Our Staff

Project Manager

Ben Whalen

Ben Whalen started working with the KWRC in 1995 as a Habitat Technician and worked here for three summers after he received his diploma in Environmental Technology at NBCC Miramichi.  After pursuing various contracts and other opportunities in his field, he returned to the KWRC as Project Manager in 2007.


Ben loves the fact that he can work in his field and make a positive difference here in his home town.  Ben and his wife, Michelle, raise their two children, and attempt a garden, while living in Sussex.  Ben also loves to reap the rewards of his work as an avid angler and can often be found wading down local streams casting a line as often as he can be found measuring their depths and widths. 


His familiarity and passion for the Kennebecasis watershed has proven to be an asset for the KWRC and he wants to continue to improve the watershed while also improving local communities.

Monitoring Coordinator

Lezley McAlister

Lezley has been working as Monitoring Coordinator at the KWRC since June 2020. Her love of the outdoors drew her to the environmental field and she plans to continue to learn and grow in this field. She received her bachelor's degree in Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick.


Though not from the Sussex area originally (she is from Bathurst, New Brunswick) she has fallen in love with the natural beauty of the Kennebecasis Watershed. 


Working as the KWRC Monitoring Coordinator is a rewarding position for her because she "gets to contribute to the protection of the watershed and share this information gathered with the community."


In her spare time, you’ll find Lezley spending time with family or hiking the trails.

Mapping and Data Technician

Ashton Howe

Lauren is a recent graduate from the University of New Brunswick where she studied Environment and Natural Resources, majoring in Wildlife Conservation. She is passionate about wildlife and preserving vital wildlife habitats and ecosystems for the future. She is an avid outdoor explorer who loves hiking and bird watching.

In her spare time, you can find her exploring the outdoors, playing music or re-watching episodes of The Office on Netflix. She is an amphibian-fan with a soft spot for salamanders, and has 3 Mexican salamanders as pets.

Lauren is excited to make a positive difference in her community with the KWRC!