The Econics Team
Kirk Stinchcombe. Sustainability Specialist
Kirk Stinchcombe is one of the founders of Econics. Prior to starting the company, he was the Manager of Operational Policy with the BC Ministry of Environment’s Water Stewardship Division. He also spent much of the previous decade in Australia, where he led large-scale demand management projects as part of the “Millennium Drought” response.
He is also a special advisor to the University of Victoria’s POLIS Water Sustainability Project and is a board member for Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), headquartered in Chicago.
Kirk is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has a Master’s in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s of Business Administration from Griffith University in Australia. He has published and spoken internationally on various topics related to water use efficiency and sustainability including rainwater harvesting, water use accounting, community-based social marketing and water pricing.
Why does Kirk love working in water? He is convinced that by developing innovative solutions for water, we can go on to use them to alleviate many other environmental challenges of our time. That, plus he gets to work with fun and smart people that are equally passionate about what they do.
JP Joly. Sustainability Specialist
JP is one of the founders of Econics. He has worked in the water industry for over a decade applying information technology to make water service delivery more sustainable. He is our systems expert and modeling specialist leading development and application of Econics’ WaterWorthTM suite of software tools.
JP has worked with water suppliers across Canada completing projects involving asset management, long term financial planning, utility rate setting, demand management and emergency management planning.
Before water, JP worked in the Vancouver area high tech industry. First as software engineer and then moving on to product management and business development, and eventually co-founding a start-up. JP has a B.A.Sc. (Honours) in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Why does JP love working in water? He is inspired by both the simplicity and complexity of water, how intricately linked water is to community life. And he knows that it is becoming increasingly scarce in many places and that infrastructure is too often deteriorating. JP wants to make a difference by guiding decision makers in making more sustainable choices..
Rebecca Mersereau. Sustainability Specialist
Rebecca’s previous work experience includes managing environmental non-profit organizations and more recently, communications and policy development in the environmental sector. Rebecca is a Registered Professional Biologist (RPBio), and serves on the Capital Regional District’s Water Advisory Committee to help advise local decision-makers on the management of Greater Victoria’s water supply.
Rebecca has a Master of Science degree in water resources management from the University of the West Indies, undergraduate degrees in biology and education from Dalhousie University and St. Thomas University, and is currently working toward a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Why does Rebecca love working in water? She finds the multi-disciplinary nature of water fascinating and challenging at the same time. Rebecca believes that raising the value placed on water is an important challenge for communities to meet in the years ahead, as well as considering and balancing the many competing interests with a stake in such an essential resource