David Hodd


A recent migrant to Canada, David has made the City of Lakes – Dartmouth – his new home. David worked in the UK for two decades in community-led environmental stewardship with charities like the National Trust and for government agencies, before getting an opportunity to move to Nova Scotia with his family in 2019. Enabling and empowering individuals and communities to better understand collaborate and act for natural spaces near to them is what drives David’s work. In his spare time you might find him hiking or canoeing with his scout group, or more quietly taking photos and botanising.

Laura Chandler

Program Manager

Laura joined the Atlantic Water Network team in 2019. In her role as Program Manager, she works closely with communities as they build and grow their water monitoring programs. Passionate about effective science communication, Laura is thrilled to see water data come to life and inspire local environmental change. Laura holds a BMath and MMath in Applied Math through the Collaborative Water Program at the University of Waterloo. Born and raised in the prairies, Laura is enjoying every chance she gets to explore the rugged coastal landscapes that Atlantic Canada has to offer.

Belle Teixeira

Network Outreach Coordinator

Belle has a BAA in Media Communications from the University of Guelph-Humber and completed a post-graduate program in Environmental Visual Communications through Fleming College and the Royal Ontario Museum. As a science communicator and storyteller, Belle’s goal is to help bridge the gap between environmental science and public education in order to garner support and spread awareness to foster positive environmental change. Belle is an experienced photographer and a lover of all things art and nature. She loves being outdoors, particularly when scuba diving, paddling, hiking and roller skating.

Steering Committee:

Sarah Weston, Chair

Senior Associate, ESG Partners Inc.

Levi Cliche

Executive Director, Clean Annapolis River Project.

Ben Whalen

Manager, Kennebecasis Watershed Restoration Committee.

Donald Killorn

Executive Director, P.E.I. Federation of Agriculture.

Matt Atkinson

Vice President, Pace Group.

Science Advisory Committee:

Emma Garden, Physical Science Specialist, Indigenous Science Division, ECCC.

Nikki Kroetsch, PSEC Community Engagement Coordinator, Nearshore Ecosystems, Ecosystems Science, DFO.

Lauren Timlick, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area.

Jérôme Marty, Executive Director, International Association for Great Lakes Research.

Natalie Deseta, Water Coordinator, New Brunswick Government Environmental Science Section.

Lisa Peters, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area.

Cameron Deacoff, Surface Water Specialist, Nova Scotia Environment & Climate Change.

Linda Campbell, Professor, Saint Mary’s University.