Annual Conference Presenter Bios

 

The presenter bios are listed in alphabetical order by presenter last name. Click the quick links to jump to a specific presenter bio.

 A  D  H  L  P  W
 N. Abarca  B. deWynter   Dr. M. Hoseini   Dr. L. Liyanage   S. Perry  W. Wong
 D. Adams  B. Dinn   L. Hosokawa   D. Lowen   T. Phelan  Y
 A. Ambrozy  R. Dionne  J. Houghton   Dr. D. Lycon   R. Purdy  J. Yamashita
 B  P. Dufault  I  M  R  
 L. Bie  T. Dunn  M. Irvine  M. MacLatchy  P. Rosen  
 S. Bouchard  E  K  D. Main  T. Ross  
 Dr. I. Bowman  L. Edwards  J. Kay  P. Martensson  S  
 M. Brady  F  B. Kerr  B. Martin  S. Sahota  
 Dr. J. Brennen  J. Farr  D. Kiyonaga  M. Martin   B. Schmitt  
 M. Burton  Dr. C. Fonseca  Dr. M. Knight  A. Masbough  M. Seymour  
 C  L. Furatian  A. Kolper  D. Matiichine  Dr. D. Shiskowski  
 C. Cabral  G  S. F. Kosari  P. McFarlae  P. Sparanese  
 C. Campbell  D. Geller  S. Kras  M. Mittal  Z. Spencer  
 J. Chang  T. Green  M. Kroeker  S. Murdoch  T  
 B. Chatwin  H  L  N  R. Thomas  
 S. Conrad  M. Henney  P. Lam  K. Nentwig  W  
 K. Coulson  P. Herrick  D. Lamarre  M. Nordquist  R. Whiten  
 D  N. Hill  E. Lee  O  K. Wimber  
 A. de Boer  S. Holladay  C. Leung  Dr. J. Oleskiewicz  D. Wong  
 Dr. W. de Schaetzen  M. Homenuke  K. Livingstone    G. Wong   


 


Nicolas Abarca

Nicolas is a Civil Engineer with a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Alberta. He has an extensive background in hydrologic analysis and stormwater management, hydraulic structure design and municipal engineering. Nic has been involved in numerous stormwater management and watershed planning initiatives for both government and industry. His experience also includes managing projects related to municipal infrastructure design, flood prevention and asset management. Nic was instrumental in the development of the Water and Wastewater Master Plan for the Ton of Cochrane, where he conducted modeling in WaterCAD and PCSWMM and developed a risk assessment methodology to identify infrastructure renewal needs..

 

Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams has been a Source Control Officer for the Capital Regional District in Victoria for the past seven years. He has had a long working career in both solid waste and wastewater management. He started his career as a Chemical Engineer in the UK and worked for a number of multi-national British, Norwegian and American chemical manufacturing companies before specialising in odour control and biological treatments of sewage and industrial wastewaters. He spent a number of years as the marketing manager of a landfill company and had another stint working for an organics composting company. Douglas now uses all of that knowledge and experience to assist the residents and businesses in the south Vancouver Island better enjoy a world with less pollution and a cleaner working environment.

 

Andrew Ambrozy

Andrew is currently the Manager Civil and Environmental BC for Maple Reinders Inc. based in Kelowna BC. Andrew is a Professional Engineer and a CCA Gold Seal Certified Project Manager. In his 25 years of municipal infrastructure engineering experience Andrew has varied employment history including experience with a municipality, design consultant and most recently in the construction industry with Maple Reinders Inc. It is through this experience that he has excellent knowledge of all aspect of differing project delivery methods including design build. Currently Andrew is overseeing the construction of wastewater projects in Kelowna ($40.0M) and Kamloops ($26.8M) and well as a Design Build Wastewater treatment plant in Sechelt ($21.3M).

 

Yariv Ben-Shooshan

Yariv is a Senior Project Manager with Opus DaytonKnight. Yariv is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Technion, The Israel Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University, Israel. Yariv has over 13 years of experience in design and construction management of water works and water treatment, wastewater collection and treatment projects. He has completed engineering projects from the initial concept, through to design, cost estimating, testing and commissioning. Outside of work Yariv likes to spend time with his family and he is also an avid cyclist.

 

Lloyd Bie

Lloyd Bie, P.Eng., Manager, Engineering Planning, City of Richmond
*Additional bio material to follow

 

Sean Bouchard

Sean Bouchard, P.Eng., has worked managing and designing projects in the industrial, resource and municipal sectors focusing on electrical safety hazard mitigation and process control systems. Sean has recently moved to BC to take on the role of Director of Engineering at ICI Electrical & Control Consulting Ltd. in Kamloops, providing consulting services to a wide variety of clients. Recent projects include commissioning of the Reclaim Facility in Dawson Creek, upgrade of underground mining power distribution systems, VFD conveyors, mining water mitigation and design of mission critical communications and data acquisition systems for underground mining.

 

Dr. Iain Bowman

Dr Iain Bowman is a highly-qualified mechanical design engineer with over twenty years of experience and a long-standing focus on the development of new applications for computational fluid dynamics. Having gained his BASc in mechanical engineering from UBC, he progressed to a PhD at Cambridge University in supersonic aerodynamics. From roles in manufacturing earlier in his career, he moved into consulting engineering eleven years ago. In his current role with international consultant Hatch Mott MacDonald (HMM) he has continually worked to expand the range of application of CFD techniques within industry. Amongst other roles, he has developed a number of CFD techniques within the water and wastewater treatment sector, all with the aim of improving design efficiency and reducing operating costs. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a deputy practice leader within Hatch Mott MacDonald.

 

Mike Brady

Mike Brady is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in BC. During this time, which has been split between owner utility organizations and consulting engineering, he has managed a wide range of water resource, drinking water and wastewater projects. He is currently the manager of the Victoria office of AECOM comprising engineers, environmental professionals and technical staff.

 

Dr. John Brennen

John retired several years ago from a geological survey carer and now works as a consultant at Home Depot. He has been the operator of the Fanny Bay Waterworks District for the last 10 years.

 

Melony Burton

Melony is the Watershed and Drainage Coordinator for the City of Coquitlam. She has been with the City for 10 years and previously worked for the City of Victoria. She has a Diploma of Technology in Civil and Structural Engineering and an Associate Degree in Science. Melony is responsible for Coquitlam's Capital Drainage Program which includes utility planning, infrastructure management, facility expansion and rehabilitation projects. She has worked on nine Integrated Watershed Management Plans as well as several large projects coming out of the recommendations. She has been actively involved in developing and implementing the City's rainwater management policy and promoting stormwater initiatives. Melony Burton is the alternate chair for the Metro Vancouver regional stormwater committee and a member of the BCWWA Stormwater Committee.

 

Christian Cabral

Christian Cabral is a process engineer working with Veolia Water since he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1999) in municipal and industrial applications. Over the past 13 years, he provided technical support to different agencies from the Group worldwide. Since 2005, Christian started working with Veolia Water agencies in North America focusing on advanced biological treatments and biosolids solutions. Presently, he is the Biosolids Process Manager for Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies Canada. As such, he has designed and implemented a wide variety of treatment systems for effluent compliance and re-use, biosolids management, renewable resources and energy recovery using Veolia's proprietary technologies.

 

Crystal Campbell

Crystal Campbell leads the Stormwater Group at KWL with over 20 years of consulting experience in stormwater and drainage engineering. She has extensive experience with Integrated Stormwater Management Planning (ISMP) at the watershed, neighbourhood, and site scale. Crystal has worked on over 20 watershed based ISMPs within the Lower Mainland. She is well-versed in low impact development techniques and source controls and has developed many stormwater management guidance documents at the provincial and regional level (Stormwater Source Control Design Guidelines, ISMP Template, DFO Land Development Guidelines) and rainwater management bylaws for municipalities. She won the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada - BC Award of Engineering Excellence in 2012 for the Partington Creek: A New Watershed Development Planning Process.

 

Joyce Chang

Joyce Chang is a Wastewater Engineer with CH2M HILL. She has 10 years of experience in the design and construction of municipal water and wastewater treatment plants. Her recent projects include Metro Vancouver's Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant and Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant projects. Joyce is active in engineering volunteer activities and received the 2009 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) Young Professional Award in recognition of her service to the engineering profession and the community.

 

Brian Chatwin

Brian's primary area of expertise is in water resource development and water supply infrastructure.


One of the first jobs completed by Chatwin in the early 1980s was the establishment of a computer model and analysis for Courtney and Comox for the CSRD. Brian went on to provide this service to over 40 communities over the next decade, establishing himself as a leader in this field. His water system planning skills were then broadened into the more practical aspects of designing effective water supply systems for source development, storage, and distribution. Some of these new systems were developed for Kyuquot First Nations, Ehattesaht First Nations, Ucluelet First Nations, Toquaht First Nations, Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose) First Nations. These systems have provided service to the users in an efficient problem-free manner for over 20 years. This water supply expertise has been provided to many local governments on Vancouver Island over the past 28 years.


Brian is currently working on many projects, which are incorporating innovative and sustainable solutions to water treatment.

 

Steve Conrad

Mr. Conrad is a research fellow with Simon Fraser University. He has broad experience on decision-making, participatory policymaking, science communications, coupled social-ecological modelling, the water-energy nexus, water governance, and human dimensions. Mr. Conrad chairs the Water Research Working Group in REM and chairs the British Columbia Water and Waste Association's climate change committee. He also co-chairs the water-energy subcommittee of the International Water Association's water reuse group. Prior to his academic career, he was a partner with a major US/Canada environmental consulting firm with close to 20 years experience working with water managers and decisions makers on numerous water management issues.

 

Kel Coulson

Kel Coulson has served as the City of Burnaby's environmental engineer since 2010 where she develops environmental policies and programs. The majority of her portfolio consists of delivering the municipal actions outlined in Metro Vancouver's regional plans including the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP), Integrated Liquid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ILWRMP) and Drinking Water Management Plan (DWMP). Prior to this, she worked for Metro Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, and held environmental consulting positions in the private sector. Kel obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Windsor and her master's degree from the University of British Columbia with focus on stormwater quality. She is blissfully obsessed with learning global systems and distilling the best principles for application at the local level. Kel remains perpetually caffeinated and can be found enjoying the snow on Cypress Mountain in her spare time.

 

Andrew de Boer

Andrew is a senior water treatment engineer with Metro Vancouver. He has over 20 years experience in design and project management of water and wastewater treatment facilities. He has a B.A.Sc in Bio-Resource Engineering and a M.Eng. in Civil (Environmental) engineering from U.B.C.

 

Dr. Werner de Schaetzen

Dr. de Schaetzen is a world expert in computer modeling of water systems. His work on genetic algorithm optimization applied to water systems has gained him both international recognition and numerous award prizes. Dr. de Schaetzen is also the lead author of over 30 papers published in international journals, conference proceedings, and internal research reports.

Dr. de Schaetzen conducted in-person training for over 2,500 engineers in water and sewer systems modeling, optimization, and analysis. He also designed, implemented, and maintained several water-related software applications (GAnet for Calibration/H2OSURGE/H2OMAP Water and Sewer/H2ONET).

Dr. de Schaetzen often peer-reviews scientific journals, including Urban Water (UK) and the ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management (USA).

As Director of GeoAdvice Engineering Inc., Dr. de Schaetzen oversees the company's operations and strategic directions. Dr. de Schaetzen is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His responsibilities include working on projects ranging from water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, municipal engineering, and conducting hydraulic modeling analyses, optimization studies and training courses. He is fluent in French, Dutch, and English.

 

Brett deWynter

Mr. deWynter is a professional engineer in AECOM's Kelowna Office and is the Water Treatment Market Segment Leader in Western Canada. Brett undertakes preliminary analysis, design and construction services for water treatment and supply projects.
Some notable recent projects include:


• Project manager and lead engineer for the Penticton WTP upgrade for the City of Penticton, BC. This project included the conversion of an existing sedimentation rated to process 30 ML/d to a high rate dissolved air flotation clarifier rated to process 115 ML/d.
• Project manager for the Regional District of North Okanagan Master Water Plan and the Duteau creek pilot study.
• Project manager and lead engineer for the 55 ML/d in-filter DAF Powers Creek WTP for the District of West Kelowna.

 

Barry Dinn

Barry Dinn is a Project Engineer in Delcan's Burnaby office. His experience includes storm water modeling, preliminary and detailed design, feasibility studies, contract administration, and site inspection. His work has included large-scale provincial projects and municipal operations; design and implementation of flood protection works, water, and sanitary pipe design stormwater management planning and design. His focus has been in municipal development of water resources in the Lower Mainland.

 

René-Carl Dionne

René-Carl Dionne graduated with a B.Sc. in Agricultural and Environmental Science from McGill University in 2007. After graduation, he worked in Quebec as a consultant in the agricultural fertilization domain for a few years, which lead him to a transition in the residuals management service in 2010.

Later, in 2012, René-Carl moved to BC for a challenging role with SYLVIS Environmental, based in New Westminster, where he orchestrated the logistics for multiple biosolids application projects. His current operational projects are located in the BC Interior, mainly between Kamloops and Kelowna. In the last two years, he managed both forest and rangeland fertilization projects along with mine and pits reclamation. His core focus is on client satisfaction and operational efficiency, coupled with sound environmental practice.

 

Paul Dufault

Paul Dufault has more than 25 years of diverse engineering experience. Having joined Metro Vancouver in 2011, Paul is the Senior Engineer – Wastewater Treatment for Metro Vancouver on the Secondary Wastewater Upgrading Program for the Lions Gate and Iona Island wastewater treatment plants. Previous to joining Metro Vancouver, Paul was active in the engineering consulting industry including the leading and participating on a significant range of environmental projects. Paul's assignments included wastewater, solid waste management and water projects for government, municipal, industrial, and international clients. As a LEED® Accredited Professional, Paul actively promotes and leads initiatives that contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of projects.

 

Tom Dunn

Tom Dunn is a SCADA and communications specialist with Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.'s SCADA Automation group. He is a thirteen-year member of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and the British Columbia Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) where he serves on their SCADA-IT committee.

Tom has been with Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd. since 1999 and is involved in design and reviewing municipal SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems and wireless communications projects. Prior to joining Opus DaytonKnight Ltd., Tom worked for 18 years with Motorola Communications working in voice and data systems. He specialized in integrating RF telemetry systems designed and built by Motorola's Fixed Data Group. He also spent time as a radio contractor and technical support for Motorola equipment in the Oil and Gas market.

He retired after 28 years from the Canadian Naval Reserve as a Naval Radio Operator and Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class. One of his hobbies is Amateur Radio where he works on the Emergency Communications Team for the Emergency Management Office in North and West Vancouver.

 

Liam Edwards

 

Bio needed.

 

Jennifer Farr

Jennifer Farr is registered as an Engineer-In-Training (Environmental) through APEGBC and works for Metro Vancouver in the Engineer-InDivision as an Assistant Project Engineer. Jennifer previously worked as a Water Treatment Operator at the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant and for The Regional Municipality of Durham in Ontario. She is certified as a Level IV Water Treatment Operator with EOCP and a Level II Water Distribution Operator with OWWCO.

 

Dr. Cristina Fonseca

Dr. Cristina Fonseca is Process Engineer with Urban Systems. She holds a Biochemical Engineering degree from the Lisbon Technical University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Cristina has over 14 years experience in the drinking water treatment field, including managing, planning, desktop, bench-scale and pilot-scale studies, process evaluation and selection, design, commissioning and start-up of drinking water treatment facilities. She has been a consultant in Alberta, British Columbia, and the United States. Cristina has experience with numerous processes and technologies, including conventional treatment, biological filtration, high-rate direct filtration, dissolved air flotation, UV disinfection, membranes, granular activated carbon and ion exchange.

 

Laith Furatian

Laith is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia in the application of UV to drinking water treatment and under the supervision of Dr. Mohseni. He obtained his masters degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a BSc in Engineering Physics from the University of Alberta.

Laith recently began involvement with the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) as a member of the Young Professionals Committee. He also serves as a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) technical committees for Disinfection Systems and Distribution System Water Quality.

 

Douglas Geller

Doug Geller, M.Sc., P.Geo. is President and Senior Hydrogeologist with Western Water Associates Ltd. He has over 27 years of wide-ranging experience in water supply and groundwater investigations. Specialising in high capacity wells and well fields, Doug has worked in western Canada for the last nine years and previously managed a major groundwater wellfield for the City of Portland, Oregon water utility. He has been involved with the Okanagan Sockeye hatchery since 2006.

 

Tom Green

Mr. Thomas Green is a SCADA Technologist and communications specialist with the District of Squamish. Tom has a Computer Science Technologist diploma from Algonquin College (Ottawa).

Tom has been with the District of Squamish since 2006 and is involved in design and implementation of the municipal SCADA systems and wireless communications projects. Prior to joining District of Squamish, Tom worked for different communication companies including Bell Canada, Telus, Telnet Corp, Glenayre Paging, and Louis Albert Associates. He has worked his way from the help desk, to technical sales, to senior Project Engineer and trainer and now SCADA Technologist.

Tom enjoys skiing, teaching skiing and playing billiards.

 

Matthew Henney

Matt Henney is a professional engineer with nearly 25 years of consulting experience in water supply and treatment infrastructure with a focus on drinking water for municipal and First Nations clients. Matt has had the privilege of taking lead technical and management roles in several important water projects and initiatives in Western Canada including:


• Nanaimo's South Fork WTP now under construction
• On-Site Sodium Hypochlorite Generation Conversions at Edmonton and Calgary's major water plants
• Aquifer Storage and Recovery Feasibility for the Englishman River Water Service in Vancouver Island.

Matt is a UBC mechanical engineering graduate and has recently 'celebrated' his 20th year with Associated Engineering. He currently manages the Water Supply and Treatment Group within the Water Division of AE's BC Operation.

 

Patrick Herrick

Pat Herrick is Regional Sales Manager for Hydro International – Wastewater Division, which specializes in the development, design and fabrication of unique, high performance equipment and systems for removal of grit, sugar sand, abrasives and fixed solids. Mr. Herrick has worked with market leaders in liquid/solid separation for over 20 years. He has experience in both the municipal and industrial markets providing equipment solutions. Mr. Herrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Illinois State University in Normal, IL. He currently is an active member of the Water Environment Federation where he participates in the Wastewater Treatment Design Committee.

 

Nancy Hill

Nancy Hill is the manager of asset management and is located in AECOM's Burnaby office. She has worked with Canadian municipalities in the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of their community infrastructure for nearly 20 years. Nancy Hill's practice has focused on sustainable infrastructure (both environmental and financial) and storm water management. She does not have a particular affection for long walks on the beach, but loves a good gelato.

 

Siobhan Holladay

Siobhan received her B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and M.A.Sc. in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto. Following graduation, Siobhan relocated to Vancouver and began working for Hatch Mott MacDonald, a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting company. She is registered as an Engineer-in-Training with APEGBC and has 2.5 years' of work experience in the field of water and wastewater treatment and conveyance.


Siobhan is involved with the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) as the Vice Chair of the Young Professionals Committee and as a member of both the Wastewater Management Committee and Elections Committee. She is also a member of the Young Professionals Group Steering Committee of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) responsible for coordinating professional development across the province.

 

Mike Homenuke

Mike Homenuke is a professional engineer who specializes in developing GIS-based sanitary sewer and water distribution system models. Having developed the City of Surrey's water system model (18,000+ pipes) from the City's GIS database, he is able to manage large amounts of data. He is familiar with several modelling packages including Hydra, MIKE Urban/MOUSE, WaterCAD and MWH Soft products. Mike has been involved in developing preliminary designs and capital plans for the City of Surrey and City of Trail for both water and sewer systems.

 

Dr. Meghdad Hoseini

Meghdad Hoseini has more than eleven years of combined academic research and industrial experience in the field of advanced material engineering and concrete technology. He has managed projects in investigation, condition assessment, analysis, repair design methods, durability based design and service life enhancement of deteriorated concrete structures exposed to different chemical and physical conditions.


Dr. Hoseini has experience in advanced concrete technology and building materials; including design, evaluation, and research. These areas include: aggregate qualification, alkali-silica reactions, concrete transport properties, durability and life cycle cost of concrete structures, corrosion of reinforcement, corrosion prevention, high performance concrete, foam concrete, architectural concrete, concrete coatings, materials testing and non-destructive testing of concrete.


He is familiar with the current concrete national and international specifications, standards, and test methods. He has authored and co-authored 30 publications in books, technical journals, and conference proceedings and has made several presentations in national and international conferences.


Dr. Hoseini is currently working with Levelton Consultants Ltd. as a Project Manager.

 

Laura Hosokawa

Laura is the Water Quality Program Coordinator for the City of Vancouver. She has over a decade of experience in environmental monitoring, green energy and sustainable systems planning and design.

 

John Houghton

John was an Associate with Trojan Technologies for over 10 years and currently acts as the Municipal Designer of UV systems installed throughout the West Coast of Canada and the United States.

 

Michael Irvine

Michael Irvine received his bachelor degree in Applied Sciences from UBC. He has spent the majority of his seventeen-year career in the Water and Sewers Division of the City of Vancouver. His current role in the Water Design Branch involves managing their $15M annual capital budget.

 

James Kay

James Kay is a Regional Manager with Focus Corporation across British Columbia. He is an instructor and regular presenter of Erosion & Sediment Control with Vancouver Island University, APEG, Okanagan College, and at industry workshops and conferences across BC. James has participated on the boards of the Erosion and Sediment Control Association of BC, the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association, and the ESC Metro Vancouver Conference.


James has been designing and managing land development and municipal infrastructure projects including roadways, subdivisions, townhouses, and commercial plazas throughout British Columbia. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control and Storm Water Quality, Contract Administration, and LEED.


James is a proponent of results-based ESC, and is excited that the industry is achieving success when the right plans and measures are implemented to suit the needs of the sites.

 

Ben Kerr

Ben Kerr is the President of Foundry Spatial Ltd. in Victoria, BC, Canada. He is a geographer with over 10 years of broad experience in both the public and private sectors in Canada and internationally. This has included applied analysis for a variety of resource development, geoscience, engineering and policy applications, but for the last 3 years his work has focused primarily on water resource management issues. He has been the lead analyst for surface water and integration on the Montney Water Project in Northeast BC (2010-2012), the Integrated Assessment of Water Resources for Unconventional Oil and Gas Plays, West-Central Alberta Project (ongoing), and technical lead on the development of the Northeast Water Tool (NEWT) in BC. His research interests lie in the application of data integration and big data analytics to support clear and open discourse on water use, framed in the context of existing stakeholder needs and natural availability.

 

Devin Kiyonaga

Devin Kiyonaga is a project engineer with Metro Vancouver working in the Utility Systems Operations Division of their Operations and Maintenance Department. He has worked with public utilities for 5 years, and predominantly deals with optimization of water distribution and wastewater collection systems, with focus on odour and corrosion control of sewers. Before moving to BC Devin worked in a variety of fields including blast vibration monitoring, custom metal fabrication, and cathodic protection.

 

Dr. Mark Knight

Dr. Knight is an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo; he is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies.

 

Andrew Kolper

Andrew Kolper has over 11 years of engineering experience in stormwater, water resources, and municipal infrastructure projects in both Canada and New Zealand. His experience includes the preliminary and detailed engineering design of stormwater management measures, including source controls, ponds and wetlands, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, and stormwater management planning.


His notable experience includes the design and construction administration of several large land development projects utilizing LID principles, the preparation of surface water management plans for large industrial and municipal projects, the peer review of ISMPs, and the design and construction management of stream diversions and stormwater management wetlands.

 

Sahar Fatemeh Kosari

Sahar Kosari M.A.Sc., EIT, LEED AP BD+C is a project engineer in the Water and Wastewater Group in Associated Engineering's Burnaby office. Her graduate thesis, entitled "Nitrogen Removal from Wastewater through a Partial Nitrification/Anammox Process", related to enhanced biological treatment with the state-of-the-art deammoniafication technology. She has presented and published a number of papers on wastewater treatment including at the IWA World Water Congress, the BCWWA Annual Conference and Environmental Technology journal.

 

Simon Kras

Mr. Simon Kras holds a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics and has four years of combined experience geotechnical engineering, building science, and infrastructure design. Mr. Kras is an Assistant Project Engineer with Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.

 

Merle Kroeker

Merle Kroeker is a Project Development Engineer with Nelson Environmental. His experience includes wastewater treatment process design and optimization. He is involved in lagoon based municipal, and industrial wastewater treatment projects across North America. His current focus is on post lagoon cold climate ammonia & nitrogen removal, for new or upgrades of existing wastewater treatment lagoons.

 

Paul Lam

Paul Lam is the Manager of Metro Vancouver's Wastewater Treatment Plant Division, responsible for the operations of five regional wastewater treatment plants, serving a population base of more than two million people. Paul has 35 years of experience in the solid waste and liquid waste industries. Paul is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia (BC), Australia, and the United Kingdom and is a member of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations. Paul has presented papers at BC Water and Wastewater Association (BCWWA), WEFTEC and the Canadian Biosolids & Residuals Conference.

 

Daniel Lamarre

Daniel Lamarre has been acting over the last 20 years as a Biological Treatment Specialist on Wastewater. Daniel has acted as senior design engineer on most of the larger BAF and High-Rate Treatment WWTP applications over the last 10 years. He studied at Montreal's Polytechnique School in Chemical Engineering and got his Masters degree there.

 

Ehren Lee

Ehren believes that the best communities to live in place water at the top of their values. Connecting these values into policies, programs and projects requires water strategy and master planning. So, Ehren’s consulting practice centers on master planning, water rates and financing, policy development, facilitation, business-cases for water projects, capital planning, and inter-agency plan development. He enjoys working with clients such as the FVRD that are enthusiastic in realizing their ideas for water services.

 

Clive Leung

Mr. Clive Leung, EIT. is an Assistant Project Engineer with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering and has five years of experience in the modeling, design, and master planning of water systems across B.C. Mr. Leung is currently an Assistant Project Engineer with Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd.

 

Kaitlynn Livingstone

Kaitlynn Livingstone is a master's student in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC. She received her Bachelor's of Applied Science from UBC in Chemical Engineering. Her research is on issues related to safe drinking water access in First Nations communities in BC with a focus on water operator training and support systems.

 

Dr. Lalith Liyanage

Dr. Liyanage is a senior process engineer specializing in industrial and municipal wastewater treatment with extensive knowledge in primary sludge fermentation, dissolved air floatation, biological nutrient removal, and biosolids management. In addition to being a practicing process engineer for more than 22 years, Lalith has published/presented many papers related to wastewater treatment. He regularly conducts operator training workshops for BNR, primary sludge fermentation, anaerobic digestion, and biosolids management.

 

Dennis Lowen

Dennis Lowen is a Professional Engineer and Professional Geoscientist registered in British Columbia. He has 42 years of professional experience working in the field of Hydrogeology. His primary experience is in groundwater assessments, exploration, and development of groundwater resources, aquifer mapping, and hydrogeology studies. Since graduating (B. Sc. Geol. Engineering, Manitoba, 1972), he has worked in Western Canada and internationally in ten different countries mainly in Africa, South America, Asia, and Caribbean. Since 1978, he has worked in all the regions of British Columbia employed by BC Ministry of Environment (MOE - Groundwater Section) and consulting firms. Recently (2010 – 2014), he has worked jointly with several consulting teams on the ERWS-ASR project, the first of its' kind in BC.

 

Dr. David Lycon

David is a Senior Wastewater Engineer with AECOM in their Burnaby office. He has over 17 years of consulting and academic experience in the wastewater treatment field. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Victoria. He has worked on both municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plant assignments throughout British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon and Asia.

 

Michael MacLatchy

Mike completed both Master's and Doctoral degrees at UBC in the Department of Civil Engineering, in the areas of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering, with research focussed in Environmental Fluid Mechanics.


Since 2001, Mike has been a key member of the Water Resources Group at Associated Engineering, and recently took on the role of Specialist in Watershed Management for Associated. He has undertaken numerous Integrated Stormwater Management Plans, general drainage management plans, and specific drainage improvement projects. Recently, In Burnaby, he was the project manager and lead water resources engineer for the John Matthews Creek Ravine Management Study, and the detailed design of the John Matthews Creek Ravine Restoration and Peak Flow Diversion. Other areas in which Mike is active include watershed yield assessments, flood protection, and scour evaluations for highway bridges throughout BC.


Mike is currently serving as the Chair of BCWWA's Watershed (Stormwater) Management Committee.

 

David Main

Mr. Main is the program director for AECOM's consulting practice in Asset Management in Western Canada. With 25 years of business experience, he has specialized in assisting public utilities improve productivity and performance through better planning and management processes. David is a BCWWA Director at Large, and recently represented BCWWA at Asset Management BC.

 

Peter Martensson

Peter graduated from Fanshawe College , Mechanical Engineering Technology, in 1988. He has extensive experience in Municipal Wastewater and Water applications with over 20 years in various functional roles. He has designed and managed installation of capital equipment in 15 countries. He has also managed offices in China, Australia, Germany, France, and the UK.

 

Madelaine Martin

Madelaine Martin works as an Infrastructure Resource Officer for the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Local Government Infrastructure and Finance Division, and was committee chair for revision of the BC-specific Water Conservation Planning Guide. She has firsthand experience with water systems, having carried out planning and decision making for new works at the municipal level. With a background in asset management, environmental science, and economics, she supports sustainable and well-planned infrastructure development.

 

Brian Martin

Upon graduating from the Water Quality and Environmental Engineering Technology Program at the Okanagan College in 2007, Brian has gained progressive experience with Metro Vancouver having worked at all of Metro's secondary wastewater treatment plants, eventually earning his WWTPO IV certification. Currently, Brian is one of only three Operators at Metro Vancouver's Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant who are leading the use of peracetic acid.

 

Arash Masbough

Arash is a Senior Project Manager with Associated Engineering. Since joining Associated Engineering in 2003, Arash has worked on a wide range of projects where he has been involved in performance studies, design, specifications preparation, preparation of the equipment procurement contracts and request for proposals, and construction administration of water and wastewater treatment, disposal, and conveyance, solid waste wand composting, and septage receiving facility projects.

 

Denis Matiichine

Denis Matiichine is an Environmental Scientist working with SYLVIS Environmental in New Westminster, British Columbia. His primary work focus is on management of operations, monitoring, and reporting related to the biological landfill leachate treatment systems at the Ecowaste landfill: a soil-plant leachate treatment system and a subsurface constructed wetland system.

 

Philip McFarlane

Philip is a Partner of Opus International Consultants Ltd. He is based in Auckland, New Zealand, where he leads Opus' Water Strategy Work Group.


Philip has 30 years of experience leading design and project management teams, having worked in New Zealand, Asia, and England. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers of New Zealand.


Philip helps utility companies develop maintenance, operation, and asset management practices that enable them to get the best possible performance from their existing assets. He is an expert in the planning, condition assessment, design, and rehabilitation of wastewater, stormwater, and potable water systems. Philip is a leader in the application and design of trenchless technology. He has a strong project management background.

 

Madhu Mittal

Madhu is a Professional Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (P.Eng.) and has a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering. Madhu has over 10 years of experience in water and wastewater treatment design and disposal. Madhu is the project engineer, specializing in design, approvals, Environmental Impact Studies for wastewater systems and design of potable water systems.

 

Scott Murdoch

Scott is a Reg. Prof. Biologist and Reg. Landscape Architect with 20 years of environmental and urban design experience. He is passionate about fish, streams, and water and the integration of these into urban designs. Scott started his career as a fisheries biologist conducting fish surveys and stream restoration projects throughout the province. After 13 years, he returned to school, completed a master's degree in Landscape Architecture, and has been practicing as a design professional ever since. He has worked on numerous local projects that have embraced integrated stormwater management including the Atrium, Fisherman's Wharf Park and the new Reliable Controls building.

 

Ken Nentwig

A retired landscape architect and educator transplanted to BC from Ontario a few years ago, Ken has found a niche in the development of education and training. With an extensive background in technical and skills training, applying these skills to rainwater management education comes as no surprise. Working as the Education Director for the Canadian Association for Rainwater Management (CANARM), the first levels of training have been established.


Ken also teaches landscape related courses at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, and online courses in landscape design using SketchUp and also rainwater management for Gaia College. Other pursuits include sketching and watercolours, landscape design, church activities, and settling in to life on Vancouver Island with his wife of nearly forty years, Sally. In their new BC environment, Ken is supposed to be winding things down to a peaceful retirement, but has difficulty getting there.

 

Michael Nordquist

Mike Nordquist brings more than 19 years of project management and construction management experience representing the interests of public sector clients across BC. Much of his work has focused on managing infrastructure projects delivered under non-conventional means, such as design-build, public-private partnerships, and engineer-procure-construct. A professional engineer by training, Mike draws on his technical skills and his many years of hands-on experience to lead clients through the planning, budgeting, scheduling, and delivery phases of their projects. Recently, he led the charge on the District of Sechelt's world-class $23 million wastewater treatment facility and Dawson Creek's $18 million reclaimed water facility – which won the 2013 BCWWA award for excellence in the water and waste community. Mike is a Principal with MHPM's Pacific office.

 

Dr. Jan Oleskiewicz

Dr. Jan Oleszkiewicz is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Manitoba. He has taught and consulted on wastewater treatment and biosolids management in USA, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Author/Co-author of over 450 publications, he is a professional/chartered engineer in Canada and Great Britain and Board Certified Environmental Engineer and he is currently involved in several biological nutrient removal projects and biosolids management in waste treatment plants in Canada and USA. Jan has made breakthroughs in low temperature nutrient removal, demonstrating nitrification, and denitrification in near freezing temperatures. He is past Chair of the International Water Association's Nutrient Removal and Recovery Group and on Management Committee of the IWA's Large Wastewater Treatment Plants Group on whose behalf he has organized a number of international conferences in Europe and N. America.

 

Scott Perry

Scott Perry is a Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality who works for Imbrium Systems as Director, based in Maryland.


Mr. Perry has been active in various stormwater technical committees, including:


• ASCE/EWRI Low Impact Development Committee, on Pervious Pavements
• ASCE/EWRI Joint Task Committee for creation of Guidelines for Manufactured Stormwater BMPs
• ASTM C27.70 standard for stormwater testing
• Most recently involved in creation of the VTAP protocol over the past several years and is a board member of the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Committee.

 

Timothy Phelan

Tim Phelan is a senior project manager with Opus DaytonKnight with 21 years experience in the water industry, specializing in drinking water treatment and disinfection.

 

Regan Purdy

Regan Purdy is a Professional Agrologist working for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in the Local Government, Infrastructure and Finance Division in Victoria B.C. and holds a master's degree in Environment Management. In addition to working with the funding/grants portion of the Ministry, she has been heavily involved in the development of the Best Practices Guideline for several years with the goal of developing Province-wide Best Practices for onsite sewage systems for communities in B.C.

 

Poul Rosen

Poul Rosen is a professional engineer with the City of Nanaimo and is the Manager of Engineering Projects. He has over 15 years of experience including both consulting and municipal engineering as well as industrial research and development. Poul oversees the design of replacement infrastructure within the City including all the watermains.

 

Tim Ross

Mr. Ross has 9 years of experience in the pipeline condition assessment sector in both the water/wastewater and Oil & Gas sectors. He has managed dozens of leak detection and condition assessment projects on thousands of kilometres of pipeline throughout the world. He currently is the program manager for Pure's work in Western Canada and manages Pure's leak detection work in the Oil & Gas sector, responsible for project delivery and business development within those areas.

 

Sonia Sahota

Sonia Sahota (P.Eng) is a municipal solicitor with ten years of professional engineering experience and provides advice to local governments on construction matters and environmental issues as well as tendering, builders liens, and general liability.

 

Brent Schmitt

Brent is a Water Planning Engineer for the City of Abbotsford. His previous experience includes land development design in Edmonton and Victoria and project management with the Cowichan Valley Regional District on Vancouver Island. He has been with the City for 5 years, originally involved with management of construction projects for the regional water supply system. More recently, Brent has been engaged in system planning, including forecasting of future water demands and analysis of water conservation options.

 

Mike Seymour

Mike is a Limited Licencee from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (Eng.L.). Mike has over 25 years experience in the design of servicing for residential, commercial, and institutional developments. Mike is the manager and senior designer, specializing in project management, design, approvals, and construction of onsite wastewater, sewerage, drainage, and potable water projects. Mike specializes in water and wastewater solutions for difficult sites, seeking innovative and cost effective solutions.

Currently, Mike serves as a Director at Large for the BC Water and Waste Association.

 

Dr. Dean Shiskowski

Dr. Dean Shiskowski is the Vice President, Water Resource Recovery for the Associated Engineering group of companies. He is an Adjunct Professor of Civil (Environmental) Engineering at the University of British Columbia, a reviewer for several national and international scientific and engineering journals, and a participant in various Water Environment Federation activities. Dean was the overall technical leader for the engineering study for Evaluation of Industrial Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Alternatives for the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region, which was conducted for Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and is the focus of this case study presentation.

 

Peter Sparanese

Bio needed.

 

Zane Spencer

Zane is a Controls Technologist with MPE Engineering Ltd in Lethbridge, Alberta. A graduate of the Industrial Instrumentation Technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Zane has eleven years of experience in designing, installing and commissioning SCADA systems. In his spare time, Zane volunteers on his local volunteer fire department that has given him a special appreciation for our critical infrastructure systems during emergency situations.

 

Russ Thomas

Bio Needed.

 

Reginald Whiten

Reg Whiten is a resource stewardship agrologist, planner and adult educator based at Moberly Lake, in north-east BC where he has operated a consulting practice, InterraPlan Inc., for the past twenty years serving aboriginal communities, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Through work overseas and across northern Canada, Reg has developed a specialization in integrated rural development and resource stewardship planning, with a focus on rural watersheds. Consulting work includes negotiation of forest resource-access agreements, preparation of regional and local land-use plans, and development of training and community resource management programs. He has served as regional director for the BC Lake Stewardship Society, Forest Renewal BC and the BC Agroforestry Committee. Recently he joined as member of the Water Sustainability Committee of the BC Water Waste Water Association. In recent years, he worked as Senior Planner with the Peel Watershed Planning Commission in the Yukon. For the past few years, he has contracted to the City of Dawson Creek in the role as Watershed Steward and development of its Stewardship Program. Last year, this work was nominated for the British Columbia 'Excellence in Water Stewardship Award'.

 

Kirk Wimber

Kirk Wimber represents Orenco Systems, Inc., which designs and manufactures leading-edge products for collection, treatment, and monitoring of decentralized wastewater. Kirk's background includes designing onsite and small community wastewater systems, as well as engineered systems sales. He has been an active participant in onsite, rural, and municipal wastewater associations and a member of the Ocmulgee Basin Advisory Council (BAC) for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. With a business degree in finance, he is currently focused on developing Orenco's international business in Canada, Latin America, and Africa.

 

Donny Wong

Donny Wong is the Manager of the Water Design Branch of the City of Vancouver. He was one of the key representatives from the Water and Sewer Utilities in the development of the Engineering Green Operations Plan.

 

Gary Wong

Gary Wong is OSIsoft’s Principal, Global Water Industry and has extensive international experience providing sustainable, strategic and cost-effective business solutions, particularly in the water industry. Prior to joining OSIsoft, he was the Manager, Corporate Applications at Metro Vancouver and has also held previous positions in senior management and consulting. Additionally, Gary has worked with major international organizations in both the public and private sector on sustainability, IT strategy, planning, operations, and engineering. Mr. Wong holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, is registered as a Professional Engineer in Computer Engineering, holds an M.B.A. from the Queen’s School of Business and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.

 

Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong specializes in water and wastewater treatment with a Master's degree in Pollution Control and Waste Management in Civil Engineering. Wayne has been involved in a broad range of projects in B.C. including: detailed design and tendering of the South Castlegar WWTP expansion; detailed design and construction of the Britannia WWTP; feasibility study and conceptual design to provide secondary wastewater treatment for the West Shore communities in the CRD, with a focus on wastewater effluent re-use and heat energy extraction; and pre-design and detailed design for effluent pumping to distribute heat from treated wastewater effluent as an energy source for the Whistler Athletes' Village District Energy System (DES).


Wayne is a member of the BCWWA Leadership Council and Chair of the BCWWA Wastewater Management Committee.

 

 

Junichiro Yamashita

Junichiro Yamashita was born in Matsuyama, Japan. Junichiro received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Fukuoka University and focused on the effective utilization of incinerated ash in his graduation thesis. After graduation, he started working for the Agricultural Civil engineering Division of Matsuyama City Hall as a civil engineer. Five years later, he was transferred to Matsuyama Municipal Enterprise and has since been engaged in the field of water services. He has consistently worked for water services to fulfill user satisfaction and made strenuous efforts to prevent water leakage for over ten years. Now he focuses on water supply installation as a key factor in water leakage and keeps eagle eyes on the inspection for completion of waterworks.

 



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