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Dr. Susan Andrews
Dr. Andrews is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto and was previously an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  She earned both her BSc and her MSc in Chemistry at the University of Alberta, and her PhD in Civil Engineering also at the University of Alberta.  Dr. Andrews is an Associate Program Leader (Infrastructure) for the Canadian Water Network, former director of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre and former Chair of the Ontario Water Works Association.  Her research activities are generally focused on drinking water treatment (disinfection and its by-products) and distribution, often involving municipal and industrial participants. (appointed May 20, 2010; current term expires July 17, 2019)

Liza Ballantyne
Ms. Ballantyne is the Manager of Water Treatment and Caledon Distribution in the Public Works Water Division at the Region of Peel where she oversees the operations of lake-and groundwater-based water treatment facilities for the Region as well as the supply of water in Caledon.  She has more than 20 years of process engineering and operations experience specializing in drinking water treatment in the municipal and engineering consulting industry.  She has lead major design, construction, commissioning, process optimization, engineering technical review and master planning initiatives including projects focusing on lead corrosion control, disinfection, taste and odour treatment approach, ozonation, UV advanced oxidation, coagulation, gravity filtration, chloramination and nitrification prevention.  Ms. Ballantyne has also lead research activities involving municipal pilot plants and university researchers to provide input into design, operating and optimization initiatives.  She is actively involved in the Ontario Water Works Association as a Treatment Committee member and has held the roles of chair of the Young Professionals and Treatment Committees and Board Director. (appointed October 17, 2017; current term expires October 16, 2020)

Rena Chung
Ms. Chung is a board certified toxicologist with 15 years of experience in risk assessment and communication, team leadership, human toxicology, public health, project management and environmental assessment.  While at Public Health Ontario (PHO), she has been focused on supporting Ontario’s health units and Ministries on environmental health issues and the analysis of health-based standards and policies.  Her primary responsibility has been to apply her expertise in toxicology to support Ontario’s health care system and more recently, to manage the toxicology and exposure assessment team.  Prior to joining PHO, she worked in consulting as a group leader and senior environmental risk assessor, where she managed large teams specializing in human health risk assessment, brownfield redevelopment, environmental permitting and planning and water resources. (appointed October 17, 2017; current term expires October 16, 2020)

Ian Douglas
Mr. Douglas has twenty-five years of experience in design, research and plant operations. He spent five years working in the petrochemical industry in Sarnia, Ontario before moving into the area of drinking water quality and treatment. Mr. Douglas earned degrees in both Chemistry (1984) and Chemical Engineering (1987) from the University of Western Ontario. As Water Quality Engineer for the City of Ottawa, he has worked on more than fifty research and optimization projects with partner organizations such as the Water Research Foundation, NSERC, Health Canada, and a number of Canadian universities. Under his leadership, the City of Ottawa has been recognized as a North American leader in process optimization and applied research. During 2007, Mr. Douglas spent a 1-year work term with Health Canada working on microbial risk assessment and various treatment guidelines. In 2010, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto where he advises students in the areas of drinking water treatment, process optimization, and microbial risk assessment. (appointed May 20, 2010; current term expires July 24, 2022)

Michele Grenier
Bio coming soon! (appointed September 23, 2019; current term ends Septermber 22, 2022)

Andrew Hallett
Bio coming soon! (appointed September 23, 2019; current term ends Septermber 22, 2022)

Laura Meteer
Bio coming soon! (appointed September 11, 2019; current term ends Septermber 10, 2022)

Dr. Howard Shapiro
Bio coming soon!

Jim Smith (Chair)
Mr. Smith is a Professional Engineer who has been active in the field of drinking water management and in the development of air, water and soil standards for the protection of the environment and human health. Mr. Smith's career spanned over 30 years with the Ontario Government in which he held a range of science policy positions including: Director of Standards Development Branch, Ontario's First Chief Drinking Water Inspector, and as Assistant Deputy Minister, established the Drinking Water Management Division with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  His work and the work of his division in the field of drinking water management has been recognized through a number of awards. Mr. Smith holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University and an MBA from the University of Toronto.  (appointed October 27, 2015; current term expires October 26, 2021)

Joanne Thompson
Ms. Thompson is a hydrogeologist and Senior Group Leader, Development Hydrogeology with R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited.  Ms. Thompson is a professional geoscientist and has more than 30 years of experience working in aquifer characterization, groundwater supply and water quality assessment.  She holds a B.Sc. in Geology from McMaster University and a M.Sc. in Petroleum Hydrogeology from the University of Alberta.  Ms. Thompson also serves as Vice President North America on the executive council for the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH).  (appointed April 10, 2013; current term expires May 1, 2022)

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