Climate Change Committee (Joint)

Welcome to OWWA/WEAO Joint Climate Change Committee page

What We Do

It is now recognized that climate change will have significant impacts and that the extent of the impacts will vary geographically. Preparing for change is crucial to ensure residents and businesses in Ontario continue to receive an adequate and uninterrupted supply of high quality drinking water.


  • Monitor scientific literature on climate change to identify predicted changes in the water cycle
  • Bring predicted changes to the attention of OWWA members with alternatives to address the issues (via seminars, workshops and  articles in Pipeline)
  • Communicate with other utility and non-utility organizations to implement best practices to respond to climate change

Who We Are

Our membership includes members from both OWWA and WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) whose members focus on the wastewater/storm water components affected by climate change. We also work closely with the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI) to ensure issues related to infrastructure are adequately addressed in the Committee’s work.

Committee Chair  Jackie Kennedy
Committee Vice Chair John Vandenberg
Committee Email
OWWA Liaison Director Elia Edwards
 WEAO Liaison Director  Edgar Tovilla

Member List

Member Employer
Jackie Kennedy City of Toronto
John Vandenberg  Township of King
Paul Marsh Morrison Herschfield
Peter Nimmrichter Wood PLC
Alice Chow AECOM
John Duong Halton Region
Suzanne Perdeaux MIRARCO/Laurentian University
Carolyn Lee Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Jyoti Upadhyaya Brock University
Mike Garaci Pure Technologies Limited
Praneeta Moti City of Toronto
Aaron Chase Guelph/Eramosa Township
Rahim Kanji Water Consortium (SOWC)
Noshin Hashim WORLDiscoveries
Karel Kamerman Corp. of the City of St. Thomas
Rui DeCarvalho R.J. Burnside International Limited
Paul Zuberbuhler Middlesex
Kyle Murray City of London
Elia Edwards Associated Engineering
Edgar Tovilla Region of Peel

Our Meetings

Meetings consist of in person meetings in the OWWA Boardroom in Toronto and/or teleconferences.  Please see below for details on our upcoming meetings and events. Past events have included seminars on Water Resources, Adaption, and Vulnerability.

Past Climate Change Seminars

Oct. 2012, Climate Change: Impact on Water Resources
Oct. 2011, Climate Change: Advancements in Adaptation
Oct. 2010, Climate Change: Assessing Vulnerability

For More Information

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

For web links of interest, we invite you to visit our Climate Change section on our Links page.

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