WCW Member Profile – Jeff Haliday

Working-in-Water-logoWCW Member Profile – Jeff Haliday is born and raised in Regina, SK. He currently works for GENIVAR.

jhalliday1_webName: Jeff Haliday
Company/City: GENIVAR, Regina, SK
Position: Municipal Engineer

Core Function:

Born and raised: I was born in 1977 in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Apart from a four month co-op workterm in Ft McMurray and a four month secondment to the Vancouver office of Cochrane Engineering, I have lived in Regina my whole life.

Education/Training Highlights:  Completed a B.A.Sc. Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in 2001.  Throughout my career, I have attended many conferences and professional development seminars including an EPIC Stormwater Management course and the PSMJ Project Management Boot Camp.

Briefly describe your history in the industry and as a WCW member:


As a son of a civil consulting engineer, I have been exposed to aspects of this industry for most of my life.  I learned to survey before I learned to drive, spending summers in highschool as a survey assistant for Stanley (now Stantec).  In university, I became acquainted with stormwater management during a co-op workterm with the City of Regina Municipal Engineering department.  Soon after graduation, I joined Cochrane Engineering (now GENIVAR) where I have worked as a municipal engineer for the past ten years.

WCW Member:

My involvement with the WCW began during the 2002 conference in Regina when my boss, Bob Brockmeyer, was WCW president.  He had learned that I spent some time bartending in university and asked if I would serve as bartender at the President’s hospitality suite.  I quickly decided that this was an organization I needed to be part of!  For my entire time as a member of WCW, I have served on the WCWEA board.   I was the Saskatchewan Trustee from 2005 to 2011 and am currently the WCWEA Vice Chair.  These positions have provided the opportunity to attend conferences, seminars, and planning sessions where I have met many members of WEF, AWWA, and the other WCW Constituent Organizations.

Describe a typical day on the job:

As a municipal consulting engineer a typical day consists of a wide variety of activities including but not limited to: design of water, sewer, stormwater management systems and roads for residential and commercial land development projects, preparation of tender documents, construction cost estimates, coordination of approvals, meeting with clients and contractors, reviewing design drawings, conducting field reviews, contract administration, and writing proposals.  In addition, when I first started with Cochrane Engineering I was told, “Since you are the only person in our office under 30, you need to be our I.T. guy.”  I am now over 30 but still find myself fixing the office computers from time to time.

What do you like about your current position?

As Saskatchewan goes through a period of unprecedented growth and economic prosperity, I am very excited to be able to contribute to the design and construction of the infrastructure that will serve future residents of the province I have always called home.

What are the main challenges you face in your current position?

With the current pace of development, my biggest challenge is to manage the expectations of my clients.  While racing to achieve aggressively set deadlines, it is crucial to take the time needed to perform adequate quality control and design review.  An extra hour spent on quality control could potentially save months of construction time.

Who are your mentors?

I don’t specifically have a mentor in the strictest sense.  However, during my career and through my involvement with the WCW board, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with several water professionals who have provided me with advice and inspiration including (but certainly not limited to): Garry Mak, George Bontus, Klas Ohman, Gary Nieminen, Tim Janzen, Mark Keller and Bob Brockmeyer.

What advice can you provide on having a successful career?

Never decline a reasonable invitation.  Attending conferences, seminars and volunteering are excellent ways to build relationships with colleagues who may enhance one’s career and provide opportunities for professional development.

How do you spend your time away from work?

I enjoy spending time outdoors throughout the year and try to get to the mountains as often as I can.  Activities of particular interest include golfing, camping, hiking, biking, cross country skiing, and snowboarding.

When time does not permit for these activities, I like to unwind with a glass of my favourite scotch (Balvenie Doublewood).