CONNIE SIMMONSCategory: Environment, GRC Member
Connie has over 25 years experience in community and watershed stewardship, environmental education and conservation initiatives. She worked with the Alberta Forest Service in outdoor and environmental youth programs for many years, and was co-founder of the Athabasca Bioregional Society, a grassroots watershed stewardship/sustainable community group in the upper Athabasca River watershed (Hinton, AB). She helped initiate the multi-stakeholder Hardisty Creek Restoration Project, and as a watershed steward participated on the ‘Initiator’s Group’ of the Athabasca Watershed Council (AWC-WPAC), the tenth Watershed Planning and Advisory Council created under Alberta’s Water For Life Strategy. Connie was hired as Executive Director for the AWC-WPAC in May 2010, and continues to work for the ecological health of the Athabasca watershed, vibrant communities and an environmentally sustainable economy.
Connie has a Bachelor of Physical Education (Outdoor and Environmental Education, U of A); and a Ph.D. (Dept. of Renewable Resources, U of A) in conservation history and environmental philosophy/ethics. She enjoys outdoor activities of all kinds, and has two sons who motivate her to work for a sustainable future.