WaterLeadership | Innovation Leadership Skills

Tuesday, April 9, 2024 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

As part of the Water Institute's WaterLeadership training series, the Water Institute, presents, "Innovation Leadership Skills” with special guest, Karen Kun, Director and Co-founder of Waterlution.

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In this interactive module, participants will discover what makes them an asset to the water sector, while learning to recognize and appreciate the abilities of others. You will learn to how improve your communication and teambuilding skills through a variety of fun and effective tools that identifies strengths and further develops leadership and innovation competencies.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify and leverage your individual strengths in a way that can help you reach your full career potential.
  • Learn strategies for building teams that can help you increase your influence in the water sector.
  • Learn empathetic leadership skills to be able to recognize and comprehend the needs and emotions of others.
  • Learn how to productively and intentionally interact and network with people to achieve your strategic goals, gain new insights, and work effectively in teams.

About the guest speaker:

Karen Kun is Director and Co-founder of Waterlution, an internationally recognized water-focused organization offering distinctive capacity building, leadership and facilitation training to spark and mentor innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs in the water and climate change space. 

Karen is devoted to advancing social change, systems thinking, and ecological diversity, and one of her greatest passions is encouraging inter-generational learning and transferring knowledge through mentorship opportunities. She has a combined business-environmental background, including a commerce degree from Concordia University specializing in international business and an advanced geography education from York University, with a focus on water and environmental management. 

Qualify for the WaterLeadership Certificate

A WaterLeadership certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend all four modules and complete the corresponding assignments. Each assignment is estimated to take between 60-90 minutes to complete.  If you are attempting to complete the certificate and are not available to attend one or more of the sessions in-person, please contact Nancy.Goucher@uwaterloo.ca to discuss alternative arrangements.

Students taking Water 602 in Fall 2023 who were present for Nancy Goucher’s guest lecture on September 20, 2023 may be exempt from this module. Contact Nancy.Goucher@uwaterloo.ca for more information.


Registration is required. Please register using your @uwaterloo.ca email address. Note that the WaterLeadership program is only open to University of Waterloo students, faculty and staff.

Catered lunch will be provided.

Visit the WaterLeadership webpage for a full schedule of sessions and to register.

The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Nancy.goucher@uwaterloo.ca).