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Connie Simmons, Alberta Policy and Planning Coordinator

Connie Simmons

Connie joins the Y2Y team with deep connection to Alberta’s East Slopes and a strong commitment to conserve biodiversity and headwaters river systems.

For over 25 years, she has been involved in watershed stewardship, environmental education, and conservation initiatives from the Athabasca watershed in the north to the Oldman headwaters in the south.Her focus on conservation includes working with youth environmental and outdoor education programs; creek restoration and watershed education; indigenous-led Keepers of the Athabasca; the Athabasca Watershed Council; and the Oldman Watershed Council’s Headwaters Action Plan. 

Connie has a PhD from the Dept. of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta, with a Humanities focus in environmental philosophy and conservation history. She is delighted to be part of the Y2Y team and put her experience to work in the planning and policy arena to improve headwaters conservation outcomes for Alberta’s East Slopes.