Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

NRRM Wins National Asset Management Award

Northern Rockies Wins Major Asset Management Award

 

FORT NELSON –Regional Council is very pleased to announce the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) has received a significant award from the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) in recognition of the Municipality’s Asset Management System.

 

From left to right: Robin Lattimer, KWL, NRRM Regional Councillor Todd Osbourne, NRRM Director of Finance Toni Thurbide, Colwyn Sunderland, KWL, and Liam Edwards, Executive Director of Local Government Infrastructure and Finance with the Province of British Columbia.

CNAM, a national association of public infrastructure asset managers in Canada, annually awards its Tereo Asset Management Award in recognition of excellence in developing and implementing asset management approaches and significant improvements in business performance through the use of asset management tools and techniques or approaches. This year, the Northern Rockies was the recipient.

Past winners of this award include the cities of Ottawa, Saskatoon and Burlington Ontario.

“Forward-looking management of our Municipal infrastructure helps extend the lives of our facilities and saves the taxpayer significantly in the long run; quite simply, it’s essential for good governance,“ stated Bill Streeper, Mayor of the Northern Rockies. “We are very proud that our innovative approach to asset management is receiving national attention.”

The NRRM’s Asset Management System (AMS) was initialized by the signing of the Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement (IDCA) in 2013, marking an important milestone in committing to service-oriented, full life-cycle infrastructure management across NRRM.  Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers (KWL) was contracted to help the NRRM develop this system and its operation.

The AMS has proven to be an extremely beneficial tool that provides the NRRM with the data required to apply analytic decision making to major capital investments, giving consideration to stakeholder interests, economic conditions, and existing asset conditions.  Essentially, it provides the facts the Municipality needs to answer the ever present questions of: what do we want, what do we have, what do we need and when do we need it?

From the onset, NRRM Council, staff and KWL recognized that a typical “one-size-fits-all” system would not work for the NRRM’s unique circumstances and together established a responsive and dynamic system that reflects the community’s needs. The Asset Management Policy is integrated with overarching municipal policies and visions, and frames the AMS within a holistic vision supporting community goals and sustainability.

"It was a great honour to receive this award with NRRM,” said KWL Asset Management Specialist Colwyn Sunderland. “It is a testament to the dedication of Council and the management team, which has worked hard to transcend traditional organizational barriers and create an innovative and highly collaborative, “can-do” culture for infrastructure management."

If you would like to learn more about the NRRM’s Asset Management System, please contact:

Scott Barry,
NRRM Deputy CAO of Operations,
250-774-2541 (ex 2091)
sbarry@northernrockies.ca.

Or visit the Asset Management webpage at: http://www.northernrockies.ca/EN/main/city/infrastructure/asset-management.html

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