Born and raised in the State of Maine, Chubb Michaud graduated with BS and MS Degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Maine. Moving to California in 1970 to advance his professional career, he started Systematix, Co. in 1982, where he currently serves as CEO and Technical Director.
Michaud holds three US Patents in ion exchange waste minimization technology. The company also currently sells and services filter media and media installations for Purolite Company, which they have since 1982.
A worldwide consultant, Michaud has conducted presentations on the global stage, including at the Cambridge Conference in the UK. A member of WQA, PWQA and AWWA, he has written and presented more than 100 papers in the past 20 years at events for those groups as well as TWQA, EWQA, MWQA, CGWA, SAWDA and numerous others.
Currently he serves as a member of the PWQA Board of Directors (which he has for eight years) and he Chairs the PWQA Education and Technical Committees. A past member of the WQA Board of Directors and Board of Governors, Michaud also chaired the WQA Ion Exchange Task Force and Industrial Section, as well as the WQA Softener Definitions Task Force.
Additional honors include receiving the Robert Gans Award from PWQA in 1991, WQA Award of Merit in 2000 and induction into PWQA Hall of Fame in 2007.
My first job as a professional was with Rohm and Haas Company. After a series of transfers, I ended up in the ion exchange group handling sales and service for the western states. I liked the technology and I liked the customer base. When I started my own business in 1982, I stayed with the technology.
How/why did you start/maintain your professional involvement?
In addition to being a manufacturer’s rep, I do a lot of consulting. Being active in industry affairs and taking an active part in directing various association business is a great way to network.
What are you most proud of in your profession?
I am very proud of my success and the recognition I have received by my peers.
What are you least proud of in your profession?
I am least proud of the relatively low standard for ethics exhibited by many members of this tight-knit industry.
What gives you the most joy in your professional life?
I really enjoy the camaraderie of being able to associate with the real professionals in the industry, share ideas and discuss common problems and solutions. It’s really what being part of the associations is all about.
What do you dislike most in your professional life?
I run a business. It isn’t all fun and games. The work is great but the business is tough.
If there were three portraits on the wall behind your desk (not of family) who would they be and why?
Thomas Jefferson, Leonardo de Vinci and Jesus Christ. All admired for their inventive minds.
Somehow I think I would be in the recycling business. Probably making productive raw materials out of old tires.
Why would you do that?
I’ve always been a win-win kind of guy. With recycling, everybody wins. Environmental eye sores go away and precious natural resources are preserved.
Polish up your crystal ball…what will be the three most important issues in our industry within the next five years?
Salinity discharge will continue on the front burner and spread across the country. Out and out water rationing will become the most practical way to make sure there is enough water to go around. And there will not be enough water to waste on growing food for animals. Bye-bye Elsie…Hello tofu!