Native Trout in Alberta

June 17, 2020 - 1:00pm

CPAWS Southern Alberta and Trout Unlimited Canada are hosting a livestream discussion on the threats to native trout in Alberta, and what we can do to promote their recovery.

Submit your trout questions for the experts on Facebook, and tune in to the livestream on June 17 at 1:00 PM.


Lesley Peterson - Alberta Biologist with Trout Unlimited Canada

Lesley grew up on a farm along the North Saskatchewan River in Saskatchewan which is probably where her love for rivers started. She studied Natural Resources Technology at Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB and majored in Conservation Biology at the University of Alberta. Lesley has worked with Trout Unlimited Canada for 12 years and has been in her current position for 6 years. Much of her team’s work is focussed on habitat restoration and native trout recovery along Alberta’s eastern slopes region. In her spare time, Lesley enjoys cycling, fishing, cross country skiing and cooking.

Lorne Fitch - Professional Biologist

Lorne grew up on a mixed farm in west central Alberta. He’s been a biologist for almost 50 years, and has worked on many issues related to use of land and water. Much of his work has revolved around native trout conservation and management. Lorne is a professional biologist, a retired provincial Fish and Wildlife biologist, the former Provincial Riparian Specialist with Alberta Cows and Fish and a former Adjunct Professor with the University of Calgary. Lethbridge is home, where he pens articles and essays on issues related to Alberta’s landscape and critters.

Katie Morrison - Conservation Director with CPAWS-SAB

Katie is a Professional Biologist who has been working in the environmental sector for almost 20 years. She holds a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Environmental Design from the University of Calgary. Katie has worked in Canada and Latin America for university research projects, non-governmental organizations and environmental consulting companies. She has an in-depth understanding of conservation, ecology, stakeholder consultation and mitigating the environmental impacts of human development. Katie’s academic and professional experience allows her to work on designing adaptive management solutions towards achieving landscape conservation and healthy communities in Southern Alberta. Katie spends her free time gardening, fishing, creating textile art, travelling and exploring wild places with her dog.