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Bernadette Conant

Chief Executive Officer

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Dr. Katrina Hitchman

Director of Program Development

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Dr. Bu Lam

Manager of Municipal Programs

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Karen Ford

Manager of Finance and Operations

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Kaitlin Edwards

Events Manager

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Dr. Jacque-Ann Grant

Municipal Programs Research Intern

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Liana Kreamer

Communications Manager

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Gail Meyer

Office Administrator

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Lyle Schneider


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Dr. Mark Spanjers

Municipal Programs Research Coordinator


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Elizabeth Shantz Vanleeuwen

Knowledge Mobilization and Training Manager

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Bernadette Conant

Chief Executive Officer

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Bernadette Conant is the chief executive officer of Canadian Water Network, where she has been working since 2003. Established in 2001 by Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, Canadian Water Network plays a vital role in ensuring that Canada benefits from its investments in research to manage its water resources more effectively and becomes a world leader in water management.

Bernadette has a Master of Science in hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo and holds the Faculty of Science Alumni of Honour Award from that institution. She currently serves as a director on the boards of the Global Water Research Coalition, Hydrogeologists Without Borders and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network. She also sits on the Honorary Advisory Board for the Global Water Institute at Carleton University and is a member of the Water Partner Advisory Committee to the Water Stewardship Committee of the Canadian Council of the Federation.