With three Operators in Charge (OIC’s), one Overall Responsible Operator (ORO), an Electrical Technologist, and designated Administrative/IT support the HUB has been able to offer the following essential services to our member communities:
- Overall Responsible Operator (ORO) services
- 24/7 Remote Water Treatment Plant Monitoring
- Vacation and extended absence relief for First Nations Operators
- Emergency Response- Community Reporting and funding application assistance
- Maintenance and repair services
- Operator mentorship and training
- Advisory services and operator subsidy administration services
- Maintenance Management Program (MMP) Planning and Implementation
- Preventative Maintenance Scheduling and Implementation
- Emergency Response Planning and Implementation
- Quality Assurance: ACRS and Annual Inspections/Reports
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Meet our Staff!
Jon Kocis – HUB Manager – WT2, WWT2
Boozhoo! I have been in Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment field for seven years. Even though I accidently fell into the occupation, the sense of purpose I have gotten from this career in unrivaled by any other job I have done, this includes my time as a Paramedic.
Now that I am a member of The Bimose Tribal Council HUB team, it is a tremendous honour to be able to assist local First Nation Water Treatment Operators in any capacity.
A career highlight that stands out for me occurred in the previous city I lived in. The city was pounded by a catastrophic 100-year rainstorm which was accompanied by extreme flooding. The extreme flooding caused the city to be literally split into two completely separate pieces. The teamwork and effort our crew showed to coordinate proper surveillance and maintenance of our Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Facilities, to ensure the public was never in any danger, was incredible.
Wayne Holmstrom – Overall Responsible Operator – WT3, WWT2
My name is Wayne Holmstrom and I am the Overall Responsible Operator at the HUB. I am a resident of Shoal Lake #39 and have been in the water treatment field for over eighteen years. Prior to joining Bimose, I spent time working for the City of Winnipeg in their water treatment plant and I also was the Operator at my community water plant in Shoal lake. I am very committed to helping local First Nation communities deliver safe drinking water to their residents and take pride in the services our HUB offers to our member communities.
Aaron Henry – Operator in Charge – WT2
My name is Aaron Henry and I am an Operator in Charge at the HUB. I started my career in the water field as an Operator at Pelican Falls – Northern Nishnawbe Education in 2013. I also spent time working as a Water Plant Operator for Niisaachewan First Nation in 2015, before joining Bimose in December 2016. Currently I am certified as a Class 2 Water Treatment Operator. Making potable water has been a very positive experience for me, and the responsibility of being an operator is not to be taken lightly which is my message to whomever I train. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the process of getting potable water to first nation communities.
Nolan Penace – Operator in Charge – WT1
My name is Nolan Penace and I am an Operator in Charge at the HUB. I am a resident of Wauzhushk Onigum and have been in the water treatment field for over seven years. Prior to joining Bimose, I spent time working as the Water Plant Operator at Niisaachewan First Nation, as well at my community water plant in Wauzhushk. I am now in my fifth year with the HUB and look forward to helping our member communities in 2021.
Andrew Silk – Electrical Technologist – C. Tech
My name is Andrew Silk and I am the Electrical Technologist at the HUB. I graduated from the Electrical Engineering Technician course at Fanshawe College. I am also a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). Prior to joining Bimose I was responsible for chemical testing and maintenance for the pool at the Kenora Recreation Centre.
David Brotherson – Administrative/I.T. Support
My name is David Brotherston and I am the IT/Admin Support at the HUB. I graduated from the Software Engineering course at Sheridan College. I have over 10 years of experience in the IT industry with the majority of my time spent working for hardware companies such as D-Link Networks and Acer America. I feel very fortunate to be part of a great team here at the HUB and work for a such a meaningful cause.
Community Water Treatment Plant Information
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