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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.

6/18/2014 - Canadian Public Works Association Events at Congress


CPWA is pleased to announce these “can’t miss” speakers and events organized by the Canadian Public Works Association at Congress in Toronto:

CPWA LUNCHEON:

Building Canada—Canada’s New 10-Year Infrastructure Plan and Its Commitment to Canadian Communities

Monday, August 18, Noon–1:30 p.m. (This is a luncheon and an additional fee applies)

Mr. Peter Braid, M.P, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities; Member of Parliament (Kitchener-Waterloo, ON)

Mr. Peter Braid, M.P

As Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, Peter Braid, M.P. (Kitchener-Waterloo) knows the nation’s infrastructure is a key element in the success of the nation’s economy, and Canada’s ability to remain a leader in an increasingly competitive world. Equally important is the role that infrastructure investment plays in assuring Canada’s municipalities meet their goals as vibrant, economically competitive, sustainable, and resilient communities. Mr. Braid will discuss the Government’s commitment to infrastructure with the new 10-year Building Canada Plan, and how municipal infrastructure will prosper under the Plan.

Mr. Braid was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities in September 2013. As Parliamentary Secretary, he assists the Minister for Infrastructure, serving as a liaison between the Minister and Parliament and the government caucus and also fulfilling departmental responsibilities. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011.

CPWA EDUCATION SESSION:

The Role of Public Private Partnerships in Funding Infrastructure in Canada

Monday, August 18, 10:00 am – 10:50 am

John McBride, CEO, PPP Canada Mark Romoff, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships

$1.25 billion in funding has been allocated in the new Building Canada program for public-private partnerships. Join us for a discussion with PPP Canada CEO John McBride and Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships President Mark Romoff on the role of public private partnerships in funding infrastructure and gain more insight into how to make these partnerships work.

John McBride
John McBride was appointed as the inaugural CEO of PPP Canada in February 2009. PPP Canada leads the federal government’s efforts to create value for taxpayers through the successful use of P3s. Since 2009, the Corporation has worked with federal, provincial and municipal clients to facilitate over $3 billion of P3 projects. PPP Canada is the lead advisor on federal P3 projects and leverages the $1.2 billion P3 Canada Fund to increase the use of P3s by provinces, municipalities and First Nations. Mr. McBride has over 25 years of experience working with the public and private sectors in infrastructure development and finance in Canada and abroad.

Mark Romoff
Mark Romoff is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP). Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.

Please visit the APWA Congress website to explore more opportunities for education sessions, roundtable events, and tours of public facilities in Toronto.