The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA) Board of Directors has unanimously elected City of Guelph’s City Engineer Kealy Dedman, P Eng., to serve as President of CPWA for a two-year term (August 2014–August 2016). CPWA serves as the voice of public works in Canada and its 2,200 members represent all aspects of public works across Canada.
CPWA President Kealy Dedman, P Eng.
In the President’s role, Ms. Dedman will represent CPWA and its members on national public works and infrastructure issues with the Government in Ottawa and will work collaboratively with other stakeholder groups on issues of national concern. She will lead an eight-member Board of Directors that represents CPWA Chapters and their members throughout the provinces. Ms. Dedman is currently the General Manager, Engineering Services/City Engineer for the City of Guelph, and has previously served as Director of Engineering Services for the City of Cambridge. She also has held engineering positions with the City of Mississauga in Ontario, and started her career as a water resources engineer with Phillips Engineering in Burlington in 1997. In addition to her civil engineering credentials, she also recently earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario (2014), and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.
APWA/CPWA Executive Director Peter B. King said, “CPWA is very pleased to have a leader of Ms. Dedman’s caliber take the reins during a very important time for infrastructure and public works in Canada. She has a winning combination of knowledge and leadership abilities that will serve CPWA and public works outreach and advocacy very well. We are both pleased and fortunate to have her as “the voice of public works.”
Ms. Dedman has served as a member of the CPWA Board of Directors representing the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) since 2011. Prior to her involvement on the CPWA Board of Directors, she served in many officer roles for the Ontario Public Works Association, including serving as OPWA President in 2011. Her involvement with OPWA continues and she recently served on the OPWA Host Committee for the APWA International Congress and Exhibition held in Toronto August 17 – August 20, 2015.
“Congratulations to Guelph’s city engineer, Kealy Dedman, on being elected President of the Canadian Public Works Association. Kealy’s leadership, expertise, and passion for public works are greatly valued by the City of Guelph. As President of the CPWA, Kealy will make a difference on the national level as well,” said Guelph’s Mayor Karen Farbridge.
The Canadian Public Works Association (CPWA), or Association Canadienne des Travaux Publics, was founded in 1986 to enhance the services of APWA to the Canadian public works community and to improve the quality of public works products and services to Canadian citizens. CPWA’s 2200 members in Canada, plan, build, operate, maintain and sustain the public works and infrastructure that improve our quality of community life.