Bernadette is the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Water Network and is a trusted broker of water knowledge. Together with her team, she works to improve the application of water research to decisions for water management. In 2009, she founded the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium, whose members collaborate on critical drinking water, wastewater and stormwater challenges. The Consortium includes leaders from progressive municipalities, as well as industry and academic partners.
Bernadette is Vice-Chair of the board of directors for the Global Water Research Coalition. She was appointed to a national expert panel on climate change adaptation by the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices. Bernadette also serves on the boards of Hydrogeologists without Borders and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network. Bernadette holds an MSc in hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo.
Katrina joined Canadian Water Network in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible for the strategic oversight and integrated management of Canadian Water Network’s programs, and the development of new initiatives that are of interest to Canadian Water Network and its partners. Katrina also oversees program evaluation initiatives to ensure Canadian Water Network is providing excellent value to partners, clients and the broader end-user community.
Katrina holds a PhD and Master of Applied Science in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Waterloo, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University.
Sandra is the Director of the Municipal Consortium, and is responsible for supporting and advancing the Consortium to ensure value and strategic advancement of municipal water management in Canada.
Prior to joining CWN, Sandra supported water management in the agriculture and municipal sectors. She came to CWN after 17 years as a watershed water manager with the Grand River Conservation Authority, where she implemented the watershed water management plan, chaired the Water Managers Working Group, led the Authority’s water quality program and championed the development of the watershed-wide wastewater optimization program. Sandra is acutely aware of how important working and collaborating with people is with respect to making positive change happen in the water community.
Sandra holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science from the University of Alberta.
Karen joined Canadian Water Network in May 2017 and is responsible for managing and overseeing the organization’s finances, administration, human resources and facilities.
Previously, Karen worked for over a decade at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, managing their operations and multiple facilities. Her duties included lease negotiations, IT support, policy development, administrative provisioning and procurement. She also worked as a Research Program Manager at the Centre for Research and Earth Technologies and the Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research, both predecessor organizations of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.
Karen holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a designated CMA and CPA. She holds a certificate in Canadian Risk Management from the Global Risk Management Institute and completed the Enterprise Risk Management Certificate program offered by the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.
Dalia joined Canadian Water Network in July 2018 and is responsible for managing project timelines and budgets, tracking contract execution, planning project resourcing, and coordinating between internal and external project team members.
Prior to joining Canadian Water Network, Dalia worked as a project coordinator at Klohn Crippen Berger in the Mining Environmental Group. Her project experience includes assessment of the hydrologic and hydraulic resilience of wastewater management systems in mines, schedule and budget tracking, as well as developing and modeling tailings management plans.
Dalia is an engineer-in-training with a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. She also holds a Master of Applied Science from Queen’s University with a concentration in applied sustainability.
James is a writer and editor with an interest in environmental issues and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has written more than 70 non-fiction books for clients in the fields of education and business. He is excited to bring his skills to Canadian Water Network.
As the Communications Coordinator, James helps the Communications Manager and the rest of the team at Canadian Water Network present insights to decision makers. He edits reports and writes communications content, and helps engage the media and the broader community.
Outside of work, James is a novelist with a passion for science fiction, trains and public transit.
Jennifer joined Canadian Water Network in October 2018 as the Corporate Events Manager and brings more than eight years of experience to this role. Her post-secondary education was in business administration – marketing. Previously, she worked at GoodLife Fitness Clubs managing events that ranged from 30 – 2000 attendees. As a seasoned events professional, Jennifer’s passion is to create a personalized experience for attendees. She focuses on building relationships with stakeholders, staff, attendees and vendors to ensure success from all sides of an event.
When she’s not at work, Jennifer enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with her family. She volunteers as co-chair of the parent council at her daughters’ school.
Jenessa joined Canadian Water Network in 2019 and is responsible for managing project timelines and budgets, tracking contract execution, planning project resourcing, and coordinating between internal and external project team members.
In her previous roles with the Ontario Climate Consortium and Royal Canadian Institute for Science, Jenessa worked with municipalities, academic institutions and NGOs. She managed research projects on climate change adaptation and mitigation and supported knowledge mobilization to inform policy and municipal responses to climate uncertainty.
Jenessa holds a Bachelor of Education in Science and the Environment from OISE at the University of Toronto, as well as a Masters of Environmental Studies from York University, with graduate diplomas in business and sustainability and sustainability education.
Kim is the program manager for the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium and is responsible for supporting the Consortium’s strategic priorities. In this role, she designs and manages research projects, develops reports, drives knowledge mobilization and facilitates Consortium-related events.
Prior to joining Canadian Water Network, Kim worked as a project engineer at Stantec Consulting in the water group. Her project experience included planning studies and design projects related to municipal water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection infrastructure, and urban water cycle connections to the natural environment. Kim also worked for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in the safe drinking water branch.
Kim is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Guelph. She also holds a Master of Engineering and Public Policy from McMaster University, with an interdisciplinary diploma from the United Nations University Institute for Environment Water and Health.
Liana is a skilled communicator who is passionate about helping the water sector share its stories. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has worked for more than a decade in nonprofit marketing.
As the communications manager, Liana is responsible for helping Canadian Water Network’s team transform scientific research into insights that shape national conversations about water policy and practice. She leads the organization’s communications activities and ensures that compelling content is delivered across multiple channels. She also plays a key role in media and community outreach and engagement.
Lyle Schneider joined Canadian Water Network in 2011. His tasks include the design, build and implementation of new web applications, day-to-day management of the organization’s IT infrastructure and IT support for CWN’s staff, researchers and partners.
Before joining Canadian Water Network, Lyle worked for three years as an engineering consultant, where he integrated software products into large manufacturing environments. Lyle had the opportunity to consult in a variety of industries, including automotive, food and beverage, steel and solar.
Lyle holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in mechatronics engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Amanda recently joined Canadian Water Network in February 2018 as the office administrator. She brings more than seven years of administrative and customer service experience to this role, as well as an educational background in environmental science.
From 2011-2018, Amanda was the office manager for Hunter Plumbing, Heating & Excavating Inc. After graduating with a BSc from the University of Waterloo, she completed a summer contract as a research assistant in a local watershed. Amanda is also an entrepreneur and successfully ran two businesses.
When she’s not at work, Amanda enjoys country living, travel and fishing in Ontario’s waterways.