Board of Directors


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. 



Steven Malborough, Vice Chair

Steve has a BSc in biological sciences. He has worked and travelled extensively throughout the world. His professional background is in oil & gas, mining and infrastructure. Steve and Andrea have 3 young children and are happy at last to call Fernie home. The family enjoys skiing, biking, climbing and working on their acreage. Steve is also an auxillary with Fernie Fire & Rescue. 



Ron Lentz, Secretary

Ron has a BSc in Chemical Engineering and recently retired as a professional engineer. He worked for 26 years in the oil and gas industry as a project engineer and manager. The last 9 years of his career were spent with a non-profit organization training in household water treatment in developing countries. Now he spends time enjoying his grandchildren and walks the Elk River path with his dog everyday.



Jason Metcalfe, Treasurer

Jason holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics, an MBA in Finance and currently works in the Elk Valley as a Financial
Analyst. When he is not crunching numbers, he spends most of his free time outdoors. In the spring
and summer Jason is whitewater kayaking or out in the mountains biking or hiking. During the winter
months, it is all about skiing, even if it requires some hiking to get to the good snow.
He was born and raised in small town Ontario, typically enjoying the provincial parks and the amazing
whitewater of the Ottawa River. However, the mountains were always calling, and he eventually made
his way to Vancouver and ultimately Fernie, settling in the town surrounded by wilderness.


Matt Noseworthy, Director

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.



John.JPGJohn Poirier, Director 

John's 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.  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

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.

 Marie Wilfong, Director

Marie is a retired educator. She has always been involved in outdoor pursuits: kayaking, skiing, hiking, biking. Consequently, she is passionate about promotion, responsible stewardship and protection of the environment. She is keen to put her passion into action and give back to the community.

Marie has been on the Fernie Trail Alliance Board for 4 years. Since her move to Fernie, 8 years ago, she has actively participated in the maintenance and building of trails as well as volunteering with the ERA. She is also an active member of Canadian air Search and Rescue as a spotter.


Lynn Muller, Director 

Lynn is a professional rafting guide started Canyon Raft Company in 1995. With her partner, Blair she moved from rafting on the Kicking Horse river to the Elk river and embraced life in Fernie. Lynn’s fitness is an inspiration. She keeps active year round, biking, swimming, hiking, paddling, cross country skiing and alpine skiing. Her spirit animal is the hummingbird.



Levi.JPGLevi Strom, Director 

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!!



Tyler.JPGTyler Carson, Director

Tyler moved to Fernie in the spring of 2000 with his partner, Roberta. Discovering the Elk River drainage and learning how special it is immediately struck them. This helped them decide to make Fernie their new home. Tyler began working on the Elk River as a raft guide for his first 6 years in Fernie before becoming a fishing guide, which he has enjoyed for the past 10 years. Tyler has spent over 1000 days working on the river and looks forward to another thousand!

When not on the river Tyler volunteers with the Elk River Alliance and the Old Type Music Society; works as a ski patroller at Fernie Alpine Resort; teaches at the College of the Rockies; and, tries to make time to ride bikes, play music and putter in the garden.


Carla.JPGCarla Fraser, Director 

Carla Fraser moved to the East Kootenays (Fernie) in 1997 after studying forest resource management at the University of British Columbia. She started her career as a professional forester hiking around the Rockies. Passionate about sustainable resource development and continuous learning, Carla decided to move into the mining industry in 2005. Currently focused on all things water related from monitoring to compliance within the Elk River watershed. In her free time, Carla loves everything the Kootenay lifestyle has to offer with her husband and two kids.


Mike Tomney, Director 

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