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I love that I’m not in an office all the time. I get to travel around the area I get to go into different facilities.

Why you should join OCWA

Whatever you put into it, you get out of it so I really do encourage people to get into the field. There’s so much opportunity to learn so many different things so you’re never stagnant or bored.

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.

Almost everyday you come across something different. Along with providing procurement advice, suggesting procurement strategies to end users and facilitating supplier disputes, my day encompasses heavily on managing the end to end procurement process.  This job gives me the ability to get the best value for money for the organization while ensuring equal opportunities for all (suppliers), in turn giving you the feeling of satisfaction and having made a meaningful impact.  

Why you should join OCWA:

Here at OCWA you will get to work with well experienced people in any department. If you are looking to grow your knowledge and experience in public sector OCWA is the place to be.

I provide analysis of the energy efficiency of proposed projects and associated grant opportunities, analyze various trends within the energy sector and write various reports regarding energy conservation, renewable energy and energy storage.

Why you should join OCWA:

OCWA is a total solutions provider within the water/wastewater sector that employs over 1000 people with plenty of diversity when it comes to types of jobs.  I was able to take on new positions five times without leaving the Agency over the span of 11 years, which allowed me to develop new skills and improve existing skills.

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.    

I’m really busy. Electrical and instrumentation is a main component for the plant. Every day I learn from the operations team. It’s challenging.

Why you should join OCWA

A lot of learning opportunities available and good job security.

I calibrate the lab equipment, then I can do rounds and take samples of water to test. If there are issues I troubleshoot them and make sure the plant is running smoothly.

Why you should join OCWA

The training. You’ll get a lot of hands on experience which is good for someone starting out. You’re also directly responsible for the drinking water of everyone in the town.

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.