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Board of directors


Diana Nichols Nelson, Chair

Diana began her career working as an agrologist with over 21 years experience with the federal government in food inspection, policy and regulation. Diana then transitioned to The Canadian department of Foreign affairs and International Trade working in trade policy and business development with a focus science based sectors. Most deftly Diana was Based at the Canadian embassy in Bern, Switzerland where she was the Senior Trade Commissioner. Diana Currently works with the Dalhousie University's Brain Repair Centre focusing on strategic planning and operations.

Hana Nelson, Secretary


After completing a Bachelor of Science in biology and international development as well as a Master of Science in agroecology and field experiences in Sri Lanka, Hana came home to Halifax looking to make her mark in the world of humanitarian aid. Driven by her convictions that emergency sanitation could be inexpensive, durable and mobile, Hana worked with Andrew Larsen to found Aerosan.

With several years of experience working in international settings and a passion for sanitation, Hana is a natural leader for the Aerosan team. Since started Aerosan in 2012, Hana has been integral to developing our product and range of services as well as completing extensive field research, including spending more than two months in Haiti following the earthquake of 2012. Hana speaks English, French, and Spanish and can be found most summer nights on an Ultimate Frisbee field.

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Deep Sapkota, Deputy Chair

Deep was born and raised in Nepal and graduated from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) with a Bachelor degree. He also completed a Master's degree from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Deep has several years of experience working in national and international NGO’s in Nepal. Deep immigrated to Canada in 2017 and started to work with the Province of Nova Scotia. Deep worked in different capacities within the government and most recently working as a senior Policy Analyst with the Department of Agriculture. Deep is very active in community support and volunteering at different organizations. Currently, Deep is a president of the Nepalese Society of Nova Scotia and also holds a vice-president for Non-Resident Nepali Association Canada. Deep is very excited to be a part of the Aerosan team.

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Victoria Bryce, Treasurer

Victoria has experience working for international NGOs worldwide for fifteen years, mostly as a monitoring and evaluation specialist for organizations on children's rights during armed conflict. She is now completing her law degree at Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and will be working for Justice Canada after graduation. She hopes to further her career interests in refugee and international human rights law.

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