Director of Water and Wastewater
Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada
Employees: 237 Population served: 421,000
Budget: $109.7 million

College graduates are ready to take on the world, but a formal education isn’t enough to succeed. They need training, nurturing, and, above all, leadership.

“That’s where a mentor comes in,” says Paul Smeltzer, who has tried to have a positive impact on others during his 35-year career. “I couldn’t have accomplished what I did without mentors.

“He or she can guide our next-generation leaders to great careers. My message to these college grads is: Find a mentor, have a plan, and make a difference.”

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