Fellow MEA Members:
As we move into 2020, the membership of the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) is positioned well with the support of Dan Cozzi, our Executive Director, Amin Mneina, our Member Services Coordinator, and the consummate commitment of the directors. The Board is comprised of directors from across Ontario and we aspire to continue to represent your needs at the Provincial table.
I am honoured and ready to serve the membership of the MEA as your president for the coming year. The Board of Directors have made considerable progress on a number of initiatives over the past years and we will continue to press forward to see those through to completion.
As you are aware, the MEA is responsible for the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) and Ontario Provincial Standards and Specifications (OPSS). The upkeep and relevance of these important documents is only possible through the efforts of our member volunteers and sister organizations who give their time to maintain and support their use. The MEA is fortunate to be represented by Paul Knowles, “one of the fathers of the MCEA document”, who will continue on with the stewardship and planned improvements to the MCEA as our MCEA Advisor.
Our strategic plan for the coming year will see us focus efforts on completing revisions to the MCEA document after final adoption of our proposed amendments by the Province, the development and delivery of new training courses -MCEA amendments and OPS 101, our social media presence, volunteer recognition, and growing our MEA Young Professionals (YP) group. Resources will continue to be allocated to raise the profile of municipal engineers in government; providing our expertise to guide decisions related to ensuring sustainable infrastructure and effective asset management. Our expertise allows municipalities to move forward with economic development, while maintaining public health and safety paramount. We will continue to share progress on these initiatives, and others, as they arise.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of the organizing committee that put on a wonderful Fall Workshop at the Blue Mountain Resort in November 2019. The MEA’s spirit of collaboration was evident as three neighbouring municipalities (Town of Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood and Town of Wasaga Beach) joined forces to host and deliver a successful event, drawing the highest number of delegates in MEA’s workshop history! Staff from Saugeen Shores, Barrie, and York Region also made significant contributions to the event; a true representation of the importance of this organization to our members. A huge, “Thank You” to you all! Workshop presentations are now available on the MEA website. Please stay tuned for information regarding the 2020 MEA Workshop, which will be shared when available.
As always, the Board encourages member feedback. Please make contact through Dan Cozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments or suggestions.
On behalf our your 2019-2020 MEA Board of Directors; Steve Lund (Past-President), Salim Alibhai (Vice-President), George Elliott (Secretary-Treasurer) and Directors; Matthew Miedema, Christine Adams, Jason Cole, Nick Colucci, Catherine Taddo and Chris Traini; thank you for your ongoing support and we look forward to serving to you.
Roslyn P. Lusk, P.Eng.
(Director - Operations, Roads & Traffic, City of Kitchener)
2019-2020 Board of Directors
Roslyn Lusk, P.Eng. - President
Salim Alibhai, P.Eng. - Vice President
George Elliott, P.Eng. - Secretary/Treasurer
Steve Lund, P.Eng. - Past President
Christine Adams, P.Eng. - Director
Matthew Miedema, P.Eng. - Director
Jason Cole, P.Eng. - Director
Nick Colucci, P.Eng. - Director
Chris Traini, P.Eng. - Director
Catherine Taddo, P.Eng. - Director
Dan Cozzi, P.Eng. - Executive Director
Amin Mniena, E.I.T. - Member Services Coordinator