To contact the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee, please direct inquiries to:
Chair, Source Protection Committee
spcchair[at]hrca.on.ca HALTON-HAMILTON SOURCE PROTECTION COMMITTEE
A committee of stakeholders within the watershed was formed to oversee the completion of the Source Protection Plans in the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Region. The committee is comprised of 16 members:
- 1 Source Protection Committee Chair;
- 5 members represent the municipalities for Hamilton, Halton, Puslinch/Wellington, which are self-selected by the council of municipalities;
- 2 members represent the agricultural sector;
- 1 member represents the aggregate industry;
- 1 member represents the home builder industry;
- 1 member reprents the commercial industry in recreation or other interests;
- 2 members represent environmental non-governmental organizations; and
- 3 members represent the public interest at large.
The chair of the committee is appointed by the Minister of the Environment. The members are appointed by the lead Source Protection Authority (equivalent to the Board of the Halton Region Conservation Authority).
The Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee is governed by the provision of the Clean Water Act, 2006 and its regulations. As required, the committee has developed Rules of Procedure and Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest documents.
Now retired, Peter Ashenhurst was a principal of Ashenhurst Nouwens Limited, an engineering and land surveying firm located in Hamilton. He has over 40 years of experience in the land development field doing both engineering consulting and land boundary work in both the Land Titles and Registry Act systems of land registration. As a member of the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders Association, he sat on the Development Council and the Hamilton Liaison Committee, an industry/government technical review committee. Peter was also a member of the City of Hamilton’s Sustainable Development Committee that produced Vision 2020. Peter is a past president of the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore, was District Chairman for Rotary Youth Exchange and now sits on his club’s World Community Service committee for international aid programs. Peter is a Certified Survey Technologist and Certified Engineering Technician
. Paul Attack
Paul Attack is an environmental representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Paul has years of planning experience - he held positions both at Conservation Halton and the Region of Halton. His experience in source protection planning and concepts will be of considerable benefit to the Committee. He is actively involved with the Hamilton Naturalists' Club. Paul has an Honours degree in Environmental Studies from the University fo Waterloo (Urban and Regional Planning).
Dave Braden is a member-at-large on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Dave Braden is an organic beef farmer and energy efficient home builder. He is recently retired, after 15 years in municipal politics. He was a full member of the Hamilton Conservation Authority and served as Chair of the Water Management and Environmental Impact Advisory Board for nine years. He has a Bachelors Degree in Arts from Antioch College and a Masters of Science from the University of Toronto. He is currently completing an extremely energy efficient dream house that is off the grid and requires no furnace. He has a strong active interest in the environment and energy conservation.
Doug Cuthbert is the Chair of the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Doug Cuthbert is currently retired and lives in the Halton-Hamilton Source Water Protection Region. He was employed as a Study Director with the International Joint Commission on the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Study and a Water Resources Engineer and Science Manager with Environment Canada. He has volunteer experience with the Canadian Water Resources Association, TD-Canada Trust Friends of the Environment Foundation and Lake Bernard Property Owners’ Association. He has a Bachelor and Masters degree in Civil and Water Resource Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Nick DiGirolamo is an agricultural representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Nick DiGirolamo is a Halton Horticulture Farmer who believes in agri-food education. He and his brother Mike, along with their father John, operate DG Greenhouses, a successful wholesale and retail market garden business outside of Georgetown. He is also a member of the Halton Federation of Agriculture and volunteers with Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc.
Susan Fielding is a municipal representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee for the Township of Puslinch. Susan Fielding is a municipal councillor for the Township of Puslinch. She and her family reside on a farm in the Halton-Hamilton Source Water Protection Region. Susan sits on Puslinch's Planning Advisory Council and the Bay Area Restoration Committee. She is a graduate of Mohawk College's Communications Media (Journalism) Programme and holds a certificate in teaching adult learners and is currently working on a Family Mediation certificate from McMaster University. Heading up Puslinch's Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion Event is one of the many volunteer activities Susan does in her community.
Turlough Finan is an environmental representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. He is a Professor of Biology at McMaster University. Turlough's area of expertise is Microbiology - Microbial Genetics/Molecular Biology. Turlough is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He also served on the Cootes to Escarpment Stakeholder Advisory Group as well as the editorial board for the Journal of Bacteriology and Molecular Genetics of Plant Microbe Interactions. Turlough has a PhD in Microbiology.
Melanie Horton is an aggregate representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Melanie Horton is a professional planner with over 18 years of experience in land use planning and resource management. She spent the early part of her career working with the Ministry of Natural Resources at a number of District field offices in eastern Ontario. For the past 8 years, Melanie has worked in the aggregate resource industry in Ontario where she has managed a number of resource development and land reclamation projects. Melanie joined St. Marys Cement in January 2007 to lead the Aggregate division’s land group and is responsible for the acquisition, permitting and rehabilitation of the company’s pit and quarry operations. Melanie is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI), and is currently the chair of the OPPI Policy Committee’s Environment and Natural Resource Working Group. She is co-author of OPPI’s “Healthy Communities” paper.
Barry Lee is a municipal representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee for the Region of Halton. He is a past councillor for the Town of Milton and Halton Region. From 1990-1994 Barry was Chair of the Eramosa/Blue Springs Corridor Study, an environmental inventory of the tributary of the Grand, which resulted in one of the first sub-watershed studies in Ontario. He has been a member of the Grand River Conservation Authority since 1989 and is a long term member of the Halton Agricultural Advisory Committee. Barry has a life long interest in architectural heritage and restoration woodwork. He has two grown children and currently lives on a farm in North Halton with his wife Jane.
Glenn Powell is a member-at-large on the Hamilton-Halton Source Protection Committee. Glenn Powell was raised on a farm in Brant County and is a graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph. His professional career was focused on journalism and after more than three decades as a national news reporter/commentator at the CBC, Glenn continues to work as a freelance writer and communications consultant. Throughout his career he has had a special interest in agricultural and environmental issues. A long-time resident of Oakville, Glenn has served as a member and vice- chair of the board of Conservation Halton, a member of the Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Task Force and currently sits as a member of the Halton Region Agricultural Advisory Committee.
David Simpson is a municipal representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee for the Region of Halton. He is the Manager of Water Planning in the Water Services Division at Halton Region and has diverse multi-disciplinary experience in drinking water operations, water servicing master planning and water infrastructure capital planning. David has a life long interest in water resources and is committed to the provision of safe drinking water. Chris Shrive
Chris Shrive is a municipal representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee for the City of Hamilton. He has had more than 20 years experience in environmental investigations and in supporting the performance development and application of environmental technologies. In both private consultancy and public managerial roles, he has assisted agricultural, resource, industry and government sectors with research in innovative natural and process treatment technologies and their capability to manage and reduce environmental problems and associated liabilities. Currently employed with the Public Works Department, Water and Wastewater Division as a Senior Project Manager, Chris is in charge of managing the City's Source Protection planning group and various municipal source protection initiatives. Chris holds an honours B.Sc. (Agriculture) specializing in Resources Management, and a Master of Science, specializing in Soil Science, both from the University of Guelph. Chris is registered in Ontario as a practicing Professional Agrologist.
Gavin Smuk is an agricultural representative on the Halton-Hamilton Source Protection Committee. Gavin Smuk owns and operates a cash crop and swine finishing farm near Peters Corners. He is a former president of the Hamilton-Wentworth Federation of Agriculture and was a member of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture board of directors for 5 years. Currently, he is a director of the Golden Horseshoe Pork Producers and the Hamilton-Wentworth Federation of Agriculture.