Brenda Lucas
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 Chair of WaterTAP’s Sustainable Infrastructure Working Group.
Anna Ziolecki
Anna ZioleckiManager, Research Partnerships
Anna serves as the lead for SOWC clients for activities related to funding and project development. Working closely with the Manager, Industry Partnerships and the administration of the lead partner universities of the SOWC, Anna facilitates the development of project proposals, working directly with companies to identify funding opportunities, develop project proposals, draft contracts and agreements and facilitate project initiation. Anna has an academic background in the social sciences and more than ten years of professional experience in research administration. Prior to joining the SOWC, Anna worked as Research Officer at the University of Western Ontario and Research Funding Officer at the University of Windsor.
Rahim Kanji
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.).
Odum Idika
Odum IdikaManager, Data Integration Platform & Watershed Node
Odum is SOWC’s data integration platform manager and has led the design and development of the platform from concept to production. He works closely with companies to develop new data management applications to solve unique problems. Odum has over eight years of experience designing and developing websites and applications. He has worked with various software companies from small start-ups to large enterprises. Odum received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences (Ecology) and a Master’s in Biology from the University of Waterloo.
Robert Nyman
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.