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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David Marchesseault  Director of International Programs

David joined WaterAid Canada in April 2016. In his role as Director of International Program he brings over 8 years of experience in program management; partner cooperation; policy analysis and evaluation; youth education and community consultation; report writing and research; as well as a keen interest in conflict resolution.

David recently graduated with a PhD from the University of Toronto. His research at the intersection of international development and the social sciences focused and the relationship between participants, organizations and the global development agenda. His professional and academic careers have focused on East and West Africa, and has yielded extensive fieldwork in countries such as Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. He also holds as MA from the University of Ottawa in International Conflict Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.

With a commitment to praxis, David has been working in northern Uganda since 2010 with Gainline Africa. He has consulted and researched for the United Nations, Search for Common Ground, and the International Development Research Centre on issues of inclusion, monitoring and evaluation, and good governance.

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Emily Royal  Project Officer

Emily joined WaterAid Canada in April 2015 and brings with her programming experience from previous work with AMREF Ethiopia, the Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique and International Medical Corps. in Nigeria. Prior to this, she had worked with WaterAid Canada (then WaterCan) for 3 years in a fundraising capacity.

Emily holds a post-graduate certificate in International Project Management from Humber College and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies and Spanish from Dalhousie University.

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Julie Truelove  Program Development Officer

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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Karlye Wong  Project Officer

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 Assistant

Liwei 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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Lori Lejeune  Project Accountant

Lori 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.

Fundraising and Communications

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Andrea Helfer  Vice President Development

Andrea’s passion is building community – bringing people together, leveraging connections and talents, for the greater humanitarian good. Prior to joining the WaterAid team in 2008, Andrea worked with social service and advocacy NGOs in Belize and Guyana, and the Make Poverty History Campaign in Canada. Andrea holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Queen’s University in Sociology, a Master of Social Work from Carleton University, and is working toward her Fundraising Management certificate at Algonquin College.

Thalia Dilaveri  Foundations Manager

Thalia holds a Social and Policy Sciences Master’s degree in Business and Community from the University of Bath in the UK and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Advertising from the Technical University of Thessaloniki, Greece - both with distinction.

She brings with her over 8 years of experience in business development working for both private sector and non-for-profit organizations. Prior joining WaterAid she worked in the energy sector in the UK developing and managing commercial and charity partnerships and other income generating activities. She has also had international Fundraising experience, managing corporate partnership at WWF UK and leading a small team of supporter fundraisers at WWF Greece. She’s passionate about CSR and leveraging business and civil community influence to drive positive change.

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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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Pam Medjesi  Digital Media Coordinator

Pam joined WaterAid in 2016. She has worked in the private, public and non-profit sectors, and has experience in graphic design, creating websites and planning and executing online campaigns. Through her work, she strives to make someone else's day better and brighter. She brings her knowledge of digital communications and her infectious upbeat attitude to the WaterAid Canada team. She holds a BA with Honours in German History from Wilfrid Laurier University. During her free time, Pam loves to garden, sing, camp and hike with her husband and two Labrador Retrievers. 

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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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Katelyn Ryan-Robichaud  Donor & Data Services Coordinator

Katelyn has worked in the non-profit sector since 2006, primarily with international development organizations and local health care. She was a volunteer for WaterCan while she attended university and had a lot of respect for the organization, so when an opportunity came up to work at WaterAid, she jumped at the chance. Katelyn holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University, a Certificate in International Development from UBC, and a Certificate of Volunteer Management from Humber College. A New Brunswick native, she spends her free time with family in Ottawa, including an active toddler and a crazy beagle. She loves to run and is a self-proclaimed board game geek.

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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.


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Rachel Savard  Executive Assistant/Office Administrator

Rachel joined WaterAid in the spring of 2017. Over the course of her career, she has worked with international organizations in Canada and abroad, largely focused in the health and education sectors. Notably, she has worked in children’s shelters in Rwanda and South Africa, and as a policy analyst with the G8 Maternal, Newborn, Child Health initiative. Rachel also has experience in project management, communications, fundraising and event planning. She holds an Honours degree in International Development and Globalization.