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Michael Walker, P.Eng., Municipal Infrastructure Manager, Associated Engineering

Topic: Business Development
March 1, 2022

With a passion for growth and coaching talented individuals and vibrant teams, Michael Walker has built a successful career as a Trusted Advisor to his clients which include local municipalities, provincial and federal government agencies, and private corporations and contractors. His credentials include being a Civil Engineer (P.Eng. & PE), a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) through the Project Management Institute, and a certified RPAS Pilot. Michael has 17 years of consulting and construction experience over a large variety of projects including new construction, Local Improvements, municipal subdivisions, paving, and infrastructure rehabilitation. Working with multi-discipline teams, his goal of client satisfaction through project delivery has contributed to multiple iconic projects including the Regina ByPass, Westside Irrigation Canal Project, Calgary Ring Road, Badlands Parkway in Grasslands National Park, the International Peace Park rehabilitation in Waterton, the Calgary Flood Remediation, and the Muskrat Falls Transmission Project, as well as many others across Western Canada. Having received the ACEC-SK YP Award, the Allen D Williams Scholarship, and then completing the FIDIC Future Leaders Program, Michael now teaches the predecessor program, and enjoys sharing his experience and insights with anyone who is interested in advancing their skills and careers. Michael has been involved in ACEC-SK and ACEC Canada, as well as FIDIC for many years, and is a past chair of the Young Professionals Network, and a current Canadian Representative to the FIDIC Future Leaders Council, as well as a member of the FIDIC and ACEC-SK Capacity Building Councils.


Brett LaRoche, P.Eng., Principal Engineer, Catterall & Wright
Topic: Leadership in Entrepreneurship, Community Involvement and Goal Setting

November  23, 2021

Brett LaRoche is a senior civil engineer with over 17 years of experience specializing in municipal engineering with a keen interest in road building and asphalt.  Brett is the managing partner at Catterall & Wright Consulting Engineers in Saskatoon.  He is a past councilor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) and is a current Director for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Saskatchewan (ACEC-SK) where he is the Board liaison for the Careers in Consulting committee and the ACEC-SK Board rep and vice chair of the Corporate Registrant Task Group through APEGS.  Brett is a University of Saskatchewan Alumni where he continues his educational career most recently completing the Effective Executive Leadership program through the Edwards School of Business.  He is also a proud member of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA).   

Brett is a past president of the Vanscoy Community Recreation Board and actively volunteers with the local arena as the chief ice maker and senior Zamboni operator.  He is also an active farmer with his wife and two children on their family farm called Farm One Forty.  Their farm implements and follows regenerative agricultural practices and produces protein and vegetable offerings for their restaurant, Odla, in Saskatoon to offer a true farm to table experience.   


Andrew Lockwood, P.Eng. , Principal Functional Safety, BHP

Topic: Risk, Where Engineering and Safety Collide
December 14, 2021

Andrew (Drew) Lockwood is a grizzled mechanical engineer who finds himself stuck in the middle of a Venn diagram of risk, safety, and engineering. As Principal Functional Safety for BHP, Drew is chiefly concerned with managing engineering hazards on Saskatchewan’s newest upcoming potash mine, Jansen Stage 1.

During his 20 year career, Drew has had broad exposure to regulatory issues, consulting realities, entrepreneurial challenges, and owner’s team expectations. He is currently the immediate Past-President of APEGS, has sat on the ACEC-SK board, received his MBA, and has dedicated over 15 years to engineering volunteerism. The broad span of experience allows him to wade through the murky swamp of risk and engineering, without falling into the traps hidden on either side.

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