Mark Lambert - CEO, IDE Americas

Mark joined IDE in 2012, and is responsible for all IDE activities in the Americas, including municipal desalination projects as well as industrial waste water treatment projects in oil & gas, power generation and mining industries. Mark has extensive experience in the water and environmental industries, having served in senior positions in both corporate and consulting companies. Mark is very involved in the water and environmental community, as he serves as a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Quality Association (WQA). He was also a founding member of the WQA World Assembly, and served on several AWWA and WQA steering committees including the Point of Use committee. Mark received his bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering and MBA from the Golden Gate University.

Formerly, Mr. Lambert was Chief Operating Officer of Test America, a leading Environmental Testing firm focusing on clients in the Municipal and Industrial market sectors. In that role, Mr. Lambert was responsible for the P&L management of the analytical testing division with annual revenue of $350 million. He also managed major client relationships that involved complex transactions as well as strategic alliances and joint venture activities for the Company. Mr. Lambert has also held various senior management positions in the Water Industry including American Water, U.S. Filter Corporation, Culligan, and Imperial Chemical Industries.

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.

Roland Wahlgren - Principal, Atmoswater Research

Roland Wahlgren, BSc MA (Physical Geography) is owner of Atmoswater Research and Canadian Dew Technologies Inc. His scientific research and development work in the drinking-water-from-air field started in 1984, prompted by media coverage of the drought in East Africa. As a physical geographer, Roland was aware regions between latitudes 30°N and S have, usually year-round, considerable amounts of water vapour in the air. He began to think of ways of bringing water to drought victims. The ideal solution appeared to be condensing water vapour at the place where drinking water was needed. His literature and patent review revealed the existence of a substantial knowledge base which needed synthesis and publicizing to spur further development of water-from-air technologies. Roland authored two peer-reviewed articles about water-from-air systems, one in Waterlines (1993) and the other in Water Research (2001). The resulting exposure led to consulting work with start-up companies focused on commercializing water-from-air products.

Major projects include: a Canadian International Development Agency-supported viability study for a water-producing greenhouse in the Turks and Caicos Islands, commercialization of a 2500 L/d water-from-air machine, development of a water treatment module for the machine, constructing a software model for predicting water-from-air system performance at any location, building prototypes of countertop-scale units, and R&D into water treatment methods specifically suited for water-from-air systems.

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.