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Jeff St. Pierre has more than 20 years of experience in water and wastewater services and 16 years with OCWA. He has managed and supervised operations staff in water and wastewater services since 2000. He has led process optimization, facility evaluations, and operations management and has been a team lead for OCWA’s Emergency Response Team.

Wilhelm Rinas has worked for the Ontario Clean Water Agency for over 20 years as legal counsel and prior to that time he worked for the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and in the private sector. He has a background in public administration and worked in international marketing before he began his legal career.    

Courtney Drew has over 13 years of experience in Human Resources in the Ontario Public Service.  Courtney holds an Honours Bachelors of Arts Degree from Queen’s University and a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources from Humber College.  Her career began as a Human Resources Consultant at the Ministry of Community and Social Services, after which she has held progressively responsible positions, showing strong leadership throughout.  She is instrumental in leading OCWA’s Human Resources to be a strategic business ally for the Agency.  Courtney and her team play an active role in the establishment and execution of overall strategy, integrating internal and external stakeholder expectations through identification, forecasting and facilitation of organizational responses to an ever-changing internal workforce and external pressures.

Natalie Peers is the Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services, joining OCWA in 2023. She brings over 15 years experience in progressively senior roles at Sobeys Inc. and most recently at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment as the Sr. Director, Finance overseeing a variety of functions including controllership and financial planning & analysis. Natalie graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 2007 (BBA), St. Mary’s University in 2010 (MBA) and received her CPA designation in 2010.

Terry Bender has been with OCWA since its inception and has over 30 years’ experience in the water and wastewater sector across Ontario.  Previously OCWA’s Vice President of Operations – and a member of OCWA’s Executive Management Team – Terry’s client-focused approach and years of experience in operating, maintaining, and managing water and wastewater treatment facilities and delivering on capital projects have made him a recognized leader in the Ontario water sector.  Terry has led OCWA in the development of compliance, process and operational systems for optimization and regulatory reporting for the effective operation of water and wastewater facilities across Ontario. Through years of experience, he has grown the Agency’s competitive municipal client base throughout Ontario, and has contributed to OCWA’s current financial growth and success. Terry is the Ontario director sitting on the Board of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), a not-for-profit organization that represents the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector suppliers and partners.

Mike Mortimer is OCWA’s Vice President of Operations, South Peel. Since joining the Agency in 2020, Mike previously served as Regional Hub Manager for both Conveyances Services and the Georgian Highlands Region. Prior to joining OCWA, Mike spent 18 years on the municipal side of water and wastewater operations across Ontario, where he used a combination of practical experience, leadership expertise, and innovative passion to drive programs and deliver efficient operations in both water and wastewater. Mike obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (Environmental Science and Biology) from Western University and holds Class 4 certification licenses in Water Distribution and Supply, and Water Treatment, as well as Class 2 certification licenses in Wastewater Treatment and Wastewater Collection.

Iman Hashemi, M.Eng is OCWA’s President and CEO. Iman has spent his entire career in the water industry, working for GE Water (now SUEZ) before joining OCWA in 2011 as a Process and Energy Optimization Specialist, South Peel Water System. In 2016, he became the Manager of the Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plant in Peel. Since then, he has led trials of innovative technologies in treatment facilities, managed state of good repair large budgets for clients, and implemented advanced facility maintenance programs.

Richard Junkin has been with OCWA since its inception in 1993, most recently as the Regional Hub Manager for the Region of Waterloo. A certified water and wastewater operator, Richard brings more than 20 years of valuable operational experience to his role as VP. He is a former member of OCWA’s emergency response team, having been involved in several emergency response efforts across Ontario. Richard is also proud to have been part of the OCWA Jets, the Agency’s award-winning Operations Challenge team.