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Our Team

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

Staff Members

Mason Prout

Communications & Development Specialist
Water First Staff: Mason Prout

Mason Prout

Position: Communications & Development Specialist
Categories: Staff

Mason is from Thunder Bay, on the North Shore of Lake Superior, the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation. He holds a BCom in Marketing Management from Toronto Metropolitan University and is passionate about supporting good work with his skills in communications and fundraising. Mason has years of communications, marketing, outreach and administrative experience with social and environmental businesses and organizations such as MakeWay Charitable Society, Ontario Nature, Patagonia Toronto and for the past 2+ years with Water First. He is passionate about combining his communications and design experience with his love for water and community engagement to support Water First’s communications and fundraising objectives.

Michelle Baker

Assistant to the Executive Director
Water First Staff: Michelle Baker

Michelle Baker

Position: Assistant to the Executive Director
Categories: Staff

Michelle brings 20+ years of experience with a family-run display advertising company and 10 years in freelance bookkeeping, business development, and sales. These roles gave her a solid foundation in administration at a management level, as well as the ability to work effectively with both internal and external stakeholders. She also serves on volunteer Boards of Directors. Michelle loves to find efficiencies in processes, business writing, and supporting the vision and mission of the Executive Director & Founder.

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Water First Advisor: Murray Richardson

Murray Richardson, Ph.D.

Categories: Advisors

An Associate Professor of Geography at Carleton University, Ottawa, Murray’s research focuses on watershed hydrology and mercury sensitivity, and spans geographic regions from southern Ontario to the Canadian arctic. Murray actively incorporates community-engaged scholarship practices into his research at every opportunity.


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