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It is very important for the organizers of the Waterton Festivals to have the most knowledgeable specialists available for the many festival sessions.

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June 15th – June 20th, 2017

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Alan Dyer is an author of several books, and associate editor of SkyNews, Canada’s magazine of stargazing, and a contributing editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. His photos and videos have appeared on, National Geographic, CBS News and more. The main belt asteroid #78434 is named in his honor.

Brenda Holder is a Professional Interpretive Guide, Interpretive Guide Group Management Instructor, First Aid instructor, and Keeper of her Medicine Lineage. She takes great pleasure in sharing the knowledge that she has researched and gained through talking to elders about the rich Métis traditions of her heritage. Brenda offers Native Medicine classes in Canmore, Alberta.

Brent Laycock was born in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1947, and received an MFA at Brigham Young University in Utah. The subject matter for much of his work comes from the variety of mountain, foothill, prairie and parkland landscapes that are accessible from his home in Calgary. Much of his landscape painting expresses his love of the panoramic expanse of earth and sky which he develops into lyrical compositions. His work is represented in many important corporate collections, in the university collections of Brigham Young University, the University of Alberta, and in public collections such as Calgary's Civic Collection, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, and the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The book Waterton: Brush & Pen features over one hundred Laycock paintings of Waterton Lakes National Park accompanied by essays by renowned author, Fred Stenson. Other articles and reproductions of his work have appeared in many Canadian and international art magazines, books and on two Canada Post stamps. WhitePine Productions has produced two instructional DVDs featuring Laycock’s acrylic and watercolour techniques.

Carol Patterson ran away from a career as an oil and gas accountant, she’s been writing about wildlife and adventure for publications including BBC Travel, Fodor’s Travel, Roads and Kingdoms, Alaska magazine, Avenue Magazine, Red Deer Advocate and

Charlie Russell - Local resident, Charlie Russell is changing our perception of the grizzly, the Great Bear. His books, films, and personal presentations are spectacular in scope and an inspiration to experience.

Dr. Bill Hanlon is a family physician, pharmacist, expedition medicine consultant, travel and tropical medicine consultant. He is founder and director of Basic Health International Foundation. Dr. Bill has summited the highest peak on all 7 continents including Everest in 2007. He has skied across Greenland and skied 1200 km from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole. His travel and adventure experience matches his love of the health, culture and spirituality of people living in remote, high altitude areas.

Dr. Roy Golsteyn is an Associate Professor of Biology and the Director of the Cancer Cell and the Natural Product Laboratories at the University of Lethbridge in Canada. He undertook his PhD in biochemistry in Sir Tim Hunt’s laboratory (Nobel Prize 2001) at the University of Cambridge. Roy completed his studies as a research fellow in Switzerland, and the Institute Curie in Paris. Prior to joining the University of Lethbridge, he was a senior research scientist in drug discovery with a pharmaceutical company in France. He has published more than 80 scientific papers and holds 5 patents. Roy was born and raised in Lethbridge and has always been fascinated by plants and animals of the great outdoors.

Ian Wilson has spent many years exploring and photographing northern Canada. His photographs have appeared in many books and magazine across the country. His most recent books are Waterton Wild, Wildflowers of Waterton Park, and Wildflowers of Banff Park. Ian has also written five bestselling outdoor adventure books. He is now pursuing his passion of photo-graphing wildflowers and wildlife. When he’s not wandering in the mountains, Ian lives in Canmore, Alberta.

Jacinthe Lavoie has been a flower-bug since her childhood days. With training as a researcher, she has observed and enjoyed nature through each season. Her most recent books are Waterton Wild, Wildflowers of Waterton Park, and Wildflowers of Banff Park. Jacinthe has also written twelve educational books. She is now fulfilling her dream of writing about wildflowers and painting their beauty in watercolour. During the seasons when flowers are dormant, Jacinthe lives in Canmore, Alberta.

James Goulet has a B.Sc. Honors in Geology and lives in Saskatoon, but has travelled all over Western Canada, Nunavut and Australia with geological exploration work. He lives a very active lifestyle visible through his prominent involvement in officiating and coaching gymnastics.

Jo-Anne Reynolds lives on the prairie but loves to play in the mountains. She teaches at Medicine Hat College, in the Environmental Science and Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership programs. She enjoys interpreting nature, facilitating outdoor activities, and has a passion for ‘botanizing’ with people.

Kim Pearson works as an Ecosystem Scientist for Parks Canada coordinating grassland restoration, wildlife movement and species at risk projects, among others. She collaborated for ten years on the Nature Conservancy of Canada's neighbouring Waterton Park Front Project and has consulted on various projects for organizations such as the Southern Alberta Land Trust Society, Alberta Fish and Wildlife and Canadian Wildlife Service. Kim has been identifying birds by ear for nearly twenty years; it is a practice she honed while conducting point counts for Parks Canada prior to the advent of digitized surveys. She and her family are proud to call the Waterton area home.

Kyle Marquardt - Kyle has been hooked on photography ever since experimenting with his first digital camera in high school. After Attending Ryerson University in Toronto and learning more traditional darkroom processes, Kyle returned to the prairies and mountains he loves in Calgary, Alberta. Kyle’s photography became a passport to new places when he took on the role of photography guide; escorting artists, enthusiasts and photographers alike to the Arctic and Antarctic where some of the most stunning landscapes and wildlife exist. Logging over 30 polar expeditions, Kyle isn’t averse to teaching his techniques to others; there are no secrets and Kyle enjoys nurturing a photographers talent.Having a fervid taste for diversity and new challenges, Kyle can be seen from culinary to commercial photography, anything creative and new to keep his photographic eye fresh. His work is printed on a myraid of materials and media; from videos and slideshows to canvas gallery wraps.

Lyndon Penner grew up in rural Saskatchewan and has spent all of his time and energy on gardening since he was very young. He started working in the horticulture industry at the age of 16, and now writes, lectures, and teaches all over western Canada. When he is not pulling weeds in the garden or tromping all over the mountains in search of some obscure wildflower, Lyndon likes to spend time with his nephews or sitting quietly somewhere with a good book to read and a cup of coffee. His passion for Canada's native plants is what first brought him to Waterton and he is thrilled to be your guide to some of the country's most beautiful flowers.

Margaret Best lives in Alberta and loves Waterton. She is an accomplished and internationally recognized botanical artist and teacher, who has taught, and been recognized and exhibited in Canada, the USA and in the United Kingdom.

Piikani Traditional Knowledge Services is a department of the Piikani Nation whose mandate is preservation and enhancement of Piikani-Blackfoot heritage and culture. As such we provide educational outreach with a variety of programs and services available in cross-cultural awareness and understanding. PTKS operates out of the Buffalo Skull Lodge located on the Piikani First Nation in Southern Alberta, Canada.

Roger Riis since learning about Mason Bees a few years ago I have spent a lot of time researching the effects of pollination on our environment. I take great interest in teaching about pollination to all that show interest. I especially enjoy talking to younger people because they are the ones having to deal with mistakes made by my generation.

Ron McNeil is a soil and land resource scientist who specializes in natural resource inventories, ecological land classification, soil survey and interpretative products from inventories. Ron was instrumental in developing the link of soils and ecological range sites to native plant communities, which has been valuable for habitat management and species at risk. Ron also helped develop the 2010 reclamation criteria for native grasslands and cultivated lands in Alberta.

Ryan Heavy Head, Akáyo’kaki, is a well-known naturalist in Southern Alberta, equally recognized for his Blackfoot traditional-knowledge approach to ecological studies, and for his role as the lead conservator for prairie rattlesnakes in the city of Lethbridge. Heavy Head holds a Blackfoot Eminent Scholar Kainai Doctorate from Red Crow College and the Blood Tribe, a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Lethbridge, and principal transfer rights in the Niitsitapi discipline of Beaver Bundle Caretaking. He was formerly the Director of Kainai Studies at Red Crow Community College, and is currently envisioning the development of a private school without walls, The Aimmoniisiiksi Institute, which will offer learning opportunities for all ages, anchored in the Blackfoot knowledge paradigm.

Valorie Webber is a studied lover of everything floral with a repertoire of over 500 wildflower species. Valorie is also a gardener for hire and is involved with invasive species control.


Meeting Place

Unless otherwise stated, meet your event leader at Waterton Community Centre - 201 Cameron Falls Dr, 20 minutes prior to the event start time (washrooms available).


Waterton Festivals
201 Cameron Falls Dr.
Waterton Park T0K 2M0

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