Staff

MARK MATTSON

Founder and President

Mark Mattson is a prominent environmental lawyer who has spent the last decade building a network of successful community-focused environmental organizations across Canada. His love of water stems from his childhood summers swimming and fishing on Wolfe Island, near Kingston.                    

Born into a family of lawyers in Southern Ontario, Mark grew up with a passion for fairness and individual rights. He has worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors over the course of his career. As a prosecutor, first for government and then for NGOs, Mark was part of ground- breaking private prosecutions and administrative cases against major industrial polluters.

After ten years in the courtroom, Mark began to devote more time to developing institutions that will restore and protect watersheds for generations to come. He founded Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in 2001 and remains the organization’s full-time Waterkeeper and President to this day. Mark sits on the board of directors of four Waterkeeper organizations in the U.S. and Canada.

When he transitioned from full-time lawyer to full-time Waterkeeper more than ten years ago, Mark was able to unite his commitment to social justice with his passion for water. He has spent the last decade working to uphold the ideal that each and every person has a right to swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.


KRYSTYN TULLY

Founder and Vice-President

Krystyn Tully has been organizing community events and organizations since her days as a high school student in Oshawa, Ontario. She helped Mark Mattson launch Lake Ontario Waterkeeper in 2001 and serves the organization to this day.

Over the course of the last decade, Tully helped to organize a wide range of fundraising events grantwriting campaigns that helped to raise $2-million for Waterkeeper’s work. She also spearheaded the creation of Swim Guide, a mobile app and website that connects people to clean, local beaches as well as Drink Guide, an app that documents drinking water advisories across Canada. These apps are now used by more than 100,000 people in Canada and the USA.

Since co-founding Lake Ontario Waterkeeper with Mark Mattson in 2001, Tully has written or edited more than 400 articles about water and environmental policy. She has appeared before numerous municipal, provincial, and federal government committees. For four years, she coordinated a mentoring program that connected aspiring lawyers with communities facing environmental challenges. For two years, she was editor and co-host of a weekly radio program. In 2012, she wrote a series of features on beaches for blogTO and became a regular contributor to Huffington Post.

Through Ryerson University’s part-time degree program, Tully has received extensive education in Public Administration and Governance, with a specialization in nonprofit sector management. She was profiled in NOW Magazine’s “Class Action” feature in October, 2012.


JAYNE ARMSTRONG

Research Assistant

As a Research Assistant, Jayne writes summaries and compiles information on past cases and issues for waterkeeper.ca. Jayne is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Toronto studying Urban Planning and is looking to pursue a postgraduate degree in Environmental Planning at the University of Toronto. Jayne resides in the Upper Beaches and spends her free time at the Kew-Balmy dog beach with her water loving German Shepherd. Jayne is excited to work for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper over the summer months.


LI BLACK

Swimmable Water Policy Intern

Li is thrilled to join Lake Ontario Waterkeeper as the summer Swimmable Water Policy Intern. Her work will involve updating the Swim Guide with beach water quality information, processing pollution reports, and conducting water quality and monitoring research. 

With an Honours Bachelor in English, Li is continuing with her second year in the Master of Science in Sustainability Management at the University of Toronto. 

Throughout the years, Li has worked and volunteered with humanitarian, environment and disaster relief initiatives and organizations.


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CHLOE CROSS

Outreach Coordinator

As Outreach Coordinator, Chloe assists with Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s social media campaigns, email communications, and online community-building. Chloe recently graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree and is looking to pursue her MBA in the near future. She grew up in the GTA on the banks of Lake Ontario and for the past ten summers has enjoyed swimming and kayaking at her cottage on Lake Erie.

 


THOMAS KIERSTEAD

RBC Associate

As Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s RBC Associate, Thomas will be assisting with our Water Literacy Program. 

Thomas is excited to join the team at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper as part of his placement with the RBC Career Launch Program. He graduated in 2014 with an Honours Degree in Environmental Governance from the University of Guelph. With his knowledge of environmental policy and a passion for water, Thomas’ work will help promote a swimmable, drinkable, fishable Canada. 

Since childhood, Thomas has spent his weekends at his cottage on Kahshe Lake in Muskoka. He has gone on canoe-trips all over Ontario for the past 14 years, and enjoys slalom water skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, and kayaking.


TINA KNEZEVIC

Swim Guide Ambassador

Tina Knezevic is a scientist by training but is very passionate about environmental communication and public engagement. She completed a BSc. in Biological Science at the University of Guelph and a Master of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, and after a few years of work with the federal government, set her sights on science/policy communication at the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Belgium.

Now that she’s back on Lake Ontario’s shores, she is very excited to be working as the Swim Guide Ambassador so she can spread the word about the Swim Guide and get people excited about swimming, drinking and fishing in their local waterbodies.


CLAIRE LAWSON

Water Literacy Coordinator

As Water Literacy Coordinator, Claire is developing and implementing Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s Water Literacy Program. 

Claire is thrilled to join the team at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper. Equipped with a M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy as well as a B.Sc.H. from Queen’s University, her work involves bridging the gap between Canadian environmental values and the current state of Canadian waterways. 

Originally from Halifax and Vancouver, Claire grew up a sailor and general water-enthusiast. She has experienced waterways across the nation and throughout Europe before moving to Toronto last summer. In her spare time, Claire enjoys exploring Toronto’s local cuisine, volunteering for the non-profit Our Horizon, and canoeing on Ontario’s rivers and lakes.


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DYLAN NEILD

Technical Advisor

Dylan is the in-house technical advisor to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, dealing with information technology resources and technical projects. Dylan helped to build a variety of Lake Ontario Waterkeeper projects, including Waterkeeper.ca, Swim Drink Fish Music, and the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. 

Dylan has been working in the field of information technology for almost 20 years. He was the technology director of one of the GTA's early independent internet service providers and since 1998 has been the Chief Technology Officer of a successful e-commerce company.

Dylan is also Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's in-house photographer and videographer, as well as the pilot of our fleet of unmanned photography aircraft.


RUBY PAJARES

Communications Coordinator

Ruby maintains our website, social media accounts, and e-mail newsletter. She creates and edits written and visual material to facilitate a better understanding of what Waterkeeper does to create a swimmable, drinkable, fishable future.

Ruby is also Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's in-house graphic designer. While freelancing, she worked for Patagonia Toronto and fell in love with the company's philosophies and business practices. Inspired, Ruby directed her design skills towards environmental causes. She started working at Waterkeeper full-time in August 2014.

Ruby is always looking for different ways to tell stories through words, images, video, and audio. Send her a message or, reach her through our social media channels: TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.


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GABRIELLE PARENT-DOLINER

Swim Guide Program Manager

As the Program Manager for Swim Guide, Gabi supports nearly 50 public and nonprofit organizations that contribute water quality information to the Waterkeeper Swim Guide app and website. Gabrielle also manages information for over 7,000 beaches in Canada, the US, Mexico and New Zealand to ensure that Swim Guide users have access to the most current water quality data.

Gabrielle joined LOW in 2014. She is a Southern Ontario native and grew up on the banks of the Welland Canal. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trent University in First Nations Studies and her Masters in Canadian History from Lakehead University. As part of her research she studied the environmental history of Aboriginal fisheries in Northwestern Ontario. For the past three years, Gabrielle has volunteered at Israel’s Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre. There she cared for sick and injured sea turtles, monitored sea turtle nests and hatchlings, and worked to promote the protection of the Mediterranean’s marine environment.

Gabrielle is an avid open water swimmer and loves her native watershed.  


DONNA WAWZONEK

Sponsorship and Grants Coordinator

As Sponsorship and Grants Coordinator, Donna provides support for the Waterkeeper team in reaching our fundraising goals. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, she has helped organizations throughout Canada and internationally with their funding needs by providing expertise in grant writing, sponsorship relations, and capital campaign management.

Donna joined Waterkeeper in April 2015. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Fundraising and Resource Management at Georgian College to augment her experience in the field of fundraising, primarily helping arts organizations. 


AMY WILFORD

Operations Coordinator

As Office Assistant, Amy provides administrative assistance to our entire staff while keeping our office organized. She will be the first person to greet you when you call, visit, or email our Toronto office. Amy completed her bachelor’s degree in Music, Voice Performance along with a post-graduate diploma in Not-for-Profit management from the University of Western Ontario. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 5 years promoting cultural and community initiatives.

Amy has two passions – music and the environment. Growing up in the GTA, she spent many summers canoeing, sailing, and hiking around Lake Ontario. She is excited to join Lake Ontario Waterkeeper where she can combine her love for nature with her work in the public sector.