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.
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.
Brian MacDonald Director, International Programs and Policy
Brian joined WaterAid in 2018 with 10 years of overseas experience in project design, management, evaluation and business development. Most recently Brian served as the Head of Programming for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Philippines, where he oversaw a variety of projects, including community sanitation, water supply planning and governance, WASH responses for a range of emergencies, urban solid waste management and disaster risk reduction.
Prior to that he was based in Haiti as Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator for CRS’ post-earthquake recovery work in Port-au-Prince. Brian has also spent time at the Asian Development Bank, serving as a consultant for evaluation design and fragile states engagement in the Asia-Pacific region and conducted research in the field of microfinance in Vietnam, India and Bangladesh.
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.
Michael Ngongi Project Manager
Michael joined WaterAid Canada in May 2018. He brings over 10 years of program management experience within the international development sector. Prior to joining WaterAid, Michael worked within the UN system (FAO) and other INGOs, living and working in west and east Africa, with extensive travel across sub-Saharan Africa.
His portfolio currently includes programs in Mali and Madagascar. He will provide support to future programs, as WaterAid Canada expands its programming, with a focus on francophone Africa. In addition, Michael dedicates half his time program development. Michael is multilingual fluent in English, French, Italian, with a touch of Swahili. He holds a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
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.
Judy Erskine Director of Finance and Administration
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.
Fundraising and Communications
Aneesha Hampton Manager of Communications
Aneesha joined WaterAid in 2018 as Manager of Communications. She brings over 10 years of varied experience in advocacy, program management, fund development, and communications within an international development context. Aneesha’s experience has focused primarily on development education, community-based programs for youth and refugee programming in the Middle East. She has a keen interest in intercultural communications, corporate social responsibility and digital media.
Aneesha began her career as a CIDA International Youth Intern in Amman, Jordan and has lived and worked extensively in the Middle East. She is a graduate from the University Of Saskatchewan Edwards School Of Business.
Jessica Jabbour Foundations Manager
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.
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.
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.
Blanche Talbot Donor & Services Coordinator
Blanche worked for Scouts Canada before joining the Wateraid Team in August 2018. Blanche is responsible for the management of the fundraising database and for donor stewardship. She has worked over the past twenty five years in various roles in Fundraising & Database management for many organizations in the non-profit sector, in her downtime, she enjoys cross country skiing, running, biking and spending time with her family.