A Family Story

A Family Story

In 2012, Nan-b and Philippe de Gaspé Beaubien challenged their grandchildren to find their own voice as future philanthropists by asking them what issues were of concern to them. Members of the family’s fourth generation were of one mind: their biggest concern was water.

Extensive research and engagement with key leaders in the water sector opened the eyes of the de Gaspé Beaubien grandparents to the state of freshwater in North America. Their grandchildren were right.

And so, believing in the passion and creativity of youth and the value of entrepreneurship to channel that potential for sustainable societal impact, the De Gaspe Beaubien Family Foundation founded AquaHacking and launched the AquaHacking Challenge to become a source of solutions for our most pressing water issues.

Our Main Targets

Our Main Targets

The water crisis

AquaHacking Team

Dominique Monchamp
Dominique Monchamp

Senior Advisor

Anne-Pascale Richardson
Anne-Pascale Richardson

Program Director

Melissa Dick
Melissa Dick

Development Officer

Kariann Aarup
Kariann Aarup

Advisor

Caroline Thomassin
Caroline Thomassin

General Counsel
and Corporate Secretary

Vittoria DePalma
Vittoria DePalma

Controller

Board of Directors

Nan-B De Gaspé Beaubien
Nan-B De Gaspé Beaubien

Nan-b de Gaspé Beaubien is co-chair of the de Gaspé Beaubien foundation and devotes her time to philanthropic endeavors that continue to break new ground supporting environmental causes, enterprising families and enterprising women, public health, and education.  An internationally renowned expert on topic of family enterprise, she is a regular speaker at global conferences and top universities worldwide.

Fondation de Gaspé Beaubien

Allen Lalonde
Allen Lalonde

Allen Lalonde is IBM Canada’s Senior Innovation Executive and Director of IBM Canada’s Research & Development Centre, a role he has held since May 2013. In directing IBM’s investments and collaboration in strategic innovation initiatives across Canada, Allen and his team are focused on driving social and economic growth in Canada through IBM’s leadership, participation and support of collaborative innovation initiatives and models, and especially through IBM’s support for big data, analytics and cognitive research projects. In this role, Allen collaborates with Municipal, Federal and Provincial governments, academic institutions and researchers, and industry associations and partners to establish, progress and execute such initiatives. He leads a team of research, project management, business development and operations leaders who are dedicated to exciting research projects to answer Canada’s most pressing challenges, including challenges like those prioritized with the AquaHacking Movement.

Matthew Price-Gallagher
Matthew Price-Gallagher

Matthew Price-Gallagher is President & CEO, Watercluster Scientific Inc. Watercluster Scientific Inc. is a Montreal-based privately held corporation focusing on innovative science-based technology solutions using nanotechnology. For the past seventeen years, Mr. Price-Gallagher has guided the Company through its commercial and R&D initiatives with leading researchers and engineers around the world. Current research partners include Brojde Center for Innovation in Engineering and Computer Science and the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as NanoSpun Technologies, a spin-off of the Technion.