Board Executive


Sean Douglas

Sean Douglas is currently an Alberta Branch and National President 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.


Ed Dean

Ed has been the Treasurer and a member of the National Executive from 2000 to the present. Ed has also been with the SK Branch of CWRA since 1995 in various roles, including Treasurer, President, Project WET Canada Liaison, and member of the Executive.

Ed obtained his MSc in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences at the University of Guelph in 1972 and shortly after began working in Saskatoon at the Fisheries Research Laboratory. In 1985 he began managing the newly formed Fish Enhancement Program and received the Deputy Minister’s Folder for accomplishments in this program [1989] and later was certified as a Fisheries Scientist by the American Fisheries Society [1990]. In 1996 he represented the Ministry in the development of the Provincial Water Management Framework which was released in 1999. Ed moved to climate change in 1997 and retired from the Branch in March 2017 as a Senior Advisor after working with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment for 45 years.


John van der Eerden

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.

President Elect

Stephen Braun

Steve Braun, P.Eng., CWRA National President-Elect, is an Ontario Branch member and branch past president (2013-2015). He has served as a CWRA national director since 2012 and was co-chair of the 2014 national conference in Hamilton.

Steve is a senior water resources engineer with Matrix Solutions Inc. where he manages a broad array of flood plain, watercourse rehabilitation, and urban stormwater projects. The interaction required within multidisciplinary and integrated water management projects is his favourite part. Some recent notable projects include Highway 407 East Expansion Phase 2 watercourse realignment designs, Integrated Riverine and Urban Flood Risk Analysis and Urban Design Study for the City of Brampton, Flood Evaluation Study of Little Etobicoke Creek for the City of Mississauga, and the City of Kitchener’s Balzer Creek Rehabilitation Detailed Design and Construction.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Guelph in water resources engineering (1988). He is also a part owner of CB Shield Inc., a developer and manufacturer of stormwater quality treatment devices. Steve has advised on the implementation of hundreds of Canadian and international stormwater quality improvement designs and is co-inventor of three patented and commercially available stormwater treatment devices.

Past President

Dave Murray

Dave Murray, P.Eng., CWRA National Past 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.

National Directors (2018)

British Columbia

Matthew Graham (President)
Michael Florendo
Tamsin Lyle
Stefan Joyce


Peter Morgan (President)
Monica Wagner
Robyn Andrishak
Andrew Chan


Bruce Davison (President)
Brian Abrahamson
Russell Boals
Dirk de Boer


Stephen Carlyle (President)
Eric Blais
Tricia Stadnyk
Ute Holweger


Jeff Hirvonen (President)
Nancy Davy
Steve Brown
Nathan Garland


Gilles Rivard (President)
Andre St-Hilaire
Audrey Maheu
Ammar Taha

Newfoundland & Labrador

Abdel-Zaher Kamal Abdel-Razek
Tahir Husain


Canadian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage

Roger Hohm
Jennifer Nitschelm
Laurie Tollefson
Rick Ross

Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences

Erika Klyszejko
James Craig
Wayne Jenkinson
Amber Penner


Project WET

Russell Boals
Edward Dean
Lizabeth Nichols
Sahar Banisoltan

Student and Young Professionals

Nilufar Islam (Co-Chair)
Dave McCaffrey (Co-Chair)

Committee Leads

Journal Editor

Jim Buttle

Journal Editor

Chris Spence

Scholarship Committee

Nicholas Kehler

Communications Committee

Ute Howleger

Website Committee

Carly Delavau


Abdel-Zaher Kamal Abdel-Razek