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
Ashton Howe

Ashton first started working for the KWRC in 2020 as a Data and Mapping Technician. Since June 2021, she has moved on to working as the Monitoring Coordinator.


Ashton's passion for the outdoors is what drew her to working in the environmental field. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a bachelor's degree in science, majoring in biology. Following her time at UPEI, she earned her Master's in Environmental Management from the University of New Brunswick. She is excited to get to work out in the field and learn more about our watershed.  

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, hiking, and swimming.


Waste Diversion Coordinator
Brooklynne King


Brooklynne is a recent graduate from the Environmental Technology program at NBCC. She has always loved being outside and enjoys camping, walks in the woods and watching sunsets along the waterways. She is passionate about reducing the amount of plastic waste she creates and loves informing others on what they can do to reduce their environmental footprint. Brooklynne is excited to be working with the farming community and discussing ways to reduce the amount of agriculture plastic and other litter within our waterways.

Invasive Species Coordinator
Laura Lavigne


Laura is a recent graduate from the University of New Brunswick where she studied Environment and Natural Resources, majoring in Environmental Management. She has worked with invasive species in the past and is passionate about removing, monitoring, and educating others about invasive species.


Originally, she is from a “small town” called Courtice in Ontario but after completing her degree she decided she wanted to stay in New Brunswick. When not working you can find Laura outdoors annoying her friends and family by identifying every tree and plant she sees.  

Laura is excited to see what this next chapter brings her and is eager to gain new knowledge from her coworkers.  

Education Outreach Coordinator
Ellen MacGillivray 


Ellen began with the KWRC as a summer student in 2021 and loved working with the team on various outdoor tasks and especially being able to utilize her passion for photography and plant ID while in the field. She has returned this winter after completing her Biology degree from the University of New Brunswick.

Ellen has always been drawn to nature and spends her time in the woods or at the beach when she can, taking photos or recording observations in a handmade nature journal. She also loves to read, write, forage, craft, and learn. Ellen is grateful that her position with the KWRC pushes her to think creatively and expand her outreach while allowing some freedom of exploration in her passions. Being exposed to the work that goes into conservation efforts and to so many people with a shared passion for ecosystem protection has been an extremely positive experience. This job will serve as a valuable stepping stone to her dream career – yet undecided! She hopes to one day work closely with plants and fungi for the betterment of both the environment and human experience.