September 10th Meeting

This meeting is being held at Annandale House, 30 Tillson Avenue, Tillsonburg, Ontario.

Great Things for Great Lakes – Despite the many challenges our Great Lakes face, there are some promising initiatives that stand to have a positive impact for the environment and economy.

Our speaker, Katherine Balpataky, is the editor of Water Canada with Actual Media and program chair of the Canadian Water Summit. With over ten years of experience in the water sector and twenty years as a journalist, she provides strategic leadership to deliver B2B programming and co-create business solutions for clients.

From 2006 – 2010, she worked as a policy advisor for the federal government coordinating multi-sector advisory groups to examine the role of the financial sector in sustainable development; and with the former National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy to examine water use by the natural resources sectors (mining, agriculture, forestry, energy). In 2010 she led the communications and engagement efforts to help develop the Grand River Watershed Water Management Plan with the Grand River Conservation Authority. Katherine later served as program coordinator and analyst at the Canadian Water Network on the Watersheds Consortium and Hydraulic Fracturing programs.Katherine currently leads the Water’s Next Awards Program and is a member of the Ontario Environment Industry Association’s water committee and Canadian Water Resources Association National Conference Program & Marketing Committees. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, a Masters in Environmental Studies at York University, and a certificate in Wetland and Watershed Restoration from Guelph University.

In her spare time, Katherine enjoys paddleboarding, surfing, and cycling on the shores of Lake Erie.


Meeting Location Change for 2018

Most 2018 meetings are  held at the Straffordville Community Centre, which is at 56169 Heritage Line, Straffordville, Ontario.  Time is 7:00 p.m.  Meet in the Trackless Room.

What is the OVN?

The Otter Valley Naturalists consists of about 50 members.  We are members of a much larger provincial body known as Ontario Nature (ON). Ontario Nature includes over 160 clubs and over 35,000 members from across the province of Ontario.

The OVN meets monthly, usually the 2nd Monday of each month, September through June, at the Vienna Community Centre.  The club  has speakers and activities every month. Some of the activities include: the Christmas Bird Count, the Baillie Birdathon (in Conjunction with Bird Studies Canada), a summer butterfly count, Monarch Butterfly tagging, a spring cleanup, nature walks, education and outreach, habitat creation and rehabilitation projects.

We look forward to seeing you!