Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee Chair – Maria Bellantino Perco
Maria Bellantino Perco, a life-long resident of Niagara, has been the Industrial Representative on the Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee since its inception in 2007 and has been serving as the Acting Chair since early 2017.
Maria has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario and has been working in the environmental field for over 30 years in both government and private industry. She is currently the Superintendent, Environment and Occupational Health for Vale’s Port Colborne Refinery. She has considerable experience in groundwater and surface water management and has had extensive involvement in the Community Based Risk Assessment (CBRA) process to address soil contamination in the Port Colborne community.
Her community involvement includes having served as the Community Services Chair for the Welland/Pelham Branch of the Canadian Cancer Society and holding various executive positions, including President, for the Niagara Divers Association
Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee – Appointed Members
On November 21, 2007 , the Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Authority appointed members to the Drinking Water Source Protection Committee, as required under Regulation 288/07 of the Clean Water Act, 2006 . The regulation requires that the Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Committee have 9 members (plus a Chair appointed by the Province), representing municipalities, economic sectors and the public.
The committee selection process in the Niagara Peninsula Source Protection Area included a public call for applications for economic sector and public interest seats. In addition, the municipalities selected one representative each from Niagara Region, City of Hamilton and Haldimand County . Following a detailed review of all applications, candidates were recommended for appointment to the committee based on a number of criteria including professional and volunteer experience, ability to meet time and meeting commitments, possessing a degree of technical competency and location of residence in the watershed.
Source Protection Committee Member Biography Summaries
Niagara Region Councillor Paul Grenier
Councillor Grenier was elected to Regional Council in 2014, after serving on the Welland City Council for three consecutive terms since 2003. Councillor Grenier was the Chair of Welland Corporate Services and Budget Review Committees from 2009 to 2011 and 2014. Other committees he served on include Welland Hydro, Welland Recreational Canada Lands, Welland International Flatwater Centre Technical Committee, Emergency Planning, as well as the Conservation Committee.
From 2005 to 2014, Councillor Grenier was a member of the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities (OSUM) Board and was Chair from 2010 to 2012; he served concurrently on the Board of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). Since 2009, he has acted as Treasurer for the Canadian Association for Public Alerting and Notification (CAPAN).
Councillor Grenier, is a graduate of Brock University in Economics, and operates a business consulting firm, Earth Services Products Inc., providing sales of waste handling equipment and business development services for environmental and green energy companies.
Haldimand County Councillor Tony Dalimonte
Councillor Dalimonte was re-elected to Haldimand County Council in 2014. He is a lifetime resident of Hagersville and a retired employee of US Steel. Councillor Dalimonte sits on several boards and committees including Haldimand County Utilities Board, Hagersville Business Improvement Area Board of Management, and Haldimand County Corporate Services (as Chair). He is also a former Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority board member.
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Mr. Bator has been a landowner and tender fruit and grapes farmer in Niagara-on-the-Lake for over 30 years. He is a Director of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, and a Vice-president of the Niagara North Federation of Agriculture. Mr. Bator presently sits on the Agriculture Sub-committee of the Region of Niagara, and was a member of the task group that completed the Agricultural Impact Study for Niagara. He was also part of the working group that produced the guidelines for ‘On Farm Food Safety’ in Ontario. Robert Bator holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from University of Waterloo.
Mr. Drew Semple is a resident of the City of St. Catharines who has recently retired from the Regional Municipality of Niagara after more than 33 years of employment as a Senior Policy Planner with the Integrated Community Planning Department. Mr. Semple carried out public land use policy research and development focusing most recently on agricultural and rural development and resource management issues. Prior to working for the Niagara Region, Mr. Semple worked for the City of Ottawa as a neighbourhood and development plan reviewer.
Semple graduated with an Honors degree in Urban Geography from the University of Toronto and later received a Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning also from the University of Toronto. Mr. Semple is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner.
Mr. Willems is a resident of St Catharines. Recently retired from the automotive sector, where he was employed as a licenced industrial electrician, he was also a qualified ISO 14001 environmental auditor. He participated on the Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy as part of the Natural Environment Technical Advisory Committee. Mr. Willems is a volunteer with the NPCA, taking part in various projects.
Ms. Annie Michaud is a resident of St. Catharines and has been working in the environmental field for over 15 years in both the public and private sectors. She is currently working as a Water Resources Engineer at Terra-Dynamics Consulting Inc. in St. Catharines, where she specializes in projects related to water quality, hydrology, and hydrogeology. She is also a professor at Niagara College in the School of Environmental Studies, where she teaches in the Environmental Technician Program and the post-graduate Environmental Management and Assessment program. Ms. Michaud holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from Queen’s University and a Masters of Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Guelph. Ms. Michaud is a practicing member of Professional Engineers Ontario and a member of the Ontario Water Works Association.
Mr. Carl Bodimeade is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years of experience in project management, engineering and planning, focusing on water, wastewater and stormwater. He is currently Senior Vice President of Hatch Infrastructure. Mr. Bodimeade has led and participated in a number of boards and committees including the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s Infrastructure Committee and Smart City Working Group, and the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Mr. Bodimeade is a resident of Pelham, where he and his wife operate an organic, pick-your-own blueberry farm in Ridgeville.
Growing up along the shore of the Upper Niagara River, Mr. Darren Fry developed a keen interest in Niagara’s water resources at an early age. Mr. Fry holds diplomas in Geological and Geotechnical Engineering Technology from Fleming College and over 18 years of experience in the waste management sector in Canada and the United States. Mr. Fry is currently the Director of Strategic Growth with Walker Environmental Inc. Among many of his professional achievements, Mr. Fry is proud to have played a leadership role in remediating and rehabilitating several old, non-engineered closed industrial landfill sites throughout the Niagara Region resulting in improved localized surface and groundwater conditions. Mr. Fry has specific expertise in constructed wetland treatment systems, stormwater management, and groundwater containment and treatment technologies.
Former Members of the Committee
We appreciate the significant contribution of the past members of the committee, who are listed below:
Mark Neufeld – Chair
Mr. David A. Renshaw