Meet the Committee

The Source Protection Committee has been assembled to help us develop and deliver a successful Source Water Plan. We are confident this committee will help us all to work together towards the common goal of safe water.

Tom Fuerth

Tom Fuerth, Chair

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Tom Fuerth is a retired Electrical Engineer and sessional instructor at the University of Windsor. Tom also has dedicated over 20 years to public service, first as a Councillor/Deputy Reeve/Deputy Mayor for Sandwich South, then as a Councillor in the Town of Tecumseh. He has chaired many organizations, including the Library Board, Community Health Committee, Police Service Selection Committee, Fire, Planning and Personnel Committees, and the Public Relations Committee for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital. Tom also served as Chair of the Essex Region Conservation Authority, and is currently a Director for the Ontario Great Lakes Renewal Foundation and a member of the Tecumseh Police Service Board. This strong background in public service and leadership combined with his experience in developing consensus and team building are strong assets that Mr. Fuerth brings to the Source Protection Committee.

Municipal Sector

Antonietta Giofu

Antonietta Giofu, P.Eng

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Antonietta Giofu is a University of Windsor alumnus and has 10 years experience in the industrial and manufacturing field as an Environmental Engineer for Ford Motor Company and Nemak. She is currently the Environmental Services Engineer for the Town of Amherstburg in the Water and Wastewater Department. "I am very excited to be a part of this important committee and look forward to doing my part in protecting our drinking water sources," she says. Antonietta is hoping to use her experience in both the industrial and manufacturing fields as well as her experience in the Municipal sector to assist the committee in achieving its goal of safe drinking water.

Nelson Santos

Nelson Santos

Nelson Santos received his B.A. in Social Science (Political Science) from the University of Windsor. He was first elected to Kingsville Council in 1997 and has served as Mayor for the Town of Kingsville since 2003. Nelson has been a sitting Essex County Councillor since 2000. He is also a past Chair of ERCA, past Essex County Warden 2006-2010 and past Co-chair of the Windsor -Essex Environment Committee. Nelson is honoured to join this dynamic team and is looking forward to providing a supporting role to the improvement and protection of our communities and our environment's key resources. He hopes to help strengthen our collective efforts to reduce risks that threaten our environmental health.

Dave Monk

Dave Monk

Dave Monk is a graduate of St. Clair College and Georgian College. He has training in Health and Safety and Mechanical Engineering. Dave was elected for 5 terms on the General Council for Local CAW195 overseeing union business of 5000 members. He is involved in Earth Day activities and sat on an Endangered Spaces committee whose primary goal was saving the LaSalle woodlot. Dave is currently serving his second 4 year term as an elected Municipal Councillor with Lakeshore. This Councillor position has included some of the following committees: Seniors committee; Youth Council; Chair of the Joint Essex County Dog Pound Board; Recreation committee; MURF fundraising committee (Atlas Tube centre); various successful grant committees; Heritage Committee. He is also presently Grand Knight of the Belle River Knights of Columbus Council # 2775.

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Paul Drca

Paul Drca received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology from St. Clair College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Windsor. He has been employed with the City of WindsorÔ??s Public Works, Pollution Control Department for 34 years. In his present position as Manager Environmental Quality, Paul is responsible for the management of the Pollution Control Laboratory, Sewer Use By-law enforcement and corporate Environmental Master Plan initiatives. Paul is a member of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) Climate Change Committee and Wastewater Committee. He is also a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). Paul is pleased that he can offer his experience to the protection of potable water supplies in the Windsor/Essex County area and looks forward to ensuring that reasonable, practical and cost effective approaches to the protection of our water supply are prepared and appropriately implemented.

Thom Hunt

Thom Hunt

Economic Sector

John Barnett

John Barnett

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A sheep and cattle farmer from Kingsville, John has served as the Past President of the Essex Christian Farmers, Past Vice President District One Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency, and is a 4H Leader. He is also a support of the Friends of Wigle Creek, is a member of ERCA's Agricultural Liaison Committee and a proponent of establishing a local food network. With all this experience at hand, it's no wonder that John was chosen by the agricultural community to be one of their two representatives. "I am very excited about being involved in protecting one of our most vital resources: clean water," he says. "My father predicted many years ago that in my lifetime, we'd be heavily involved in water related issues. I am hoping to actively promote what's best for society as a whole while remembering how important water is to productive, sustainable rural agriculture."

Hans Peter Pfeifer

Hans Peter Pfeifer

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A viticulturist from Harrow, Peter studied Viticulture and Enology in Germany, and has been actively involved in grapegrowing and agriculture for nearly 30 years. He is looking forward to being involved in the process to protect drinking water at its source. "I want to ensure that our water remains a high quality renewable resource."

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson has a Masters of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Windsor where his research on hydrologic and non-point source pollutant loading modeling was developed in conjunction with and incorporated into the Big Creek Watershed Plan. He has previously worked for the City of Windsor and the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and currently works for a national consulting firm, Dillon Consulting Limited, as a member of the water resource engineering practice. Ian has five years' experience in water resource research, design, and scientific studies has experience and provides technical support for many regional Municipal Drainage Reports in accordance with the Ontario Drainage Act. Ian is excited and feels privileged to be part of the team that will develop regional policies for protecting the Essex Region's water quality and resources.

Justine Taylor

Justine Taylor

Justine received her PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Alberta. She has worked with the Ontario Greenhouse and Vegetable Growers (OGVG) since 2011 and is currently in the role of Science and Government Relations Manager. Ontario's greenhouse farmers are committed to creating a sustainable farming sector and ensuring Ontario's water resources are protected for generations to come. As the primary staff resource for all environmental matters for Ontario's greenhouse vegetable farmers, she has experience with both the technical and regulatory aspects of greenhouse environmental management. Justine will provide valuable support to the SPC by providing insight into the unique attributes of greenhouse farming with a view to supporting sustainable sector management. She looks forward to working with the committee to ensure source water risks are mitigated in a manner that is achievable and supportive of regional development.

Jean-Marc Beneteau

Jean-Marc Beneteau is the President of Essex Soil and Crop Association, a committee member of the Southwest Agricultural Conference, and also served as a provincial director of the Ontario Corn Producers Association. Mr.Beneteau chaired the Ontario Agricultural Commodity Council and was an Essex Region Conservation Farm award winner. He is the owner and operator of a Grain & Oilseed farming operation in the Woodslee Area and is excited to use his experience to help improve water quality in a sustainable manner.

Other Sector

Tim Mousseau

Tim Mousseau

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Tim was recently employed as a Senior Project Manager for Stantec Consulting Ltd. in Windsor. Formerly, he was the Director of Public Works for the Town of Lakeshore. In that capacity he was responsible for the administration of all road, water and wastewater operations for a municipality with a population of 30,000. The Town of Lakeshore owns and operates two water treatment plants, a pollution control plant and two sewage lagoon systems. The road network consists of approximately 600 kilometers of roads and related bridge and railway crossing infrastructure. Tim was also Administrator Clerk Treasurer of the former Town of Belle River, as well as Manager Secretary Treasurer of the Belle River Hydro Electric Commission and the Lakeshore Hydro Electric Commission prior to amalgamation in 1999.

Prior to his over twenty years of municipal experience, Tim was self-employed as a drainage Contractor for 9 years and completed several small drainage, watermain and sewer repair projects in Essex County.

Bill Dukes

Bill Dukes

Bill Dukes is the Water Quality Compliance/Water Operator for the Town of Lakeshore and brings over 14 years experience in water treatment and distribution of municipal drinking water, to our committee. Bill is a current member of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre Research Advisory Committee and has previous experience with the Ontario Clean Water Agency, Union Water Supply System, and South Peel Water Supply System. He has his Water Operator Certificate, Class 4, for water treatment, and Class 2 for water distribution and supply, and water quality analysis. Bill is honoured to be selected as a committee member and plans to work towards bringing attention to the issue of protecting drinking water at its source, to help the water treatment processes.

Ron Barette

Ron Barette

Ron retired after 35 years with Fiat Chrysler Canada Windsor as a Paint Production Planner. He is a lifelong resident of Lakeshore who also enjoys fishing in the Essex County lakes and rivers. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 2775 and a current member of the Lakeshore Committee of Adjustments and Police Service Board. Ron is pleased and honoured to have been selected to serve on the Source Protection Committee and hopes to utilize his numerous years of experience in manufacturing. He looks forward to becoming knowledgeable of the committee programs and projects and is proud to work with his fellow members in developing and maintaining a Source Protection Plan that will sustain our drinking water.

Carly Lansens

Carly Lansens

Carly Lansens was born in Windsor Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in Environment and Resource Studies as well as a diploma in Environment Assessment and a post-graduate certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Advanced Water Systems Management and Operations. Carly is currently employed by the Ontario Clean Water Agency as a Water Operator in Ruthven Ontario. She has also worked as the Environmental Coordinator for Windsor Adventure Inc where she created the company's environmental programmes and delivered environmental education adventures to the public. Carly looks forward to putting her education and passion to use protecting drinking water sources in the Essex Region.