Laura studied environmental science at the University of Calgary, where she gained an appreciation for the interconnectedness of the environment. Throughout her education, Laura held several field-based positions in northern British Columbia and Alberta where she gained experience in tailings waste management and vegetation assessment for the resource extraction industry. First-hand exposure to the reality of natural resource development has given Laura an appreciation for the complex ways humans interact with the environment, and has inspired her to pursue work that finds effective, collaborative solutions to today’s multifaceted environmental issues. Laura is passionate about water issues because they are complex and because sustainable solutions demand collaboration and creativity that involve different people, places, and industries. As a long-time resident of Calgary, Laura is thrilled to be working at WaterSMART where she is contributing to the health and safety of her local environment and fellow residents. She also believes that she has gained another level of understanding of water through her work at WaterSMART, as well as an appreciation for something so connected to all of our lives.