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Five New Directors Join WaterTAP’s Board

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New WaterTAP Directors bring extensive experience from public and private sectors.

TORONTO, ONTARIO – September 22, 2016 – The WaterTAP Board has added five new Directors: Kevin Bossy, John Braam, Angella Hughes, Jane Kearns, and Tanja McQueen. Together with five incumbent Directors, they will guide the organization in its mandate to promote and strengthen Ontario’s water sector. Under WaterTAP’s corporate charter that provides for a private-sector framework, the Board selects its members autonomously, following a call for directors and careful screening.

“The Board is pleased to welcome Kevin, John, Angella, Jane, and Tanja,” said WaterTAP Board Chair Kenneth A. Morrison. “They represent a broad spectrum of experience in Ontario’s water sector and beyond. They will help guide WaterTAP’s mandate and drive more Ontario success stories.”

  • Kevin Bossy is CEO of award-winning Bishop Water Technologies, based in Renfrew, Ontario. He brings experience as an entrepreneur in Ontario’s water technology sector, as well as in investment banking and sales.
  • Recent George Warren Fuller Award recipient John Braam is the Managing Director for Environmental and Engineering Services and the City Engineer at the City of London. He is also the CAO for the Lake Huron and Elgin Area Regional Water Supply Systems.
  • As President and CEO of Xogen Technologies, Angella Hughes has raised more than $20 million in capital, private equity, debt, and government grants to commercialize the company’s technology. She also brings experience with academic and research partnerships.
  • Jane Kearns, a senior advisor with MaRS Cleantech and seasoned entrepreneur, is a recognized leader in sustainable innovation. She is a former cleantech entrepreneur and works with growing companies at the intersection of business and sustainability.
  • Tanja McQueen is a business leader with more than 25 years of experience in organizational change. She recently retired as CEO of the BC Water & Waste Association and was previously a senior officer of BioteQ Environmental Technologies, a Vancouver-based water technology company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

WaterTAP Director Lesley Gallinger retires from the Board. “We thank Lesley for her valuable contributions to WaterTAP’s governance over the past two years,” said Mr. Morrison.

The new Directors will assume their Board duties immediately. Full biographies for all Directors are available at

About WaterTAP Ontario

The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) was established in 2010 by the Government of Ontario. It brings private sector experience and guidance to helping water industry entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need to successfully commercialize their products and services and grow their businesses. WaterTAP’s brand promise is: Water technology thrives here.

About Ontario’s Water Technology Sector

Ontario is Canada’s financial and industrial centre, a thriving world water technology hub and an established gateway to North and South American markets. Ontario regularly plays host to public and private sector water interests from countries across the world. Ontario is home to more than 900 water technology companies, supported by over 200 research centres, incubators, accelerators and programs that encourage innovative water and waste water technologies and services. Ontario contains or borders on about one-fifth of the world’s fresh water. Several of its water sector technology clusters, including membrane filtration and ultraviolet disinfection, are world leaders.



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Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP)