Page 22 [ SUMMER 2017 ] The Source April 28th 2017 – Kevin Wong, was presented with the 15th Archie Watt - Industry Sector Award at the annual Ontario Ground Water Association Meetings in Alliston, ON, on April 8th 2017. The award is in recognition of Mr. Wong’s contributions for his ongoing work in sustaining ground water resources. This award is presented by the Ontario Ground Water Association (OGWA) for excellence in sustaining ground water resources. A keeper plaque is presented to the industry recipient & the large trophy is on permanent display at Fleming College. In presenting the award, OGWA Executive Director, Mr. Craig Stainton noted that the honour has traditionally been bestowed to active members of the industry from the drilling side those who would have been the first to feel the influence of Archie Watt after WWII and in the early 1950’s. In that Archie’s legacy was legislation, recording and reporting of the Province’s ground water assets as well as setting standards in well drilling and reporting areas, the OGWA felt that naming Mr. Wong to this role this year was appropriate. In recognition of his hard work over the years in water regulation and standards he joins a list of like minded individuals. Mr. Wong has been an involved part of the professional development, regulations development, and standards development community, participating on several committees, task groups, and industry advisory bodies over the years. He has been the key voice of the Canadian Water Quality Association within the plumbing and water resources community in both the US and Canada. In his comments, Kevin noted that the award was the result of the dedication of many in the room that he has had the honour of working and mentoring with over the last two decades. “Archie’s legacy lives in all of us, so is up to us to fulfill it… This room is filled with lots of people who do a lot to protect groundwater. That work, is more important now more than ever.” Archie Watt Award - Industry Sector – This award is presented by the Ontario Ground Water Association (OGWA) for excellence in sustaining ground water resources. A keeper plaque is presented to the industry recipient & large trophy is displayed at Fleming College. About Archie Watt (condensed version): Archie Watt was an instrumental figure in the history and development of the ground water industry in Ontario. In 1940, he graduated from the University of Toronto with an honours degree in Geology and Mineralogy. Following the war, he started conducting his first well surveys. He developed Ontario’s first water well record form, wrote the first Ground Water Report, and the initial Water Well Drillers Act in 1947. He was responsible for establishing the Groundwater Branch in the Ontario Water Resources Commission in the 1950’s. In 2004, Archie Watt was honored by his peers in the ground water industry as the “grandfather of hydrogeology in Ontario” with a bursary established in his name at Sir Sanford Fleming College by the Ontario Ground Water Association. About Archie Watt: In his 98th year, Archibald Keith Watt died at his residence at Amica at Erin Mills on Monday, July 12, 2010. A graduate of the Toronto Normal School in 1932, he taught public school before attending University of Toronto, graduating from Victoria College in Toronto in 1940 with an honours degree in Geology and Mineralogy. Following graduation, he worked for the Ontario Department of Mines, then taught navigation with the RCAF from 1942-44. Returning to the Department of Mines he worked on ground water and Pleistocene geology surveys and as a water well inspector. In 1957 he joined the newly formed Ontario Water Resources Commission as supervisor of ground water, later becoming Director of the Water Resource Division and an Assistant General Manager of the OWRC. He was Executive Director of the Division of Water Resources when the Ministry of the Environment was formed in 1972, and served on the Great Lakes Water Quality Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission 1972-1973, when he retired. He headed the Mercury Task Force for Ontario in its litigation with Dow Chemical and was also a Special Lecturer in glacial geology and ground water at U of Toronto. He was a fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, the Geological Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of several other professional and scientific organizations. An avid fisherman, curler, and gardener, he was a member of the Civil Service Curling Club and proud member of teams that won the Seagram and Birk’s trophies in competitions in the 1960s. Archie is remembered by friends and family as a dedicated and devoted public servant with an extensive knowledge of the geology of Ontario, a man who exhibited technical competence, sound judgment, grace and good humour, and a man who above all deeply loved his family. He wrote the first Ground Water Report for the province in 1947 and the Initial Water Well Drillers Act. Honoured in 2004 by his peers in the ground water industry as the ‘grandfather of hydrogeology in Ontario’, a bursary was established in his name at Sir Sanford Fleming College by the Ontario Ground Water Association. Kevin Wong Recipient of 2017 Archie Watt - Industry Sector Award