Lauren Brown Hornor has loved water ever since she was a little girl, hunting for shells on the Florida beaches where she grew up. She has provided legal support and guidance to Waterkeeper organizations located across the country while working at Waterkeeper Alliance (WKA) in New York. Lauren was responsible for the WKA’s Clean Water Act Defense program, and while at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, she represented Riverkeepers in various enforcement actions on the Hudson River and in the Catskill Mountains. More recently, Lauren was named one of twelve Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors at the 2016 Waterkeeper Gala in Toronto.
Water Literacy Coordinator
Charly Caproff is the first Resource and Environmental Management graduate in the newly introduced Bachelor of Environment program at Simon Fraser University. She has worked with coastal communities to raise awareness of the importance of protecting BC’s groundwater resources and conducted an environmental capstone project in the Walbran Valley investigating the influence of karst on the physical and chemical properties of surface streams. From a young age, Charly has been fascinated by the intrinsic beauty and power of water. You can find her on a SUP, exploring the intertidal zone or hiking up to a cascading waterfall.
Joe holds a degree in Environment and Health Studies from York University's Glendon College. He has always loved being on the water; from childhood summers spent at the cottage exploring the rocky bottom of Chandos Lake in old snorkelling gear, to studying salmon biology and temperate rainforest ecology at Northwest Community College on BC's North Coast. While in Prince Rupert, Joe served as a Hatchery Technician with Oldfield Creek Salmon Hatchery and was elected Chairperson of the Northwest Community College Students' Union (CFS Local 66). He was also a founding member of the Transition Prince Rupert Society, a grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting a resilient community.
Swimmable Water Specialist
Julie holds an M.Sc. in Ecological Restoration from SFU/BCIT, where she focused on water quality in the Katzie Slough. Water has always been a large part of her life, either swimming, studying or just simply enjoying it. Julie has experience working in estuaries and fresh water systems in British Columbia including helping to build fish habitat structures in the Seymour River, and create wetlands in Logan Lake as part of her undergradate degree. It is her life’s dream to continue to learn about water and to educate our communities on the importance of our glorious resource.
Watermark Outreach Coordinator
Growing up in North Vancouver helped to cultivate Alex's fascination with the environment and the amazing diversity of species living right in our backyard. Some of his earliest childhood memories are of exploring the tidal pools and islands around Deep Cove with his family and, in part, it was those experiences that inspired him to pursue an undergraduate degree in marine biology at the University of Victoria. An avid diver, Alex has ventured to the Great Barrier Reef off of the coast of Australia to research tropical species at risk. Alex is passionate about reconnecting the public with water through the Watermark Project and is inspired by the idea that real stories can help to shape and protect our water heritage. He is excited to share his passion for our coastal ecosystems with the public this summer!
President, Board of Directors
Mark Mattson is the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Mark is a litigator with experience in criminal defense, environmental prosecution, and administrative law. Over the past ten years, Mark acted as counsel for environmental and public interest groups in more than 40 hearings and represented clients in both Provincial and Federal courts. In the past, Mark prosecuted environmental offenders for the Province of Ontario and recently acted as co-counsel in the environmental prosecution for private informants.
Secretary/Treasurer, Board of Directors
Carol is one of the original founding members of Fraser Riverkeeper, and life partner of her dearly beloved Doug Chapman, the organization’s first Riverkeeper. Carol was also one of the first employees at Ecojustice Canada, a non-profit environmental law firm, and has worked for them the past 22 years. She has four granddaughters, environmental activists in their own right, of whom she is extremely proud.
Dr. Allan Connolly
Director, Board of Directors
For the past 25 years, Dr. Connolly has worked as a psychiatric physician in a public OP clinic working with the chronically mentally ill. He acted as the president of Physicians for Global Survival from 2004-2006. He acted as Canadian International Counselor with International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War from 1998-2004. Dr. Al was also the International VP for North America, IPPNW from 2005-2006. He is a founding member of Canadian Campaign to End UN Sanctions against the People of Iraq.
Director, Board of Directors
Born and raised in the Fraser River watershed, Tyee is a environmental journalist and writer. His love of water dates back to floating in the South China Sea as a four-year old, while living with his family in Malaysia. In 2009 he started the Wild Salmon Circle (WSC), a volunteer citizen-action group. In collaboration with scientists, fishermen and First Nations, the WSC helped raise public and political awareness of farmed salmon issues prior to the convening of the Cohen Commission.
Advisory Board Member
James Riley is a passionate advocate for sustainability, and joins Fraser Riverkeeper as an advisory board member focused on building advocacy and building strategic partnerships for FRK. He is a digital marketing executive and strategist who has extensive communications and strategy experience in start-up entrepreneurial environments and international companies including IBM, Disney and Microsoft. James is the founder Kumu Agency – a full-service digital agency - three years ago where he serves as managing Partner and Chief Digital Officer. Agency clients include BC Hydro, TELUS, lululemon, NFL and others.
Advisory Board Member
Lesley Mapstone learned to swim before she could walk. An avid sailor and water lover, Lesley was raised in Parry Sound, Ontario where the waters of northern Lake Huron were her home. She brings her passion for the preservation and health of our waterways and the creatures who call them home to her work with Fraser Riverkeeper. A graduate of McMaster University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Lesley acts as an advisory board member contributing to media planning and fundraising for FRK. Past organizations Lesley has worked with include Greenpeace, Sierra Club and PETA.
Founder and Honorary Riverkeeper (In Memoriam)
Mr. Chapman, FRK’s first Riverkeeper, was a revered prosecutor of polluters and in his lifetime one of Canada’s most significant environmental advocates. His successes included obtaining the first Canadian jail sentence for a polluter (George Crowe). In 1993 he commenced his association with the Sierra Legal Defence Fund (SLDF) working in Vancouver and in Toronto as an environmental investigator and private prosecutor. He directed the gathering of evidence and the preparation of prosecution briefs in 14 private environmental prosecutions in British Columbia and Ontario.
For over 40 years Mr. Chapman was the captain or navigator on sailing and motor vessels making passages across the Great Lakes, the Mosel, Rhine and Rhone rivers in Europe, the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He also fished commercially on the British Columbia Pacific coast for four years as captain of a 37-foot wooden salmon troller.