Through her writing Elaine shares some of the knowledge she’s gained from over forty years of business experience.

There are also links to the freelance writing she has done for others.



Part 1: What Goes Down the Toilet

IM001485What is flushable? (more…)

Four quick truths

If you want to be in control, be self-employed.
If you want to have security, work for someone else.
If you want to be rich, have others work for you.
If you want to be fulfilled, volunteer.

Imagine A Day Without Water

September 15, 2016, is a day to “Imagine a Day Without Water”, using the hashtag #ValueWater

We’re pretty lucky where I live here in British Columbia. Water often falls from the sky, as rain or snow. The rain nourishes our trees, keeps our rivers flowing, and replenishes our aquifers. Snow packs build over winter months, and melt over the summer, acting as a natural reservoir of safe, clean water.

We take for granted the simple act of turning on a tap and having safe clean water pour out.

Behind the simple act is a maze of infrastructure, and dedicated public works personnel.

People often assume that my dedication to promoting water awareness stems from my 30+ years selling equipment into this industry.

But my water awareness started much earlier: with visits to my grandparents in rural Saskatchewan.


Water is a Women’s Issue

Please take a moment to watch this video from the CEO of Water for People.

Water is a Women’s Issue


MentorOne of the reasons I’m a member of SEWN is to enable and encourage other women.

An initiative being explored by the SEWN board is a mentoring program.  The CEO of our local credit union, the Sunshine Coast Credit Union (SCCU), has offered us the use of a mentoring program that was developed especially for the Central Credit Union of Canada for their National Mentorship Program.   

We’re currently adapting this program to suit the needs of self employed women and will soon be running a ‘pilot’ mentorship program.

It got me thinking about mentorship in my own career. (more…)

Links to CWEA Articles

In my previous post “Opportunities” I talked about the commissioned articles I have written for CWEA (California Water Environment Agency).

Here are links to the articles I have done so far:

Utility of the Future – interview with Dr. Ken Rubin

Preview of a panel discussion on the impact of lower flows on operations, maintenance and future planning of waste water treatment facilities – interviews with Jon Wells, Seppi Henneman and Lisa Arroyo

Onsite wastewater reuse – interview with Peter Haase

Napa Sanitation District, Tesla Battery Storage project – interview with Robin Gamble Holley, Stephanie Turnipseed and Jeff Tucker

Communications Essentials Workshop  – interview on conducting great Ww facility tours with Jeff Reinhardt

Thank you to CWEA for allowing me to link to these articles.



Opportunities most often come disguised as hard work. 

Jelcon Equipment Ltd. came about in 1988 because I was given two options:  work for my existing employer, but move to Toronto, or stay in Calgary and work for someone else. 

I saw a third option:  become self employed and move to the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia.  It was a lot of work, but I really enjoyed selling equipment to water & wastewater professionals working at municipalities and in industry through-out Western Canada.


Website History

www.jelcon.com first hit the internet in 2004, as a simple website*.

A major upgrade followed a few years later adding all sorts of features, including picture galleries.

The 2016 iteration simplifies it once again.

Many thanks to Kathleen Connors for what you can see, and to Jon Pearse for most of what you can’t.

*Jon took the above picture from the stern of Nanaimo ferry when he visited Canada in 2004, and he used it as the background image on that first website.



Water for People – Silent Auction – Thank You

Thank you

The Silent Auction Committee, BC Committee of Water for People-Canada wishes to thank the following individuals and corporations for their donations to the recent ‘Silent Auction’ held at the BCWWA Conference in Whistler, May 1-3, 2016.

Through their donation of items & services for the Silent Auction, plus the sale of the shoe bags, over $3000 was raised for Water for People-Canada.

EOCP – (Environmental Operators Certification Program) was a major sponsor of the Silent Auction, contributing items donated to them by ITS Consulting, Metro Printing, Investors Group, Bayleaf Consulting, ABC Boards of Certification, & Robert Holley, Consultant.

Other contributors:

Neptune Technology Group (Canada) Ltd.

Cathy & Bob Jones

Crystal Lodge, Whistler

Aava Whistler Hotel

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Jelcon Equipment Ltd.


Four Star Waterworks

Judi & Bill Hyslop

Northlands Water & Sewer




EB Horsman & Sons

MTS Inc.

Thank you to everyone who bid on the auction items, and congratulations to the successful bidders.

And finally, a very special Thank You to the organizers & staff of the BCWWA Conference, who found space for us at the Trade Show on Sunday, and at the conference hotel (Fairmont) on Monday & Tuesday, and publicized the event. We couldn’t have done anything without you!