2019 Service Award winners announced

Congratulations to the organizations and individuals that were awarded for their service and contribution at the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show Awards Lunch on May 28, 2019, in Victoria, BC.


Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Stanley S. Copp Award
Recognizing outstanding and continued service to the BCWWA

Keith Kohut
Associated Engineering

Keith has been a process engineer for Associated Engineering for 15 years, specializing in water treatment, conservation and education for municipal and First Nations communities across the province. Keith started his involvement in the BCWWA Drinking Water Committee as their website caretaker, before championing the initiative to provide a voice for our water community in BC’s regulatory landscape.


Keith is now co-chair of the Drinking Water Committee and looks forward to lead future initiatives to build support for our small water systems and to expand inter-community dialogue and networks.


“Keith has been a huge source of support for the BCWWA over the years. His ongoing leadership has moved forward a number of initiatives to improve water quality for people in our region.”
– Marian Hands, Interim CEO, BCWWA

Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Young Professional Award
Recognizing outstanding and continued service to the BCWWA

Michael Thiessen

Mike has volunteered with the BCWWA Young Professional (YP) Committee since 2015, provided volunteer and leadership efforts on the YP and Conference Planning Committees, the Annual Conference Education Advisory group, and chaired the 2018 Student Design Competition Committee.

He is a professional engineer with McElhanney in its water resources group in Vancouver, focusing on stormwater management and utility design for municipalities and developers as well as the resource and transportation sectors. He is looking forward to gaining power and influence within McElhanney before becoming CEO and finally getting the office beer fridge he’s been lobbying for.


“Michael has contributed significantly to the BCWWA as a member of the YP, Conference Planning and Student Design Competition Committees. I know Mike will continue to positively impact the water sector in BC for a long while to come.”
– Marian Hands, Interim CEO, BCWWA

Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Organization Award
Recognizing significant corporate or collective contribution to the success of the BCWWA



WSP is a globally-recognized professional services firm employing approximately 48,000 people. WSP believes that development of a cost-effective and sustainable source of clean, safe water is of fundamental importance to the well-being of all communities.


WSP works with authorities, utilities, and developers to preserve, manage and improve water assets, water and wastewater infrastructure, and water supply and distribution networks. Using sustainable, efficient technology solutions, their global team of engineers and specialists works closely with clients to deliver optimal solutions tailored to their needs.


We recognize WSP’s continued support of the BCWWA’s mission to safeguard public health and the environment, through significant membership in the Association and volunteer support to numerous BCWWA initiatives, activities, committees and publications.

“The staff at WSP have been incredibly supportive of the work of the BCWWA for a long time. Currently, WSP employees sit on the Board of Directors, the Leadership Council, and multiple technical and standing Committees. I’d like to thank WSP for the significant, ongoing support they’ve provided to the BCWWA and the water sector across our region.”
– Marian Hands, Interim CEO, BCWWA

Service Award: 5S – Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers

Recognizing outstanding meritorious service, above and beyond the call of duty, to the BCWWA


Thomas Dunn



Pat Miller

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality


Mike Seymour

MSR Solutions


Criteria: Current member of the BCWWA and contributed actively, continuously and meaningfully to the BCWWA over the last three to five years (e.g. committee, project, etc.)