Each year MWWA recognizes the best of our membership at the Annual Conference and Trade Show. Four awards are handed out each year to recognize excellence in the water and wastewater industry.
Lorne Sayer Award
This award was created in honor of Lorne Sayer who, until the time of his death, was employed with the North East Tribal Council. His mandate was to help the Bands within his jurisdiction to operate their water and wastewater systems in the most effective manner possible. Lorne was returning to his community when he was tragically killed due to an airplane crash.
This award is intended to acknowledge a member of the Association who has provided life long dedication to the Water and Wastewater industry, as well as faithful and meritorious service to the public.
Life members shall be persons who have been Members of the Association, have retired from active employment and whom the Board of Directors of the Association has conferred Life Membership. They shall be afforded the same participation privileges as members and will be entitled to annual membership for life at no charge
2016 - Wayne Wall
2016 - James Warrener
2016 - George Balacko
Supplier of the Year Award
Each years suppliers have a significant impact on what members do and even more so on our Annual Trade show. Our members recognize one supplier each year, at the Annual Conference, for their contribution to the industry.
2017 - EMCO Waterworks
2016 - Mueller Canada - Don Webb
2015 - Wolseley Canada
2014 - Hach Canada
2013 - ClearTech
2012 - Flocor
2011 - Wolseley Waterworks Group
2010 - Tim Maunder - Top Shot Municipal Services
2009 - Ron Byron - Brenntag
2008 - Bob Downing – H2O Innovation
2007 - Dan Shamlock – Power & Mine Supply
2006 - Jean Courcelles–Wolseley Waterworks
2005 - Keith Zentner – ClearTech
2004 - Don Webb – Mueller Canada
2003 - Keith Zentner – ClearTech
Jim Warrener Rookie of the Year Award
Jim was the facilitator of the Water and Wastewater School which originated at the University of Manitoba in 1955 under the Department of Health, Province of Manitoba. The Water and Wastewater school was set up to provide Operators with education in water and waste treatment. Jim was the Provincial Representative on the MWWA Board for many years, and also served operators in Manitoba as the editor of the Bulletin as well as serving on Conference committees. The most personable gentleman one could ever meet, Jim was employed by the Province of Manitoba as a Public Health Engineer for 38 years, retiring in 1993.
This award is intended to provide encouragement to beginning Water and Wastewater Industry employees by recognizing excellent performance, initiative and all round attention to detail.
2017 - Robert Girard - City of Winnipeg
2016 - Brady Burla - RM of Riding Mountain West
2015 - Marc Rivard - Town of Birtle
2014 - Jesse Taylor - City of Portage la Prairie
2013 Kerri McIvor - RM of Headingley
2012 Mark Wiltsey - City of Brandon
2011 Dylan Funk - City of Selkirk
2010 Ed Partyka - City of Selkirk
George Balacko Operator of the Year Award
George was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee that was instrumental in the formation of the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association which had its beginning on March 12, 1975. George was the first recipient of WCWWA’s Honorary Life Membership Award as well as the first recipient of the Red River College Water and Wastewater School Service Award in March of 2003. George was WCWWA President for the term of 1981-82, and was further honored by Western Canada Water with the Fuller Award in 1971, the Lindsten Award in 1985, and the Bedell Award in 1994 and was the first recipient, in 1999, of the Manitoba Water and Wastewater Association’s Lorne Sayer Award.
This award recognizes the Member who has provided exceptional service to the public in a waterworks or wastewater capacity.
2017 - Danielle Vaillant - Cartier Regional Water Coop
2016 - Ed Partyka - City of Selkirk
2015 - Paul Maxon - City of Brandon
2014 - Ken Moore - RM of Pipestone
2013 - Travis Duff - City of Winkler
2012 - Richard Bezdietny - RM of Gimli
2011 - Lloyd Beckley - G3 Regional Water
2010 - Colin Allingham - City of Winnipeg
2009 - Michael Sandney - Portage la Prairie
2008 - Richard Dupuis – PVWC – Morris
2007 - Ron Grove - City of Selkirk
2006 - George Jago - City of Brandon
2005 - Bill Reimer - City of Winkler
2004 - Rick West – City of Selkirk
2003 - Jim Fuchs – RM of Hanover
2002 - Rick Yanchycki – Portage la Prairie
2001 - Philip Beardy – York Landing First Nation
2000 - Patrick Richard & Wesley Roulette – Sandy Bay First Nation
1999 - George Squires – Neepawa
1998 - Andy Dmitruk – Selkirk
1997 - Jack Cronk – PVWC