Cordell W. Samuels is the 2012-2013 President of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
He is the Plant Superintendent for the Duffin Creek WPCP in the Regional Municipality of Durham in Ontario, Canada. In that capacity, he manages one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in Ontario. Prior to his current position, Cordell worked in the City of Toronto for 22 years.
Cordell has been a WEF member since 1994 and served on the Federation’s House of Delegates and several WEF committees. He has been an active member of both the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA), serving as President of the Water Environment Association of Ontario in 2005.
A member of the Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers; Cordell has received a number of WEF awards including the Hatfield Award in 1996, and the Arthur Sidney Bedell Award in 2008. He holds Class IV Wastewater Treatment, and Collection Systems Licenses in the Province of Ontario.
Cordell has received the Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (H.N.D. Mech. Eng.) from Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.