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Academia/NGO: The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak

The troubling, persistent water issues that have plagued Canada’s First Nations communities weave a well-known tale of woe. But, emerging from Northwestern Ontario, is a story of hope, confidence, and empowerment that is ultimately yielding success. Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) is a non-political tribal council made up of the Chiefs of six First Nations communities: Roy Dale Meekis, Joseph Crow, Chris Kakegamic, Vontane Keno, Caroline Keesic, and Alice Sugashie. The Chiefs use their intimate knowledge of their communities to provide services in all areas [...]

Business: Pat Whalen, LuminUltra

As the son of a consulting chemical engineer, Pat Whalen developed his keen interest in water treatment at an early age. Now the president and CEO of Fredericton’s LuminUltra Technologies Ltd., Whalen has become a highly successful and sought after expert in the management and mitigation of microorganisms in water processes. His company offers solutions based on the real-time measurement of microorganisms in water and wastewater processes through their innovative second generation ATP test. “ solutions focus on the ability to proactively monitor microorganisms [...]

Government: François Soulard, Statistics Canada

François Soulard’s career has been defined by a number of ‘ah-ha!’ moments. One of the first occurred while working on his Ph.D. at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the early1990s. “I began to really understand how statistics did not need to be overly complicated to provide powerful depictions of the world around us,” Soulard said. “The link to natural capital accounting (providing concrete data on the state of natural resources using statistical analysis) came to me intuitively when I saw the extent of the transformation of the landscape [...]

Young Professional: Christine Harries, SNC-Lavalin

Christine Harries is a young engineer who believes strongly in the value of networking and mentoring. Her ability to motivate, communicate, and collaborate with people from different fields, to contribute original ideas and to see the big picture permeates both her day-to-day work and the many professional volunteer activities in which she is involved. Harries studied building engineering in Concordia University’s co-op program, graduating in May 2013 with Great Distinction. During her final internship, the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin offered [...]
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