Norman Meeks, a professional geologist in GHD’s Tampa office, has been appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Board of Professional Geologists. He will serve an initial two-year term, working with six other appointees and the State Geologist’s representative to fulfil the Board’s responsibility for regulating professional practice, and supporting licensure examinations and disciplinary processes. The appointment is based on Norman’s extensive contributions to geology, willingness to serve in professional organisations and evaluations provided by his peers.
Member of the year
Sherri Smith, Marketing Manager in our Atlanta office in the USA, has been recognised for her commitment to the Society of American Military Engineers. The professional organisation’s Atlanta Post has named Sherri Member of the Year for her valuable contribution to advancing the organisation’s mission. Sherri serves as Secretary of the Atlanta Post and coordinates a variety of events, including the Toys for Tots charity drive.
A tale of two engineers
Tom Fricke and Mike Rodd, two of our senior engineers, studied together at the University of Tasmania, Australia and worked for GHD for more than 40 years in different specialisations. While Mike has recently retired from our Canberra office, Tom is still working in our Melbourne operation. We recognise Tom and Mike for their long term commitment to the success of our clients and GHD. Pictured above are Tom Fricke and Mike Rodd.
Young water professional
Tim Crockford, a mechanical engineer in our Canberra office, Australia, has been named Young Water Professional of the Year by the Australian Capital Territory branch of the Australian Water Association. The award recognises Tim’s outstanding career achievements to date and his potential to play an influential role in the water industry.
For the past five years, GHD’s Paula Hutchison has led Team Conestoga-Rovers & Associates in the Grand Bend to London MS Bike tour; raising a total of over CAD97,000 for the MS Society of Canada to help improve the lives of people living with multiple sclerosis. Paula was recently honoured at the Celebration of Champions Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Toronto to celebrate her leadership in fundraising.
Jen Keuning from GHD’s office in Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA has been re-elected for a third term as a corporate board member and secretary of the Dairy Business Association of Wisconsin, an organisation that advocates the advancement of the state’s billion dollar dairy industry at the local and federal levels. Jen opened GHD’s office in Green Bay to provide services to the agriculture industry, primarily dairy farms. She works with numerous farms and agriculture facilities to manage facility design projects, soil investigations, stormwater planning, and waste storage facility sizing and design.
Elizabeth Harper, our Chief Information Officer has received the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Award for Queensland, Australia in the private and corporate sector category. The award recognises business leaders whose passion, determination, innovation and success inspire other women to walk in their footsteps.
Van Tang, our manager for South Australia, has received the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards for the state in the private and corporate sector category. After moving to Australia as a refugee from Vietnam at a young age, Van became a civil engineer. The award acknowledges Van’s commitment to developing GHD’s people and her leadership in delivering infrastructure projects.
Marc Bouchard, an environmental scientist based out of GHD’s Ottawa, Canada office, has won the Q4 2014 Shell SGW Safety award. Marc was recognised for his commitment and dedication to achieving Shell’s Goal Zero while overseeing a large-scale remediation project for Shell in Lebel-sur-Quevillon, located in northern Quebec. During the six weeks on site, Marc managed six sub-contractors and ensured safety remained the primary focus of all workers on site.
Matt Kennedy, a senior project manager in our Santa Rosa office in the USA, has been named President of the San Francisco Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) which represents more than 6100 members in central and northern California. Leveraging more than 12 years of industry experience, Matt will assist the ASCE to advance the civil engineering profession.