RES'EAU-WaterNET was honuored with four nominations at the 2017 Water's Next Awards – Drinking Water, Early Adoption, Academia and Overall: Water Stewards of the Year.
Board member and long-time network collborator Ted Molyneux, Sr. Engineer, Water/Wastewater for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), received the Academia award for his deep contributions to research and development, training and education.
In our experience collaborating with small, rural and First Nations communities, the only way to understand their perspective is to foster an open dialogue – listening first, and then working together toward goals on which all sides agree.
Ted has not only embraced these principles, but also championed the cause of First Nations communities in BC and across the country. In his position at INAC, he has championed our Community Circles approach by actively bringing all necessary voices to the problem-solving stage for each community we have engaged. It was through Ted's extraordinary support and active involvement that our Community Circle platform has reached the point of making impact on the ground and in the lives of our community partners.
Through Ted's strong commitment and support, Community Circle projects have led to the improvement of drinking water quality in a number of First Nations communities. Two First Nations reserves in British Columbia (IR3 Spintlum and IR11 Yawaucht in the Lytton First Nations) recently celebrated the lifting of long-standing Boil Water Advisories following work achieved through the Community Circles program.
Ted has been an advocate for filling the huge research and application gap between the various stakeholders supplying safe water to these communities. He has been instrumental in the development of several innovation projects and the formation of start-up companies. Has inspired individuals in industry, young researchers, and, in particular, students to examine the impact of their research through the small and First Nations community point of view.
In his role within INAC, he has mentored numerous students and young professionals who are the next generation of industrial leaders in a sector of critical importance to both public health and environmental health.
Ted is truly passionate about the improvement of drinking water quality in First Nations communities, and he inspires all of his collegues through his example as a professional water engineer of the highest integrity and standard.