Project Team

Robert Case: Principal Investigator

WW_RobCase.jpgRobert Case is an assistant professor in Social Development Studies, at Renison University College (at the University of Waterloo), and a member of the board of directors of the Wellington Water Watchers, a citizens-based advocacy group based in Wellington County, Ontario.

In Guelph, where Rob lives, water has emerged as a significant focal point for policy development, technological innovation, and social action over past decade or so. In the early 2000s, as a volunteer with the Guelph International Resource Centre, Rob found himself immersed in a broad and interconnected web of diverse professionals, institutions and citizens' groups that were active on water issues in Guelph and beyond.

Returning to academia in 2007 to pursue a PhD in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, Rob immersed himself further still in Guelph's social networks of water activism, through a dissertation project that explored the dynamics underlying water activism in that context. The "Water Wins" research project builds on this research trajectory.

In his teaching capacity, Rob teaches courses on social policy and on community organization, largely to students pursuing a social work specialization. He has a PhD in social work from Wilfrid Laurier University, also in Waterloo, an MSW from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a BSW from McGill University in Montreal.

Laura Zeglen: Project Coordinator

WW_LauraZeglen.jpgLaura is a recent Master of Arts graduate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. Laura brings a diverse range of experience and expertise to coordinating this environmentally-focused project, from past research coordination work at the University of Toronto, to volunteering with the Brampton YMCA’s “Green Team”, to engaging with nature whilst backpacking and hiking in a variety of rugged landscapes around the world. Currently, she is also coordinating a project at Ryerson University (, investigating Toronto’s green economy and exploring how various stakeholders engage in this economy. Her emerging research interests include new approaches to environmental education, community engagement in environmental initiatives, and learning what drives environmental policy change.

Siobhan Bonisteel Topping: Media Analyst

WW_SiobhanBonisteelTopping.jpgSiobhan Bonisteel Topping is an MES candidate in Environment & Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo. She holds an honours BA from the University of Toronto in Women and Gender Studies. Siobhan has experience with non-profit Board management, web design, social media and small business entrepreneurism. Past work includes being Editor of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable Blog, and Social Media and Web Development for a joint program between George Brown College and Negahneewin College. Siobhan has a passion for all things environmental and her research focuses mainly on sustainable food and sustainable parenting within modern-consumer culture. She also has years of experience in grassroots community building projects and recently co-founded the Preston Community Garden.

Rebecca Pacheco: Research Assistant (Communications)

rebecca_pacheco.pngRebecca is studying Social Development Studies at the University of Waterloo. She is specializing in social work and social policy and has chosen to minor in political science. She is working with Wellington Water Watchers as a research apprentice working with Robert Case as her supervising professor. She is passionate about social activism and really wants to make positive social change in her community. She loves learning about nature and the environment and loves spending time outdoors.



This project is funded by a
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant.





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