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CNAM Webinar: Spotlight on Newfoundland and Labrador

April 15, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT


Spotlight on Newfoundland and Labrador


April 15, 2020, 9:00 am PT / 10:00 am MT / 11:00 am CT / 12:00 pm ET / 1:00 pm AT


Here’s your chance to learn about asset management in Newfoundland and Labrador despite not being able to meet in-person in St. John’s for the Annual Conference! Join us for the webinar on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, where communities from across Newfoundland and Labrador will share their asset management progress, initiatives, and lessons learned. This webinar will include panelists with diverse perspectives representing small and medium size communities in both Newfoundland and Labrador. The webinar will also touch on the program activities being undertaken by BAM! Newfoundland and collaborative efforts with the provincial government to develop a provincial asset management framework and community of practice.


Brandon Searle, University of New Brunswick


Julia Hand, City of Mount Pearl

Melanie Shea, City of St. John’s

Tonya Knopp, City of St. John’s

Kathleen Parewick, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador

Tanya Osmond, Town of Woody Point



FREE for Members / $50 for non-members


Brandon Searle is the innovation director for the Off-site Construction Research Centre (OCRC) at the University of New Brunswick. Born in Moncton, N.B., he completed a BScE in civil engineering and a diploma in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship at the University of New Brunswick. Before joining UNB, Brandon worked on capital projects from both the owner and contractor side followed by a four-year position with WSP where he was an asset management consultant. While with WSP, he worked toward an M.Eng. focusing on level of service in infrastructure management and completed a broad collection of courses in economics, project management, business, finance and engineering. Brandon serves as the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) Western NB Section Past-Chair, CSCE Atlantic Region Treasurer and is now a past-Director of the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) Board of Directors.



Julia Hand is from a town called Goulds in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2010 she completed her Bachelor of Science from Memorial University and in 2014 completed her Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from College of the North Atlantic. Julia is currently certified as a Professional Technologist and is working as a City Inspector for the City of Mount Pearl in Newfoundland and Labrador. Most of the focus of her work surrounds commercial properties as well as associated infrastructure. She is currently completing the Asset Management Professional Program through PEMAC and will complete her certification in April 2020.


Melanie Shea is an accountant with City of St. John’s. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA) with 10 years of working experience in both provincial and municipal governments. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master’s in Business Administration from Memorial University. She has recently completed the IPWEA Certificate in Asset Management and has her Greenbelt in Continuous Improvement.



Tonya Knopp is the Manager of Facility Engineering with the City of St. John’s. She is a Professional Engineer with over 16 years of experience in managing complex municipal projects ranging from linear infrastructure, treatment plants, operations facilities and general building construction. She has obtained a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University, a Master’s Certification in Project Management from York university, a Master’s in International Construction Management from the University of Bath and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Bath with a focus on Climate Resilience of Municipal Assets. She also has a Greenbelt in Continuous Improvement.


Kathleen is a program manager, community planner and facilitator who supports MNL’s extensive municipal advocacy, policy and practice-related efforts through research, content development, outreach and education activities for the organization’s 275 member municipalities. The diverse files on her desk currently include the sector’s asset management (BAM! NL), regional government and Welcoming Communities campaigns. Kathleen’s doctoral research examined community-scale climate change adaptation in the Canadian Arctic, and she has contributed to numerous other climate change-related projects, including the “7 Steps to Assess Climate Change Vulnerability in Your Community” toolkit produced by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (2011).


Tanya Osmond is the Town Manager with The Town of Woody Point one of the seven enclave communities in Gros Morne National Park on the West Coast of Newfoundland. She has been with the town for 3 years and has competed the process for their Asset Management Plan.



April 15, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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