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Ryerson Urban Water

The Team

Angela Murphy

Angela Murphy, MSc

Angela Murphy is Manager of Research and Partnerships at Ryerson Urban Water where she manages impactful research projects, facilitates research contracts and funding proposals, and manages partnerships and activities that promote progressive and innovative approaches to managing our most precious resource.

Angela is originally from Ottawa where she was Senior Science Policy Advisor at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for nearly a decade and advised the Minister’s Office and senior officials on strategic science and innovation advancements. Angela developed strong networks across federal and provincial governments and industry. Angela advised on the Canadian Science and Technology Strategy, Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Canadian Regulatory Reform, and was on the Steering Committee of the International Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and published three policy papers on Biotechnology to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda.

In addition, Angela led the print and web publication of biomedical journals at National Research Council of Canada for nearly a decade as Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Genome. There she led a team of science editors and delivered seminars on Ethics in Research, Presentation of Data, Translation of Research, and Science Communication.

Earlier in career, Angela also worked as a science editor (as Assistant Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Medicine and the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research).  In this role she served as the national link between veterinarians, clinical best practice and public policy. Angela holds a Masters in Science and has published in the Canadian Journal of Botany and Ecological Monographs


Nicholas Reid, BSc

Nick Reid is the Executive Director of RUW. Nick has a BSc Hon in Environmental Science & Biology from Trent University and has enjoyed a long career in the water and environmental sectors.

As an executive at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), he was general manager of the Region of Peel’s four main drinking water and wastewater plants, ensuring continuous service to 1.2 M residents under the largest operating contract in Ontario. One of Nick’s strengths is his collaborative work with a diverse network of stakeholders in organizations, municipalities, ministries, and industry, seeking opportunities to execute long‐term strategic initiatives fundamental to Ontario’s water sector. In his role with OCWA, he participated in several stakeholder consultations as the province developed the Water Opportunities Act and its Water Sector Strategy.

As an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Nick took over as chair of their Manufacturers and Associates Council Subcommittee on the Low Economic Value of Water.  In 2015 he became a Director of the Ontario Water Works Association and is also an active mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, helping highly skilled immigrants adapt to Canadian business practices.

Pinaz Mehta

Ron Voldman, BEng (C)

Ron Voldman joined Ryerson Urban Water's team as a Project Management Assistant in the summer of 2018. His tasks span from industry outreach initiatives and project coordination of special events to maintaining RUW social media and coding of the Ryerson Urban Water and Green Infrastructure websites.

Ron is pursuing his degree in Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University, and is very interested in a management-related role in the medical sector upon graduation. Prior to Ryerson Urban Water, he was the President of eToTheX - a student group devoted to helping spread entrepreneurial passion among students in STEM fields and encouraging the advent of social innovation. He also worked as a Software Designer / Clinical Adoption Strategist at the Biomedical Zone at St. Michael's Hospital and developed a clinical forum for spreading innovative ideas between health practitioners. Ron also published a research paper with Prof. M. Hasibal Hasan from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University, which studied surface textures of 3D-printed objects for biomaterials purposes.

Currently, Ron is pursuing his own entrepreneurial passion by launching a startup for augmented reality glasses for consumer-grade and medical applications.