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Our Board of directors are trusted with keeping Rain it in focused on serving the community and prioritizing our stance on climate change
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.
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.
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.
Founder and Director
Ellen is a Senior Operator/Mechanic with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), where she has experience operating a variety of water and wastewater treatment facilities. She has a Water Quality Technician Diploma from Durham College and a Public Relations Certificate from Ryerson University. At the OCWA, she is a member of the Executive Leadership Committee that oversees the OCWA Young Professional Network, she is engaged in the OneWater Education program.
She is an active volunteer in the water sector. She is the lead on the Water Environment Association of Ontario’s Student Design Competition Committee and a part time member of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre’s Board of Directors. Previously, she was a Webinar Coordinator for the Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professional Committee as well as on the Great Waters Challenge Youth Advisory Board with Waterlution, where she co-authored a children’s storybook called Canada’s Great Water Adventure. Through Waterlution she also participated in Water Innovation Labs in Australia and Canada and attended Waterlution’s H2O Global Leadership Training.
Amy is a Water/ Wastewater Engineer in Training at AECOM, based in Kitchener, Ontario. She is passionate about global and local water issues such as access to clean drinking water, sanitary systems, climate change resiliency, and it’s projected impacts on vulnerable communities. Amy completed her Undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering (Water Resources option) and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering (Collaborative Water Program) at the University of Waterloo, where she focused on source water protection. Specifically, her research focused on fine sediment contributions to cyanobacterial (blue green algae) blooms in drinking water reservoirs. Amy brings a unique perspective with her diverse experiences in the water sector from research in an academic and start-up setting to working with international organizations. Amy also has participated in volunteer initiatives related to water conservation, and similarly to Ellen, attended the Water Innovation Lab in Australia. Amy is a strong proponent of innovative, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary solutions for complex water problems.
Web Design and Content Manager
Kyle is a part of our promotions team at Rain It In. He developed our website and various forward facing content, along with our brand identity.
Kyle specalizes in product design and elecromechanical engineering, developing and launching consumer and industrial products through Kyflo.com. With over six years of experience in the product design field, and hundreds of manufactured designs under his belt, Kyle is confident in blending art with technology in the product design space. "Simplicity, Quality, Elegance"
Partnerships and Grant Writing
At Rain It In, Kate is assisting with building partnerships in the educational space, content creation and grant writing.
With five years in the non-profit sector, Kate is able to bring her expertise of both domestic and international programming, Passionate about global water issues, Kate has worked on environmental and clean water projects in Nepal and Thailand.