This award recognizes CDA Corporate Members, including companies, organizations, government agencies and other entities, whose overall contributions merit recognition. Up to three awards are offered annually. The award may be based on innovation and leadership, advancing the state of practice, international cooperation, or any other contributions that benefit the dam industry at large.
Previous award winners are:
2011 - Ontario Power Generation (for Innovation and Leadership)
2011 - BC Hydro (for Advancing State of Practice)
2011 - Hydro Quebec (for International Co-operation)
2012 - Saskatchewan Watershed Authority
2012 - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
2013 - Hatch
2013 - Meco
2014 - Worthington Products
2015 - Grand River Conservation Authority
2016 - Parks Canada
2017 - Klohn Crippen Berger
2018 - Hydro Quebec
2019 - Alberta Environment and Parks
2020 - Manitoba Hydro
2020 - Teck Resources Ltd.
CDA congratulates Manitoba Hydro and Teck Resources Ltd. as the 2020 Corporate Member Award winners.
Manitoba Hydro has been an active participant, sponsor and leader in dam safety even prior to the inception of the Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDSA) in the late 1980s. Like many utilities in Canada, it places high importance on the safety of its dams and the ability to safely and efficiently manage a large system of reservoirs. Their mature dam safety program continues to evolve over time and has benefited from and supported the collaborations facilitated by the CDA. Manitoba Hydro is considered a leader in the development and implementation of condition assessment methods, emergency preparedness functions and public safety around dams processes. Manitoba Hydro exemplifies the spirit of the CDA acting not only as leaders and role models of good practice but also freely sharing their expertise within Canada and around the world.
Teck Resources Ltd. is Canada’s largest diversified resource company with operations and projects in Canada, the United States, Chile and Peru. Teck is a Canadian and global leader in the initiative to raise the standard of care for tailings management, safety and environmental stewardship.
Teck encourages and enables its engineers and scientists to get involved in the regulatory and scientific arenas, which has led to their important role in supporting the preparation of new guidance documents to prevent dam failures, and to better protect the public and the environment throughout the lifecycle of the mining operation. Teck’s employees have spent countless hours participating with the following groups to improve standards and guidelines:
• Canadian Dam Association – Mining Dams Committee
• Mining Association of Canada – Tailings Working Group
• International Council on Mining and Metals
• Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management
In 2019, Teck also undertook a “special review” of their governance of tailings and water retention structures, including their upstream construction and higher consequence facilities. The review, which included independent external experts, was conducted to provide an extra measure of assurance over the safety and security of their facilities, to confirm the robustness of their processes and to identify opportunities for improvement.