Laura Brandes leads the Water Sustainability Project’s communications, outreach, and knowledge mobilization activities. Bringing her expertise as a writer, editor, and science communicator, her work focuses on disseminating new policy research and effectively engaging communities, governments, and practitioners on water conservation and policy issues. Laura has researched and written about a range of environmental and conservation issues, including watershed governance, the water soft path, sustainable stormwater management, natural heritage systems, food security and sustainable food systems, invasive species, and renewable energy initiatives. Laura completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph where she studied wildlife biology and music. She is an alumna of the Banff Centre’s former Science Communications program and has training through the International Environmental Communication Association and Editors Canada. She is the proud mother of Peter, and also spends her time as a musician and co-founder of A Place to Listen, a monthly experimental music concert series in Victoria, B.C., where she often performs as part of the A Place to Listen Ensemble.