Ryan Roberts – WCW Member Profile

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Name: Ryan Roberts
Position: Vice President, Water Discipline Lead – Canada
Organization: Stantec / Calgary
Born and Raised: Edmonton, Alberta

Education/Training

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 2001

I started work as a consultant with Stantec directly out of university.   As is the case with most new grads, my top and essentially only priority was to get gainful employment.  I had no previous focus on the water industry or consulting as a long term career aspiration.  However, that quickly changed as I started to appreciate and understand the impact and importance of water, and how I could contribute to the wellbeing of our community.  It did not take long for me to decide that the water industry would be my long term career choice.

Throughout my career, at Stantec, I have been a project engineer, project manager for major water infrastructure projects (>$100M); manager of the Calgary-based Water group and now discipline leader for Stantec’s water sector.

History in the industry and as a WCW member

For the past nine years, I have contributed to training and education programs for the water industry.   This has consisted of the organization, development, and provision of water specific training for owners, managers, designers and operators of water systems.  These programs have served thousands of water industry staff within Western Canada. Specially this consisted of:

Western Canada Water (WCW)

I currently hold the role of incoming president of this association.  As president, I oversee association strategic planning and organization of our annual conference and tradeshow, which will be held in Calgary in 2016.  In addition to the presidential rotation (2013-present), I have been a member of the WCW education committee (2006 – present), whose role is to provide training and education seminars to the water industry throughout Western Canada.  Furthermore, I am a past member of the editorial committee, which is responsible for the development of the WCW quarterly magazine, a publication delivered to all members.

Western Canada Section – American Waterworks Association (WCSAWWA)

I spent seven years with this association starting as an Alberta Trustee (2007-2010), continuing through the 4-year section chair role (2010-2014) and now as a member of the education committee (2010-present). As a volunteer with this organization, I specifically assisted in the strategic planning, education program development, cross connection control program, young professional programs, and charitable fundraising.  These past few points are extremely important, as they are set up to provide education to the general public to the importance of protecting our waterways, promote the industry to ensure we have a sustainable workforce in the future.

Typical day

As a water infrastructure design consultant, I support our clients with planning, design, construction and maintenance of their water and sewer treatment facilities, water distribution system, pipelines and sewers.   Ultimately, the community has the greatest stake in water infrastructure – my job is to deliver a product they can proudly call their own.

In addition to my role as a design consultant, I serve as a Discipline Lead for Stantec’s Water Sector.  In this role, I develop professional and technical standards, quality assurance practices and health and safety for the 1300+ water professionals at Stantec.

Job Satisfaction

Everything.  I get to work on incredibly interesting and challenging projects with an excellent group of individuals from all aspects of the project including owners, operators, contractors and designers.

Main challenges

That there are only so many hours in a day and so much that I want to do within them.

Advice

Work hard, its that simple.

Time away from work

Ideally as much as possible with my family.  My wife Maureen and I will celebrate our 10 year anniversary this coming November.  We have two children, Dylan (8) and Keira (6), and they are definitely my greatest accomplishments.  With summer upon us now I hope to spend as much of it as possible either camping or boating.

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