Core Team

Oliver M. Brandes

Project Lead

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Oliver M. Brandes is an economist and lawyer by training and a trans-disciplinarian by design. He serves as Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, based at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies, where he leads the POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

Rosie Simms

Project Manager & Researcher


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Rosie joined the POLIS Water Sustainability Project in June 2015, bringing her interests in water governance and the intersection between natural resource governance and First Nations rights.

Laura Brandes

Communications Director


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Laura Brandes leads the Water Sustainability Project’s communications, outreach, and knowledge mobilization activities.

Natasha Overduin

Program Manager & Research Associate

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Natasha Overduin discovered the wide and complex field of water governance and management during her undergraduate studies at Carleton University in the Bachelor of Public Affairs & Policy Management program.

Jon O’Riordan

Strategic Advisor, Water Policy

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Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a former Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management in the British Columbia Provincial Government.

Kelly Bannister

Water Ethics & Values Initiative

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Dr. Kelly Bannister is Co-Director of the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance and heads the Water Ethics and Cross Cultural Values Initiative at the POLIS Water Sustainability Project.