2019 Industry Award winners announced

Congratulations to the individuals who were honoured for their innovation and excellence at the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show Awards Lunch on May 28, 2019, in Victoria, BC.


Excellence in the Water and Waste Industry: Victor M. Terry Operator Award
Recognizing ingenuity and proficiency in facility operations and/or maintenance

Todd Etherington
Cowichan Valley Regional District

Todd started his career in the water sector in 1999 with the District of West Vancouver Water Utilities Division. In 2007, he and his family moved to Vancouver Island where he is currently the Utility Operations Superintendent with the Cowichan Valley Regional District.

The Water Management Division at the CVRD is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 19 water systems that comprise of surface water, iron, manganese and arsenic treatment facilities as well as 16 wastewater systems which include seven Toray Membrane plants (two with reclaimed effluent registrations), two USBF plants, a few RBC units and one lagoon.

While Todd is honored to be recognized for this award, he says that it is really his whole division that should be receiving this accolade, especially the nine operators who maintain the systems to such an exceptional standard.

“Todd and the Cowichan Valley Regional District are the unsung heroes. Through their efforts, they have raised the bar on sewer and waste systems with the Cowichan Valley Regional District.”
– Mike Seymour, MSR Solutions

Excellence and Innovation in the Water and Waste Industry Award
Recognizing innovation and excellence that advances the water and waste industry


Dr. Pierre Bérubé
University of British Columbia

Dr. Pierre Bérubé is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of research and consulting experience
in water quality assessment and treatment, with particular emphasis on membrane and other filtration related technologies.


His work has generated new research tools, and in partnership with industry, new processes and products that have become industry standards. Some of his recent research focuses on integrating microbial communities directly into filtration processes. This has led to the development of new water treatment technologies that require no/minimal electrical power and/or process chemicals.

“Dr. Bérubé’s Filtration Technology Group researches state-of-the-art tools and processes to further the field of filtration technologies, and to provide opportunities for training future leaders in the field of engineering and research. For close to two decades Dr. Bérubé group has strived to make advanced water treatment technologies
more accessible to communities in BC and around the globe.”

– Steve Conrad, UBC

AWWA George Warren Fuller Award
Recognizing sound engineering and leadership skills, and distinguished service to the water industry


Steve Brubacher
Urban Systems

Steve Brubacher holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Victoria and has been an engineering consultant for over 20 years. In addition to his successful consulting career, Steve has held numerous volunteer roles, including Director and President of the BCWWA Board, Director of CWWA, Chair of the BCWWA Leadership Council, Chair of the Climate Change Committee and member of the Water Sustainability Committee.

In his role as the Chair of the AWWA Canadian Affairs Council, he led the development and implementation of their first strategic plan. Steve’s exemplary work ethic has enabled him to attract dedicated professionals to his teams which he skillfully and tactfully leads to discuss complex issues and make meaningful, lasting decisions.

“Steve Brubacher is a visionary leader that has a unique ability to bring ideas to reality. The BC water community has benefited greatly from his exceptional skills and contributions.”
– Jennifer Crosby, Metro Vancouver