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5/21/2015 - My Heros Wear Dirt (Public Works Association of BC)

Public Works Association British Columbia Executive Director Jeannette Austin speaks for us all when describing her heros in this National Public Works Week Message:

2015 Public Works Week: My Heroes Wear Dirt

Friday, May 15, 2015 By Jeannette Austin, Executive Director of PWABC

Today I want to share something that is very near and dear to my heart: My Heroes Wear Dirt.

My heroes don't wear uniforms with shiny buttons or capes, nor do they have super powers. They do however help protect us every day, and without them there would be no showers, or drinking water and the streets would be overrun by garbage or large potholes. You will recognize my heroes as the men and women who are often covered head to toe with dirt, working throughout the community. They are the water and wastewater operators who treat my water and wastewater, the skilled transportation and operations workers who make sure the roads are drivable, and the refuse collection drivers who pick up my trash.

To their friends they are better known as the Public Works Department. They sweep and clean the streets, clear the snow, pick up fallen trees after a storm, and are often the first at the scene during emergency weather and disaster events. They work long hours, in all weather conditions, to repair water breaks so their communities can turn on the tap.

Public works is the heart of every community. They are the quiet, unassuming heroes who go about their jobs with little to no public recognition. I feel it’s time we call attention to the public works employees in our communities for the everyday services they provide that we take for granted. Recognize your Public Works Department! Let them know you appreciate everything they do!

National Public Works Week is May 17 – 23 this year and the theme is “Community Begins Here”. There would be no community without the quality of life public works provides. There would be no community to police and protect, no public to lead or represent. Public works allows the world as we know it to be. This year's theme "Community Begins Here" speaks to the essential nature of Public Works services in support of everyday quality of life. (The American Public Works Association website)

My heroes wear dirt every day and they are the public works employees in every municipality in every province of our great country. Thank you for all you do. Happy Public Works Week!>br>

5/14/2015 - Saskatchewan and SK Municipalities Proclaim National Public Works Week

As organizers and proponents of National Public Works Week in in Saskatchewan, CPWA’s Saskatchewan Chapter broke the record this year by delivering not only a Provincial Proclamation but also Proclamations from the following SK cities:

• City of Meadowlake
• City of Moose Jaw
• City of Prince Albert
• City of Melfort
• City of North Battleford
• City of Regina
• City of Saskatoon
• City of Marman

The Province of Saskatchewan was also joined by the western provinces of British Columbia and Manitoba in proclaiming the week of May 17-23, 2015 as National Public Works Week.

CPWA and the American Public Works Association join together to celebrate National Public Works Week in Canada and the United States. Proclamations from Canada and the US can be viewed here on the NPWW website:

- National Public Works Week   ( http://www.apwa.net/discover/National-Public-Works-Week/NPWW-proclamations )
5/14/2015 - Manitoba Proclaims National Public Works Week
Premier of Manitoba Greg Selinger has proclaimed the week of May 17-23 as National Public Works Week in the Province. Noting that public works infrastructure, facilities and services are of vital importance to the health, safety, and well-being of Manitobans, the Premier issued the Proclamation and commended is observance throughout the Province. CPWA's Manitoba Chapter promotes National Public Works Week throughout Manitoba.

5/14/2015 - Newfoundland & Labrador Proclaim National Public Works Week

The Honourable David Brazil, Minister of Transportation and Works for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, has signed a Provincial Proclamation for Newfoundland & Labrador celebrating the week of May 17-23, 2015 as "National Public Works Week" with the theme "Community Begins Here."

CPWA's Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter will be promoting NPWW throughout the Province throughout the week and worked with the Premier's Office to secure the Proclamation. National Public Works Week is celebrated throughout North America in both Canadian and US municipalities and honors the profession and the services that public works brings to our communities with roads, water, bridges, sewer, parks, snow services, emergency management and facilities.

A copy of the Proclamation is available at the below link:

- Newfoundland & Labrador NPWW Proclamation   ( Proclamation Newfoundland & Labrador.pdf )
5/12/2015 - CPWA Promotes Asset Management and Sustainability on Parliament Hill

CPWA President Kealy Dedman appeared today before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities at a hearing/study focused on “Updating Infrastructure in Canada: An examination of needs and investments.”

Her opening remarks and formal statement noted that CPWA believes that investments in infrastructure are better planned and provide more return on investment when municipalities practice asset management and when projects are planned with the use of a sustainability rating tool, such as the Envision® sustainability rating tool.

In response to a Committee member's question, she noted the current Gas Tax Fund allows for spending on capacity building, but does not dedicate funds solely for that purpose. The result is that when the municipality allocates its funds, asset management is often overlooked as it competes with roads, bridges and other high priority projects. CPWA would like to see the Federal Government devote funds solely to assisting municipalities in implementing better municipal asset management.

Other witnesses invited and participating at the hearing included Federation of Canadian Municipalities CEO Brock Carlton and PPP Canada President Mark Romoff.

An audio of the Committee hearing is available on Parliament's website ParVue.

A copy of CPWA’s formal submission is linked below:

- May 12 2015 CPWA Appearance at House TIC Committee   ( Remarkks and Submission to House Transport Cttee re Investments in Infrastructure 05-07-15.pdf )
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 )
3/24/2015 - British Columbia Proclaims National Public Works Week, May 17-23-2015

The Province of British Columbia has proclaimed the week of May 17-23, 2015 as National Public Works Week throughout the Province. Noting that public works infrastructure, facilities, and services are of vital importance to the health, safety and well-bring of the people of Canada, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor, signed the Proclamation for British Columbia.

Now in its 55th year, National Public Works Week is celebrated throughout North America with US Governors and Canadian Premiers issuing Proclamations for their respective States and Provinces. Municipalities on both sides of the border will hold public awareness events, facilities tours, equipment shows, and highlight public works services and the career opportunities.

National Public Works Week is sponsored by the Canadian Pubilc Works Association and the American Public Works Association.

A copy of the Proclamation is available below:

- National Public Works Week Proclamation 2015 - BC   ( British Columbia - Proclamation - NationalPublicWorksWeek -2015.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 )