Team

Karen Kun
Executive Director and Co-founder

Karen founded Waterlution 10 years ago with the purpose of inspiring pattern-making and pattern breaking change toward a healthier...

Karen founded Waterlution 10 years ago with the purpose of inspiring pattern-making and pattern breaking change toward a healthier relationship with our water. It was during her time in South Africa in 2002 that the idea emerged, that to solve complex water issues, a blended format of content and process was needed; one without the other would lead only to partial results. With vision, facilitation skills and a growing network, Waterlution began to grow in 2004 and the signature Future of Water workshop series developed. To date, 55 workshops have been held in almost all provinces and territories; 3000 young leaders have participated; 50+ Associates have been trained; local Hub networks have emerged for community building on water in major cities and the 2nd Canadian Water Innovation Lab is in the works for late September 2013. In all these programs, Karen aims to push Waterlution's capacity to be more creative and innovative and to inspire others to be the leaders and mentors they are capable of being. Water complexities require us to have cross-sector dialogue, in inter-generational learning, in pushing ourselves and each other to think in ways we never thought possible. 

Tatiana Glad
Co-founder

Tatiana is a social entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist. She works across sectors and cultures to...

Tatiana is a social entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist. She works across sectors and cultures to develop life-affirming and resilient leadership for whole systems innovation. She is passionate about systemic change, sustainability, water, enabling start-up initiatives/enterprises, creating synergies, good questions and meaningful conversations.

Along with her role at Waterlution, Tatiana is also a partner of Engage! InterAct, collaborator with The Hub and involved in The Art of Hosting fellowship. Tatiana holds a M.Sc. in Responsibility & Business Practice (University of Bath, UK). As a skilled and enthusiastic designer and facilitator of learning processes, she draws on participatory practices such as Circle, World Café, Open Space Technology, Appreciative Inquiry and other social technologies to enable transitions to new futures. She is certified as a FlowGame host, experienced in cross-functional process improvement and trained in CSR reporting assurance. Tatiana has always found solace near water and as her avid interest in systemic thinking grew, she came to see Water as a basic element of – and at the same time a metaphor for – what matters in our lives, communities and business practices. Faced with growing knowledge about the water world and the fragmentation that exists between various water stakeholders, she currently wonders: how do we put water back at the centre?

Julia Fortier
Program Manager
Julia is Waterlution’s Program Manager. She was drawn to Waterlution in 2008 as a workshop participant, keen to connect with...
Julia is Waterlution’s Program Manager. She was drawn to Waterlution in 2008 as a workshop participant, keen to connect with other water lovers and change-makers. Julia’s undergraduate research at McMaster University looked at the implications of "fishing down the food chain" in Atlantic Canada. Her Master Degree in Environmental Studies, from the University of Waterloo, focused on freshwater management in Canada. Her research examined the social barriers to urban residential rainwater harvesting and how to overcome these obstacles. By the end of her studies, Julia found she had lots of water knowledge but was lacking a community to share with and the processes to put ideas into action. Waterlution provided this community, the processes and so much more that set her far ahead on her leadership journey! 
Victoria Goodday
Advisor

Tori joined Waterlution in 2008 as the organization's first full-time administrator, and stayed on until January 2012 to lead the...

Tori joined Waterlution in 2008 as the organization's first full-time administrator, and stayed on until January 2012 to lead the core team under Karen. She has been thrilled to be a part of Waterlution in its formative years, and is continuing to assist the team as a special advisor. Tori is a native of Halifax, NS, and holds a Queen's BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Science from Queen's University. She is most interested in the role of meaningful education and cross-sector dialogue in achieving deep systemic change; her experience includes work with Burmese opposition groups on capacity-building initiatives, Dalhousie University's Office of Sustainability in developing social marketing strategies, and Corporate Knights magazine as an editorial staff member and current Assistant Publisher. As Waterlution Program Manager, Tori managed the day-to-day functions of the organization. She thanks Karen and Tat for pursuing their vision!

Donna Caddie
Manager, Waterlution Oceania

Donna is the director of Fluent Environmental and is based in New Zealand. Donna currently works on the Christchurch Earthquake...

Donna is the director of Fluent Environmental and is based in New Zealand. Donna currently works on the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Strategy and Planning. Since 2003, Donna has loved her roles in strategic water policy, environmental planning, engagement and communications. Donna has had responsibilities for community engagement on water, water law reform, water strategy and plan implementation for New Zealand and British Columbia’s Environment Ministries. Before that she bounced around the globe teaching English and undertaking a massive field trip. Aside from water, she’s passionate about travelling and cultural interchanges. Donna holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Policy and a Bachelor of Arts.

Dona Geagea
Hub Manager, Toronto & Southern Ontario

Dona is organizing and managing the Toronto and Southern Ontario region Waterlution Hub, while also providing programming support...

Dona is organizing and managing the Toronto and Southern Ontario region Waterlution Hub, while also providing programming support to the core team. With a Political Science degree from York University, a global perspective and genuine interest and concern for water, she earned a Master in Globalization Studies at McMaster University at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition and a graduate diploma in Water Without Borders at the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Health and Environment (UNU-INWEH).  Her field research includes visiting communities in rural Kenya to explore governance structures of grassroots self-help water projects. As Hub Manager with Waterlution, Dona is driven to nurture creative spaces and to facilitate meaningful water-focused dialogue, encouraging system change thinking in young water professionals and leaders. It's thrilling to watch a Waterlution community of practice and action develop and grow!

Alla Guelber
Hub Manager, Calgary

Alla Guelber lives in Calgary, close to the majestic Bow River mid-way on its journey as it meanders from the peaks of the Rocky...

Alla Guelber lives in Calgary, close to the majestic Bow River mid-way on its journey as it meanders from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the rolling prairies of Southern Alberta. As a Waterlution Associate, Alla has hosted water-focused experiential workshops and assisted in the planning and logistics for the Canadian Water Innovation Lab in October 2010. Inspired by her experiences with Waterlution and several other outstanding youth leadership programs, Alla founded the Meaningful Work Project, an educational initiative focused on knowledge sharing and building future capacity for creating meaningful work that sustains people and ecosystem integrity. Currently a graduate student in the Master of Arts – Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University, Alla has a background in communications (journalism and public relations) and youth environmental leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications – Public Relations from Mount Royal University.

Dana McDonald
Hub Manager, Vancouver

Dana McDonald is a water resource scientist who has worked in Ontario, the Arctic, Alberta and British Columbia in research and...

Dana McDonald is a water resource scientist who has worked in Ontario, the Arctic, Alberta and British Columbia in research and professional capacities. Dana earned her Master’s degree studying Arctic stream systems and began her career in environmental consulting with work on surface water management in mines and stream restoration. Dana is interested in integrated watershed management and the connections between water science and effective governance of regional water resources and is enrolled in the Certificate in Watershed Management Program at the UBC. In her spare time, Dana hikes and bikes in the backcountry of the Rocky and Coast Mountains, takes advantage of Vancouver’s bikeways to get around and frequents the local farmer’s market.

Mike Unrau
Hub Manager, Calgary

Mike Unrau lives near the great Rocky Mountains, in Calgary, where the  headwaters flow down across the vast prairies. Loving...

Mike Unrau lives near the great Rocky Mountains, in Calgary, where the  headwaters flow down across the vast prairies. Loving the mountains and  mountain ecology river systems, he joined the Wonder of Water  Initiative during the International Year of Freshwater to produce edutainment programming for public awareness, He has worked for years  in environmental education, social action, arts and community  development, recently working as Manager of Environmental Education at  Green Calgary Association, and as a water expert for the Caring For Our Watersheds program. After his Masters Degree in arts and international  social work, he directed several self initiated projects leading and  teaching University students in social work for application in rural  Indian community development, including local water management. A fiery passion for meaning-making and human dynamics, Mike uses a participatory  research model in his facilitation with a holistic approach to  education initiatives and "big-picture" thinking in seeing connections  between community, ecology and relationship.