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

POLIS Associate & B.C. Water Governance Program Manager, Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

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Natasha Overduin is the Program Manager for the British Columbia Water Governance Program at the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER).

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.



Associates

Jesse Baltutis

Research Associate, Transboundary Governance

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Jesse Baltutis joined the POLIS Water Sustainability Project in November 2011 as its Water Policy and Governance Project Coordinator.

David B. Brooks

Research Associate, Water Conservation & The Water Soft Path

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David advises several Canadian non-governmental organizations on Canadian and international issues related to fresh water.

Randy Christensen

Research Associate, Water Law & Policy

Randy Christensen is a lawyer with a focus on water law and policy, qualified to practice in the United States and Canada.

Kirk Stinchcombe

Research Associate, Water Conservation & The Water Soft Path

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Kirk Stinchcombe is a founding partner and sustainability specialist with Econics, a company that works with water service providers to help them set rates, control water demand, forecast revenue, manage their infrastructure, and sustain their watersheds.