Team

WaterTAP’s high-energy, passionate team has a record of water sector success.

Rick VanSant

President and CEO

Rick VanSant, ICD.D, is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He served as President and CEO of UV Pure Technologies, an early-stage Canadian environmental technology company, from 2002 to 2018.

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Sunny Kumar

Managing Director, Acceleration Programs and Director, Access to Capital

Dr. Sunny Kumar leads WaterTAP’s program to prepare water technology companies to seek and receive capital. He brings more than 10 years of experience working directly with seed and growth stage companies and positioning them for acceleration and attracting capital. 

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Lesley Herstein

Director, Change Leaders Lab

Dr. Lesley Herstein brings a range of water-related experience to WaterTAP. In the private realm, she previously worked with a water technology start-up to develop and test a remote water monitoring device for drinking water systems.

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Kristy Pepin

Manager of Administration

Kristy Pepin brings to WaterTAP more than five years of experience in operation management and organizational leadership.

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Josh Chong

Manager, Communications

Josh Chong has a strong affinity for writing, communications, and building strategy from more than a decade of diverse experiences in marketing, pedagogy, advertising, technical writing, research, editorial work, and creative consultation.

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Elisa Cheng

Manager, Client Engagement and Growth Catalyst Program

Elisa Cheng brings more than 5 years of experience working in the water sector and providing market intelligence, research, and insights for water and wastewater technology companies across North America.

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