The team at Water Canada and Actual Media would like to announce that after three wonderful years, Katherine Balpataky will be leaving her role as editor of Water Canada for a new position as director of corporate partnerships and business development with ALUS Canada—a Weston Family Initiative focused on increasing Canada’s stocks of natural capital and ecosystem services.

During her time with Actual Media, Balpataky focused on elevating the Water Canada brand as the premier source of industry news, sector innovations, and best practices. She also developed many positive relationships with industry partners through Actual Media’s publications, the Canadian Water Summit (CWS), and client projects. She has driven our success by contributing to the vision and strategic plans of various initiatives, leading Water Canada’s editorial development, and developing exciting new CWS programming.

“I am proud of my contributions to Water Canada and the Canadian Water Summit,” Balpataky said. “And I am honoured and grateful to have been a part the Actual Media team. I will always love this magazine, its staff, and the water community.”

Water Canada publisher and Actual Media’s president and CEO Todd Latham said, “We will all miss Katherine’s tenacious and informed search for the best water content, speakers, and experiences for our readers and audiences, as well as her positive, ‘can-do’ attitude in the office but we’re happy she will be continuing to devote her career to advancing environmental stewardship in Canada. We look forward to following her work—perhaps in future pages of Water Canada and on the stage at CWS in her new role!”

While the search for Katherine’s replacement takes place in the coming months, Water Canada associate editor Andrew Macklin (andrew@actualmedia.ca) will assume editorial duties and Todd Latham (todd@actualmedia.ca) will take the lead on CWS 2019 programming.  Jane Buckland (jane@actualmedia.ca) continues in her role as Water Canada’s associate publisher and sales for CWS.

Do you know a dynamic water leader and communicator who should be our new editor? View the job description here.

Photo: Katherine Balpataky tours the Lakeview Water Treatment Plant in Peel Region, Ontario. Credit: Neil Ta.

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