Mike Nemeth, BSc, MSc,
P.Ag, EP

Mike is an Environmental Specialist at WaterSMART where he supports and manages projects that help resource and agri-food organizations, communities and government with water and related environmental problems, and with sustainable development.

One of Mike’s greatest strengths is his ability to bridge the gap between the scientific and social aspects of projects. His strong communication and collaboration skills and his technical expertise enables him to engage and lead groups in informed discussions that lead to solutions that meet the needs of the people, communities and organizations involved, as well as the environment and watershed.

Throughout his career, Mike has held a number of positions, including his work as a Water Resource Modeller and Strategist with the University of Lethbridge, a Project Data Coordinator with the Alberta Water Research Institute, and a Reclamation Research Assistant with Syncrude Canada Ltd.

Mike received his BSc with Distinction in Environmental Science and his MSc in Physical Geography with a concentration in Hydrology from the University of Lethbridge. His thesis project involved hydrological modelling and verification of a physically based model, GIS and spatial analysis of hydrometeorological data and Global Climate Model regional downscaling to study the impacts of climate changes on water resources.

Mike is registered as a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) in the practice areas of Water Resources Planning and Management, and Environmental Impact Assessment and Mitigation Planning. He is also registered as an Environmental Professional (EP) with the ECO Canada Certification Program. His background includes hydrology, watershed, water, and resource management, climate change impacts and adaptation, hydrological modelling, reviews of water monitoring activities and policies around oil sands and shale gas development, policy support, and project management.

Mike sits on the Alberta Chamber of Resources (ACR) Responsible Development Committee, serves on the Board of Directors for the Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) and is a Planning Member of the Water Policy Group for the Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER). Mike is also a Member of the Canadian Water Resources Association as well as the Canadian Dam Association.

Mike’s interests focus on managing natural resources sustainably through informed collaborative decision making, the impacts of environmental and climatic change on water resources and hydrological processes, and watershed management. He excels at framing decisions in a regional context or watershed scale to better support planning and policy for sustainable resource development.

Mike is passionate about water because he recognizes that it is a resource that everyone needs, because it is critical for economic growth and development, and because of the recreational opportunities that water enables him to pursue.