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Speakers

CWS 2017 speakers will include:  

Zafar Adeel (Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Centre, Simon Fraser University)
Kerry Black (Senior Policy Advisor, Assembly of First Nations)
Wesley Bova, P.Eng., (Manager of Technical Services, Matawa First Nations Management)
Imogen Coe (Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University)
Dr. Dianne Saxe (Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)
Rick Esselment (President & CEO, ESSE Canada)
Rick Esselment (President & CEO, President & CEO)
Kerry Freek (Senior Manager of Communications, WaterTAP)
Chris Godwaldt (Senior Technical Advisor, Water, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance)
Linda Gowman (Chief Technology Officer, Trojan Technologies)
Geoff Green (Executive Director & Expedition Leader, Students on Ice & the C3 expedition)
Dr. Hank Venema (Director of Planning, 2017 CWS Chair, Prairie Climate Centre)
Kim Howson (Strategic Initiatives Social Impact, RBC)
Mary Jane Loustel (National Aboriginal Program Executive, IBM)
John Kingsbury (Director, Business Development, Ontario Clean Water Agency)
Dan Kraus (National Conservation Biologist, The Nature Conservancy of Canada)
Bu Lam (Manager of Municipal Programs, Canadian Water Network)
Glen Murray (Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario)
Jen Pate (Co-Mission Leader, eXXpedition)
Emma Rogers (Manager Corporate Environmental Affairs, RBC)
Jonathan S. Radtke (Water Resource Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola North America)
Ellen Schwartzel (Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario)
Marisa Sterling (Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, York University)
Nelson Switzer (Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America)
Dr. Tima Bansal (Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School)
George Tsintzouras (President and Co-founder, Alert Labs Inc.)
Tony Van Bommel (Senior Managing Partner, BDC Capital)
Douglas Wilton, P. Eng. (President & CEO, TECTA-PDS)

Alex & Tyler Mifflin

Co-Hosts, The Water Brothers
Alex & Tyler Mifflin Alex and Tyler have been the hosts of The Water Brothers, a TVO eco-adventure documentary series, since 2012. The brothers explore the world, uncovering the most important water stories of our time. Alex and Tyler are passionate about the subject of water conservation and use their respective educations in film and environmental studies to create their award-winning series. Alex is the lead researcher, co-writer and co-host, and Tyler is the co-host, director, videographer, and co-producer. They share a love of travel and adventure, a passion for the subject and a powerful desire to communicate their passion to audiences, especially their own generation.
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Zafar Adeel

Executive Director, Pacific Water Research Centre, Simon Fraser University
Zafar Adeel Dr. Adeel serves as the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre, Simon Fraser University, and has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of environmental and policy issues. This includes 18 years of work as a United Nations official, with progressively increasing responsibilities in the field of international development and research. He served as the Director, United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) from 2006 to 2016. He also served in a number of international leadership roles: These include chairing a group of nearly 60 organizations called UN-Water during 2010-2012, and co-chairing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005. He led the development of a south-south network of scientists working in water-scarce countries, particularly focused on Africa, Middle East and Asia. Through his editorial lead, this network has published eight books in the UNU Desertification Series. Presently, Dr. Adeel serves as the Series Editor for a book series by Springer: “Water Security in a New World.” He has co-edited the following books in the series: Imaging Industan - Overcoming Water Insecurity in the Indus Basin (Springer 2016); The Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus in the Middle East Region (Springer 2016); and, The Human Face of Water Security (Springer 2017). His research on environmental policy and governance has also led to numerous publications; a key output on this topic was a book entitled East Asian Perspectives in Environmental Governance – Response in a Rapidly Developing Region (UNU Press 2003). He has also taught water security and environmental policy courses, and supervised a number of graduate students in his role as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the McMaster University.
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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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Kerry Black

Senior Policy Advisor, Assembly of First Nations
Kerry Black Kerry E. Black joined the Assembly of First Nations as their senior policy advisor in early 2017. Black has long been an advocate for best practices in Indigenous communities for the delivery of water and wastewater infrastructure, speaking on financing models and project implementation. She recently completed her Ph.D with Dr. Edward McBean, at the University of Guelph focused on enhanced Indigenous participation and decision-making through bottom-up participatory approaches.
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Wesley Bova, P.Eng.,

Manager of Technical Services, Matawa First Nations Management
Wesley Bova, P.Eng., Wesley Bova, P.Eng., is a Professional Engineer and Manager of Technical Services at Matawa First Nations Management (MFNM) in Thunder Bay, Ontario. MFNM is a Tribal Council consisting of nine member First Nations, five of which are remote access only. MMFNM works to provide technical advisory services related to all aspects of community infrastructure. Some of the notable MFNM communities include Neskantaga First Nation (22 Year BWA), Eabametoong First Nation (15 year BWA), Marten Falls First Nation (11 year BWA) and Nibinamik First Nation (4 year BWA). Wesley is also the President of the Board of Directors of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC). The OFNTSC is the founding organization in Canada whose purpose is to provide technical advisory services to all First Nations in Ontario; and to foster self-reliance for First Nations people. Thus, while OFNTSC continues to respond to First Nation requests, services vary according to individual community needs, levels of individual capacity, technical proficiency, management expertise and availability of funding. Consequently, the corporation provides services in a wide variety of areas: • Communications • Emergency Management • Engineering • Environment • Fire Protection • Fire and Safety • Fuel Systems Management • Housing • Infrastructure • Operation and Maintenance • Water and Wastewater
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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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Imogen Coe

Dean of the Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Imogen Coe 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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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. 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.
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Dr. Dianne Saxe

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Dr. Dianne Saxe Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, a tough but fair watchdog over government compliance with the Environmental Bill of Rights. The ECO is a bridge between the public and the government on environmental issues. Before her appointment, Dianne was one of Canada’s most respected and best-loved environmental lawyers, with 40 years’ experience in environmental and energy law and litigation. After 14 years in the Ontario public service, plus experience in two major Bay Street law firms, she ran one of Canada's top environmental law boutique law firms for 25 years. A Certified Specialist, Dianne was recognized in every Canadian and international legal rating service, and as one of the world’s top 25 environmental lawyers by Best of the Best, 2008. She was Canada’s leading author on environmental law, through her books, columns and envirolaw.com blog, and Toronto’s first Environmental Lawyer of the Year. She received numerous other tributes, including Ontario Bar Association Distinguished Service Award and Osgoode Hall Lifetime Achievement Gold Key. Skilled writer and public speaker, with unparalleled experience writing, interpreting, and litigating Ontario's environmental laws.
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Anne Egan

Association President, Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association
Anne Egan Anne Egan, M.Sc. (Eng.), P.Eng. is a Professional Engineer and Onsite Wastewater Specialist with the consulting firm of R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited, where she has spent the last fifteen years developing expertise in wastewater system design for Burnside’s private sector, public sector, and First Nations clients. She is involved in all project phases, from planning studies to conceptual design, detailed design, procurement of approvals and construction, for residential, institutional, commercial and recreational land uses. Her experience includes all aspects of sewage system design for a wide range of daily flows, including collection and conveyance, various types of treatment, nitrogen and phosphorus removal, constructed wetlands, and disposal systems for subsurface and surface discharge of treated effluent.Anne earned both her B.Sc.E. and M.Sc.(Eng.) in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University.
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Rick Esselment

President & CEO, ESSE Canada
Rick Esselment Rick is the President and Founder of ESSE Canada, a water resource management firm providing warranty, operation, maintenance, inspection and management services for drinking water and wastewater treatment clients in Ontario and Nova Scotia . He is a Past President of OOWA and has held a Director position with the Association for the past 8 years, serving as Chair on several committees. Rick also founded ATAO Resources, an investment company with equity positions in several water and wastewater businesses in Ontario. Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health, Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and is a certified public health inspector.
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Rick Esselment

President & CEO, President & CEO
Rick Esselment Rick is the President and Founder of ESSE Canada, a water resource management firm providing warranty, operation, maintenance, inspection and management services for drinking water and wastewater treatment clients in Ontario and Nova Scotia . He is a Past President of OOWA and has held a Director position with the Association for the past 8 years, serving as Chair on several committees. Rick also founded ATAO Resources, an investment company with equity positions in several water and wastewater businesses in Ontario. Rick has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health, Post-graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety, and is a certified public health inspector.
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Kerry Freek

Senior Manager of Communications, WaterTAP
Kerry Freek Kerry Freek comes to WaterTAP with a deep understanding of relationships in Canada’s water sector. As the founding editor of Water Canada, a national trade publication, she wrote about water in the context of ecosystem and human health, infrastructure and sustainability, science and technology, policy and governance, and economy from 2009 to 2013. At the same time, she served as associate editor of ReNew Canada, a trade publication about infrastructure renewal. She also served as executive editor for Actual Media Inc., a creative communications agency. Through her work as an editor and journalist, Kerry has travelled the world to cover water challenges. Her work has brought her across Canada and to countries such as Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Tanzania, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and the United States. Her first book, Flood Forecast: Climate Risk and Resiliency in Canada, was co-authored with Robert William Sandford and published by Rocky Mountain Books in 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Kerry was an advisor to the Canadian Water Summit, which she chaired in 2011. Currently, she is a member of Living Lakes Canada’s advisory board, the Ontario Environment Industry Association’s water committee, and the Partners in Project Green water stewardship committee. Kerry is a graduate of the University of Waterloo, where she earned an Honours B.A. in the study of Rhetoric and Professional Writing with a specialization in Cultural Management. She also holds a post-graduate certificate in Book and Magazine Publishing from Centennial College.
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Chris Godwaldt

Senior Technical Advisor, Water, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
Chris Godwaldt Chris' education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Master of business Administration from the Ivey School of Business, with program studies at the Shanghai Institute of Finance and Economics and the Pan American Institute for High Business Direction in Mexico. His engineering and management expertise includes a complete range of industrial, commercial and residential products and services across most water and wastewater treatment applications. Chris has a broad base of experience relating to water and wastewater treatment applications and has worked around the globe in technical, marketing and managerial capacities on projects ranging from individual consulting contracts through to multi-billion dollar projects. He has been part of a number of technology start-ups, and has hands-on experience designing, engineering and managing water and wastewater treatment systems and companies operating in regions across North America, the Middle East and South East Asia. Prior to working with COSIA Chris was one of the founders of a not for profit, Alberta WaterSMART. Chris is fluent in several languages including Spanish and French.
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Linda Gowman

Chief Technology Officer, Trojan Technologies
Linda Gowman Linda Gowman, Ph.D., P.Eng., is Chief Technology Officer at Trojan Technologies in London, Ontario. She has degrees in engineering and biophysics from the universities of Toronto and Western. Linda has been with Trojan in various senior roles leading research and engineering, including VP Science and Technology and VP Research. She has been responsible for technical and regulatory matters surrounding bringing new products to market, and bringing existing products to new markets. Linda enjoys the challenges and opportunities of bringing internal and external cross-functional teams together to provide innovative solutions to issues related to water. She sits on various boards in the water space. Trojan is the recognized leader in ultraviolet light treatment of water, with the world’s largest installed base of municipal UV sites, in more than 80 countries. Trojan has more recently diversified into new product offerings for several applications, including water, wastewater and ballast water treatment; ultrapurification of water for manufacturing; filtration; and solids separation.
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Geoff Green

Executive Director & Expedition Leader, Students on Ice & the C3 expedition
Geoff Green Geoff Green, C.M. is the Expedition Leader of Canada C3, a signature project for Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. The C3 expedition is an epic 150-day sailing journey from Toronto to Victoria via the Northwest Passage that will connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast and inspire a deeper understanding of our land, our peoples and the past, present and future of our country. It will include 300 Canadians, over 150 days, travelling across three coasts. Geoff is the Founder and President of the Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation, a globally recognized program that takes youth, scientists, elders, artists and explorers from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic. He has led over 125 expeditions to the polar regions, as well as numerous other journeys to many fascinating and remote corners of the planet. More than 2,500 youth from 52 countries have participated in SOI’s award-winning program. He was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012, and has received numerous awards and including, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; Fellow, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society; an Honorary Doctorate of Education from Nipissing University; and he was bestowed the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut. Geoff and his wife live with their two children in Chelsea, Quebec.
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Michele Grenier

Manager of Operations, Ontario Water Works Association
Michele Grenier Michele recently joined the staff of the Ontario Water Works Association as the Manager of Operations. She is a professional engineer specializing in the planning, operation, compliance and maintenance of municipal drinking water systems, with projects completed at over 100 water and wastewater facilities in the province. Michele is also sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the Ontario Environment Industry Association, and the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. She draws on this experience to support the OWWA’s mission of being “the Leading Resource for Ontario’s Water”.
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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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Dr. Hank Venema

Director of Planning, 2017 CWS Chair, Prairie Climate Centre
Dr. Hank Venema Dr. Henry David (Hank) Venema is a professional engineer with a diverse technical and management background spanning climate change, renewable energy, water resources, urban planning, agriculture, operations research, public health and environmental economics. Dr. Venema’s contributions to climate change, water resources and world food security have been recognized by the NATO Advanced Studies Institute, the International Water Resources Association, and a consortium of development agencies led by the World Bank. Hank’s contributions to climate change and sustainable development have also been recognized internationally through the Sustainia 100 Award for developing one of the world’s 100 best sustainability projects, and in Canada through the Clean50 award for outstanding contributions to Clean Capitalism through the Lake Winnipeg Bioeconomy Project. He has led creation and management of many of IISD’s signature programs, such as the Water Innovation Centre focused on the Lake Winnipeg Basin, saving and reviving the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research program, and most recently, the creation of the Prairie Climate Centre with the University of Winnipeg. Hank’s international engagements include work with the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, The World Bank, The World Health Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, United Nations Environment Program, the Global Water Systems Project, and The Energy and Resources Institute.
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Irene Hassas

Director, Aslan Technologies
Irene Hassas As a Director at Aslan Technologies, Irene develops strategic plans and partnerships and business opportunities at the national and international levels, for the growth & expansion in different markets. Aslan is a global manufacturing company headquartered in Ontario, with a focus on making water and wastewater treatment systems more sustainable, and enabling timely and economically feasible developments in residential, commercial and industrial markets. Irene is a board member and committee chair of associations such as Ontario Environment Industry, Ontario Onsite Wastewater, Partners in Projects Green, and Ryerson University. She has completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University, an executive training from Harvard Business School in Aligning Strategy and Sales as well as Business Leadership Development from Ivey School of Business.
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Chris Hilkene MES

President, Clean Water Foundation
Chris Hilkene MES Christopher Hilkene is an environment and sustainable development professional who has provided public policy and communications advice to public, private and not-for-profit sector clients for over 20 years. In 2014, Chris was appointed to the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission (IJC) where he serves as the Canadian Co-Chair on Emerging Issues. He is also a member of the IJC’s Climate Change Framework Workgroup. In 2007, Chris became the youngest person ever appointed to the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) and served as Chair of its Water Programme. He is a Governor of Ryerson University, the Chair of Pollution Probe, and an Advisory Board Member of Green Living Enterprises. He is also a member of the Vimy Foundation’s Vimy 2017 Campaign Cabinet.
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The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt

29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Province of Ontario
The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell was invested as Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor on September 23, 2014. Her eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal, and international borders, and has transcended disciplinary and sectoral lines. Ms. Dowdeswell began her professional career as a teacher and university lecturer. After serving as the Deputy Minister of Culture and Youth for the Government of Saskatchewan, she held increasingly senior positions in the Canadian public service, most notably as head of the Atmospheric Environment Service. Throughout this period, she managed several public inquiries and royal commissions. Her international negotiating experiences prefaced her election in 1992 as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. Upon returning to Canada in 1998, she established an international consulting practice and became the founding President and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization. Immediately prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Ms. Dowdeswell was the President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. She has also served on numerous boards of corporate and non-profit organizations. Ms. Dowdeswell was born in Northern Ireland and immigrated to rural Saskatchewan with her parents in 1947. She earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics and teaching certificate from the University of Saskatchewan (1966) and a Master of Science in behavioural sciences from Utah State University (1972). An Officer of the Order of Canada, Ms. Dowdeswell holds 11 honorary degrees.
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Kim Howson

Strategic Initiatives Social Impact, RBC
Kim Howson Kim is a systems-disruptor who seeks out opportunities to work across all sectors to solve complex social problems. She currently works for RBC as Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Social Impact, building strategies that demonstrate how private business can play a significant and positive role in catalyzing social impact. Prior to joining RBC, Kim spent three years with the Ontario Government, where she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Brad Duguid and Executive Assistant to Premier Kathleen Wynne. A self-confessed “policy wonk”, she played an important role in the development of the provincial government’s accessibility, youth, and social innovation strategies. Prior to her time in government, Kim worked at a number of non-profit organizations, both in Canada and Europe, on projects related to strengthening resilience amongst at-risk youth and combating human trafficking. Kim has a Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University where she wrote her thesis on immigration and human rights in relation to victims of human trafficking in the European Union. In her spare time Kim likes to keep active by running and playing ultimate frisbee and is passionate about travel, great books and her East Coast roots. She is also a 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, actively working to make a positive impact in communities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.
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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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Robin Kind

General Consul, Ontario Clean Water Agency
Robin Kind Robin Kind joined the Ontario Clean Water Agency in November 1994 and was appointed General Counsel in 2003. In December 2015, Robin was appointed Executive Vice President. Robin’s 25-year legal career spans both the public and private sector. Prior to joining OCWA, she spent several years with leading national law firms in Toronto practicing in the areas of corporate commercial and environmental law. In addition to her legal and Board responsibilities as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Robin also has responsibility for Enterprise Risk Management, Marketing and Communications and Community Outreach. Robin graduated from University of Toronto Law in 1987 and was called to the Bar in 1989.
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John Kingsbury

Director, Business Development, Ontario Clean Water Agency
John Kingsbury John has over 20 years of water and wastewater experience where he has held progressive client management roles. His experience includes support for multiple areas of First Nation - from Tribal Councils to individual Nations. Prior to joining OCWA, John worked in the area of environmental consulting and environmental measurement. In his role at OCWA , John leads the area of Business Development and First Nation support where OCWA provides a wide range of Operation and Maintenance/Technical support towards the goal of sustainable self-operated systems.
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Dan Kraus

National Conservation Biologist, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
Dan Kraus Dan is the National Conservation Biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. He is an expert on Canadian biodiversity and conservation, and has recently written reports on topics ranging from aquatic habitat connectivity to the natural capital of forests. Dan co-authored Biodiversity Conservation Strategies for all four Canadian Great Lakes, and prepared the first conservation assessment on Great Lakes islands. He is a member of the Freshwater Plant Specialist Group with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the Great Lakes Indicator and Reporting Task Team, and the Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario. Dan often shares his stories about nature and the importance of conservation through NCC’s Land Lines blog. Prior to joining NCC, Dan worked as a senior ecologist for an environmental consulting group where he conducted ecological inventories, prepared environmental impact assessments and served as an expert witness. He lives with his family in the headwaters of Bronte Creek where he enjoys chopping wood and raising happy chickens.
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Bu Lam

Manager of Municipal Programs, Canadian Water Network
Bu Lam Bu Lam is the Manager of Municipal Programs at Canadian Water Network and oversees the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium. The Consortium is comprised of utilities from across Canada who are looking to apply leading knowledge to support resilient and sustainable municipal water, wastewater and stormwater systems. Previously, Bu was the Director of Community Infrastructure in Nunavut, where he was responsible for capital planning for 24 of Nunavut’s 25 municipalities. He was appointed co-chair of the oversight committee for the implementation of federal infrastructure programs and served as the territorial representative on the CCME Municipal Wastewater Effluent coordinating committee. Bu holds a BSc in Biochemistry from Bishop’s University and a doctorate in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Toronto.
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Brenda Lucas

Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Brenda Lucas 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 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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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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Aysha Muzaffar

Program Manager, Canadian Water Quality Association
Aysha Muzaffar Aysha has 5 years of project management experience in the non-profit sector. She recently helped run RouseHope, which is a non-profit that aids Syrian refugee families in effectively rebuilding their lives, and become self-reliant. Aysha has a bachelors from York University, a certificate from Sheridan College for Project Management and speaks two languages. She previously worked as a Project Manager at the Ontario Centres of Excellence where she organized OCE’s flagship program portfolio, managed the relationship between OCE's Business Development group and major Ontario academic institutions and innovation partners, and compiled sector analysis and provided sector strategy.
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Jen Pate

Co-Mission Leader, eXXpedition
Jen Pate Jen Pate is a geographer and entrepreneur fascinated by human-environment interaction. She lives in Canada where she runs a sustainable outdoor recreation park called Windmill Lake, which blends water- and land-based activities with environmental education (www.windmill-lake.ca). She has been Filmmaker, Mission Coordinator and Mission Leader on a series of international sailing voyages raising awareness of plastic in marine and freshwater environments. From this experience, she now works to promote social and environmental change through her newest initiative Love Your Greats (www.loveyourgreats.com) and co-runs an adventure series called Leisure With Purpose to inspire others to get outdoors and help protect the places we enjoy. She is a Global Biodiversity Ambassador for the Ibex Earth Our World: Our Choice Campaign, Member of the Great Lakes Commons Leadership Committee, Board Member of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, as well as member of Blue Bayfield and the Main Bayfield Watershed Advisory Committee. You can learn more about Jen here: www.jenniferpate.com
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John Presta, P.Eng., MPA

Director of Environmental Services, Regional Municipality of Durham – Works Department
John Presta, P.Eng., MPA John Presta is the Director of Environmental Services for the Regional Municipality of Durham. John has been a practicing professional engineer for over 25 years in the field of municipal and water engineering. He has worked in both consulting and municipal government. John is currently responsible for water supply and sanitary sewerage services for the Region of Durham which includes 25 systems and a service population of over 600,000. The value of the water and sanitary sewerage assets is currently $ 8.1 Billion. He is responsible for a current operating budget of $118 million and capital budget of $ 135 million. As the Director of the Environmental Services Branch, John has been on the senior management team for over 13 years and leads a branch staff of 330. John is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and has served as Chair of the Professional Engineers of Ontario-Lake Ontario Chapter. He is currently the President of the Water Environment Association of Ontario for 2017-2018.
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Emma Rogers

Manager Corporate Environmental Affairs, RBC
Emma Rogers Emma Rogers is an environmental management professional with a deep interest in understanding stakeholder perspectives to develop solutions that maximize shared benefits. Emma currently works for the Royal Bank of Canada as the Manager of Corporate Environmental Affairs. In this capacity, Emma works on environmental and social issues management, environmental employee engagement and communications initiatives, and supports the development of donation strategies related to the environment. Emma has worked on environmental initiatives in corporate, public sector and non-profit organizations for over 8 years. Prior to RBC, her roles included supporting the development of a climate change partnerships strategy with the Ontario government and managing environmental programs and compliance, and sustainability reporting with Tim Hortons. Emma holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Policy from Lund University, Sweden and a B.A. in Political Science from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick.
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Jonathan S. Radtke

Water Resource Sustainability Manager, 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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Ellen Schwartzel

Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Ellen Schwartzel Ellen is currently the Deputy Environmental Commissioner. She has advised commissioners on a broad suite of policy areas, including climate change, urban air quality, sand and gravel extraction, water taking, environmental assessment and municipal wastewater management. One of her current priorities is to help Ontarians use their citizen engagement toolkit under the Environmental Bill of Rights. Prior to joining the ECO, Ellen spent several years in advocacy for environmental organizations and research support for Ontario’s Environment Minister. Her academic background is in botany, and she shares a small Toronto garden with her husband, two kids and an ever-changing scramble of native plants, birds and bugs.
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Marisa Sterling

Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, York University
Marisa Sterling Marisa Sterling is an accomplished engineer and an advocate for women and youth. In 2014 she was named one of the top 30 inspirational women engineers in Canada. In 2015 she received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for her volunteerism. In 2016 she received the Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service, and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Association. In 2017, Marisa was made a Fellow of Engineers Canada. Currently Marisa is the first Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She is leading the school’s commitment to the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge: a new $1.5-million investment to become the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity. She is also President and Chair at the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education where she led a 50% increase in annual scholarships and directly helps Ontario engineering students address the affordability imbalance of their education costs. A graduate of chemical engineering and applied chemistry from the University of Toronto and a member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Marisa has worked in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries as well as for the Ontario regulator of the engineering profession, Professional Engineers Ontario. Marisa’s community and board service started as an undergraduate student when she was elected to the University of Toronto’s Governing Council. Since then, she has served on the boards of the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNE), the Anglican-United Refugee Alliance (AURA) to facilitate private sponsorship of refugees, a group of Toastmasters Clubs and a condominium corporation. Marisa has supported many charitable endeavours, including her local hospital's Emergency and Child & Teen Programs and Habitat for Humanity. As a first-time candidate in the 2011 provincial election, Marisa achieved over 30% of the vote advocating for engineering involvement in solving society’s challenges. She has authored articles on workplace safety and professional ethics. In her spare time, Marisa is passionate about yoga, travelling and SCUBA diving.
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Nelson Switzer

Chief Sustainability Officer, Nestlé Waters North America
Nelson Switzer As the Chief Sustainability Officer for Nestlé Waters North America, Nelson Switzer is responsible for the company’s approach to water stewardship, responsible packaging and community relations and investment. Through collaboration and enabling constructive engagement, Nelson helps identify issues and matching solutions to complex environmental, social and governance challenges. Nelson has nearly 20 years of experience advising and working in the public and private sectors at the local and global level including leading sustainable business solutions at PwC, head of sustainability at Centrica plc NA and senior manager of environmental affairs with the Royal Bank of Canada. Nelson resides in Toronto with his wife and two boys.
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Dr. Tima Bansal

Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability, Ivey Business School
Dr. Tima Bansal Dr. Bansal is the Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability at the Ivey Business School at Western University (Ontario). She directs Ivey's research centre for Building Sustainable Value, and founded and directs the Network for Business Sustainability (nbs.net). Both these organizations aim to strengthen the ties between research and practice. In 2008, she was awarded the Aspen’s Institute title of Faculty Pioneer for Academic Leadership, which was coined as the “Oscars of the Business School world” by the Financial Times. She is the only Canadian to have held this title. In 2011, she was appointed to the inaugural Clean50 with 49 other Canadians for the significant contributions they have made to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism. In 2013, she was awarded a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Business Sustainability for her research contributions to the field. Dr. Sandra Waddock lists Dr. Bansal among the 28 people she calls "intellectual shamans" for their contribution to management thought.
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George Tsintzouras

President and Co-founder, Alert Labs Inc.
George Tsintzouras George is passionate about technology, business, and designing cool, useful, and innovative products. George dedicated almost two decades to the ProAV (Professional Audio Visual) industry, with responsibility for discovering, commercializing, and creating industry-defining products and solutions at Christie Digital Systems. George is now focusing his insatiable appetite for technology on creating products for Alert Labs. He co-founded Alert Labs in order to nurture a fun, imaginative, non-corporate corporate culture – where Great is celebrated. As an advocate for the Kitchener-Waterloo community, George leads a Communitech Product Management peer group, and is a founding member of FlashWR; a Waterloo Region photography exhibition that celebrates the marriage of art and technology through inspirational photography. George graduated from the University of Waterloo with his Bachelor of Physics and entered the field of optics. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, with a specialization in marketing strategy.
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Tony Van Bommel

Senior Managing Partner, BDC Capital
Tony Van Bommel Tony Van Bommel is the Senior Managing Partner of the Industrial, Clean and Energy (ICE) Technology Venture Fund for BDC Capital investing exclusively in Canadian companies and is located in the Toronto, Ontario office. A champion of the Cleantech sector for more than15 years, Tony shapes BDC Capital’s investment direction. He oversees the $287M ICE Fund. Tony has been with BDC Capital since 2001 and held positions in the BDC Halifax, Nova Scotia and Vancouver, British Colombia offices. He holds or has held numerous Board of Directors seats and currently is working with Axine, Bit Stew, CarbonCure, Invixium, Sofdesk and Vizimax, all emerging Canadian Venture backed companies. Tony was also recognized in 2015 as one of Canada’s CLEAN50 and as one of the World’s most influential environmental investors by the Journal of Environmental Investing. Prior to joining BDC, he spent four years at InNOVAcorp, a General Partner for the Nova Scotia First Fund, an early stage knowledge-based venture fund, where he helped implement a venture capital program and provided assistance to emerging technology companies. While at InNOVAcorp he completed two secondments to Ocean Nutrition – completing a market map and market strategy - and to Dalhousie University – teaching courses in business strategy, building innovative companies and market strategy. For 10 years prior to this, he worked as a lawyer and partner in the business law firm, Little & Wright in London, Ontario. Tony has held multiple directorships in both public and private emerging growth companies across Canada and holds the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year award” for the funds exit in the sale Q1 Labs to IBM in 2012. In 2016, Tony was involved in the exit of Bit Stew to GE for $207M, the largest Venture backed exit in Canada that year. Finally, he was instrumental in bringing Radian6 to BDC Capital, the CVCA “VC Deal of the Year Award” winner in 2011 for the sale to Salesforce.com. Tony earned the Dalhousie Governor General’s Gold Medal for the top graduate student chosen from all faculties at Dalhousie University and the gold medal from the Dalhousie University MBA program. He received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Western Ontario where he won the Pitney Bowes Award for the top graduating law student in Ontario who combined academics, athletics and service to the community. He is a past Chairman of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia and Volunteer of the year for that organization. As BDC Capital is one of the most active Industrial, Clean and Energy technology investors solely focused on investing in Canadian companies. The BDC ICE Fund tailors its investments towards capital-efficient and scalable businesses with the potential to reach and operate across a global market. With $287M under management they invest in early and development stage companies use our experience in materials, electronics and ICT to build global companies to be commercial successes.
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Douglas Wilton, P. Eng.

President & CEO, TECTA-PDS
Douglas Wilton, P. Eng. Douglas is a Professional Engineer with over 15 years of senior operational and general management experience and multiple successes in the development and management of new technical businesses in a variety of industrial environments. Douglas assumed the role of President and CEO after leading the management buyout of TECTA-PDS from Veolia Water in early 2016. With sales in over 25 countries, he guides the organization as it pursues its mandate of revolutionizing the microbiological monitoring of water. He joined the company as Vice President, Operations in 2005 as its second employee overseeing all technical and operation aspects of the company including product development, R&D and manufacturing. His leadership played a key role in the success that led to its acquisition and subsequent re-branding as ENDETEC, Veolia Water’s expert in water quality monitoring and Smart Water Networks. Prior to TECTA-PDS, Doug directed the creation of a multi-million dollar business and greenfield manufacturing facility that provided inventory management, logistics and manufacturing services for a major Tier 1North American automotive supplier. This high-volume, automated business seamlessly integrated three customer facilities utilizing advanced e-business tools. Douglas is a member of PEO and OSPE and is the Co-chair of ONEIA’s Water Committee.
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Kevin Wong

Executive Director, Canadian Water Quality Association
Kevin Wong Kevin Wong is the Technical Manager with CIPH and the Executive Director of the CWQA. A registered Certified Association Executive, Kevin manages CWQA and the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council. He has a background in business, water quality, and environmental engineering and has been working for CIPH & CWQA since 2006. Prior to joining CIPH & CWQA, he has worked in manufacturing with Cimatec as their Marketing Director.
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