Smooth River Consulting has worked with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association both in 2018 and 2019. In 2018, Kate explored how areas within biosphere reserves may qualify as Other Effective Conservation Measures (OECMs). Kate also provided communications and capacity development support. Starting in 2019, Kate continues to work with CBRA to provide national organization support. 


natural environment climate change collaborative

Smooth River Consulting provides coordinator services to a municipal-conservation authority collaborative focused on climate change adaptation in Durham Region.  This includes coordinating meetings, planning and annual event and managing other special projects.


Durham Community climate adaptation plan

In addition to the NECCC, Smooth River Consulting also provides coordination and support services to the 7 other working groups of the DCCAP: human health, electrical, building, flooding, roads, agriculture, food and security.


FSmith Consulting

Smooth River Consulting assisted FSC in client development and project management on a forest management plan for a conservation authority.


Fundy biosphere reserve

Smooth River Consulting provided short-term help to the FBR to evaluate and strategically prioritize their work plan.


Farmer's Daughter's Honey

Smooth River Consulting drafted a brochure for this agricultural producer. 

Types of Clients



Ontario’s nonprofit sector is the largest in Canada. The  sector is a $50 billion economic driver that collectively employs one million people. Rather than extracting shareholder profit, nonprofits leverage government and other investments via earned income, donations, and volunteer hours to promote community benefit throughout the economic sectors in which they are active. 

Kate has a certificate in Voluntary and Nonprofit Management from Ryerson University. She is also a proud supporter of the Ontario Nonprofit Network.

Social Impact Businesses


Social enterprises are businesses with a mission to improve the world.

All across the province, thousands of social enterprises are turning unmet social, economic and environmental needs into viable business opportunities. They are creating jobs, protecting the environment, reducing poverty and much more by reinvesting their revenue into their businesses, our local communities and our province.

They are the rising stars of Ontario’s economy and an important part of a socially aware, innovative, economically sound and sustainable future.

Kate has a certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the Copenhagen Business School.



Associations are voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organizations composed of personal or institutional members, with or without federal or provincial incorporation. Associations are formed for a particular purpose or to advance a common cause, especially of a public nature. Related terms include foundation, society, institute, federation, alliance, club and union. 

More About Our Clients

Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association: 

The Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association is a network organization supporting. Canada's 18 UNESCO biosphere reserves which are leaders in creating vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities across Canada, while conserving the country's natural and cultural heritage. As model regions and dynamic learning sites for collaborative projects of all kinds, biosphere reserves strengthen and celebrate Canadian values and action national priorities including biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  The 18 sites are situated within the traditional territories of over 50 Indigenous communities. Spanning an area of 235,000 square kilometers, Canadian biosphere reserves play an important role in improving the quality of life of the 1.2 million Canadians who live and work within their boundaries.

Visit their website:   

The Natural Environment Climate Change Collaborative:


In December 2016, the document Towards Resilience, Durham Community Climate Adaptation Plan 2016, was approved in principle by Regional Council and the following year received support from all 8 local municipalities and 5 conservation authorities.   The recommendations contained within the Adaptation Plan are based upon the 2013 study. The Plan identifies implementation actions recommended to support climate change adaptation across these 18 sectors.  One of these sectors is the Natural Environment; The work and programs to address the Natural Environment sector recommendations has been named the Natural Environment Climate Change Collaborative (NECCC).

Read the Towards Resilience document: