In response to the expansion of oil and gas production in the region, the Lakeland Industry and Community Association (LICA) was formed in October 2000 as a not-for-profit association, registered under the Alberta Societies Act.
Today, LICA is a Synergy Group that facilitates all stakeholders’ voices when addressing issues concerning the environment in our region, the Watershed Planning and Advisory Council (WPAC) for the Beaver River Watershed, one of eleven WPACs in Alberta, and an Airshed Zone monitoring the air quality throughout the LICA region.
The environment in the LICA region is ecologically healthy and sustainable.
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.
- 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 & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
LISA GANDER - EDUCATION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
I recently moved to Cold Lake, and I am excited to engage the Lakeland community in LICA’s education and outreach programs. I love the outdoors and spend as much time as I can skiing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing. I have always been fascinated by the interaction between humans and the environment, and I believe that we can make choices to live sustainably in an ecologically healthy environment.
I love animals and feel that we have a responsibility to protect biodiversity and share this planet with all living creatures. My love of animals led to my undergraduate degree in Animal Science, and throughout my degree, I spent a lot of time teaching children how to ride horses. I enjoyed teaching so much that I got a teaching degree and spent five years teaching math and science in Peerless Lake, Calgary, and China.
After spending some time exploring the world, I decided to learn more about industry and moved to Yellowknife where I coordinated projects for a road construction company. I have so many diverse interests, but my true passion has always been to do work that contributes to a sustainable environment so I returned to school for my master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management. After my degree, my love of the North drew me back, and I worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories' Climate Change Unit.
In my role with LICA, I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to combine my environmental background with my love of teaching! I hope to provide the community with information that promotes sustainability and the ecological health of the Lakeland environment.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH ASSISTANT
MASON UNRAU - EDUCATION & OUTREACH ASSISTANT
I grew up in the Lakeland region, which is why my role as the Education and Outreach Assistant with LICA is an exciting one! After leaving for college, traveling to over 20 countries and documenting it all as a professional photographer, I find myself back in my home town. As a result of my travels, I am mesmerized by the vast array of cultures around the world. Many locations consisted of beautiful landscapes, decadent cuisine, and wonderful expressions of humanity. However, the local ecology was often unacknowledged for the essential role it played in the health, economic, and mental well being of the people living there. Occasionally, there were locations where the people were intimately connected to the natural medicine and food found around their homes. After observing such contrasting realities, it has provided me with a unique perspective of how we should desire to live in rhythm with our local environment while not ignoring the equally complicated economic necessities.
Through my passion for nature photography, the outdoors, and my new found hobbies of gardening and beekeeping, I hope to continue sharing our need to work towards environmental and economic sustainability for the longevity of our region.
DATA & REPORTING SPECIALIST
LILY LIN - DATA & REPORTING SPECIALIST
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, where I completed and obtained my Environmental Science degree. I came to Canada in 2005, completed the Environmental Technology program at SAIT, Calgary, in 2008. After graduation, I started my career with an environmental services company. I spent 8 years trying to understand “air”, the air we are breathing every day. I enjoy spending the time to analyze data we collected from air monitoring stations and to tell stories based on these numbers. In 2016, my husband and I had an opportunity to make our dream come true – own a coffee shop. We bought a bakery and started running a bakery/coffee shop in downtown Calgary. It was such a challenge but interesting experience. Within a year and a half, we became good bakers, good sale people, and we made a lot of new friends. I was contracted to perform some special projects in 2017 and become a part of the LICA team as the data and reporting specialist in 2018.
I enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities in the summer and prefer hiding inside the house during the winter. However, after having two never-run-out energy huskies, I have learned to enjoy the feeling of being frozen. I am thankful for having these two girls, so I can explore the beauty of the winter in Canada.
EVELINE HARTOG - ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL
My name is Eveline Hartog and I am very excited to be part of the LICA team once again!
I have lived in Bonnyville since 1987 and have seen many changes and economic fluctuations;
it always amazes me how versatile and resilient the Lakeland area is.
In addition to working in Bonnyville, I have also volunteered on various sports and community groups as well as being
one of the founding members of the Lakeland Environmental Society in the early 1990’s.
I actively enjoy the Lakeland’s fantastic lakes and rivers in the summer with family and friends,
spending the winters continuing my volunteer work, book club, and cooking amazing ethnic feasts with my equally amazing
TINA MARTIN - EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
My name is Tina Martin and I am so excited to be the newest Professional Administrator on the LICA team!
I was born in Edmonton but have called Bonnyville home for the most part of the last 27 years. I spent two summers during my Business Administration diploma program, working as a Stevedore for the Alberta Fish & Wildlife Department. This position allowed me to experience the hard work and dedication that go into controlling Alberta wildfires.
As a mother of 7 and grandmother of 2, children of all ages and stages are a large part of my life. I balance out my schedule and enrich my children’s’ lives through hobbies such as running, hiking, travelling, gardening, and the many available fishing & recreational activities that the Lakeland provides. I am currently at LICA part-time as I work towards completion of my Bachelor of Commerce degree through Athabasca University.
MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
ERIN RITCHIE - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS
My name is Erin Ritchie, and I am thrilled to be the Program Manager for Environmental Program at LICA. 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 with most of my classes focusing 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 the 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.
I have been with LICA for 2 years as the Education & Outreach Coordinator and now I am ecstatic to be implementing environmental programs to help make a difference in the LICA region. 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
MICHAEL BISAGA - MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
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.
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.