Guelph, Ont., January 26, 2017—Kealy Dedman, Guelph’s City Engineer and General Manager of Engineering and Capital infrastructure Services, received the Public Works Leader of the Year award from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) at its annual conference today.
“Kealy’s tireless dedication to public works is truly inspirational,” remarked Sam Sidawi, OPWA President. “Her accomplishments have definitely contributed to the betterment of the communities that she has served and as such makes her an ideal recipient of the Public Works Leader of the Year award.”
The Public Works Leader of the Year award seeks to inspire excellence and dedication in public service by recognizing the outstanding career service achievement of individual public works professionals and officials, from both the public and private sectors.
“Our community benefits greatly from Ms. Dedman’s innovation and commitment to her role,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy CAO of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “Ms. Dedman has made major headway in addressing underfunding of infrastructure in Guelph since she started here in 2014, and she continues to be a champion of this critical work.”
Champion of change to address the infrastructure gap
The City’s current infrastructure funding backlog, resulting from years of underfunding, is more than $250 million. Dedman has led and supported several initiatives focused on addressing the City’s infrastructure funding gap, including:
- establishing the corporate asset management program to ensure reliable service by formalizing a comprehensive and systematic approach to managing the City’s infrastructure assets
- a transition to a stormwater service fee, which will ensure transparent and dedicated funding for critical stormwater management services
- more than $10 million in successful grant applications including $2.6 million from Ontario’s Connecting Links program for construction on York Road, and $7.6 million from the Clean Water Wastewater Fund that will support several projects including stormwater pond maintenance and construction on Metcalfe Street
- a dedicated infrastructure levy (led by the City’s Finance department) to address the historical lack of savings for infrastructure projects and ensure funds are allocated to the City’s infrastructure needs rather than operating costs
“In her role at the City, Ms. Dedman has shown a great commitment to leadership growth and development, both with respect to her own role as a leader, and working with all levels of staff to empower, encourage and mentor employees in and outside of her department.” said Stewart.
Dedman is past president of both the Ontario Public Works Association and the Canadian Public Works Association. Prior to coming to Guelph, Dedman worked for the cities of Cambridge and Mississauga, the Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and Philips Engineering.
About the Ontario Public Works Association
The Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) promotes professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy and the exchange of knowledge regarding public works in Ontario. For more information visit opwa.ca.
For more information
Scott Stewart, Deputy
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
519-822-1260 extension 3445