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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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Dalia Al-Ali

Project Manager

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Jennifer Cowie

Corporate Events Manager


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Karen Ford

Manager of Finance and Operations

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Kim Jusek

Program Manager, Municipal Programs

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Liana Kreamer

Communications Manager

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Lyle Schneider


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Dr. Shoeleh Shams

Research Analyst

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Amanda Sider

Office Administrator

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Karen Ford

Manager of Finance and Operations

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Karen joined Canadian Water Network in May 2017 and is responsible for managing and overseeing the organization’s finances, administration, human resources and facilities.


Previously, Karen worked for over a decade at the Ontario Centres of Excellence, managing their operations and multiple facilities. Her duties included lease negotiations, IT support, policy development, administrative provisioning and procurement. She also worked as a Research Program Manager at the Centre for Research and Earth Technologies and the Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research, both predecessor organizations of the Ontario Centres of Excellence.


Karen holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a designated CMA and CPA. She holds a certificate in Canadian Risk Management from the Global Risk Management Institute and completed the Enterprise Risk Management Certificate program offered by the Society of Management Accountants of Canada.