Company: Thompson Rivers University
WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT THIS POSITION AS A DIRECTOR ON THE EOCP BOARD?
I have a vested interest in the wellbeing of EOCP and their mandate to certify operators and water & wastewater facilities and at upmost to protect public health and the environment. As an education provider, it’s paramount to ensure that students and graduates of the Water & Wastewater Technology program understand the importance of their role and responsibilities and carry a level of skills and proficiencies to operate and maintain basic to advanced water and wastewater treatment systems, distribution, re-use, and disposal facilities, as well as how to monitor source water quality.
In my position as a Board member, my intent is to help build a skilled workforce and a competent team member, who is well versed in emerging technologies and best practices within the appropriate industry sectors of municipal utilities and/or industrial operations.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTIONS OF A DIRECTOR OF THE EOCP BOARD?
- To endorse and advocate the mandate of EOCP – to protect public health and the environment;
- To provide excellence in member services relating to operator and facility certification;
- To promote and support as well as increase access to the development of relevant and required education and training opportunities;
- To increase capacity and meet emerging needs of utilities and water and wastewater facilities – via workforce development, marketing and promotion and advocacy; and
- To ensure the financial viability of EOCP.
WHAT SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ATTRIBUTES WOULD YOU BRING TO THE EOCP BOARD?
Since 2008, I have been a Lecturer and Program Coordinator for Water & Wastewater programs at Thompson Rivers University. In this role, I have demonstrated the following skills, knowledge and attributes:
- Expanded academic program delivery from distance to campus to support student centered and competency focused learning across applied disciplines in the water industry.
- Expanded course offerings to include wastewater treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection, source protection, industrial wastewater and onsite wastewater to ensure comprehensiveness of the program to include all sectors of the water industry.
- Eight years of experience in course design and delivery including qualifications to teach 12 courses offered in the program.
- Conducted market research, identified industry and educational gaps to enhance Academic and Continuing Studies program offerings, grow training and provide students with aligned support for industry certification and employment.
- Customize training and program delivery to promote additional intakes for First Nation Operators to attain academic credentials.
- Eighteen years of experience in project management and implementing contract opportunities, as well as forming partnerships and strategic alliances with First Nations, Industry and Governments.