Ron Denham, Founding Chair, Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group WASRAG
Posted by Carol (Bieser) Hutchinson
on Mar 17, 2015
Guest Speaker: Friday, March 20, 2015
Topic: Rotary's Commitment to the UN Millennium Development Goal # 15
i.e. To Reduce by 50% the World Population Without Potable Water and Adequate Sanitation.
How Can This Be Achieved?
Location: At the National Club
Ron Denham received his education in England where he obtained a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering.
After obtaining an MBA in Business Administration, he entered the management consulting profession, eventually becoming Senior Partner and Vice Chairman of KPMG Management Consulting, Canada’s largest management consulting firm. In this capacity he played a major role in development projects in Peru, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Greece, Algeria, Senegal and Cuba, Subsequently he joined A.T. Kearney where he was Director responsible for developing the Canadian practice.
A Rotarian for almost 60 years, he first joined in 1958 in Welland. He joined his present club—Toronto-Eglinton—in 1964. He was President of his club and later District Governor. He was elected Paul Harris Fellow and is a Benefactor and Major Donor to The Rotary Foundation. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to Rotary, to his vocation and to the world community he was presented with the “Service above Self” award, Rotary’s highest honor.
He has been active with Rotary clubs in Siberia and the Far East since 1997. He participated in the chartering of clubs in Kemerovo, Novosibirsk, Komsomolsk-na-Amur and Omsk and has participated in Rotary conferences in Barnaul, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk. He has represented the President of Rotary at many international conferences in Europe, North America and Africa.
He was the founding chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG), A group of over 1800 Rotarians helping people in the developing world improve life and livelihood through the provision of safe water and sanitation. In that capacity he has fostered many water and sanitation projects in Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana, and in many states in India.
His current mission is to encourage all 1.2 million Rotarians to become familiar with world water issues, and every Rotary club (33,000) to become involved in a sustainable water and/or sanitation program.