Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors include the following people:

Laurra Olmsted, MSc, P.Geol.
Role: Executive Director
Email: laurraolmsted@gmail.com
Ms Olmsted has 20 years experience as a hydrogeologist in the consulting field in both water resources and contaminant hydrogeology. She is a founding member of Hydrogeologists Without Borders, and has been involved with the International Association of Hydrogeologists since 1989. She currently serves on the Burdon Groundwater Network and has been a member of the executive for the Canadian National Chapter of the IAH since 1994. She founded UniWater Education in 2011 in an effort to enhance the lives of many by supporting them to find their own solutions to the water crisis in their areas.

Peter Olmsted, MSc, P.Eng.
Email: polmsted@matrix-solutions.com
Mr Olmsted is a senior engineer with the consulting firm Matrix Solutions Inc in Canada. He has more than 30 years experience in the mining and environmental fields, and he volunteers with the Alberta Sprint Canoe Association and the Environmental Services Association of Alberta.

 
Robert McCullagh, CFP, CLU, RHU, CH.F.C.
Email: robert@benefitplanners.ca
Mr. McCullagh is the principal independent broker at Benefit Partners. He was awarded the Million Dollar Round Table status in 2001 for exemplary performance and highest standards of ethics, knowledge, service and productivity. He regularly lectures at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) in financial planning. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Advocis since 2007, fulfilling the role as Chair in 2011.

Kwesi Haizel
Email: kwesi@kwesihaizel.com
Kwesi HaizelKwesi was born in Accra, Ghana and finished his BSc in Computer Science and Statistics at the University of Ghana, Legon in 1991. Kwesi then continued his education in Canada at the University of New Brunswick, earning an MSc in Computer Science in 1996. With his computer science background, Kwesi has continued to work in IT for over 15 years with a focus on IT Service Management and process implementation. Kwesi has a keen interest in education and a deep understanding of the potential possibilities that appropriate education enables in developing countries. Kwesi volunteers with several organizations including True Vision Ghana and Community Crop. Kwesi has travelled to numerous countries in Asia, Central Asia, Europe, African and South America.

Bridget Scanlon, PhD.
Email: scanlonb@beg.utexas.edu
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABridget Scanlon is a senior researcher in the Geology Department of the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

 
Jessica Dillabough, PhD.
Email: jessica.j.dillabough@esso.ca
Jessica DillaboughJessica Dillabough is a Regulatory Affairs Advisor with Imperial Oil. She has 5 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and works on issues related to water, sustainability, and environmental services. She holds a PhD in Strategy, focusing on Energy Management and Sustainable Development from the University of Calgary. She has had an interest in water issues since she began her PhD and has studied environmental practices from a strategic perspective throughout her PhD. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, hockey, and learning about global sustainability issues.