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Meet our team

Staff & Associates

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Will Patric

Executive Director

Will has directed Rivers Without Borders since 2008. He has more than three decades of conservation advocacy experience engaging in campaigns for many wild places. A Canadian and U.S. citizen with two environmental degrees, Will is based in northwest Washington in close proximity to Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle. He feels extraordinarily privileged to be advancing conservation in the Alaska- BC transboundary region.

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Chris Zimmer

Alaska Campaign Director

Based in Juneau, Chris has been with Rivers Without Borders since 2001. He has worked on environmental issues for over 25 years in Washington, Montana and Alaska, including nuclear weapons testing, Columbia River dams and salmon, forest campaigns and transboundary issues. Chris engages tribes, commercial fishermen and communities advancing watershed conservation. If Chris is hard to reach it’s probably because he’s fishing one of the rivers he strives to protect.

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Brian Lynch

Alaska Transboundary Watersheds Conservation Campaigner

A long-time resident of Petersburg, Brian is a retired state of Alaska Fisheries Biologist. He has extensive experience in commercial fisheries management and research including involvement with the Pacific Salmon Treaty process as a member of the Transboundary Technical Committee, the Chinook Technical Committee and as a member of the Transboundary Panel. He was also Executive Director of the Petersburg Vessel Owners Association and has sat on the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council Advisory Panel and the North Pacific Research Board Advisory Panel. Brian understands that fishing is the economic lifeblood of Southeast Alaska and has a deep commitment to sustaining fisheries and the quality habitat they depend on. He is well connected, and well known, throughout Southeast Alaska.        

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Jenafor Ryane

BC Transboundary Watersheds Conservation Campaigner

A west coast BC native passionate about the natural values of her home, Jenafor is leading Rivers Without Borders Canada efforts to elevate BC awareness of the transboundary watersheds and their issues and to build a diverse network of informed watershed advocates. She has a Sociology degree and has volunteered in environmental causes internationally. Jenafor is also a yoga instructor and wilderness enthusiast, bringing a healthy balance to her work.

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Taylor Watson

BC Watershed Conservation Associate

Taylor is based on Southern Vancouver Island where she works to support Rivers Without Borders Canada’s efforts to increase awareness of the transboundary region and to facilitate watershed advocacy. Taylor received her undergraduate degree from the University of Victoria, focusing her studies in biology and anthropology. She is passionate about using her skills to promote ecosystem-based stewardship in British Columbia, Alaska, and beyond. Beyond her work life, Taylor enjoys exploring the coast while paddling, hiking and bird watching.

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Guy Archibald

Transboundary Watersheds Science And Policy Coordinator

Guy Archibald has two decades of experience as an analytical chemist helping industry control and monitor discharges into the environment.  For another dozen years Guy worked out of Juneau advancing conservation for the Tongass National Forest.  He has also designed and lead several ecological research and monitoring efforts.  Guy is trusted as a source of reliable information and a partner with many communities and Tribes in southeast Alaska, and his knowledge of mining issues is exceptional.  Guy joined RWB’s team in 2021 adding much to our campaigning capacity.

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Tony Pearse

BC Mining Issues Technical and Policy Advisor

Tony brings a wealth of Canadian mining issue knowledge and perspective to Rivers Without Borders in a technical and policy advisory capacity.  With an academic background in geology and regional planning, Tony has decades of experience supporting First Nations in land use planning and environmental assessments, Crown consultation, and negotiations with industry related to mining across BC, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and Ontario.

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Maya Stano

Senior Policy Advisor

With a wide range of experience and perspective to draw on, Rivers Without Borders gets policy and technical insight and advice from Maya. Based in Vancouver, she is a lawyer specializing in natural resource, environmental, and indigenous law. Maya is also a professional geological engineer. She has worked on mining issues in Canada and internationally and is well known and respected in indigenous and conservation circles.

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Erin Gray

BC Legal Advisor

Erin Gray practices law in the areas of aboriginal rights and environmental and public interest.  She attended university at Ryerson in Toronto and went to law school at the University of Victoria.  Erin’s legal research and knowledge has been very helpful toward RWB efforts to better understand BC mining regulatory oversight, corporate accountability, receivership, and other complex legal matters applicable to our campaigns.  Erin resides in Victoria.

Steering Committee

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Ben Kirkpatrick

Ben came to Rivers Without Borders following two decades with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. As a Habitat Biologist for Southeast Alaska, he reviewed all mining projects in the region. Ben was also project manager for the Community Watersheds Project, establishing local watershed councils throughout Southeast Alaska and providing technical support on salmon habitat restoration. When he’s not pursuing far flung wilderness adventures in the north, Ben resides in Haines.

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Patricia Thomson

A naturalist and educator, Patricia Thomson was for many years the Executive Director of the Stanley Park Ecology Society in Vancouver. She is also one of Canada’s most highly respected expedition raft guides. Patricia is a member of the Explorers League and knows most of the BC-Alaska transboundary rivers intimately.

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John Morris

A respected Tlingit elder and Douglas Indian Association tribal leader, John Morris was raised on the Taku and has been a strong advocate for transboundary watershed conservation ever since.

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Frank Rue

Protecting rivers and salmon habitat has been a priority for Frank throughout his Alaska conservation career. Particularly notable among his early work with the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources, Frank helped develop legislation establishing the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. He was Habitat Director of Alaska Fish & Game under two governors, and Commissioner of that same agency under another. He has also worked and volunteered in the environmental non-profit sector. Frank resides in Juneau.