The Environmental Operators Certification Program announces the appointment of four new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Peter Coxon, Brian Dean, Jim McQuarrie and Maurice Valcourt.

“All four of our newest board directors bring energy and passion for water and wastewater management, and will provide a great deal of expertise to the Environmental Operators Certification Program as it focuses on its role of operator certification and facility classification in British Columbia and Yukon,” says Kalpna Solanki, CEO. 

Coxon is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience consulting on all aspects of water system planning, supply, treatment, design and construction management. He has worked for many municipal, First Nations and private clients in South Africa, Ontario, the U.S., British Columbia and Alberta. He has been with Urban Systems in Kamloops since 1993, and is currently a senior project leader and principal. Coxon views operators as a vital link in protecting public health and the environment. As a designer of water and wastewater systems, he wants to ensure they have the proper support, training and tools needed to do the job well. 

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Dean is the president of Dean Environmental Inc., which operates out of rural Summerland, B.C. Since graduating from Okanagan University College in Water Quality Technology in 1994 he has been involved extensively in training First Nations both in resources-based surveillance techniques and infrastructure operation. Currently, Dean is active in the Circuit Rider Training Program in 30 communities throughout the province. Most of the communities served under the CRTP have operators running drinking water treatment facilities, distribution systems and some wastewater treatment facilities and collections systems. 

McQuarrie has worked with Metro Vancouver in the Wastewater Treatment Division for more than 30 years and has held a Level IV Municipal Wastewater Treatment Operator Certificate since 1998. During his time with Metro, he has watched the Environmental Operators Certification Program grow, and has directly benefited from the professional respect and increased career advancement opportunities the program has provided. McQuarrie has volunteered with the Training Registry as a Subject Matter Expert, and most recently has volunteered his time during the development and pilot-testing of EOCP’s new Facility Classification models. 

Valcourt is the vice president of Big White Ski Resort, and has more than 24 years of experience in the utilities arena. He has been certified in Level 3 water distribution, Level 2 water treatment, Level 2 wastewater collection and Level 2 wastewater treatment. He sits on the board of directors for Big White Utilities, overseeing all aspects of the yearly operations. He also sits on the Big White Fire Committee Board, working with all levels of government. 

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The Environmental Operators Certification Program’s role is to protect human health, the environment and the investment in facilities through increased knowledge, skill and proficiency of the members of the Program in British Columbia and Yukon, in all matters relating to water treatment and distribution and wastewater collection, treatment, reuse and disposal. 

The full slate of board members for 2016 is listed below. 

  • Pat Miller, chair 
  • Rob Fleming, chair-elect 
  • Darryl Bjorgaard, treasurer 
  • Maurice Valcourt, secretary 
  • Mike Gosselin, past chair 
  • Peter Coxon, director 
  • Brian Dean, director 
  • John Kalinczuk, director 
  • Jim McQuarrie, director 
  • Bob Smith, director 

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