Water infrastructure management is changing, and Clearford is leading the way.
While large scale solutions have a place in an increasingly urban world, the runaway costs of maintaining these centralized facilities pose a significant challenge to society. The land required and environmental impacts are equally amplified in ways we are only just recognizing, as earth and water resources become more stressed.
Clearford is committed to a different model of sustainability—one that seeks local solutions that respect people and the environment.
Clearford’s approach to optimizing the design and installation of water infrastructure for long term sustainability enables responsible development and prosperity for communities. Clearford solutions are more efficient, longer lasting and less expensive than conventional systems.
Kevin Loiselle, CEO and President
Kevin is responsible for identifying and implementing strategic initiatives like mergers and acquisitions, contractual relationships, and representational agreements for geographic regions which build on the business model and present opportunity to enhance value of Clearford. Kevin is also responsible for delivery of the Clearford corporate business plan, including the management of all staff.
Kevin started his career with the Coopers & Lybrand Consulting Group (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and went on to co-found Opinion Search Inc., which he built through rapid sales growth and a series of strategic partnerships and acquisitions. He subsequently sold the rebranded company, Decima Research, in a multi-million dollar transaction to Harris Interactive, a US public company. Kevin is a graduate of Carleton University and an avid equestrian.
Mark McGuire, CFO and Vice President Finance
Mark manages the finances and public compliance and reporting responsibilities at Clearford Water Systems. He has held a variety of Senior Finance positions at Zarlink Semiconductor Inc, a Canadian public company previously based in Ottawa. Mark is a graduate of University of Western Ontario and a chartered accountant, who began his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).
Wilf Stefan, COO
Wilf leads technology development and project design and delivery activities for Clearford. During his career, he has held various roles in industry sectors including water and wastewater treatment, mining, oil & gas exploration, high tech, food processing, and university research. Wilf has worked and lived in West Africa and the Netherlands. Wilf received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and his M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa. He has worked on various volunteer boards and organizations, and is currently a member of the Canadian Ski Patrol providing first aid.
Richard Nie, Vice President Sales and Engineering
With 25 years of construction, sales and water industry experience in design-build, self-perform construction, and plant operations, Richard is a leader of Clearford’s holistic approach to addressing clients’ water infrastructure needs. He is a proponent of the solution model that provides clients with the complete picture to make informed decisions on their capital and operations investments. Outside of work, Richard enjoys family time with his wife and children.
Board of Directors
Mr. Kevin Loiselle, CEO and President of Clearford Water Systems Inc., is acting Chairman while the Board seeks to appoint an independent Chairman at the appropriate time.
Daniel E. Kenney, LLB
Mr. Dan Kenney is an Independent Director of Clearford Water Systems Inc. since 2001. He is Partner of the law firm DLA Piper (Canada) LLP since September 2004. Mr. Kenney’s legal practice is focused on securities and corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance matters. He has extensive experience with public and private offerings of securities including initial public offerings, business combinations and restructurings through asset and share acquisitions, plans of arrangements and take-over bids. Mr. Kenney has served as a director and Corporate for many public companies listed on the TSX, NYSE and TSXV. Mr. Kenney holds LL.B. from the University of Alberta and B. Commerce (Finance) from the University of Calgary.
Andrew J. Szonyi, Ph.D., P.Eng., MBA, GPLLM
Dr. Andrew J. Szonyi is an Independent Director of Clearford Water Systems Inc. since 2006. He is co-founder, Director and Managing Partner at First Nations Equity Inc., an Aboriginal investment banking and advisory firm. Dr. Szonyi is Principal of Andrew J. Szonyi and Associates Inc. business consultants, specializing in active financial and business management, merger and acquisitions, strategic planning, corporate governance, reorganization and privatization in Canada and overseas from 1990 until present. He is a former Professor of Management and Engineering at the University of Toronto. Dr. Szonyi earned his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering, MBA and LLM from the University of Toronto.
C. Ian Ross
Mr. C. Ian Ross is an Independent Director of Clearford Water Systems Inc. since 2008. He has been Managing Partner of Killdeer Management since 1990. Mr. Ross has served as a professional director since September 2003 for companies including Pet Value Inc., Menu Foods Income Fund, 6N Silicon Inc., and GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd. Mr. Ross was a Director of Ontario Power Generation from 2003 until 2014. During that time he served as Chair of the Risk Oversight Committee and as a member of the Audit and Finance Committee, the Nuclear Oversight Committee, and the Nominating and Governance Committee. From 1997 to 2003, he held several positions, including Senior Director, at the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Ross has been a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1968.
Mr. Glenn Gold is an Independent Director of Clearford Water Systems Inc. since 2006. He is the founder and President of Lytton Financial Inc., a Toronto-based boutique investment banking firm active in raising capital, providing merger and acquisition advisory services, and acting as placement agent for investment funds. Mr. Gold is the former Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance and Advisory (investment banking) at HSBC Securities (Canada) Inc., and Director and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited. He has served as Director for HSBC Capital Canada Inc., as well as other public and not-for-profit boards and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors holding an ICD.D designation. Mr. Gold earned a B.A. from Concordia University and M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario.