Ottawa Valley Branch

Max Ross

Ottawa Valley Branch City of Ottawa

613 580-2424 ext.16011

Chair’s Message

Building on the great work championed by Past Chair Michael Paul in 2017, this year our focus is on increasing  membership  participation. To this end we have increased the size of our Board of Directors to have representation on the Board that better reflects our membership. We have tailored and expanded the activities in our Event Calendar to address more of the concerns of our membership including: more outreach with local universities,   three days of programmed events and activities to support National Public Works Week, Lunch and Learn events targeting specific technical topics, activities programmed by and focusing on outlying municipalities – this year we will host  a Right Of Way Management Conference in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.  I am happy and honoured to work with  the capable team of professionals on our Board of Directors who have volunteered their time to deliver the activities and events in the 2018 Event Calendar and to support and promote public works for our membership.Max A. Ross, P.Eng.
Chair, Ottawa Valley Branch, OPWA


Branch Directors
2018 Directors Photo

From left to right: Pascal Pitre, Vice Chair, Ian Izzard, Director, Hasnaa Zaknoun, Director, Arup Mukherjee, Director, Amanda Shane, Director, Sheldon Dattenberger, Director, Jo-Anne Moore, Director, James Ricker, Director, Jason Bettez, Treasurer, Max Ross, Chair, Jamie MacDonald, Director
Directors Not in Photo: Michael Paul, Past Chair, Robb Gibb, Secretary, Birgitte Alting-Mees, Director, Julien Lenhart, Director, Graeme Stewart, Director, Andrew Murray, Director




 Ottawa Valley Branch is a branch of OPWA, established in the mid 1980’s. This Branch draws membership from the territory within the boundaries of City of Ottawa, the County of Frontenac, the County of Lanark, the County of Leeds & Grenville, the County of Prescott & Russell, the County of Renfrew and the County of Stormont Dundas & Glengarry. Our membership is comprised of approximately 50 public works practitioners employed by the municipalities noted above, consulting engineers and utility companies. Approximately 50 percent of Ottawa Valley Branch OPWA Board of Directors are employed by the City of Ottawa and other municipalities within the Ottawa Valley Branch territory. In addition to supporting OPWA activities at the local level, the purpose of the Ottawa Valley Branch is:

  • the advancement and improvement of theory and practice of the design, construction, operation, maintenance, management and administration of public works infrastructure and services;
  • the promotion of these improved theories and practices through the dissemination of information and experience;
  • the encouragement of adherence by all employed in the public works industry to a high professional standard;
  • the professional and social improvement of its members, as set forth in the Constitution of APWA.

Key Activities – Ottawa Valley Branch of OPWA

The OPWA Ottawa Valley Branch works to promote the public works industry and public works projects by hosting several networking events throughout the year which are largely educational in nature or feature public works projects. We sometimes charge a small fee for these sessions which cover our costs plus allow us to be able to offer scholarships to young engineering students at Carleton University and University of Ottawa.

Annual Ottawa Valley Branch Events

  • Mike Sheflin Public Works Student Forum and Scholarship Presentation
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Ski Day – social event
  • Mike Sheflin Student Paper Competition
  • Public Works Week – Event
  • Fall Social
  • Lunch and Learn Events
  • Young Professionals – Leadership Sessions
  • Fall Out-of-Town Event
  • Fall In-Town Event

View the Events Calendar



Fall-out of town event: Limerick Forest Interpretive Centre’ that was held on October 30 2019

View the “Presentation Drainage Act 101, Municipal Drains and Roads”, Lorne Franklin, Robinson Consultants

Part 1 

Part 2

Photos from the event: