During the 2021 Virtual Conference and AGM, CNAM members elected members to the board. Please feel free to contact us – we welcome your questions and suggestions.
Katie Geoghegan, ChairAssociated Engineering
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Katie Geoghegan is an Asset Management Specialist at Associated Engineering. She brings over nine years of experience implementing asset management and business transformation initiatives in the municipal, provincial and energy sectors including as a consultant, public and private sector practitioner. Currently based in Vancouver, Katie has lived and worked in the Ottawa, Calgary, Regina, Edmonton, and Vancouver regions.
Leanne Brannigan, Vice ChairRegion of Peel email@example.com
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Leanne Brannigan is the Manager of Corporate Asset Management at the Region of Peel and has been foundational in the development of Peel’s unique Corporate Asset Management Strategy incorporating Council endorsed levels of service, lifecycles and risk to set organizational priorities and inform the overall budgets and capital plan. She has been key in establishing the internal relationships necessary for rolling the program out across all of Peel’s diverse Services ranging from Water Linear infrastructure through to Social Housing and everything in between. She leads a team of highly dedicated and skilled professionals with specialized asset management and financial expertise.
Matt Dawe, Past ChairPSD
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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.
Patrick Kelly, Secretary-TreasurerTownship of Wilmot firstname.lastname@example.org
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Patrick Kelly is a proud graduate of the University of Western Ontario. Mr. Kelly is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and currently holds the position of Director of Corporate Services with the Township of Wilmot. With over 15 years of progressive experience in the Public Sector, Patrick has participated on various cross-functional teams to find unique solutions to complex fiscal challenges. He has co-championed the establishment of a corporate culture committed to holistic Asset Management and is a valued member of Wilmot’s Corporate Leadership Team, specializing in asset management, corporate procurement, strategy and financial reporting.
Gabriel Bruneau , Director (Quebec)
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Gabriel Bruneau has over 25 years of experience in the field of engineering. He has worked internationally in the private sector, and for the past 15 years in the public sector for different municipalities in Québec. Involved in asset management for several years, he was an obvious choice for implementing and overseeing an asset management program for the City of Granby.
As Assistant Director General for the latter, he is responsible for the city’s financial department. He also coordinates and supervises services to the population, such as police, fire, public works, leisure, culture and social development. In this capacity, he coordinates as well administrative services such as legal and human resources.
He is also responsible for special projects development which includes the asset management program. In this role, he heads an Asset Management Committee and ensures the implementation of sound management practices to develop the maturity of the organization in this field.
Irving LeBlanc, Director (First Nations)
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Jennifer Duncan, Director (East: NS, NL, NB, PEI)Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing
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Jennifer Duncan is currently the Asset Management Program lead for the Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Through this role she has gained direct experience with both program and project related aspects of asset management.
Her program responsibilities have included the development and implementation of the Province’s Asset Management Program including benefits management, program governance and stakeholder engagement. Her project management responsibilities have focused on project administration and delivery. Jennifer is also the current chair of the Nova Scotia Infrastructure Asset Management Working Group (IAMNS), comprised of multi-disciplinary municipal clients and the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities.
Jude Pillainayagam, Director (West: BC, Alberta)City of Coquitlam
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Lee Anne Harder, Director (Prairies)
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Sudhir Jha, Director (Territories)Infrastructure ,GNWT email@example.com
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As Manager, Risk Management-Infrastructure – GNWT, Sudhir is responsible for managing the GNWT assets through the asset management Infrastructure program and in the previous job he supported 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 12 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, NWT outstanding volunteer award from the Govt.of NWT and Alumni award of the year from Concordia University for his outstanding contribution to Canada, promoting interests ranging from child care to new immigrants. Sudhir is a fellow member of Engineers Canada and Canadian Institute of Quantity surveyors-CIQS.
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 a past President of NAPEG- professional association, a past Director of CIQS – Prairies and NWT, director of Engineers Canada and a member PEO and the Canadian regulatory agency on plumbing. He also serves on a number of other related boards and organizations.
Cassandra Pacey, Director-At-Large (Public)City of Waterloo firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cassandra Pacey is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified General Accountant, and the Manager of Asset Management at the City of Waterloo. Drawing on her 25 years of diverse experience in both the public and private sectors, Cassandra’s responsibilities include managing the City’s Asset Management team and its custom-built decision support system. Some of Cassandra’s past experiences at the City include the development of a Long Term Financial Plan and related model, managing the federal and provincial grant process and coordinating the City’s capital and operating budget preparation process. Drawing on her years of diverse experience, Cassandra has enjoyed bridging the City’s finance and engineering worlds to bring together a collaborative asset management approach at the City of Waterloo.
Chris Klos, Director-At-Large (Public)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.
Bernadette O'Connor, Director-At-Large (Non-Public)WSP
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Bernadette O’Connor leads WSP’s municipal asset management (AM) services and has been a leader in the AM community in Canada for many years. She has been managing infrastructure for over 43 yeas and started her career in New Zealand during the formative years of evolving AM best practice. She worked as an asset manager for multiple municipalities before joining WSP and emigrating to Canada. She is a mentor to many of our staff, a principal consultant within the WSP team and helps many clients across the country advance their asset management capabilities. She has a true passion for asset management.
Darla Campbell, P.Eng., CSR-P, Director-At-Large (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.
Pierre-Louis Beaulieu-Bellemare, Director-At-Large (Non-Public)
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Pierre-Louis Beaulieu-Bellemare is a senior asset management advisor with a diversified experience of 16 years including project management and asset management. At PLANIFIKA, he leads a team of asset management professionals in the consulting area, working with asset intensive organisations mainly from the municipal and transportation sectors, to implement best practices in asset management. In this role, he accompanied several municipalities from Quebec in their asset management journey, notably by evaluating asset management capabilities, defining policies, strategic asset management plans and asset management plans, in developing good asset information management processes as well as decision-making frameworks.
Robert Price, Director-At-Large (Non-Public)Western Business Improvement Advisors Ltd email@example.com
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Rob is the Director for The Western Business Improvement Advisors Ltd (WBIA Ltd) which is a Canadian company that implements detailed Reliability based inspections on Assets as a fundamental pillar of their unique EDR (Employee Driven Reliability) platform. With more than 75,000 inspections deployed on smartphones/tablets, EDR empowers customers to confidently know the condition of their assets and prevent unplanned downtime.
For his entire career, Rob focused on transitioning businesses from being “Reactive” to “Proactive”. Rob is a Certified Change Manager as each transition requires a “People/Culture” based Plan, as well as a “Technical Plan”.
Duane Nicol, Director (Municipalities Under or Around 100,000)City of Selkirk
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Duane Nicol is the Chief Administrative Officer (City Manager) for the City of Selkirk (10,278 pop.) Beginning in 2014, he led the establishment of Selkirk’s AM program, wrote our asset management strategy, program framework, and bylaw. Duane now participates on the City of Selkirk’s AM team and guides the program’s ongoing development. Reporting to council, He is accountable for all aspects of the city’s operations. This includes the integration of asset management into all city service delivery, business planning systems and innovative initiatives such as our Tereo Award winning Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
Leslie Nanibush, Chair, New Professionals Network (Non- Voting)
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Todd Latham, Director (Non-Voting)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.