Cross Connection Control Committee

Welcome to the OWWA Cross Connection Control Committee page

What We Do


  • Maintain communication with educational institutions in Ontario offering Backflow Prevention courses
  • Endorse accreditation of educational institutions offering certification
  • Endorse certification of CCC Specialists who have successfully completed approved courses
  • Identify and research existing or potential conflicts between plumbing codes and backflow prevention
  • Provide education to the drinking water industry on backflow prevention
  • Participate at the National level on the Canadian CCC Coordinating Committee.

The committee communicates with and monitors the following groups:

  • AWWA CCC Coordinating Committee
  • AWWA Standards Council
  • Canadian CCC Coordinating Committee
  • OWWA Distribution Committee
  • OWWA Certification & Education Committee
  • Provincial CCC Committees
  • Any other group, agency or association that is relevant

We collaborate with members of the Canadian CCC Coordinating Committee with respect to examination questions and procedures for use by accredited educational institutions.

  • Questions that are relative to local codes and conditions are prepared

We visit and evaluate educational institutions requesting teaching status.

  • Minimum training requirements are identified (academic, curriculum, laboratory, and performance requirements)
  • Written and practical examinations are prepared

The Committee recommends actions to OWWA to overcome existing or potential conflicts between codes and good backflow prevention.

Our members contribute articles to Pipeline and frequently present papers at workshops and seminars.

Who We Are

Our members include a broad cross-section of water industry specialists with an interest in backflow prevention, including water purveyors, regulators, equipment suppliers, consultants, educators, and other interested parties.

In addition to the Chair and Vice Chair, a Certification Officer is appointed to serve as the key liaison with local educational institutions.

Committee Chair Brennan Quan
Vice Chair Mark Pinkney
Liaison Director Ed Bertolo

Member List

Member Employer
Michael Haslam Mohawk College
Bryan Heyl George Brown College
Greg Van Bakel Fanshawe College
Tony Walton Georgian College
Mark Pinkney Georgian College
Ed Bertolo Evans Supply Limited
Warren Mills Wamco
Murray E. McDowall ProActive Water Solutions Inc.
Jeff Cooper Apollo Valves
Moe Fanous Watts Canada
Jay Milne Full Moon Plumbing Inc.
Vijay Ratnaparkhe City of Toronto
Jeff Crossman City of Guelph
Mike Grisbrook City of Toronto
Elaine Gilliland Region of Peel
Brennan Quan City of Barrie
Mohammed Karim Town of Richmond Hill
Evan Orser Town of Collingwood
Matt Menezes City of Vaughan
Samantha Buch Ontario Water Works Association
Divyam Beniwal (YP Rep) RVA

Our Meetings

The committee has four meetings each year. Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday in February, May, September and November.  Meeting sites vary but are based on committee member locations.

For More Information

For web links of interest, we invite you to visit our Links Section – Cross Connection Control.

To order a copy of the Canadian Cross Connection Control Manual, please email Samantha Buch


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