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Profiles - Committee Members


Jim Vukmanich - City of Thunder Bay
Jim Vukmanich has a direct interest in source protection of Municipal residential drinking water, not only through his work as the Chief Chemist for the City of Thunder Bay’s Environment Division, but as a resident of Thunder Bay for over 30 years. He also sits as a Member of the Lake Superior Binational Forum, a citizen stakeholder group concerned with protecting the water resource of Lake Superior. Jim holds a Masters Degree in Chemistry from Lakehead University and is a Member of the Association of Chemical Professionals of Ontario. Mr. Vukmanich has held positions as a chemist at the former Thunder Bay Regional Laboratory of the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Resource Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Lakehead University Aquatic Toxicity Research Group and as a supervisor for ALS Laboratory Group.

Lucy Kloosterhuis - Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge
Lucy Kloosterhuis represents the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge as a Municipal Member on the Lakehead Source Protection Committee. Ms. Kloosterhuis is currently the Mayor of the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge.


Guy Jarvis - Industrial Sector
Guy Jarvis brings knowledge and experience from working in the transportation industry to the local Source Protection Committee. Jarvis is the Director of Engineering and Harbour Master for the Thunder Bay Port Authority. He is familiar with the transportation of goods by marine, rail and road and the potential risks associated with the transport of goods within the Lakehead Source Protection Area. Guy previously served as the Manager of Engineering Services for the former Thunder Bay Harbour Commission, and worked for CN Rail as its Engineering Services Manager for the Lakehead and Prairie District in Thunder Bay and Winnipeg. With an Engineering Degree from Lakehead University, Jarvis has served on other environment committees including the Thunder Bay Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Committee and Wake Up to Your Waterfront Committee.

Bernie Kamphof - Agricultural Sector
Bernie Kamphof represents farming interests as the Agricultural representative on the Lakehead Source Protection Committee, Bernie has owned and managed a dairy and crop farm since 1993. Mr. Kamphof has been and is a member of many local agricultural committees and has served as a delegate to provincial organizations. In addition to his involvement with the local farm community, Bernie has been a member of Municipal Council for the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge since 2010.


Ross Chuchman - Environmental
Ross Chuchman brings his expertise as a chemist from a 35-year work career to the local Source Protection Committee. Recently retired, he was formerly the Chief Chemist with the City of Thunder Bay, Environment Division for 8 years. Previous to that, Ross was an Inorganic Scientist at the Thunder Bay Regional MOE Laboratory, an Instrumentation Technician and Lab Instructor at Lakehead University and Confederation College, and a science teacher with Lakehead Public Schools. He holds M. Sc and B. Ed. Degrees from Lakehead University and a Chartered Chemist designation from the Association of Professional Chemists of Ontario. Ross has been active with the Cross Country Skiing community for 20 years, serving as Chair of Lake Superior Ski Division Cross Country, and as Jackrabbit Program Coordinator for many years.

Gail Willis - Other Interests of the General Public
Gail Willis moved to Thunder Bay from Hamilton, Ontario. She studied Resource Engineering at Seneca College and proceeded to work in a fast paced engineering consulting environment throughout southern Ontario. Passionate about water, the move to Thunder Bay was a natural fit. Gail works in the City of Thunder Bay’s Engineering Division, Chair’s the EarthCare Water Working Group and is a member of the Northwestern Ontario Water and Wastewater Conference committee. Grateful for an amazing group of friends and colleagues who share her love of water, Gail has promoted water protection and conservation thorough her work at the City, and through social media, school tours, and special events. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around Canada with her family, cooking, exploring the City, and playing guitar.

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