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4/23/2015 - CPWA Honours Two Members Named to 2015 Top Ten Public Works Leaders List

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) announced today that two members were recently named as Top Ten Public Works Leaders 2015 in North America in recognition of their career excellence and dedication to public works. The two CPWA members, Darwin K. Durnie, RET, PWLF, Director of Business Development at Stantec Consulting Ltd. in Red Deer, Alberta; and Paul Smeltzer, P.Eng., Director of Water and Wastewater Services of the Niagara Region in Thorold, Ontario; will receive the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Top Ten Public Works Leader awards at the upcoming APWA 2015 International Public Works Congress and Exposition in Phoenix, Arizona during August 30 - September 2, 2015. Both Durnie and Smeltzer will also receive the awards at presentations in their local regions during May, 2015.

The APWA Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year program honours excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing career service achievements of individual public works professionals and officials, from the US and Canada in both the public and private sectors.

“It is with great honour that CPWA recognizes Darwin Durnie and Paul Smeltzer on their selection for the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of 2015. This prestigious award is based on their long-standing commitment to excellence in Public Works,” said CPWA President Kealy Dedman, City of Guelph, Ontario. “These two gentlemen have distinguished themselves as leaders in their professional lives, and have also advanced the public works profession. Both have served in leadership roles throughout the CPWA organization and network, in their own provincial chapters and on the national CPWA Board of Directors, and have also volunteered as leaders, mentors, and advocates, who have reached out to serve on committees and task forces with a dedication and commitment to the profession, and an understanding of how important the role of public works is to ensuring our country’s quality of life. They are outstanding public works professionals, and are well-deserving of the Top Ten Public Works Leader award,” Dedman said.

During his thirty year career, Durnie has held significant emergency management roles and has often been selected to assist with response and recovery of Alberta communities. Nationally, he has held leadership roles in two G8 and one G20 Summits for the government of Canada. With Stantec Consulting, as the Director of Business Development for the Red Deer, Alberta office, he leads the delivery of services in municipal operations, administration and legislation in Alberta. For the past 12 years, he has managed large scale capital projects to completion, and has organized infrastructure development and building improvements for existing communities. Durnie also introduced the use of GIS and GPS on large-scale regional water projects occurring in dozens of participating municipalities.

Durnie also directed the development of a web-based virtual as-built system and automated recording and reporting system attached to SCADA, which has become the state of practice for the regional water commissions that have been developed in the past decade. He continues to deliver training and education of staff, elected officials and peers, and his support of programs such as the Emerging Leaders and Young Professionals at the APWA/CPWA national and chapter levels. Durnie also is recognized for his creation of the Alberta Public Works Supervisors Program, his work on the APWA National Education Committee, and being named the first Chair of the APWA Certification Commission.

Smeltzer has 35 years of industry experience. In his position as the Director of Water and Wastewater Services for the Niagara Region, Thorold, Ontario, he is accountable for general management and leadership in the engineering, operations and maintenance working groups, and compliance of delivery of water and wastewater services. Prior to his role with the Niagara Region, he served as a Principle Consultant with AMEC Wheeler Foster, and was responsible for operations of the municipal infrastructure group. Together with his support team, Smeltzer was responsible for municipal infrastructure design projects, as well as tender documents, contract administration and construction inspection. He was the project manager for the design and construction of a 3.6 km four-lane cross section and water main installation, which is near completion in 2015. This project was a cornerstone of expansion in the town.

Smeltzer has been active in sharing his knowledge and experience, and leading others through presentations and training programs for engineering students at Ontario universities. He has also presented multiple times on the qualities of leaders and the value of mentoring, as well as being a Technical Professional. He also was instrumental in developing and administering a training program at Niagara College for water and wastewater operations, now a full-time diploma program in environmental technology, and also led a training program for Ontario Good Roads Association on Storm Sewer Design. Smeltzer also has served in key leadership roles for the Canadian Public Works Association and the Ontario Public Works Association for two decades. He served as a key organizer and host for the 2014 APWA International Congress & Exhibition in Toronto last August.

For more information about the Top Ten Public Works Leaders, or media information about CPWA, contact Laura Bynum at lbynum@apwa.net, or by phone at 202.218.6736.

About CPWA

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community and to improve the quality of public works products and services to Canadian citizens. CPWA’s 2200 members in Canada, plan, build, operate, maintain and sustain the public works and infrastructure that improve our quality of community life. ###

- PWA Honours Two Members Named to 2015 Top Ten Publ   ( CPWA Honours Two Members Named to Top Ten Public Works Leaders 2015 List. FNL3.pr.pdf )
4/22/2015 - CPWA Commends Government’s Commitment to Public Transit Funding

OTTAWA, ONTARIO --The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) commends the Government’s commitment to invest in public transit infrastructure through the new Public Transit Fund announced yesterday. The initial investment of $750 million over two years beginning in 2017-18, followed by an additional $1 billion per year, was announced in yesterday’s Economic Action Plan 2015.

“Public transit is a key component and driver for the strength and competitiveness of Canada’s economy, and it is also essential in improving our daily lives and the livability of our communities,” said CPWA President Kealy Dedman, City of Guelph, ON. “CPWA is pleased with the 2015 Budget announcement with regard to public transit funding and the ongoing commitment by the federal government that it implies. We encourage the government to continue working with municipal stakeholders and others in further defining the financing parameters of the Public Transit Fund.”

Dedman also commented on the importance of infrastructure, “It is clear that investment in public infrastructure continues to be a necessity for healthy, livable communities to thrive across the country. CPWA looks forward to continuing our positive dialogue with the Government of Canada as we review initiatives aimed at maintaining vital assets such as roads, bridges, water, wastewater and public park facilities, as well as investing in municipal capacity building in areas such as asset management and improving resiliency and sustainability to ensure that government gets the best return on its infrastructure investments.”


The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is an organization of public works professionals in Canada active in chapters in each province and members of the American Public Works Association, which has more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1986, the Canadian Public Works Association (www.cpwa.net) is the voice of public works in Canada, promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.

A copy of the press release is attached:

- CPWA Commends Government’s Commitment to Public Tr   ( CPWA Commends Government's Commitment to Public Transit Funding. FINALpressrel (2).pdf )
3/3/2015 - ON Wastewater Treatment Facility Wins 1st Canadian Envision Sustainability Award

As part of our public works outreach, the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) has supported and recommended the use of the ISI Envision® sustainability rating tool for assessing and promoting sustainability as a fundamental practice when planning and implementing projects. We are pleased to announce that the first project in Canada to earn the Envision Sustainable Infrastructure Award is a wastewater treatment facility in Ontario and it earned the highest ISI Envision® recognition -- a platinum award. The project is also the first wastewater facility to be Envision-verified in North America.

Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility Receives First ISI Envision® Sustainable Infrastructure Award in Canada

The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) announced today that the Grand Bend Area Wastewater Treatment Facility, located in Ontario on the shoreline of Lake Huron, earned the Envision® sustainable infrastructure rating system’s Platinum award. This project is the first ISI Envision verification in Canada, and first wastewater facility to be ISI Envision-verified in North America.

For more information,the press release is linked here:

- Press Release - Envision Award   ( http://www.apwa.net/Media/2015/3/2/First-Envision-verified-Wastewater-Facility-in-North-America )
2/28/2015 - CPWA Selects Town of Whitby, ON for National Public Works Week Award

The Town of Whitby, ON, Public Works Department, has been selected by the Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) to receive the highest award for their May, 2014 National Public Works Week celebration. The CPWA award marks the second time that the Town of Whitby’s Public Works has received the National Public Works Week (NPWW) recognition. Whitby’s 2014 NPWW celebration competed for the award with other municipalities in the “Medium Centres” category for municipalities that have a population of between 75,001 - 250,000.

This year’s award will be presented by CPWA President, Kealy Dedman, P.Eng., MPA, during the March 9, 2015 Town Council meeting at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall in the Council Chambers at 575 Rossland Road East, Whitby, ON, L1N 2M8. Accepting the NPWW award for the Town of Whitby Public Works will be Acting Commissioner of Public Works, Brent Rice, on behalf of the entire department.

National Public Works Week annually recognizes the tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain the infrastructure and services collectively known as public works. In May of each year, municipalities throughout Canada celebrate National Public Works Week.

“National Public Works Week is one of the best ways to increase public awareness about the importance of public works and their provision of services in our towns and cities,” said CPWA President Dedman. “The Town of Whitby’s Open House provided a forum for the public to learn more about the community enhancements that public works provides and the Career Booth serves as a showcase for the profession. The Town Council’s leadership and support from staff was evident in the planning and execution of their National Public Works Week,” added Dedman.

The Town of Whitby’s 2014 theme for their Public Works Week celebration during May 18-24, 2014 was “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow.” Targeted to a wide public audience, the NPWW events were advertised in community newspapers, at recreation facilities, on the town’s website, on local radio and social media, in schools as well as nearby post-secondary institutions. The town invited elementary and secondary school students, and featured a “public works passport” and map to guide students. During the day, younger students participated in hands-on demonstrations that included navigating a sewer on the computer and climbing on vehicles and equipment. Special groups of Brownies, Scouts, and Girl Guides toured the department in the evening.

The “Career Booth” feature was popular with both secondary students and others considering career options and possibilities for retraining. The Public Works staff talked about their jobs and sample job descriptions were posted in an effort to promote a career in public works. The Public Works Department also featured a career video targeting youth positioned to enter the workforce.

Whitby’s Public Works Day was both a public awareness and educational success. The Public Works Department created a Public Works Day 2014 Open House Newsletter with a separate photograph memory album for their event. The photographs in the album were intended to portray the Public Works services, the efforts of the Public Works staff and the engagement of their visitors. A new feature was created this year for the Open House to “Name the Parkette,” an indoor park of landscaping features and benches for people, and engaged visitors to provide names for the future park.

For more information about CPWA/APWA, or the National Public Works Week program, please visit the website at www.cpwa.net, or contact Laura Bynum, Media Relations and Communications Manager, via email at lbynum@apwa.net, or phone at 202.218.6736.

ABOUT CPWA The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is an organization of 2,000 public works professionals in Canada active in chapters in each province and members of the American Public Works Association, which has more than 28,500 members in the U.S. and Canada. Founded in 1986, the Canadian Public Works Association (www.cpwa.net) is the voice of public works in Canada, promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge.

- CPWA Selects Town of Whitby, ON for NPWW Award   ( CPWA Selects Town of Whitby for National Public Works Week Award FNL2. pressrel. doc.pdf )
2/28/2015 - Public Private Partnerships: What the World Can Learn from Canada

"A white paper released today by Service Works Global (SWG) in collaboration with The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships identifies the key factors that have made Canada a global leader in public-private partnerships.

Canada now has more than 220 projects, with those reaching financial close valued at over $70 billion. The white paper identifies the determinants of Canada's P3 success including:
- a stable pipeline
- efficient procurement
- a diverse market for project finance
- a supportive political environment

"The white paper provides essential insight into the growth of the P3 market in Canada. It explains how the extent of the trust between the public and private sector, combined with a strong legal framework and a competitive and efficient market have been some of the key drivers in successful infrastructure development," says Gary Watkins, CEO for the Service Works Group of Companies. "Service Works is delighted to have collaborated with the CCPPP on this publication."

"As this white paper demonstrates, Canada is an international leader in the successful use of P3s to meet our infrastructure needs, and that has had a tremendously positive impact on job creation and economic growth in this country. Our evidence-based research aims to promote best practices in public-private partnerships so that innovative approaches to infrastructure development are achieved in Canada and abroad" adds Mark Romoff, CCPPP President and CEO.

Link provided with the permission of CCPPP:

- What the World Can Learn From Canada: PPP   ( http://www.pppcouncil.ca/news/551-report-what-the-world-can-learn-from-canadas-p3-record.html )