Past Speakers

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Past Speakers

Hon. Amarjeet Sohi (Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada)
Carl Bodimeade (Senior Vice President, Hatch Infrastructure)
Sangeeta Chopra ( Engineering Services, Director, Ontario Clean Water Agency)
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley (Board of Directors, Interface Inc.)
Jodi Glover (CEO & Co-Founder, Real Tech Inc.)
Dave Hooper (Winery Operations Manager, CAVE SPRING CELLARS)
Mary Jane Loustel (National Aboriginal Program Executive, IBM)
Kevin Jones (President and CEO, BLOOM)
Fred Keating (Emcee)
Jamie MacKinnon (Global Sustainability Senior Manager, MolsonCoors)
Sunit Mohindroo (Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, WatrHub Inc.)
Glen Murray (Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario)
Peter Nicol (Global Water Business Group President, CH2M)
Dr. Peter Gallant (President and CEO, WaterTAP)
Gildas Poissonnier (Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte Canada)
Mark Romoff (President and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships)
Jonathan S. Radtke (Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola North America)
Usha Srinivasan (Vice President, Learning and Insights, MaRS)
Elizabeth Thelen (Director, Entrepreneurship and Talent, The Water Council)
Dan Unkerskov (Head Brewer & Operations Manager, Lake of Bays Brewing Company)
Alex van der Helm (Consultant Water Technology, Waternet, Netherlands)
Anne van Leeuwen (Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

Juan Alsace

Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Toronto, Canada
Juan Alsace Mr. Alsace is a career Senior Foreign Service Officer with 29 years of service. Prior to assuming his current position in August 2015, Mr. Alsace was an Assistant Professor at the National Defense University (Eisenhower College, 2014-2015). He was previously Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (2012-2014) and Chief of the War Crimes, Democracy and Human Rights Division in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (2010-2012). Mr. Alsace returned to Washington service following several years of overseas postings, including in Iraq as Team Leader of an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (2009-2010), Economic and Political Counselor in Santiago, Chile (2006-2009), and Consul General in Barcelona, Spain (2003-2006). Mr. Alsace is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College (2003). He has also served in Istanbul, Turkey as Deputy Principal Officer (1999-2002) and in several other Washington assignments, including as desk officer for Lebanon and for Kazakhstan, as a staff assistant to the NEA Assistant Secretary, and as Pearson Fellow in the office of Senator Russell Feingold, who was then on the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Alsace has also been posted to Karachi, Santo Domingo, and Quito. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mr. Alsace is a graduate of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and obtained his law degree from the University of Minnesota. He practiced law for three years before joining the Foreign Service. Mr. Alsace has received several State Department Awards, including three Superior Honor Awards and four Meritorious Honor Awards. He is married to Nancy, a nurse practitioner, and has two children. He speaks Spanish and remembers a few useful Turkish phrases.
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Hon. Amarjeet Sohi

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Government of Canada
Hon. Amarjeet Sohi Prior to being elected Member of Parliament Amarjeet Sohi was a three-term Edmonton City Councillor. He was first elected in 2007 and then re-elected in 2010 and 2013. Dedicated to improving Edmonton’s infrastructure and livability, Amarjeet represented the city on the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and is a strong advocate for Light Rail Transit. Amarjeet also advocated municipal interests to other orders of government through his delegation to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. He therefore understands the importance of building strong relationships between governments in order to build strong, vibrant and resilient communities. He has been a prominent leader on city and provincial issues, volunteering with Public Interest Alberta, the Centre for International Alternatives, and the Canadian Labour Congress. Amarjeet works tirelessly to promote learning and cooperation among cultural communities. While on council he led City Council’s Immigration, Multiculturalism and Racism Free Edmonton initiatives. Amarjeet has received the Edmonton Interfaith Advocate award and John Humphrey Centre’s Human Rights Advocate award for promoting welcoming and socially inclusive communities, the Man of Honour Leadership Award from the Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation and the Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton Life Time Achievement Award. As a former member of the Edmonton Police Commission, Amarjeet believes in building safe and strong communities. Amarjeet also took a leadership role to create the Police Chief’s Indo-Canadian Liaison Committee, the Punjabi Cultural Association, and the Punjabi Arts Association. Minister Sohi grew up in the Indian state of Punjab and immigrated to Edmonton in 1981.
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Carl Bodimeade

Senior Vice President, Hatch Infrastructure
Carl Bodimeade Carl is Senior Vice President of Hatch Infrastructure, responsible for strategy and business development. His responsibilities in that role include working with clients and project teams to achieve project expectations for cost, schedule, scope and community benefits; assisting clients in liaising and coordinating with key project stakeholders; and Business Unit strategy. Bodimeade has over 35 years of experience in project management, engineering and planning for a wide range of projects in the water & wastewater, urban infrastructure and brownfield development, and power sectors. Since 2011, Carl has been the Chair of the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, and he is presently a Director of OPWA and also serves on the Government Affairs Committee of WEAO.
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Giovanni Cautillo

Executive Director and CEO, Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association
Giovanni Cautillo The Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) represents 800 member companies across Ontario, with the primary thrust of our work being excavation and construction of underground infrastructure. They both focus every effort to promote clean and safe drinking water and the elimination of wastewater. Giovanni acts as the principal negotiator during collective bargaining. He has been the engine drives efforts towards long-term initiatives including the streamlining of the Permit to Take Water process and lobbying efforts for full-cost pricing and dedicated reserves for municipal water and waste-water infrastructure. Cautillo has almost a decade of Association leadership under his belt, having served as the Executive Managing Director of the Residential Framing Contractors’ Association (RFCA). Prior to making the transition to the Association world, Giovanni was an entrepreneur and held various managerial position across multiple industries from construction, specifically general contracting, to hospitality as an owner/operator, as well as a procurement supervisor in the aerospace industry.
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Sangeeta Chopra

Engineering Services, Director, Ontario Clean Water Agency
Sangeeta Chopra Sangeeta Chopra is a professional engineer with fifteen years of experience in the water and wastewater industry from management, process engineering and consulting. Her experience includes water plant planning and design, construction of large capital projects and project management and delivery. Sangeeta has successfully negotiated contractual terms and conditions of commercial and confidentiality agreements with consultants, contractors and municipal clients to resolve conflicting demands and foster effective partnerships with stakeholders that are in balance with corporate interests. Sangeeta has managed multi-disciplinary teams on municipal and industrial projects in Canada and internationally throughout her professional career.
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Helge Daebel, Dr. sc. techn.

Investment Director, Water, Emerald Technology Ventures
Helge Daebel, Dr. sc. techn. Emerald Technology Ventures is a globally recognized brand for venture investments in energy, water, materials and industrial IT. Helge has been responsible for the water sector within Emerald since 2006 – defining strategy, driving investment processes and supporting portfolio companies. His past and present involvements in that role include: Board Director at Optimatics (software for advanced infrastructure planning) and Pure Technologies (structural monitoring of water mains, TSX listed); Advisor and Board Observer to inge watertechnologies (UF membrane products, acquired by BASF), AquaSpy (irrigation monitoring), the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company and TaKaDu (pioneer in smart water grids).Helge has also been active in numerous industrial alliances & initiatives, e.g. as an initial member of the Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN), as Chairman of the Selection Committee of the Swiss Bluetec Bridge, as advisory board member of the EU research project DEMEAU and as an advisor to many conferences including Bluetech Innovation Forum, World Water-Tech Investment Summit and Singapore TechXchange.Prior to joining Emerald, Helge conducted research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (eawag) in the Environmental Engineering Division. He also worked at the German Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute and in various water projects in South America.Helge holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich and a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).
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Derek Davy

Co-Founder, Econse Water Group
Derek Davy Derek’s company, Econse, is creating sustainable, affordable solutions to manage wastewater. He sees how intimately economic growth and environmental sustainability are connected for craft brewers across North America. As municipalities welcome local businesses that are creating growth, communities are being challenged to manage the increased burden on aging wastewater infrastructure that craft breweries bring. BruClean is Econse’s solution for the fast-growing craft beer industry that’s revitalizing small towns across North America. It’s increasing water efficiency for breweries and helping them avoid high water fees and environmental fines. For the communities they’re in, that means clean running water. Derek and his team developed BruClean specifically to help craft brewers be profitable and responsible. The modular, chemical-free technology they’ve engineered is easily installed and maintained, making wastewater management simple.
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Dianne Dillon-Ridgley

Board of Directors, Interface Inc.
Dianne Dillon-Ridgley Since 1997 Dianne Dillon-Ridgley has been a director at Interface, Inc., global manufacturer of modular carpet and a leader in sustainable design. She was a director at Green Mountain Energy for the first six years and still chairs the Environmental Integrity Committee for the company. She was appointed by the White House to the United States delegation for the Earth Summit in Rio, UNGASS-’97 & WSSD in South Africa, making her the only person to serve on all three U.S. delegations. She is founding chair—emeritus of Plains Justice, an environmental law center for the Great Plains states in the U.S. and is a trustee for the Center for International Environmental Law, national chair of the Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future, and the former national chair of River Network. From 1999 through its tenure she was a member of the Oxford U. Commission on Sustainable Consumption and the first U.S. member appointed to the Global Water Partnership in Stockholm. In 2000 she chaired the Millennium DPI conference at the UN, which first introduced the idea for the Millennium Development Goals.
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Jodi Glover

CEO & Co-Founder, Real Tech Inc.
Jodi Glover Jodi Glover is the CEO and Co-Founder of Real Tech Inc., an award winning company that has developed an innovative, patented product line of portable and real-time water quality monitoring solutions. Jodi has always had a passion for being environmentally responsible and started Real Tech with the vision to improve access to water quality monitoring through the development of practical and affordable solutions. Jodi’s drive, vision, and passion have resulted in Real Tech’s many successes and global presence. Jodi has been at the helm since start-up with one single product to the expansion of a comprehensive product line that is making a difference in improving water quality with thousands of systems in almost 50 countries including numerous Fortune 500 companies.
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Robert Haller

Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
Robert Haller 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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Dave Hooper

Winery Operations Manager, CAVE SPRING CELLARS
Dave Hooper Dave Hooper is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (B.Sc. Hons. Biol.) and has been involved in the wine industry since graduating in 1995. He has worked in all aspects of wine production from the vineyards to the lab and cellars. For the last 18 years Dave has been at Cave Spring Cellars and is currently the Winery Operations Manager. He also taught the Cellar Operations and Technology course at Niagara College for 8 years. As part of the Wine Council of Ontario Sustainability Committee, Dave helped create Sustainable Winemaking Ontario: An Environmental Charter for the Wine Industry. Under Dave’s leadership Cave Spring Cellars installed the first BioGill Waste Water treatment system in North America.
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Matt Howard Matt Howard is the first director of the Alliance for Water Stewardship-North America (AWS-NA), a program of The Water Council. He leads the North American implementation of the AWS International Water Stewardship Standard which is a strategic framework for companies to identify and mitigate water risks within direct operations and supply chains. He is also working with The Water Council to develop other water-related sustainability and stewardship programs for North American companies. Prior to joining AWS-NA, Matt served as Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s Sustainability Director from 2010 to 2015 and spent 11 years with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. He published North America’s first municipal Urban Water Systems benchmarking report, helped create the U.S. Department of Commerce’s first sustainable manufacturing initiative, and assisted the White House Council on Environmental Quality on implementing the Administration's Green Government directive. Matt was recently appointed by the EPA Administrator to the National Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He has a B.A. and M.A. in international economics and is a LEED and Lean Six Sigma accredited professional.
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Mary Jane Loustel

National Aboriginal Program Executive, IBM
Mary Jane Loustel As National Aboriginal Program Executive, Mary Jane plays a leadership role in the IBM Canada Aboriginal Strategy. This strategy is designed to advance Aboriginal participation in the technology sector by addressing four key areas of interest: Employment, Procurement & Business Development, Community Relations and Community Investment. A Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Mary Jane also holds a Masters degree in Native Studies on the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development. Mary Jane has worked in the post-secondary education, finance and business services sectors providing leadership in strategic, financial and operational planning.
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Kevin Jones

President and CEO, BLOOM
Kevin Jones Kevin is a business executive with 28 years of diversified experience in the private and public sectors. He has provided the leadership on several award-winning BLOOM initiatives in the agri-food, property redevelopment and clean technology sectors. Currently, he is leading a 5-year project to make sustainable water use a reality in targeted sectors of Ontario’s $39 billion food and beverage processing industry. This unique project is aligning diverse stakeholder interests and equipping the industry with the know-how and tools to implement practical water and resource management solutions. Kevin has an Executive MBA from Athabasca University and a Master of Science in Environmental Planning from the University of Toronto.
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Fred Keating

Fred Keating Fred Keating is surrounded on three sides by water: his property in Maple Ridge, British Columbia is bisected by Coho Creek (aka Balabanian Creek); 200 meters north is the Alouette River and 0.5 km south is the mighty Fraser River. He has completed the Basic Coastal Navigation Course and swims like a fish (an old fish!). Fred’s recent familiarity with water issues has expressed itself in a variety of ways: He wrote and produced most of the 15 high definition video programs displayed on large screens that surround the exhibits at the Bow Habitat Station in Calgary. The exhibit’s purpose is to educate visitors of all ages to the particular challenges, triumphs and tragedies that are experienced in various waterways and bodies of water in Alberta. Fred has hosted WaterTech, the annual conference for Water Technologists and Remediation specialists held in Banff over the past 5 years. He has been intimately involved in the production of live special events, awards shows, special education conferences and public broadcasts where water issues have been discussed. Fred is an outstanding resource as a plenary and breakout session facilitator or Master of Ceremonies.
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Nick Larson Nick Larson MEPP, P.Eng. is a consulting engineer with GM BluePlan Engineering where he works with municipalities on a variety of asset management and infrastructure planning initiatives. Nick represented the CSCE on the Project Steering Committee that developed the 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card and is the Chair of CSCE’s Infrastructure Renewal Committee.
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Todd Latham

President, Actual Media Inc.
Todd Latham Actual Media’s president, Todd Latham, is a media entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in business publishing and communications within the Canadian environment, infrastructure and water sectors.
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Brenda Lucas - Canadian Water Summit Chair

Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Brenda Lucas - Canadian Water Summit Chair 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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Roy MacGregor

Author, Globe and Mail
Roy MacGregor Roy MacGregor has been a journalist for 40 years and has been with the Globe and Mail since 2002. He has been nominated for 10 National Newspaper Awards, winning twice, as well as winning four National Magazine Awards and two ACTRA Awards for television screenwriting. He is the author of some 50 books, 30 of them in the internationally successful Screech Owls hockey mystery series for young readers. He has written several books on hockey, on Canada, on the James Bay Cree, and on Tom Thomson. His latest book is Canoe Country: The Making of Canada (published in September 2015). His book Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award and his memoir about his father, A Life in the Bush, won the prestigious U.S. Rutstrum Award as the best book on the wilderness. In 2005, Roy was named an Officer in the Order of Canada. He is currently working on a book about Canadian rivers to be released in 2017. He lives in Kanata, Ontario, with his wife Ellen.
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Jamie MacKinnon

Global Sustainability Senior Manager, MolsonCoors
Jamie MacKinnon Jamie is a professional with a breadth of international and cross-sector experience related to sustainability, and more specifically to energy, carbon and water management. He joined Molson Coors in 2012 to lead sustainability for global operations and is focused on strategy development and providing leadership in mobilizing the global organization in improving sustainability performance. These efforts have generated results, including: over $40 million in investments in waste water-to-energy projects covering 47% of operations, the global implementation of a new energy and water management system aligned with ISO50001, an integrated sustainability strategy focused on water risk, and the recognition as DJSI World Leaders for the last 3 consecutive years. Jamie’s career prior to Molson Coors was in the energy sector managing climate change for Repsol, a Madrid-based multi-national integrated oil & gas company. He played a key role in taking Repsol from the incipient stages of managing climate change to being one of the global sector leaders in this regard. Jamie is the Chair of the Energy & Climate Change Working Group of the Beverage Sector Environmental Roundtable and a Committee Member on the Partners-in-Project-Green Water Leaders Consortium. He is currently doing a Masters in Environmental Law and Policy at Vermont Law School.
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Eric Meliton

Project Manager, Water Stewardship, Partners in Project Green | Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Eric Meliton 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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Sunit Mohindroo

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, WatrHub Inc.
Sunit Mohindroo Sunit Mohindroo is the Chief Product Officer for WatrHub Inc. and earned his stripes as a Product Manager and Engineer at Apple and Microsoft, working on iconic products such as iPod and Xbox. He co-founded WatrHub Inc. in 2011, to harness data analytics and software to solve the most pressing water supply and treatment issues around North America. He holds a Systems Design Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and is an avid practitioner of lean startup methodology. He believes it’s up to this generation of young professionals to turn the tide on the impeding water crisis and other critical environmental issues.
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Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario
Glen Murray Glen Murray has a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. He was the Senior Resident and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at Massey College, University of Toronto and worked on the Development of the University’s City Centre. He was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto based Urban Sustainability consulting and planning firm. He was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007 and led the development of award winning programs in community energy mapping & planning, regional economic development and culture lead regeneration of urban centres. He has served on several university, hospital and community boards including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students. Glen was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to Chair the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), where he helped to shape environmental policy and respond to climate change in Canada.
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Peter Nicol

Global Water Business Group President, CH2M
Peter Nicol Peter Nicol serves as CH2M’s global Water business group president. In this role, he has full responsibility for CH2M’s global Water business and is responsible for all Water activities within CH2M, including overseeing consulting, program management, design, design-build, and operations solutions for government, civil, industrial, and energy clients, as well as public-private partnerships. Peter has more than 35 years of professional experience in the engineering industry and has held prominent management positions throughout his career. Prior to his current role as president, he served as the Managing Director for Global Business Development and Client Sectors, in which he was predominately responsible for leading and growing CH2M’s international water business and managing client accounts. Peter has played key roles on some of the most significant water and wastewater treatment projects in Canada, including the Halifax (Dartmouth) Water Treatment Plant (which was originally procured as a P3 project), the City of Toronto’s Basement Flooding Program, Horgan Water Treatment Plant Expansion, RC Harris Water Treatment Plant Upgrade and Expansion and Ashbridges Bay Treatment Plant, and the Region of Peel’s award-winning Lakeview Water Treatment Plant (GWI’s 2015 Water Project of the Year).
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Dr. Peter Gallant

President and CEO, WaterTAP
Dr. Peter Gallant 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. In 2009, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, a division of the world’s largest environmental services company – and became ENDETEC – the global water quality sensor platform for Veolia Water. From 2009 until April, 2015, Dr. Gallant served as Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs of ENDETEC, notably leading the team that secured the first-ever US EPA approval for an automated microbiological testing system for regulatory compliance testing of drinking water samples under the Total Coliform Rule. Over his career he has founded and led a start-up in the software industry, has served in several advisory roles for government agencies and start-up companies, and he currently serves as co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Water Works Association’s committee on barriers to innovation in the water sector. 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. Prior to joining the WaterTAP management team, he served as a Director of WaterTAP from its inception until March 2015, including most recently a term as Vice Chair of the Board. Previously, he had been appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Ontario Council on University Affairs.
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Gildas Poissonnier

Manager, Sustainability and Climate Change, Deloitte Canada
Gildas Poissonnier Gildas has twelve years of experience in the areas of sustainability and environmental management, reporting, and assurance. In his work with the firm, Gildas has focused on executing and leading mandates related to sustainability strategy, action plan implementation and reporting. In addition, he has also worked on product water footprints, water risk assessments, energy and resources optimization, life cycle analysis, inclusive and innovative business models, circular economy and extended producer responsibility. He has worked for a variety of private companies and Crown corporations, primarily in the public, financial, manufacturing, food, and energy and resource sectors. Prior to joining Deloitte, Gildas volunteered over two years with CUSO International as an environmental advisor for agricultural communities in Thailand. Prior to that, Gildas worked as Agricultural attaché at the economics section of the Embassy of France in Ottawa. Gildas has an MBA from HEC Montreal and a Master of Engineering in Compared Agriculture and Agricultural Development from AgroParisTech in France.
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Mark Romoff

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Mark Romoff Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Established in 1993, CCPPP’s mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. Previously, Mark was founding President and CEO of the Ontario Centres of Excellence, Canada’s leading innovation, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship development organization. Over his twenty five year career with the government of Canada, Mark served as Executive Director in the Department of Industry and as a senior diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving in Nigeria, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and the United States. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Central Canadian Public Television Association (PBS-WNED), the Empire Club of Canada, the i-CANADA Governors Council; the World Economic Forum “Strategic Infrastructure Initiative” Advisory Committee; and is Vice-Chair of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships Governing Council. He earned a Bachelor of Science from McGill University, a Masters in Applied Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a graduate of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives Program and the Directors Education Program of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the ICD.D (Certified Director) designation. Mark is also a recipient of the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
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Jonathan S. Radtke

Water Sustainability Program Director, Coca-Cola North America
Jonathan S. Radtke Jon Radtke is the Water Sustainability Program Director for Coca-Cola North America based in Atlanta, GA. In this role, he manages the company’s water stewardship program, which assesses and mitigates water risks facing Coca-Cola operations. Primary areas of focus include water efficiency initiatives in plants, source water protection strategies, community water partnerships and sustainable agriculture initiatives within the supply chain. One goal of the Company is to return to nature and to communities an amount of water equivalent to the water used in Coca-Cola’s beverages and their production. Mr. Radtke’s leadership in these areas has helped to position The Coca-Cola Company as an industry leader in water stewardship. Jon has a Bachelor degree in Geology and a Masters in Hydrogeology with over 25 years of professional experience managing a wide range of water supply and environmental projects.
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Usha Srinivasan

Vice President, Learning and Insights, MaRS
Usha Srinivasan Usha Srinivasan leads a team dedicated to nurturing the talents of Ontario entrepreneurs through a range of diverse programs, including the Business Acceleration Program, Data Catalyst and Studio Y. Together, they provide advisory services and leadership training, connect entrepreneurs with program funding, help leverage open data and market intelligence, and work to make online and onsite educational content accessible through Regional Innovation Centres across the province, including MaRS. Prior to joining MaRS, she worked at Frost & Sullivan, a leading global market research and consulting company where she published key research papers, consulted for companies of varying sizes and managed a group of analysts to provide quality market research and consulting services. She has technical & industry background in water, environment and building technologies space having worked with global clients such as GE, Siemens, Veolia, American water, IBM, Honeywell and Brita. She holds a BSc Hon in Environmental Microbiology from University of Bristol and a PhD in Environmental Sciences from University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland.
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Bruce Taylor

President, Enviro-Stewards
Bruce Taylor Bruce Taylor, P.Eng is a University of Waterloo educated chemical engineer with 27 years of experience and has expertise in the fields of energy efficiency, pollution prevention, water efficiency, Toxics Use Reduction, sustainable development and treatment process design. He is the founder and President of Enviro-Stewards Inc., an engineering firm and Certified B Corporation that helps clients increase their profits, sustain the environment and compellingly benefit society. In 2012, 2014, and 2015, Enviro-Stewards was recognized by B Lab as one of the Best Companies for the World. Enviro-Stewards’ project with Tim Hortons Fruition Fruit & Fills facility won Clean50’s top 5 sustainability projects in Canada award for 2014 and its project with Andrew Peller was selected as one of the top 15 sustainability projects in Canada for 2016. The work for Tim Hortons’ Fruition Fruit & Fills facility reduced food waste to Landfill by 70% and food waste to sanitary sewer by 80%. The work for Andrew Peller reduced wine losses to drain and landfill by 350,000 bottles per year. Enviro-Stewards was retained by Provision Coalition to document Enviro-Stewards’ in-facility food waste reduction audit process. This tool is presently being field tested at a Campbell Soup facility in Toronto. Mr. Taylor received the MVP2 P2 Ambassador Award, which is the highest award in this field in the United Sates, as well as the John de Gonzague Memorial Pollution Prevention Visionary Award, which is the highest award in this field in Canada. His international development work includes construction of an orphanage in Sudan, earthquake relief in El Salvador, cleaner production training in Laos, and establishing sustainable safe water projects in South Sudan and Kenya (
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Lindsay Telfer

Project Director, Canadian Freshwater Alliance
Lindsay Telfer Lindsay Telfer has two decades of experience working with organizations, institutions and governments in developing policies and processes related to sustainability and public engagement. Her experience includes designing and participating in multi­stakeholder consultations and negotiations, strategic planning development, and communications and marketing geared towards public engagement in sustainability solutions. Lindsay has built a knowledgeable repertoire of leading edge strategies for effective communications, messaging, and engagement practices. She is currently the national project director for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance, an initiative on the Tides Canada shared platform. The Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater constituencies across Canada.
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Elizabeth Thelen

Director, Entrepreneurship and Talent, The Water Council
Elizabeth Thelen Elizabeth has led, supported and driven business goals for over 20 years. Specifically, she focuses on creating vision, enthusiasm and results. Learning, linking, and leveraging is what needs to happen in regional economic development and in private business. Elizabeth is a founding team member of The Water Council. Currently she is known as the “BREW Master” as Director of the water technology accelerator called the BREW (Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.) She is also leading the Pilot Deployment Project for demonstration sites focused on any new water technology and leads the Water Council’s Talent Education committee whose goal is to “Build the Water Generation K to Grey!” As a director, network builder, coach, facilitator or whatever title you give Elizabeth, she brings energy and optimism to all her projects. She has a core philosophy of asking people to take action and using influence strategies to get real behavioral change. She uses reliable tools from advanced manufacturing – pull systems, supply chain management, engineering, and more to drive results. Working with numerous industries, professional service firms’, non-profits and advanced manufacturing, is part of the breadth of experience Elizabeth brings to her clients projects’. She has real experience in the trenches supervising others, starting her own business and leading businesses through change. Elizabeth began her professional career at Human Resources Development Center, a Wilson Learning Agency and owned by Humber, Mundie & McClary. She started as intern, left as President to start her business Be! She has a Master’s Degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and numerous certifications in business and leadership courses. Currently, she is a Director at The Water Council, Board Trustee at Waukesha County Technical College, on several business advisory boards and quiet partner with Slinger Super Speedway. Her philosophy is to meet people where they are at and bring alignment and with their goals and what the person says they are going to do; as a result, peace with who you are. Engaging and energetic are 2 words often used to describe Elizabeth’s style. She puts people at ease and inspires action!
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Dan Unkerskov

Head Brewer & Operations Manager, Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Dan Unkerskov Dan Unkerskov, Head Brewer & Operations Manager is a brewing industry veteran, a master brewer as well as a licensed machinist and millwright. Dan has more than 30 years’ experience with a number of breweries across North America, including Amstel Canada, Connors Brewing and Lakeport Breweries. Dan is a fourth-generation brewer, with ancestors in Denmark having worked as brew masters as early as the 19th century. Dan is in charge of the brewery’s production and logistics operations.
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Alex van der Helm

Consultant Water Technology, Waternet, Netherlands
Alex van der Helm Alex has worked for almost ten years as consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV and for several years as part-time scientific researcher at Delft University of Technology. He finished his PhD thesis in civil engineering entitled “Integrated modeling of ozonation for optimization of drinking water treatment”, a drinking water supply emphasis, in 2007. Since 2008 van der Helm works as Advisor at the Research and Development department of Waternet, the public water utility of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Currently, he does project management of water cycle research, he advises on drinking water treatment technology and on IT & water research at Waternet, besides he coordinates and publishes international scientific publications. Next to the work in the Netherlands, Alex currently leads a project for World Waternet, the international partner of Waternet, in which support is given to the Jordan Authorities and Water companies in coping with increased stress on water infrastructure due to the high number of refugees. He was also secretary of the specialist group IT applications in the water sector of the Royal Dutch Water Association, Waternetwerk. The specialist group organizes national and international conferences on IT & water for improvement of knowledge exchange and knowledge development in the water sector. As guest at the Delft University of Technology, Alex assists PhD students.
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Anne van Leeuwen

Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Anne van Leeuwen Anne van Leeuwen was born on January 31, 1962, in Driebergen in the Province Utrecht in the Netherlands. He earned his master of arts in social anthropology from the University of Amsterdam in 1988. Two years later he began working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the beginning of his diplomatic career he worked in the South Asia Division of the Foreign Ministry (1991-19993), in the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname (1993-1996) and in the Conflict Management and Crisis Prevention Division in the Ministry (1996-1999). From 1999-2002, Mr. van Leeuwen served in the Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. After that he worked from 2000-2006 in the Embassy in Ottawa, before taking positions as Deputy Director of the Facility Services and Housing Division in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2009) and as Head of the Consular Affairs Division in the Ministry (2009-2013). In 2013 Mr. van Leeuwen was appointed as Consul General of The Netherlands in Toronto. Anne van Leeuwen is married to Ivon Kemper. Together they have two sons who live in Leiden and Groningen in the Netherlands.
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Jonathan Wilkinson

Parliamentary Secretary to the, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Jonathan Wilkinson Jonathan Wilkinson was elected Member of Parliament for North Vancouver on October 19th, 2015. Shortly thereafter he was named Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. Prior to entering politics, Jonathan served on the board of the Gordon Foundation, and spent 20 years in the Clean Technology sector holding leadership positions with a number of companies dedicated to the development of green technologies. He was CEO of QuestAir Technologies and BioteQ Environmental Technologies and was Senior Vice President of Business Development with Nexterra. Previously, Jonathan was employed at Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy. Prior to joining Bain, Jonathan worked in public service as a constitutional negotiator, an advisor to a provincial Premier and as a federal-provincial relations specialist. Jonathan holds an MA in International Relations from McGill University, an MA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University - where he attended as a Rhodes scholar – and a BA from the University of Saskatchewan. Jonathan has been an active volunteer in his community, participating as a board member for several charitable and industry organisations including the United Way of the Lower Mainland, the B.C. Technology Industries Association, Fuel Cells Canada, the BC Power Technology Alliance, the BC Chapter of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation. Many weekends Jonathan can be found on the field as a coach for the North Shore Girls Soccer Association. He lives in North Vancouver with his wife Tara and their two teenaged daughters.
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