United Water announced today that Lisette Provencher has been appointed senior vice president, operations support, for United Water and its parent company, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT North America.
In this role, Provencher oversees all aspects of the company’s operations support group which includes capital planning, research and innovation, quality management, health, safety and security, and technical support and training. She also oversees the sustainable development program and works closely with other departments regarding environmental compliance matters and business development.
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Provencher has had operations and management experience at water and wastewater treatment facilities in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. “Provencher brings a wealth of experience that enhances the quality of service we provide to our customers and clients,” said Bertrand Camus, CEO of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT North America. “She is a great addition to our team and her diverse background will help us develop innovative solutions to the water challenges of our times.”
Camus noted that since joining the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Group in 1986 Provencher has also held senior leadership positions in the water research field. “She has high level experience in research and innovation, areas which are critical to the company’s ongoing success,” he said. “As general manager of the R + i Alliance, Provencher lead cutting-edge global research projects for the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT Group.”
She also has a keen interest in corporate social responsibility. As director of Aquassistance, the humanitarian arm of GDF SUEZ, 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.
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 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 200 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water’s affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. 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 to protect 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 61 million people and collects the waste produced by 50 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,554 employees and, with its presence on a global scale, is the world’s leader exclusively dedicated to environmental services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, a 35.4% GDF SUEZ affiliate, reported sales turnover of 13.9 billion Euros ($18.5 billion USD) at the end of financial year 2010.