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Our Team

At every step, highly qualified and dedicated professionals are involved in our operations.

Staff Members

Ami Gopal

Director of Development & Communications
 
Water First Staff: Ami Gopal

Ami Gopal

Position: Director of Development & Communications
Categories: Staff

Ami has over 19 years experience and a proven track record in fundraising, resource development and marketing. She enjoys nurturing relationships with Water First donors and developing customized strategies to meet their needs. Along with sharing Water First’s stories and increasing awareness of our work.

Ashley Doucette

Stewardship Coordinator
 
Water First Staff: Ashley Doucette

Ashley Doucette

Position: Stewardship Coordinator
Categories: Staff

As the Stewardship Coordinator, Ashley manages donor appreciation and background data entry at Water First. With a decade of administrative experience and more than five years with the organization, Ashley ensures donors feel valued, bolstering our mission’s collaboration with Indigenous communities. Ashley’s commitment to cultivating significant relationships highlights the crucial function of donor stewardship in effecting positive transformation.

Adrianna Bilinski

School Engagement Program Manager
 
Water First Staff: Adrianna Bilinksi

Adrianna Bilinski

Position: School Engagement Program Manager
Categories: Staff

Adrianna Bilinski, member of Beausoleil First Nation, is the Program Manager of Indigenous School Engagement with Water First. As a certified teacher working with Water First she has visited 25 different community schools across 6 different provinces. Her passion for teaching helps her to support the work of building water science-related capacity in partner communities beginning with the youth and extending beyond when required.

Alex Lynch, M.Sc.

Senior Manager, Environmental Water
 

Alex Lynch, M.Sc.

Position: Senior Manager, Environmental Water
Categories: Staff

Alex has extensive experience working with environmental non-profits, municipal and territorial governments, and in the private sector. He spent the last six years working in communities in the Northwest Territories as a regulator on various environmental and water management projects. Most recently, he was part of the senior management team leading the Giant Mine Remediation Project. Alex holds a Master of Science in Integrated Water Resource Management from McGill University.

Aisha Chiandet

Project Manager/Instructor, Environmental Water
 

Aisha Chiandet

Position: Project Manager/Instructor, Environmental Water
Categories: Staff

Aisha has extensive experience in environmental quality monitoring. Her M.Sc. research at Trent University focused on water quality and biological communities in stormwater management ponds in Southern Ontario. Before joining the Water First team, she was a Water Scientist with the Severn Sound Environmental Association where she worked to increase understanding of water quality conditions and impacts of watershed stressors in the Severn Sound area, Georgian Bay, as well as develop citizen science programs to engage the public. Aisha is excited to bring her passion for water science to First Nation communities and learn from their experiences as stewards of the land and water.

Board of Directors

Advisors

 
Water First Advisor: Andrew Binns

Andrew Binns

Categories: Advisors

Andrew Binns, Ph.D., P.Eng., is an Associate Professor of Water Resources Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Guelph. Andrew completed his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario and as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Guelph. His research is related to understanding hydraulic and hydrologic processes and investigating the effect of natural and anthropogenic impacts on these processes, with emphasis on physical laboratory experimentation, numerical modelling and field-based investigations. His current research focuses on urban flooding and the mitigation technologies and approaches, investigation of fluvial morphodynamic process in rivers and streams, and the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Andrew is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Flood Risk Management. He is passionate about contributing towards the sustainability of water resources and the environment.

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