How long have you been on the Board and what position do you currently hold?
Since 2015. Vice president.
What municipality or organization do you represent?
Municipality of Sioux Lookout, Mayor. Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association, Director.
What is your educational and professional background?
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). Professional Engineer.
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?
My professional background in civil engineering and my current role in the political sphere seemed to be a good fit with OMWA.
What do you hope to see in the future for OMWA?
Continued political advocacy for municipalities, representation for and from smaller municipalities in the more remote parts of the Province, and continued efforts to engage with First Nation communities related to water and waste water.
What would you say to a 16-year-old student considering a career path, in water?
Water is a fundamental requirement in our lives. As populations continue to grow and pressure increases on the water resource, the value of the water resource also grows. The employment opportunities in the water sector will continue to expand and include a broad range of skills, not just technical.
What advice would you give to a new graduate considering a position in the water industry?
In the initial part of your career be willing to move to where the work is. As you gain experience and you will be in control of your destination and your destiny.
What’s your hometown?
Sioux Lookout. I was born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada with my family at age six, lived in Montreal during elementary school and moved to Thunder Bay where I attended high school and university. In 1972 my wife and I started a life of travel which saw us live and work in Toronto, St. Lucia, Mozambique, British Columbia, and eventually back to Thunder Bay in 1983. We moved to Sioux Lookout in 1985, raised our family here, and it is has become our home town.
What brought you to Ontario?
My father’s work to us from Montreal to Thunder Bay.
What was your first job?
My first job in the engineering field was Assistant Engineer in the St. Lucia Central Water Authority.
What challenges have you had to overcome in your career?
Convincing others that while we fix the problem at hand, we need to consider the big picture, not just the detail in front of them.
What are some of your hobbies or how do you spend your free time?
Time with family, cross-country skiing, biking, reading.
What is something quirky about you?
My head is square, there is nothing quirky about me. Other people are quirky.
What was your most prized toy as a child, and why?
Whatever bike I had at the time. It gave me mobility and I loved to ride and still do.
If you could have a t-shirt printed with a message, what would it be?
Deal with problems. Embrace opportunities.