Past Events:

Tuesday, May 19- TIFF Bell Lightbox, Menstrual Hygiene Day Event, Toronto

Join WASH Canada and Femme International on May 19, 2015 from 6-8:30 pm at the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a reception, screening of the film Menstrual Man and discussion: “Let’s end the hesitation around menstruation

Reception: 6:00-7:00pm
Film: 7:00-8:30pm

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Note: On May 28th, 2014, the first ever Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) was celebrated by over 145 partner organizations.  “Half the world menstruates … let’s start the conversation” was the tag line created to help shine some much needed light on this taboo WASH topic that impacts health and results in many girls/women missing or dropping out of schools/work every day. WASH United is now organizing more than 190 MH Day worldwide partners for even greater impact in 2015.


Wednesday, May 28- Friday, May 30th – Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Summit, Toronto

WASH Canada’s Lotika Paintal attended Prime Minister Harper’s Global Summit on maternal, newborn and child health in Toronto from May 28 to 30, 2014. With a focus on reducing the preventable deaths of newborns, women and children in developing countries, the Summit brought together global leaders and Canadian experts to galvanize support for the next phase of efforts and ensure that maternal, newborn and child health remains a global priority. For Lotika’s reflections on the summit click here

Tuesday, March 25th –Planet in Focus, AGO

Join us for a screening of the film Watermark and a lively discussion with the film maker, Kevin McMahon, Elizabeth Hendrik, WWF and Lotika Paintal, Wash Canada and Sucheta Rajagopal of Planet in Focus. For more information click here.

Tuesday, March 18 – Point and CounterPoint, Cultural Diversity and the Environment

Lotika Paintal spoke as part of a panel discussion. Presented by the Sustainability Network . For more information click here.The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road 5:30-7:30 pm

February 18 & 24 – WASH Canada Network Roundtables

We were pleased to have so many join us on February 18, 2014, from 1:30-4:30 pm in Toronto, and Monday February 24, from 1:30-4:30pm in Ottawa, for our round-table discussions on the best way to ensure sustainability of the WASH Canada coalition in Canada.


May 14, 2013 –WASH Canada Evening

Highlighting Cooperation in the Water and Sanitation Sector

A full roster of diverse speakers addressing the issue of cooperation from various perspectives. Themes for the evening includes geographic cooperation and making the most of a changing political environment. We created a new web feature for this event, “The Gallery of WASH Enthusiasts,” which highlights the efforts of individuals in Canada who are making a difference in the WASH sector.

Speakers included:

Chris Alexander, MP Ajax-Pickering
Dr. Howard Hu, Director and Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, U of T
Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto Professor and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge award winner
Ron Denham,President, WASRAG
Nicole, Darabian, Partnerships Manager, Decode Global


November 15, 2012 –WASH Canada Campaign Launch

Innovation, Inspiration, Action “One Picture, One Story”, Toronto

Featuring exciting speakers highlighting Canadian innovation and inspiration in the WASH sector and an introduction to WASH Canada. We will also create an interactive digital gallery exhibit of large-scale photos showcasing the work of our WASH partners. This will allow attendees to take in a wide variety of perspectives of this issue.

Confirmed Speakers include:
Dr. Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto Professor and a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge award winner
Stuart Taylor, IQ Director, IDE Canada, winner of the Wharton School’s inauguralLipman Prize for our innovative, market based water, sanitation & hygiene projects.
Dr. Alvin Zipursky,Chairman and Scientific Director of Program for Global Pediatric Research (PGPR)
Treana Peake, Fashion designer, founder of Obakki Foundation, social entrepreneur and water advocate. (via video)
Grand Challenges Canada, a Canadian funding agency focusing on developing Big, Bold Ideas that have global health impacts.


September 18-20, 2012 –Raising the Voices of Women in Water

Today, 2.5 billion people still lack access to sanitation almost a million lack access to water. The impact this has on health and livelihoods in the developing world is huge. Almost 4000 children die every day from water borne diseases. Women and girls bear a disproportionate burden of the impact in time spent away from school for water collection, nursing sick family members and as adolescent forced to leave schools that do not provide the privacy of a toilet. The good news is the problem is solvable. Thanks to the commitment and dedication of a number of organizations and people speaking out on the need to address the global crisis in water and sanitation, the world is finally beginning to take notice and prioritize this issue. Not surprisingly there are a number of women at the forefront of this global call for action.

The “Women in Water” series presented by WASH Canada, UNU-INWEH and H2O 4 All, is designed to engage three very diverse but influential Canadians target groups (university students, business community and policy makers). We are honored to have HE Maria Mutagamba from Uganda as the keynote speaker for the series. We will create livley public discussion about the critical nature of water and sanitation to girls and women around the globe and also the impact that certain very accomplished women are having on the global stage. We will use this event to leverage media attention to the issue of WASH as a girls’ and women’s issue and ultimately to raise awareness for the sector as a whole which will benefit our partner organizations.

Why Women? Why Water? Why Me?:
Tuesday September 18th, 2012. 7pm, McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton
As part of the monthly public lecture series, Another Drop,this event will bring together the Honourable Maria Mutagamba and other distinguished guests from academic and the international development fields. Discussions will focus on the key global issues around water; how women contribute to addressing the global water crisis; how panelists became involved in water and sanitation; why women are such important stakeholders; and, how we, as individuals can make a difference. For more information email: Hamilton poster

Smart Investing in the Water and Sanitation Crisis:
Wednesday September 19th, 2012. 12 noon-2 pm, Toronto Lawn and Tennis Club (by invitation only)
This luncheon event, co-hosted by the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, will bring together the Honorable Maria Mutagamba with individuals in the private and public sectors to discuss benefits of investment; how businesses can enter the sector; new financing models such as public/private/civil society partnerships; and future opportunities. For more information email: Toronto poster

Top Down: Bottom Up – Bridging Policy and Practice in Water and Sanitation
Thursday September 20th, 2012, 9am-12pm, Ottawa
This morning panel event will bring together the Honourable Maria Mutagamba, and representatives from CIDA, UNU-INWEH and Canadian NGOs to discuss how bridging policy and practice can improve water and sanitation for end users; how to engage communities in designing effective policy to address lingering challenges; who facilitates the interface; and, how and where this fits within the context of Rio+20 and post-2015 sustainability goals. For more information email: Ottawa poster