Meredith Brown, Riverkeeper Emerita, is an environmental scientist, educator and consultant, a community volunteer and the founding Executive Director and longtime Riverkeeper for the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper. Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering, resource and environmental management and has devoted her career to restoring and protecting Canada’s freshwater. She has worked collaboratively across Canada on issues related to water pollution, instream flow, river restoration, watershed governance, watershed health, community-based monitoring and the rights of nature.
Meredith is the Director of Special Projects for Canadian Geographic and is leading a multi-media, Indigenous-guided initiative about our shared responsibility to the Great Lakes. She was recently appointed to serve on the Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission who oversees and protects the shared waters of Canada and the United States. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a Director of the Canadian Canoe Museum. Meredith is the mother to two nature-loving teens who have grown up exploring our regional rivers with their canoe-tripping, night-swimming parents.