Congratulations BCWWA Award Recipients!

Congratulations to all of the award recipients. You each have contributed to making a difference to our organization and the water industry. Click below for award recipients' bios!

 

Service Awards

 

Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Stanley S. Copp Award

 

Recognizing outstanding and continued service to the BCWWA

 

Recipient:

Steven Conrad

University of British Columbia

 

Background:

Dr. Conrad is a scientist, teacher, and resource manager with over 25 years research, industry, and policy experience. Steve has developed this experience through roles with private consulting, municipal engineering, and as a researcher, chair of the Resource and Environmental Management water research group, and Associate Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Conrad is currently appointed as an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, at the University of British Columbia.

 

Dr. Conrad is noted for his work and leadership on decision sciences and systems engineering through his behavioral and complex system modelling research centered on water, energy, and food systems, climate change adaptation, and resilient urban infrastructure. Dr. Conrad combines a unique skill set in engineering, policy research, and cognitive theory and he is routinely sought for consultation on how communities can prepare resilient systems in response to risk and climate change uncertainty.

 

Dr. Conrad currently serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Water and Waste Association, having formally represented the BC Section on the board of the American Water Works Association, chaired the BCWWA’s Climate Change committee and co-chairing the BCWWA’s Risk and Resiliency committee.

 

 

Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Young Professional Award

 

Recognizing outstanding and continued service to the BCWWA

 

Recipient:

Negin Tousi

WSP

 

Background:

Negin has been a Water Treatment EIT at WSP in Vancouver for over 4 years, focusing on water treatment infrastructure planning, design, and construction. Her interest in sustainable infrastructure has led to her obtaining her Envision Sustainability Professional designation and focusing on long-term and holistic impact assessments in her projects. Negin has been involved with the BCWWA since the start of her career in 2016; serving as the affiliate and education lead for the Young Professionals (YP) committee, and stepping into the co-chair position in 2018. In these roles, she has worked with the BCWWA to develop the New Sector Professional program and the new Three Year Strategic Plan for the YP committee. She has also been involved as a member of the Annual Conference planning committee and Education Advisory group, and has been instrumental to inclusion of YP programming at the Annual Conference. Negin is looking forward to leading future initiatives in the world of water and wastewater throughout her career.

 

 

Outstanding Contribution to the BCWWA: Organization Award

 

Recognizing outstanding and continued service to the BCWWA

 

 

Recipient:

Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.

 

Background:

Kerr Wood Leidal (KWL) is a consulting firm specializing in water infrastructure including environmental science, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering expertise. Our services include infrastructure planning, modelling, design, and construction management for water, wastewater, stormwater and district energy systems. Our clients include all levels of government, industry, utilities, mining, First Nations, and developers.

 

We have over 180 employees located in offices in Greater Vancouver, the Okanagan, Vancouver Island, Calgary, and the Kootenays. Our dedicated professional staff members take pride in providing clients with technically advanced and environmentally responsible expertise that results in innovative, high quality, and sustainable solutions that achieve our clients’ objectives. We are committed to using the latest technologies to provide our clients with the benefits of advanced computer analysis and data management techniques. 

 

KWL’s core values of Accountability, Collaboration, Excellence, and Innovation express who we are at KWL. These values were developed by employees and guide our daily actions in terms of the work we do, the decisions we make, and how we interact with others. They inspire us to be the best we can be.

 

We share BCWWA’s commitment to ensuring safe, sustainable and secure water, sewer and stormwater systems in BC and the Yukon. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with the BCWWA. Over the years, we have supported our staff who have volunteered their time as Directors and on various committees and we are a proud supporter of the Student Design Competition. We look forward to continued partnership with the BCWWA for many years to come.

 

 

Industry Excellence Awards

 

Excellence in the Water and Waste Industry: Victor M. Terry Operator Award

 

Recognizing ingenuity and proficiency in facility operations and/or maintenance

 

Recipient:

Pat Miller

Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality

 

Background:

Pat Miller’s 40 years of work experience covers most areas of utility infrastructure and regulations: from telecommunications, water treatment and distribution, and wastewater collection and treatment to gas distribution. Pat joined the water & wastewater utilities at Sun Peaks over 26 years ago and has worked her way from an operator to Director of Utility Services/Public Works Manager for Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. 

Pat holds certification as a Level III Water Treatment & Wastewater Treatment. She also holds a Level II Water Distribution and Wastewater Collections. She is also a certified Compost Operator & a Gas Utility Technician. She is recognized by the industry as an innovator and skilled in regulatory matters. 

 

Pat is never stopped by any issues, it just might take her and her team awhile to find a solution that works. She is known for trying items that are outside the box, even if the engineers don’t always believe it the solution when initially proposed.

 

Pat believes in paying back all the help she has received over the years. She has sat on BCWWA’s Small Water Systems Advisory & Asset Management Committees. Pat also teaches part time for BCWWA and Thompson Rivers University. She served over 15 years on the Board of Directors for Environmental Operators Certification Program of BC (the certifying body for all utility operators in BC) with the last position of Past President and helped introduce the Multi-Utility Certification Options to help facilitate solving the issue of getting certified operators for small water & wastewater systems.   

 

Pat currently sits on the boards of Public Works Association of BC and BC One Call.

 

 

Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award – Individual

 

Recognizing innovation and excellence that advances the water and waste industry

 

Recipient:

Anthony Greville

Waterhouse Environmental Services Corp.

 

Background: 

Anthony “Tony” Greville started his road to interprovincial stardom in the municipal industry by graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1979 from the University of British Columbia. From there, he took on several different roles, beginning with Nalco Canada in 1982, and working his way up the food chain through Diachem Industries as a General Manager, to starting his own company, Klearwater, in 2000 with his business partner Al Nalezyty.

 

After bringing a new type of coagulant - Polyaluminum Chloride - to Western Canada, which in the words of the man himself “worked like a hot damn,” Klearwater split up and in 2010 Waterhouse Environmental Services Corp was born. Working in the field to support the plants directly and with his wife, Angela secretly pulling the strings from their home base in Lions Bay, Waterhouse grew into the industry leader that it is today.

 

Providing unparalleled service and support in BC, Tony built a network of friends and colleagues throughout the industry by being the type of supplier you could count on to solve any problem. Sometimes this was as simple as connecting the right people to share knowledge, and sometimes it was spending an entire weekend staring into a clarifier right alongside the operators during plant startup.

 

Whatever he needed to be, Tony worked hard to be the best of the best, and his reputation is a testament to the work he put in. While may know him by one of his many nicknames: “Snake Oil Tony,” “Polymer Tony” or more recently “Professor Tony,” if you know him, you have probably benefitted from his experience in one form or another.

 

We wish Tony the best in his “retirement” and know that whatever he finds to fill his time (aside from the rugby pitch), it will be to the benefit of those around him.

 

Congrats on your award Tony, you’ve earned it!

 

 

Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award – Group

 

Recognizing innovation and excellence that advances the water and waste industry

 

Recipient:

Rain City Strategy Team – City of Vancouver                                         

 

Background:

The Rain City Strategy team at the City of Vancouver is a cross-disciplinary and cross-departmental team of planners, engineers, landscape architects, ecologists, sustainability experts, and business planners. Together, this team has developed a 30-year implementation strategy that will change and advance how rainwater is managed in the city. The strategy identifies linkages and interactions of rainwater across the city, and examines how to efficiently implement a combination of grey and green infrastructure in roads, public spaces, parks, beaches, civic buildings, new development, and retrofit properties. 

 

The Rain City Strategy is a highly implementable, science-based, and solution-oriented plan for rainwater management in Vancouver. It outlines a vision, targets, transformative directions, and key objectives. It also details three action plans (Streets and Public Spaces, Buildings and Sites, and Parks and Beaches), which complement the transformative directions and promote the City’s transition to a water sensitive city. 

Through the Rain City Strategy, the City of Vancouver has adopted an ambitious performance target (capture and clean a minimum of 90% if Vancouver’s average annual rainfall volume) and design standard (capture and clean a minimum of 48 mm of rainfall per day). This target and standard are amongst the highest in BC and will help to advance the water industry through the need for innovative design and technologies. The emphasis placed on nature-based engineered systems that collect, clean and/or harvest rainwater will provide opportunities for industry professionals to enhance their skill set, and also collaborate with a variety of different professions to effectively implement green infrastructure. 

 

 

AWWA George Warren Fuller Award

 

Recognizing sound engineering and leadership skills, and distinguished service to the water industry

 

Recipient:

Glen Brown

Union of BC Municipalities

 

Background:

Glen Brown has played many influential roles through his numerous years of local government leadership and support with the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), the Province, Asset Management BC, the Partnership for Water Sustainability, and several BCWWA committees.

 

Since 2014, Glen has served as UBCM’s General Manager, Victoria Operations, with a portfolio that includes provincial relations and administration of the federal-provincial Gas Tax funding programs. Previously, Glen’s 15-year journey with the BC Public Service began as an Environmental Health Officer with the Ministry of Health, and culminated in Municipal Affairs and Housing as Executive Director and Deputy Inspector of Municipalities, where he led the team responsible for financial viability of local governments and administration of infrastructure grant programs.

 

Glen’s pioneering leadership in the fields of municipal asset management and water sustainability has profoundly shaped how local governments in BC make decisions about infrastructure and water resources. As a member of BCWWA’s Water Sustainability Committee – which ultimately grew into the independent Partnership for Water Sustainability – Glen has played a key role in dozens of initiatives that have transformed urban rainwater management and demand management practices over the past two decades. Sometime around 2008, Glen adapted the Water Sustainability Committee’s “Community of Practice” model to the problem of municipal infrastructure sustainability, when he invited a group of interested local government and association staff to pioneer the practice of local government asset management in BC. This group, which included BCWWA, quickly developed into what is now Asset Management BC (AMBC), which continues to thrive with Glen’s ongoing hands-on leadership and participation. Through AMBC, Glen’s initiative has profoundly influenced how local governments manage and fund their infrastructure needs, and how we think about the services that rely on community owned infrastructure. 

 

Glen has been previously been honored with several awards for his achievements by BCWWA, PWABC and the Ministry of Community Services. Despite his much broader recent roles, Glen has never strayed far from his roots in the water sector. In his spare time, you might find Glen literally in the water, chasing fish with his fly rod.

 

 

WEF Bedell Award

 

Acknowledging extraordinary personal service to a WEF Member Association

 

Recipient: 

Jennifer Crosby

Metro Vancouver

 

Background:

Jennifer Crosby holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Canada.

 

Jennifer has been working in the public water utility sector for 20 years and is currently the Director of the Project Management Office for Metro Vancouver, a public organization that delivers regional utility services and political leadership for the 2 million residents of the lower mainland of British Columbia.

 

She has been involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of several large drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities in the Vancouver region and has extensive experience leading successful initiatives related to asset management, capital planning, utility performance management, benchmarking and technical knowledge management.

 

Jennifer’s passion for the provision of effective water and liquid waste services has also included various volunteer efforts with local and international organizations. She is a Past-President of the British Columbia Water and Waste Association (BCWWA), a Delegate with the Water Environment Federation and has volunteered extensively in fundraising efforts for Water for People. In 2011, she took a 4-month leave of absence to manage a liquid waste project related to earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

 

 

 

Competition Awards

 

Student Design Competition   

 

The BCWWA Student Design Competition (SDC) provides future water sector professionals with hands-on experience working a challenging, real-world project. This year’s challenge focused on rainwater management solutions for the Cambie Corridor.

 

The 2020 winning team is Team CIVVIC (Noah Fanos, Brett Mikkelsen, Jacob Riedl, Robin Jory, Liam Kirchner, and Felix Motard) from the University of Victoria! They will be virtually competing at the 2020 Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC).

 

 

A special thank you to the City of Vancouver for providing and engaging problem statement and supporting data for the teams to base their designs on. Thank you also to our many volunteers who included advisors, judges and individuals involved in preparing the problem statement: Karline McCawley, Chris Radziminski, Wendy de Hoog, Akhil Kumar, Sarah Pour, Torben Ruddock, Haizea Aguirre, Ryan Ziels, Nav Sandhu, Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, Michael MacLatchy, Jongho Lee, Ian Rennie, Nicolas Peleato, Graham Hurlburt, Madjid Mohseni, Marc Apduhan, Steven Weijs, Ethan McGowan, Stephen Nuss, James Atwater, Chris Johnston, John Van Der Eerden, Colleen Chan, and the BCWWA SDC Committee.

 

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2020 Student Design Competition: Kerr Wood Leidal, CDM Smith, AECOM, University of British Columbia (Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Applied Science departments), Mequipco, Associated Engineering, EDI, McElhanney, Urban Systems, and KSB.

 

Without their generous support this competition would not be possible.

 

 

2021 Sponsorship Opportunities

Help us showcase innovation and excellence among senior-level post-secondary students in BC! Your sponsorship will help provide mentorship and professional development experience to approximately 40 students and will send the winning team to compete in the SDC at WEFTEC.

 

In you are interested in supporting the 2021 Student Design Competition through sponsorship, please contact us at sponsorship@bcwwa.org.