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Our Team


Dr. Helen Scott is the Executive Director of CanWaCH. She is responsible for overseeing all areas of the organization and its work, including policy management, strategic planning, visioning in cooperation with the Board of Directors, program management, personnel and financial management, risk analysis and providing leadership for the CanWaCH team. Dr. Scott holds a doctorate in epidemiology with a focus on maternal and child health, and a postdoctoral fellowship in survey methodology and advanced regression modelling strategies. She has managed a variety of program development, evaluation, health policy and health care delivery systems projects, including a World Health Organization project on childhood injury prevention across 49 countries. Helen also holds an Assistant Professor appointment in the Epidemiology Department at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Helen sits on the Board of Directors for numerous child focused initiatives in her community, including serving 15 years on her children’s school’s Parent Council, and she is also a basketball and baseball coach. Her personal mission is to spend Canada Day in the capital city of each of Canada’s provinces and territories.


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Julia is CanWaCH’s Director of Operations and she is responsible for day-to-day management of the Global Affairs funded project, including managing human and financial resources, reporting, and liaising with Global Affairs Canada. The Director of Operations works closely with the Executive Director to implement the organizational strategic plan and long-term fund diversification and sustainability plan. Julia holds a Master of Arts degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies from Trent University where she focused her studies on the role of civil society in Canada’s international cooperation activities. She has held several positions in the non-profit and academic sectors, including serving as the Director of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility at Trent University and a Program Manager with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  She is also an active volunteer working with the New Canadian Centre to support refugee resettlement and she also serves as the Vice-President on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation. In her down time, Julia enjoys cross-Canada touring and camping with her partner and their five children.


Photo of CindyCindy is the Administrative Coordinator at CanWaCH and she is responsible for the day-to-day financial and administrative functions of the organization. She attended the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute with a focus in Accounting and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Toronto. Cindy has held several accounting and administrative positions over her career, including being responsible for the financial accountability and reporting of Federal, Provincial and Municipal government-funded programs. In the past, Cindy has been an avid camper and hiker and she enjoys being in the great outdoors. Currently, she spends her spare time with her six grandchildren whenever possible. 



Ibrahim is the Director of Metrics at CanWaCH and he is responsible for the promotion and use of common measures and core RMNCAH indicators and methods consistent with international best practices and in alignment with health reporting tools that would enable enhanced and coordinated tracking of key development results towards improving women and children’s health globally. Ibrahim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry from Birzeit University and a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He has over 20 years of experience in global health and has held many positions in the public health domain, including positions with WaterAid, IDRC, the Micronutrient Initiative (now Nutrition International) and Oxfam GB. In his spare time, Ibrahim is an official with the Ontario Speed Skating Association and he is also engaged in refugee sponsorship and settlement in Ottawa.



Andy is the Manager of Knowledge Exchange and is responsible for ensuring that members are effectively engaged as drivers and recipients of value from CanWaCH. Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Dalhousie University and a Master of Arts degree from Trent University, where he focused on Canadian immigration policy and political economy. Andy has had a varied career, holding political, administrative and non-profit positions, including as a coordinator of community-based research projects for Trent University. As an active community member, Andy sits on a variety of local boards and committees, and is a Director at Alterna Savings. He is also a proficient musician and can play various instruments, including the saxophone, banjo, and mandolin.



bio-picCharmaine is CanWaCH’s Manager of Strategic Communications. She is responsible for providing strategic advice and leading on the planning, development and implementation of all CanWaCH communications activities and public engagement initiatives. She also provides strategic advice and support on government relations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a professional certificate in Management Skills, both from Carleton University. Charmaine has had a dynamic career, serving in a variety of positions in the public and non-profit sectors, including serving with Parliamentarians in the House of Commons and Cabinet. She is also a passionate volunteer and organizer for events in her community. When she is not pursuing her love to visit new places near and far, she moonlights as a sound technician for a country music band.


Photo of JessicaJessica is the Manager of Global Health Impact and she supports CanWaCH’s strategic efforts to strengthen Canadian monitoring and evaluation processes, capacity and collaborations, in order to drive evidence-driven programming and decision-making. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, specializing in Health Promotion and Women’s Health. Jessica has worked in diverse senior program management, public health research and evaluation positions in Canada and internationally, including serving as Director of Programs for IDRF, where she led an extensive portfolio of emergency response and development programs across several continents. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Council for International Cooperation and for the Ontario charity Licensed to Learn. In her spare time, she volunteers with a local collective, working to create a digital platform to showcase newcomer youth perspectives on sexual health matters.


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Katie Lloyd is the Senior Policy Advisor at CanWaCH and is responsible for providing strategic direction, issues management and policy advice in relation to all orders of government and key stakeholders. She holds a Master of Arts degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa, where she focused her studies on conflict, gender and the reintegration of child soldiers. Katie has worked in the international development sector, including for projects in Swaziland, South Africa, Bihar State India and Washington D.C. Most recently, she worked for Global Affairs Canada’s Human Rights Desk and China Desk. In her spare time, Katie is a yoga enthusiast and she enjoys volunteering at yoga events in her community. She also loves to travel and spend time in nature.


Alli is a Policy and Governance Officer at CanWaCH and she is an important member of the team, supporting the work of the senior leadership team, the communications team and the Board of Directors. She has a Bachelor of Social Science in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and a Master of Arts Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University. Since graduating, she has held various research and operational positions in the international cooperation sector, including as the Volunteer Coordinator and HR Manager for Arise and Shine Uganda. She is also a passionate volunteer and serves as a Board member for the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA). An accomplished musician, Alli’s most recent accolade includes singing the first dance at her sister’s wedding.



Leigha is a Policy and Governance Officer at CanWaCH and she has a key role on the CanWaCH Knowledge Exchange team coordinating the membership program and supporting senior leadership. Leigha has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and Modern Languages from the University of Ottawa and she is currently pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership at Carleton University. Before starting with CanWaCH, Leigha was involved with several non-profits, including serving as the Manager of Knowledge Mobilization and Member Services for Volunteer Canada. She also volunteers for the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, SafePet and serves on the board of JustChange Ottawa, a local group that provides small grants for innovative community-based initiatives. Her personal interests include languages, used bookstores, senior dogs and ethical fashion/beauty.


Caitlin is the Communications Officer at CanWaCH and she is responsible for executing the day-to-day tactical communications activities of CanWaCH as well as supporting strategic communications planning and the senior leadership team. She has a Master of Arts degree in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo, where she specialized in International Human Rights. Since graduating, Caitlin has held several positions with international non-profits and the UN. Most recently she worked for the World Blind Union as the Communications Officer and Project Coordinator for their human rights training and capacity building project. In her spare time, Caitlin volunteers with Planned Parenthood, leading workshops on HIV prevention and she is an avid traveler who loves to hike, attend film festivals and relax with a good book.