Chief Jim Badger (retired)

Sucker Creek First Nation (SCFN) - Treaty 8

Jim has served as Chief of the SCFN for 18 years in the capacities of consultation, governance, strategic planning, audit and policy development, and representation in provincial and federal arenas. In 2019, Chief Badger developed a partnership with the University of Calgary to build the NIYAK Project, providing scientific guidance and youth outreach on a 3-year water quality study. As a mentor of the REDEVELOP Training Program, Jim saw the value in teaching graduate students how to engage with Indigenous people in an insightful and respectful way. He also saw the value in building a bridge between graduate, undergraduate and SCFN high school students for personal access to information about post-secondary career paths in STEM, achieving admission eligibility with upgrading, and overcoming econonmic barriers through scholarships. Chief Badger is a Board Member for numerous organizations, including: the Indian Resource Council, Treaty 8 Chiefs First Nations, the Lesser Slave Lake Indian Regional Council Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program, Oteenow Employment & Training, Kapown Treatment Centre, and the Siksika Medicine Lodge

David Eaton

University of Calgary - Geoscience Professor
NIYAK, REDEVELOP & Microseismic System Dynamics (NSERC/Chevron IRC)

Dave received his BSc from Queen’s University in 1984 and his MSc and PhD from the University of Calgary in 1988 and 1992 respectively. Dr. Eaton completed post-doctoral research with Arco’s Research and Technical Services (Plano, Texas) and the Geological Survey of Canada (Ottawa). He rejoined the University of Calgary in 2007, following an 11-year academic career at the University of Western Ontario. A professor in good standing with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Dr. Eaton is the lead researcher of the REDEVELOP Training Program, funded by NSERC under the CREATE initiative, and the NIYAK Water Quality & Outreach Program, funded by NSERC under the PromoScience initiative. An internationally-recognized geophysicist, Dave is the author of Passive Seismic Monitoring and Induced Seismicity (2017)and co-director of the Microseismic Industry Consortium, a novel, applied-research geophysical initiative dedicated to the advancement of research, education and technological innovations in microseismic methods and their practical applications for resource development. 

Celia Kennedy

University of Calgary - Geoscience Project Manager

Celia received her BSc in Environmental Science from Carleton University (2005) with a minor in Geography. She completed graduate studies at the University of Guelph, earning an MSc in Biology (2010) with thesis research in plant physiology, drought tolerance and water conservation in greenhouse agriculture. During Celia’s PhD research in Hydrogeology (2017), she developed new tools and methods to study groundwater – surface water interactions in bedrock rivers. Dr. Kennedy is a 2nd-career geoscientist, with >15 years’ experience as a paralegal working with youth offenders in the criminal justice system, and property developers during Ontario’s implementation of environmental protection legislation. Celia has managed the multi-university, interdisciplinary CREATEREDEVELOP program ($1.65M over 5 years) since 2017, training of >80 graduate students in holistic problem-solving and inclusivity in the energy sector. Through this work, Celia developed partnerships with NSERC, the University of Calgary, the Indian Resource Council and the Sucker Creek First Nation to build the NIYAK Project, a 3-year water quality study under the PromoScience initiative that connects graduate, undergraduate and high school students. The first in her family to obtain a post-secondary education, Celia is an advocate for inclusivity in STEM education and holistic approaches to problem-solving.

Chelsea Benally

University of Alberta - Environmental Engineer

Chelsea is Diné Navajo from the One Who Walks Around clan in northern Arizona.  In 2018, she became the first Indigenous woman to obtain a PhD in Engineering from the University of Alberta. Chelsea obtained MSc and BSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arizona. As an engineer and as a mother, Chelsea made the journey from Arizona to Alberta to continue her graduate studies and to unite her son with his paternal family of the Sucker Creek First Nation. Dr. Benally’s degree is in Environmental Engineering and her thesis research investigated treatment of oil sands process water by membrane filtration and adsorption. With an MSc in Chemical Engineering and 5 years’ experience with Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, Chelsea chose an unfamiliar path to find a career which would align more closely with her personal values of environmental stewardship. As a mentor / judge of the REDEVELOP Training Program, Chelsea saw the value in building the NIYAK Project to run in parallel with REDEVELOP, fostering a students-helping-students format to advance post-secondary education opportunities for local youth.

Evangeline Eldridge

MSc Student - University of Calgary

A graduate of the REDEVELOP Training Program (2020), Evangeline is a Grad Student Mentor on the NIYAK Project. She is close to completing her MSc in Hydrogeology under the supervision of Prof. C.Ryan at the University of Calgary. Last year, Evangeline assisted with the literature review of the Lesser Slave Lake watershed and participated in our program launch meeting with the elders. She received her BSc (2018) in Environmental Science with a concentration in Geology at U.Calgary. Evangeline’s current research is the characterization of radon-rich groundwater in Alberta and it’s impact on indoor air quality. An advocate for environmental stewardship and youth outreach, Evangeline completed work terms with CNOOC (in abandonment and reclamation) and the City of Calgary (in environmental education and industrial waste processing), and is a long-time volunteer with Girl Guides Canada in a leadership role. Evangeline is a committed member of the NIYAK team with a particular interest in mentoring young women in STEM.

Kevin Grimeau

P.Geo & MSc Student - University of Calgary

A graduate of the REDEVELOP Training Program, Kevin is a Grad Student Mentor on the NIYAK Project. After earning his professional geoscientist designation (P.Geo) from experience gained in the workforce, Kevin recently returned to school to work on his MSc in Geology under the supervision of Prof. B.Mayer at the University of Calgary. Kevin received his BSc (2014) in Petroleum Geology from U.Calgary and has 6 years’ experience as a wellsite geology consultant in Western Canada. Kevin’s research project involves characterizing different shale gas units and produced fluids through the use of isotope analysis and other geochemical applications. He is also interested in sustainable energy solutions including carbon capture, geothermal energy, lithium and helium exploration. Kevin enjoys community outreach initiatives and mentoring SCFN youth to help them reach their academic goals. In his free time he enjoys playing hockey, skiing, and any other activity that gets him outside.

Lonn Brown

PhD Student - University of Alberta

A graduate of the REDEVELOP Training Program, Lonn is a Grad Student Mentor on the NIYAK Project. Lonn recently returned to school to work on his PhD in Geophysics under the supervision of Prof. M. van der Baan at the University of Alberta, after spending 4 years managing the analysis team at the International Seismological Centre in the UK, and teaching English in Japan (JET Program). Lonn received his MSc in Geophysics (2015) at the University of Victoria, and his BSc in Geophysics (2011) at the University of Alberta.  Lonn’s current research interests are: noise interferometry, poro-elastic effects and machine learning. In his free time, Lonn enjoys playing guitar, reading, and blacksmithing.