WaterAid Canada has 15 full-time staff, who are supported by a team of dedicated volunteers. Globally, WaterAid employs more than 900 people in 37 countries. We are committed to being an inclusive organization and take pride in investing in our staff to maximize their potential.

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Julie Truelove  Head of Program Development

Julie joined WaterAid Canada in May 2016. She brings over 15 years of experience in program management, fundraising and financial reporting with international development and not for profit organizations. Julie’s experience has focused primarily on WASH sustainability, community-based programs and building collaborative partnerships for rural water, sanitation and hygiene in Sub-Saharan Africa and Haiti.

Julie holds a Master of Science (with Merit) in Water and Environmental Management from the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) at Loughborough University, UK where her research focused on sustainability of community managed rural water supply in post-conflict regions of northern Uganda. She also holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from Carleton University, Ottawa with research in limnology.

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Lori Lejeune  Project AccountantLori brings with her over 18 years of financial expertise from both the profit and non-profit sectors. She has considerable experience working with local and international project teams who are responsible for the implementation of international projects in the education, leadership training, psychosocial support and economic sectors. Internationally, Lori has worked in Afghanistan, East Timor, Haiti and Lesotho. She is responsible for working closely with the International Project team on budget preparation, monitoring and evaluation and donor funding reports.

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Karlye Wong  Project Manager

Karlye holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in the collaborative Environmental Health program at the University of Toronto and a Bachelors of Civil Engineering and a BSc in Life Science from Queen’s University.

Prior to working at WaterAid, she was a water quality researcher with the Drinking Water Research Group at the University of Toronto. She has had public sector experience in project management and supervision with large infrastructure and environmental projects in First Nations communities in the Canadian Arctic. She has also worked in international development in South Africa as a technical advisor, working in asset management, monitoring and evaluation, and workshop facilitation for social housing. In addition, she has also had experience working on the implementation of innovative WASH technologies in India and Pakistan. 

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Alan McRae  Director of Finance and Administration

Alan is a Certified General Accountant who over the past twenty five years has worked in various roles in finance and administration for organizations in the not for profit sector, most of which have been international NGOs. He has a considerable amount of experience working with the project teams who were responsible for implementing international projects, mainly in the health and education sectors. Alan has set up project offices in developing and transitional countries in South America and Central and Eastern Europe. More recently he was responsible for overseeing the finances in CARE Canada’s country offices in Africa and South East Asia.

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Liwei Bai  Finance AssistantLiwei has a Bachelor’s Degree of Accounting from the University of Missouri. She finished her last semester as an exchange student at the University of Ottawa. Previous to joining WaterAid Canada, Liwei worked for three years as a Senior Accountant with an NGO in the United States. She has rich experience in project accounting and corporate budgeting. Liwei loves to travel in her leisure time.

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Jessica Jabbour  Foundations Manager (on leave)

Jessica joined WaterAid Canada in the spring of 2015, transitioning from a career in the financial sector. Jessica’s passion for development is fueled by her experiences in east Africa where she spent time volunteering with children in Tanzania. The transition to WaterAid Canada has enabled Jessica to marry her professional objectives with her passion for international development. Jessica graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours degree in History and a minor in Criminology.

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Laura Merrifield  Individual Giving Manager

After graduating from Carleton University with an Honour’s Degree in Political Science and a Minor in History, Laura worked for the government of Canada before joining the WaterAid team in 2012. She is responsible for managing WaterAid’s fundraising and stewardship activities, including major gifts reporting, direct mail coordination and donor relations. In her downtime, she enjoys walking her dog, travelling and reading, and is obsessed with news and current events.

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Nadine Patel  Campaign Development Associate

Based in Toronto, Nadine joined WaterAid Canada in 2015, working exclusively on the annual AVEDA Earth Month campaign. With both international work experience and education, she has a deep interest in environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and globe-trotting.

Nadine holds a post-graduate certificate in Corporate Communications from Seneca College and Arteveldehogeschool in Belgium, a certificate in Publicity and Public Relations from the University of Toronto - School of Continuing Studies, and a Bachelor's degree in Historical Studies and Political Science from the University of Toronto.

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Nefertiti Saleh  Head of Corporate Partnerships

Nefertiti joined WaterAid Canada as the Corporate Partnerships Manager and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s corporate engagement strategy and partner relations. With over ten years in the field of international development, she has played a key role in advancing her organization’s mission of eradicating poverty through equitable and sustainable development through inclusive partnerships. Prior to this, Nefertiti held numerous positions within Canada’s top volunteer cooperation agencies and focused on cultivating corporate partnerships for the advancement of shared value and development projects, while also assessing the role volunteers play in merging those cross sectoral relationships.

Before embarking on a career in international development, Nefertiti was an international volunteer in Tanzania and has lived and worked abroad in Africa and Asia. She is a graduate from Bishop’s University and has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.