Around the world, our network of dedicated staff and local partners make our work happen.

In Canada, that includes our Chief Executive Officer and our Board of Directors.

Together, every decision we make ensures our work is efficient, effective and sustainable, and takes us closer to our goal: making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene a normal part of everyday life for everyone, everywhere.

Making change happen on a global scale

WaterAid Canada's part of a global federation, alongside six other members: Australia, India, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the US. Together, we work with partners around the world, including the Sukaar Foundation in Pakistan, who support girls with good hygiene practices.

School girls in Pakistan get advice on maintaining good hygiene during their periods. WaterAid/Mustafah Abdulaziz

Meet our Chief Executive Officer

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Nicole Hurtubise
Chief Executive Officer

Nicole joined WaterAid Canada in September 2015, bringing her senior leadership to the organization at a time of growth and opportunity. Nicole brings over 17 years’ experience in international development, having worked and lived in Africa, Central Asia, Central America and Canada. During this time, she led, managed and evaluated complex programs that focused on poverty alleviation, food security and gender inclusion. More recently, Nicole turned her passion for research, data and strategy to community building in Canada.

Nicole is a lifelong learner who has completed a Honors Bachelor in Languages, a Masters in Human Security and Peacebuilding, an executive leadership program in strategic change, and numerous training in evaluation and data analysis.

Our Board of Directors

David McInnes, Chair

Principal, DMci Strategies; former CEO, Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute

Annette Nicholson

International Development Research Centre, Ret.

V.G. (Vic) Kariappa

Managing Director. RBC Royal Bank: Government, Crown Corporations, Insurance and Financial Markets

Poya Kherghehpoush

Director, Movement Transformation, United Way Canada

Martin Munro

Vice-President, Strategy and Business Development, DRS Technologies Canada Ltd.

Susan Murray

Vice-President Public Relations, Forest Products Association of Canada, Ret.

Chantal J. Schryer

Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Canadian Museum of History, Ret.

Jean Scott

Director, Microsoft Canada

Wayne Wadley

President and Director of TEAJA Office Beverages North American Ltd. and Co-Founder, Virginia Stone

Karin Zabel

Consultant, Zabel Associates

Advisory Board Members

Chris Koski, Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Strategy, Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Chris has more than 20 years of investment experience and has served on the Board of several infrastructure companies including Anglian Water Group, Gatwick Airport and Chicago Parking Meters.

Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Chris was Global Head of Infrastructure at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and previously was a senior member of the infrastructure team at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.

Chris received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Yann Robard, Managing Partner, Whitehorse Liquidity Partners

Yann Robard has over 15 years of private equity and investment banking experience. In 2015, he founded Whitehorse Liquidity Partners, a firm focused on making preferred equity investments in private equity portfolios.

Prior to founding Whitehorse, Yann spent 13 years at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”), most recently as Managing Director, Head of Secondaries and Co-Investments.  During his 13 years at CPPIB, Yann held several roles and positions, all focused on private equity, namely in its private equity funds, secondaries and co-investments activities, including roles on several investment committees of the firm. In 2007, Yann was provided the mandate to establish a principal secondary program within CPPIB, which was later expanded to include co-investments. Under Yann's leadership, the Secondaries and Co-Investment program grew to a team of 15 professionals in Toronto and London that invested over C$7.5 billion in 49 transactions.

Yann holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University and is a CFA charter holder.

Our history

We started in 1981, when several UK water companies came together at the Thirsty World Conference. Determined to find a solution to a global crisis that had left billions without water, toilets or hygiene, the idea for WaterAid was born.

A photograph of the founders of WaterAid.

Our annual reports

Our annual reports let you meet the people changing their lives, and see how your support is making a lasting difference around the world.

Value for money

We ensure our resources are put to the best possible use so we can transform even more lives with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

Our fundraising promise

We couldn't do the work we do without you, which is why we value your trust so highly. It's also why we make this promise to you.