United Water announced today that Lisette Provencher, senior vice president, operations support, for United Water, has been elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the World Water Council. Bernard Guirkinger, Senior Executive Vice President of United Water’s parent company SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT was elected as an Alternate Representative for Ms. Provencher. The World Water Council, representing some 350 organizations in more than 70 countries, works to ensure water security.
Ms. Provencher is one of 36 governors, drawn from 13 countries and six international and intergovernmental organizations. She was elected by majority vote from among 64 candidates and will serve until 2015, when the World Water Forum, an international triennial gathering, next convenes. Ms. Provencher succeeds Patrick Cairo, senior vice president, corporate development, of United Water, who served on the Board of Governors of the World Water Council for six years. The elections took place in November during the council’s general assembly for which 240 participants had gathered in Marseille, France.
Having focused during the past three years on increasing awareness, fostering dialogue and encouraging the emergence of solutions, the World Water Council is now moving forward in three strategic directions: water security for human essential needs, water security for economic development and water security for environmental sustainability.
Ms. Provencher brings to the World Water Council more than 30 years of industry experience, including operations and management experience at water and wastewater treatment facilities in Europe, Asia, North America, and South America. “We are honored with this responsibility again,” said Bertrand Camus, Chief Executive Officer, of United Water. “Ms. Provencher has keen technical knowledge and a true global perspective necessary to be an effective member of the World Water Council.”
In particular, Ms. Provencher lends her high-level experience in research and innovation, as general manager of the R + i Alliance, a collaborative research organization created by SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT; in capital planning, as senior vice president of United Water’s Operations Support; and in corporate social responsibility, as director of Aquassistance, the humanitarian arm of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
It was at Aquassistance that Ms. Provencher oversaw volunteer projects in more than
40 countries, including Haiti, where United Water and SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT are now working to rebuild the water infrastructure. Ms. Provencher is past president of the Quebec Association of Water Techniques and a former member of the board of directors of the American Water Works Association. She also taught civil engineering at colleges in Africa and Canada.
About United Water
United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 5.7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates 100 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
About SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT
Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industries and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 91 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 63 million people and collects the waste produced by close to 57 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 80,410 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.7% GDF SUEZ affiliate, achieved revenue of 14.8 billion Euros ($19.6 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2011