2017 Ontario Section Board Of Directors

The A&WMA Ontario Section Board consists of dedicated volunteers that help plan, organize and run events to provide a neutral forum for technology exchange, professional development, networking opportunities, public education, and outreach.



Sarah McQuaig, President

Sarah McQuaig,

Sarah is your 2018 President of the A&WMA Ontario Section and has been a member of the Board since 2010.  

She is the Manager, Environment, Health and Safety for Suncor Energy's Operations and Logistics business.    

With over 15 years of experience in the field of air quality she has extensive knowledge of provincial and federal legislation, programs and policies related to air quality and environmental reporting.  Sarah is a Qualified Environmental Professional, Toxic Substance Reduction Planner, and Applied Science Technologist.  

When she isn't volunteering, Sarah is swinging her clubs at Brampton Golf Club or throwing her weight around at Full Metal CrossFit.

Ciara De Jong, Vice-President/Treasurer

Ciara De Jong,

Ciara is the Principal, Compliance and Permitting for ORTECH Environmental.  She has held a variety of positions in the field of air quality including management in both the public and private sectors. 

Ciara has contributed to a broad variety of projects in the energy, government, automotive, waste water treatment, manufacturing, mining, fossil fuel, and other industries for both new and existing facilities.

She has been involved in all facets of environmental compliance including permitting, advanced computer modeling, environmental assessments, pollution prevention, policy and regulation development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, climate change risk assessments, sustainable energy strategies, odour assessments, and regulatory reporting. 

Brian Bobbie, Chair

Brian Bobbie,

Brian has over 30 years experience in environmental science and engineering, in both the government and private sectors. He currently manages Altech, a small environmental consulting firm based in Toronto, Canada.  Brian is Treasurer of the A&WMA Ontario Section and takes care of the day-to-day bookkeeping and management accounting for the Section. He often gets involved in organizing Section events for its members such as breakfast seminars, Workshops and Section Specialty Conferences.

Rob Stevens, Vice-Chair

Rob Stevens,

Robert  is principal of HGC Engineering, a consulting engineering firm specializing exclusively in noise, vibration and acoustics.  Over the past twenty-three years he has conducted acoustical assessments and noise/vibration studies for hundreds of industries across North America, and abroad, including developing noise control recommendations to meet local regulatory requirements. 

Rob has conducted research into methods of low frequency noise attenuation in ducts, effects of high temperatures on absorptive silencers, resonant dissipative silencers, measurements of acoustical properties of materials, and the use of sound intensity measurement methods in novel applications.

HGC Engineering provides acoustical assistance to a wide variety of industries, manufacturers and the construction sector, and strives to bring the benefit of this broad experience to the noise control challenges faced by pipeline and compressor companies.

Bob Stelzer,     Secretary

Bob Stelzer,

Bob Stelzer is Chairman and Chief Technical Officer at Safety Power Inc (SPI) where he is responsible for marketing, regulatory affairs and product development. 

While at Safety Power, Bob has worked with the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, Ontario Centres of Excellence and IRAP/NRC to design the Company’s ecoCUBE® product family. Bob has registered several US patents for components in SPI’s emissions technology.

Prior to SPI, Bob was President and CEO of Electrical Safety Authority (ESA), a spin-off company of the former Ontario Hydro.

Prior to ESA he was President of Weidmuller, a manufacturer of industrial electronics with global sales exceeding $500 million. He joined Weidmuller initially as Canadian President. While there he obtained a global mandate for the design and manufacture of industrial power supplies and inverters which resulted in significant global sales. Thereafter he was promoted to serve as President of the company’s America’s Region which included the US, Canada and Mexico. Bob reported to the North American Board of Directors of the company.

Prior to Weidmuller, he worked for Honeywell where he led a team that developed model based control technology used by most global oil refineries to produce over 50% of the world’s supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other hydrocarbon products.  

Bob is currently on the University of Toronto Industry Advisory Board and has served on numerous Boards in the past. He is a Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree.


Giulia Brutesco, director

Giulia Brutesco,

Giulia is the Senior Director, Industry Standards at the Canadian Fertilizer Institute and focuses on developing environmental performance policy through a multi-stakeholder, consensus-based approach.  She also leads the development of industry codes of practice that maintain high operating standards for the safe and secure handling, storage and transportation of dangerous goods.  Previous environmental experience includes managing the environmental department of a steel mill as well as environmental and waste policy development for the electricity industry. Giulia joins the A&WMA board with 10 years of regulatory development and compliance experience relating to air emissions, wastewater, safety, security and hazardous waste management.

Petr Chocensky Director

Petr Chocensky

Petr is a project consultant with HGC Engineering, a consulting firm specializing exclusively in noise, vibration and acoustics.

His area of expertise includes environmental noise assessments and development of noise control recommendations for industrial facilities, infrastructure projects, building acoustics, and large-scale noise mapping using computational acoustic modelling. He has substantial experience with preparing supporting documentation for the approval/registration process of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and has completed hundreds of noise assessment reports for that purpose.

Hamish Corbett-Hains, Director

Hamish Corbett-Hains,

Hamish is a Professional Engineer with six years of experience in air quality.  Hamish has worked on numerous air quality permitting assessments in Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba, with a focus on industrial compliance, transportation design, and land-use compatibility.  Hamish is a member of the Ontario chapter of the AWMA and is a member of the core practitioners group who meet with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to provide feedback and guidance on the changing nature of environmental approvals in Ontario.

John Georgakopoulos, Director

John Georgakopoulos,

John is an environmental lawyer and Partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP.  John advises clients on environmental compliance and due diligence, defends environmental prosecutions and orders, and litigates environmental claims.  He advises clients on the environmental aspects of real estate and business transactions to protect them from the liabilities and costs associated with contaminated lands.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, John was a senior environmental scientist with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).  He has extensive experience with air emissions inventories, estimation and reporting in Canada and the US.  John was a recipient of MOE’s Emerald Award for superior quality service and environmental protection.  He received his LL.B. from the University of Ottawa, and his BSc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. from the University of Toronto focused in environmental 

Melanie Hockin, Director

Melanie Hockin,

Melanie is a Senior Environmental Specialist with LEHDER Environmental Services in Point Edward.  She has over 13 years of experience in environmental consulting, advanced dispersion modelling, emission inventory development and project management.  Melanie has been the primary consultant on many highly complex ECA applications.  She has also assisted local facilities in assessing upset situations for compliance with O.Reg. 419 using advanced dispersion modelling and site specific met development.  She is a Licenced Toxic Substance Reduction Planner actively preparing and certifying plans for various industries.

Ms. Hockin has past experience in multiple stack sampling campaigns for various facilities located across both Canada and the United States as well as conducted industrial hygiene and workplace sampling programs.

In addition to her full-time work at LEHDER, she is involved with many events and charities in the Sarnia-Lambton community and enjoys spending time with her family .  Melanie has been an active member of the Air and Waste Management Association for several years and looks forward to participating as a volunteer.

Stephen Lamming, Director

Stephen Lamming,

A Principal Air Quality Scientist within Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Dr. Lamming has more than 40 years’ experience in environmental consulting and air quality management. Dr. Lamming worked with municipal, industrial and resource sector clients across Canada and internationally to conduct environmental assessments, determine emissions; prepare and execute sampling programs; assess climate impacts; conduct transport and dispersion modelling; assess community impact; develop abatement and airshed monitoring strategies; and prepare permit documentation. He has qualified as an expert witness at the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal and the Ontario Municipal Board, and has developed and delivered professional development programs for private and public sector participants in air quality management and greenhouse gas reduction at major centres across the country. 

Brian Sulley, Director

Brian Sulley,

Brian Sulley is a Senior Air Quality Specialist with RWDI, and is the leader of RWDI’s Air Quality group in Ontario.  He is directly involved in air quality assessments for the chemical process, pulp and paper, cement, automotive and fibreglass product industries. Brian also works extensively in fugitive dust assessments, including bulk handling facilities, mining operations, and aggregate extraction & processing operations.  Brian also has extensive experience in land-use planning matters dealing with dust and odour, and frequently conducts assessments for institutional facilities such as hospitals, universities and long-term care homes.  As a leader, Brian oversee a team of scientists and engineers who specialize in emission inventories, regulatory dispersion modelling, greenhouse gas quantification and verification, regional modelling, meteorological modelling, photochemical modelling and compliance auditing.  Brian has also served in a number of professional, industry and community organizations, including the Ontario Stone Sand and Gravel Association, Ontario Forest Industry Association, Air & Waste Management Association, the Guelph Rowing Club and the University of Guelph Rowing Program.

Gordon Reusing, Director

Gordon Reusing,

Gordon Reusing is a Principal at GHD Ltd.  He graduated with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and started working for Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Ltd. (CRA) in 1990 after a stint teaching English in China.    He is based in Waterloo, Ontario where he worked for CRA over the course of 24 years and is now working for GHD, which merged with CRA in 2014, creating a global company of over 6000 people.   Gordon practices primarily in air, greenhouse gas and noise consulting services.  He has a particular interest and extensive experience in energy from waste and renewable energy projects.   He also manages multimedia environmental assessments, due diligence and remediation projects.  Gordon is married and has two boys, studying in university and high school, and a daughter in grade 4.



Julie is an Environmental Engineering at Dillon Consulting Limited.  Julie’s expertise lies in the areas of air quality and environmental management programs.  With almost 15 years of experience, Julie has extensive knowledge of provincial and federal legislation, programs and policies related to air quality and environmental reporting.  She is a Professional Engineer and Toxic Substance Reduction Planner.  Julie also serves in the Professional Engineers of Ontario Hamilton-Burlington Chapter.  Although she just joined the Air and Waste Management Association, she is currently co-hosting the Hamilton Breakfast Series.

Christina Wright, DIRECTOR

Christina Wright,

Christina Wright is a partner and Senior Environmental Scientist at BCX Environmental Consulting with over fifteen years of experience in both environmental consulting and in industry.  Christina’s primary strengths lie in interpreting legislation, representing BCX’s key clients in stakeholder discussions, and providing information and guidance to clients to help them effectively implement and manage change.  Christina is an Environmental Professional certified in the disciplines of air quality, waste management, and environmental health and safety.

Tony van der Vooren,     A&WMA International

Tony van der Vooren,
A&WMA International

Tony established Vooren Air Quality Management Services (VAQMS) in early 2017 after 35 years as a senior environmental consultant with two large engineering and environmental companies (Amec Foster Wheeler and SNC-Lavalin).

He is involved in environmental issues in all industrial sectors and works with all levels of government on policy and implementation issues. His expertise includes air quality issues, industrial air pollution control, permitting, regulatory review, environmental assessment and impact modelling. 

Through VAQMS, he is actively involved on various environmental committees with industry (CME, OFIA, OMA), with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) (ESDM Professional Practices Committee) and he continues to be the co-chair of the “practitioners group”, providing advice and guidance to the government on environmental air programs.

He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and is also a QEP (Qualified Environmental Professional). He is also Toxic Substance Reduction Planner licensed with MOECC.  He is a Fellow Member of the Air & Waste Management Association in recognition of his work in the environmental profession. Tony was the President of the international association in their centennial year (2007) and remains very active both locally and internationally with the Association.