Dr. H. Peter Hombach

On December 31, 2016, Peter Hombach passed away peacefully at 73 years of age.

Peter leaves his wife Valentina, his son Sven (Lizanne), grandchildren Felix and Julian, stepdaughter Irena (Victor) and step-grandchildren Anna (Justin) and Alexander. Born in Essen Germany in 1943, Peter graduated with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Mūnster. In 1973 he joined the Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee as a research scientist, followed by interesting positions in Illinois and North Dakota.

In 1998, Peter immigrated with his family to Winnipeg and founded Osorno Enterprises to focus on providing drinking water and wastewater treatment in remote areas. Peter never entertained the thought of retirement. He loved what he did and continued to write microcontroller programs from his hospital bed until a few weeks before his death.

With Peter’s passing, Irena Motnenko has taken over the running of the company as Acting President and CEO.

Irena Motnenko, PhD

Irena Motnenko, PhD, is the Chief Technical Officer of the Osorno Group. She previously served as the Assistant to the Chief Scientist of BioDigestor Technologies of Canada, Inc.

  • In 1990, she graduated from Moscow State University, Russia, with an M.Sc. in sedimentology and marine geology.
  • She received her PhD in environmental geology from Moscow State University in 1999.
  • During the 1990s, Dr. Motnenko was involved in several research projects, including the international “Avicenne” project of the European Union.
  • She also serves as Vice-President and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sedimentology, Avalon Institute of Applied Science Inc., in Winnipeg.

She has participated in organizing several international conferences: as Scientific Secretary of “Applications of Micropaleontology in Environmental Sciences” (Tel Aviv, Israel, 1997), “Application of Micro- and Meioorganisms to Environmental Problems” (Winnipeg, Canada, 2000), and as Technical Director of the Third International Congress “Environmental Micropaleontology, Microbiology and Meiobenthology” (Vienna, Austria, 2002). She has served for many years on the board of directors of the International Society of Environmental Microbiology, Micropalaeontology, and Meiobenthology.