Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium Inc.

The Lake Winnipeg Research Consortium (LWRC) Inc. is a registered charity, founded in 1998 to facilitate scientific research on Lake Winnipeg following evidence of water quality deterioration related to the 1997 Red River “Flood of the Century”. The LWRC was incorporated in Manitoba in 2001 and received charitable status in 2008.

The LWRC’s Science Program coordinates whole lake scientific research and monitoring on Lake Winnipeg to gain a better understanding of ecological processes and how they are changing over time, and to support lake and watershed management decision making.

Currently, the Science Program offers science support and infrastructure in the form of:

  • Two research vessels, Motor Vessel (M/V) NAMAO and M/V FYLGJA;

  • Since 2002, three whole lake surveys during the open water season (spring, summer, fall) each of which includes access to an established network of stations;

  • A network of 65 sampling stations (including offshore, nearshore, river mouths, and outflows);

  • Lake access for Special Projects, upon request; and

  • A Scholarship to honours and graduate students.

The LWRC also holds an annual Science Workshop to convene the active science agencies. Annual program reports and State of the Science reports can be found on the Documents page of the LWRC’s website.

Board of Directors: The LWRC is governed by a board of nine directors with representation from the various classes of membership, which includes: Research (3 directors); Contributing (3 directors); Participating (2 directors); and General (1 director).

The election of directors from any particular class of membership, if required, takes place during the Annual General Meeting.

Personnel: Three part-time personnel oversee the day to day operations of the LWRC, its programs and research vessels.

  • Dr. Al Kristofferson | Managing Director 
  • Dr. Karen Scott | Science & Education Programs 
  • Ryan Johnson | Superintendent of Marine Operations & Chief Engineer

Crew of the Motor Vessel NAMAO: The M/V NAMAO requires a seasonal crew of nine: Captain, Chief Officer, Chief Engineer, 2nd Engineer, Deckhands (4) and a Cook. In addition, a seasonal Field Operations Technician oversees sample collection as part of the Science Program.

Members: Current membership of the LWRC is over 30 agencies representing various government and university departments, municipalities, communities, corporate and other organizations. To become a member of the LWRC, please review the “Criteria for Membership” found on the Documents page of the LWRC’s website. The LWRC’s Board of Directors will review your request and a response will follow. There is no fee to become a member.

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