2020 Water Canada Summit Award Winners
The 11th annual Canadian Water Summit celebrated the winners of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards on June 11, 2020.
Hosted by Water Canada’s Managing Editor Andrew Macklin, the presentation of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards recognized individuals, projects, and technologies that have made significant contributions to the water industry in Canada.
“This year’s Water’s Next award finalists and winners reflect the very best of the Canadian water sector,” said Macklin. “The people, projects, and technologies recognized show the incredible work being done to improve the quality of our drinking water, the health of our water systems, and the
resilience of our communities. We are very fortunate to have such a vibrant, dedicated workforce in the water industry here in Canada.”
The winners of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards are:
Category - People: Academic Leader
Julia Baird—Assistant Professor, Brock University
Julia’s research is focused on improving the governance of our water resources. She is currently studying climate change adaptation and flood planning networks to enhance their efficiency and effectiveness. The lessons learned from this research will have implications for watersheds across Canada. This is particularly relevant as climate change is increasing the severity and frequency of flood events and the need for climate change adaptation plans.
Category - People: Business Leader
John Gillis—Innovation Cluster—Peterborough and the Kawarthas
John started his entrepreneurial journey creating a business in process instrumentation and automation, which quickly grew into a multi-million dollar company, Measuremax. The main
focus for Measuremax was the water/wastewater market and created many innovative products to service the sector. John has been a founding member of the Peterborough Region Angel Network, since 2006, which has a focus on investing in cleantech companies and startups. He then partnered with two other Angels and two young entrepreneurs to start Aclarus Ozone, a
technology company in the water and wastewater market. After several years of business, John has come to the Innovation Cluster so that he may use his time and knowledge to give back to the community of Peterborough in the cleantech industry. John is now president of the Innovation Cluster. In this role, he helps startups in various technology sectors.