Certification & Education Committee

Welcome to the OWWA Certification and Education Committee page

What We Do

We support drinking water operator certification and promote continuing education for those in the drinking water industry by:

  • Liaising with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in an advisory capacity through active participation on the MOECC’s Operator Certification Working Group
  • Developing and conducting public workshops where speakers provide an overview of topics related to the water industry that:
    • Provide timely information transfer between regulatory agencies, OWWA members, and others interested in the water industry
    • Provide the opportunity to exchange information among the drinking water industry professionals on topics of operation and maintenance of water treatment and distribution facilities
    • Provide information related to relevant acts and regulations governing operator certification and the drinking water industry, best practices, new trends and technology, etc
  • Creating content for the Certification Corner and other articles for the Pipeline magazine
  • Soliciting input from the OWWA membership regarding issues important to the water industry
  • Periodically contacting other OWWA Committees regarding content and participation in our workshops

Who We Are

Committee Chair Julie O’Donnell
Vice Chair Mark Vandergeest
Committee Email
Liaison Director Pete Samson

Member List

Member Company
Ghassan Ghali Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Alex Davidson County of Brant
Anita Petrov City of Guelph Planning, Engineering & Environmental Services
Julie O’Donnell (Chair) York Region
Grant Murphy Two Point Oh! E-learning Services
Reg Russwurm (Liaison Director) Town of The Blue Mountain
Mark Pinkney Ontario Watermarks
Corinne Louther Walkerton Clean Water Centre
Jill Hass Hass Engineering
Meiru Zheng Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corp.
Mark Vandergeest (Vice-Chair) City of Barrie
Adam Allcock Town of Lincoln
Ken MacDonnell Fleming College
Diane Moreau City of Barrie
Rebecca Sackrider Township of Tiny


Our Meetings                         

Our committee generally meets 3 to 5 times per year, and members are able to participate in meetings either in-person or via conference call.

Upcoming Events                  

For information on upcoming events, please visit the Events > OWWA Workshops / Seminars page.

If you have a workshop topic to suggest, a comment about a recent workshop or would like to participate at a future workshop as a guest speaker please click here to email the Committee chair.

For More Information

If you would like more information or are interested in joining our committee, please contact us.

If you are interested in learning about how to become a water operator, visit the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification office  at


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