WASH Canada Launch

WASH Canada Launch, November 15, 2012:

Innovation, Inspiration, Action
“One Picture, One Story” Digital Gallery
University Club – 380 University Avenue, Toronto

We had a fantastic evening with approximately 100 attendees representing 30 Organizations including Universities, Foundations, Corporations and NGO’s

Original Resources created for event that continue to be used:

  • 20 Voices for WASH videos including Kevin McCort, CEO, CARE Canada; Tom Axworty, President, Walter Duncan Gordon Foundation; Amy Buskirk, Senior Program Officer, Donner Canadian Foundation and Jeff Peeters, Senior Product Manage, GE Water & Process Technologies
  • Creation and distribution of WASH Canada Advocacy post cards (“action” item)
  • Creation of “One Picture, One Story” Digital Poster Gallery highlighting the innovative approach of 15 WASH Canada partners – a resource that can be used over
In addition, we featured 6 expert speakers providing a wide definition of “innovation” in the WASH sector: Dr. Alvin Zipursky, President of Program for Global Pediatric Research; Stu Taylor, IDE Canada; Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto; Ken Simiyu, Grand Challenges Canada; Video Presentation by Treana Peake, Founder Obakki Foundation; Lotika Paintal, Co-Director WASH Canada

Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng

Yu-Ling Cheng is the Director of the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) and Professor of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.  CGEN was established in 2009 to be the focal point and major driver in preparing engineering graduates to meet challenges, responsibilities and opportunities in a globally sustainable future.   She also leads several global engineering research initiatives, most notably a project under the “Re-invent the Toilet” Challenge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She and her team of collaborators from the University of Toronto, Western University, and University of Queensland were awarded the third prize at the Re-invent the Toilet Fair in Seattle in August of 2012.

Stuart Taylor, IDE Canada, 

Stu Taylor directs iDE’s global performance measurement and evaluation (iQ) team. iDE is a non-profit organization that enables the private sector to better serve poor rural customers with affordable, livelihood-enhancing products and services. Stu holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and has broad experience supporting the evaluation of nutrition, food security and economic development initiatives. He has traveled extensively in Africa and Asia, and has lived in Zambia, where he helped to develop a nutrition and food security component for an HIV/AIDS program. Stu is based in Winnipeg, where he alternately builds snow forts and swats mosquitoes with his wife and three daughters. Click here to read more about IDE Canada.

Dr. Alvin Zipursky, Programme for Global Paediatric Research, Sickkids Hospital

Dr. Zipursky has had an illustrious career as ground breaking pediatric health specialist. As a culmination of all of this work, in 2004 he founded the Programme for Global Pediatric Research (PGPR). What we recognize as his innovation is being able to redirect researchers from first world to focus time and energy on global pediatric issues. We are so proud to know that Dr. Zipursky’s commitment’s to child health has recently been recognized with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada for his life long contributions to Canadian and Global health. Click here to read more about PGPR.

Ken Simiyu, Grand Challenges Canada 

Ken Simiyu is a Program Officer at Grand Challenges Canada. He leads the Stars in Global Health program that is designed to enable innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada to develop their bold ideas with big impact to improve global health conditions. Dr. Simiyu also co-leads the Point-of-Care Diagnostics portfolio, which is a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation designed to create a new class of point-of-care diagnostics that will be easy to use, low-cost, multiplexed and able to assess disease stage and provide information on prognosis. Click here to read more about Grand Challenges and funding opportunities.

Treana Peake, Obakki Foundation

The multi talented Treana Peake is a fashion designer, philanthropist, and mother and founder of the Obakki Foundation. Through creative campaigns and authentic storytelling, we engage and inspire the modern consumer, connecting them to causes in a way that’s meaningful to their own lives. It’s a unique model in the philanthropy world and one that has driven real results. Magical things happen when you combine compassion and creativity. Our efforts are currently focused on clean water and education for developing communities in urgent need. We are a hands-on organization, building relationships within communities to learn where help is needed most. We plan the projects and raise the funds. We direct, execute and manage the fieldwork. We partner with local indigenous groups, regularly visit project sites, and report back on results. Treana was not able to join us in person but participated with a beautiful video presentation. Click here to view one of Treana’s beautiful and moving videos.