Albert Sweetnam named as Program Director for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program

Jul 31, 2013

Victoria, BC- The Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission (Commission) is pleased to announce the appointment of Albert Sweetnam as the incoming Program Director for the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (Program).

The Program Director is responsible for the successful delivery of the Program, including construction of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Plant and Marine Outfall, upgrades to the Conveyance System, and the construction of the Biosolids Energy Centre – ensuring they are done concurrently and on time and within budget. Mr. Sweetnam was selected following an expert executive search, due to his extensive background in managing complex infrastructure programs both in Canada and Internationally.

“Mr. Sweetnam brings a wealth of experience to the role of Program Director,” said Commission Chair, Brenda Eaton. “The Commission looks forward to his leadership in successfully directing and coordinating the Program through to its completion in 2018.”

The Commission governs the implementation and administration of the Program and is responsible for establishing a Program team, including the appointment of a Program Director.

As Program Director, Mr. Sweetnam will serve as key point of contact for the Program between the Commission, CRD staff and Regional Board and a diverse range of stakeholder groups. In his role, Mr. Sweetnam will oversee all aspects of the Program and guide the projects from design to final acceptance.

The Program has a project budget of $782.7 million and is jointly funded by federal, provincial governments and the CRD. The total proposed federal contribution will be up to $253.4 million, the total provincial contribution is a maximum of $248 million and the CRD will provide the balance, estimated at close to $281.3 million.

Mr. Sweetnam is expected to replace Interim Program Director, Jack Hull. Mr Hull will be retiring at the end of 2013.

Albert Sweetnam Biography
Mr. Sweetnam brings a significant background of senior level experience and qualifications to the Program Director role. He has served as the Executive Vice President Nuclear Projects with Ontario Power Generation Inc., one of the largest power companies in North America, and as Senior Vice President with SNC-Lavalin, a leading global engineering and construction group.

Mr. Sweetnam has led engineering and construction business units in Canada, West and Southern Africa, India and South America – and managed multibillion dollar, complex national and international multidisciplinary projects in the private sector and with multi-lateral funding agencies. As the Executive Vice President Nuclear Projects at the Ontario Power Generation Inc., Mr. Sweetnam led 1,200 staff and CDN$50B in projects. During his 32 years at SNC Lavalin, Mr. Sweetnam served as a Senior Vice President, Project Director and Vice President Major Projects for projects overseas and in Canada.

Mr. Sweetnam’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Business Administration Certificate, from Ryerson University. In addition to a number of certifications and technology programs, Mr. Sweetnam is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

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For media inquiries, please contact:
Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program Commission
Project Office Communications
Kim Van Bruggen, APR
Cell: 250.727.7464

Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications
Tel: 250-360-3229
Cell: 250-216-5492