Dr. Souleymane Ndiongue has recently been appointed as Acting CEO for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. In addition to this important role, Souleymane manages the WCWC Research & Technology Institute; chairs the WCWC Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and oversees the initiatives of research, hands-on training, technology demonstration and innovation.
Souleymane has been with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre since inception. He has over 20 years of experience in the water treatment field and is actively involved in research and the development and delivery of training programs for drinking water operators and postsecondary students.
Souleymane holds a Ph.D. and M.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, both specializing in water treatment and is a registered Professional Engineer of the Province of Ontario.
Patricia Ruetz, a long-term resident of Walkerton, began working at the Centre in March, 2005. Patricia's diverse responsibilities in various positions at the Centre have enabled her to gain a broad understanding of many aspects of the Centre's business.
As the Executive Coordinator, Patricia provides executive support to the CEO and Board of Directors, managing the day-to-day operations of the CEO’s office and providing guidance and direction to staff.
In addition to the support she provides to the CEO and Board of Directors, Patricia manages and coordinates the development and maintenance of human resources policies, procedures and programs, providing the CEO and managers with guidance on human resource matters. Patricia Ruetz is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.
Before she began at the Centre in 2007, Katherine gained valuable experience at an environmental engineering and management firm specializing in the operation of water and wastewater treatment facilities for clients in the industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors across Ontario. Katherine applies the knowledge and skills she gained here as she progressed through a variety of roles to her position as Planning Coordinator at the Centre.
Katherine graduated from the University of Waterloo with distinguished academic achievement. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the Honours Environment and Business program.
For over 20 years, Linda Thompson worked at Maple Leaf Foods in financial and procurement positions. In 1999, Ms. Thompson was hired by the University of Guelph to liaise with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, to manage a $50 million contract. In 2003, the federal and provincial governments invested in a commercialization initiative, BIOENTERPRISE Corporation. As manager of business development, Ms. Thompson developed strategic alliances with various organizations and consultants to assist entrepreneurs with business counselling and support services including legal, financial, administrative, technical and marketing.
Linda Thompson leads and manages business planning and strategic planning for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Ms. Thompson's responsibilities include managing, performing and/or coordinating the provision of financial and budget administration, accommodation and facilities, procurement, and information technology services.
Greg Hayes is a Certified Management Accountant with over 25 years of comprehensive accounting and business experience, which includes service in not-for-profit and manufacturing environments. Greg's not-for-profit experience was obtained with previous employment as Administration Manager with Bruce Peninsula Association for Community Living and as an Accountant with the Bluewater District School Board.
Greg's skills and knowledge continues to support the growing administrative and business requirements of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Greg is a member of the Society of Management Accountants of Ontario, obtained his C.M.A. designation in 1988 and is a Business Administration graduate of Mohawk College, Hamilton.
As the Communications Associate for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Erin works with its internal departments and institutions to promote the services of each, including training, research and technology programs. Erin is eager to help raise the profile of the Centre as an accessible resource in providing safe drinking water for all communities across Ontario.
Erin spent 4 years working in marketing within the tourism and hospitality industry at a nationally recognized resort, specializing in social media, email and web marketing and later became the Assistant Product Manager in marketing, specializing in projects and product development. Erin has also worked on communications initiatives for non-profit organizations in Ontario on a volunteer basis.
Erin graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree and achieved honours in the public relations post-graduate certificate program at Niagara College Canada. Erin was employed by the college to lead a community public relations campaign and gained valuable experience in her internship placement within the Canadian regional office of an international hotel company.
Erin grew up in Bruce County and is happy to return to the area.
Before working at the Centre Tammy had 14 years of experience in an administrative background. Tammy’s role within the Management Services team has been receptionist and then in 2010 moved into an Administrative role that includes accounting, procurement, website management along with other various administrative tasks. As well, Tammy provides assistance to the staff in day-to-day administrative, IT and telephone system.
As the Management Services Associate for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Kelly works closely with all internal staff to provide a wide range of communication/administrative support. She works in the area of communications, doing ongoing website development, marketing and advertising, and provides administrative assistance to the Accounting Associate, Training Institute, Research and Technology Institute and back up to the Receptionist.
Kelly holds a certificate in Human Resources from Georgian college and brings several years of administrative and customer service experience to the Centre.
She grew up in Grey-Bruce and is happy to still reside in the area.
As the Operations Associate within the Department of Management Services, Mara’s job includes liaison with property managers of WCWC facility, policies and procedures for WCWC, accounts receivable, invoicing, A/V and IT support for the WCWC, and the coordinator of the facility’s training room rentals. Mara also provides administrative assistance to the Research & Technology and Training Institute when required.
Mara brings with her over 25 years of customer service and administrative experience, acquired from various roles in the insurance, communications, tourism and childcare industries. Mara graduated with honours on the Dean’s List from Georgian College’s Executive - Office Administration program.
Though she grew up in Mississauga, Mara has been a resident of Bruce County for over 20 years.
Bonnie brings with her 25 years of medical administrative background. Bonnie is a long term resident of Brockton. She is a graduate of Conestoga College Medical Secretarial Program and a graduate of the Canadian Hospital Association Health Record Technician Program. Her background includes hospital medical records and Community Care Access Centre.
Bonnie greets and directs visitors to the Centre. She also provides excellent customer service by answering all incoming calls, assisting, and directing calls to the appropriate staff members. As well, Bonnie provides support to the administrative staff.
Brian Jobb began his career in the water industry with the Ministry of the Environment, initially as a summer student and ultimately as Field Services Coordinator for the Water Resources Branch, Drinking Water Section. He was responsible for supervising the applied drinking water research lab; conducting research into removal of exotic contaminants; development and delivery of operator training courses; review of new technology and new plant design for MOE Approvals Branch; working with consulting engineers to help solve unique water quality problems; technical direction for the Water Plant Optimization Study; preparation, publication and presentation of technical papers and Minister's correspondence; technical advisory and troubleshooting of chemical coagulation processes at drinking water plants throughout the Province.
Brian joined a leading coagulant manufacturer in 1995 as a Drinking Water Specialist, responsible for technical sales, technical assistance, product development and testing; publication and presentation of technical papers; operator training and troubleshooting of drinking water facilities for North American customers. His work involved specialized studies on numerous aspects of water plant operation, including chemical process optimization, assessment of new technologies, filtration and water quality.
In 2004, Mr. Jobb took on the role of Vice-President, Sales and Marketing for MS Filter Inc., responsible for technical sales, marketing and support for Manufacturer's Representatives across Canada and the Northern United States. Responsibilities included research and development of ozone-assisted biological filtration technology for potable and other water treatment applications; preparation and presentation of technical publications and presentations at water industry conferences and operator training seminars across North America.
As an independent consultant, Brian was also involved in the design and delivery of drinking water operator training courses for municipalities and was contracted to design and deliver workshops for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. These operator training courses, generally based on hands-on experience with emerging issues and exotic contaminants, are the result of extensive practical experience with research, optimization and troubleshooting of numerous Ontario drinking water facilities.
In November 2008, Brian accepted the position of Manager of the WCWC’s Training Group (now Institute) and continues to deliver several of the Centre’s training courses.
Brian's technical achievements have included the development and application of: an in situ filter media cleaning technique; the use of advanced oxidation (H2O2/UV) for taste and odour control; the use of CO2 for reduction of organics and residual aluminum in drinking water; UV treatment for removing the contaminant N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in municipal drinking water facilities. Brian has successfully distilled state-of-the-art research into practical concepts and coached numerous drinking water operators through the maze of modern treatment techniques.
Brian is currently involved in numerous OWWA, AWWA and CWWA Committees and MOE Advisory Groups. Brian is a Past-President (2004 - 2005) of the OWWA, and the recipient of the OWWA Norman J. Howard Award (1999) for sincerity in serving the waterworks industry. Brian has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology.
As a Training Coordination Supervisor with the Centre, Corinne communicates regularly with owners, operators, operating authorities and other stakeholders to discuss training needs and priorities. She coordinates with trainers, venues and participants to schedule public courses throughout the province and works with municipalities and other organizations who want to host on-site offerings of WCWC courses for their staff. The focus is providing the highest quality training courses delivered by experts in the field to meet training needs throughout Ontario.
Corinne has been working in adult education and training for over 15 years. Before joining the Centre in 2005, Corinne held the position of Training Coordinator at Wescast Industries and was responsible for developing and implementing the training system for Wescast's North Huron facility in Wingham. Prior to that, she worked with adults as an educator with a number of organizations including Georgian College and the Walkerton and District Literacy Council.
Corinne acquired a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario and then attained a Diploma in Journalism at Sheridan College in Oakville. After gaining practical experience in adult education and training, Corinne attended Georgian College to complete the Teaching and Training Adults Certificate. Corinne is a member of the American Water Works Association and the Ontario Water Works Association.
Paula graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts, and spent over 10 years in various Human Resources roles before joining the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Her past experience with developing, implementing and delivering training programs lends itself to Paula’s role as part of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre’s (Centre’s) Training Institute.
Paula has been with the Training Institute for over six years, currently serving as a Training Coordinator with a client base in Eastern Ontario and the Muskoka Region.
As Training Coordinator, Paul participates in the coordination and administration of drinking water operator and management training courses, including the Ministry of the Environment’s mandatory courses. Paula works with system owners and operators to identify training needs and implement solutions based on regulatory and professional development requirements, and is directly involved with the development and monitoring of the Training Institute’s quality assurance program.
Leona Cunningham has been a Training Coordinator with the Walkerton Clean Water Centre since April 2011. Prior to joining the Centre, Leona worked with municipal and provincial governments for over twelve years. She started her career with the City of London and most recently she worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as a Project Analyst delivering federal-provincial-municipal funding programs to improve and renew public infrastructure across the province. In administering these programs, Leona developed strong working relationships with municipalities when interpreting program requirements, assessing applications, monitoring project progress and resolving issues.
As a Training Coordinator, Leona works with managers and operators to identify training needs and recommend learning solutions. She also works with trainers and subject matter experts to develop new courses and redevelop existing courses as part of the Centre’s commitment to the highest level of quality in content, methodology and teaching in drinking water treatment operator training.
Leona has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Public Administration in Local Government from the University of Western Ontario. Like drinking water operators across this province, Leona is a lifelong learner and has recently completed her Bachelor of Education in Adult Education from Brock University.
Venkat started his career as an Environmental Engineer with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), Government of India. During his 14 years of tenure with the MOE, his key responsibility was enforcement of relevant statutes and legislations to industrial establishments for compliance. During his tenure with Lambton Shores as Infrastructure Manager, Venkat managed the operations and maintenance of Municipality’s water distribution system, wastewater treatment and collection system and implemented few capital projects.
During his tenure as an Environmental Services Engineer with the Town of St. Marys, his key role was to ensure that the town’s water & wastewater treatment, wastewater collection and water distribution systems complied with the statutes. Venkat played a lead role in evaluating alternatives for biosolids management, conducted pilot scale study for sewage treatment plant upgrade with the Town receiving “Biosolids Excellence Award” from the Water Environment Association of Ontario for Biosolids Management.
During his tenure as a Junior Engineer with Genivar (formerly Henderson Paddon & Associates), Venkat was involved in the design of several municipal water systems, and participated in Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process for several water related projects. Venkat holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Nagpur University (India).
Venkat is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario and a member of the American Water Works Association, Ontario Water Works Association and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Venkat is also a member of the Canadian Water Works Association and is on board of OWWA, Small Systems Committee.
Wayne has a keen interest in providing meaningful training to the operators in the Province of Ontario. Wayne currently holds licenses and certificates in water and wastewater and has been passing on his knowledge as a trainer since 2007.
As a professional engineer, Joel has over 10 years of experience in industrial wastewater treatment design and installation. Joel is a certified Cross-Connection Control Specialist and has authored trade articles on the subject of backflow prevention.
Joel’s roles prior joining the Centre include: national wastewater treatment product manager for Atotech Canada, environmental compliance assistance coordinator for the Canadian Association of Metal Finishers and corporate trainer for the School of Engineering, Conestoga College, including remote program offerings on Six Nation’s Reserve.
Carol brings over 25 years of administrative experience to the Centre. Carol joined the Centre six years ago as the receptionist and then moved onto becoming the Training Support Representative for the WCWC Training Institute.
Carol is providing administrative support to the WCWC Training Institute. Carol administers the Mandatory course and assists with the preparation of course materials for Drinking Water Training held throughout the province. She also administers the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (NORCAT) Health and Safety on line courses.
Lissa brings over 20 years of administrative experience to the Centre, and holds a General Secretarial Diploma from Georgian College. As an administrative assistant at the Centre, Lissa has been responsible for such areas as procurement, accounting, and website management.
Currently Lissa is providing administrative support to the WCWC Training Institute. Lissa administers the Operation of Small Drinking Water Systems course and assists with the preparation of course materials for Drinking Water Training held throughout the province.
Alicia and her family are long-time residents of Walkerton. Alicia is a graduate of Fleming College and has several years of experience in administration.
Before joining WCWC, she was in an administrative role with Bruce Power and prior to that was a safety co-coordinator for an oil company in Alberta. Alicia is supporting the Training Institute as a Customer Services Assistant.
Mr. Borikar leads Technology Demonstration. Since 2005, he has been part of the team that set up and upgraded the Centre's Technology Demonstration and Research facility. He is actively involved in research and hands-on training and has authored several papers.
Devendra Borikar holds a master's degree in Sanitary Engineering from IHE (Delft, Netherlands), a M. A. Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from Gujarat University (India). Mr. Borikar is close to the completion of his Ph.D. degree from Chemical and Biological Engineering from University of British Columbia.
Since 2005, Mr. Borikar is a registered professional engineer in Ontario. Mr. Borikar worked as an executive engineer for 13 years at the Gujarat Water Supply Department including work as a senior training officer for more than 3 years in Gujarat Jalseva Training Institute (India).
As a graduate assistant in the University of Windsor, he taught courses for 2 years in drinking water treatment and distribution systems to fourth year environmental engineering students. Devendra’s total experience is more than 24 years in water and environmental engineering.
Evan has recently joined the Walkerton Clean Water Centre’s Research and Technology Institute in the role of Innovation Lead. He will liaise with Ontario’s water sector to identify how the Walkerton Clean Water Centre can support the development of innovative technology. Prior to joining the Centre, he was Project Manager for several long-term municipal water loss management and industrial water efficiency consulting programs across Canada, the United Kingdom, Tanzania and the Philippines. In addition, Evan has proven practical experience with conducting complex flow monitoring programs and delivering large and small-scale water meter exchange programs for several Ontario municipalities. Working in the water sector for more than a decade has allowed Evan to establish strong partnerships with municipalities, corporations and community groups across the nation.
Xiaohui's primary duties and responsibilities will be to contribute to the development and execution of the Centre’s research plan. Xiaohui will also provide support to other initiatives such as the hands on training program, technology demonstration and innovation in the Ontario water sector.
Xiaohui holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in water treatment from the University of Waterloo. His thesis research focuses on modeling the removal of micropollutants in ozonation and advanced oxidation processes aided by quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR).
Xiaohui Jin holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Peking University in Beijing, China. His Master's work has been the identification and quantification of disinfection byproducts of endocrine disrupting chemicals in drinking water treatment processes.
Victoria is a Scientist at the WCWC Research & Technology Institute. She supports the operation, maintenance and upgrade of the Technology Demonstration Facility and supports the development and delivery of research, innovation and training initiatives. She is also actively involved in conducting research and developing partnerships with drinking water research stakeholders.
Victoria has her Master's Degree and a Bachelor Degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario. She has experience as a research assistant and teaching assistant in a variety of topics involving environmental issues and water.
Victoria is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) and International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae (ISSHA).
Lindsay is a Technician at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. She supports the operation of the Research and Technology Institute and is involved in the Centre’s research, innovation, technology demonstration and training programs.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Biology and Technology from Nipissing University and a Certificate in Environmental Management. Lindsay also obtained a diploma in Environmental Protection and Compliance from Canadore College. She has experience as a lab technician testing a variety of parameters including microbiological samples. Lindsay’s past experience in the quality assurance field is applied in the WCWC lab.
Lindsay is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Jeff recently joined the Walkerton Clean Water Centre’s Research and Technology Institute. He supports the Operation of the Technology Demonstration Facility and will be active in research, innovation, technology demonstration and hands on training. Jeff will participate in the development and delivery of hands on training programs.
Jeff obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Guelph. His experience as a Water and Wastewater Operator in Training helped him develop his knowledge of laboratory compliance, regulations and mechanical aptitude.
Laura Zettler is a Technician for the WCWC Research and Technology Institute. She assists in the development and delivery of hands on training and provides support in all stages of research and innovation projects. Laura also operates and maintains the Centre’s Technology Demonstration Facility.
Laura has an advanced diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology from Durham College. She is a member of the American Water Works Association and the Ontario Water Works Association.