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About Us

Rain It In aims to empower college and university youth to create solutions addressing climate change induced flooding. With help from our sponsors and partners, we want to provide students the guidance and resources to bring their solutions to life and the opportunity to make a positive impact in their communities.


Addressing real world issues with diverse solutions


A panel made of industry experts providing confidence and direction


Providing teams with the resources they need to make a real impact

Interested In Supporting Rain It In?

Rain It In welcomes new supporting organizations. The more assistance and resources available, the more we can promote and support the development and implementation of real solutions to problems in our communities. By providing students with the resources and guidance necessary for success, we believe we can make a strong impact!

Please contact inquiries@rainitinsc.com with any questions or to discuss individualized support opportunities.

Host Partners

In-Kind Contributions

Workshop Partner
Workshop Partner
Presentations and Awards Partner

Media Partners

In-Kind Contributions


Supporting Organizations

All support and assistance is greatly appriciated

Rain It In’s Board of Directors

Our Board of directors are trusted with keeping Rain it in focused on serving the community and prioritizing our stance on climate change

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Katherine Balpataky
ALUS Canada
Director of Corporate Partnerships and Business Development

Katherine works with business leaders to achieve cleaner water, cleaner air, improved biodiversity and climate resiliency with ALUS Canada. ALUS Canada is a national charitable organization that supports farmers and ranchers to use their land in an alternative way to produce natural capital.


Prior to joining ALUS, Katherine led a national multimedia trade publication, Water Canada and the program of the Canadian Water Summit and Water’s Next awards. She has held leadership roles at Canadian Water Network, Grand River Conservation Authority and the former National Roundtable on the Environment and Economy. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University and a certificate in Water Management and Wetland Restoration from the University of Guelph.

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Gary Pritchard
Cambium Aboriginal Inc.
Manager, Environment and Climate Change

Gary (who is a member of Curve Lake First Nation) has had the privilege to work on behalf of first nations peoples throughout Ontario. He has travelled and worked in 286 First Nations communities throughout Canada.


He has brought a wealth of knowledge to both his Indigenous and non-Indigenous cliental performing a wide variety of services including: Indigenous Community Planning, land-use/traditional knowledge studies, capacity building, mediator between western science and traditional science and peer reviewer on behalf of Indigenous communities. One of Gary’s greatest strengths is that he is often able to be the one who acts as the bridge between the Indigenous Community and the western style of government.


Gary has successfully collaborated with many stakeholder groups, researchers, institutes, government agencies and Indigenous communities and political organizations to address environmental concerns and identify practical solutions to fisheries or environmental related issues. Gary also serves as a technical advisor and professor at three post-secondary institutes within Ontario.

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Numair Uppal, HBSc., M. Eng. P. Eng, PMP
Ontario Clean Water Agency
Operations and Capital Support Lead


Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services
Executive Director

At Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), Numair is responsible for facilitating all plant optimization, major maintenance, civil and operational projects for Lorne Park Water Treatment Plant (LPWTP). At the Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services (OASIS) he manages the operations, financial outlook and strategic business objectives of the Association and acts as a liason between various government agencies and OASIS members to ensure all industry specialists are in compliance with various regulatory requirements.


Numair holds an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry and a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. He has held progressive roles in South Peel Transmission, Compliance/Optimization and Operations. Previously, Numair was the Project Manager for the Water Research and Innovation Network (WRAIN) project with the City of Kawartha Lakes, where he successfully implemented a number of pilot projects for water, wastewater and recreational water optimization and commercialization with new Ontario water companies.

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