Terry Mah, Ph.D

Terry Mah joined Alberta WaterSMART as a Special Advisor in September 2016. Born in Calgary, Terry brings broad, international experience from industry to the team. For more than 20 years, Terry has been involved in the environmental sector focused on delivering technology, innovation, services and practices to support sustainability, resilience, and circular economics around water, energy and resources. In addition, Terry’s management experience provides an ability to effectively manage groups through complex change projects when evolution in thinking and behavior is essential.

After studying at the University of Calgary and graduating from the University of British Columbia with a B.SC. and M.Sc. in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Engineering, Terry held a number of interesting and executive positions in biotech, technology, and environmental services organizations.

A large part of Terry’s career was spent with Veolia, the world’s largest environmental services firm, where he held a number of executive positions that included management of different technology and EPC platforms, managing parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle East as the Chief Operating Officer of the water technology division, and acting as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Veolia’s North American water, energy and waste business.

The experience from supporting communities and industries to understand their resource challenges, align interests, leverage innovation, and design and implement manageable solutions to support their environmental stewardship goals, provided a unique competence to develop practical solutions to manage complex environmental challenges. As a result, Terry has been invited to provide keynote addresses to groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (“USCCF”), on the topics of sustainability and putting the circular economy to work.

Terry now brings this comprehensive operational experience to the Albert WaterSMART team and their partners to assist in navigating innovation and supporting the development of sustainable water and resource strategies.