GWF Young Professionals

Executive Team

Meet Your Executives

Emily Ogden - Wilfrid Laurier University Liaison & YP Chair

Emily is a Master’s student at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her work focuses on the interactions between changing permafrost conditions and vegetation in the Northwest Territories. When not working on her thesis Emily enjoys hiking, canoeing, and sushi. 



Leila Eamen - University of Saskatchewan Liaison

Leila is a Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan. Her work contributes to understanding the interactions in the complex human-natural systems and informing robust decision-making around the efficient and sustainable allocation of limited water resources.


Jessica Williamson - University of Waterloo Liaison

Jessica is a first-year PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Richard Petrone on a Boreal Water Futures project. Her work focuses on identifying the impact vegetation regrowth has on water availability on reclaimed peatlands in the Athabasca Oil sands Region. Jessica is an avid backcountry camper, kayaker, and plant mom.


Nicole Balliston - University of Waterloo Liaison Support

Nicole is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Geography and Environmental Management program at the University of Waterloo. Her study focuses on the impact of reduced water availability, via mine dewatering and climate change, on sub-arctic peatland hydrology and connectivity in the James Bay Lowlands. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys rock climbing, hiking, camping, and hunting for Sphagnum moss wherever she goes.


Julia Cantelon - Canadian Young Hydrologic Society Representative



Erin Nicholls & Alanna Bodo - McMaster University Liaisons


Interested in Becoming a GWF YP Executive?

We're recruiting for the 2021-2022 year! 

Learn more about the roles and responsibilities of being a GWF YP executive, and apply here


If you have any questions or comments, please contact the GWF Outreach Coordinator, Laura McFarlan.