Alicia is Métis on her mother’s side and was born and raised in Smithers, B.C. She has served as a Biologist for the GWA since 2007 and also as Technical Coordinator full time since 2019. In 2017 she received her MSc. in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University, and before that she obtained a BSc. in Fisheries Biology from Vancouver Island University, as well as a two-year technical diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The opportunity for Alicia to work in the communities and beautiful wilderness that she grew up exploring is one of the primary reasons Alicia was drawn to this profession. To be able to work on all aspects of fisheries projects through to completion and communications is appealing to her. Key to this has been rich learnings from community and colleagues.
Alicia has over fifteen years working full time in the field of aquatic biology. This experience has ranged from fish and invertebrate stock and habitat assessments, to fish culture and lab and field components for freshwater and marine research projects. Alicia has worked on other Indigenous led projects with communities in Brazil, Cook Islands and on Vancouver Island.
Within the GWA, Alicia works as a technical advisor, programs manager and field biologist. From 2007 to 2016 she led field work and later managed the Slamgeesh Salmon Program which included remote smolt and adult salmon fences. Alicia has been successful in project management of the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Program as well as a variety of other successful initiatives proposed through: Pacific Salmon Commission Northern Fund, BC First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program, Fish Habitat Restoration Initiative, Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program and Indigenous Habitat Participation Program as well as collaborations with regional universities, neighboring First Nations and government departments.