Capital Regional District Appoints Core Area Wastewater Treatment Commission Members

Mar 27, 2013

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board is pleased to announce the appointment of seven individuals to the newly-formed Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission (Commission) which will administer the implementation of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (Program).

“I am delighted with the calibre of applicants we received,” said CRD Board Chair Alastair Bryson. “The candidates we have chosen have diverse skills and experience that will be an asset to the Program. We are very fortunate to have their expertise to guide this important process.”

Established through CRD Bylaw 3851, the Commission is responsible for delivering the major components of the Program. The Commission will conduct the procurement processes to promote innovative design and approaches and ensure that the Program is completed within established budget and timeframes, is consistent with the CRD’s social, environmental and economic objectives and meets Program compliance with all applicable Provincial and Federal regulations and Contribution Agreements.

The CRD Board retains the responsibility to secure lands for the facilities, for rezoning of lands, to approve architectural design guidelines for facilities and has overall responsibility for the Program budget.

Commission Members:

Brenda Eaton (Chair) – Corporate Director. Brenda Eaton is a corporate director serving on the Boards of Powertech, Fortis BC and Transelec. She also serves on a number of foundation and not-for-profit boards. She is immediate past Chair of BC Housingand has served on the Board of BC Hydro. Previously, Ms. Eaton held a variety of senior positions in the B.C. Public Service, most recently as Deputy Minister to the Premier and prior to that as Deputy Minister in Finance and Treasury Board; Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources; and Social Services. For four years she was Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations at the Capital Health Region.

Fred CummingsPresident and General Manager, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (2010 – Present). Mr. Cummings is a registered professional engineer who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Waterloo. Prior to his role at the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, he held several senior management positions at South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), including Vice President, Engineering and Implementation (2009 – 2010) and Vice President, Major Construction Projects (2006 – 2009). He currently serves as a Director for the Evergreen Line Project.

Pam Elardo Director, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wastewater Treatment Division (2010 – Present). Ms. Elardo is a registered professional engineer and is also the President and Co-Founder of the Living Earth Institute. Prior to these roles, she served in the Washington State Department of Ecology (1987 – 2001). She holds a Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington and a Chemical Engineering Degree from Northwestern University.

Larry Hughes - Vice-President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, West Fraser (2011 – Present). Before taking on his current role, Mr. Hughes served as the Senior Vice-President, West Fraser (2007 – 2011) and was a partner at Lang Michener LLP, now McMillans LLP, (1985 – 2007), specializing in corporate, securities, resource and commercial law. Mr. Hughes has served as a director of a number of public companies including West Fraser.

Ivan Ing - President and Special Advisor, Rocklynn Capital Inc. (2010 – Present). Mr. Ing’s previous experience includes serving as the Managing Director and Head of Infrastructure Finance, National Bank Financial (2006 – 2010) and Vice President, Investments, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc. (2005 – 2006). Mr. Ing has considerable experience in strategic initiatives, partnership and business case development, corporate/project financing, financial management and control, deal structuring and contract and loan negotiations. Mr. Ing is currently on the Edmonton LRT Governance Board for the SE to West expansion line.

Hew McConnellPresident, Consensus Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (2001 – Present). Mr. McConnell has over 35 years of national and international experience in the planning, financing, design, and operations of infrastructure in both the public and private sectors. During the period of 1990-1998, he was an executive in charge of Greater Vancouver sewerage and drainage utility, including capital upgrading for wastewater treatment in a similar scale to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program. He has worked as a Vice President, Reid Crowther (1999-2001). Mr. McConnell has also served on several boards including Chair, Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program Board and Vice Chair, Fraser River Estuary Management and Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Programs Board.

Colin Earl Smith - Management and Engineering Consultancy Practice (2007 – Present). Mr. Smith is a registered professional engineer who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Mining Engineering) from the University of British Columbia. Prior to his current role, Mr. Smith held several senior public sector positions from 1990 – 2007 including:Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion Project and President and Project Director, Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd and Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary of Rapid Transit Project 2000 Ltd. He has served on several Boards including President of Engineers Canada, President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and President of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce.

In 2006, the CRD began the planning for wastewater treatment facilities at the request of the Minister of Environment for British Columbia. The core area includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal. All of the Program facilities are expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018.


For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492