Board of Directors

Doug_(2).JPGDoug Marteinson, Director Community Engagement

Doug holds an MSc Organizational Development, Masters in Environmental Design, BSc Honours Economics and Mathematics.  His rich experience designing community engagement, facilitating multiple stakeholders and collaborative processes, is a valuable perspective helping ERA to think in terms of a watershed and build relationships committed to action.  Doug brings curiosity and empathy to a big-picture vision for a sustainable Elk
                                             watershed, integrated with bottom-line business results. 


Matt Huryn, Director Fish and Wildlife Association

Born and raised in the Elk Valley, Matt began working in the coal mining Industry straight out of high school. He’s been actively involved with the Sparwood Fish and Wildlife Association for over 15 years: 7 as Club Secretary and 4 as President, now on the Executive as Past President. Matt’s worked with HE Parts Morgan over the last decade, as Branch Manager since 2008 in Sparwood. He’s a member of the Sparwood Fire Department one of our departments 2 Safety Officers. Matt attended college in Kamloops for a year for Pre Trade Certification as an automotive and heavy duty parts-person. He loves to hike, hunt, fish, and ride his horses all over the Elk River watershed. 


Matt Noseworthy, Director Commercial Rafting

 Matt graduated from College of the Rockies Mountain Adventure Skills Training (MAST 2001).  He is a white water raft guide on the Elk River (Trip Leader, Swift Water Rescue, EMP Level 3 First Aid), Canadian Avalanche Association Ski Operations Level 2 and Professional Member, Red Seal Carpenter.  Matt is a member of the Elk River Alliance, and Fernie Trails Alliance.  He wants to protect the Elk River ecosystem.


Stella_(1).JPGStella Swanson, Chair

Stella has a Ph.D. Limnology, BSc. Honours Biology and is a Registered Professional Biologist.  She is a Member of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Canadian Association of Water Quality, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.  She has been the chair of the Elk Valley Selenium Management Task Force and Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Framework. 




Mike.jpgMike Bennett, Director Wildsight Elk Valley Branch Liaison

Mike has an Honors BSc Environmental Science.  He recognizes the importance of the Elk River as a local resource and wants to contribute to its health and future.





Levi.JPGLevi Strom, Director Youth

Levi is a student at Sparwood Secondary School.  He attended the Elk River Watershed Discovery Camp in 2013 and has been the junior leader from 2014-2016.  Levi also attended Blue Lake Camp 2008-2009.  He feels ERA is a great organization that helps protect the Elk River and the environment and communities around it!!



Jim.JPGJim Miller, ERA Vice Chair

Jim has a BSc in Applied Science and recently retired as a Professional Engineer.  In his professional life he worked for over 30 years in the water field as a municipal engineer for both the public and private sector. His experience covers water treatment systems, water distribution systems, wastewater treatment systems and drainage systems.  In my personal life I have been an active as a canoeist for a many years having done trips in BC, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Ontario and Quebec. 

What I love about the Elk River is that it is a spectacular river for canoeing – very accessible and doable for even novice canoeist and yet it has the feeling of being quite remote. The section from Olsen pit to Fernie is a great day trip.


John.JPGJohn Poirier, Director Fishing

Although John finished Grade 11, his extensive local knowledge of the Elk River and tributaries makes him a noted resource person throughout the region.  John started the Wapiti River Fly Fishers 25 years ago (past).  He was a key member of the committee who proposed the Elk River become classified waters which came out of local concerns on increased fishing pressure, license sales and guide days.  John was a part of the nomination group for the Elk River to receive Heritage River designation in the early 2000s.  He is an avid Streamkeeper volunteer. When not wading around in the river John builds beautiful bamboo fly rods and shadow box mounted artistic flies.  He loves having easy access to the river.

I can walk along the dike and see it everyday.  There is so much wildlife from stoneflies to moose and harlequin ducks.  Day to day, week to week, I like talking to people along the river about their experiences and issues that concern them about the river. 

Roxanne.jpgRoxane Esch, Director River Recreation & Secretary/Treasurer

Roxane holds a B.A. Honours and Bachelor of Education and is a teacher in the French Immersion program at Fernie Secondary School.  She has been paddling and working on rivers around the world since 1982 as a guide, videographer, instructor and competitor. She was a member of the Canadian Whitewater slalom kayaking team 1991-93 and a freestyle paddler with team Wavesport 1996-98.  Roxane has coached kayaking at the Provincial and National level as well as leading instructor certification courses (river kayak course conductor). 

Over the years, I have witnessed the loss of many great whitewater "runs" around the world, either due to hydroelectric projects or pollution. I am an advocate for river conservancy through responsible stewardship and education. As a teacher, I am constantly reminded of the need to educate students about the importance of water management, and sustainability. Fresh water is a precious resource.

I love that I can be on the water within five minutes of my home. I am able to paddle on a clean, free flowing river with relatively easy access. It is an incredible recreational resource with unrivaled beauty and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Paddling the stretch from Hosmer to Fernie on a sunny, late afternoon is breathtaking.


Tyler.JPGTyler Carson, Director Fly Fishing Guiding






Carla.JPGCarla Fraser, Director Industry (Teck)






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a community-based water group that aims to connect people to the Elk River ensuring it is drinkable, fishable and swimmable for future generations.