director.


Catherine Brown (Research Education)

Catherine is the Boreal Science Educator, part of the NAIT Boreal Research Institute in Peace River. She received her MSc in Geography and Environmental Management from the University of Waterloo. For her MSc project she led the construction of a reclaimed wetland, and evaluated the hydrological and greenhouse gas processes of the site. Catherine specializes in environmental education and restoration, now acting as a liaison between the BRI and the public. Her primary responsibilities are creating and delivering educational material, and spreading enthusiasm for science.

Bob Cameron (Conservation/ Environment)

Bob Cameron has been a resident of the Debolt area since 1976. Born in Edmonton in 1948, Bob grew up in Montreal, Toronto, and Moncton, NB, but returned to Alberta every summer by train to visit family. By 1973, Bob had completed his Renewable Resources Technology at Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon. In 1976, Bob began the forestry stage of his career with one summer timber-cruising and three subsequent summers as Tower man at Economy Creek Lookout for the Alberta Forest Service. For the last 25 years, Bob has owned and operated a one-man Mobile Dimension Sawmill. He represents the Environmental Sector.


Darren Calliou (Metis Settlement General Council)

Darren Calliou is from the Fishing Lake Metis Settlement and is 47 years of age.

When Darren was a young boy in 1975, his Mother Gladys Callioux moved the family to Fishing Lake but to receive better schooling his Mother decided to move the family to Edmonton in 1983. Finally, in 1989 Darren moved back to Fishing Lake and started working in the oil field.

He began his career as a labourer, and worked his way to back hoe/grader

operator, and eventually becoming foreman for the Fishing Lake Development

Corporation which led to becoming a cat operator.

When Darren was 25 years old he married his Wife Lorraine Cardinal and had a

family of five children; four girls and one boy and he now has six grandchildren.

Darren and Lorraine had owned and managed a farm of approximately 80 head of cattle in Fishing Lake before going back into the oil field and having a successful business operating a pressure truck for 6 years.

Darren had one term on the Fishing Lake Council as the Secretary/Treasurer from 2007 to 2010. After that Darren then started his own successful company as a owner/operator hauling oil for the Fishing Lake Oil Haul, which his youngest

daughter Taylor is now running while he is with the MSGC Executive.


Dave Coish (Federal-Transboundary Relations)

Dave is currently an Assistant Director with the Planning Branch, Alberta Environment and Parks, Edmonton.  He provide's leadership, coordination and project management in delivering sub-regional planning initiatives in the Lower Athabasca, Upper and Lower Peace Regions.

His background consist of 27 years in the forestry sector (governments and industry), specifically in forest management planning and operations, wildfire management, recreation management, forest research, and land reclamation.  In the past 10 years, he has been involved in land use and resource management planning (including watershed management planning), Indigenous consultation and information management. 

Currently, he participates as a member on three WPAC boards: the Mighty Peace Watershed Alliance, the Athabasca Watershed Council, and the Lakeland Industry and Community Association.

Ian Daisley (Forestry)

Ian Daisley is representing the Alberta Forest Products Association on the MPWA. As a Professional Forester he has worked for Alberta Newsprint Company in Whitecourt for the past 14 years. Mostly he supervises forestry operations, but more recently has worked in a role where he is in charge of the planning, silviculture and certification for the company. 


Elaine Garrow (Rural Municipalities)

I am currently in my fifth term on the M.D. #133 Council. I live on the original family farm that was established in 1916. For many years my husband Ace and I owned Berwyn Insurance in Berwyn, Alberta. In 2000 we moved back to the farm.  In 2001 we sold Berwyn Insurance and I went back to college and took the Horsemanship program at Fairview College.

   Today I raise Arabians and Quarter Horses and I am also an Equine Certified Western Riding Instructor. I instruct horsemanship, judge camps, and host clinics, and put on horsemanship camps.

    My main passions are going green, protecting the environment, health care, and making good contributions to the community and province.

   As a Councilor for the M.D. #133  I represent the following boards: 

Peace Library- Executive, Municipal Planning Commission, Agricultural Service Board, FCSS Board, Grande Spirit Foundation, Peace River Economic Development Alliance- Chair, Personnel Committee, Peace Library System,

Heritage Resource Committee.Central Peace health Council. I also sit on the Community Futures Board as a volunteer.


Dave Hay (Recreation/ Tourism/Fisheries)

Born in Smithers, B.C., Sept. 21, 1950

Currently live in Sunset House East of Valleyview.

Widower with two grown sons and six grandchildren.  Previously I was Manager, Operations for the MD of Greenview. Over the course of my time in the workforce I have done many different jobs the following are from start to present; Logger in BC and Alberta: Heavy Equipment Operator and Faller, Maintenance and Construction Foreman for Alberta Environmental Services. Dickson Dam, On-site Supervisor for Alberta Environmental Services / Alberta Public Works. Oldman River Dam project, Parks Maintenance Supervisor for Alberta Resources Services Oldman River Dam and Region. At this time I started at NAIT through their Distant Delivery Program to study Water and Waste Water Technology as a requirement of my job in the parks.

    When they privatized parks I went onto Red Deer County as their Utilities Operator and Co-ordinator, they too privatized and my Wife and I moved to Taber, Alberta where I was the Public Services Director.

   From there to Ft. Vermillion as the Area Supervisor for Fort Vermillion, High Level  Rural and Zama areas. Then a move to Mackenzie BC as Town Foreman and then back to Alberta where I took the job of Assistant Superintendent of Public Works for the MD of Greenview. I was Elected to Council for a term.

    Some of the qualifications I have had over my time in the workforce include Water and Wastewater Certified Operator in Treatment, Collection and Distribution.

    Successful completion of the Alberta Bridge Inspection Course Certified Public Works Supervisor Certified Canadian Playground Inspector Certified Chainsaw Safety Instructor Numerous workshops and seminars on Disaster Management for the Emergency Operations Centre First Aid and other industry Training Certificates.

   My hobbies are photography and fishing.


Elaine Manzer (Small Urban)

Elaine was born in Peace River where she attended school, then left to earn her Bachelor of Education Degree at the University of Alberta, came back to teach junior and senior high school in Peace River and Grimshaw, returned to the U of A to earn two Post-Graduate Diplomas in Secondary and Post-Secondary Education.  After about 36 years as a teacher and principal Elaine retired from teaching and is now serving her second term as a Councillor for the Town of Peace River.


Chris Thiessen - Vice Chair - (Large Urban)

Chris Thiessen is a councilor with the city of Grande Prairie. Born and raised in Alberta, Chris has been a resident of the Peace Region for over 19 years. Holding a degree in Digital Arts and Mass Media as well as several years of General Studies at the University of Alberta, Chris has devoted his life to service within his community and to help assist in the raising of consciousness in a variety of social fields (humanitarian, environmental, spiritual). Currently, Chris works also works for the Canadian Mental Health Association, helping the at-risk and low-income populations in the city of Grande Prairie. Relevant history of his service in relation to the Watershed includes:

  •  creation of the Peace Starts At Home not-for-profit local music genre festival (2005-10) which raised over $50,000 for a variety of charities in Grande Prairie over its operation.
  • co-creator and mentor of the youth anti-nuclear advocacy group SPOC (Stop Poisoning Our Community, 2007-09, later reformed to Start Protecting Our Community, 2010-current) which successfully helped to oppose the bid for a nuclear power plant on the Peace River.
  • youth educator on environmental awareness and recycling initiates (K-8)
  • community member participant in creation of Grande Prairie's Municipal Development Plan, Cultural Master Plan, Transit Master Plan, and Muskoseepi Park

Dave Walty (Public Member-At-Large)

David Walty lives in a log house that he built himself on a small farm just outside of the Town of Peace River. The view from his house looks down the valley of the Mighty Peace. “I can view the many faces of the river, its furry, it ever changing flows and its radiant beauty form my front door”.  Dave recently retired from 40 years of managing the Fish and Wildlife resources of the Peace Region.  Dave is a fisheries biologist by training. His experience with management, planning, aboriginal relations, stakeholder relations, communication, education and working in a team environment are many.  Dave has an intimate knowledge of most lakes and rivers in the Peace Watershed. Dave is a founding member and a director of the East Peace Water Co-op, the largest water co-op in the province. 


Jim Webb (Lower Watershed First Nation)

The Little Red River Cree Nation (LRRCN) confirmed Mr. Webb to act on behalf of the members of LRRCN as of May 2018. He brings to the table a great deal of experience and understanding of the Peace River and the area covered by the Peace River Watershed.