Board of Advisors
Board of Advisors
Peter Gallant – President and CEO, WaterTAP
Dr. Peter Gallant is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. As the founding President and CEO of Kingston, Ontario-‐based Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. (PDS), he led the development of a novel automated microbial detection system. In 2009, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, a division of the world’s largest environmental services company – and became ENDETEC – the global water quality sensor platform for Veolia Water.
From 2009 until April 2015, Dr. Gallant served as Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs of ENDETEC, notably leading the team that secured the first-‐ ever US EPA approval for an automated microbiological testing system for regulatory compliance testing of drinking water samples under the Total Coliform Rule. Over his career he has founded and led a start-‐up in the software industry, has served in several advisory roles for government agencies and start-‐up companies, and he currently serves as co-‐Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Water Works Association Committee on Barriers to Innovation in the Water Sector.
He has authored or co‐authored numerous technical publications, is a co-‐inventor on several patents on innovative water quality sensor technologies, and is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide.
Dr. Gallant is also an adjunct faculty member in the internationally ranked Queen’s School of Business, where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation and new venture finance at the undergraduate and MBA level. Dr. Gallant holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Prior to joining the WaterTAP management team, he served as a Director of WaterTAP from its inception until March, 2015, including most recently a term as Vice Chair of the Board. Previously, he had been appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Ontario Council on University Affairs.
Nancy Griffin – National Co-Chair, Water Dialogues, International Women’s Forum
Nancy Griffin is a private client wealth creator as an Investment Advisor with Mandeville Private Client Inc. Her passion for, and connectedness to, individuals, business owners, and organizations who wish to enhance their personal well being or organizational impact for a better world, is her main advancement and leadership focus. This is achieved through unique public and private investments at Mandeville Private Client's ACCESS program, as well as a special focus on various philanthropic approaches and unique projects ... i.e. "Doing Well by Doing Good" for everyone's future benefit.
Nancy is a certified financial planner (CFP) and elder planning counsellor (EPC) as well as a proud recipient of the Canada 125 Award for outstanding community leadership in Toronto. Her involvement in the International Women's Forum, a network of 5000 women leaders of significant and diverse achievement across the globe, and role as Co-Chair of the Canadian Water Dialogues connected her to RUW.
Graham Harding – Director, Water Infrastructure Management, Toronto Water
Graham Harding joined the City of Toronto as Director, Water Infrastructure Management with Toronto Water in 2014. He leads the team responsible for asset management, infrastructure planning, capital programming and policy development in support of the City of Toronto's water, wastewater and storm water management infrastructure valued at an estimated $28.2 billion. This includes the development of Toronto Water's annual capital budget, valued at $782 million in 2015.
Graham's team leads the development and implementation of a number of innovative environmental stewardship initiatives including the City's Wet Weather Flow Master Plan, directed at mitigating the impact of storm sewer and combined sewer overflow discharges to improve water quality, and the City's Basement Flooding Protection Program.
Prior to joining the City of Toronto Graham was Vice President Operations and Energy Services with Enwave Energy Corporation. Graham's achievements during his 17 years with Enwave included the operational design delivery and overseeing the commissioning of the Enwave Deep Lake Water Cooling project.
Irene Hassass – Director, Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Aslan Technologies Inc.
Irene’s enthusiasm in building and growing companies as well as the economic development of communities and the province has been the driving force in leading many projects in both private and public sectors in the past 20 years. In private sector, she has managed sales, applications engineering, operations and business development efforts in cleantech industry and in public sector, she has served in at Toronto Public Health, MOECC and Environment Canada liaising with different stakeholders, developing programs and recommending innovative treatment solutions to industry. Her international experience has been in business development in jurisdictions such as United States, Latin America, South East Asia, Middle East and South Africa.
As an active member of different associations’ planning committees, she chairs different committees and roundtables, organizes cleantech events and leads discussion on industry challenges and opportunities at Queens Park. A few examples are Partners in Projects Green, Ontario Environment Industry Association, CAMESE, etc. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York U. and has completed Aligning Strategy and Sales executive program at Harvard Business School and a Leadership Development program at Ivey School of Business.
Currently, as the director of strategic planning and partnerships at Aslan Technologies, she leads strategic growth efforts in selected markets where Aslan’s innovative water treatment, wastewater reuse and resource recovery solutions help communities to be more sustainable and enable timely and economically feasible developments in residential, commercial and industrial settings.
Tom Kaszas – Director, Environmental Innovations Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
As the Director of Environmental Innovations Branch Tom works and his team are leading the development and implementation of an Environmental Innovation Strategy for MOE. Tom leads a wide variety of initiatives that bridge the gap between regulatory policy development and field implementation. Projects include the development of implementation of programs, new Regulations, and pilot projects designed to test regulatory concepts and approaches as well as projects supporting the implementation and deployment of innovative Environmental technologies in Ontario.
Tom joined the ministry from McCain Foods where he was Director, Global Environmental Sustainability, responsible for developing and implementing McCain’s environmental sustainability strategy as well as the day to day environmental management of the company’s 50 facilities located in 18 countries. He has broad experience and significant technical expertise in the areas of energy and water management, green energy, wastewater treatment and recycling across a wide variety of industries.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Tom is known for his ability to work across organizations and with internal and external stakeholders on a wide variety of environmental projects to develop and achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives.
Lisa A. Prime – Principal, Prime Strategy and Planning
Lisa A. Prime is the principal of Prime Strategy and Planning and is a sustainable communities’ expert. She was the Director of Environment and Innovation at Waterfront Toronto where she established the policies and programs implemented in Toronto’s waterfront over the past decade. Her practice is focused on strategic planning and policy needs, including resiliency, innovation and climate action planning.
Michael Walters – Chief Administrative Officer, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
Mike is a graduate from the University of Western with a degree in Physical Geography, has earned a Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from the Schulich School of Business, and is a Level 3 Certified Municipal Manager.
Since 1984, Mike has developed LSRCA’s science, research, stewardship and environmental programs and services. He is an avid supporter of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, an accomplished author, sought-‐after speaker, and compelling advocate for integrated watershed management. Mike is well known and respected locally, regionally and internationally for his straightforward and insightful approach to watershed issues.
With his extensive background in integrated watershed management, climate change adaptation, innovative storm water management and low impact development, Mike became LSRCA’s Chief Administrative Officer in October 2014.
George Zukovs – Senior Consultant, XCG Consulting
George Zukovs is a Senior Consultant with XCG Consulting Ltd and the former President of XCG Training and Operations Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a BASc in Chemical Engineering and an MEng in Civil Engineering.
George is Diplomate Water Resources Engineer of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has over 40 years experience in environmental science and engineering. His expertise includes the integration of sustainable technologies with multi-‐faceted urban pollution control planning.
He is the author of numerous technical papers, and is a frequent presenter at international workshops.