The Beginnings of WWP
Asha and Roopa’s inspiration for the organization came at a young age while visiting relatives in the southern states of India. They were shocked to learn how access to water was so limited for such a large portion of the population – a stark contrast to what they knew in Canada.
In addition, in Canada during 2006, Asha founded the organization WaterCan@Western at the University of Western Ontario. The organization is a chapter of the National charity WaterCan, which raises money and awareness for water and sanitation issues in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With Asha’s deep involvement with water-issues through WaterCan@Western and the sisters’ first-hand view into the dire water situation of India, Asha and Roopa decided to establish Water Well-ness Project in an effort to create real change for people in need across the world and provide transparent and tangible means for individuals, like you, to join their mission. Tackling water and sanitation issues through sustainable solutions is a way for all of us to address a root cause of poverty, disease, illiteracy, and economic insecurity in our world.
Co-founder/CEO: Asha Suppiah
Asha is the CEO of Enviro Spinnovations Inc., a clean technology business. She has been working on water-related projects from a young age. She is the inventor of a patented novel solar desalination technique. She is the founder of Watercan @ Western, which is a chapter of the national charity WaterCan that raises money for water and sanitation causes in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was honoured in 2007 as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 by Youth In Motion and in 2008 as Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce Young Achiever of the Year for her work. Asha was also named an Agent of Change by the Centre for Social Innovation in 2012 and as 1 of 45 Emerging Innovators in North American by Ashoka and American Express in 2013. Her insights on the world water industry and details of her own water technology were published through an article she wrote for Diplomat and International magazine.
Co-founder/Chair of Board: Roopa Suppiah
Roopa holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University and is currently a MD candidate studying at McMaster University. Her passions for health, humanitarian and environmental initiatives began at a young age with her environmental scientific research projects, which she presented across Canada and in places including Tunisia, Africa and the United States. Roopa was awarded the Toyota Earth Day Scholarship in 2009 as a testament to her environmental stewardship and later represented Canada in 2010 at the British Council’s International Forum on Climate Finance held in Shanghai, China to advance global political progress on climate issues. A declaration created at this meeting was presented at the United Nations Climate Change “Conference of the Parties 16” that was held later that year. In addition to her work with Water Well-ness Project, Roopa has been involved in other water-related projects, including a campaign that supported water and sanitation facility implementation for Ethiopian schools by the Canadian charity WaterCan and a Toilet Seat campaign on Parliament Hill. Roopa looks forward to using her medical training to complement her work with Water Well-ness Project in addressing illness caused by poor water quality, lack of sanitation facilities, and environmental threats in developing countries.
Board of Director: Sean Del Giallo
Sean is a corporate lawyer at Dentons Canada LLP in Ottawa, Ontario. His practice focuses on corporate/commercial law, securities and mergers and acquisitions, primarily in the technology sector. Sean attended law school at Western University and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Ryerson University. Prior to law school, Sean was the founder of multiple companies, including an online platform for hockey fans that reached more than 30,000 visitors per month. In his spare time, Sean plays the drums, edits films, plays hockey and enjoys travelling the world. Sean has a strong interest in improving communities by utilizing market forces in innovative ways. He is excited to bring his entrepreneurial experience and legal background to Water Well-ness Project.
Board of Director: Kamala Suppiah
Kamala brings a wealth of knowledge from her 25 years of experience running and working in businesses. As an Economics degree holder, she now works as Vice-President of Operation at Enviro Spinnovations Inc. Kamala has been involved in philanthropic work for many years in India. Here in Canada, she has worked as an executive member in various organizations in Deep River, Ontario, and brings her extensive experiences to Water Well-ness Project.