Carl Kuhnke was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre effective September 2017. Reporting to the board of directors, Carl leads the operation of, and strategic planning for, the Centre.
Prior to joining the Centre, he was the Managing Director at the Province of Saskatchewan's Centre of Excellence for Transportation & Infrastructure (SCETI), the Executive Director of ITS Canada in Toronto, Chief Operating Officer of the Science Council of BC, and served 20 years as a Senior Canadian Technology Diplomat in Asia, the USA and Europe. During Carl's tenure in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, he successfully negotiated and managed the $100 million Canada-Japan Bilateral Agreement on Science and Technology and worked with Japanese universities, corporations and government agencies to examine long term social and economic impacts of global water supply challenges. He has sat on the board of Milton Hydro Inc., the Victoria International Airport, BC Biotech, Tech BC and the Vancouver Enterprise Forum.
Carl has his Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science and Biotechnology) and Master of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. Carl speaks English, French, German and Japanese.
Hired in 2005, Patricia Ruetz was one of the first employees of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. As a long-term resident of Walkerton, Patricia has invested a personal commitment to the success of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.
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 as appropriate.
In addition to the responsibilities of Executive Coordinator, Patricia is also the Ethics Coordinator.
Patricia Ruetz is a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.
Katherine is responsible for the development of the Centre's annual business plan and annual report. Katherine also supports the day-to-day operation of the Office of the CEO and acts as a main liaison with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. Katherine has progressed through a variety of roles since she began at WCWC in 2007, providing her with a thorough understanding of the Centre's programs.
Katherine applies the knowledge and skills she gained 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, to her current position as Planning & Government Relations Coordinator at the Centre.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Waterloo.
Stacey manages the Human Resources function for the Centre including recruitment and onboarding, professional development, policy and program development, compensation, performance planning, employee relations and engagement, and strategic planning. Stacey also manages corporate communications for the Centre including media relations and requests for interviews.
Stacey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by the Human Resources Management Post Diploma program from Seneca College, and possesses the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. Before joining WCWC, Stacey previously worked for an Operational Enterprise Agency for the Minister of Finance for close to ten years where she was a Human Resources Manager until joining WCWC in 2015.
Stacey has a passion for community involvement and is a member of the Hanover Hospital Auxiliary, Executive Board Member for Community Living Hanover, and is a member of the Grey Bruce Human Resources Professional Association.
Brian Jobb has managed the WCWC Training Institute since 2008. Brian has been involved with the development of many of the Centre's training courses and the MOE's mandatory courses and also delivers courses for operators and decision-makers.
Brian Jobb began his career in the water industry with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change in 1979 and advanced to Field Services Coordinator for the Drinking Water Section. He was responsible for applied research, training, technical advisory and troubleshooting of drinking water plants throughout Ontario. Brian has worked for a coagulant manufacturer and was Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for an equipment manufacturer and continued to provide operator training to clients. His work involved specialized studies on numerous aspects of water plant operation, presenting the results of these studies at conferences, workshops and events. The operator training courses were generally based on hands-on experience with emerging issues and exotic contaminants and were the result of extensive practical experience with research, optimization and troubleshooting of numerous Ontario 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 Senior Operational Instructor, Venkat delivers water related training courses across the province and also develops new water related courses. Venkat was instrumental in establishing a partnership with Bimose Tribal Council for the delivery of training to First Nation Operators. He is a member of WCWC's Research Advisory Committee.
Venkat started his career as an Environmental Engineer with the Ministry of the 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.
Joining the Centre in 2011, Joel brought 18 years of industrial water treatment operation, installation and design experience.
A professional engineer, and past backflow prevention device tester, Joel now applies his knowledge and experience to develop and facilitate courses across the province, primarily focused on distribution operations.
Paula graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts. Paula has spent over 10 years in various manufacturing environments, largely as a Human Resources Generalist. Her past experience with developing, implementing and delivering a variety of training programs lends itself to Paula's role as part of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre's (Centre's) Training Institute.
Paula spent over 4 years as a Drinking Water Training Administrator at the Centre assisting with the general administration associated with providing training throughout the province. After serving in a secondment position as Management Services Coordinator, Paula moved into a Training Coordinator role. As Training Coordinator, Paula 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 systems owners and operators to identify training needs and implement solutions based on regulatory and professional development requirements.
The role of the Small Drinking Water Systems Specialist is to provide support to small drinking water systems, Public Health Units throughout Ontario and First Nations. Stephanie also develops and delivers training programs and resources for small systems and Public Health Inspectors.
Stephanie worked as a certified Public Health Inspector with the Region of Waterloo Public Health prior to joining the Centre. For the last 10 years in Public Health, Stephanie was the drinking water program lead with duties that included the development and delivery of the small drinking water program, and collaborating with stakeholders at a local and provincial level for resource development and training for operators and Public Health Inspectors for the drinking water systems under Ontario Regulation 319/08 and 170/03. Stephanie also is a coordinator and trainer for Conestoga College continuing education department in the delivery of small drinking water system courses for Public Health Inspectors.
Corinne communicates regularly with owners, operators, operating authorities and other stakeholders to discuss training needs and priorities. She works closely with trainers to ensure the Centre provides 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 20 years. Before joining WCWC in 2005, Corinne held the position of Training Coordinator at Wescast Industries. 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, the Ontario Water Works Association and the Canadian Society for Training and Development.
As the Training Coordinator Carol schedules the mandatory and other director approved training for drinking water operators in Ontario. Carol works with systems owners and operators to identify training needs and implement solutions based on regulatory and professional development requirements.
Carol joined WCWC in 2006 and brings over 30 years of administrative experience.
Currently Lissa provides administrative support to the WCWC Training Operations Department. Lissa assists with the coordination for Drinking Water Training held throughout the province. In past roles, Lissa has been responsible for such areas as procurement, accounting and website management.
Lissa has over 25 years of administrative experience and holds a General Secretarial Diploma from Georgian College.
Andrea assists in the coordination of mandatory and other director-approved training throughout the province as well as helping with WCWC events.
She has a strong commitment to providing high-quality customer service and believes in the importance of life-long learning.
Andrea has over 20 years of experience providing administrative support in a number of areas of public service including education and municipal government.
As the Training Operations Associate for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Kelly administers the Mandatory course and assists with the preparation of course materials for drinking water training held throughout the province. She works in the area of communications, doing ongoing website development, marketing and advertising, and provides administrative assistance to the Training Operations Department.
Bonnie joined the staff in 2010. She greets and directs visitors at WCWC. She provides excellent customer service by answering all incoming calls, and assisting and directing calls and visitors to the appropriate staff members.
Bonnie also provides support to each Institute as requested. This position is responsible for a number of procurement items and shipping and receiving.
Bonnie has a medical administrative background of 25 years. She is a graduate of the Conestoga College Medical Secretarial Program and of the Canadian Hospital Association Health Record Technician Program. Her background includes hospital medical records and Community Care Access Centre.
Naila joined the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. Her role is to assist with special projects as required, as well as provide support for all training operations team members.
She has over 15 years of administrative and accounting experience in both public and private sectors, and resides in Grey Bruce.
Dr. Ndiongue heads and provides guidance for the programs of pilot testing, technology demonstration, post-secondary training, the helpline, and research sponsorships. Dr. Ndiongue is the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee.
He joined the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in 2005 and is the founding Manager of the Research and Technology Institute. He played major roles in the establishment of the Technology Demonstration Facility, the inaugural Mobile Training Unit and the development of the Research and Technology group.
Dr. Ndiongue has over 25 years of experience in the field of water treatment. He holds a Ph.D. and Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal, both specializing in water treatment. In addition, Dr. Ndiongue completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the field of maintaining water quality in distribution systems at the University of Waterloo NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment. He is a registered Professional Engineer of the Province of Ontario and is bilingual English/French.
Devendra leads the operation of the Technology Demonstration Facility. His responsibilities also include conducting pilot testing projects and supporting the helpline program. He has been involved in the development and delivery of selected courses. Devendra is a member of the Centre's Research Advisory Committee.
Devendra has been with WCWC since 2005. Devendra holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering, specializing in water treatment, from University of British Columbia.
Devendra has a B.Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering from Gujarat University (India), M.Sc. degree in Sanitary (Water and Wastewater) Engineering from IHE (Delft, Netherlands) and M.A.Sc. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Windsor. Devendra's total experience is approximately 3 decades in water and environmental engineering. Devendra is a registered professional engineer in Ontario since 2005.
Xiaohui's primary responsibilities are the development and execution of the research plan and pilot testing projects. Xiaohui also supports the Technology Demonstration and helpline programs.
He has been involved in the development and delivery of selected courses. Xiaohui is a member of the Centre's Research Advisory Committee.
Xiaohui has been with WCWC since 2011. Xiaohui holds a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering specializing in water treatment from the University of Waterloo. Xiaohui Jin has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from Peking University in Beijing, China. Xiaohui's doctoral thesis was selected for the 2013 American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award (second place). Xiaohui is a registered professional engineer in Ontario.
Victoria (Tory) supports the development and delivery of pilot testing and the WCWC's Research Plan, as well as the operation, maintenance and upgrade of the Centre's laboratory and the Technology Demonstration Facility. She has been involved in the development and delivery of selected courses. Victoria is the secretary of the Centre's Research Advisory Committee.
Victoria (Tory) has been with WCWC since January 2011. She has her Master's Degree and a Bachelor Degree in Biology from Western University. Her work on cyanobacteria was selected as first place for the 2013 OWWA Young Professional Fresh Ideas Award and second place for the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Fresh Ideas poster award.
She has also completed her Water Quality Analyst and Operator-in-Training Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO) exams.
Lindsay supports the operation of the Research & Technology Institute by maintaining the Technology Demonstration Facility, and supporting the pilot testing program and helpline services.
Lindsay is also involved in assisting, developing and delivering training courses.
indsay joined the Research and Technology Institute at the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in 2010. She is a Water Quality Analyst. Lindsay is a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA).
Jeff supports the operation of the Research & Technology Institute by maintaining the Technology Demonstration Facility, and supporting the pilot testing program and helpline services.
Jeff is also involved in assisting, developing and delivering training courses.
Laura has been with the Centre since 2011 and supports the Centre's research and training initiatives. Some of these initiatives include pilot testing, the delivery of hands-on training, the development of new course materials and reviewing and updating current course materials. Laura also operates and maintains equipment and instrumentation in the Centre's Technology Demonstration Facility and Laboratory.
Laura has an advanced diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). She is also a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Ontario Water Works Association (OWWA).
Greg's employment as the WCWC accountant commenced in 2006. His diverse skills and knowledge obtained in over 30 years of comprehensive accounting and business experiences supports the dynamic administrative and business requirements of the Centre. Greg obtained his CMA designation in 1988 and has been privileged to serve in various environments in both public and private enterprises.
Greg has been a resident of Bruce County since 1990 and is a member of Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.
Greg joined the Walkerton Clean Water Centre in 2016 as the Information Technology (IT) Specialist responsible for IT services and support for all WCWC employees, the facility, and board members.
Reporting to the Supervisor of Accounting & Facility Management, Greg will be applying 20+ years of IT experience to the day-to-day support of the Centre's computer network infrastructure, servers, desktop/laptops, and manages all IT related policies and projects.
With past work environments ranging from the digital and printed media sector, financial institutions, and enterprise level IT service providers, Greg's experience is a much welcomed resource to the Centre.
Tammy is currently the Accounting & Procurement Associate. Tammy acts as procurement and record practitioner, also assisting with the website development for WCWC. Tammy began her role as receptionist and moved into her current role in 2010.
Tammy has 14 years of experience in an administrative background and is a long term resident of the Bruce County area.
As the Accounting & Facility Associate, Mara's duties include liaising with property managers of WCWC facility, accounts receivable, invoicing, accessibility representative for WCWC working with management and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change representatives, note taking for internal committees, schedules mandatory professional development training for staff at WCWC, A/V and IT support for the WCWC and coordinating of the facility's training room rentals.
Mara graduated with honours on the Dean's List from Georgian College's Executive - Office Administration program. Mara has over 25 years of customer service and administrative experience, acquired from various roles within the insurance, communications, tourism and childcare industries.
Though she grew up in Mississauga, Mara has been a resident of Bruce County for over 20 years.