Please sign up for updates (menu to the right) as we build the program for 2016. Below is a link to the speakers and their presentations from 2015. The CWS Advisory Committee is convening soon and would like to hear from you on topics, presentations or speakers you would like to see included at the 2016 Summit on June 23.

Please submit abstracts and presentation ideas to Katherine Balpataky at 416-444-5842 x116 or

View 2015 Advisory Panel here.

James Fotouhi (Water Reuse and Alternative Water Practice Area Leader, BlueTech Research)
Deborah Harford (Executive Director, ACT)
Matt Horne (Associate Director for British Columbia, Pembina Institute)
Kevin Jones (President and CEO, BLOOM)
Fred Keating (Emcee)
Eric Meliton (Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA)
Hein Molenkamp (Managing Director, Water Alliance)
Andres Palma (Director of Brewing and Compliance- Vancouver Brewery, Molson Coors Canada)
Dr. Peter Gallant (President and CEO, WaterTAP)
Andrew Petter (President & Vice Chancellor, Simon Fraser University )
Mary Polak (Minister of Environment, Province of British Columbia)
Nick Reid (Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Clean Water Agency)
Stephanie Smith (Manager, Hydrology, BC Hydro)
James Snider (VP, Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada)
Ingrid Stefanovic (Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University)
Bryan Stubbs (Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance)

Alex & Tyler Mifflin

Co-Hosts, The Water Brothers
Alex & Tyler Mifflin Alex and Tyler have been the hosts of The Water Brothers, a TVO eco-adventure documentary series, since 2012. The brothers explore the world, uncovering the most important water stories of our time. Alex and Tyler are passionate about the subject of water conservation and use their respective educations in film and environmental studies to create their award-winning series. Alex is the lead researcher, co-writer and co-host, and Tyler is the co-host, director, videographer, and co-producer. They share a love of travel and adventure, a passion for the subject and a powerful desire to communicate their passion to audiences, especially their own generation.
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Ian Campbell

Chief, Squamish Nation
Ian Campbell Ian Campbell has many names. He is called Xalek, his chieftain name is Sekyu Siyam, and his nickname is Ian. He is the youngest of the sixteen hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation, and he is a descendant of the Squamish and Musqueam First Nations of the Coast Salish People. Xalek grew up speaking the Squamish language and his grandfather taught him to hunt and to respect nature. His passion in life, singing, has taken him around the world, representing his people in several singing groups. He strongly believes in sharing the spiritual and cultural values of the Coast Salish people to help educate others, bridge the gap between cultures, and promote closer relations. His goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle and restore the legacy that his ancestors have left for him. He is grateful to his elders and family for giving him strength, guidance, and discipline.
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Margaret Catley-Carlson

Patron, Global Water Partnership
Margaret Catley-Carlson Margaret Catley-Carlson operates at the Board level in support of improved water resource management and the twin issues of agricultural productivity and rural development. Chair of the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment, the Crop Diversity Trust, member of the UN Secretary General¹s Advisory Board on Water, the IFDC (Fertilizer Council), World Food Prize and Syngenta Foundation Boards, of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water, the Rosenberg Forum, the Canadian Water Network, President of CIDA 1983-89; Deputy ED UNICEF in New York 1981-1983; President Population Council in New York 1993-98; and Deputy Minister Department of Health and Welfare 1989-92. Eleven honorary degrees, Officer Order of Canada.
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Linda Delli Santi

Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association
Linda Delli Santi Linda Delli Santi was a city girl and stay at home mom - she often jokes her husband bought her a job when he purchased their first commercial vegetable greenhouse and left her to run it. She grew beefsteak tomatoes, then red bell peppers, and after nearly 30 rewarding years producing food for British Columbians she retired. From Farmer to Executive Director, Linda took on the management role for the BC Greenhouse Growers’ Association in 2010. Linda advocates for BC greenhouse vegetable growers on such issues as the carbon tax, labour, electricity rates, and compliance with regulations such as the Agricultural Waste Control Regulations and the Water Sustainability Act. In 2007 Linda became chair of the Canadian Horticulture Council Greenhouse Committee, advocating for Canadian Greenhouse Farmers on such issues as a definition of a vegetable greenhouse, a Canadian PACA , Trade, and Pest Control Regulations. Linda also sits on the Horticulture Value Chain Round Table and a number of Agricultural Advisory Committees.
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Fin Donnelly

Board Chair, Rivershed Society of BC
Fin Donnelly Fin is the founder of the Rivershed Society of British Columbia. Between 1990 and 2000, Fin twice swam the 1,400 km length of the Fraser River, and made 12 other marathon swims, covering more than 3,200 kilometres in BC’s rivers, lakes and ocean to draw attention to the health of these water bodies. Since 1995, he has talked to over 55,000 people in hundreds of BC schools and communities about the need to live sustainably. Fin was elected Member of Parliament for New Westminster-Coquitlam & Port Moody in November 2009. As NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic he introduced legislation to ban oil tanker traffic along BC’s sensitive northern coast and transition all fish farms to closed containment. He served on Coquitlam city council for seven years. Fin was born in New Westminster, grew up in Port Moody, and now lives in Coquitlam with his wife Lynda.
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James Fotouhi

Water Reuse and Alternative Water Practice Area Leader, BlueTech Research
James Fotouhi James Fotouhi is the a Technology Market Research Analyst with BlueTech Research, a consultancy that provides water technology market expertise and strategic advice on technology development and commercialization to start-up firms, the investment community and larger water corporations. He has been involved in several technology commercialization assessments for emerging water technologies. Most recently, James has worked on market analysis’ for the US Ozone market, the US tight oil market, and the market for wastewater treatment technologies in metals mining. James is the leader of BlueTech’s Water Reuse and Alternative Water practice area, and has recently completed a studies on the Ceramic Membrane Market and the Global Ion Exchange Resin market, as well as moderated a panel discussion on the trends in energy optimization for Reverse Osmosis desalination. He was also an invited guest speaker to moderate a panel at the World Water Investment Summit in Toronto on the Best Practices of Water Management in the Mining Industry.
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Judith Guichon

Lieutenant Governor, Province of British Columbia
Judith Guichon The Honourable Judith Guichon was sworn-in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on November 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in the British Columbia Interior. The Guichon family has ranched in the area since 1878 and Her Honour's father-in-law was awarded the Order of Canada in 1974 for his leadership in Cattleman's Associations and his contribution to agriculture in Canada. Two of her four children now manage the ranch with a 700 head cow calf and 700 yearling operation. Her Honour studied Holistic Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she introduced Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.
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Robert Haller

Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
Robert Haller Robert Haller is the executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. He started with the CWWA in May of 2012 after 20 years as a senior municipal administrator where he oversaw several infrastructure projects including a new wastewater treatment facility. Robert holds a BA in Geography from Carleton University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario where his work focused on water policy following the Walkerton tragedy. Robert has served on the Source Protection Working Group for the St. Lawrence River and has served on the Municipal Advisory Panel to the Ontario Clean Water Agency. He feels his work as a municipal town manager has made him a jack of all trades when it comes to municipal government and provides him the credentials to speak on behalf of municipal utilities across Canada.
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Deborah Harford

Executive Director, ACT
Deborah Harford As executive director of ACT, Deborah Harford is responsible for development of the initiative’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. She also directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes. Through Deborah’s efforts, ACT has created networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of government, First Nations groups and local communities. Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her national recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies.
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Matt Horne

Associate Director for British Columbia, Pembina Institute
Matt Horne Matt Horne is the Pembina Institute's associate director for British Columbia. Drawing on fifteen years of experience with energy and climate change issues in Canada, he is a leading voice on the environmental impacts associated with LNG and shale gas development in B.C. His research has included looking at the risks to water from shale gas activity, and the technologies, practices and policies that can reduce those risks. Mr. Horne holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and a Master of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
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Kevin Jones

President and CEO, BLOOM
Kevin Jones Kevin is a business executive with 28 years of diversified experience in the private and public sectors. He has provided the leadership on several award-winning BLOOM initiatives in the agri-food, property redevelopment and clean technology sectors. Currently, he is leading a 5-year project to make sustainable water use a reality in targeted sectors of Ontario’s $39 billion food and beverage processing industry. This unique project is aligning diverse stakeholder interests and equipping the industry with the know-how and tools to implement practical water and resource management solutions. Kevin has an Executive MBA from Athabasca University and a Master of Science in Environmental Planning from the University of Toronto.
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Fred Keating

Fred Keating Fred Keating is surrounded on three sides by water: his property in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is bisected by Coho Creek (aka Balabanian Creek); 200 meters north is the Alouette River and 0.5 km south is the mighty Fraser River. He has completed the Basic Coastal Navigation Course and swims like a fish (an old fish!). Fred’s recent familiarity with water issues has expressed itself in a variety of ways: He wrote and produced most of the 15 high definition video programs displayed on large screens that surround the exhibits at the Bow Habitat Station in Calgary. The exhibit’s purpose is to educate visitors of all ages to the particular challenges, triumphs and tragedies that are experienced in various waterways and bodies of water in Alberta. Fred has hosted WaterTech, the annual conference for Water Technologists and Remediation specialists held in Banff over the past 5 years. He has been intimately involved in the production of live special events, awards shows, special education conferences and public broadcasts where water issues have been discussed. Fred is an outstanding resource as a plenary and breakout session facilitator or Master of Ceremonies.
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Matt Kennedy, M.Sc., R.P. Bio.

Vice President - Environment, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
Matt Kennedy, M.Sc., R.P. Bio. Matt Kennedy joined Innergex in 2011 as part of the acquisition of Cloudworks Energy Inc., where he had been Vice President – Environment for over a year. Mr. Kennedy is responsible for managing all environmental issues pertaining to the Company’s activities in British Columbia and Western North America, namely ensuring the monitoring of facilities in operation and projects under construction, the completion of environmental studies and receipt of permits/approvals for development projects, as well as establishing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders. Prior to joining Cloudworks, from 2005 to 2010 Mr. Kennedy worked as Development Manager and Environmental Manager (BC) at Canadian Hydro Developers, Inc. Before entering the renewable energy sector, Mr. Kennedy was a consulting aquatic biologist for over 10 years. Mr. Kennedy holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario (1995) and he has been a Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia since 2004.
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Todd Latham

President, Actual Media Inc.
Todd Latham Actual Media’s president, Todd Latham, is a media entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in business publishing and communications within the Canadian environment, infrastructure and water sectors.
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Eric Meliton

Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA
Eric Meliton Eric is water stewardship project manager for Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). In this position, he facilitates industry support for businesses in their initiatives related to water sustainability through stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and execution of corporate social responsibility objectives.
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Hein Molenkamp

Managing Director, Water Alliance
Hein Molenkamp Hein Molenkamp is Managing Director of the Dutch Water Technology network organization Water Alliance. Hein is 54 years old and has gathered many years of business experience in several international oriented companies in various sales and marketing functions. Especially in the field of product development, market introduction in an international setting he has gained expertise. Those experiences fit perfectly in his current position at Water Alliance. For almost ten years, Hein has worked as product manager at Paques in Balk, The Netherlands, and some years at Grundfos Biobooster A/S Denmark. Hein started his career in the agriculture sector, working with several manufacturers of agricultural equipment, like Douven (today part of John Deere Corp) and Vicon. He was also involved in the early development of the milking robot Gascoinge Melotte.
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Andres Palma

Director of Brewing and Compliance- Vancouver Brewery, Molson Coors Canada
Andres Palma Andres Palma has been looking after the Brewing department at Molson Coors Vancouver Brewery for the last three years and before that, he was part of the Innovation Department, at the Molson Technical Center in Toronto, Canada. Before he came to Canada and for the last eight years, he was the Head Brewer in his home land, at Cervecería Hondureña, one of SABMiller’s Breweries in Latin America, working in product and process development and, in the last two years he was mainly focused on Flavor Stability improvement. Prior to his tenure with the Brewing science and engineer, he worked for Coca Cola as a Quality Control and Production supervisor, and started his career with Pepsi Cola as a Supervisor in Quality Control, syrup preparation, water treatment and bottling for 2 years. He is a graduate of the Honduran University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineer. In 1996/1997 he studied Brewing Technology in The DOEMENS Brewing Academy in Munich-Germany, were he received also the Industry Brew master Diploma from the Bayern Commerce Chamber. Right after his studies, he went to the HOLSTEN Brewery in Hamburg to do his internship as a Brew master. In 2006 he completed his Master in Business Administration at the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico. He has taught in two Universities in Honduras and has participated in the Brewers Association of Latin America’s conference in Nicaragua presenting “Technological Improvements In The Brewing Process”; in Johannesburg, South Africa presenting “Advances And Experiences In The Implementation Of Work Class Manufacturing In The Brewing Process” and in the last SABMiller’s Global conference he participated with his Essay “Extract Losses Improvement Through Process Optimization” in Cape town, South Africa.
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Dr. Peter Gallant

President and CEO, WaterTAP
Dr. Peter Gallant Dr. Peter Gallant is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. As the founding President and CEO of Kingston, Ontario-based Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. (PDS), he led the development of a novel automated microbial detection system. In 2009, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, a division of the world’s largest environmental services company – and became ENDETEC – the global water quality sensor platform for Veolia Water. From 2009 until April, 2015, Dr. Gallant served as Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs of ENDETEC, notably leading the team that secured the first-ever US EPA approval for an automated microbiological testing system for regulatory compliance testing of drinking water samples under the Total Coliform Rule. Over his career he has founded and led a start-up in the software industry, has served in several advisory roles for government agencies and start-up companies, and he currently serves as co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Water Works Association’s committee on barriers to innovation in the water sector. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical publications, is a co-inventor on several patents on innovative water quality sensor technologies, and is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide. Dr. Gallant is also an adjunct faculty member in the internationally ranked Queen’s School of Business, where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation and new venture finance at the undergraduate and MBA level. Dr. Gallant holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining the WaterTAP management team, he served as a Director of WaterTAP from its inception until March 2015, including most recently a term as Vice Chair of the Board. Previously, he had been appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Ontario Council on University Affairs.
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Andrew Petter

President & Vice Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
Andrew Petter Andrew Petter Q.C. is President and Vice Chancellor of Simon Fraser University and Professor in the School of Public Policy. Prior to joining SFU in 2010, he was Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Victoria where he served as Dean from 2001 to 2008. He previously taught at Osgoode Hall law School and practiced law with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. From 1991 to 2001, Professor Petter served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Advanced Education and Attorney General. Since becoming University President, Professor Petter has overseen the development and implementation of a Strategic Vision that seeks to distinguish SFU as Canada’s most “engaged university” defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.
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Jordan Point

Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council of BC
Jordan Point Jordan is a clear thinker with extensive capacity and understanding of government process, business implementation, and elected First Nation Governance experience - seeking to build bridges and opportunities wherever possible and practical with willing partners.
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Mary Polak

Minister of Environment, Province of British Columbia
Mary Polak She is currently vice-chair the Environment and Land Use Committee, and is a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and the Priorities and Planning Committee. Previously, she served as the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Children and Family Development and Responsible for Child Care, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for the Conversation on Health. Before being elected to the Legislative Assembly, Mary served as a trustee and former chair of the Surrey school board.
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Nick Reid

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Clean Water Agency
Nick Reid Nick is Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Ontario Clean Water Agency and the former General Manager of Operations and Maintenance for the Lakeview and Lorne Park Water Treatment Plants and the G.E. Booth and Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plants. He will speak on the Water-Energy Nexus
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Stephanie Smith

Manager, Hydrology, BC Hydro
Stephanie Smith Stephanie Smith manages the Hydrology department at BC Hydro, where she has worked at the heart of the water-energy nexus for the last 20 years. Her team is responsible for collecting and managing climate, hydrometric, and generation data, and providing weather forecasting and water supply forecasting for all BC Hydro’s hydropower reservoirs, essentially helping to predict the supply of electricity that will be available and supporting effective management of the water resource. Stephanie works on transboundary water management as the Canadian Chair of the Columbia River Treaty Hydrometeorological Committee, and is co-chair of the BC Hydro Adaptation Working Group, responsible for managing climate change research and coordinating adaptation strategy across the organization. Stephanie volunteers as a national director of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) and is very active locally as the past- president of the BC branch of CWRA. She has a B.Sc. in Geography specializing in Climatology from the University of British Columbia.
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James Snider

VP, Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada
James Snider James Snider is Acting Vice President for the Freshwater program at World Wildlife Fund Canada. Building on his background in landscape ecology and conservation biology at McGill University, and environmental impact assessment and statistics at Concordia University, he has contributed conservation science expertise to WWF-Canada since 2007, where he has led quantitative analysis through collaborative partnerships with academia, industry and government institutions. Most recently James has led the development and implementation of the Freshwater Health and Threats Assessments, an ambitious undertaking to assess the ecological condition of rivers and watersheds across Canada. Through expert consultation, and based on international best practice, James has led the freshwater team to develop an accessible, science-based framework for credibly evaluating the health of Canada's fresh water.
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Ingrid Stefanovic

Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University
Ingrid Stefanovic Ingrid Stefanovic is Dean of the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. She served as the University of Toronto's Director of the former Centre for Environment (now the School of the Environment) from 2005 to 2010. Her research relates to perceptions of space and how values and attitudes that are taken for granted affect decision making.
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Bryan Stubbs

Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance
Bryan Stubbs Bryan Stubbs is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Water Alliance, a water technology and innovation cluster on the shores of Lake Erie. Stubbs is recognized for his management and actions in building/implementing stronger, impactful and more sustainable economies and communities through more than ten years of experience leading sustainability based economic development projects including as Managing Director of the Oberlin Project, where he worked to create an implement an internationally recognized pilot model to grow a local economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions (a partnership of Oberlin College, City of Oberlin and the Clinton Climate Initiative). Previous work includes manager of the Regional Economic Competitiveness Strategy (RECS) for Northeast Ohio and as Director for the Chicago Westside Entrepreneurship Center, a program of the Illinois Dept. of Commerce, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Chicago Community Ventures that included a triple bottom-line approach to growth for the Chicagoland region. Stubbs holds an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago, BA from the University of Kansas, and an Executive MBA from the Presidio School of Sustainable Management in San Francisco.
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Ted van der Gulik

Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC
Ted van der Gulik Ted received his post-secondary education at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Bio-Resource Engineering in 1977. He joined the Ministry of Agriculture in 1979 and has served the province’s agriculture industry for 35 years. Ted has spent his entire career with the Ministry of Agriculture specializing in irrigation, water management, and water resources planning. He retired from AGRI in 2014. During his time with the Ministry, Ted has built an international reputation for his leading edge work in agricultural water management. This was demonstrated by his selection as the Irrigation Association’s 2000 Crawford Reid Memorial Award recipient recognizing his work in promoting proper irrigation techniques. Ted was awarded the Premiers Legacy award in 2014 for the many initiatives and models that he spearheaded while with the province.
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Anna Warwick Sears

Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Anna Warwick Sears Anna Warwick Sears is the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board, a collaborative local government water agency. Raised in the BC, she lived for many years in California and received a PhD in population biology at the University of California - Davis. Before returning to BC in 2006, Dr. Sears was Research Director of a watershed NGO in Sonoma County, California. Dr. Sears is passionate about using science to solve real-world problems and building bridges with community stakeholders. In her free time, Anna loves to blog about Okanagan water, and cook dinner for friends.
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