Olivia Lee, 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 elected Vice President of the NTWWA Board in November, 2016 and became President in November, 2017. She previously served NTWWA as the Executive Director of the Board from 2007-2012.
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 permanently in 2014 to work for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services. She has now moved to Iqaluit to be 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 now serves as its Vice President.
Arlen Foster, Past President, WCW Director
Arlen grew up on a cattle ranch in Manitoba, got his Civil/Environmental Engineering degree in Saskatchewan and has been living and working in Yellowknife since 2009.
In his position with Stantec he has travelled to many northern communities, working on a variety of municipal projects. He was elected to the NTWWA board in November, 2013 and followed that with a term as Vice-President and then President. He enjoys serving on the board because it allows him to contribute to the North’s community development and operation. He is now serving NTWWA as Past President and Western Canada Water Director.
Donald Ittuksardjuat, Director
Donald says he enjoys his present job as Director of Public Works for the Hamlet of Igloolik because it doesn’t make his hands dirty, unlike his former job as a diesel engine mechanic.
He names Sam Willie in Arctic Bay as his mentor. In 2008 he took a course taught by Sam Willie in hamlet management which equipped him for his present position, in which he manages a staff of 72 full and casual part-time employees. He says there are no boring days in his job, as his department is responsible for the maintenance of the hamlet’s roads and housing, the school bus service, garbage, sewage and water deliveries, as well as the on-call medevac drivers. Donald stood for election to the NTWWA board because he would like to learn more about water and waste management. He feels not enough people know about this field, only those working in it.
Cynthia Ene, Director
Cynthia is from Quebec and holds both a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (McGill University, Montreal) and a Masters in Business Administration from Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto).
Through her professional work experience with the Nunavut Water Board, GE and now with the Kitikmeot Chamber of Commerce, she has traveled to many northern communities, working on a variety of municipal, mining and other projects. Cynthia was elected to the NTWWA board in November, 2016 and enjoys this role as it allows her to contribute to the positive development of Canada’s great North.
Bill Westwell, Director
Bill is the Senior Manager, Municipal Planning, for the Government of Nunavut’s Community and Government Services.
He has lived in the North for 17 years, in the NWT and Nunavut and as far North as Alert. As part of the Community Infrastructure team with CGS, Bill works with the regional staff in advancing the GN’s Community objectives mandate.He has been a NTWWA board member since 2010 and after serving as NTWWA’s Vice President, President and Past President he is now back and serving is serving as a Director again.
Jeanne Arsenault, Director
Jeanne grew up in coastal Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec and has now lived in Yellowknife for most of her life.
She completed a BSc in Environmental Management in 2008, and reviewed several municipal projects as part of her position with the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of Energy and Natural Resources, Water Resources section. Jeanne has attended NTWWA conferences since 2009, and was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2016.
Ryan Ethier, Industry Director
Ryan has been a Sales Manager for A. H. McElroy Sales and Service since 2007, serving British Columbia, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
In 2013 he became the trainer for fusion products within the oil, gas gathering, gas distribution and water and waste industries. Ryan has attended the NTWWA conferences as trade show participant since 2008 and in November, 2012 he was elected as NTWWA’s Industry Director. In this position, Ryan provides the board members insight into the needs and interests of the tradeshow exhibitors who showcase their products and services at NTWWA’s annual conference.
Justine Lywood, Southern Director
Justine grew up in rural Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. She received her Environmental Engineering degree from Dalhousie University and moved to Iqaluit in 2014.
From her work in Nunavut, for the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services and with a focus on wastewater research, as well as her travels to Nunavut hamlets, she became interested in northern infrastructure. She joined the NTWWA board in November 2015 and served a year as Vice-President. Justine is now with plusArctic Consulting and serves on the NTWWA Board as its Southern Director.
Crystal Sabel, Executive Director
Growing up by the shores of a pristine lake on the Canadian Shield, Crystal has been captivated by the water and wastewater industry for years.
Currently based out of Yellowknife, Crystal is a Chemical Engineer with Dillon Consulting. Her work has taken her across the North and beyond, focusing on water, wastewater and solid waste treatment. Crystal was appointed as the Executive Director of the NTWWA in 2016. Through this role, she is looking forward to helping to bring together other professionals working in municipal water and waste systems to discuss challenges and solutions to the issues faced by remote northern communities.