Speakers 2017

Brian Butters, President, Purifics

Brian Butters, President, Purifics
Mr. Butters is a Professional Engineer with a BaSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Western University. Brian is President of Purifics, which he founded in 1993. Brian is a business development manager with product development,... Read More

John Tillotson, CEO and Co-Owner, Microbe Detectives

John Tillotson, CEO and Co-Owner, Microbe Detectives
John Tillotson is the CEO and Co-Owner of Microbe Detectives. His passion for innovation, clean water and environmental sustainability has influenced every phase of his career. As a coach for The Water Council’s BREW Accelerator for start-ups, Tillotson has coached... Read More

Renee Umezuki, Deputy Director, Global Affairs Canada

Renee Umezuki, Deputy Director, Global Affairs Canada
Renee Umezuki has worked for the federal government for more than 20 years. She began her career as a Trade Commissioner in the then Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, with assignments in Ottawa, Jakarta and Tokyo. After focussing on the... Read More

Douglas Wilton, P. Eng., President & CEO, TECTA-PDS

Douglas Wilton, P. Eng., President & CEO, TECTA-PDS
Douglas is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of senior operational and general management experience and multiple successes in the development and management of new technical businesses in a variety of industrial environments. Douglas assumed the role of... Read More

Dr. Dirk Brusis, Investment manager, SKion GmbH

Dr. Dirk Brusis, Investment manager, SKion GmbH
Dr. Dirk Brusis is investment manager at SKion GmbH, the investment company of German entrepreneur Susanne Klatten (an anchor shareholder of BMW, SKion’s main holdings being Altana, SGL Carbon, Nordex, Avista Oil and in the water sector Ovivo, Eliquo Water Group,... Read More

Robert Kennedy, Chief Technology Officer, newterra

Robert Kennedy, Chief Technology Officer, newterra
Bob Kennedy was one of newterra’s earliest employees and over the last 25 years has been responsible for sales, engineering, technology, service and production. In his role as CTO, Bob is responsible for the overall technology offering at newterra with a focus on... Read More

Jonathan Grant, Chief Strategy Officer, Emagin

Jonathan Grant, Chief Strategy Officer, Emagin
Jon focuses on driving growth for EMAGIN through the human side of intelligence. His role involves ensuring client success, finding the right partner organizations, and driving EMAGIN’s growth strategy. He spent the past 5 years at WaterTAP supporting Ontario... Read More

Keith Lampi, President, Fluid Technology Solutions

Keith Lampi, President, Fluid Technology Solutions
As President of Fluid Technology Solutions (FTS), Keith Lampi is responsible for all customer operations for industrial waste water systems and personal hydration solutions including product research, development, commercial membrane manufacturing, business... Read More