Guest And Plenary Speakers

Don Johnston

Conference Keynote Speaker

THE HONOURABLE DONALD JOHNSTON, PC, OC, QC, LLDs, DCL

Donald Johnston has had a long career as a lawyer and politician, spending ten years in the Canadian Parliament, and serving as a Cabinet Minister in a number of senior portfolios.

Mr. Johnston was a Member of Parliament from 1978 to 1988. He served in the Cabinet, first as President of the Treasury Board (which manages the Federal Public Service and controls the National Budget), and then as Minister of State for Economic and Regional Development, Minister of Science and Technology, Minister of Justice, and Attorney General of Canada. With the defeat of the Liberal government in 1984, Mr. Johnston became Opposition Critic for Finance and, later, for External Affairs.

Mr. Johnston did not stand for re-election in 1988. In 1990, he was elected President of the Liberal Party of Canada. Re-elected in 1992, he held the post through the election in 1993 that returned the Liberal Party to power.

He was Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and served two terms from 1996 to 2006. While in this position, he introduced sustainable development (SD) to the OECD in 1999 and created the OECD Ministerial Round Table on SD which continues to be very active.

After stepping down from the OECD in 2006, he resumed his legal career as Counsel to the national law firm of Heenan Blaikie, (formerly Johnston Heenan Blaikie), of which he was a founder in 1973. He also continues as a senior advisor and is currently Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation (based in Geneva, Switzerland) which works to improve the welfare of humanity through focused grants in areas of health, education and the environment.

From 2006 to 2009, as Chairman of the International Risk Governance Council (also based in Geneva), he guided its attention  on sustainable development issues and was also Distinguished Visiting Professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Most recently, he served as a Commissioner of the Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative (EASI) of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which delivered its report to the Munich Security Conference in February 2012.

Mr. Johnston studied Arts and Law at McGill University, graduating from law in 1958 as the Gold Medalist. He holds Honorary Doctorates in law from McGill University, King’s College, Bishop’s University and McMaster University and in Economics from the Economics University of Bratislava. He taught fiscal law at McGill University from 1963 to 1976, has written many articles on taxation, law and public affairs and is the author of several books, including a best-selling political memoir.

In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. The Government of France has made an Officer of the Légion d’Honneur.  He has also received the highest honours bestowed on non-citizens from the Governments of Slovakia, Hungary and Belgium and is a recipient from the Emperor of Japan of the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun.

 

Mona Brother

Banquet Speaker

MONA ELISABETH BRØTHER

Mona E Brøther was educated at the University of Oslo and is the holder of degrees in History, Spanish and Political Science. She joined the foreign service of Norway in 1979 and has had a number of postings abroad, amongst them as Ambassador to Chile between 2000 and 2005, and Ambassador to Venezuela 2008-2009. Her main area of work in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been within information and cultural promotion, but she has also been involved in the Norwegian agenda on sustainable development through all the years since the Brundtland report in 1987 through its anniversary in 2007.
Between the years 1998 and 200 she was the Head of Section for Sustainable Development of the MFA.

She was the project coordinator for the global initiative on Legal Empowerment of the Poor that was led by Madeleine Albright and Hernando de Soto, a contribution to innovative thinking within the development agenda and that delivered its report to the Secretary General of the UN in 2008.

Since 2009 she has been the Deputy Director General of the Department for cultural promotion, public diplomacy and protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was nominated as the Norwegian Ambassador to Canada in April 2012.

 

Darrel Danyluk

Luncheon Speaker

DARREL DANYLUK, P.Eng.

Darrel is a distinguished civil engineer with over 38 years of experience in the field of municipal infrastructure engineering. In 2001, and after 29 years of consulting, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Calgary as a Distinguished Industrial Visitor and subsequently an advisor to the office of the Vice-President of Research and International, where he lead several high profile projects and alliances with municipal and non-government organizations.

He is a Past President of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (now called Engineers Canada), the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta (APEGGA) and the Consulting Engineers of Alberta. Darrel is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineers, the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, the Engineering Institute of Canada, as well as a Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

His current leadership on environmental issues includes Chair of the Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee examining the vulnerability of Canadian infrastructure to the impacts of a changing climate, an initiative he has led since its inception. Internationally he serves as a Vice President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), and Chair of the WFEO Committee on Engineering and the Environment. He actively participates in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as well as the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

He has been recognized by APEGGA with the Honorary Life Membership Award, and the Charlesworth Award; by Engineers Canada with a Distinguished Service Award; and by the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering as a Champion. In 2010, he was inducted into the Order of the University of Calgary.

 

Stephen de Boer

Speaker, “Policy Matters” Plenary

STEPHEN DE BOER

Stephen de Boer is the Deputy Chief Negotiator for climate change and the Director General of Climate Change International (CCI) at Environment Canada. In this role, he promotes Canada’s environmental and economic interests in the development of a new agreement on climate change under the UNFCCC; engages with key countries in climate change multilateral and bilateral discussions, leads Canadian participation in international technology partnerships, and coordinates with federal departments having an interest in international climate change.

Prior to joining Environment Canada, Stephen has held various positions with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada most recently as the Director of the Oceans and Environmental Law Division where he acted as lead counsel for Canada’s climate change negotiating team. He was also the Director of the Softwood Lumber Division from 2006-2007 and spent 11 years working for the Government of Ontario. Stephen has held a number of teaching appointments including at the Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, Osgoode Hall Law School and at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stephen is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and received his Master of Laws from Georgetown University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

 

Tom Blees

Speaker, “Policy Matters” Plenary

TOM BLEES

Tom Blees is the author of Prescription for the Planet - The Painless Remedy for Our Energy & Environmental Crises. He is the president of the Science Council for Global Initiatives, an international NGO dedicated to uplifting the standard of living of people in all nations while repairing our damaged environment. Many of the goals of SCGI, and the methods to achieve them, are elucidated in the pages of Blees's book. He is a member of the selection committee for the Global Energy Prize, considered Russia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize for energy research. Tom is also on the board of The World Energy Forum, a UN- & World Bank-affiliated organization whose goal of providing abundant energy for all mankind mirrors the purpose of SCGI. He is a consultant and energy systems advisor to private industry and government from the local to the international level.

 

Katherine Albion

Speaker, “Policy Matters” Plenary

KATHERINE ALBION, Ph.D., B.E.Sc.

Dr. Katherine Albion is the Manager of the Bowman Centre for Technology Commercialization at the Western University Sarnia-Lambton Research Park. Dr. Albion joined the Research Park as the Commercialization and Research Engineer in 2008. She works closely with industry, entrepreneurs, and academic researchers to advance the commercialization of their products and processes. Dr. Albion is an experienced practitioner of ProGrid evaluation methodology, used for measuring the technical and commercial readiness of new technologies. She is also an Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University.

Dr. Katherine Albion is a graduate of Western University. Her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, specializing in Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, was followed by her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2007. Dr. Albion’s experimental research involved the development of sophisticated signal analysis techniques to monitor pneumatic and hydrotransport processes.

As a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering Energy Pathways Task Force, Dr. Albion was an author of “Canada: Winning as a Sustainable Energy Superpower”. This book provides a review of 12 past Canadian big projects that created the nation, and a proposal for 9 new big projects for implementation in the first half of the 21st Century. Dr. Albion was also a lead author of a Canadian Academy of Engineering report on the progress that Canada has achieved since 2007 in becoming an energy superpower. This report focused on the development of renewable and sustainable energy technologies identified as having a significant impact on the future of Canada’s energy supply.

 

Chandra Madramootoo

Speaker, "Food And Population" plenary

CHANDRA MADRAMOOTOO

Prof. Chandra Madramootoo is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Associate Vice-Principal of McGill University, and a James McGill Professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering. He obtained his BSc (AgrEng), MSc and PhD degrees in agricultural engineering at McGill and has also developed his academic career at McGill as a professor in irrigation and drainage engineering, rising rapidly through the academic ranks. He is a registered Professional Engineer and member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

He was the Founding Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management and is an internationally respected expert in water table management, irrigation, drainage, water quality, watershed management, land reclamation, agricultural research, and international agriculture development. He served as the President of the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) from 2008-2011, and was Vice President of ICID from 2000-2003.

Prof. Madramootoo is a member of the Governing Board of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), one of the 15 Centers supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and headquartered in Andhra Pradesh, India. He provides advice to many institutions, including the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, CIDA, FAO, International Program for Technology and Research in Irrigation and Drainage (IPTRID), and the World Bank. His research and teaching in water resources management has led to extensive international involvement with governments and institutions in the Caribbean, Central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.

Prof. Madramootoo has published over 175 book chapters and refereed journal papers. He has delivered over 175 conference presentations, and has been invited to deliver over 100 keynote presentations at national and international conferences and symposia. He has supervised the thesis research work of 75 MSc and PhD students. He has been recognized nationally and internationally with several awards, including being elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society of BioEngineering (CSBE), elected a Fellow of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), and inducted into the International Water Academy. He was invited to deliver the 2008 N.D. Gulathi Memorial Lecture by the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. He was awarded the DSc (honoris causa) by the University of Guelph, and is the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Prof. Madramootoo played a pivotal role in organizing four very successful McGill Conferences on Global Food Security in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 which has subsequently led to the birth of the McGill Institute for Global Food Security, the first of its kind in Canada.

 

Rashid Sumaila

Speaker, "Food And Population" plenary

RASHID SUMAILA

Professor and Director of the UBC Fisheries Centre and the Fisheries Economics Research Unit. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, illegal fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. He also studies how emerging threats to the ocean, e.g., climate change and oil spills, are likely to impact the economics of fisheries worldwide.

Sumaila is deeply interested in how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to help ensure that environmental resources are sustainably managed for the benefit of all generations. He has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Canada, Norway and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

He has published over 135 articles in academic journals, including appearances in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Sumaila’s work has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by media such the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, Maine Sunday Telegram, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, VOA, CBC News and the Vancouver Sun.

The recognition of Sumaila’s contribution to the global debate on sustainable ocean fisheries has won him awards, including, the Leopold Leadership Fellowship, the Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation; Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contribution; the Zayed International Price for the Environment and the Peter Wall Institute Senior Early Career Scholar Award.

The evidence of his policy influence can be judged by the many high-level invited talks he has given over the years including at the UN Rio + 20 Ocean Dialogue, the White House, the U.S. Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the House of Lords, UK and the World Trade Organisation. Indeed, Sumaila got an audience with Prince Charles at the St James Palace in London in 2010, where how to achieve sustainable ocean fisheries worldwide was discussed.

 

J J Kennelly

Speaker, "Food And Population"

JOHN J. KENNELLY

John J. Kennelly is Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences (ALES) at the University of Alberta. Dr Kennelly is a Fellow of the Agriculture Institute of Canada, the Canadian Society of Animal Science and the International College of Nutrition. He has been recognized with a number of other awards that include the 2011 Distinguished Agrologist Award, the Arthur G. McCalla Professorship, the American Society of Animal Science Ruminant Nutrition Award, and the Earl W. Crampton Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition. He has the unusual distinction of being the recipient of every major award granted by the Canadian Society of Animal Science including their Young Scientist Award, the Award for Excellence in Nutrition and Meat Science, and the Canadian Society of Animal Science Animal Industries Award in Extension and Public Service. Publications include over 150 refereed journal articles as well as numerous book chapters, conference proceedings and extension articles.

Dr. Kennelly research has focussed on nutrition and lactation physiology. His research group have contributed to the understanding of the influence of nutrition and genetics on the composition of milk with particular emphasis on the role of nutrition in increasing milk fatty acids that have important health attributes. Dr Kennelly is a strong believer in connecting the university to the community and he has built excellent relationships with key industry and government partners. He considers his most significant outreach accomplishment to be the establishment of the Western Canadian Dairy Conference in the early 1980s – today the conference attracts over 700 people annually to Red Deer and is recognized as having played a key role in positioning the dairy industry as a leader in the adoption of new technology over the past quarter century.

 

Bertrand Derome

Speaker, "Food And Population"

BERTRAND DEROME, BDI, ADIQ, NPDP

After serving as Sustainable Development Director and Executive Director, Bertrand is now the CEO of the Institut de développement de produits (IDP) since September 2012. Bertrand joined the IDP team in 2006, with eight years of experience in product development in various manufacturing and service sectors as Product Developer and Director of Industrial Design.

His extensive knowledge of environmental issues related to product development and simplified product life cycle analysis has allowed him to be a strong consultant. This graduate from the Université de Montréal’s École de design industriel is a certified professional member of the Association des designers industriels du Québec (ADIQ) and also a certified professional in product development (NPDP) by the Product Development Management Association (PDMA). He teaches at the Master’s level at the University of Sherbrooke in engineering management.

 

Frank Saunders

Speaker, “Energy” Plenary

FRANK SAUNDERS
Vice President, Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs,
Bruce Power

Frank began his career in the nuclear industry with Ontario Hydro, for whom he held a variety of management positions. This included experience in a number of disciplines such as engineering, operations, quality assurance, safety and inspection. He completed his time with Ontario Hydro Nuclear with four years of organizing and performing nuclear plant safety evaluations on behalf of Ontario Hydro and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO). In this role, he performed inspections of North American and international plants.

After 13 years with Ontario Hydro Nuclear, Frank moved to McMaster University as Manager, McMaster Nuclear Reactor. Subsequently, he took up the position of Director of Nuclear Operations and Facilities where, as senior nuclear operating authority, he oversaw operations at McMaster's Nuclear Reactor, Accelerator Facility, Nuclear Research Building Laboratories and support facilities.

In 2001, Frank returned to the Bruce site with the launch of Bruce Power as Vice President Safety and Environment. Since 2001, he has held senior positions in a variety of areas including safety, environment, security, regulatory relations and oversight. Frank is particularly proud of Bruce Power’s strong reputation in these areas and the opportunity he had to play a role in this.

Prior to his more than 25 years in the nuclear industry, Frank served 12 years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Land Ordnance Engineer. Currently, Frank holds the position of Vice President of Nuclear Oversight and Regulatory Affairs with Bruce Power.

 

David Layzell

Speaker, "Energy" Plenary

DAVID B. LAYZELL

David Layzell is a Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE) at the University of Calgary. He came to Calgary in 2008 after long and distinguished career as a Professor of Biology at Queen’s University in Kingston.  His research led to more than 100 peer reviewed publications and 7 patents, numerous research awards and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

From his laboratory work, he spun-off an electronics company called Qubit Systems Inc. that makes instruments for research and teaching in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Between 1998 and 2008, Dr. Layzell founded and then ran BIOCAP Canada, a national university research foundation that worked with researchers at over 30 universities across Canada to develop biology-based solutions to climate change and energy security. At the University of Calgary, he spearheaded the establishment of Carbon Management Canada, a national university network focused on carbon management in the fossil fuel sector. Dr. Layzell is currently leading ISEEE’s new interdisciplinary research and graduate training initiative on Energy Systems Analysis.

 

Richard Moffett

Speaker, "Energy" Plenary

RICHARD MOFFETT

Richard Moffett is account manager responsible for Quebec, US and global nuclear products at Candu Energy Inc., the designer of the CANDU(R) nuclear reactors. Richard graduated in mechanical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal in 1984. With more than 25 years in the energy sector, Richard’s focus has been on safety through development of better fossil and nuclear power plants training simulators, and advancement of safety analysis methodologies, improvement of design guidelines, and innovation for nuclear power plants.

Richard was Canadian participant on IAEA committee for review of containment safety design guide, where better guidance on severe accidents was introduced.
Richard was a key player in the development and implementation of passive hydrogen recombiner technology for preventing hydrogen explosions, such as those seen at Fukushima, in Canadian and other foreign reactors.  Passive recombiner technology was recognized by awards from the Chicago R&D Magazine in 1997 and Canadian Nuclear Society in 2003.

 

Colin Clark

Speaker, "Energy" Plenary

COLIN CLARK

Colin Clark is Chief Technical Officer of Brookfield Renewable Energy Group, where he is the senior executive providing oversight of all engineering and technical affairs of the generation, transmission, and distribution businesses of Brookfield. He was formerly Executive Vice President & Chief Technical Officer of Brookfield Renewable Power Inc., Senior Vice-President, Operations of Brookfield Power (Brascan Power), and President & CEO of Great Lakes Power Limited and Lake Superior Power. Mr. Clark was previously Superintendent of Stations & Meterin at Ottawa Hydro and Engineer of Gananoque Light & Power Ltd.

Mr. Clark is a graduate in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, and a Licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and British Columbia. He has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer and executive in all areas of electric power utilities operations and development. Mr. Clark has also had responsibility for the design, construction, and evaluation of many electric power generation, transmission, and distribution projects.

Mr. Clark is a Director of the International Hydropower Association, a founder and Past-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hydropower Association, Chair of the Generation Council and former Director of the Canadian Electricity Association, a founder and former Co-Chair of the Ontario Water Power Association, a former Director of the Association of Power Producers of Ontario, and a member of many other industry associations and advisory bodies. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 professional papers, articles, presentations, and lectures. Mr. Clark was the recipient of the IEEE Canada R. H. Tanner Industry Leadership Medal for 2011.

 

Margaret Catley Carlson

Speaker, "Water" Plenary

MARGARET CATLEY CARLSON

Margaret Catley Carlson operates at Board level to improve water resource management and agricultural productivity. Chair of the Foresight Advisory Committee for Group Suez Environment, the Crop Diversity Trust, and a Board member of UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Water, Canadian Water Network, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Commission on Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Syngenta Foundation, and IFDC (Fertilizer Management). Jury of Stockholm Water Prize, Tyler Environment an d Perinbam Award. Council of Advisors of the World Food Prize, and the Library of Alexandria.

Patron and past Chair of the Global Water Partnership. Former President of the Canadian International Development Agency Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF ; President of the Population Council 1993-98; and Deputy Minister of the Department of Health and Welfare of Canada.

 

Dave Sauchyn

Speaker, "Water" Plenary

DR. DAVE SAUCHYN

Dr. Dave Sauchyn is Research Professor at the Prairie Adaptation Research Collaborative (PARC) at the University of Regina. His research expertise is the climate and hydrology of the past millennium in Canada’s western interior and how knowledge of the past can inform scenarios of future climate and water supplies. Dave has been an invited expert witness on climate change in the Canadian Senate and House of Commons, and at forums hosted by provincial premiers and environment ministers. Dave is currently co-directing a five-year study of vulnerability to climate extremes in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the Canadian Prairies. He is senior editor and co-author of the book The New Normal: The Canadian Plains in a Changing Climate published in 2010.

 

Speaker, "Water" Plenary

LORNE TAYLOR

Lorne Taylor contributes comprehensive public policy and resource strategy experience to the Alberta WaterSMART team. His excellence in consultation and engagement, defining public policy, interpersonal and negotiating skills in developing policy, and effectively using the expertise of others cannot be overstated. Lorne is a champion of public policy and is involved in the Stormwater, South Saskatchewan River Basin and Water Reuse projects. Lorne received his Bachelor, Master, and Doctorate degrees from the University of Calgary. He held tenured academic positions at the University of New South Wales, Australia, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Saskatchewan from 1970 to 1979. In 1979, he left the University to return home to his family’s cattle, grain and construction businesses. He worked in the family businesses until 1993 when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the riding of Cypress-Medicine Hat. From 1993 to 1997, he served as the Chairman of the Alberta Research Council where he oversaw a fundamental change in the organization in terms of funding and role of the organization as well as the transition and rehiring of the C.E.O. After being re-elected in 1997, he was appointed the Minister of Science and Technology and in 1999 the Minister of Science and Innovation. During this four-year period, he provided and implemented a vision of a restructured innovation system. This resulted in the creation of several research organizations including the Alberta Energy Research Institute and the Alberta Agriculture Research Institute. He also convinced the Cabinet to create the Alberta Supernet with an initial investment of $250,000,000 with matching dollars from Bell. In 2001, Lorne was again re-elected and appointed the Minister of the Environment. During this time, the Water for Life Strategy was created which remains the government’s water strategy to this day. He was also responsible for the creation of the Electronic Recycling in Alberta which was the first of its kind in Canada. From 2004 to 2007, he wrote several reports for the Government of Alberta on a contract basis. In 2008, he was asked to establish and create a water research institute. The government provided initial funding of $30,000,000 and the Alberta Water Research Institute was born. Lorne was responsible for the appointment of the Management Advisory Board and hired the initial staff. He completed that role in April of 2011.

 

Brian Mergelas

Speaker, "Water" Plenary

Dr. BRIAN MERGELAS

Dr. Brian Mergelas offers a proven entrepreneurial record and wealth of expertise in strategic development, operational leadership, and financial and relationship management. He has successfully commercialized several new technologies in the global water sector.

Dr. Mergelas earned his PhD in Physics from Queen's University. After working in the oil and gas sector designing advanced pipeline inspection systems, he realized there was a growing infrastructure funding gap in the municipal market sector which required solutions, and he co-founded the Pressure Pipe Inspection Company (PPIC). PPIC developed a suite of unique and patented technologies to help municipal water and wastewater agencies understand the condition of their buried pipeline infrastructure so that informed and effective planning decisions could be made without the need for massive capital expenditures or user rate increases.

Dr. Mergelas and his company were a driving force in promoting the concept that while pipeline infrastructure may be aging, condition-based decisions regarding rehabilitation and replacement can be used to safely extend the operating life of many systems. His efforts helped save hundreds of millions of dollars in pipeline replacement costs around the world.

PPIC was an Ontario-based company which quickly expanded operations to the United States and Mexico. The company also expanded global markets and delivered major projects in Asia, the Middle East and South America. PPIC is recognized as a Canadian water technology success story and has won several prestigious export and technology awards.

Under his leadership as CEO, PPIC grew from a single employee start up in 1997 to over 100 employees and $20M in revenue when it was sold to Pure Technologies (PUR.TO) in 2010.

Dr. Mergelas currently serves on the board of the Children’s Aid Foundation. He is a member of YPO, The York Angel Investors as well as various industry associations including the American Water Works Association, the Water Environmental Federation, the American Society for Non Destructive testing and The American Society of Civil Engineers.

 

Marc Rosen

Speaker, "Progress Made and Path Ahead"

MARC A. ROSEN Ph.D., FEIC

Marc A. Rosen is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada. He served as founding Dean from of the Faculty from 2002-08. Dr. Rosen has served as President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (2008-10) and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering (2002-04), and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, sustainable energy, and the environmental impact of energy systems. Much of his research has been carried out for industry.  Earlier, Dr. Rosen was a professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. While there, he served as department Chair and Director of the School of Aerospace Engineering. He has also worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honours, including an Award of Excellence in Research and Technology Development from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Engineering Institute of Canada’s Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering’s Angus Medal for outstanding contributions to the management and practice of mechanical engineering. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation.

 

Stephane Forget

Speaker, "Progress Made and Path Ahead"

STÉPHANE FORGET, MBA

Hired by Société de transport de Montréal (STM) in December 2010, Stéphane Forget initially held the position of Director, Coordination of Strategic Issues, prior to being named  Executive Director, External Relations and Strategic Planning in January 2012. In that capacity, he is responsible for STM activities pertaining to government affairs and relations with major commercial partners, coordination of strategic files, strategic planning, sustainability, ongoing improvement process, as well as innovation and risk management.

Mr. Forget has a vast experience in public and government affairs, particularly as the chief of staff for the Mayor of Montréal and the city’s Executive Committee, as well as with elected officials in Québec.

 

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