On May 21, 2019, Mike Seymour, President of MSR Solutions Inc., was welcomed as the new President of the BCWWA. Mike served on the BCWWA board for seven years, most recently as vice-president.
“I’ve enjoyed serving on the board with Mike who always keeps our discussions interesting and lively,” said past president, Jeremy Clowes. “Mike is one the most passionate and engaged persons I’ve worked with at this organization and I wish him all the best over the next year as we continue to move forward with our new strategic plan.”
Mike has been involved with the BCWWA since the early 1990s as a member. He noted to his former employer, and a past President, Bill Hyslop of NovaTec Consultants, that he had hoped to follow in his footsteps. Mike has now attained that goal and is grateful to Bill for his support and mentoring.
“I appreciate the guidance and mentoring I received from Bill, as well as from Mike Nolan of KWL. He was the president I first served under on my initial start on the BCWWA board seven years ago.”
Mike has been attending conferences since the ’90s and joined a volunteer committee on Small Sewer Systems in 2001. He became chair of that committee and then joined the Leadership Council. As a member of the Board, Mike chaired the Leadership Council.
In his role as president, Mike will work with other BCWWA board members and the CAO. He will support the BCWWA Strategic Plan as they continue to support water sector professionals, in reaching out to their constituents. Other involvements include:
- supporting a growth in membership
- providing opportunities to advance knowledge due to changes in the Lead in Water Guidelines
- expanding the communities of practice to support in increased member participation and knowledge exchange.
Mike is always available to hear from you and express your comments to the rest of the Board and Association. Feel free to reach out to him. He looks forward to seeing everyone in Penticton for the next Conference on April 26-28, 2020.
Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers
The 5S Award (Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers) was also awarded to Mike Seymour at the 2019 BCWWA Conference in Victoria. This award recognizes outstanding meritorious service, above and beyond the call of duty to the BCWWA through active, continuous and meaningful contribution to the BCWWA over many years.
Through his active membership on many committees over the years, and his volunteering on the BCWWA board, Mike was recognized, along with Thomas Dunn of WSP, for his contributions to the SCADA committee, and training sessions over many years. Also recognized was Pat Miller of Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality for her service to BCWWA and the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP) and linking of those two organizations to advance training and sharing of information.