Lotika Shaunik Paintal, Director
Lotika is a WASH enthusiast and passionate about addressing the global crisis. She has worked with the Walter and Duncan Gordon and the Harbinger Foundations to establish and launch WASH Canada.

Lotika is also the founder and executive director of Water Centric, a US based charity, that promotes access to water, sanitation and hygiene in schools. Her past experiences include being a member of the 5–person water and sanitation exploratory team at the William J. Clinton Foundation and senior roles at Oxfam America and World Education’s Asia Division.

Lotika has an M Ed., International Development focus, from Harvard University, a MA, Intercultural Relations, from Lesley University, and a graduate degree in Molecular Biology from the Sorbonne, France.

Tessa Rosseli, Research Associate
Tessa is interested in the impact and effectiveness of WASH initiatives and the system of feedback loops NGOs use from local to national level in developing countries to support constant learning and relevant input for policy and decision makers in Canada. She holds a Master’s of Environmental Science from University of Toronto and has recently returned to Canada from a year working with Engineer’s Without Borders in Malawi. Tessa has been extremely helpful pulling together a soon to be completed Canadian WASH sector analysis for WASH Canada.

Sharlene Gomes, Research Associate
Sharlened is interested in strengthening water governance in developing countries. At WASH Canada, she is currently working on analyzing Canadian policy to determine how WASH funding can be improved to better achieve the broader objectives of Canada’s development aid program. She hold’s a Master’s degree in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford and is working on publishing her thesis on the potential role of technology in improving urban water governance in Mumbai.

Maryam Edalat, PhD, Research Associate
While working on her doctoral thesis at the University of Toronto, Maryam developed a novel application process for waste sludge as renewable resource. She has 7 years of experience in wastewater/biosolids and an excellent track record of publishing articles in prominent peer-reviewed technical journals. Maryam is helping WASH Canada investigate and create a landscape report of WASH related research that is taking place in Canadian universities.

Hiu Chan, WASH Canada Design Guru
Hiu Chan’s connection to WASH Canada began when still a student at George Brown School of Design. His logo for WASH Canada was the winning logo designed for an in class competition. Since then, Hiu has designed for us high impact invitations, brochures, presentations, many of which are featured on our website (Gallery of WASH Enthusiasts, Digital Gallery). Hiu is also an accomplished musician.

Petia Karrin, WASH Canada Photographer
Petia is also a recent graduate of George Brown College’s School of Design. She is a talented visual communicator whose work is most often driven by her background in photography.


Advisory Group

Connie Wansbrough, Director, Harbinger Foundation

Tom Axworthy, Executive Director, Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation

John Oldfield, WASH Advocates, Washington D.C.

Joan VanDuzer, President, Harbinger Foundation