Brenda LucasExecutive Director
Brenda has led the implementation and development of the platform since SOWC was created in 2011. Brenda has a decade of experience in the water policy and research community in Canada, developing networks and collaborative projects. She has previously worked with a private foundation, non-profit organizations and as a Senior Policy Advisor to two provincial Ministers of the Environment. She is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW Canada) and a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA).
Lisa LoiselleManager, Programs and Research Partnerships
As Manager, Programs and Research Partnerships, Lisa is responsible for the strategic engagement and management of all non-profit stakeholder activities and the successful administration of funding programs. Prior to joining SOWC, Lisa spent the past 16 years as the Associate Director of Research at the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo overseeing the program’s research portfolio. She also spent several years as the program manager for the Network for Aging Research creating and administering their funding program. She comes to SOWC with expertise in developing and sustaining strategic partnerships, research administration, and project management. Her educational background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brock University and a Master’s degree in Community Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Rahim KanjiManager, Industry Partnerships
As Manager, Industry Partnerships, Rahim is the primary interface between SOWC and its industry partners, ensuring active liaison, outreach, user engagement and project development support. Prior to his engagement with SOWC, Rahim spent the past 10 years in various private and public sector roles providing him with expertise in systems commissioning, technical sales, commercialization, industry liaison and project management. His educational background consists of an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology, both from the University of Waterloo, and he is also a professional engineer (P.Eng.).
Robert NymanProject Coordinator
Robert is the Project Coordinator for SOWC. In his role, Robert is responsible for SOWC’s financial administration, office coordination, and meeting and event planning. He further acts as a direct support to the Executive Director of SOWC. Robert has held positions in finance at the City of Toronto and in financial aid at the University of Waterloo. Robert’s educational background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and a Master of Public Service degree, both from the University of Waterloo.