Congratulations to WCW 2015 Award Winners

2015 Awards were presented at the WCW15 Opening Session in Winnipeg Manitoba September 16 2015.  See our Awards page for full details on WCW awards and nominations submissions.


Michael Sandney – H M Bailey Award

In 1983, Michael Sandney started part–time in various labourer positions within the City of Portage la Prairie. In 1985 he was hired as a maintenance person for the Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment Plants. He became a Water Treatment Plant Operator in 1988. Certified Water Treatment Operator to Level II in 2003 and Level III in 2004.  In 2003 he received his Level II Water Distribution Certification.   In 2004 Mike was promoted to the position of Water Treatment Division Foreman. He attained his level IV water treatment certification in 2008. Mike has been a MWWA member since 1989. Mike and staff have received a certificate from Manitoba Health for the recognition of achieving a proficient operating record with respect to fluoridation of the community’s water for 2013-2014 sampling year. He is currently the Water Treatment Plant Manager, having been promoted in 2013.


Al Turner – H C Lindsten Award

After working for the City of Winnipeg for 30 years, Al Turner retired in 2004.  His experience ranges from laborer on a water repair crew to the supervisor of maintenance in the water services division.  His areas of expertise are watermain break repair, watermain break detection, unidirectional flushing and watermain swabbing, valves, hydrants, services and meters.  Since retirement Al has not left the water field.  He has collaborated on the Echologics LeakFinder RT technology and continues today to find innovative methods of maintenance in the water distribution field.  Al currently is the North American Manager of Product sales for Echologics.

Based in Winnipeg, Al specializes in the products and services used daily in the Municipal Water Industry, particularly in the areas of subsurface water leak detection and leak audits, condition assessment of distribution piping and in the identification of lost water programs.

He also served on the boards of the following organizations:

  • Chair of the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association (MWWA) from 2001 to 2005.
  • Past board member for MWWA
  • Past board member of the Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association (WCWWA)
  • Past chair of the 2012 WCWWA Conference held in Winnipeg
  • Manitoba Operator Training Consortium Committee
  • Operating Standards Committee of CCHRIE for National Certification
  • Instructor, Water Distribution Certification for Red River College

Ken Mattes – Al Reimer Award

With over 51 years of Experience, Ken started his career in the Water and Wastewater field in 1964, with the first 31 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Water and Wastewater Technician,   (WSP TECH). He was stationed at a number of locations in Canada and Europe and progressed through the ranks and positions until he retired after spending 16 years as a Chief Warrant Officer.

Following his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1994, Ken was employed by the Assembly of First Nations for a two year pilot project to train First Nations Plant Operators in the operation and maintenance of their community water and wastewater facilities. ( Circuit Rider Training Program).  In January 1997 Ken became the Senior Instructor and trouble-shooter for all of the First Nations communities in Manitoba, in a program facilitated by the West Region Tribal Council.

Ken is the Founder and President of Northern Water, Environment and Training Services Ltd.  (NWETS Ltd).  A company that is involved in the training of water and wastewater plant operators in Manitoba and coordinates the certification training for all of the First Nation Operators in Manitoba

Ken is the founding President of the Circuit Rider Trainers Professional Association, Past President of the Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association,  (WCW) is a past Chairperson of the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association, (MWWA), 2006 WCWWA Conference Chairperson, a member of the Western Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, a member of the American Water Works Association and Past Chair of the Manitoba Operators Training Plan Consortium.  Ken is a Past President of the Manitoba Branch of the Military Engineers Association of Canada, a Scouter and Past President of Scouts Canada’s Maple Leaf Region in Germany.  He has received WCW H.M. Bailey award, MWWA Lorne Sayer service award, The CRTPA president’s award and numerous other awards and citations.


Esther van Herk – Article of the Year Award

Esther van Herk, Project Manager with EPCOR Water Services in Edmonton, has 10 years of experience in the water industry.  She began her journey working on planning distribution systems for growth in the City of Edmonton.  She then moved into water treatment operation, helping the Rossdale Water Treatment Plant implement various alarm and controls changes as well as assisting with integration of various upgrades into daily use.  Her next step was to move into Project Management, developing and implementing upgrades at both the Rossdale and E.L. Smith Water Treatment plants, as well as the various reservoirs throughout Edmonton.  Recently, she has moved her focus to project delivery at the Gold Bar Wastewater Plant, focusing on small, high volume project delivery as well as expanding her skills at large project delivery. Esther has been involved in the WCS AWWA Young Professionals since 2007, leading the group in 2013, and joined the WCW Magazine editorial committee in 2014.  Outside of work, she enjoys quilting, running, gardening in her own yard and her community garden.


Wallace Regional Pipeline System – Exceptional Municipal Project Award

Since the creation of the Wallace Regional Pipeline system in 2005 it has expanded to over 600 km of distribution line, a completely revamped Water Treatment Plant (twice), and services over 1,500 people in three different Rural Municipalities.  One municipality is a partner in the system, RM of Pipestone, which has hundreds of km of distribution line in their RM, and the Village of Maryfield, a community in Saskatchewan. The system continues to expand with two additional capital projects in the works. The Regional system was created using funds from the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.


Kelly Kjartanson P.Eng – William McKay Honorary Life Member

Kelly Kjartanson worked as the Manager of Environmental Standards with the City of Winnipeg Water and Waste Department, which is a utility member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and a subscriber to the Water Research Foundation (WRF) retiring in September 2014.  Prior to joining the City in 1987, he worked for 13 years with the local regulator, the Province of Manitoba Department of Environment.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and obtained his B.Sc.C.E. and M.Sc. degrees as well as a Certificate in Public Sector Management from the University of Manitoba.

Kelly has been very involved in the drinking water industry throughout his career, professionally and as a volunteer with several technical associations.  While with Manitoba Environment, he directed the Municipal Water Supplies Program, coordinated the Manitoba Water and Wastewater School and Seminar and served as the Manitoba representative on the Federal-Provincial Subcommittee on Drinking Water.  With the City of Winnipeg, Kelly has spearheaded research efforts related to lead, disinfection by-products, water quality monitoring and pilot water treatment of the drinking water supply including a WRF sponsored Pilot UV Project.  He also served on the City Advisory Committee for the construction of the new water treatment plant for Winnipeg.  He has authored and co-authored a number of technical papers on water quality and treatment presented over the last several years at the AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition, the AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference, the National Conference on Drinking Water (Canada), the WCW Annual Conference, the MWWA Annual Conference and the International DAF Conference.

He has been very active with the Western Canada Water Association (WCW) serving on the T.E.C. Committee, as Manitoba Director and holding a variety of positions on Conference Planning Committees since 1979 including Planning Committee Chair, Hotel Chair and Facilities Chair; most recently for the 2015 Annual Conference.  Kelly has served the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association (MWWA) as Vice Chair, Chair and Past Chair, sat on the Certification / Classification Committee and has been involved in organizing many of the Association conferences.  He has been a member of MWWA for 32 years, WCW for 42 years and AWWA for 38 years (Life Member of AWWA).  Kelly served as Director, Western Canada Section AWWA, from 1999 to 2002.  In the Section, he also served as Chair of the Education Committee and as a member of the Governance Committee.  In the Association, he also served as a member (Board liaison) of the Finance Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee on Public Officials Involvement, the Ad Hoc Committee on Elections, the Nominating Committee, the Standing Committee on Association Awards, the Canadian Affairs Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance and Structure.  Kelly has also served as the Chair of the Administrative and Policy Council and as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Board of Directors (for a second time) and the Executive Committee of the Association.  Kelly also served on the Water Quality Committee of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.

Kelly has also served the engineering profession in Manitoba.  He served two terms on The Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.  He has also served on many committees of the Association including a multi-year term as Chair of the Registration Committee. Kelly has also been involved in the community with coaching and organizing soccer, coaching and organizing ringette and with Scouts Canada.  He continues to serve as an assistant coach with the Varsity View Open 1 Ringette Team.  Kelly also served as a volunteer for the 2008 Tim Horton’s Brier and the 2013 Olympic Curling Trails. Kelly served as a Civilian Aide for the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Manitoba from 2009 to 2015.  His Honour, Philip Lee, presented Kelly with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at a ceremony held at Government House on February 8, 2013. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and curling.  Kelly is married to Jennifer and they have a son, Bryan, and a daughter, Nicole.


Wayne Wall – William McKay Honorary Life Member

Wayne Wall worked for the City of Portage ls Prairie from 1993 to 2012 until his retirement as Manager, of the Wastewater Treatment Division. He has served as MWWA Chair, Western Canada Water President and Conference Planning Chair and has been a Western Canada Water member for over 20 years.

He is presently the Chair of the Provincial Advisory Committee for Operator Certification, and on the Portage la Prairie City Council, serving as Chair of the Waterworks Committee.

Wayne is a past recipient of the Water Environment Federation William D. Hatfield Award, the MWWA Lorne Sayer Award, and the H.M. Bailey Award.


Bryan Weber P.Eng – William McKay Honorary Life Member

Bryan Weber worked his entire municipal engineering career with AECOM Canada (formerly UMA Engineering Ltd. / UMA Group). During university Bryan worked three summers with UMA starting in 1972 as a rodman (rodperson), then surveyor and finally a construction inspector. On graduation from the University of Manitoba in 1975, he joined UMA full time as an Engineer-in-Training and was registered as a Professional Engineer in Manitoba in 1977. As a Design Engineer Bryan provided pre-design, design and contract administration services of water distribution, wastewater collection and stormwater management systems throughout Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. In 1982 he was designated a Senior Engineer and in 1989 he was promoted to Chief Municipal Engineer of the Municipal Division and Design Specialist. In his capacity as Design Specialist, he was responsible for the application of computer simulation techniques in the fields of water distribution analysis, urban stormwater management and sewage collection network analysis.  He also led UMA in the application of Computer Assisted Design and Drafting (CADD) Systems in Municipal projects. With a reorganization of UMA in 2000 Bryan was appointed Regional Manager of the Community Infrastructure Group, a position he held until early 2011 when he stepped down for health reasons. Bryan continued to work part-time at AECOM providing senior review and advice until his retirement in August, 2014.

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