Bill Brenner – WCW Member Profile

Working-in-Water-logoWCW Member Profile – Bill Brenner

Bill BrennerName: Bill Brenner
Position: Director of Public Works & Operations
Organization: City of Dauphin
Born and Raised: Churchbridge, Saskatchewan


Graduated from SIAST Paliser Campus 1991 Surveying Engineering Technologist, Recipient of Hans Klinkenberg Memorial Scholarship. Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.) 1999 to Present. Certified WT IV and WD II Operator 2005. Certified WWT II and WWC II Operator 2011

History in the industry and as a WCW member

I have been employed with the City of Dauphin in various capacities since 1996. In 2002 I began managing the water treatment operations of the City and I joined MWWA and WCW shortly thereafter. In 2012 I assumed the position of Director of Public Works and Operations and I am currently responsible for managing the operations of our entire Utility.

Typical day

I cannot say that there is a typical day in my job, every day is something new which is one of the reasons why I enjoy my job. Being in charge of both Utility Operations and Public Works, my day can be extremely uneventful or filled with problems and emergencies. There is seldom a day that goes by as I had planned and I am constantly required to reprioritize my time throughout the day.

Job Satisfaction

The thing I like most about my current position is the diversity of the duties. The fact that operations of almost everything in our community falls to the department that I head, allows me to affect the lives of everyone who lives and works here. We are constantly trying to improve the way that we work so that we can improve the lives of our residents. It gives me great satisfaction when we hear from the community how great it is to live in Dauphin.

Main challenges

Probably the biggest challenge I face in my position is the recruitment and retention of staff. It is a constant battle to find trained and competent staff for many positions in the organization and the hardest by far is finding certified operators.


A few words of advice for a successful career:

  • The workplace is ever evolving and to be successful you must be able to embrace change.
  • Work smarter not harder
  • Concentrate on the positive not the negative.
  • Separate your work life and home life

Enjoy your job if you can’t then it is time for something new.

Time away from work

Very involved with my Anglican parish church; committed to my wife Bert and our four kids; enslaved by our 1.5 acre home property in Ile-des-Chenes; watching English Premier League football when I can, and contributing to WCW through the magazine!I spend my time away from work with my wonderful wife and daughters. Our summers are spent at our cottage enjoying fishing, water sports, reading and relaxing. My winters I spend puttering in my shop, reading and traveling for sports with my daughters.