Kevin Wilkinson


Kevin Wilkinson is a certified environmental professional with more than two decades of experience leading initiatives to protect Alberta’s natural resources. His 27 year tenure with Alberta Environment and Parks gave Kevin unprecedented insight into the issues and challenges facing water management and other environmental issues in Alberta today and moving into the future.

At WaterSMART, Kevin provides strategic advice on water quantity management, legislative and policy frameworks in regard to Alberta’s Water Act, and on regulatory decision making.

Kevin is an expert in environmental regulatory management and has extensive experience in the areas of approvals and compliance processes, and regulatory programs. He has applied this knowledge to programs involving water management, water quality, substance releases and land disturbances with associated environmental impacts. He has also provided sound, strategic advice on environmental risk management, and has devised methods to manage risk and identify opportunities to add or strengthen risk controls.

While at Alberta Environment and Parks, Kevin led the delivery of the regional approvals program under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA), Water Act, and Public Lands Act. In this role, he held statutory decision-making authority for all authorizations. He also managed major projects to ensure there was adequate environmental protection, resource allocation and economic benefit to the province.

Kevin led the development of the South Saskatchewan River Basin Water Shortage Procedures, which created a command system to master the delivery of surface water during times of water shortage in the basin. He also led the development of the Enhanced Approvals Process for Flood Recovery, which created a one-window application process under the Public Lands Act and the Water Act to respond to getting Albertans lives back to normal after the 2013 floods.

Kevin has completed the Management Development Program offered by the University of Alberta. He is also a Canadian Certified Environmental Professional and he holds a Bachelor of Geography from the University of Lethbridge.