At the age of 15, Kelcie began her research to address one of the oil sands most prevalent environmental concerns, the tailing ponds. Since then she has created two novel methods of fungi based remediation that are able to treat a variety of constituents of concern. Her work on Mycoremediation has earned her numerous awards including a Manning Youth Innovation Award, an AsTech award for the top science project in Alberta, and an Emerald Award for environmental achievement. Kelcie’s work has been featured in McLean’s magazine, Canada’s Environmental voice AJ magazine named her a “great Canadian game changer”, and early this year Alberta Oil named her one of Canada’s top energy innovators. She was also named one of Canadas Top Twenty Under Twenty in 2013.
Kelcie has been invited to talk about her research at remediation, environmental, and youth events across Alberta, and gave her first TedX talk in 2014. She is passionate about inspiring youth to engage in both environmental and STEM activities. Currently Kelcie is studying Environmental Science at the University of Alberta. Her vision is to develop sustainable and cost effective ecoremediation techniques to remediate ecologically sensitive areas around the world.