|10/30/2013 - Subcommittee to Address Canadian Emergency Management Issues
Canadian issues in emergency management
APWA Emergency Management Committee is forming a permanent subcommittee which will address Canadian issues.
The purpose of the Canadian Emergency Management Subcommittee is to support the Canadian public works community in their emergency management efforts. APWA encourages the public works community to integrate emergency management into their culture, including, but not limited to, establishing partnerships with provincial, local, and first nation’s governments, public health, and other emergency-response entities.
Aligning, as much as possible, the Canadian emergency response efforts after US response efforts to more effectively serve the public works community
Increasing communication between Canadian emergency management associations and the Canadian public works community
Acting as a resource to the Canadian Public Works community by providing recommendations and input on policy matters related to the public works community with respect to emergency management
Developing guidelines, Best Management Practices (BMP), model Risk Assessments (RA), model Emergency Response Plans (ERP), etc., for public works emergency management community in Canada>br>
Developing educational, awareness and outreach activities about emergency management tools, issues, developments and their impact on the public works community through workshops, seminars, the annual APWA Congress and articles for the APWA Reporter
Identifying partnership opportunities with government and educational institutes to move emergency management in the public works community in Canada forward
Providing input to the other four subcommittees and the main Emergency Management Committee
The subcommittee will consist of five members which will include a subcommittee Chair and Vice Chair (selected by the subcommittee members). The committee will also have a full committee member present who will act as a liaison between the subcommittee and full committee. There will be no term limits on subcommittee members. Expectations for the subcommittee include:
• Bi-monthly meetings (6 times per year)
• 2 Months for InfoNOW Postings
• 2 Reporter articles for the January emergency management issue
• 1 recommendation for a Click, Listen and Learn program
• 1 recommendation for an educational session for Congress
We have always known that the emergency management processes for our members outside the US are different but with this year’s Alberta flooding it became more obvious. It is important to us that we take additional steps to meet the needs of our Canadian members. We can’t do that without the input of individuals who are familiar with emergency management issues in the country.
If you are interested, please contact me. As always, thank you for your service to the public works profession and the communities you serve.
Emergency Management Committee staff liaison
|10/21/2013 - Toronto Will Host the 2014 APWA International Public Works Congress
The Canadian Public Works Association and American Public Works Association (CPWA and APWA) Announce Toronto as Site for 2014 International Public Works Congress & Expo
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will be set to welcome more than 5,000 attendees from over 15 countries
At least 5,000 public works professionals from over 15 countries are expected to converge in Toronto, Ontario for the APWA 2014 International Public Works Congress & Exposition. The annual APWA Congress will provide dynamic keynote speakers, world-class education sessions covering all areas of public works, as well as presentations on emerging trends in technology and sustainability. In addition, more than 400 exhibiting companies are expected to showcase cutting edge products and services.
Known as “The Best Show in Public Works,” APWA’s Congress in Toronto will be held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 17-20, 2014. “APWA membership includes over 2,000 public works professionals from Canada, and the last APWA annual Congress held in Canada was in 1988,” said APWA President Ed Gottko, PWLF, of New Jersey. “Toronto is an especially exciting location for Congress, because it’s an international city of warmth, openness, energy and style enriched by the fusion of traditions, passions and ways of looking at life of over 100 cultures,” he said.
“More than 125 education sessions will be offered on a broad array of the most current public works topics, such as integrating modes of transportation, sustainability best practices, traffic and transit, construction management, emergency management, engineering and technology, fleet and facilities, parks and grounds, snow and ice control, and stormwater/flood control, as well as solid waste, roads and bridges and water/wastewater,” said APWA Executive Director Peter B. King.
The EXPO Experience
APWA is again producing The Expo Experience in 2014, which will be located on the Expo Floor, bringing more opportunities to learn. It will feature live interviews with session speakers, power learning sessions, cyber stations, and over 400 exhibitors. Also featured will be the Technology Pavilion with all of the latest technologies in public works, a Green Pavilion for the newest eco-friendly products and services, and a Central Park Experience with innovative parks/recreation products on the show floor.
Watch for details about sessions and speakers on the APWA website at: www.apwa.net. All media members are invited.
For more information, send queries to Laura Bynum, APWA Media Relations/Communications Manager by fax to:
202-408-9542, or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|10/3/2013 - Conference on Public Private Partnership, Nov7-8, 2013, Toronto Canada
The 21st Annual CCPPP Annual Conference on Public Private Partnership, November 7-8, 2013, Toronto Canada
The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) will host its 21st annual conference, “Canadian P3: Building the Global Standard,” on November 7 and 8 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
With Canadian governments renewing investments in infrastructure and services in a climate of austerity, public-private partnerships (P3s) continue to be a proven alternative to traditional delivery. Hear about emerging sectors, best practices and topical issues that are shaping P3s today and into the future.
This year’s program will feature high-profile keynote speakers, including Jin-Yong Cai, CEO, International Finance Corporation and Tim Leiweke, president and CEO, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment as well as Canada’s P3 agency heads, auditors general, leading mayors and representatives from US states who will discuss latest P3 developments in their respective jurisdictions.
“This is the P3 event of the year that will bring together 1,200 public and private sector leaders from across the country and around the world to debate and discuss the latest issues,” says Mark Romoff, president and CEO, CCPPP. “It’s a chance for representatives from a wide variety of professions to hear about what’s putting Canada on the map as a global P3 leader.”
More information is available at the below link:
- CCPPP Annual Conference - Public Private Partners ( http://www.p3-2013.ca/P32013/Home.aspx )
|9/12/2013 - CPWA Announces National Public Works Week Award Winners
CPWA Announces National Public Works Week Award Winning Municipalities
The CPWA Luncheon at the APWA Congress in Chicago, IL USA was the venue for the announcement of the highly anticipated “winners list” for the 2013 CPWA National Public Works Week (NPWW) Awards program. Cities throughout Canada participate in this program which fosters a friendly competition among municipalities and regions, small and large, to engage the public, schools, their own staff, and local government in celebrating both the profession and services of public works during National Public Works Week. 2013 NPWW Chair Kealy Dedman, Director of Engineering, City of Cambridge, ON announced winners from a field of seven municipalities submitting summaries of their local week-long events.
Municipalities submitting their events for the CPWA NPWW Awards included:
District of Squamish, BC (population 17,00)
City of Kamloops, BC (population 86,000)
Town of Whitby, ON (population 122,000)
City of Burlington, ON (population 175,000)
Town of Richmond Hill, ON (population 192,000)
City of Brampton, ON (population 600,000)
City of Mississauga, ON (population 740,000)
The “Winners” for the 2013 CPWA National Public Works Week:
Small Centres: Populations: 75,000 and Under
District of Squamish, BC
Medium Centres: Populations: 75,001 - 250,000
Town of Richmond Hill, ON
Large/Metro Centres: Populations: 250,001 and above
City of Brampton, Ontario
The “Honourable Mentions” for 2013 CPWA National Public Works Week:
Medium Centres: Populations: 75,001 - 250,000
City of Kamloops, BC
Large/Metro Centres: Populations: 250,001 and over
City of Mississauga, Ontario
Every municipality that celebrates NPWW is a winner and it is always difficult to select winners from among the creative entries that we receive each year. Each of the municipalities invest much time, effort, and creativity into their displays, outreach, and events. We thank each municipality that takes time to celebrate National Public Works Week and recognize their celebration of public works and their investment in the future of our profession.
Award winning municipalities will have their awards presented by a CPWA Director during a local town council meeting or other event of their choice.
|9/12/2013 - Asset Management BC offers asset management workshop in Oct.
On Thursday, October 10, Asset Management BC, in partnership with the Local Government Managers Association is hosting a workshop in Vancouver. The keynote speaker is: Marie Lemay, Associate Deputy Minister, Infrastructure Canada.
Training for Municipal employees based on the Australian NAMS format will be offered by Asset Management BC. Contact AM BC for details.
The most recent Asset Management BC Newsletter is also attached.
Wally Wells P. Eng.
Asset Management BC
250 – 741-9887
- Asset Management BC Newsletter - Spring 2013 ( AMBC Newsletter Edition 8 Spring 2013.pdf )