Town of east Gwillimbury

Clean Tech Investment Strategy

Investment Attraction Strategy - Clean Tech/Water Sector

The Town of East Gwillimbury Economic Development Branch in partnership with South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC), Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Region of York are developing an investment attraction project to attract Clean Tech sector business development within the Town. The Project will create a strong regional economic cluster and local jobs while ensuring a balanced and sustainable community.

The Clean-Tech Project is designed to build on the Town’s commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. It leverages both the significant infrastructure investment by the Town and the Region to support growth while addressing the emerging policy and regulatory requirements for environmental sound and sustainable technology. The Project will result in new private sector investment and business development by companies operating in the clean-tech sector, design & manufacturing of municipal infrastructure as well as research and innovation.

Project materials and reference links:

  • Presentations from March 31st Workshop on Water:

David Cash- Workshop Facilitator, President, Cash & Associates Inc.

David has over 30 years of experience in the municipal sector in Ontario. Most recently, David served as Town Manager/CAO of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Previously, he was Commissioner of Planning, Development and Engineering in Oakville. He has also worked in the field of Economic Development in the City of Kingston and for Niagara Region. He is a certified Economic Developer and Registered Professional Planner.

Lora Field, Senior Sector Advisor, Manufacturing Investment Unit, Advanced Manufacturing Branch, MEDEI/MR&I

Lora Field joined the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development Employment and Infrastructure 5 years ago as a senior sector advisor. In her role at the Ministry she covers the Cleantech sector, but has been closely following the water sector as she played a leading role in the development of Ontario’s Water Sector Strategy.  Lora has a PhD in chemistry and 3 small children!

Marnie Wraith, Program Development Specialist, Economic Strategy Branch, York Region

Previously, she served as the Economic Development Officer at East Gwillimbury and the Town of Aurora and as a Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure.

Brian Wolf, Senior Project Manager, Capital Planning and Delivery, Environmental Services, York Region

Professional Engineer with over 25 yrs experience in planning, design and construction of municipal infrastructure for City of Scarborough, City of Toronto and for the past 14 years with York Region.  Have been involved with the UYSS project from its inception in 2009.

Tom Kaszas, Director, Environmental Innovations Branch (EIB),  Environmental Programs Division (EPD). Tom joined the ministry on December 17, 2012 and is working with his team on leading the development of an Environmental Innovation Strategy for MOECC.

Tom has broad experience in the areas of energy and water management, green energy, wastewater treatment and recycling across a wide variety of industries. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Ottawa and is a licensed member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).

Katerina Jordan, Associate Professor, University of Guelph (Turf Grass Institute)

Her area of research focuses on, reducing inputs for maintaining turf grass systems with an emphasis on sustainable turf management.

Rob Baldwin, General Manager, Planning and Development, LSRCA

Rob is responsible for the delivery of a proactive program to ensure a sustainable Lake Simcoe basin with a client focused approach. Rob has focused on applying innovative approaches related to watershed management in several areas across North America. 

Mike Walters, Chief Administrative Officer, LSRCA

Mike is an Honours Geography graduate from the University of Western, has earned a Masters Certificate in Business Analysis from the Schulich School of Business. Since 1984, Mike has developed LSRCA’s science, research, stewardship and environmental programs and services.  He is an avid supporter of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, an accomplished author, sought-after speaker, and compelling advocate for integrated watershed management. With his extensive background in integrated watershed management, climate change adaptation, innovative storm water management and low impact development, Mike became LSRCA’s Chief Administrative Officer in October 2014.