Our Living Waters is about amplifying the influence and impact of the many, diverse organizations - from foundations and companies to cottage associations and environmental groups to indigenous communities and fishing clubs - that make up Canada’s water community.
Seeded by a series of conversations, gatherings and studies on how to strengthen the water movement in Canada, Our Living Waters has developed into a Network that is driving collaboration, uniting voices, and providing a common basis, through our shared measurement system, to measure progress toward our ambitious goal at the heart of it all:
All waters in Canada in good health by 2030.
A team of people are committed to supporting the Our Living Waters Network by: confirming collective priorities for the Network, raising and leveraging funds to support collaborative initiatives, measuring our success, and ensuring communications across our supporter base.
This team includes:
Wendy Cooper as the OLW 2030 Fund lead, manages the Fund, distribution of grants and reporting.
Tony Maas as the OLW strategy lead, focuses on overarching strategy and federal government relations.
Tim Morris as the funding lead, leverages and coordinates collaborative funding opportunities for the Network.
Andrew Stegemann as the project director and shared measurement lead, oversees overall operations and ensures we are measuring our progress towards achieving our ambitious goal.
Lindsay Telfer as the communications and member engagement lead supports Network-wide communications and engagement activities.
The Our Living Waters Network is a project on the Tides Canada shared platform. With its proven expertise in managing funds and charitable projects as part of its shared platform, Tides is the natural backbone “home” for the Network. Tides Canada connects and empowers a wide range of people and initiatives across the country to take on tough social and environmental challenges, by bringing giving, investing, and doing under a single roof. For more information on Tides Canada’s approach to strategic philanthropy and the shared platform visit tidescanada.org/approach.
Many thanks to our funding partners for their support in the critical early days of building the Our Living Waters Network, including: the Dragonfly Fund at Tides Canada Foundation, Echo Foundation, McLean Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Sitka Foundation, with support from RBC Blue Water through their support of the shared measurement project.