Duncan Ellison, B.A., Dipl. Pub. Admin.

Duncan Ellison had a 32 year public service career commencing in New Zealand in 1962, but primarily in Canada with the Federal Government since 1968, before retiring from the federal government with the rank of Director General in 1993.  He became the Executive Director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association from 1994 to 2010.  He has been involved in policy and program development and implementation in areas of public and environmental health and safety throughout this period and has chaired many federal-provincial and international committees.  His career has included representing Canada in technical Committees of the UN and ISO in these fields, and providing advice to national governments in Southern Africa, Latin America and Nepal.  He worked with the Pan American Health Organization in a regional centre located in Mexico and travelled extensively throughout Latin America and the Caribbean on PAHO health and safety projects. He taught policy and legislation courses in public, health and environmental risk management at Algonquin College and gave short courses at Dalhousie University through the International Environmental Management Seminar Series.
He has been and remains one of three Canadians on the NSF International Council of Public Health Consultants since 1998, Chairs the NSF Joint Committee on Drinking Water Treatment Units and is a member of the NSF Joint Committee on On-site Wastewater Treatment Technology.  He is active in several CSA Strategic Steering Committees and Technical Committees related to water, and in three ISO Committees working in the areas of water and wastewater utility management, asset management and the use of treated wastewaters for irrigation purposes.
Duncan has served on the Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2000 and is an Honorary Member of CIPHI.