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OVC Board of Directors

We want to thank all of the Air & Waste Management Association members and non-members who have, or continue to, generously donate their time to run the Ottawa Valley Chapter.

The 2018 A&WMA-OVC Board Members are:

David Cotsman, Chair

David Cotsman is a Program Engineer at Environment and Climate Change Canada.  Prior to joining the federal government, David worked for RWDI AIR Inc. beginning in 2005 and served as  a Project Manager and Air Quality Specialist in RWDI's Ottawa office.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.  David has been involved in the technical aspects of many air quality-related projects including: comprehensive environmental impact assessments; emission inventories; advanced air quality dispersion modelling; regulatory emission reporting; regional airshed modelling; fugitive dust impact assessments; and Environmental Compliance Approvals.  David specializes in dispersion modelling, odour assessments, and fugitive dust assessments and mitigation and worked extensively in the mining industry.

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Giulia Brutesco, Vice Chair

Giulia is the Senior Director, Industry Standards at Fertilizer Canada and focuses on developing solid 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 and 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.

Carol Pietka, Secretary

Carol Pietka was previously an Engineer in Training (EIT) with DST Consulting Engineers Inc. in Ottawa, specializing in both outdoor and indoor environmental services. Carol holds both a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a B.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a registered EIT with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). Carol joined the Board of Directors of the A&WMA-OVC in January 2017. In addition to being an A&WMA volunteer, Carol also volunteers her time at Minwaashin Lodge and with the Greely Community Association.

Holly Dole, Treasurer

Holly is a Professor at Algonquin College for the Water and Wastewater Technician and Biotechnology programs. She obtained her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, where her project focused on the removal of volatile organic compounds from the air using nano-structured catalysts and the application of the phenomenon of electrochemical promotion. Holly also has experience in several different research projects in her co-op placements, all having aspects of environmental concern, ranging from environmentally-friendly coatings for parts for next generation nuclear reactors to using non-toxic chemicals to electroplate coins.


Yasmine Hajar

Yasmine Hajar is a third year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa. She holds both a B.Sc. and a M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Balamand University (Lebanon), and Queen’s University (Kingston), respectively. She currently works in the Electrochemical Engineering Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Elena Baranova on electrochemical promotion of nano-catalysts. Her project is completely environmental with a focus on increasing catalytic efficiency at lower temperatures, while reducing noble metal content. Yasmine joined the A&WMA-OVC in December 2016. In addition to being an A&WMA member, she has been the Activity Coordinator at the Chemical and Biological Engineering Graduate Students Association of uOttawa (CBEGSA) for the past two years.


Zachary Hart 

Zachary Hart is currently studying his Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Ottawa and is entering into his third year. Zach has actively worked at Payments Canada as a Payments Analyst since June 2016. He has been an active board member of the Air and Waste Management Association since December 2016.


Camille Taylor

Camille Taylor is senior air quality engineer at Golder Associates Ltd. in Ottawa, leading the atmospheric services team in Eastern Canada.  She is a licensed chemical engineer in Ontario and Quebec with 15 years of experience in air quality and environmental compliance.  Camille’s expertise in air quality includes air, odour, and greenhouse gas assessments including reporting, modelling to support environmental assessments and environmental compliance.  She is also a licensed Toxic Substance Reduction Planner. In addition to her full-time work at Golder, she has been serving as a Director of the Air & Waste Management Association - Ottawa Valley Chapter since 2011 and is a member of the Algonquin College - Environmental Management and Assessment Program Advisory Committee.  Camille has been an active member of the A&WMA Association serving at various Board positions of the OVC Chapter and Ontario Section, and A&WMA International since 2007.   In addition to being an A&WMA volunteer, Camille also volunteers her time with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization.