Board of Directors

Hydrogeologists Without Borders is fortunate to be served by a very dedicated and skilled volunteer Board of Directors that are highly involved in working on the task of building HWB as it moves from an organizational entity into a true society. The Board is dedicated to ensuring the success of Hydrogeologists Without Borders.

David Bethune is a Research Associate at the University of Calgary, where he directs water projects in Latin America. David has worked in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Bolivia, Malawi, and Ghana on hydrogeology, water resource management, urban/rural water supply, water contamination studies and rural sanitation projects. David has worked as a technical expert for the International Development Research Centre, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Bank. David has been involved in the CARA Network in Latin America, which has initiated hydrogeology/water resource management training programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Bolivia.

Dr. Michael Campana is a Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University, Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico and Past President of the American Water Resources Association. He is founder and president of the nonprofit Ann Campana Judge Foundation, an organization involved with WaSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) in Central America. Dr. Campana is also the host of the popular WaterWired blog and Twitter  which are outlets for water related information, analysis, commentary, and events.

Dr. John Cherry is the Director of the University Consortium for Field-Focused Groundwater Contamination Research, the Associate Director of G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. He is also a University of Waterloo Distinguished Professor Emeritus, co-author of the well-known 1979 textbook “Groundwater”, and a past NSERC Research Chair (1996-2006).  He has developed a number of groundwater technologies, co-holds several patents, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has received significant awards from scientific and engineering societies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Greg Shyba was born and raised in Calgary. He obtained a BA from UBC and his LLB from the University of Alberta. Greg has been a member of the Law Society of Alberta for over 25 years. Prior to taking on the Executive Director position for the Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Water Research, Greg was the President and CEO of Trout Unlimited Canada for over 10 years. Greg been actively involved in a number of successful business ventures – several in the health sector. He is active on many community boards and has a particular interest in water quality and quantity issues. Greg is presently the Chief Executive Officer the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area on the south and west boundary of the City of Calgary.

Bernadette Conant is the Executive Director of the Canadian Water Network.  Established in 2001 by Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, CWN connects Canadian and international water researchers with decision-makers engaged in priority water-management issues. Bernadette has a BSc in Earth Sciences and an MSc in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo and holds the Faculty of Science Alumni of Honour Award from that institution. She currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Global Water Research Coalition and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network.  She is a member of the Water Partner Advisory Committee to the Water Stewardship Council of the Canadian Council of the Federation and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Blue Economy Initiative.  She is a past Board Member of the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers of the National Ground Water Association.

Catherine Main is a Senior Hydrogeologist who acts as Program Leader of the Intregrated Water Management Program at Alberta Innovates (previously Alberta Research Council) in Calgary, Alberta.  She has over 20 years experience in the environmental area with specialization in contaminant hydrogeology and environmental planning. She has held past positions of Office Manager, Technical Manager and Acting Administrator of Canadian Operations in a large multinational company. She has acted on the Board of Managers and Directors of various non-profit organizations, including the Environmental Services Association of Alberta.  Cathy received a dual undergraduate degree in Earth Science and Planning from the University of Waterloo before continuing with an MSc in Hydrogeology, also from the University of Waterloo.

Peter Thomson is the Director of Training and Consulting at the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST, Calgary) and leads the team responsible for delivering CAWST’s professional services globally and in Canada. Peter has 20 years’ experience working in the humanitarian aid and development sectors focusing on water, hygiene and sanitation with a specialization in disease outbreak control and prevention. He has a Diploma in Construction and an MSc in Community Water Supply from Cranfield University, UK.

Dr. Cathryn Ryan (Non-voting Secretary to the Board of Directors) is a professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Calgary.  Dr. Ryan’s research program focuses agricultural impacts to groundwater, watershed geochemistry and dissolved gases in groundwater.  Dr. Ryan has lived and worked in Latin America and has been an active participant in the CARA Network projects.  She has supervised research and taught courses in Bolivia, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.