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10/3/2014 - New Asset Management Primer to Serve as Resource


The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) applauds the release today of the new “Asset Management (AM) Primer” to assist communities in learning more about asset management for assessment of municipal infrastructure. The Asset Management Primer includes an outline for asset management and recommendations for municipalities to also implement asset management. The AM Primer was developed by the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) in support of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC), and can be accessed on the CIRC website: www.canadainfrastructure.ca

“While gathering data to compile the 2012 CIRC, it became apparent that many municipalities lacked critical information on their current assets, as well as the condition of those assets,” said Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) President Kealy Dedman, P. Eng., City of Guelph, Ontario, and CIRC Advisory Board member. “There is much work to do in providing the information, training, and implementation to make asset management standard practice across Canada.”

CPWA’s representative to the CIRC Steering Committee, Steve Wyton, P. Eng., City of Calgary said, ”The new Asset Management (AM) Primer will serve as a useful tool for learning about and sharing the benefits of asset management. Generally, an asset management plan provides information on the current state of the infrastructure assets, the levels of service expected from the assets, planned actions to ensure the assets can meet those expectations, and financing strategies to implement those actions. This is critical information that then should be updated on a periodic basis.”

The 2012 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card was the first assessment of the nation’s municipal drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment, stormwater management, and municipal roads. Work on an updated Canadian Infrastructure Report Card that will include new categories of infrastructure is underway and expected to be released in 2015. Today’s release of the AM Primer was coordinated by the CIRC sponsors and the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) who developed the Primer in support of the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card.

Both the new AM Primer and the 2012 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card are collaborative efforts. CPWA is a founding sponsor organization for the 2012 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, in cooperation with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Canadian Construction Association, and the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering.

For questions about Asset Management, or for help in advancing the practice in your organization, visit the CNAM Website (www.cnam.ca.) For more information about the 2015 CIRC and the upcoming survey, you can contact: info@canadainfrastructure.ca. For media information about CPWA, contact Laura Bynum at lbynum@apwa.net, or by phone at 202.218.6736.

- Report Card for Infrastructure Website   ( http://www.canadainfrastructure.ca )
10/1/2014 - CPWA House Finance Comte Prebudget Submission for the 2015 Budget


House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance Makes Pre-Budget Consultation Submissions Public -- CPWA Submission Attached

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance launched its pre-budget consultation process on June 6, 2014. The prebudget consultation process allows all Canadians including organizations like CPWA to make suggestions to considered by the Minister of Finance in the development of the 2015 federal budget. A report on the 2014 consultations will be compiled and will be tabled in the House of Commons prior to the December 2014 parliamentary adjournment.

CPWA’s recommendations to the Government for the Budget 2015 included capacity building in the areas of asset management and sustainability for infrastructure. Our recommendations are outlined in the attached submission.

This fall, the Committee will invite specific groups and individuals to appear as witnesses during the pre-budget hearings. The focus of written submissions and the panels this fall will be on six key themes. The themes for the 2014 pre-budget consultations are the following:

o Balancing the federal budget to ensure fiscal sustainability and economic growth

o Supporting families and helping vulnerable Canadians by focusing on health, education and training

o Increasing the competitiveness of Canadian businesses through research, development, innovation and commercialization

o Ensuring prosperous and secure communities, including through support for infrastructure

o Improving Canada’s taxation and regulatory regimes

o Maximizing the number and types of jobs for Canadians.

For more information, contact: Gail Clark, CPWA Staff, gclark@apwa.net


- CPWA Prebudget Submission   ( CPWA Pre-Budget Submission to House Finance Cttee (f08-06-14).pdf )
9/1/2014 - Annual Conference of Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships

About the CCPPP Annual National Conference
P3 - Delivering our Infrastructure Legacy

The Annual CCPPP National Conference is now recognized as the premier event on public-private partnerships (P3) in the world. It began in 1992 and has since grown to include over 1,200 senior public and private sector participants, making it the largest annual gathering of P3 decision-makers.

In response to the P3 2013 survey, 96% of delegates and speakers said that the conference met their goals and 91% indicated that they would recommend the conference to others.

Participants

This “must-attend” annual P3 event attracts a wide range of participants from the public sector at the municipal, provincial/territorial and federal levels across Canada as well as aboriginal communities. The private sector delegates at the conference represent a cross-section of P3-related professions, including law, finance, construction, engineering, project management, architecture, consulting, communications, real estate development and building services. There are also a number of attendees from other countries looking for Canadian opportunities or best practices.

Conference Sessions & Formats

The sessions at the conference include engaging discussions on a diversity of P3 projects, issues and best practices from Canada and other countries. Along with reflecting the areas of P3-related expertise, conference panels also touch on a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, transportation, transit, water/wastewater, justice & corrections, social housing, education, energy, and government service delivery. At the end of the two days, participants leave with a solid grasp of current issues and innovative ideas on how to take their P3 projects to the next level.

The Annual CCPPP National Conference is now recognized as the premier event on public-private partnerships (P3) in the world. It began in 1992 and has since grown to include over 1,200 senior public and private sector participants, making it the largest annual gathering of P3 decision-makers.

Name: P3 - Delivering our Infrastructure Legacy
Where: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
When: November 3 and 4, 2014
Organization: Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
Website: http://www.p3-2014.ca/Register-Now
Contact: partners@pppcouncil.ca
Phone: 1-416-861-0500

- P3 Conference - CCPPP - Link   ( http://http://www.p3-2014.ca/Home )
8/28/2014 - CPWA Elects City of Guelph's Kealy Dedman, P. Eng., as President


OTTAWA, ONTARIO (August 28, 2014) --The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected City of Guelph’s City Engineer Kealy Dedman, P Eng., to serve as President of CPWA for a two-year term (August 2014 – August 2016). CPWA serves as the voice of public works in Canada and its 2,200 members represent all aspects of public works across Canada.

In the President’s role, Ms. Dedman will represent CPWA and its members on national public works and infrastructure issues with the Government in Ottawa and will work collaboratively with other stakeholder groups on issues of national concern. She will lead an eight-member Board of Directors that represents CPWA Chapters and their members throughout the provinces.

Ms. Dedman is currently the General Manager, Engineering Services/City Engineer for the City of Guelph, and has previously served as Director of Engineering Services for the City of Cambridge. She also has held engineering positions with the City of Mississauga in Ontario, and started her career as a water resources engineer with Phillips Engineering in Burlington in 1997. In addition to her civil engineering credentials, she also recently earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario (2014), and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

APWA/CPWA Executive Director Peter B. King said, “CPWA is very pleased to have a leader of Ms. Dedman’s caliber take the reins during a very important time for infrastructure and public works in Canada. She has a winning combination of knowledge and leadership abilities that will serve CPWA and public works outreach and advocacy very well. We are both pleased and fortunate to have her as “the voice of public works.”

Ms. Dedman has served as a member of the CPWA Board of Directors representing the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) since 2011. Prior to her involvement on the CPWA Board of Directors, she served in many officer roles for the Ontario Public Works Association, including serving as OPWA President in 2011. Her involvement with OPWA continues and she recently served on the OPWA Host Committee for the APWA International Congress and Exhibition held in Toronto August 17 - August 20, 2015.

“Congratulations to Guelph’s city engineer, Kealy Dedman, on being elected President of the Canadian Public Works Association. Kealy’s leadership, expertise, and passion for public works are greatly valued by the City of Guelph. As President of the CPWA, Kealy will make a difference on the national level as well,” said Guelph’s Mayor Karen Farbridge.

A copy of the official press release is linked:

- CPWA Press Release - August 28, 2014   ( CPWA Elects City of Guelph's Kealy Dedman as President.FNL3.pdf )
8/18/2014 - CPWA National Public Works Week Award Winning Municipalities

CPWA Announces 2014 National Public Works Week Award Winning Municipalities

“Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow”

The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) is pleased to announce this year’s winning municipalities for National Public Works Week, held May 18-24, 2014, to honor public works professionals. Celebrated since its inception in 1960, the week draws attention to the important contributions of public works professionals to citizens’ daily lives, including the planning, building, managing, and operating the heart of our local communities – its infrastructure.

This year’s honors go to the following cities:

First Place Awards:
Small Centre Award – District of Squamish, British Columbia
Medium Center Award – Town of Whitby, Ontario
Large/Metro Centre Award – City of Mississauga, Ontario

Honorable Mentions:
Small Centre – City of Moncton, New Brunswick

This year’s winning municipalities were announced in Toronto on August 18th at the CPWA Annual Luncheon held in conjunction with the APWA International Congress and Exhibition. Winning municipalities were those that best met criteria that included public outreach including npublic open houses, displays of public works equipment, tours of public works projects, programs for civic organizations, and media events, as well as a focus on educating about a career in public works. Municipal public works departments also held career forums in local high schools, and set up displays and demonstrations for elementary schools, as part of the NPWW celebration in many communities. For the awards, municipal public works departments are also evaluated on staff involvement, staff appreciation, and even charity with one city donating all proceeds from its barbeque to “Engineers without Borders.”

This year’s NPWW theme “Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow,” was included in local and regional events and activities. It was especially nice to announce these awards at the CPWA Luncheon in Toronto. Individual municipal awards will be presented at a Council meeting or other event held in the municipality.