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New advances in water well drilling industry discussed at OGWA AGM

Dwayne Graff returned as OGWA president

April 25, 2023  By Ground Water Canada

Well drillers, suppliers, contractors and consultants were among those in attendance at the Ontario Ground Water Association’s annual general meeting March 23-25 in Minett. They gathered to work together to improve the research, science and education within the well construction industry.

Through a variety of workshops, roundtables, and industry displays, those in attendance were able to share and discuss new advances in the water well drilling industry.

Elections at the AGM returned Dwayne Graff as president, and elected Kyle Smith, first vice-president; Mike Hare, second vice-president; and Stephen Bleizeffer, treasurer/secretary. Matthew Wilson remains as past president.


Guest speaker was Jo-Anne St. Godard, executive director of the Circular Innovation Council (formerly the Recycling Council of Ontario), who spoke about the circular economy, how it redefines value beyond the current model of “take-make-waste” and improves the value of natural resources, reduces carbon emissions, and eliminates waste while prioritizing social benefits and economic prosperity.

The members appreciated the new ideas raised during the AGM. Key suggestions were new technical training courses for water well drillers, improved health and safety, and improved reuse and recycling of materials and supplies for the well drilling industry. The membership also discussed the ongoing partnership with Sir Sandford Fleming College and their Resources Drilling Program.

OGWA members work collaboratively with each other, and with the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, to provide clean drinking water to millions of Ontario municipalities, residents, farmers, and industry. In its original charter of 1974, the province asked the association to eliminate unfair/uneconomic practices within the industry, and to establish uniformity in techniques and within the water well industry. OGWA continues these important mandates to this day.

The Ontario Ground Water Association (OGWA) was established in 1974 to “promote the interests and welfare of its members and the water well contracting community.” It is one of the earliest such associations in Canada.

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