Board

During the 2019 Conference and AGM, CNAM members elected members to the board. Please feel free to contact any one of us directly – we welcome your questions and suggestions.

CNAM Executive


Valerie Williams

Valerie Williams, Chair, Director (East: NS, N&L, NB, PEI)

Halifax Water


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    Valerie is the Manager, Asset Management at Halifax Water and leads a team of technical and professional staff responsible for implementing the asset management program, developing the annual and five-year capital budgets, and overseeing the long term infrastructure planning and modeling programs. Program responsibilities include managing the sewer inspection and corporate flow monitoring programs.  Val is a graduate of the University of Guelph in Water Resources Engineering.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in municipal engineering and asset management.  Valerie is on the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) Board as the Director (East: NS, N&L, NB, PEI) and supports the local community of practice (AIM Network) and sharing her experience through participation on asset management committees, working groups, and conferences.

Matt Dawe

Matt Dawe, Vice Chair, Director, (Non-Public)

Vice Chair, Director, (Non-Public)


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    Matthew Dawe is the Vice President of PSD – Research, Consulting, Software. In this role he oversees each of the 3 practice areas within the organization: Research, Consulting, and Software. This includes the development and implementation of asset management strategic roadmaps, asset management plans, best practice research studies and technical software implementations. He is also responsible for the continual development and enhancement of both our Enterprise Asset Management and Enterprise Budgeting Solutions.

    He has been with PSD for 15 years with a primary focus on local government. This has provided him with the opportunity to work closely with industry leaders and develop a comprehensive understanding of the services that municipal governments deliver. He has been a speaker at several industry conferences including: GFOA International, MFOA, Canadian Water Network, and IAM. In 2016 he successfully completed the IAM certification from the Institute of Asset Management.

Melissa Osborne

Melissa Osborne, Past Chair

City of Windsor


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    Melissa Osborne is the Senior Manger of Asset Planning for the City of Windsor’s Corporate Asset Planning division.  Her current responsibilities include corporate asset management, capital budget and corporate energy. The Asset Planning area works to establish strategies, policies and practices through corporate integration, aligning asset management plans and principles from the operational and corporate level to the capital budget.  The area also assists operational divisions in addressing asset data gaps which hinder the enhancement of asset management practices for affected operating departments.

Russell Crook

Russell Crook, Treasurer, Director (Population 100,000 or less)

City of Red Deer


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    Russell Crook has a diverse background in municipal operations over thirteen years at the County of Wetaskiwin in Alberta, initially in Public Works (roads) Department, then as the Director of Environmental Services (planning and development, water, wastewater and solid waste). More recently he has worked at the City of Red Deer, in Land and Economic Development and, since 2008 has been managing the Enterprise Asset Management Program

    Russell holds a Master of in Business Administration degree from Athabasca University (2010). His academic, and professional, interests are in demonstrating value to taxpayers from enterprise asset management programs.

    Russell is a member of the CNAM Board of Directors (representing municipalities under 100,000 population) and Chair of the Alberta network known as Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta. Russell is also a senior member of the International Right of Way Association and serves on its International Asset Management Committee.



CNAM Directors


Joel Shaw

Joel Shaw, Director (West: BC, Alberta)

City of Kelowna


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    Originally from Saskatoon, Joel is a Civil Engineering graduate from the  University of Saskatchewan.  Since graduating with his masters degree, he has worked as professional engineer for 20-years and has extensive experience in planning, design and construction of municipal infrastructure.  For the last eleven years he has worked with the City of Kelowna where he is responsible for managing the Infrastructure Planning Department.  Joel’s team oversees annual and long-term infrastructure planning including asset management and the DCC program.

Katie Geoghegan

Katie Geoghegan, Director (Non-Public)

KPMG LLP


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    Katie Chesterton is a Manager in KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Advisory practice and KPMG Regina’s Advisory Practice. She has over five years of experience implementing asset management initiatives in the municipal and energy sectors.

Alicia Keating

Alicia Keating, Director at Large

City of Fredericton


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    Alicia Keating is the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration/Assistant City Treasurer for the City of Fredericton. Alicia was hired as the Financial Project Manager with the City in November 2007. Duties at that time included transitioning the City to become compliant with the Public Sector Accounting Standards.

    Alicia’s responsibilities include annual forecasts to ensure compliance with the City’s Long Term Financial Plans relating to capital infrastructure renewal and funding.

Sudhir Kumar

Sudhir Kumar, Director (Territories)

MACA, GNWT, North Slave Region


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    As Manager, Community Infrastructure Planning for Municipal and Community Affairs – GNWT, Sudhir is responsible for supporting community government in planning, development, implementation and management of community public infrastructure. He has introduced several new initiatives in community infrastructure asset management and also introduced a solar farm as an alternative energy initiative.

    Sudhir has worked as a civil engineer in Canada`s North for the past 10 years. He managed many engineering projects from conception to final completion in Nunavut, Kitikmeot Region when working with Community and Government Services, Government of Nunavut.

    He is also a tireless community volunteer. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to Canada, promoting interests ranging from child care to new immigrants.

    In addition to his M.Eng. (Civil) from Concordia University, Sudhir has diplomas in arbitration, construction estimating and software technology, and has completed risk management and business analysis courses.  He is currently 2nd Vice President, NAPEG, a Director of CIQS – Prairies and NWT and a member of  APEGA, PEO and the Canadian regulatory agency on plumbing. He also serves on a number of other related boards and organizations.

Pious Maposa

Pious Maposa, Director at Large

Region of Halton


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    As an asset management practitioner Pious has for the last 8 years been leading the Asset Management Program in Public Works at the Region of Halton, Ontario. Pious has financial and strategic management experience spanning over 24 years’ in both the private and public sector. Pious is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and holds an MBA. He has done a number of presentations on asset management at WEAO and CNAM conferences and is an avid advocate for Account-neering.

Chris Klos, P.Eng, PMP

Chris Klos, P.Eng, PMP, Director at Large

City of Winnipeg


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    Responsible for managing strategic direction through effective leadership and collaborative integration of asset management best practices. Drive sustainable investment decisions in infrastructure by developing robust asset management plans and well defined performance metrics to ensure consistent delivery of customer levels of service while reducing risk and minimizing asset lifecycle costs.

    Enhance employee knowledge and corporate maturity in asset management by initiating internal training programs focused on investment planning and project management. Create a continuous improvement culture that promotes on-going process development and the optimization of corporate procedures that provide guidance on the efficient allocation of resources and capital project prioritization.

    Chris is a registered Professional Engineer in Manitoba with a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation. He has over 15 years of private industry experience, functioning as a Project and Facilities Engineer responsible for implementing and managing large scale capital projects, production line enhancements and facility infrastructure. The balance of his career has been dedicated to working in the public sector for the Province of Manitoba within the Asset Management branch of Manitoba Housing and Community Development and more recently the City of Winnipeg, focusing on data analysis, benefit realization and developing a quality management plan to maintain the integrity of our Asset Management Program.

Todd Latham

Todd Latham, (Communications & Marketing) Non-voting Member

Actual Media


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    Todd is a media entrepreneur with twenty-six years of experience in business publishing, marketing and communications. He is Founder and President of Actual Media Inc. a specialized Canadian publishing and creative agency that produces ReNew Canada – the infrastructure magazine, the Top100 Infrastructure Projects report and Water Canada – the complete water magazine.

    Todd is a cross-industry participant, advisor and communicator with broad practical knowledge and an extensive network in the global environment, infrastructure and water sectors. He is also President of Blue Events Inc. (organizer of the Canadian Water Summit series) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) and the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM). He is co-founder of the Canadian Brownfields Network, a senior associate of the Canadian Urban Institute and an award-winning member of the University of Toronto Environmental Finance Committee. He is a trusted advisor and consultant to companies and institutions for his media brand experience, editorial direction, communications planning and marketing execution. He is a leader who inspires, motivates and exudes optimism with an instinct for creative communications, connectivity and common sense. He is an articulate, engaging public speaker and opinionated editorial writer. In March 2011 he travelled to Antarctica with Sir Robert Swan and became an alumnus of 2041 – an international group committed the renewable energy and the preservation of the continent. He is married with two daughters and lives in Toronto.

Loretta Gette, P.Eng.

Loretta Gette, P.Eng., Director (Prairie)

City of Regina


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    Loretta Gette is a professional engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal infrastructure management, planning, design and construction. She has played an integral role in initiating and advancing Regina`s Water & Sewer Utility along its asset management journey. Currently, Loretta is leading the development and implementation of policies, strategies and practices to continuously improve the Utility asset management program for water, wastewater and drainage services at the City of Regina. Her team is also responsible for developing Utility asset management plans and leading the short and long-term investment planning process to support decision making for sustainable service delivery.

    Loretta is a Director on the CNAM Board and a member of the steering committee for Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK). She has made several presentations to asset management and water industry conferences and workshops. Loretta holds a BASc in Regional Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina.

Brandon Searle, P.Eng.

Brandon Searle, P.Eng., Director, (Director at Large)

University of New Brunswick


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    Brandon Searle is the Innovation Director of the OSCO Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC). Brandon completed a BScE in Civil Engineering and a Diploma in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining UNB, Brandon worked in the field on capital projects from both the owner and contractor side before joining WSP Canada where he was an asset management consultant. While working at WSP, Brandon worked towards his M. Eng. with a focus on level of service in infrastructure management and completed a broad collection of courses in economics, project management, business, finance and engineering. Brandon enjoys getting involved in external organizations, where he sits as the CSCE Western NB Section Past-Chair, CSCE Atlantic Region Treasurer and on the CNAM Board of Directors. Furthermore, he remains involved in philanthropy work with a variety of organizations. Brandon is keen to collaborate and work with industry partners to grow the Centre, and create innovative ideas that will transform the built environment.

Jeffrey Morrison

Jeffrey Morrison, Director (Ontario)

Town of Essex


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    Jeffrey has been working for the Town of Essex since 2012, Jeffrey has been instrumental in developing the Municipalities Asset Management Plans, redefining the budget process for both capital and operating, and implementing a 5 year financial plan that dovetails with the Municipalities Asset Management program.

Darla Campbell, P.Eng., CSR-P

Darla Campbell, P.Eng., CSR-P, Director (Non-Public)

Dillon Consulting


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    Darla Campbell is the Sustainability and Asset Management lead with Dillon Consulting Limited.  She draws from her previous role with the Ontario Clean Water Agency on operational efficiencies and capital planning.  In 2018 she designed and delivered asset management training to 145 participants from 60 municipalities.   She has led workshops with municipal clients on levels of service and risk considering climate change vulnerability.  Darla has project managed the delivery of asset management plans that align with the new regulation in Ontario.  She holds the certificate in asset management from the Institute of Asset Management.  Darla is a certified sustainability (CSR) practitioner from the Chartered Management Institute.

    A speaker at many events, Darla participated in FCM’s AM Collaboration 2018 workshop as a panelist on lifecycle.  She has served on boards, both corporate and not-for-profit, including experience with national organizations. From 2012 to 2017 Darla was the executive director of the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (OCSI). She served on the expert technical panel to the Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure on the development of the asset management regulation for municipalities. She was the chair of the Strategy, Policy and Innovation committee for the CNE Association and serves on the boards of Rethink Sustainability Initiatives and Waterlution.

Justine Baudart

Justine Baudart, Director (Quebec)

City of Bromont


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    Justine Baudart is asset manager at the City of Bromont which is involved in the Leadership in Asset Management Program of the FCM.

    Originally from France, she graduated in geography and urban planning. She worked for Bordeaux Metropole as an urban planner on an urban renewal of a former industrial district, Les Bassins à flot, among other projects.

    Wishing to specialize in public asset management, she completed in 2016 a master’s degree in asset management at École de Technologie Supérieure in Montreal, Quebec.

Barry Kelly

Barry Kelly, Director (Non-Public)

Esri Canada


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    Barry has over 30 years of experience in both the CAD and GIS disciplines. During his career, he has worked in various aspects including design, teaching and consulting with the CAD and GIS technologies. Prior to joining Esri Canada, Barry was an independent consultant to various private and public organizations across North America. He also worked as an Applications Engineer and Account Manager with Autodesk Canada for 7.5 years, and taught GIS and CAD at Humber and Seneca Colleges. He is on the Executive of the Ontario Public Works Association as the Branch Liaison.

    In his role at Esri Canada, he has worked with the public works team to help organizations across Canada review and improve their infrastructure strategies with a focus on Asset Management, mobile solutions and data governance for the purposes of optimizing infrastructure lifecycles.

Irving “Bing” Leblanc, P.Eng.

Irving “Bing” Leblanc, P.Eng., First Nations Rep

Assembly of First Nations


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    Irving is the Director – Housing, Infrastructure, and Emergency Services at the Assembly of First Nations. His responsibility is to represent the AFN on the various initiatives and committees related to housing, infrastructure, water and sanitation, source water protection, community level and wide area emergency management issues affecting First Nations. Irving leads a team of dedicated staff whose goal is to improve the quality of life for our members. The Housing and Infrastructure, and Emergency Services Sector is supported by the AFN Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure, the Chiefs Committee on Emergency management, and the supporting regional technicians.

    Irving is the Director – Housing, Infrastructure, and Emergency Services at the Assembly of First Nations. His responsibility is to represent the AFN on the various initiatives and committees related to housing, infrastructure, water and sanitation, source water protection, community level and wide area emergency management issues affecting First Nations. Irving leads a team of dedicated staff whose goal is to improve the quality of life for our members. The Housing and Infrastructure, and Emergency Services Sector is supported by the AFN Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure, the Chiefs Committee on Emergency management, and the supporting regional technicians.

    Irving’s background in projects involving First Nations has provided him with first-hand knowledge of conditions related to water, housing and infrastructure needs in these communities. His experience at the Assembly of First Nations and with Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation has created a large network of like-minded supporters and contacts.

    Irving is a Board member UBC’s Res’Eau Waternet, UBC’s IC – IMPACTS (the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability. He also participates in Queen’s University Engineering Department “Circle of Advisors” which supports indigenous students in engineering. He is also on several steering committees including Queens University CREATE SERA (Sustainable Engineering in Remote Areas) program, University of Manitoba’s CREATE H2O program. Both programs support indigenous students entering and currently in water programs at these universities. He also represent AFN on the International Joint Commission – Great Lakes Water Quality Board.

    He also sits on the Canada’s Minister of Transport’s General Policy Advisory Council on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. Recently he was also accepted to sit on the Board of Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM)

    Irving received his civil engineering degree from the University of Waterloo in 1971 and is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario. Irving is an Odawa of the Three Fires Confederacy and a member of Wiikwemikoong Unceded Indian Reserve located on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, Canada. Irving is fluent in his Odawa language.

 

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