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News release: May 17, 2022

Region of Peel Public Works wins two awards; including national Top Ten Leader Award

Brampton, ON. (May 17, 2022) – Kealy Dedman, Commissioner of Public Works, was honoured today by the Ontario Public Works Association as winner of the Top 10 Public Works Leader of the Year Award from the American Public Works Association (APWA).

Kealy Deadman receiving award from Andrew Stevenson President of the Canadian Public Works Association.

Kealy Deadman receiving award from Andrew Stevenson President of the Canadian Public Works Association.

The award, which is in its 63rd year, is one of APWA’s highest honours and is based on a lifetime of professional contributions. Kealy was chosen by past Top Ten recipients and the award recipients "embody professionalism, expertise, and personal dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities through the advancement of public works services and technology."

Since joining the Region of Peel in April 2021, Kealy has been a champion of sustainable and resilient public works. As Commissioner of Public Works, Kealy provides strategic leadership and oversight of the Public Works Department. This department, with an annual operating budget of over $850 million and a ten-year capital plan of $10 billion, is responsible for delivering Transportation, Waste Management, Water and Wastewater, Operations Support, Planning and Development, and TransHelp services to approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses.

Bovaird Infiltration Facility Retrofit Project wins 2021 OPWA Project of the Year Award

Peel Region was also honoured for their work on the Bovaird Infiltration Facility Retrofit Project, which won the 2021 Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Project of the Year Award in the Technical/Management Innovation category.

The innovative design of the Bovaird Infiltration Facility retrofit is a significant advancement in stormwater management. The site was converted to a large infiltration facility that provides flood control, infiltration, enhanced water quality and thermal mitigation.

We are delighted that Kealy has been honoured with such a prestigious award. Working closely with her over the past year, I have found her support and insights around our executive leadership table invaluable. The Region's vital infrastructure is in good hands under the leadership of Kealy and her team.

Chief Administrative Officer, Region of Peel, Janice Baker

I am humbled to receive this award from my peers. What makes today even more special is that I get to share this day with some of the amazing people who work here in Public Works in Peel Region. I am proud of this team's work on Bovaird Infiltration Facility and how it highlights our commitment to sustainable public works practices.

Commissioner, Region of Peel, Kealy Dedman

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Andrew Warren
Advisor, Executive Communications
Region of Peel

About Peel Region

In 2024, Peel Region marks its 50th anniversary. Peel Region works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe, and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 200,000 businesses in Brampton, Mississauga and Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information explore and follow us on X @regionofpeel and Instagram

On December 13, 2023, the Ontario government announced that Peel Region will not be dissolved, and that Bill 112 legislation will be updated to reflect service delivery in Peel. Services for residents and businesses will continue without interruption. For updates and more information, visit Peel's transition page.