Technical Director Wendi Mannerow

TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Wendi Mannerow

Wendi MannerowHow long have you been on the Board and what position do you currently hold?
I have been recently appointed to the Board, replacing Nick Benkovich (now retired) as a Staff Director.

What municipality or organization do you represent?
The City of Greater Sudbury.

What is your educational and professional background?
I graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1997 with a B.A.Sc.
in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Option). For the first 10 years of my career, I worked in various consulting engineering firms, specializing in stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure design and project management. In 2007, I joined the City of Greater Sudbury as the Water/Wastewater Engineer and still hold that position.

The OMWA is a not-for-profit organization and all Board positions, including yours, are all volunteer, what inspired you to become an OMWA Board Member?
While working for Nick Benkovich (OMWA Past President) at the City of Greater Sudbury, over the past 10 years, I have seen the hard work that he put into OMWA, and I have also seen how inspired he was by all of the interesting challenges and positive results that OMWA has been a part of. Although I realize the importance of my role within the CGS, I would like to make a bigger impact on the drinking water industry across Ontario. I will also be able to share the knowledge I learn through OMWA with my colleagues in Sudbury, to better support our community.

What do you hope to see in the future for OMWA?
Growing up near Georgian Bay, a goal of mine has always been to work towards the sustainability of our water resources. A huge part of that endeavour is education and outreach, which can be facilitated through OMWA.

What would you say to a 16-year-old student considering a career path, in water?
A 16-year old considering a career path in water has so many doors open to them. The next generation is going to have great opportunities to make positive change related to the environment and drinking water.

What advice would you give to a new graduate considering a position in the water industry?
The advice I would give a new graduate considering a career in the water industry is to never become complacent. Things are always changing and we are always being faced with new challenges. It is a very fulfilling career with a lot of responsibility. We need to be very strong advocates for doing the right thing, because the health of our citizens and communities depends on it.

What’s your hometown?
Owen Sound, Ontario

What brought you to Ontario?
I was born in Ontario and have spent the majority of my life here.

What was your first job?
My first job in the engineering field was a drafting position at a recycling plant.

What challenges have you had to overcome in your career?
I have been very fortunate throughout my career, in that many opportunities have been afforded to me. There have been situations along the way – specific, project based – that have been particularly challenging, however. I find that the technical challenges are easier to resolve than the situations involving differences of opinion.

What are some of your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
I spend most of my free time with my family. We enjoy downhill skiing in the winter and relaxing at our cottage in the summer.

What is something quirky about you?
I talk to my dog.

What was your most prized toy as a child, and why?
My favourite toy as a child was a stuffed monkey, because I actually wanted a pet monkey.

If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be?
“Life is Good” is my motto.

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