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National Executive
British Columbia Ontario  Prince Edward Island
Alberta Quebec Newfoundland and Labrador
Saskatchewan New Brunswick Nunavut
Manitoba Nova Scotia Northwest Territories





Dave Murray, président / President

Dave Murray, P.Eng., CWRA National President, is a water resources engineer with particular interest in flood hazard management. He has over 25 years of experience working with communities, planning and designing flood and erosion hazard management, stream restoration and bioengineering.  In his work with regional and municipal governments, First Nations and industrial clients and has observed cyclical patterns in behavior such as the “hydro-illogical cycle” of flood hazard management and the “political return period of flood funding”.  Dave is a strong advocate of risk based decision making by fully understanding the flood hazards, vulnerabilities and consequences as opposed to standards based, one-size-fits solutions to flood hazard management.

Dave holds a technical diploma in Civil Engineering (Camosun College) and a Degree in Water Resources Engineering (University of New Brunswick) and is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).  Dave became National President of CWRA after several years of developing one of western Canada’s prominent water resources groups where he is a principal and senior water resources engineer with Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers (KWL).  He was previously president of the CWRA BC Branch in 2001-2003 and served as a national board director from 1999-2004.

Dave’s project highlights include Flood Protection of Vancouver International Airport, Thain Creek Daylighting project in the City of North Vancouver in 1999 (ACEC award) and the Stoltz Bluff stabilization and channel relocation on the Cowichan River for the BC Conservation Foundation, the largest stream restoration project on Vancouver Island in over 20 years and winner of APEGBC 2008 Sustainability Award. In his spare time Dave spends time restoring a classic Mustang, sailing BC’s Westcoast, is involved with a local Rotary club and active in community fundraising and environmental projects.  In 2008-9 Dave and his family travelled extensively through the South Pacific and Asia which included some volunteer work in India and Thailand.


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Sean Douglas, Président désigné / President Elect

Sean Douglas is currently an Alberta Branch and National Director of the CWRA, he has been involved since 2000, when he was asked to "help out" with a conference.... In his spare time Sean works for the Alberta Government in the department of Environment and Sustainable Resources Development. He has been with the department for 17 years, first for 12 years as a technical hydrologist, supporting in-house design and water licensing, and then in the department's infrastructure group, providing technical support to the operation and maintenance of the provincial water management infrastructure. Although Sean is now a manager, he still considers himself to be a reasonable hydrologist, a fairly qualified hydrotechnical engineer, and a pretty good project manager. Subjects he could speak to would include: infrastructure assessment, project prioritization, prairie / mountain hydrology and beer.

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Ute Holweger, président sortant / Past-President

Ute Holweger is a Professional Landscape Architect with extensive knowledge and over 20 years of public sector experience in water and watershed management, natural resource management, landscape-based planning, agricultural sustainability and landscape ecology. This experience includes providing professional expertise on issues like Lake Winnipeg water quality and on agricultural water management. She currently is the Past President of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA), and has been an active CWRA member for over 15 years. Ute is employed at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) where she is a Senior Advisor to the Director General for the Prairie Region of the Science and Technology Branch.

She is effective in developing and fostering strategic partnerships and collaborative approaches with various government agencies, non-government organizations, volunteer groups, academia and other stakeholders. Ute holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (1992) and Master of Landscape Architecture (1998) from the University of Manitoba and has also obtained a Certificate of Strategic Leadership from the Banff Centre (2013).

Area of Expertise: watershed planning, agricultural management practices, water and nutrient management in farming systems, Lake Winnipeg Basin water quality

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Ed Dean, Trésorier / Treasurer  **COMING SOON**

John van der Eerden, Secrétaire / Secretary

John is Vice-President - Water Resources with Associated Engineering. Although based in Burnaby, B.C., John's role involves providing leadership to Associated Engineering's Water Resources practice across Canada.

John has been active in Water Resources Engineering for 27 years. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1987 and completed a Master's program in Water Resources Engineering in 1994. His experience includes project management, analysis, and design on a variety of water resources projects including hydrology, watershed management, urban drainage, stormwater management, flood control, dyking and drainage, and river engineering.

Some notable projects include lead drainage engineer for the $3.0B Port Mann-Highway 1 Design-Build Highway project in the Lower Mainland of BC, Co-Author of the Dike Design and Construction Guide – Best Management Practices for BC, and the Mill Creek Floodplain Bylaw, Kelowna BC.

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Rick Ross, Directeur exécutif / Executive Director

Rick is a professional engineer and manager who spent 27 years as General Manager of the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District in Alberta, where he became involved with the Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Joyce with 4 adult children.Rick is enthusiastic about water - you might say water is his hobby, and involvement with Canadian Water Resources Association since 1973 is indicative of this.

During an Australian tour with the Golburn Murray Water organization in Tatura, Victoria, he learned their operating systems and organizational structure as well as policies and procedures. He spent significant time visiting farmers who were keen to optimize their irrigation and utilize funds gained from water transfers to new producers. These new farmers were now able to produce significant crops on land that had previously been left fallow.

Over his tenure with the CWRA he has been a proven leader of the organization and has contributed enthusiastically to their mandate of "promoting effective water management."

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British Columbia
présidente / Branch President - Michael Florendo  **COMING SOON**
Vice President - Matthew Graham  **COMING SOON**

Past President - Tamsin Lyle

Tamsin Lyle is principal and founding engineer with Ebbwater Consulting, a Vancouver based company that is wholly focused on flood management. Over her 15-year career she has she has developed in-depth technical knowledge of flood mechanisms along with a broad understanding of flood policy and planning. She works across the country to help communities mitigate their flood risk, and often speaks out on the need to manage floods in a holistic and integrated manner.

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Finance Chair - Lawrence Francois  **COMING SOON**
Treasurer - Nikou Jalayeri  **COMING SOON**
Secretary - Craig Sutherland  **COMING SOON**



président / Branch President - Rick Carnduff

Mr. Carnduff is a Water Resources Engineer who is presently employed with Stantec Consulting Ltd. in Calgary, Alberta. With 38 years of experience in analysis, design and construction throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia Rick specializes in Stormwater Management and has conducted numerous studies and project related designs of new and retrofit infrastructure such as storm ponds, control structures, storm trunks and outfall structures.

In addition to his stormwater management expertise Mr. Carnduff's career includes flood mitigation studies, design of drainage and flood control systems and design of farm irrigation systems. In 2013-2014 Rick was personally involved in numerous flood mitigation activities arising from the June 2013 flood in Southern Alberta.

Rick is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering as well as a post-graduate of the University of Calgary in 1992 with a Master of Engineering. He is a long standing member of the CWRA since 1983 and is presently President of the Alberta Chapter of CWRA and a National Director. He is also active as Chair of the Urban Development - Calgary Water Management Sub-Committee and volunteers on numerous industry and government committees.

Mr. Carnduff enjoys family life with his wife Deborah, two children and seven grandchildren. When time allows, he enjoys outdoor photography and leisure activities such as golf, bike riding and fishing.

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Vice President - Peter Morgan  **COMING SOON**
Past President - Andrew Chan  **COMING SOON**
Treasurer - Robyn Andrishak  **COMING SOON**
Secretary - Sarah Fruin  **COMING SOON**



président / President - Jamie Hogan

Jaime Hogan is a hydrologist and project manager in Golder’s Saskatoon office with 11 years of experience in environmental consulting focused on water resources projects.  She completed her studies in the Environmental Earth Sciences program as well as a Master of Science degree studying peatland hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan.  As a consultant, Jaime has been involved in numerous hydrology field assessments and studies, baseline studies and environmental assessments for a wide range of developments in the prairie provinces as well as Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Nunavut, and Labrador. She is currently leading hydrological monitoring programs and baseline studies in Saskatchewan and Alberta for a variety of clients.  She is a Professional Geoscientist in Saskatchewan.  Jaime has been involved with the Canadian Water Resources Association this past year as President for the Saskatchewan Branch.

Vice-President - Malcolm Conly  

Past President - Bob Halliday 

Bob is the president of R. Halliday & Associates and has been a consulting engineer for more than 15 years. He is a former director of Canada's National Hydrology Research Centre. He has served on several International Joint Commission boards and represented Canada at other international water-related organizations. He was a founding member of the Advisory Council for International Project WET. Currently he chairs the Board of the Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin – a water stewardship organization and is also a board member of the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.

Consulting activities concern interjurisdictional water management, floodplain management and hydrometry. His interests include effects of climate change on water resources as well as energy and water matters. He has consulted overseas, primarily in Latin America and China.

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Treasurer - Curtis Hallberg  **COMING SOON**
Secretary - Brad Uhrich  **COMING SOON**

président / President - Eric Blais

Eric Blais graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography as well as a Master of Arts in Fluvial Geomorphology. He is a hydrologist with over 35 years of experience in the water resources field, including over 25 years as consultant. He is currently employed by Amec Foster Wheeler in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His experience includes hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, flood forecasting, design of erosion and sedimentation control measures and environmental impact assessment. Career highlights include development of some of the largest watershed (combined hydrologic and hydraulic) models ever developed in Canada and acting as the project manager for assessment of emergency flood mitigation options for Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin during the 2011 flood. This role included detailed design and construction of the Lake St. Martin Emergency Outlet Channel.

He reviewed the Guidelines on Extreme Flood Analysis produced by Alberta Transportation and acted as the technical expert for the Lake Manitoba Regulation Review Advisory Committee set up by the Province of Manitoba. The goal was to reach consensus on the management of Lake Manitoba with consideration of flood impact on downstream residents.

He has been a member of the CWRA since 1985 and in that time has served in many roles including Manitoba Branch President, National Secretary and National Chair for the Canadian Society for the Hydrological Sciences.

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Vice-President - Stephen Carlyle  **COMING SOON**
Past President - Carly Deleveau  **COMING SOON**
Treasurer - Dave Fuchs  **COMING SOON**
Secretary - Melissa Haresign  **COMING SOON**
président / President - Steve Brown  **COMING SOON**
Vice-President - Jeff Hirvonen  **COMING SOON**

Past President - Nacy Davy

Nancy Davy has over 28 years of experience in watershed management, land-use planning and growth management and environmental and natural hazard policy development. She obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo. In her role as Director of Resource Management at Grand River Conservation Authority in Cambridge, Ontario she works with an integrated team of environmental professionals in planning, policy, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, agricultural and forestry specialists serving rural landowners, and environmental educators. Nancy is a member of the Grand River Water Managers Working Group which includes federal, provincial, municipal and agency stakeholders. The group oversees the implementation of the 2014 Water Management Plan for the Grand River watershed and strategic actions related to ensuring a sustainable water supply for communities and ecosystems; reducing potential flood damages; improving water quality to maintain river health and reduce the river’s impact on Lake Erie; and increasing resiliency to deal with climate change. Nancy is President of the Ontario Branch.

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Treasurer - Gail Faveri  **COMING SOON**
Secretary - Nathan Garland  **COMING SOON**

président / President - Gilles Rivard

vice-président / Vice-President - Luc Roy  **COMING SOON**
president sortant / Past President - André Carpentier  **COMING SOON**
tresoier / Treasurer - André Carpentier  **COMING SOON**

secrétaire / Secretary - Claude Faucher


 New Brunswick

président / President - Gordon Fairchild

Gordon Fairchild's professional training is in soil fertility and soil biology. He obtained a B.Sc. (Agr) in 1980 and a M.Sc. in 1983 in Soil Science from McGill University and a Ph.D. in soil fertility / biology in 1989 from the University of Guelph. He was the soil conservation specialist at the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre (a small NGO) in New Brunswick from 1997 to 2012 where he was largely involved professionally with promotion and awareness of agricultural best management practices for soil and water conservation. He is currently involved with small agricultural innovation projects in New Brunswick.

Water Resources Expertise - Promoting and raising awareness of agricultural best management practices for soil and water conservation

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Nova Scotia


Prince Edward Island


Newfoundland and Labrador

président / President - Sophia Granchino  **COMING SOON**

Northwest Territories

président / President - Bob Reid  **COMING SOON**

CANCID (Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage)

président CNID / President CANCID - A.K. Abdel-Razek  **COMING SOON**

Trésorier-Trésorier / Secretary-Treasurer CANCID; vice-president/Vice-President International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)

Laurie Tollefson

Laurie is a professional agrologist specializing in sustainable irrigated production practice. He is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and has more than 30 years of experience in irrigation and drainage. He proudly owns and operates a Canadian farm.

He has worked for AAFC since 1980 and has held various technical and management positions that include the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Centre and National Science Manager. He was instrumental in the Constraints to Irrigation study in Canada and has worked to incorporate it into Canadian water policy. He is an affiliate professor at the University of Saskatchewan and adjunct professor at the University of Inner Mongolia.

Laurie is currently the treasurer and secretary for CANCID and was elected VP of International Commission of Irrigation and Drainage (ICID) in 2012. Along with CWRA, he is active in other technical, professional and research associations including Agriculture Institute of Canada, Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists, the American Society of Agronomy and Global Research Alliance on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation

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CSHS (Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences)  
Wayne Jenkinson, président SCSH/ President CSHS  **COMING SOON**
Project WET  

Lizabeth Nicholls, Project WET Coordinator

Lizabeth is currently the National Education Coordinator for Project WET Canada, working with Provincial and Territorial Project WET Coordinators and Coordinating Facilitators throughout Canada since 2012. Along with the CWRA Saskatchewan Branch Executive and partnering water resources agencies in Saskatchewan, Lizabeth was central to fundraising, negotiating and bringing the Project WET program to Canada in 1995.

She has extensive experience in education as a classroom teacher, principal, community School coordinator, classroom consultant, adult educator, teacher educator, and since 1989, as an environmental education coordinator on both the provincial and national levels with both governmental and non-governmental organizations. Through her educational work in both Ontario and Saskatchewan, Lizabeth has also been involved in First Nations and Métis Education in both urban and reserve communities for more than 30 years during her career.

Graduating from the former London Teachers’ College, she then completed her undergraduate degree part-time at the University of Western Ontario while working as a teacher and later principal. She went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Administration at the University of Regina, followed by her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, while working full-time for the Government of Saskatchewan as an education coordinator and raising a family.

She has received numerous awards for her work in environmental education, including the Governor General’s Canada 125 Medal, and the SaskOutdoors Association’s lifetime achievement Melanson Award. Lizabeth was also recognized by CWRA in 2000 as the recipient of the first CWRA-Project WET Canada Award.

Having planned and delivered more than 600 educator workshops over the years, Lizabeth still enjoys new opportunities to work collegially with the Coordinators across Canada, and to mentor new Facilitators, helping them to promote quality water education with youth.




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