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CNAM Webinar: Getting it done – AM help for Small Municipalities and First Nations

June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT



A panel discussion covering three case studies on support services, tools, and methods to help small organizations do Asset Management. Panelists will describe the projects and discuss how effective they have been in assisting, supporting, and enabling staff in small organizations to progress with asset management initiatives. After the initial presentations, the moderator will facilitate a discussion and question and answer period. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions of the panelists or volunteer information about what has worked and not worked to help them. We are looking forward to a highly interactive session with lots of practical information.


Gordon Sparks, Technical Advisor to Asset Management Saskatchewan
Thomas Bucher, Asset Management Coordinator, The Confederacy of the Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMMNS)
Marcel Viennneau, Municipal Asset Management Coordinator, Association francophone des municipalités du N.-B. (AFMNB)
Bernadette O’Connor, Principal Consultant, Asset Management, WSP Canada
Member – FREE
Non-Member – $50


Dr. Gordon Sparks is, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Civil & Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, President of ATANA Management Inc, and Technical Advisor to AM-SK. Gordon was born and raised in rural Alberta, received a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of California in Berkeley. He is a Life Member, of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, and is also a Life Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. Gordon has over 40 years of experience in applied research and professional consulting in areas such as engineering economics, life cycle engineering and costing, transportation engineering, transportation planning, urban and regional planning, environmental risk management, decision analysis and asset management. He has worked with a wide variety of public and private sector clients at the municipal, provincial, federal and international levels. Gordon served a 15 year term (2000 – 2014), as a member of the Board of CAA – SK. Gordon was also the Founding Chairman of the Board of CETAC – West, which was formed in 1994, and he continues to serve on the Board. On weekends in the summer, you can find Gordon fishing and enjoying the scenery at their family cabin in Northern Saskatchewan.

I joined the Confederacy of the Mainland Mi’kmaq in 2019 as the Asset Management Coordinator. In this role, I have been able to apply my knowledge of infrastructure management and develop additional capital planning capacity through upscaling alongside our engineering partner and roll out a procedure to develop asset management plans for a pilot community. Prior to joining CMMNS, I gained municipal asset management experience working as an engineering student with CBCL Limited and the Town of Stellarton. During my time at the Town of Stellarton I assisted in infrastructure assessments, developing performance-based condition rating systems and GIS base mapping to assist in the management of their infrastructure assets. I am a graduate from Dalhousie University in 2018 with a degree in Civil Engineering, infrastructure. I currently live on the unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Truro Nova Scotia.


As former accountant/auditor, Marcel joined the AFMNB in 2009 as Member services coordinator. Part of his duties at the AFMNB includes various initiatives aimed at reducing municipal operating costs, particularly in the damage and liability insurance sector. He also coordinated the conversion effort to the new accounting standard CCSP-3150 in more than 30 municipalities.

Mr. Vienneau has also been assigned to FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program Technical Working Group since 2017 as a municipal association representative. As a partner organization, the AFMNB also received funding from FCM to develop training programs for small and medium-sized municipalities while helping them meet provincial goals. His association represents 50 small to medium size francophone municipalities in New Brunswick.






June 16
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT