Born in Honduras and raised in California, Graeme Lee Rowlands moved to British Columbia in 2014 to attend Quest University Canada in Squamish. There, he completed a self-designed interdisciplinary degree in Water Resource Sciences with a special focus on the Columbia River Basin and the Columbia River Treaty. His work has been published in English and French in dozens of journalistic and academic outlets including the official journal of the International Water Resources Association. Graeme has also traveled extensively throughout the Columbia River Basin to learn directly from people and place. Most notably, in 2017 he followed the entire length of the Columbia from sea-to-source by bicycle and kayak while reading key texts and engaging with local residents and experts.
Driven by a profound sense of gratitude for the time he has been able to spend in this place, Graeme is currently focused on creating opportunities for other young people to become passionate about and engage with Columbia Basin issues, just as he has been so fortunate to do. His primary project within this sphere is the Columbia River Field School —an outdoor education program by Wildsight which seeks to involve secondary school students in the beauty and complexity of the watershed through canoe travel and interactions with highly qualified guest speakers. Graeme is a contributing member of the Columbia River Roundtable and the Planning Committee of the sixth annual international ‘One River, Ethics Matter’ Conference.
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