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

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 from 2009 to 2013. At the same time, she served as associate editor of ReNew Canada, a trade publication about infrastructure renewal. She also served as executive editor for Actual Media Inc., a creative communications agency.

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Jon Grant

Manager of Research

Jon Grant holds a B.B.A. in Finance and International Business with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Cincinnati. He earned an M.Sc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics, where he focused on the environment and water. Jon also holds an LLM in Water Governance and Conflict Resolution, a joint degree between the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft, Netherlands and the IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO) in Dundee, Scotland. His graduate research focused on understanding and negotiating equitable sharing of the economic benefits from improved water situations in transboundary rivers.

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Lesley Herstein

Manager of Policy

Lesley 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 Communications

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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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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Lynne Maclennan

Associate, Better Best Practices Initiative

Lynne Maclennan is a water/wastewater professional with 25 years of experience. As an Associate working on WaterTAP’s Better Best Practices Initiative, she supports projects to identify and address barriers to innovation and growth in Ontario’s water sector.

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Raad Seraj

Senior Research Analyst

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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Kevin Valickis

Research Analyst

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

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Evan Pilkington

Direct Assistance Program Manager

Evan currently works as WaterTAP’s Direct Assistance Program Manager. 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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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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