During its annual conference and exhibition held Oct. 3-8, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, the Canadian Dam Association covered core aspects of dam management that included safety for large and small dams.
The organization of dam owners, operators, regulators, engineers and others who share the goal of advancing knowledge and practices related to dams, also recognized member achievements at its annual Awards Gala during the conference.
Peter Halliday Award for Service: Allan Kirkham
Allan Kirkham is the 2015 recipient of the Peter Halliday Award, which recognizes CDA members for their valued contributions and outstanding commitment to the advancement of the association.
Kirkham is the type of person on whom people can rely to work behind the scenes and make a huge contribution. He spent almost 10 years on the editorial committee that oversees the quarterly CDA Bulletin, including seven years as its chair. In addition, Kirkham served on the CDA Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013 and since 2013 has been Director for Ontario. He also chaired the organizing committee for the 2015 and chaired the technical committee for the 2010 CDA conference.
Corporate Award: Grand River Conservation Authority
Each year CDA recognizes member organizations that have made distinguishing contributions to the dam industry or their strong support of the association. This year, the Grand River Conservation Authority, Ontario, received the award.
GCRA is a leader in Ontario dam safety and owns 32 dams used primarily for flood control, but also water supply, low-flow augmentation and recreation.
GRCA provides permitting and water management oversight to the more than 100 dams within the Grand River watershed. The organization has supported its staff who are active in CDA working groups, conference planning and delivery for multiple conferences. GRCA staff also participates on the Board of Directors. The authority was an early adopter of some of the emerging CDA initiatives that include: Public Safety Around Dams; Emergency Response; and Preparedness plans.
Published Paper Award of Excellence
Every year CDA acknowledges excellence in papers published in journals or presented at conferences. This year, a 2014 CDA Conference paper received the award.
“Geotechnical Assessment of Alameda Dam,” authored by Bill Chin, Joseph Quinn, Mark Pernito and Jody Scammell, describes the geotechnical challenges, assessment methods and results of one of the largest earthen dams in Saskatchewan.