WCC Contacts


The steering committee is convened ad hoc by the chair Rory Robinson and IWI past president Dave Ballinger, for the purposes of evaluating applications to host the event. The chairs of past conferences regularly take part in the work and deliberations of the steering committee. The following list is given as an archive of past conference hosts, for information.

Sharon Leighton, New York State Canal Corporation (2017)
Duncan Hay, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (2017)
Russell Thomson, Scottish Canals (2016)
Rudy Van der Ween, City of Ghent Water Tourism (2015)
Philippe Monsieur, NautiV (2015)
Claudio Repossi, Navigli Lombardi (2014)
Tom Grasso, former President of the Canal Society of New York State (2000/2010)
Atila Salvai, Public Water Management Company Vode Vojvodine, Novi Sad (2009)
Krsta Paskovic, Danube Propeller (2009)
Dave Ballinger, formerly director of Canal Operations, Rideau Canal National Park (2008)
Roger Squires, The Inland Waterways Association (2007)
Steven Humphrey, National Canal Museum, Easton, PA (2006)
The late Claes-Goran Osterlund, formerly director of AB Gota Kanalbolag  (2005)
The late Bobbie Styran, former chair of the Canadian Canal Society (2004)
Jim Stirling, Director of British Waterways Scotland (2003)
Julie Talbot, Parks Canada Quebec (2002)
John Martin, former chief executive of Waterways Ireland (2001)
The late Des Leyden, former chair of Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (2001)
Valérie Grimbert, Lys Sans Frontière, formerly at the Comité Régional de Tourisme du Nord-Pas-de-Calais (1999)
Kent Haag, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (1997)
Derek Cochrane
, British Waterways (1996)
Jeanie Allen, Augusta Canal National Heritage Area (1995)
Dave MacDougall, formerly manager of Marketing and External Relations, Trent-Severn Waterway (1994)
Dave Barber, American Canal Society
David Carr, Illinois Dept. of National Resources
David Johnson, C & O Canal Association Inc.

Rory Robinson
National Park Service, Rivers Trails & Conservation Assistant
15610 Vaughn Road
Brecksville, Ohio, 44141 USA
(330) 657-2951