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, where her work includes research and outreach on legal/policy options to advance freshwater protection; convening B.C.

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 joined the Water Sustainability Project as a strategic water policy advisor in 2007, where he focuses on provincial water policy reform and the ecological governance of water management.

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.

German Ocampo

Work Study Student

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German Ocampo has supported both local and international community-based projects gaining expertise in community organizing, effective communication, and advocacy.