Founded in 1958, Envirogard has pioneered the water treatment industry in Canada. Today millions of consumers use Envirogard’s affordable and imaginative products for providing clean and safe drinking water, process water or water for food service applications.
Scott Macdonald is President and General Manager of Envirogard Products. Scott oversees the strategic direction of the company, focusing on technology and product development and administrative operations.
Scott has been with the company since 1982 and has led it since 1993. Under his leadership and insights, Envirogard has grown to be Canada’s leading brand of water filtration and treatment products. Scott has focused the company on innovation, R&D, category development, and global brand strategy, to maximize global growth of the Rainfresh brand. Scott is known for his emphasis on strong execution and the highest ethical standards and this principle is firmly embedded within Envirogard’s history and culture.
Scott is a past president of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CWQA) where he helped develop the first education/certification program for the Canadian water treatment industry. He has served multiple times on the CWQA Board of Directors and the CWQA Board of Governors and currently chairs the Regulatory Affairs Committee. He has also served on the WQA (USA) Government Relations Committee and on the Board of Directors.
Scott is a member of the PlAC (Plumbing Indystry Advisory Council) and Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (CACP), advising the federal and provincial governments on regulatory and technical matters related to the plumbing industry, drinking water and waste water. He is also a member of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA International) CSA B483 Technical Committee serving on the Committee development task force as first TC Chair from 2003-2007, and from 2008-2016 as a member. This Committee developed, published and administers the first Canadian Drinking Water Treatment Unit Standard B483.1 which was included in the Canadian National Plumbing Code in 2015.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Queens University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Bryan Gilbart is Envirogard’s Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Since joining Envirogard in 1991, Bryan has led retail product marketing and merchandising strategies for the Rainfresh brand. Bryan oversees the company’s consumer-focused marketing efforts to deliver a compelling consumer experience at retail. He also oversees account management with key retail partners.
Bryan’s career spans almost 50 years in retail channel management, marketing and sales. Prior to Envirogard, Bryan was President of Aqualine Products which was later purchased by Moen Inc. Bryan has served on the Board of the CHHMA (Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association) for 16 years, including Chairman in 1997-98 and in 2015 was inducted into the CHHMA Hall of Fame. He is also a member and actively involved with CIPH (Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating).
Bryan is well known for his endless charitable work for various organizations such as Sleeping Children Around The World, Habitat for Humanity, The Food Bank, Children’s Aid Society, United Way and Foster Parents Plan.
Vikas Thusoo is Product Manager and Technical Specialist for Envirogard. Vikas is responsible for driving the overall product development and strategic roadmap, engineering, product certification, marketing strategy and online communications for the entire Rainfresh product line. Since joining Envirogard in 2003, Vikas has overseen the development and delivery of multiple new product introductions including the entire product lines for the commercial, food service and disaster-relief markets.
Vikas has over 20 years experience in fluid filtration and water treatment, starting with CUNO Inc (now 3M). His extensive experience covers product development, certification, design, engineering, consulting, installation and product management. Vikas has taught the water treatment course at Seneca College in Toronto and has authored dozens of articles on water treatment. He has also conducted water treatment training sessions for Canadian Institite of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) and The Canadian Water Quality Association.
Vikas is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from University of Wales and holds the Master Water Specialist (MWS) certification from the Water Quality Association. He currently serves on the board of Directors of the Canadian Water Quality Association.
Jamie Macdonald is Envirogard’s Vice President of Operations. Jamie is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and efficiency of all manufacturing operations and ensures consistent on-time production schedules.
Jamie joined Envirogard in 1984 and has since developed much of Envirogard’s production machinery and manufacturing processes that have helped align resources and structures with corporate goals. Jamie also provides hands-on and practical inputs to the development of product strategy and research and development of new and emerging products. He also oversees the overall performance and safety of the manufacturing facility.
Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of Western Ontario and prior to Envirogard worked as an exploration geologist for the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corporation of Canada.
Rust is formed when dissolved iron (ferrous) oxidizes to a particle form (ferric). Homes on urban water supplies get rust from corrosion of old distribution piping which is common in many Canadian cities. Homes on private wells can have naturally occurring rust or through the well system. Rust is not considered as a health contaminant but is recommended to be removed for aesthetic reasons (taste, odour, colour, sediment and protection of plumbing devices such as water heater). Since rust is a particle, it can be removed by sediment filters. Homes on private wells that have high ferrous iron (dissolved) should consider a whole house iron reduction system.