Capital Regional District Re-Appoints and Searches for Seaterra Commission Members

Feb 21, 2014

Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board is pleased to announce the re-appointment of three Seaterra Commission (Commission) members which will administer the implementation of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program (Program). As well, the CRD is looking both locally and nationally to fill a minimum of one and a maximum of three positions within the Commission.

“Thank you to the current Commission members as well as the departing member Larry Hughes for their contributions and dedication to the Program. The current members bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the implementation of the Program,“ said CRD Board Chair Alastair Bryson.  Mr. Hughes will continue to serve on the Commission until the end of his term March 26, 2014.

Under the authority of the CRD Board and 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.

2014 Commission Members:

Re-appointed for 2 Year Term:

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.

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.

Continued 2 Year Term

Brenda Eaton (Chair) – Corporate Director. Brenda Eaton is a Corporate Director with special expertise in governance, public policy and energy. She serves on a number of Boards including Fortis BC, Powertech, Transelec, Translink and the BC Safety Authority. She is past chair of BC Housing. Prior to becoming a Corporate Director she held a variety of senior positions in finance, including four years as CFO at a health authority. She also served as Deputy Minister in a number of government departments. For four years, she was Deputy Minister to the Premier of British Columbia.

Ms. Eaton also serves on a number of not-for-profit Boards including Canada West Foundation (Co-Chair), Max Bell Foundation, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and participates in several advisory positions.

Ms. Eaton has been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, has three times been named in the 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, and in 2008 was voted Consumer Choice’s BC Businesswoman of the Year. Ms. Eaton has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics. She is also a regular speaker on performance management and Board Governance.

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.

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.


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