Jesse Nielsen was born and raised in Yorkton, SK. He now lives outside of Springside, SK with his wife and 4 children. He received his Bachelor of Science degree (High Honours) in Land Use and Environmental Studies (LUESt) at the University of Saskatchewan in May of 2007 and a Master of Science degree from U of S in June of 2010.  His thesis research partnered with Ducks Unlimited Canada to develop a framework for the cumulative effects assessment of project development on wetlands, specifically focusing on the Highway # 11 North twinning project between Saskatoon and Prince Albert, SK. He is confident in his ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned through his education to promote and raise awareness of source water protection, and contribute to the overall success of the Association's work in the Assiniboine River Watershed.

As a life-long avid fisherman and hunter, Jesse is especially passionate about protecting the natural beauty and sustainability of the Yorkton area he calls home. As such, he is excited to contribute to the protection of source water in the Yorkton Area Aquifers and Assiniboine River Watershed. Jesse firmly believes in taking an active role in ensuring that the natural resources of the Assiniboine River are kept healthy for future generations to use and appreciate.

Jesse began as AWSA coordinator in May 2009 and became manager in September 2015. Continued implementation of meaningful projects and programming that benefit all residents of the watershed through enhanced source water protection will be Jesse's goal as AWSA manager, now, and into the future. 


Chris Jordens was born in Regina and moved to Yorkton at the age of 4. He grew up in Yorkton and still lives in the city with his wife and their cat. Chris enjoys working out, going to the gym, and riding his bike. Chris has over 15 years of surveying experience and looks forward to working in the watershed he grew up in and contributing however he can to the success of the AWSA's projects and programming.