Greater Victoria sewage commission unveiled

Seven-member commission will oversee Capital Regional District's $783-million sewage treatment project

The Capital Regional District unveiled the seven commission members who will oversee its $783 million secondary sewage treatment project last week.

The core area wastewater treatment commission members are responsible for the day-to-day decision-making of the project, while CRD directors will retain overall responsibility for the budget, acquisition of property and rezoning.

In a press release, the CRD named the seven members as:

  • Brenda Eaton, chair, former deputy minister to the Premier of B.C. and former chief financial officer and VP of operations at the Capital Health Region.
  • Fred Cummings, a professional engineer with executive experience at TransLink and current director for the Evergreen Line project in the Lower Mainland.
  • Pam Elardo, director with the King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks, Wastewater Treatment Division.
  • Larry Hughes, a corporate lawyer and VP of finance and chief financial officer with West Fraser Timber.
  • Ivan Ing, a financial expert with Rocklynn Capital and currently on the Edmonton Light Rapid Transit governance board.
  • Hew McConnell, president, Consensus Infrastructure Solutions. McConnell oversaw Greater Vancouver’s sewerage and drainage utility, including capital upgrading for wastewater treatment in a similar scale to the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program.
  • Colin Earl Smith, an engineer and former chief financial officer of the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion project.

The core area includes the municipalities of Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal.

All of the program facilities, which include a wastewater treatment plant at McLoughlin Point in Esquimalt and a biosolids energy plant at a yet-to-be-determined location, are expected to be in operation by the spring of 2018.