CAWT Director named to provincial water advisory board

Fleming College Senior Scientist Dr. Brent Wootton has been appointed to the Province of Ontario’s Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP).

The Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Research and Innovation, named Wootton to the WaterTAP board for a term of one year. Dr. Wootton is the director of Fleming’s Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment (CAWT) at the Frost Campus.

“Being on the board of WaterTAP will give me an opportunity to promote the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater industries. It’s a very exciting time for the water management sector in the province and I’m privileged to be a part of WaterTAP,” said Dr. Wootton.

Created by the Ministry of Research and Innovation, WaterTAP supports the research and development, as well as the commercialization, of new technologies and innovations in Ontario’s water sector. It also will assist in promoting the development of Ontario’s water and wastewater sectors.

Eight individuals from the private and public sectors have been appointed to the WaterTAP board. The chair is Nicholas Parker, co-founder and Chair of the Cleantech Group.

At Fleming College, the CAWT promotes innovative forms of water and wastewater treatment technology through applied research, education and demonstration projects.

In addition to his role with the CAWT, Dr. Wootton is a member of the Northern Research Working Group, which shares knowledge and research with the federal government on the implementation of the Canada Wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluent.

As an International Polar Year researcher, he has been conducting research on sanitation in Northern communities since 2005. Dr. Wootton was also an advisor to the provincial government’s Water Opportunities Act and has participated in United Nations wastewater meetings in Japan and Geneva as a participant in the UN Wastewater Taskforce.

Dr. Wootton has a Master’s degree from the University of Waterloo, a PhD in aquatic ecology from Trent University, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo.

Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 60,000 alumni.

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