Vision & Leadership

Our Vision

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.

Leadership

Kevin Loiselle, CEO and President

Kevin is responsible for identifying and implementing strategic initiatives like mergers and acquisitions, contractual relationships, and geographic expansion 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 the day to day operations 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.

Les Szpunar, Vice President of Clearford Water Systems Inc.

Les leads the Clearford Rapid response team and is responsible for the implementation of new technology to optimize service delivery in the operations group.

Mr. Szpunar is an operations leader over 20 years of senior level experience in the water and wastewater industry. His significant depth and breadth of knowledge and experience in the Ontario market includes design, build and operations services for new and established water and wastewater facilities. Les is a consummate, hands-on operational problem solver. While experienced and accomplished as a professional engineer, he is a frequent visitor to Clearford operated water and wastewater plants where he applies his advanced technical and performance knowledge of water and wastewater design principles to assess and implement facility process changes to improve operational performance at Clearford-operated treatment works. Les holds two master’s degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada, and the University of Rzeszow, Poland.

Andrew Vitaterna, Vice President of Business Development

Andrew is responsible for managing the business development and expansion of the operations group at Clearford. A professional engineer since 1987, Andrew’s experience in water, wastewater, and landfill design, build and operations spans 30 years. He spent the first 13 years of his career in the consulting engineering business designing decentralized water and wastewater treatment systems. Andrew is a gradate from the University of Western Ontario where he obtained a Civil Engineering degree. An active professional in the community, Andrew is a member of numerous water associations.

John Levie, Vice President of Engineering

John leads the Clearford’s engineering group and specializes in delivery of design and regulatory approval for new and expanded water and wastewater infrastructure.. Mr. Levie has diverse experience with a career originally in plastics and polymer processing following his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. For a brief period, John worked in the Reactor Safety Group at Bruce Power in the early 90s before he shifted back into his studies and obtained his Master of Engineering (Chemical) degree.

Board of Directors

Glenn Gold

Mr. Glenn Gold is the Chairman of Clearford Water Systems Inc. and has been an Independent Director of the company 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.

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.

Kevin Loiselle

Mr. Kevin Loiselle is a Director, as well as CEO and President of Clearford Water Systems Inc.