Zita Botelho

Director, Watersheds BC

Zita is the Director of Watersheds BC and Co-Director of the Indigenous Watersheds Initiative. In this role she has partnered with philanthropy since 2021 to deliver $42 million in watershed security funding across BC. Her work focuses on scaling BC’s watershed security by supporting organizations and communities with resources, knowledge, training, and networks needed to restore and secure local watersheds. 

She spent 15 years working in various roles for the federal and B.C. governments. Her accomplishments while at B.C. Ministry of Environment include leading the development of Living Water Smart – BC’s Water Plan and the BC Water Sustainability Act. Both landmarks in policy and legislation that have shaped the landscape of watershed management in B.C. for the past 14 years. 

Speaker Sessions

Capital for Conservation: Innovative Finance Models for Nature and Water (Invite-only)

  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Intersectional Track
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Finance, Trade and Investment
Session Date
Tuesday, Feb 13 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Honourable Nathan Cullen Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, Government of British Columbia
Deputy Chief Harlan Schilling Deputy Chief, Daylu Dena Council
CEO, Centre of Excellence in Economic Development
Alan Shapiro Advisor, Working for Watersheds & Principal, Shapiro & Company
Zita Botelho Director, Watersheds BC
Katherine Balpataky Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, ALUS
Eddy Adra Chief Executive Officer, Coast Funds
Monika Freyman Vice-President, Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital
In collaboration with

Keeping Our Heads Above Water: Navigating Water Strategies for Your Organization

  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Intersectional Track
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Zita Botelho Director, Watersheds BC
Kirsten James Senior Program Director, Water, Ceres
Polina Emelianova Americas Go to Market Lead, Energy and Sustainability, Microsoft
Kate Rich Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Division, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas
Claire Neale Portfolio Director, Water – Western Canada, Cities & Development, AtkinsRéalis