Based on the expertise they bring to the industry, Members of the Board of Directors for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (Centre) are appointed by the Government of Ontario. Members hold office for a term of up to two years and are eligible for reappointment for successive terms. The Board is accountable to the Ontario legislature through the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change. It is responsible for the overall supervision of the operations of the Centre. The Board also contributes to the development of the rolling three-year business planning process by reviewing performance measures linked to the Centre's strategic directions.
Mr. De Carvalho has more than 40 years of experience as a consulting engineer in the water supply sector, both in Canada and internationally. In addition to various roles on municipal water supply projects, his experience also includes more than 25 years in the planning, design and implementation of water supply and infrastructure servicing in First Nations communities in Ontario, Alberta and Labrador.
He has worked on projects in twelve different countries and currently provides support on a number of international water supply projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the Caribbean. He remains active in the development of new project opportunities for R. J. Burnside International Limited.
Mr. De Carvalho is a Professional Engineer and a Designated Consultant by Professional Engineers Ontario, a Designated Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and a member of the International Water Association, the American Water Works Association, the Ontario Water Works Association, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Water Environment Federation.
Mr. Spitzig is an accountant in public practice with the Collins Barrow branch in Walkerton. He has been serving the farming and business community around the Walkerton area for more than 32 years. He received his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2014 and has had his Certified Management Accountant designation from the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario since 1999. Mr. Spitzig also has an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Born and raised in the town of Chepstow, Ontario, Mr. Spitzig has strong ties to the Walkerton area and supports the community through his volunteer service to various organizations.
Mr. D'Alessandro is a certified public health inspector and has been involved with public health for more than 35 years.
He is currently employed by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit in the Environmental Health Division. Mr. D'Alessandro holds certification as a water quality analyst (class 1), onsite sewage system inspector (part 8 septic systems under the Ontario Building Code) and small water systems operator. Mr. D'Alessandro has managed several programs under the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Mr. Shewfelt served on Goderich Town Council as Councillor, Reeve and Mayor for more than 28 years, 22 of those years as Mayor. He also served as a Huron County Councillor for four years in the 1970s and from 2000 to 2014, and is a past Warden of Huron County (2007). Prior to his position as Mayor of Goderich, Mr. Shewfelt worked as a real estate broker and land developer.
Mr. Shewfelt has served on several boards and committees, including the Mayor's Committee of the Lake Huron Southeast Shores Initiative, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority (Chair) and the Joint Management Committee of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Source Protection Region. He also served on the Advisory Panel of the Ontario Drinking Water Standard of Care Committee and is a past Chair of the Ontario Municipal Water Association.
For a lifetime of dedication to municipal service and environmental protection, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal in 1977 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
In 2015, Mr. Shewfelt was appointed to the board of ONE CARE INC. a not-for-profit Health care provider offering home and community support services to citizens of Huron and Perth counties including Meals on Wheels, EasyRide transportation respite and adult day away programs. .
Ms. Smit has dedicated more than 15 years to the operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems. Born and raised in Orillia, Ontario, Ms. Smit began working with the Township of Severn in 2001. She served as Wastewater Plant Manager in Jasper, Alberta, before returning to Ontario in 2008, and is now working for the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.
Mr. Henry has an honours degree in civil and environmental engineering and is a registered professional engineer. Mr. Henry has held various positions in the municipal sector with the City of Etobicoke (now part of Toronto), the District of Chilliwack, British Columbia and the City of London, Ontario.
Mr. Henry has participated in numerous provincial and federal initiatives, including the development of a best practices document with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the development of the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard for Ontario, and has participated on senior government advisory committees and work groups related to municipal drinking water licensing, source water protection, the Great Lakes, First Nations and emergency management/critical infrastructure assurance.
Mr. Henry is a member of the Lake Erie Source Protection Committee, the provinces Operating Authority Accreditation Management Committee, and is a Co-Chair of the Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network. Mr. Henry has served as the Vice-Chair of the Working Group for the development of support resources for the implementation of the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard by Ontario municipalities, and a provincial review committee for the Optimization Manual for Drinking Water Systems.
Mr. Henry is also on the Ontario Municipal Water Association Board of Directors and was the President and Chair for the 201417 term.
Mr. Maracle is a professional engineer and a certified project management professional. He has varied experience in all facets of drinking water and wastewater design, development and operations.
Mr. Maracle also has over 20 years of experience working closely with large and small First Nation communities and Tribal Councils in matters related to drinking water, wastewater, infrastructure development and capital planning.
Ms. Stitt graduated from the Water Quality Technician program at Durham College in 2013 and brings a wide variety of practical experience as an operator of both drinking water and wastewater systems.
She is currently an operator with the Ontario Clean Water Agency where she is also a mentor for new operators.
Ms. Stitt is active on the volunteer front and is currently a volunteer Webinar Coordinator with the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professional Committee. She is also a volunteer on the Great Waters Challenge Youth Advisory Board with Waterlution where she promotes water education for youth and has co-written a children's storybook called Canada's Great Water Adventure.
Ms. Martin-Downs is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, where she is responsible for all facets of strategic planning, finance, operations and land management. Prior to this role, she was the Director of the Ecology Division of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Prior to joining TRCA, Ms. Martin-Downs spent 16 years as an environmental consultant with Gartner Lee Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of AECOM Inc.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Martin-Downs has held progressive roles managing multidisciplinary teams of technical specialists in the fields of geoenvironmental, watershed planning, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, flood risk and infrastructure, water resources engineering, source water protection, and environmental monitoring.
Ms. Martin-Downs is also active on committees. She spent 12 years as a volunteer with the Don Watershed Regeneration Council and currently is a volunteer Director with the Muskoka Lakes Association. Ms. Martin-Downs has been a member of the Latornell Symposium steering committee for nine years, including two years as Chair. She also served as a director of the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement, now known as BLOOM, for six years. She is a founding member and Chair of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.
Ms. Martin-Downs has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Science in Zoology and Environmental Studies from the University of Toronto.
Ms. Bova brings extensive experience in all facets of drinking water and wastewater operations, with a special focus on First Nations communities. She has been certified as both a Class IV drinking water operator and a Class II wastewater operator.
Ms. Bova is currently the Technical Services Engineer for Six Nations of the Grand River. In this role she holds a variety of responsibilities for contract administration, wastewater and drinking water treatment, distribution, construction, maintenance and upgrades.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Bova was the Manager of Water and Wastewater for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. In this position, she was responsible for the operations and maintenance of two water treatment and distribution facilities, as well as five wastewater treatment and collection facilities. In addition, Ms. Bova brings related experience from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and private consulting. Ms. Bova has also served as the past Chair of the Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario.
Ms. Bova is a professional engineer, with a Master's degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Ms. Last is currently the Operations Project Coordinator Water for the City of Barrie. In this role she leads a number of important initiatives including: maintaining and revising the Operational Plan under the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard (DWQMS); coordinating Risk Assessments; developing and facilitating internal operator training and providing support to water operations in the area of process optimization and legislative compliance.
Prior to this role, Ms. Last was a Class IV Water Operator with the City of Barrie and previous to that with the City of Timmins. In these roles, in addition to her responsibilities as the Operator-in-charge and Overall Responsible Operator for large surface water treatment plants, Ms. Last supported and provided guidance and direction to other operators in the event of process and compliance issues, while also leading pilot projects and presenting findings at key annual drinking water conferences.
Ms. Last was also a part-time professor at Northern College, where she taught Water and Wastewater Monitoring and Sampling; Soil and Air Monitoring and Sampling and Water Quality Analysis.
Ms. Last is a Certified Engineering Technician, with a focus on Environment, Standards and Compliance.