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Nick Reid, former executive director of strategic partnerships at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), joins Ryerson University as the executive director of Ryerson Urban Water (RUW). RUW is a multi-disciplinary collective promoting innovation in water education, applied research and policy development. RUW researchers are developing cost-effective solutions that support a healthy urban water cycle.
“I am pleased to welcome Nick Reid to Ryerson’s academic community,” said Chris Evans, interim provost and vice president academic. “Previously on the Advisory Board for Ryerson Urban Water, his knowledge of the university coupled with extensive industry expertise will ensure our community has the resources, programs and opportunities required to succeed in sustainable and holistic urban water management.”
Reid has worked for the OCWA since 1995 where he sought out emerging strategic opportunities and innovative solutions for the water sector. He was involved in several stakeholder consultations during the development of the Water Opportunities Act with the Ministry of Environment and established international relationships with firms from North America and Europe to leverage complementary capabilities in sustainable water and energy management.
“Nick brings an extensive network of stakeholders in organizations, municipalities, ministries and industry which will contribute to the growth of our partnerships and research opportunities at Ryerson Urban Water,” said Imogen Coe, dean, Faculty of Science. “As executive director, he will enhance Ryerson’s presence in water innovation and increase collaboration with Ryerson’s research community and zone ecosystem.”
Reid volunteers as a director at the Ontario Water Works Association and sits on the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) External Project Advisory Panel. He is also an active mentor with the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council, helping professionals from other countries adjust to Ontario’s business, government and social practices.
RUW aims to be Canada’s pre-eminent institution on urban water issues, an international leader in sustainable and holistic urban water management through applied research and innovation, education, community outreach and policy development. Learn more about Ryerson Urban Water.