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Carole Stark, BA, M.Ed. — Executive Director

Carole StarkCarole Stark is an experienced executive director and project manager with a focus on community, land use planning, and natural resource management. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation Administration from the University of Alberta in 1982 and a Master of Education in Adult, Community and Higher Education from the University of Calgary in 2000. After her first degree, Carole worked for six years as a Wilderness Program Director and Outdoor Education Centre Director with the Alberta Forest Service and then for five years as a Program Coordinator for the Resource and Environment Management and Aboriginal Relations Programs at the Banff Centre for Management. In 1995, she became a consultant in adult, community and environmental education, working on project design and implementation with a variety of government agencies and non-profit community, conservation, and international development organizations. Since 2003, Carole has been the Executive Director of the Chinook Institute for Community Stewardship in Canmore, which she developed from its inception as a Canadian program of the U.S.-based Sonoran Institute to an Alberta society and charitable organization. The Institute helps rural communities plan for and manage change in ways that protect the natural landscape and encourages responsible use and stewardship. As a result of her work, Carole has extensive experience with non-profit leadership, fund development, and managing projects and project teams. She has written publications and reports and is a very experienced facilitator and public speaker. Carole's current voluntary activities include being President for the Canadian Mountain Arts Foundation and a representative on the Canmore Trails Advisory Group.

William Fraser Donahue, B.Sc., PhD, LLB — Director of Science and Policy

Bill DonahueDr. Bill Donahue is an environmental scientist, ecologist, and lawyer. His undergraduate degree was in physics and biology, and in 1990 he obtained a B.Sc. Specialization Certificate in zoology. After a few years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces (Medical Associate Officer), he returned to the University of Alberta and worked under Dr. David Schindler, Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology, obtaining his doctorate in environmental biology and ecology in 2000. Bill's first post-doctoral work was to help establish a research program on the dynamics of mercury in freshwaters and landscapes at the University of Alberta. He became a consultant in 2002, focusing on environmental and ecological studies. Bill has written or contributed to more than 20 scientific reports and papers, one of the best known being a paper he co-authored with Dr. David Schindler entitled "An Impending Water Crisis in Canada's Western Prairie Provinces," which appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science in 2006. This paper reflects Bill's personal research interest in climate and human-induced changes in water supply in the western Canadian provinces. In 2008, Bill obtained a law degree at the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in September 2009. In addition to consulting, Bill has frequently given his time to non-profit organizations, providing data analysis, reviews, or presentations for community and environmental groups on water supply or point-source contamination problems. He has also provided data analysis and interpretation to experts for presentation at public hearings, public talks, and professional meetings.

Jocelyn Hirose, B.Sc., M.Sc. — Communications and Program Coordinator

Jocelyn HiroseJocelyn Hirose oversees the communications—public and stakeholder engagement, collaborations, and media relations—and the development and delivery of research publications and online resources.

Jocelyn is a glacio-hydrology and environmental scientist and a science outreach coordinator. She holds an undergraduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Winnipeg with a climatology and hydrology focus. Jocelyn worked as a wildland firefighter for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Parks Canada, while pursuing her academic interests. After being inspired by her travels and outdoor pursuits she conducted her graduate studies in the Department of Geography at University of Calgary as part of the Cryosphere Climate Research Group. In her master’s thesis and consulting work she characterized the main meteorological parameters influencing glacier snow- and ice-melt and quantified the glacier contributions to the Illecillewaet basin, a sub-basin of the upper Columbia River Basin in British Columbia. Her studies have advanced our current understanding of the climate sensitivity to the glacierized regions of the basin and its impact on streamflow. This research feeds Jocelyn’s personal interest in the cryosphere—snow and ice—particularly its contributions to western Canada’s headwaters.

Prior to joining Water Matters, Jocelyn worked as a scientist, science-liaison, science outreach coordinator, and teaching assistant for Natural Resources Canada, Columbia Basin Trust, Parks Canada, and University of Calgary. She has written technical reports, peer-reviewed research, and citizen science outreach programs. In addition, she has presented to non-profit organizations, geophysical conferences, and watershed stakeholders.

When Jocelyn is not in the office she is found exploring high places in the Rocky Mountains where the complexities of nature keep her motivated.