Advisory Panel

Katherine Balpataky

Editor, Water Canada
Katherine is the Editor of Water Canada magazine. She has over ten years experience working on water issues as a policy advisor, communications expert and journalist. She has worked with the Canadian Water Network, the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy and Grand River Conservation Authority on projects related to freshwater management and natural resource development.
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Imogen Coe

Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen Coe is the Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and is Internationally recognized for her pioneering research in membrane protein cell biology and biochemistry. Throughout her 15-year career in academia, Imogen has been a strong independent voice for science. She is committed to student experiential learning through participation in research projects having supervised more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students to date. Imogen is an advocate in the support and promotion of girls and women in science and has spoken on the topic locally and nationally. She is also active in promoting and highlighting the importance and relevance of science to her local community. An accomplished researcher and speaker, Imogen has presented her research at conferences and seminars across the globe for more than a decade and has more than70 scholarly papers, book chapters and abstracts to her credit. Imogen has received many research grants and awards throughout her career, currently holds grants from both NSERC and CIHR and was awarded the Premier's Research Excellence Award (now known as the Early Researcher Award) for her research activities from 2000 - 2005. She has also dedicated her time as an internal reviewer for multiple Canadian funding agencies including NSERC, CIHR, and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, as well as acting as a reviewer for other national and international funding groups. Previously, Imogen was Associate Dean, Research and Partnerships, in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, York University. Imogen received a PhD in Biology from the University of Victoria, an MSc from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s degree from Exeter University in the U.K.
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Bernadette Conant

Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Water Network
Bernadette Conant is the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Water Network (CWN), where she has been working since 2003. Established in 2001 by Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, CWN plays a vital role in ensuring that Canada benefits from its investments in research to manage its water resources more effectively and becomes a world leader in water management. Bernadette has a Master of Science in Hydrogeology from the University of Waterloo and holds the Faculty of Science Alumni of Honour Award from that institution. She currently serves as a Director on the Boards of the Global Water Research Coalition, Hydrogeologists Without Borders and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network, and is a member of the Water Partner Advisory Committee to the Water Stewardship Committee of the Canadian Council of the Federation.
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Steve Conrad is the associate director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. He has broad experience in decision making, participatory policymaking, science communications, coupled social-ecological modeling, the water-energy nexus, water governance, and human dimensions. Steve chairs the British Columbia Water and Waste Association's climate change committee and serves as a member of the board for the American Water Works Association. He also co-chairs the water-energy subcommittee of the International Water Association's water reuse group. Before his academic career, he was a partner with a major US/Canada environmental consulting firm with close to 20 years’ experience in working with water managers and decision makers on numerous water management issues.
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James Downham

President & CEO, PAC, Packaging Consortium
Since 2006 Jim Downham has been dedicated to advancing the packaging industry agenda as the President & CEO for the not-for-profit, PAC, Packaging Consortium. Prior to PAC Jim spent his career in the packaging industry in the manufacturing of package materials/containers rising to the level of CEO of a $175 million multi-plant North American packaging leader. In 2000 Jim founded LeaderLinx, an industry consultant primarily focused on the recruitment of executives in the packaging industry. In November 2014 Jim reached the pinnacle of his career when he was inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame in Chicago, Illinois. Jim is a passionate, bottom-line, customer focused leader. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Program. He has lived and worked in North America and is a citizen of US and Canada. Jim is a founding Director of the Canadian Product Stewardship Council that produces the Conference on Canadian Stewardship.
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Peter Gallant

President & CEO, WaterTAP
Dr. Peter Gallant is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. As the founding President and CEO of Kingston, Ontario-based Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. (PDS), he led the development of a novel automated microbial detection system. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical publications, is a co-inventor on several patents on innovative water quality sensor technologies, and is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide. Dr. Gallant is also an adjunct faculty member in the internationally ranked Queen’s School of Business, where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation and new venture finance at the undergraduate and MBA level. Dr. Gallant holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
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Robert Haller

Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
Robert Haller is the executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. He started with the CWWA in May of 2012 after 20 years as a senior municipal administrator where he oversaw several infrastructure projects including a new wastewater treatment facility. Robert holds a BA in Geography from Carleton University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario where his work focused on water policy following the Walkerton tragedy. Robert has served on the Source Protection Working Group for the St. Lawrence River and has served on the Municipal Advisory Panel to the Ontario Clean Water Agency. He feels his work as a municipal town manager has made him a jack of all trades when it comes to municipal government and provides him the credentials to speak on behalf of municipal utilities across Canada.
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Kevin Kingsbury

Global Director, Environmental Sustainability, McCain Foods
Kevin Kingsbury
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Todd Latham

President, Actual Media Inc.
Todd is a business media leader, idea generator, owner, investor and front line communicator with twenty-six years experience in the environment, water and infrastructure sectors. He is Founder and President of Actual Media Inc., a national creative agency which produces ReNew Canada magazine, the Top100 Projects report, Water Canada magazine and a number of events including the Canadian Water Summit, Water’s Next Awards, Top100 Projects Key Players Dinner and the Canadian Urban Forum. Todd is also President of Blue Events Inc., Vice-President of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) and board member of the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM). He is co-founder of the Canadian Brownfields Network, a senior associate of the Canadian Urban Institute and an award-winning member of the University of Toronto Environmental Finance Committee. Contact: or 416-444-5842, x111
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Brenda Lucas - Canadian Water Summit Chair

Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Brenda has led the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) since it was created in 2011. SOWC helps water companies access unique facilities for real world demonstration, find the right researcher match across its 10 academic partner institutions and leverage R&D investments. With support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, SOWC has recently established the Advancing Water Technologies fund for collaborative demonstration projects by southern Ontario water companies. As Senior Policy Advisor to two Ontario Ministers of Environment Brenda played a key role in the introduction and passage of the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act. She is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW Canada).
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Eric Meliton

Project Manager, Water Stewardship, Partners in Project Green | Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Eric Meliton is the Project Manager of the Water Stewardship team at Partners in Project Green. His expertise includes industrial and municipal water/wastewater treatment technologies and regulatory compliance for industrial manufacturing practices. Eric served as a North American Environmental Technologies Industry Analyst, assisting companies with competitive business strategies, geographic market insights, and vertical market expansion. He is a former Qualified Person in Charge of narcotics drug manufacturing and supply chain management for two major Canadian pharmaceutical manufacturers. Eric is a regular contributor to a variety of water trade publications including: Water Canada, Water Online, Environmental Leader, and Industrial Water World. Facilitating industry support for businesses in their initiatives related to water sustainability through stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and the execution of corporate social responsibility objectives are his current areas of focus.
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Nick Reid

Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, Ryerson University
Nick Reid is Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and works with municipalities to develop strategic initiatives for the sustainability of their infrastructure. He is the former General Manager of Operations and Maintenance for the Lakeview and Lorne Park Water Treatment Plants and the G.E. Booth and Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plants serving over 1.3 million residents in Peel Region. Previous work at OCWA included management of OCWA’s IT Division, including support for Ontario’s largest implementation of a Wide Area SCADA system for 700+ water and wastewater locations. Nick volunteers as a Director with the Ontario Water Works Association section of AWWA and as an advisor to Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) at Ryerson University in Toronto.
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