The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is pleased to announce that Deborah Martin-Downs has been appointed as the newest member of the board of directors.
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.
WCWC looks forward to welcoming Ms. Martin-Downs and the broad range of expertise and extensive experience she will bring to the board of directors.
Background: The Walkerton Clean Water Centre is an agency of the Government of Ontario, established in 2004, to ensure clean and safe drinking water for the entire province. WCWC coordinates and provides education, training and information to drinking water system owners, operators and operating authorities, and the public, in order to safeguard Ontario’s drinking water. Through partnerships, WCWC also provides training for the 133 First Nations communities in Ontario. To date, high-quality training has been provided to more than 73,000 participants across Ontario. For more information please visit www.wcwc.ca.