The Women and Water Lecture Series, hosted by the Global Institute for Water Security, Global Water Futures - Young Professionals and Global Water Futures, will occur monthly from January to April. The series will showcase research, support young professionals and provide a space for dialogue and networking. Additionally, the series will explore water-related challenges, roles of women in water, gendered water-related impacts, women researchers in water, and challenges and opportunities facing female water researchers.

More details on the 2022 series will be announced this Fall!

2021 Recordings

Felicia Marcus
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Woods Institute Water in the West Program. She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former and current high level water officials (http://waterpolicygroup.com). Felicia was most recently Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. She previously served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX and as head of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She has a JD from NYU School of Law and an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.

Graham Strickert
Dr. Graham Strickert (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability and a founding member of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Strickert’s research seeks to better understand how different people think about and use water and how their thinking influences behavior and water use through the use of social science tools to incorporate people's values and attitudes into water sciences. Dr. Strickert has worked with government agencies including LandCare Research – Menaaki Whenua, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Saskatchewan Association of Watersehd, Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Environment Canada. He has also worked in the private sector for Uretech Surfaces, Inamr Industries, and Johnson and Johnson and as an ally to indigenous communities in the Yukon, NWT, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

Isabelle Durance
Isabelle Durance is a professor at Cardiff School of Biosciences. Her research focuses on three key areas: the role of river biodiversity in sustaining key ecosystem services, the role of landscape processes in driving freshwater ecosystems, the impact of global changes on freshwater ecosystems. Isabelle believes that interdisciplinary research is necessary to find solutions to current environmental challenges and aims to foster collaborations between academics and stakeholders through her different roles. She is the Director of Cardiff Water Research Institute, of the GW4 Water Security Alliance and of GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training.

Jared Wolfe
Jared Wolfe is the Project Manager for the Prairie Water project under the Global Water Futures program and is based out of the University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security. He is an aquatic ecosystems ecologist with an interest in exploring how the interaction between science, policy, and management can promote sustainable water resources. He places a strong emphasis on collaboration in projects and providing an open space for dialogue on wicked environmental issues.

Jared also sits on the National Board for the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation as the Regional Director for the Prairie Region. Within this role, he serves on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion National Committee that aims to operationalize principles of diversity and inclusion in organizational programming at national and local levels. Through listening to and working with his colleagues, Jared hopes to serve as an ally to promote approaches of inclusion within his wider community.

Diane Dupont
Diane P. Dupont is a Professor of Economics at Brock University, where she has held a Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence and was awarded the Brock University Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. She is also a member of Brock’s Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and was the Scientific Director of the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network, a SSHRC Partnership Grant, from 2016-2020. Her editorial positions have been with Water Resources Research, Water Resources & Economics, Canadian Journal of Water Resources, Society and Natural Resources, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Water Economics and Policy, and Water Resources and Economics. She works in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics, particularly where they intersect in the area of non-market valuation. Her research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side. On the supply side, she looks at factors that help to identify which water utilities operate most efficiently and sustainably. On the demand side, she has undertaken a number of non-market valuation studies to determine the value of good quality water as it relates to individuals’ perceptions of the health effects of tap water, as well as their willingness to pay for water-based recreational activities.

Diana Karanja
Dr. Karanja is a widely published medical researcher with experience of over 30 years working with Kenya Medical Research Institute, while collaborating with International Universities in Canada, Japan, Europe and United States, as well as global Institutions including the World Health Organization and the United Nations.  She is the Director of a National Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya; whose focus is on community health and wellbeing.  She is extremely interested in youth mentorship. 

Andrea Rowe
Dr. Andrea Rowe (PhD) joined the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and Global Water Futures (GWF) as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist in September of 2020. Andrea is one of the original Co-Founders and Chief Research Officers at Feminuity, an evidence-based research-driven firm specializing in EDI in the tech sector. Andrea has a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University, where she researched gender equality in national innovation systems in Canada, Sweden, and the OECD in Paris, France.

Stephanie Pow
Stephanie is a graduate of the Water Resource Engineering Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Palliser Campus.  She has worked at Environment Canada and Climate Change with Water Survey of Canada for 15 years.  She graduated from the departments’ apprenticeship program as Hydrometric Technologist.  She has held several supervisory roles within the department.  She was promoted to Head of Operations of Saskatchewan in March 2020. 

Lorelei Ford
Lorelei Ford, M.E.S., is a Water Quality Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency. She has worked in the fields of fisheries, limnology, and unregulated drinking water over her 17 years in government. Her primary responsibility is to ensure the monitoring and reporting of water quality for streams, rivers, and lakes in Saskatchewan.

Lindsey Langs
Lindsey is a Research Officer and Technician working at the Centre for Hydrology’s Coldwater Lab in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, based in Canmore, AB. She completed her M.Sc degree in forest hydrology at the University of Waterloo, and continues to apply her field and research experience within the Mountain Water Futures project, pulling from 5 years of field-based experience.

Past Lecture Series

Women and Water Playlist: December 2018 - April 2019

  1. Women in Water: A Goal of Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
  2. Climate Change and Society, featuring:
    • Dr. Maureen Reed, Reseaercher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. David Natcher, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Maria Mora, PhD Candidate
  3. Ecosystem Services, featuring:
    • Dr. Heidi Swanson, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
    • Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  4. Knowledge Mobilization, featuring:
    • Kathryn Warden, Director of Research and Profile, University of Saskatchewan
    • Stephanie Merrill, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, University of Saskatchewan
    • Holly Annand, PhD Candidate
  5. Snow and Ice, featuring:
    • Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Glaciologist, Simon Fraser University
    • Caroline Aubry-Wake, PhD Candidate

Feel like watching everything from the beginning? You can view a playlist of all lectures from all years here.