Michael McGarry

Michael McGarry

Although a public health engineer by training, Mike has spent his entire working career in community development in developing countries. Mike works as a Senior Project Director for Cowater International Inc. His focus is on rural water supply projects in Pakistan, Lesotho, Angola and Afghanistan. His career has included working at international institutions such as the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok), the University of Sussex (UK), the International Development Research Centre, and Cowater International (which he founded with two other partners).

In the early 1990s, Mike left Canada to work full-time overseas in international development. After managing a series of projects in Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal and Pakistan, he settled in rural Mansehra, a conservative district in Northern Pakistan with his wife, Farhat Sultana. There, they built a home next to a village and created a teacher training centre and seven much needed schools.

Politics and security became unhinged in Pakistan after 2001, so Mike and family (which now includes two wonderful teenage daughters) settled back in Canada where Mike rejoined Cowater. Being an entrepreneur and having created Cowater, his interest lies naturally in starting up the Dandelion Co-op as an avenue for community development, with a focus on health and well-being.