2013 Winner

Michael Homenuke is a professional engineer with Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd., who specializes in developing GIS-based sanitary sewer and water distribution system models.  Having developed the City of Surrey's water system model (18,000+ pipes) from the City's GIS database, he is able to manage large amounts of data.  He is familiar with several modeling packages including Hydra, MIKE Urban/MOUSE, WaterCAD and MWH Soft products.  Mike has been involved in developing preliminary designs and capital plans for the City of Surrey and City of Trail for both water and sewer systems.

Michael is actively involved in the ACEC-British Columbia Young Professional Committee and was the Committee Chair in 2008 - 2009 when he represented the young professionals of BC at the 2008 FIDIC conference in Québec. He also founded the KWL Junior Engineers Group. Michael's dedication to the field is further highlighted by the fact that he is the inaugural and current Chair of the British Columbia Water and Waste Association Young Professionals Group.

In 2005, Michael co-founded the inaugural Still Creek Regatta, encouraging consulting engineers to give back to the community by raising funds for charity.  The event has grown to include three local consulting firms in support of the Still Creek Stewardship Society and was recognized by the City of Burnaby with an Environmental Star Award in 2008.  Michael is a member of the KWL Green Team, a coalition of conscience employees who seek to reduce KWL's ecological footprint.  Practicing what he preaches, Mike is an avid bike and public transit commuter.  He was an early adopter of the Cooperative Car Network and organizes a Bike-to-Work Week initiative.  

Jurors from the Allen D. Williams Scholarship Foundation selected Michael based on his commitment to the industry, his innovative thinking in implementing new initiatives for his employer, his involvement and leadership with young professional associations, and his proven record as a trusted advisor to his clients.

The Allen D. Williams Scholarship is awarded to a young professional who has demonstrated leadership in their involvement with the industry and ACEC. The Award allows the winner to attend the International Federation of Consulting Engineers Conference (FIDIC) in Barcelona, Spain from September 15-18, 2013. The FIDIC criterion for a young professional has an upper age limit of 35 years.

For more information, please view the Media Release.

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