Integrating Sustainability into Infrastructure Projects

Earilier this month I had the pleasure of being invited to the FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in London, Ontario. Working with a great team of presenters I helped develop a one-day workshop for about 45 delegates on the topic of Sustainable Asset Management. This is a fairly new area of influence for FCM, and the workshop …

FCM Sustainable Communities Conference 2015

I am honoured to be speaking at the 2015 FCM Sustainable Communities Conference in London Ontario in a couple of weeks time.   I am currently putting the final touches on the afternoon presentation for the one day workshop on “Asset Management and Sustainability” that links Asset Management practices with developing sustainable civil engineering projects …

70cm of Snow in 48 hours – Revelstoke

Last week the City of Revelstoke received about 70cm of snow in 48 hours, causing all sorts of havoc on the Trans Canada Highway…  Off the highway, city crews were out cleaning up the snow, (apparently a 25-year high single snowfall event), for days after, and the arterial and collector roads were passable through the …

Seven Things I’ve Learnt in 2014

Sometimes we need to pause and consider what we’ve learnt and achieved. This serves not just as a reminder, but as a focus for continued improvements and learning in 2015 and beyond. While this list is not completely work related, sometimes life has a way of permeating all aspects, and family, health and fitness are …

How I Keep My Lists in Order – Workflowy

Do you make lists? Do you use an orderly system on your computer or in a notebook; or do you scribble them out on sticky notes? In today’s information rich environment, the ability to keep lists, to-dos, projects and tasks in order is important, do you use lists for brainstorming, or shopping lists? Or how …

What Have You Shipped?

Last week I received a report on our departmental progress, it was in effect, a reminder of what we’ve “shipped” over the past six months. Having a regular reminder of your progress seems like a good thing, and it is supported by research: making headway on meaningful work brightens a person’s inner work life and …

Website Bugs

This week has been challenging on the website. Things conspired against the site, from wordpress upgrades, incompatible plugins and my own schedule. I was able to seek some freelance help through odesk.com, that got things back up and running, but I still need to restore themes and plugins – so your patience is appreciated!