WCW Member Profile – Jason Cousin

Working-in-Water-logoWCW Member Profile – Jason Cousin the principal and project Engineer for J.R. Cousin Consultants in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Jay CousinName: Jason Cousin
Company/City: J.R. Cousin Consultants, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Position: Principal, Project Engineer

Core Function:

Managing and administering the Water Group’s 50 CI employees.

Born and raised:

I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where I still make my


I obtained my B.Sc., Civil Engineering, 1999 (Honours) from the University of Manitoba. A significant portion of my professional education comes from working with my peers on challenging complex projects. I attend day courses and lunch and learn presentations on a regular basis to stay current with the ever advancing technology and equipment associated with water and sewer projects. I also attend the MWWA and WCW conferences.

Industry awards/honours:

I received the Rising Star award for 2009 from the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba. (ACEC Manitoba).

History in the industry:

I started my career with summer positions at AMEC Earth and Environmental and Stantec Consulting, gaining valuable experience while still in University. After graduation, I took on a Civil Engineer position at Stantec in their municipal department gaining experience on subdivisions, airports, road design and my introduction to water treatment plants.

I moved to J.R. Cousin Consultants in 2002 where I have performed design and contract administration services for water treatment plants, water distribution and sewage collection systems and waste water treatment facilities. In recent years my role has expanded as a company principal to include running day to day activities in our consulting engineering firm while maintaining my work as a project engineer.

Career highlights:

I was lead design engineer and contract administrator of an aerated lagoon with phosphorous removal and a continuous discharge river outfall on the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba. The sewage treatment system proved to be very operator friendly, cost effective and reliable. The design became the basis for sewage treatment systems in many First Nation communities in Manitoba.

Becoming a principal in a consulting engineering firm before the age of 30 has been very exciting. I have been given the opportunity to shape our company’s future and although it is a great responsibility, I embrace the challenges it brings.

Involvement with Western Canada Water

I regularly attend the MWWA conference and presented a paper on water treatment during the 2005 Conference.

Life away from work:

I have two very young boys, Robbie and Matthew, and spend most of my time at home with my wife and sons. Our sandbox is a very active construction site!

I enjoy playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer to stay active. My interests include traveling and spending time going to the lake or camping. I like to take on projects around the house and enjoy woodworking.