Richard A. Mest – President, Master Water Conditioning Corporation

Richard is President of Master Water Conditioning Corporation, a manufacturer of a variety of water treatment products, services and technical support for residential, commercial and industrial applications. His responsibilities include executive decision making, product development, identifying new technology opportunities, educational program development and customer training. Richard joined Master Water Conditioning in 1978.


Richard is an active member in the Water Quality Association (WQA) where he serves as Past President and is on the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) Board of Directors and is a member of the Water Systems Council where he serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President. He previously served on the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) task force for the development of testing protocol for the Water Softener testing standard 44 as well as the Water Quality Association’s Technical, Ion Exchange and Education committees. He is currently an active member of the Water Quality Association’s Gold Seal Steering Committee, Federal Government Affairs and Chairs the Events Committee.


Richard is an avid educator and has performed seminars for water treatment related trade associations, health departments and children’s programs. He has written many technical articles on water treatment technology as well as seminar formats approved for state certification continued education. Richard recently received the Water Quality Association’s “Award of Merit” and “Key Award” for his dedication to educating members of the water industry.

Ian Chater – Indigenous Liaison Advisor

For the past 8 years Mr. Chater has worked as an Indigenous liaison in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia. He has worked freelance and has also been directly employed and contracted by a number of Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed public companies in this role. He has been part of several extensive and lengthy native title negotiations; overseen numerous multi-million dollar work programmes in remote areas, co-ordinated and managed Traditional owner monitoring of ground works and acted as a mentor to Indigenous people gaining employment in these regions. As well as being a qualified secondary school English teacher, Mr. Chater is also a trained and qualified Indigenous mentor. He counts numerous senior Aboriginal elder law men and women as friends and mentors to him in his working life.  He has also taught Indigenous affairs at schools and nursing colleges in Australia and Canada. Indigenous relations and Aboriginal aspiration and rights are a great passion of his.

Doug Parrish - CEO, MicroFuze Americas Inc.

Doug Parrish is a widely recognized and respected entrepreneur and business strategist across several industry sectors, public and private, with exceptional leadership, interpersonal, and restructuring skills. From a strong and diversified operational platform, he has led organizations through restructuring and rapid growth by creating and rigorously implementing carefully planned programs targeted at short term returns, designed to create longer term shareholder wealth.

Doug is currently CEO of privately-held, US-based MicroFuze Americas Inc. Doug launched a re-capitalization of the parent company, MicroFuze International, and then successfully listed it on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM exchange in February 2006. Doug holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Business Administration with an Honors degree in Transport Economics from the University of British Columbia.