Lee-Anne Walker, Founder & Senior Advisor
MA Environment and Management

As a nature-based tourism guide, environmental educator and interpretive naturalist, I see the Elk River as the connector of all life.  Water is a unifying element bringing together community resident’s, industry, agencies and visitors who want to collaborate ensuring healthy water is a legacy worthy of inheritance.  Whether paddling, fishing, swimming or drinking from my well water, the Elk is part of my life-blood.  I want to channel my professional and local knowledge into a water decision-making process that is informed, active, and thoughtful.

Beth Millions,Program Manager Restoration and Stewardship 
MSc Environmental Science

Whether paddling the rapids in the Elk River canyon or sampling the benthic invertebrate populations in one of its many tributaries, I feel most at home when I am outside and near the water. I work to combine my passion for the outdoors with my background in scientific inquiry and education to help protect wild spaces. Working with ERA has been extremely gratifying and varied; our work involves everything from reclaiming eroded stream banks to educating youth on riverine ecosystems to developing a flood strategy for the Elk Valley. There is never a dull moment with this organization! 


Ayla Bennett, Program Manager Water and Education
BSc Earth Science

I am passionate about conserving and exploring our beautiful mountains, free-flowing rivers and wild spaces. I am happiest when I'm outside discovering nature through the eyes of my children. I strive to empower fellow community members to care for our watershed through hands-on, informed action. I feel that community-based water monitoring projects and citizens have an important role to play in guiding decision-making. I have been with the ERA since 2011 and feel extremely grateful to work with this amazing group of people who make such a positive impact--through education, outreach, restoration and generally sharing their enthusiasm and love for the Elk watershed!


Brett Elmslie, Project Coordinator - Flood, Fish and Fish Habitat
BSc Marine and Freshwater Biology, MSc Biology

Ever since I can remember I have always been drawn to water. From fishing, swimming and paddling in the Elk River to studying aquatic species in remote locations; I have spent a good portion of my life surrounded by this element. I strive to combine my passion and education to help preserve the Elk River’s beautiful watershed for future generations. Through the Elk River Alliance, I am able to work with like-minded individuals from the community, industry and government to implement initiatives that positively impact our environment. I am grateful to work for such a great organization!


Chad Hughes, Program Manager Water and Ecology
BSc Environmental Science

Exploring and learning about this amazing river has been a passion ever since I swapped the Outback deserts for the mountains of the Kootenays. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to protect the place we fish, float and live. I feel the community has a huge role to play in environmental conservation and through the ERA I want to help citizens and visitors of the elk valley safeguard the river on which we work and play.