2019 Tereo Awards

On Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 Asset Management professionals from across Canada came together at the annual CNAM conference at the Delta Grand Okanagan, Kelowna, BC to celebrate excellence in Asset Management. The Student Symposium Awards, the Tereos, the Ambassador and Pioneer Awards were handed out.

Pioneer Award  Wally Wells, Asset Management BC

Wally Wells, executive director of Asset Management British Columbia (AM BC) and one of the original pioneers of infrastructure asset management in Canada, was chosen by his peers as the recipient of the CNAM Pioneer Award for 2019. Mr. Wells accepted the award at the annual Tereo Awards Banquet held at the Delta Hotels Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, BC as part of the 13th National CNAM conference from May 6-9, 2019.

Wally Wells is a professional civil engineer with over fifty years of experience in both local and provincial governments and the consulting industry who has made significant contributions to the infrastructure and asset management sector and provided consistent leadership in building the asset management profession in Canada. Wally was a member of the team that lead the first major assessment of the ‘infrastructure industry” across the country which resulted in the National Framework for Asset Management – which was effectively, the beginning of the industry in Canada. Mr. Wells joins the ranks of previous CNAM Pioneer Award recipients Konrad Sui, Gerry Davis and Mark Knight.

Wally continues to lead the way on national and BC asset management efforts as a speaker, facilitator and thought leader on many association boards, FCM committees and industry groups including Asset Management Canada – a national alliance and coordinating body of asset management communities of practice across Canada.

Ambassador Award  Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), Municipal Asset Management Program

Left to Right:  Alain Gonthier, CNAM Past Chair, Brett Phillips, Aymone Agossou, Natalie Johnson, Karine Proulx, Michael Burt, Bogdan Makuc, Anissia Nasr, Arpa Barua and Stéphanie Levine

The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) is a $50 million capacity-building fund entrusted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) by Infrastructure Canada (INFC) to enable the adoption and improvement of asset management practices across Canada’s municipal sector. Over the past few years FCM’s MAMP has significantly moved the yard stick forward across the country by building awareness about asset management, providing technical assistance to build capacity in asset management, providing grants for municipalities to build capacity in asset management and by mobilizing asset management knowledge and fostering pan-Canadian collaborations.

Actions and Achievements

2017-2018 was MAMP’s first year of implementation. MAMP has been highly successful this year, meeting all its objectives and establishing a strong network across the country that will enable continued success in the coming years. The program’s portfolio of municipal grant projects and partner-led programming is reaching MAMP’s target audience – small and medium-sized communities in every province and territory across Canada – and enabling them to improve their asset management practices. Most critically, MAMP has successfully fostered a strong and collaborative network of partners and stakeholders that is central to the program’s success.

Tereos Awards

1st Place  City of Selkirk

Selkirk has taken a thoughtful and detailed approach to managing the city’s assets, in a proactive way, and in a matter of a few short years has literally rewritten the book on capital asset management and how to integrate climate change into everyday planning.

Selkirk council initiated the move to improved asset management and the city’s Capital Asset Management Program team, known as CAMPers, was born. Their first step was developing an asset registry database that identified the city’s core assets. Since then the city has been recognized numerous times for its leading role in both asset management and climate change, including CAO Duane Nicol being asked to represent Manitoba on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities technical advisory working group and being a recipient of FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network grant funding. His most recent role is on the Municipal Climate Services Collaborative technical working group.

Nicol said the city set a goal to become a leader in asset management and climate change and he’s proud with the substantial progress made.


Left to Right: Dan McDermid, Duane Nicol, Megan Jakilazek, Kevin Richter

2nd Place  City of Vaughan

The City of Vaughan is one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities with a population of about 335,000. “Our City is building a sustainable, connected and modern asset management system by putting fiscal management and environmental sustainability at the centre and by ensuring the City’s resilience is driving all our infrastructure decisions”, says Vince Musacchio, Director of Infrastructure Planning and Corporate Asset Management.

The City’s Corporate Asset Management’s role is primarily to provide an internal support service coordinating Asset Management (AM) practices and improvements across the city by leading corporate-wide strategies and initiatives that improve AM processes, technologies, skills and data. The City’s Corporate Asset Management department has focused on developing a robust approach to infrastructure risk management in line with operational and maintenance strategies, implementation of effective mobile condition techniques, streamlining of pipeline defect assessments and data, development of an efficient long-term parks renewal plan and Council approval of five corporate policies to ensure the that Vaughan’s $4B of infrastructure is managed in accordance with the City’s strategic priorities with fidelity to the public’s trust.


Left to Right: Pious Maposa, CNAM Awards Chair, Vince Musacchio, Director, Infrastructure Planning and Corporate Asset Management, City of Vaughan

3rd Place   The City of Waterloo

The City of Waterloo has received a Tereo award from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) for excellence in asset management. The city was recognized for a new and complimentary cross-asset management tool that is helping the city be more efficient when identifying assets requiring renewal activities by optimizing timing while maintaining a high level of service with minimal disruptions to the community.

The new cross-asset tool helps by integrating asset performance information across various assets that are relative to one another (such as roads and the underground infrastructure) providing an opportunity to optimize the timing and rehabilitation methods. The tool integrates asset performance information for roads, sanitary sewer, water distribution and the storm sewer collection networks and enables prioritization based on spatial proximity and renewal requirements. “Our residents want to know that whenever we spend our limited infrastructure dollars that we’re doing it wisely,” said Councillor Jeff Henry, chair of the city’s finance and strategic planning committee. “While underground infrastructure is out of sight, it is top of mind whenever we dig up our roadways. Waterloo’s new cross-asset tool allows us to optimize the replacing roads and underground infrastructure, saving money and limiting disruptions to the community.”

Left to Right:  Pious Maposa, CNAM Awards Chair, Cassandra Pacey- Manager of Asset Management City of Waterloo, Cynthia McDonald – Senior Infrastructure Analyst  City of Waterloo

Student Symposium Awards

Left to right:   Madeh Piryonesi, Mike Benson, NPN Chair, Danah Ashcroft from WSP (on behalf of Naeem Farooqi, Bernadette O’Connor, WSP (sponsor), John Murray, Past President, Rania Toufeili

1st Place  Naeem Farooqi, University of Toronto

2nd Place  Rania Toufeili, University of Windsor

3rd Place  Madeh Piryonesi, University of Toronto

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!  We can’t wait to do it all over again in St. John’s Newfoundland & Labrador in May 2020