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When Ontarians Sunit Mohindroo and Ahmed Badruddin met in Seattle while working at Microsoft five years ago, little did they know the impact they would have on the water industry back home. As their friendship developed, so did their idea for WatrHub. “We wanted to do something more impactful to social issues,” says Badruddin, “so we came back to Ontario and spoke with water industry leaders and policy makers.” The general consensus was that decades-old data, isolation of water professionals, and archaic research processes were slowing down [...]

Municipal Risk Assessment Tool

For the insurance industry, knowledge isn’t just power—it’s also what keeps it solvent. Its business model depends on being able to build accurate risk models and price out policies accordingly. But, as recent extreme weather events like last fall’s Hurricane Sandy have demonstrated, those models may not be able to rely on the past in order to predict the future the way they once did. “The losses in the past, which is normally what we use as an industry, were no longer a good indicator of losses in the future,” says Robert Tremblay, the director [...]

Axine Water Technologies

Axine’s journey began when Colleen Legzdins, a materials engineer working on fuel cell technology at Ballard Power Systems, decided to apply her knowledge of electrochemistry to environmental challenges. She soon settled on wastewater treatment, and focused specifically on the problem of recalcitrant organics. In industrial applications, these compounds can be resistant to conventional processes. They create operational bottlenecks, prevent water reuse, and are increasingly subject to tougher discharge regulations. These difficulties can have a significant [...]

New Monaco Enterprise Corporation

Sometimes it’s the simplest changes that matter the most. That’s what one residential developer is hoping, at least, when it comes to the Okanagan Valley and its increasingly stressed fresh water resources. The area’s tantalizing combination of hot summers and skiable winters is attracting thousands of new residents each year, and it’s expected that the region’s population will increase by 50 per cent over the next 20 years. If water usage patterns don’t change dramatically, Canada’s only semi-arid desert could very easily run completely dry. That’s [...]

Pure Technologies

It’s no secret that Canada’s water and wastewater utilities are facing severe challenges. From rising demand to leaking systems to constrained budgets, there is a growing need to better monitor and assess infrastructure and extend its useful life. Calgary-based Pure Technologies is part of the solution. Traditional pipe inspection usually requires large open cuts, but the company’s leak detection, condition assessment, and monitoring technologies are much less disruptive and can help avert catastrophic failures, service interruptions, and environmental [...]

Clearpath Robotics

When Clearpath Robotics was recognized as part of 2012’s Water’s Next, the company had begun to take the water industry by storm with its Kingfisher M100 unmanned surface vessel, designed to travel to areas that might be difficult or unsafe for humans to access. One year later, the Kitchener, Ontario-based company has put its grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence to good use, taking the Kingfisher to the next level. “The Kingfisher M200 launched in mid-2012, with very positive early traction,” says Clearpath’s CEO Matt Rendall. “We’ve [...]

Bob Sandford

Bob Sandford speaks with a clear, determined voice as he explains that he is grateful, surprised, and humbled by his Water’s Next recognition. Despite much of the Canadian water industry singing his praises, he is quick to pass the spotlight. “I am extremely fortunate to work with some of this country’s very best scientists and research networks,” Sandford says, “and I owe a great deal to EPCOR .” He begins to recite the names of the many individuals he’s worked with over the years, too many to list in this profile. In addition to sitting [...]

Jodi Glover

For Jodi Glover, the itch to innovate is not easily relieved. Making use of a small student grant to pursue a business opportunity, Glover launched her first business—a solar heating company—during the summer between her third and fourth year of university. While it may have been short-lived, the business gave her the taste of success. “It wasn’t a profitable venture, but I had a fantastic time,” she says. “It was an amazing learning experience.” After that summer experience, Glover switched her focus from accounting to entrepreneurship [...]

Adam Noble

When Water Canada spoke with Ontario high school student Adam Noble, he was one week from his first face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The two were scheduled to chat about the potential applications of Noble’s research, which has been funded in part by NSERC—a possible first for a high-school student in Canada. “I want to thank him for the support the federal government has given me so far,” he says. But he also had a secret agenda—to convey the importance of funding primary research. “My research has an industrial [...]

Southern Ontario Water Consortium

For Canada’s many promising water technology innovators, one of the most significant barriers to success is a lack of access to real-world demonstration. From mobile field units to watershed monitoring stations to facilities within municipal wastewater treatment plants, the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) is ramping up a new innovation ecosystem that could change everything. Supported by private and public sector investments valued at nearly $50 million, the SOWC platform will consist of multiple facilities that will provide unique opportunities [...]
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