Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Advisory Committee
Terena Dawson is an Instructor for the Water and Wastewater Technician Program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She holds a Level 4 Wastewater Treatment Certificate along with her 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate. Terena has graduated from the University of Alberta CACE Program assisting her in her current career of instruction. Terena has a passion for the Water and Wastewater industry and is always excited to learn about the newest technologies.
Sean is currently the Executive Manager of Operations for the Western Irrigation District in Rocky View County, Wheatland County, City of Chestermere and the Town of Strathmore. Sean has worked for over 24 years in various municipalities operating Water Distribution and Treatment System, Wastewater Treatment and Collection, Storm Water Collection and Treatment. Sean is a graduate of the NAIT Water & Wastewater Technician Program and the Mount Royal College Administration Diploma Program. Sean is currently a Certified Level IV Water Treatment, IV Water Distribution, IV Wastewater Collection and Level I Wastewater Treatment operator.
John Michalopoulos is Manager of Water Treatment who works with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. John has board member and committee experiences with South East Alberta Watershed Alliance, NAIT Water and Wastewater Advisory Committee, South Saskatchewan River Intrabasin Water Coordinating Committee. John holds AEP certifications in WTIV, WWTIII, WDI and WWCI. John has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Practice from Royal Roads University.
Shawne Simon has been employed in the Public Works/Utility field since 1998, which enabled him to gain valuable experience managing, coordinating, and operating all facets of public works and utilities. Since April 2005, he has been employed with the City of Lethbridge Wastewater Treatment Plant, where he started as an Operator in Training and now works as a Journeyman Millwright/Level 4 Operator. Shawne also has had the privilege of serving as a Fire Chief/Volunteer firefighter in a small rural community.
Keith Straub is the Director of Operations for the Town of High Level with 35 years experience as certified operator in the water and wastewater. Keith’s devotion to the Water North Coalition, exhibits his love of the industry, northern communities and the challenges they present. He has been a member of the AWWOA for 34 years and received the Gerald Samuel, Operator of the Year Award in 2008.
Shawn Tooth is currently the Manager of Utility Services with the City of Leduc. Shawn has been the Chair of NAIT's Water and Wastewater Technician Program Advisory Committee since 2018. He is a certified level four water distribution and wastewater collection operator with Alberta Environment and Parks. Shawn graduated from NAIT's Water and Wastewater Technician Program in 2005.
Chad Moore is a certified water and wastewater operator with experience in field operations, project management and emergency incident response. He currently works as a Drinking Water Operations Specialist for Alberta Environment and Parks. Previously, Chad worked for more than a decade as a certified water and wastewater operator and supervisor in a mid-sized municipality. As a water treatment plant supervisor, Chad managed recovery and mitigation projects at a municipal water and wastewater system following the 2013 floods. He has received commendations for the technical support he provided to water systems involving wildfire, overland flooding, and mitigation of the impact of COVID-19 on operations.
Nancy McAteer is the Public Works Manager for the Town of Penhold. A graduate of the NAIT Water & Wastewater Technician Program, Nancy holds Alberta Environment certification in Water Treatment II, Water Distribution III and Wastewater Collection III. She is also certified as a Level II, Public Works Supervisor. Ms. McAteer served 12 years on the Alberta Water & Wastewater Association Executive, including two terms as Chair. She has also served as President for Western Canada Water. Ms. McAteer has received numerous awards for her service in the field of public water.