About Cowater

Cowater International (Cowater) is Canada’s leading management consulting firm focused on providing services to developing and emerging economies. Since 1985, Cowater has provided leading-edge, innovative solutions to more than 65 countries worldwide.

Cowater has completed more than 800 projects and has developed a reputation of excellence for our strong ability to work with clients and stakeholders to provide solutions and services tailored to the needs and challenges faced by developing and transitional countries. Our firm possesses internationally recognized and award winning experience at the policy, program and project levels, developing and managing major projects as well as undertaking studies, sector reviews, evaluations, and training and communications activities.

In addition to our headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, we also operate project offices in Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Mozambique, Ghana, South Sudan, Vietnam, Lesotho, Jordan, Honduras, Mali, Malawi, and Bhutan.

Our Approach

At Cowater we strive to develop customized projects that address the unique situation of each client while bringing international best practices; modern and appropriate infrastructure; and information technology (IT) solutions. Our solutions address specific needs and challenges at the government, institution, industry partner, community, and individual level providing capacity building and participatory approaches that are client driven and sustainable. This approach ensures all stakeholders are a part of project design, decision-making and follow-up.

Our Approach enables us to:

  • Assist all beneficiaries to come together and articulate their needs, mobilize resources, and plan and manage change together
  • Facilitate institutional strengthening and reform to improve and strengthen governance and accountability
  • Promote effective resource management delivering results efficiently, effectively and economically
  • Deliver modern, appropriate, and reliable physical infrastructure including water, sanitation and energy
  • Deliver the highest quality results that are on time and on budget

Our Strengths

  • Award winning approach to project management and implementation with experience in more than 65 developing and transitional economies
  • In-country expertise with a large network of local staff, consultants, and partners
  • Full-cycle project management including design, financing, large scale procurement and construction oversight capabilities
  • Fund management expertise for large scale grants on behalf of donors and clients
  • Sustainable results through capacity building and participatory approaches with government, institutions, communities, industry partners, and individuals
  • Customized solutions designed in partnership with stakeholders to address unique situations and environments
  • Technological advantage by designing and implementing high quality technology solutions for governments and the private sector
  • International standards and best practices
  • Professional excellence with a strong multidisciplinary and multilingual capacity

Senior Management Team

David Baron, IMBA, B.Soc.Sc. (Hons)

President and Chief Executive Officer

Dan Coleman, CPA, CMA, B.Comm.

Chief Operating Officer

Fida Geagea, M.A., B.A.

Vice President, Social Development

Mark Redwood, M.U.P., B.A (Hons)

Vice President, Water, Sanitation & Environment

Wilson Pearce, M.A., B.A. (Hons)

Vice President, Local Governance & Economic Development

Alan Wilson, MBA, B.Soc.Sc.

Vice-President, Business Development

Cory Leblanc, CPA, CA, M.A

Director, Public Financial Management & Accountability

Mike McGarry, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Senior Project Director

Per Unheim, M.Sc, M.A

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Anita Lavryssen, CHRL

Office Manager

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