March 02, 2015

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*OOWA Conference
Panel Discussion: Rural Ontario needs more optons

Monday, March 23rd
Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Fall, ON
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

This panel discussion, titled “Rural Ontario Needs More Options” will address the challenges and opportunities with Decentralized Water Treatment Systems, bring to light how it has evolved over the years and explain why some rural municipalities are becoming more interested in this solutions for expansion and growth of their communities.


Trish Johnson, RV Anderson & Associates


Andrew Vitaterna, ASI Group

Joe Witlox, newterra

Robert Waldon, Oxford County

Regular price: $350
With ASI Water client discount: $100


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Trish Johnson, M.A., Associate, R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd., Ottawa, ON

Trish Johnson is the Senior Environmental Consultant and Small Solutions Strategic Advisor for RVA. She has worked for over 30 years in public, private and non-profit environmental management focusing on water and wastewater issues. Her specialties include land use impacts on water quality and ‘value for money’ environmental policies. She does environmental program development and new program implementation for all levels of government.

Based in Ottawa, She currently serves as a Senior Advisor for two small municipalities and has also works extensively for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) assessing water and wastewater needs for Canada’s First Nations.  She is a passionate promoter and advocate for onsite & decentralized servicing solutions and alternative water & wastewater technologies.  Trish is seasoned and energizing public speaker and has made over 40 professional presentations on environmental topics in Canada and the US.






Andrew Vitaterna, Manager, Water & Wastewater Operations, ASI Water

Andrew Vitaterna’s experience in the professional engineering field spans over 28 years and includes water, wastewater and landfill design, build and operations. His role as ASI Water Manager, Water and Wastewater Operations includes design/build/operate services for industrial and municipal water and wastewater treatment projects. Under Andrew’s leadership ASI Water has spearheaded and implemented many innovative solutions, resulting in many “firsts” in Ontario.  His responsibilities include project management and co-ordination of a project team of mechanical engineers, operators and contractors.









Joe WitloxBusiness / Product Development Manager – Membrane Systems 

Joe compliments newterra’s seasoned water and sewage treatment team with a unique combination of experience in the land development sector – from field service to engineering to project and operations management. Since joining the company in 2013, Joe’s technical background and problem-solving acumen have allowed him to advance newterra’s focus on robust, operator-friendly treatment solutions. He is also applying his significant expertise in plant optimization and process refinement to our sustainable communal and decentralized treatment offerings.








Robert Walton, P.Eng., Director of Public Works, County of Oxford

Robert is the Director of Public Works for the County of Oxford . His position covers water and wastewater systems, roads, waste management, facilities, and County forests. Prior to employment with the County, Robert worked as an engineering consultant on drainage, water supply and sewage treatment projects, primarily for small rural municipalities.

Robert is a past president of the Ontario Municipal Water Association.

In May 2004, the Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, appointed Robert to the Advisory Council on Drinking Water Quality and Testing Standards and he continues as an Advisory Council member to date.