We connect people to information and resources to build the region’s capacity for environmental stewardship.
We facilitate community engagement, educational opportunities and information sharing regarding the environment.
We offer information and assistance to citizens and development proponents as they navigate through development processes.
LICA collects, shares and acts upon data, traditional knowledge and information relevant to the environment. This will be achieved through scientific study, community engagement and meaningful partnerships.
The environment in the LICA region is ecologically healthy and sustainable.
- We connect stakeholders and promote community involvement.
- We provide timely, defensible and accessible data.
- We educate the community, advocating for environmental stewardship.
- We responsibly manage our resources to achieve our vision and mission.
EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
ERIN RITCHIE - EDUCATION AND OUTREACH COORDINATOR
My name is Erin Ritchie, and I am thrilled to be the Education and Outreach Coordinator. I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but I spent most of my childhood in Calgary, Alberta. I grew up with a large focus around camping & hiking, and enjoying the cottage life when visiting family. I was very fortunate to experience a unique high school program called Green Earth. This program was half of my grade 11 year, as a class we focused on environmental science and sustainability. This is where my passion to help the environment blossomed.
After high school, I attended the University of Lethbridge to earn my bachelor’s degree. Throughout my four years I took classes which gave me field experience in river surveys, radio telemetry, wildlife identification and practical thinking in many subjects. Most of my classes focused on biology, geography, and environmental science. During the summer months of my degree I worked as a Recreation Leader for a children’s day camp program and later I became municipal weed inspector for the summer season.
For my fifth and final year of university I took part in Co-operative Education Program and I was able to do an internship overseas. I spent six-months in Freiberg, Germany, I helped collect and analyze greenhouse gas emissions emitted from soil. It was an incredible experience to finish up my degree. After all of that I graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, with Co-operative Education.
Now I am here and I am ecstatic to be a part of this great organization to help make a difference in my new community. I find great importance in teaching all generations about sustainable living so we can protect our environment for years to come. See you out there!
MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
COLIN HANUSZ - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
I grew up in the town of Peace River in Northwestern Alberta, where my family still lives on the banks of the Peace River. After high school, I attended Grande Prairie Regional College where I earned a degree in Forest Resource Management. After graduation, I spent a number of years working in the forest industry throughout Western Canada.
I have been living and working in the Beaver River Watershed since 2006, and I now call this region home. I spent four years living in Meadow Lake Saskatchewan, which is part of the Saskatchewan side of the Beaver River Watershed. I have been living and working in Bonnyville since 2011, and really enjoy the town and the surrounding area.
I am an avid outdoorsman, and enjoy camping, fishing, hunting, slow pitch, soccer, cycling, watersports and downhill skiing. Over the years I have tried to fish at as many of the lakes in the watershed (Alberta and Saskatchewan) as possible to explore the region. It is amazing just how ecologically different Alberta’s Lakeland is from the Mighty Peace Region, yet from a social perspective the areas are very similar.
I am very excited to be in the position of Program Manager. I am very passionate about the land and the water where I live, and I am now in a position to be involved with the programs every day. I spend most weekends of the summer at Moose Lake at my In-laws lake lot, and enjoying the recreational opportunities that the lake presents. It is this connection with Moose Lake that led me to this position, and I look forward to working on programs in the entire watershed over the coming years.
MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAMS
MICHAEL BISAGA - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING PROGRAMS
I grew up in Toronto and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Environmental Studies in 2004. During my studies, I was fortunate to have internships in Calgary and Cold Lake; these opportunities opened my eyes to career options and life in Western Canada upon graduation. After 2 years of working as an Air Quality Specialist for Alberta Environment, I started with LICA in 2006 as the Airshed Program Manager.
I am enthusiastic about outdoor adventures. I spend most of my weekends in the mountains hiking, scrambling, rock climbing, back country camping, kayaking, and snowshoeing with my Giant Schnauzer, Mezzo. I enjoy exploring the world through international travel. Travel gives me a sense of exploration and freedom. It allows me to immerse myself in far off places to get away from normal life, experience other cultures, try new food, and meet new people. Both my interest in outdoor adventures and travel feed a life-long passion for photography.
CARRIE CARDAMONE - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
I am originally from Edmonton, AB. My family and I moved to the Lakeland in 1994, and we have never looked back. I started with LICA in October 2013 as the Administrative Assistant, and in June 2015 became the Executive Assistant. I am very fortunate to be a part of the LICA team, and working to keep our community an amazing place to live.
In my spare time I enjoying spending time with family, working in my flower beds & gardening, crafts, and reading.
ARIANNE CROOK - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
My role at LICA began as the Accounting Assistant in June 2016 and in December of 2016 I assumed the role of Executive Director. I grew up in St. Paul, AB and moved to Edmonton after high school to become a Registered Nurse. I moved to Bonnyville, AB for a few years and after a two-year stint in High Prairie, AB the Lakeland area called me back. We now call Bonnyville our home.
Along with my husband and three children, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors camping, golfing, gardening and playing sports.
I love the work we do at LICA and presence we have in our community.