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Director, Watersheds BC

Zita spent her early years in living in northern Ontario near the shores of the world’s largest freshwater lake – Lake Superior. Spending these formative years exploring the wilderness of the region on skis, canoe and foot instilled a love, curiosity and respect for the natural world.  She has woven together both environmental issues and public policy throughout her education and career working on a variety of environmental issues for the non-profit, private and public sectors, both domestically and internationally.  She spent 15 years working in different roles for the federal and B.C. government. She was the Manager of Strategic Water Initiatives with the B.C. Ministry of Environment where she led the development of Living Water Smart – BC’s Water Plan and the policy development for the BC Water Sustainability Act.  Her recent work includes working as a consultant on water policy and governance issues in BC and abroad.

She believes that promoting dialogue and collaboration is critical to address our watershed governance and management challenges.  In her role at WBC, she is excited to dedicate her energy to supporting organizations working to improve BC’s watershed security.  Zita has BA (Hons) from Queens University in Political Studies and Geography and an MA in Environmental Studies from the University of Victoria.