Water Canada Team Attends 2017 Waterkeeper Gala

On April 20th, the Water Canada team, Todd Latham, publisher and CEO; Jane Buckland, associate publisher; Katherine Balpataky, editor; and Todd Westcott, content and marketing manager, attended the 6th annual Waterkeeper Gala.

A Lake Ontario Waterkeeper event, the Waterkeeper Gala raises funds and awareness for water issues locally and globally. An independent charity, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper/ Swim Drink Fish Canada works for a day when every person in the Lake Ontario watershed can safely touch the water, when the water is pure enough to drink, and when the lake is clean and wild enough that you could toss in a line anywhere and pull out a fish.

Todd Latham and Katherine Balpataky.

Their programs bring together law, science, culture, and digital media in order to connect and empower people to restore polluted places, protect human health, and promote thriving natural spaces.

Todd Westcott and Jane Buckland.

The program showcases musical presentations, this year featuring Hannah Georgas, Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas), and Sarah Harmer; inducts new Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors, individuals who have “demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to creating a future where every Canadian can swim, drink, and fish.” This year’s inductees included Dave Bidini, Denise Donlon, Sarah Harmer, and Stephen Ranger.

Eric Whan, director of GlobeScan; Robert Haller, executive director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association; and Todd Latham.

This year’s art auction featured work from Michael Adamson, Richard Ahnert, David T AlexanderJohn Brown, Michael BurkeEdward Burtynsky, Ian Busher, Adam ColangeloBarbara Cole, Laura Culic, Steve Driscoll, David Grieve, Frank GrisdaleJohn HartmanDaniel HughesJoshua Jensen-Nagle, Mendelson JoeStewart Jones, Nicole Katsuras, James LaheyPaul Mantrop, David Marshak, Kent Monkman, Finn O’HaraVictoria Piersig, Kay PlanteAndrew RucklidgeJoseph Sampson, Su Sheedy, Daniel St-Amant, and Michael Toole.

More than $2.3-million has been raised to promote swimmable, drinkable, fishable water since 2011. Visit Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to learn more about their programming.