Organizers

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Organizers and Gord Mitchell

Blue Drinks TO organizers with Gord Mitchell, General Manager of the RC Harris Water Treatment Plant, at a networking event in February 2018.


Current Organizers

MOface.JPGMeg Olson

Meg Olson joined Blue Drinks Toronto as part of the CWRA SYP Toronto organizing team. She serves as a CWRA Ontario Branch Board Member, and is Co-Chair of the CWRA 2019 National Conference. She works in watershed management and stormwater in the Water Resources group at WSP.  Meg has Master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Engineering from the University of Washington.

 

 

graeme-mcdonaldGraeme MacDonald

Graeme is a Hydrology and Hydraulics Specialist with Credit Valley Conservation, and previously worked as a consulting Water Resources Engineer for land development projects located mostly in the Greater Toronto Area. He also volunteers in organizing speaker panel events with the Canadian Water Resources Association. Graeme has a bachelor’s and Masters degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph. Graeme spends his spare time fishing and exploring the rivers of southern Ontario.

 

wynona-grad profileWynona Klemt

Wynona completed her MSc at the University of Waterloo in the Collaborative Water Program, where she studied metal contaminants in lakes in the oil sands. As a grad student she was involved with the Students of the Water Institute Graduate Section (SWIGS) as the academic coordinator, where she facilitated multiple events such as workshops and networking opportunities. Wynona got involved with Blue Drinks Toronto to continue being a part of the water community.

 

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Alyssa Kelly

Alyssa is a Water Stewardship Coordinator for Partners in Project Green at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto, where she focused on hydrology. Alyssa also serves on the Board of Directors of Toronto Green Community and as an advisor for RAINscapeTO.

 


Past Organizers

Nancy1Nancy Goucher

Nancy founded Blue Drinks Toronto in 2009 and has almost ten years of experience in the water profession. She currently works at the intersection between water science and policy as the Knowledge Mobilization Specialist at the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute. Listed as one of Tides Canada’s Top 10 Visionaries in 2010, Nancy is also the author of numerous academic journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Nancy has a Masters of Environmental Studies Degree in Planning from the University of Waterloo.

 

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Sarah Piasetzki

Sarah came to Blue Drinks through the Canadian Water Network (CWN). She was on the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professional Committee (CWN SYPC) as an Ontario representative. She has two years of work experience in the water sector and currently works at WSP in the Water Resources Engineering department. Her previous work experience is in Coastal Engineering primarily on the Great Lakes in Ontario. Sarah has a Master of Engineering Science in Water Resources from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia.

 

photo_catCat Sobotta

Cat joined Blue Drinks in spring 2017 and has three years of experience in the water profession. She currently works in the Water Resources group at WSP. Previously she worked in Panama, implementing green infrastructure, erosion and sedimentation control plans, and LEED projects throughout the city. Cat has a bachelor’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph, including one semester at the Karlsruher Institute for Technology (KIT) in Germany.

 

MelissaDick_photo1Melissa Dick

Melissa came to Blue Drinks through the Canadian Water Network (CWN). She served on the Canadian Water Network Student and Young Professional Committee (CWN SYPC) from 2018-2019. Melissa has a Master of Biology with specialization in Pacific Salmon migration from Carleton University.