MEET THE TEAM
Jay Famiglietti is a hydrologist, a professor and the Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to Saskatchewan, he served as the Senior Water Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology. Jay and his team have been researching and communicating about water and climate change — in academics, in business, in government and to the general public — for over 30 years. He appeared as a featured expert in Participant Media’s water documentary “Last Call at the Oasis”, on CBS News 60 Minutes, and on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Jay is a frequent speaker and he is an avid writer for the general public. His research and commentary are often featured in the international news media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Economist, and in network, cable and public television news. Jay is a regular guest on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, CBC Radio and other public radio shows.
Mark Ferguson is a research and media communications expert specializing in water and climate research with long-term societal and environmental implications. Currently, Mark holds positions as the communications specialist with the Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures program at the University of Saskatchewan, and as director of operations for Let’s Talk About Water. Mark holds a graduate degree in journalism from the University of King’s College, a bachelor of arts from the University of Saskatchewan, and specialist training in science communication from the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has worked previously at the Canadian Light Source, Aga Khan Foundation (Tajikistan), and as a journalist with newspapers, magazines, and radio stations across Canada. Mark is also an avid videographer, podcaster, and award-winning photographer.
Sean Prpick was raised on his family's farm south of Saskatoon. Following high school, Sean's passion for writing and research led him to the University of Saskatchewan. Once there he took a Double Honours Degree in English and History, completing it in the early 1980's. Following another degree from the University of Regina in journalism, Sean embarked first on a career in newspaper reporting and then nearly 30 years work for CBC Radio. Most of his time at CBC was spent as a representative of the national radio network in Saskatchewan. Post-CBC, Sean has been busy editing both print and audiobooks and making podcasts.
Researcher & Science Writer
Amy Hergott is a Science and Research Communicator with the LTAW team. Amy completed an undergraduate degree in Environmental Biology at the University of Saskatchewan before continuing to her Master’s in Environment and Sustainability, with a focus in Prairie wetland water quality. She has worked at Environment and Climate Change Canada and with the Global Institute for Water Security, allowing her to flex her field and lab skills while advancing her critical thinking. Amy has a passion for exploring anthropogenic stressors on the environment, learning about a sustainable future through innovation, and disentangling science into digestible content. In her spare time, she enjoys backcountry camping, horse-back riding, snowboarding, and sipping a beer over a game of backgammon.
Researcher & Science Writer
Laura McFarlan is a part of the LTAW team as a science and research communicator. Laura moved to the Paris of the Prairies after her undergrad at the University of Waterloo (in Ontario) to complete her Masters of Environment and Sustainability at the UofS. She’s in the process of wrapping up her project looking at the variability and drivers of nutrient accumulation in wetlands. Laura is a complete sucker for a good infographic and a wannabe science artist. When she’s not trying to write or do research, she’s brewing kombucha, biking around town, or trying to convince her friends to get more dogs.
Social Media Creator
Shawn Ahmed is a non-profit digital media communications specialist with over a decade of experience. Starting in his ethnic homeland of Bangladesh, Shawn began his career leveraging low-speed mobile data networks, social media, and a camera to raise awareness and raise funds for local NGOs and INGOs working to fight extreme poverty. Shawn and his work have been honoured by The World Economic Forum, The Webby Awards, Save the Children, and been featured on CBC, CNN, NPR, The Globe & Mail, and The Toronto Star. In addition to Let’s Talk About Water, Shawn serves on the academy boards as a judge for both The Webby Awards and The Shorty Awards.
Digital Services Coordinator
Jesse is the Digital Services Coordinator for the Global Institute for Water Security, where he develops and implements digital communications initiatives on platforms such as web, mobile, and social media. He previously worked with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at USask, where he had done similar work in his role as Information and Communication Assistant. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, meaning he likes to talk and debate about hypothetical scenarios. A lot.
Global Institute for Water Security
Stacey is the Outreach Coordinator with the Global Institute for Water Security and Global Water Futures program at the University of Saskatchewan. Since she joined the institute in 2016, her work has focused on promoting the activities and research of the GIWS through events and visual media. Stacey holds a bachelor of science in Geography and Planning (with a specialty in water science) and a Master's degree in hydrology looking at the impacts of climate change and land use change on the hydrology in the Canadian Prairies. She has previously worked at the Meewasin Valley Authority and Environment and Climate Change Canada and is devoted to advocating to protect our freshwater resources.
Founder, Let's Talk About Water
Consultant, LTAW Podcast
Linda Lilienfeld is the creator and director of the Let’s Talk About Water Film & Water Symposia. Linda has over thirty-five years of experience as a film and picture researcher, specializing in science and history on projects ranging from PBS documentaries to museum exhibits and books. She has served for the past ten years as a research assistant to Peggy Parsons, curator of the Film Program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She has been a member of the steering committee and pre-screening committee for the International Water and Film Events.