L'équipe RinkWatch

Dr. Colin Robertson

Colin Robertson is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University where he runs the Spatial Lab. Colin's research investigates how novel sources of geographic data can be used in environmental and health research. Growing up in Vancouver, BC, outdoor skating was a rarity, however RinkWatch has inspired him to get out skating this winter.

Dr. Robert McLeman

Robert McLeman is an Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he studies how environmental change affects communities and households. His favourite outdoor rink as a kid was Moffat Creek in Galt, and his favourite one as an adult is Lindenlea Park in Ottawa. He's new to Waterloo, and hasn't found a favourite rink there yet.

Haydn Lawrence

Haydn Lawrence is a MSc (Geomatics) student at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was born in Toronto, but moved to Moncton, NB when he was a kid. His research interests centre around data/information and its use in today's society. His interests are a smorgasbord of activities; from scuba diving in Thailand, bungee jumping in Nepal, skydiving here in Canada, snowboarding where ever possible, or just sitting back on a snowy night and reading a sci-fi book (nerdy, he knows). Unfortunately, skating is one thing he can't do well but like others on the team, and after reading the current forums, RinkWatch's users have induced a desire to learn.

"If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them." – Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Kevin Horrocks

Kevin Horrocks is currently a student at Wilfrid Laurier University focusing his studies in Biology and Geomatics. He is interested in the links between the environment and human health. He joined the RinkWatch team as he noticed (as have many Canadians) that our weather and climate patterns seem very different than they have been many years ago. Kevin is very interested in the statistics that will come as result of the RinkWatch project. He would like to thank all of those viewing and contributing to RinkWatch. Kevin's skating abilities on the other hand, could still use some work!

Rashari Somerville-Henry

Hey, my name is Rashari and I’m currently a first year student-athlete at Wilfrid Laurier University. I plan to graduate with a degree in economics with a sustainability and management option. I am interested in developing sustainable and environmentally friendly housing and neighborhoods. I joined Rinkwatch because I thought it was a great idea and wanted to help in identifying ways to promote the program and increase the number of participants. I’d like to thank all the supporters and members that support Rinkwatch!

RinkWatch Alumni

Bruno-Charles Busseau

Bonjour, mon nom est Bruno-Charles, je suis étudiant à la maîtrise en télédétection à l’Université de Sherbrooke. Ma recherche porte sur les changements climatiques observés dans les régions nordiques en analysant la migration de la végétation et son effet sur la fonte des neiges. Je suis amoureux de l’hiver Canadien et tout ce qu’il nous apporte. Je suis heureux de voir l’intérêt de la population sur les changements climatiques à travers RinkWatch. Au plaisir!

Anne-Marie Hutter

My name is Anne-Marie Hutter and I am currently a full-time 3rd year student at Wilfrid Laurier University while majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, and playing basically any summer and winter sport, but most importantly skating! I have great passion for the maintenance and well-being of the environment, and strive to make our planet a more resourceful and healthy place to continue on for generations to come. I love learning about the different areas around Canada and this site allows me to research science, as well as have fun in getting everyone involved and informed!

“The human brain now holds the key to our future. We have to recall the image of the planet from outer space: a single entity in which air, water, and continents are interconnected. That is our home.” – David Suzuki

Kelsey Koebel

Hi! I am currently a student at Wilfrid Laurier University studying Business Administration with a minor in Environmental Studies. I hope to one day have my own business that deals with making people more aware of environmental conditions. RinkWatch is a great opportunity for me to apply the skills that I have learned to help people understand the importance of our environment and how our human activities are harming the earth we live on. Thank you for your interest in RinkWatch and helping us make all this possible!

Sharla Offenhammer

Hey, I'm Sharla. I'm a Communication Studies major at Laurier with an minor Environmental Studies. I have a love for the Environment and wishes nothing more than for Canadians to embrace a greener way of life. I grew up figure skating and have memories of my dad taking me to outdoor rinks at the local schools in the winter months and I would hate the see the outdoor rinks disappear. Thanks so much for partaking in RinkWatch and helping us track climate change!

Marda Wysocka

Marda Wysocka is a second year Wilfrid Laurier student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Her interests include economics, international relations, business, and environmental issues - which led her to volunteer for Rink Watch. She has a passion for social media and marketing, and therefore is the resident social media expert and Facebook coordinator. She is a life-long Kitchener resident and ironically enough, has not yet mastered the ability to skate.