2018 President’s Message

It has been an eventful start to 2018 as PWABC hosted an Operations Seminar in New Westminster focused on road maintenance, technology, safety and leadership. We would like to recognize our many partners who shared their expertise via presentations, exhibitor booths and sponsorship. It was a successful day with participation from over 40 municipalities, associations and companies. Special thanks to Dylan Myers, from the City of New Westminster, and Lisa Grant, from the City of Vancouver, for leading the successful planning and execution of this event and to the City of New Westminster for hosting and provide the keynote address.

PWABC also led two very well-attended Women in Public Works events in Victoria and Vancouver. Thank you to all the municipalities from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland who supported this annual event to bring women in public works together to build resilience, focus on success and thrive. We again want to acknowledge our generous sponsors, the Municipal Suppliers Association and the Public Works Inspector’s Society. We will continue to provide quality education and events, including courses on labour relations, media training, resilient leadership, construction inspection, tours and net-working events. For information on course offerings, events and educational programs, please go to our website, www.pwabc.ca/events/education-programs.

We are also pleased to announce three new Directors to our board: Chris Anderson from the City of West Kelowna, David Lundberg formerly from the City of Vancouver, and Brian Carter from the City of Burnaby. We are looking forward to the new perspectives, energy and expertise that these talent-ed public works professionals will bring to our association. Please feel free to reach out to myself or any of my fellow Directors with your suggestions and comments. Our con-tact information is available on our website at www.pwabc.ca/about-us/board.

We are also pleased to partner with the BC Municipal Safety Association to deliver a joint-conference in 2018. The benefits include more presentations in key topic areas, including safety, public works, utilities and leadership; a larger trades how; and more opportunities to network with municipal leaders and industry professionals from across BC. There is great excitement as we combine the key strengths and areas of expertise of each of our associations to elevate the quality and value of your conference experience. The conference will be held in Sun Peaks, BC from September 16 to 18. We have opened our call for presentations on our website at www.pwabc.ca/events/technical-conference-trade-show. Please look out for information on sponsorship and exhibition space rentals in April and the full conference schedule in May.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors and suppliers for their ongoing support and to our valued members for making our organization a success. I encourage members to participate in events and activities so that we are able to showcase our profession. As public works professionals, we aim to assist our fellow citizens in under-standing the important role we have in their communities on a daily basis and during emergency related events.

I am looking forward to an exciting year ahead with this great organization and profession. Together we can make the Public Works Association of BC a great resource for all our members.

Greg Wightman
Public Works Association of British Columbia