Alan Harris, President
Alan is originally from Edmonton Alberta. In 1987 he moved to Fort Liard to enjoy northern living and raise his family in the North.
He worked in several different positions with the Hamlet before he began working with water and waste management. In 2006, he became Manager of Municipal Operations, and more recently, Manager of Community Operations. Alan first attended a NTWWA conference in 2006 and was impressed with its focus on the continued development of operator skills and knowledge. In 2010 he was elected to the board as a director, then to the positions of Vice President, President and Past President. After a few years off the board, Alan is pleased to have been elected as Vice President in 2018, and President in 2020. He says he is excited about being involved with the NTWWA executive again, which is, in some ways, like his current job, being part of a team involved in the provision of some of the very basic services needed in everyday life.
Megan Lusty , Vice President
Originally from Winnipeg, Megan first came to Rankin Inlet in 2011 after completing her Biosystems (Environmental) Engineering degree at the University of Manitoba.
Despite arriving on the only plane to land in the midst of a three-day January blizzard, Megan fell in love with the north and moved to Rankin Inlet in 2014, and to Iqaluit in 2017, to work for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services. She is now CGS’s Manager of Municipal Works for the Baffin Region. Her work takes her throughout the region working on municipal water, wastewater and solid waste infrastructure projects. She joined the NTWWA board in 2015 and is now serving as its Vice President.
Olivia Lee, Past President
Olivia was raised in Yellowknife from the time she was one year old. She left to get her Environmental/Civil Engineering Degree at the University of Waterloo and then returned to work and live in Yellowknife.
For the first eight years of her career, she spent her time travelling around the NWT working with and training NWT water treatment plant operators. She has travelled to and seen all but one NWT community and hopes to get an opportunity to travel to the remaining community in the near future. More recently, her focus has shifted to supporting community governments with asset management. Working with community government staff is what she enjoys most about her work. Olivia was ratified as Past President in November, 2018, after serving a year in each position of President and Vice President. She has stayed on as Past President while the board went through some changes. She previously served NTWWA as the Executive Director of the Board from 2007-2012. .
Elan Chalmers, Director
Elan moved to Iqaluit in 2018 while she was completing her second degree, in Civil Engineering, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Prior to that, she had received her first degree, in Biochemistry, from the University of Winnipeg.
Elan works for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services. She began working for this this department as a capital planner and project manager of municipal water, wastewater and solid waste project. She has now moved on to work as part of a team supporting municipal works in all regions of Nunavut. She says she feels very fortunate in this role as it has given her the opportunities to visit and work with communities throughout Nunavut.
In 2022, Elan accepted the invitation to be appointed to a director’s position on the board of directors NTWWA. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running and skiing with her retired sled dog Maju.
Kevin Klengenberg, Director
Kevin was born and raised in Kugluktuk and has lived there his whole life. He grew up living on the land with his grandparents and he intends to continue to take his growing family out of the community to experience life on the land. He says that he works to travel and hunt out on the land.
Kevin began working as a Building Maintainer with the Hamlet of Kugluktuk in 2012. He credits the late George Egotak as an important mentor in his life, saying it was George Egotak who taught him how to be a good building maintainer and water plant operator. He has been the water plant operator in Kugluktuk since 2019.
Kevin has attended most of NTWWA’s conferences and operators workshops since 2015, so he was pleased to agree to serve on the NTWWA board of directors in 2022.
Aaron Pooley, Director
Born in Mississauga, Aaron has lived a transient life, moving around Ontario and Alberta and he now, with his wife and two children, has called Iqaluit, Nunavut home since February 2nd, 2019.
Not being much of a winter person, he was extremely skeptical about moving to the Arctic, as he had never been, and did not know what to expect. Upon arrival he found the cold was crisp, the people are warm, and the beauty is astounding!
He worked as a Building Technician for Canadian North for the past few years and was hired as a Water Treatment Specialist with the Government of Nunavut in January of 2022.
His first exposure to water treatment occurred when he moved to Alberta as a public works operator. This was new and exciting to him and he quickly became curious to learn more about water treatment. After a few years, he became a Certified II Operator and had the opportunity to work in numerous water plants all over central and southern Alberta learning of the challenges we face in the water world. During this time, he was also able to work alongside Alberta Environment water treatment specialists who helped him understand the importance of the job. Aaron now looks back at these opportunities for inspiration and looks forward to traveling around Nunavut to provide these services to the water treatment operators of Nunavut.
Sarah Collins, Director
Originally from Nova Scotia, Sarah received a Civil Engineering degree from Memorial University before moving to Edmonton to work with municipal infrastructure and began specializing in stormwater management and wastewater collection systems.
While in Edmonton, Sarah began working with the public sector, expanding her scope to include water distribution. In 2017, Sarah moved with her family to Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, to begin work as a Municipal Planning Engineer with the Government of Nunavut. In this position, Sarah’s work included supporting the engineering and operational needs of the water, wastewater and solid waste sites of the seven communities in the Kivalliq Region of Nunavut. Working here, Sarah developed a passion for infrastructure design focussed on operational effectiveness. In 2020, Sarah and her family moved to Iqaluit, where she is now the Senior Manager, Municipal Planning, in the Department of Community and Government Services. Her focus is on essential infrastructure projects across Nunavut, including emergency response projects.
When Sarah isn’t working on infrastructure projects in Nunavut, she spends time with her husband and two young children, exploring the land by foot and ATVs.
Gavin Olvera, Director
Gavin has lived and made Fort Smith his home for the past 20 years. His wife, and both his daughter and son, were born and raised in the community.
Over the past years, Gavin has worked in private industry, with Fort Smith’s community government and presently the GNWT as Manager of Infrastructure and Planning with Municipal and Community Affairs in the South Slave region. Aside from work, Gavin has volunteered coaching hockey, has sat on the Fort Smith Minor Hockey Association board over the better half of 20 years, and was a volunteer firefighter for 12 years. He enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, and puttering around his acreage on weekends.
Gavin has worked in and with both the water and wastewater industry for the past 10 years. He started working as an operator with the Town of Fort Smith, eventually becoming the Supervisor of the town’s water treatment plant. He has worked with Municipal and Community affairs as a Community Works Advisor, and now, in his current position, is working closely with community governments and plant operators in the region providing advice and support with larger projects, as well as daily operations. He particularly likes the challenges of the climate and logistical obstacles the north can present at any given time, and creating new, and maintaining existing, relationships with operators in the region and throughout the North.
Gavin feels fortunate to have had a mentor in Jean Soucy, who was in the Water and Wastewater industry for 25 plus years. “The invaluable experience and skills passed down by Jean both at the community, and now the territorial government level, has given me the tools required to provide support and advice to our communities”.
Gavin says that sitting on the NTWWA board allows him to give something back to the industry. It has also created opportunities for him to develop relationships throughout the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. As both a past operator, and now a member of the board, he realizes the NTWWA provides great information, support, and a resource network for all involved in the industry.
Kurt Stogrin, Industry Director
Kurt is from Edmonton, Alberta. He first came to the North, to work as a spring relief operator in Norman Wells, in 2007. He enjoyed his month so much, that he has been coming back every chance he can get.
Kurt has spent 27 years working in the water and wastewater industry. He graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in the Water and Wastewater Technician Program in 1994. Currently he holds Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) Level IV water treatment and Level III wastewater treatment certificates. Kurt has previously worked in the municipal, industrial, and post-secondary sectors across Western Canada and the Canadian Arctic. He has created multiple courses and instructed in Nunavut, NWT, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Recently has been working hard to bring more water and wastewater operator courses directly to the more isolated hamlets in Nunavut and hopefully in the future to more NWT communities. Before Covid-19 put a halt to conferences, Kurt was heavily involved in the planning of the last few NTWWA Operator Workshops.
Going forward, Kurt is looking to increase supplier participation in the NTWWA conferences and to keep advocating for more operator training in the North.
Kyle Humphreys, Southern Director
Kyle Humphreys now lives in Whitehorse, after moving from Ottawa, where he was born and raised, a few years ago. His sense of adventure and commitment to making a difference in people’s lives finds him travelling and working in remote communities in Canada’s far north.
He is a Professional Civil Engineer and project manager, educated in Ottawa (Carleton University) and Norfolk, Virginia. He has been working in the construction industry since 2005. For most of this time he has been working in Nunavut, NWT and First Nation communities in Northern Ontario, and now in Yukon. His experience is in leading teams of engineers and architects working on buildings, infrastructure (including water and wastewater and solid waste) and rehabilitation projects for all levels of government. In his spare time, Kyle plays hockey, beach volleyball and the guitar, runs obstacle course races and just generally enjoys the great outdoors. He loves to travel as much as his finances and time allow.
Rob Osborne, Director and Executive Director
Originally from a rural area near Belleville Ontario, Rob worked as a structural draftsman for 10 years before he and his wife moved to Yellowknife in 2009 with their two cats, a trailer full of possessions and a plan to stay for about 5 years.
Rob first worked with AECOM, on various projects all over the north from municipal water and sewer facilities, landfills and lagoons to environmental clean-ups. He is now working for Tlicho Engineering & Environmental Services, looking after the majority of the non-building contracting such as highway repair, water and sewer, and the community ice roads. After nearly 13 years, Rob and his wife now know Yellowknife is home and they have no intention of leaving.
Rob has been fortunate in having several mentors over the years; one of them being Ken Johnson, who taught him much of what he knows about water and wastewater in the North. Rob first attended a NTWWA conference in 2010 and has attended and presented at several since then. He was pleased to be appointed as NTWWA’s Executive Director in 2018 and now is also carrying the responsibilities of a regular member of the board. He looks forward to helping the organization continue to grow and to help northern workers in this field.