Team

WaterTAP’s high-energy, passionate team has a record of water sector success.

Peter Gallant

President and CEO

Dr. Peter Gallant is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. As the founding President and CEO of Kingston, Ontario-based Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. (PDS), he led the development of a novel automated microbial detection system. In 2009, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, a division of the world’s largest environmental services company – and became ENDETEC – the global water quality sensor platform for Veolia Water.

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Kerry Freek

Vice President and Senior Manager of Communications

Kerry Freek comes to WaterTAP with a deep understanding of relationships in Canada’s water sector. As the founding editor of Water Canada, a national trade publication, she wrote about water in the context of ecosystem and human health, infrastructure and sustainability, science and technology, policy and governance, and economy.

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Evan Pilkington

Senior Manager, Client Engagement

Evan currently works as WaterTAP’s Senior Manager of Client Engagement. For several years prior, Evan held the role of Innovation Lead with a Provincial Agency called the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.

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Lesley Herstein

Manager of Policy

Dr. Lesley Herstein brings a range of water-related experience to WaterTAP. In the private realm, she previously worked with a water technology start-up to develop and test a remote water monitoring device for drinking water systems.

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Trish Johnson

Lead, Better Best Practices Initiative

Trish Johnson is the lead for WaterTAP’s Better Best Practices Initiative, bringing more than 30 years of experience in public, private and non-profit environmental management to the team.

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Tony Kobilnyk

Manager of Programs

Tony Kobilnyk brings over 15 years of corporate communications experience earned in several high-tech industries including water, automation, software, healthcare and energy.

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Yvette Byrne-Menard

Manager of Digital Strategy and Events

Yvette Byrne-Menard is a marketing professional who has contributed to the success of some of the world’s top brands, including Disney Consumer Products, Hallmark Cards, and Purolator Courier.

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Kristy Pepin

Manager of Administration

Kristy Pepin brings to WaterTAP more than five years of experience in operation management and organizational leadership.

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Raad Seraj

Senior Analyst, Client Engagement

Raad Seraj has a strong background in cleantech commercialization strategy for advanced technologies in the energy and water sector. As WaterTAP’s Senior Research Analyst, he is primarily responsible for understanding and disseminating knowledge of the water sector, and working with early-stage companies to create a path to commercialization.

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Luxmy Begum

Associate, Better Best Practices Initiative

Dr. Luxmy Begum, P. Eng., PMP is an Environmental Specialist who brings more than 20 years of technology, process, research, and project management experience in the environment and renewable energy sectors. She is the Associate of WaterTAP’s Better Best Practices Initiative.

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Josh Chong

Communications Strategist

Josh Chong has a strong affinity for writing, communications, and building strategy from more than a decade of diverse experiences in marketing, pedagogy, advertising, technical writing, research, editorial work, and creative consultation.

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Kevin Valickis

Analyst, Client Engagement

Kevin’s role at WaterTAP is to research the water technology environment and gain insights from the information.

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Simran Chattha

Content Writer and Strategist

Simran Chattha brings over four years of experience working in the public sector to WaterTAP. In her most recent role as a Communications and Engagement Coordinator, Simran primarily developed communications materials for the Ontario Climate Consortium.

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Archie Apelo

Administrative Assistant

With previous administrative experience at the Ministry of the Attorney General and in the service industry, Archie brings diligent, efficient, service-oriented, and professional support to WaterTAP.

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