May 2023

Building a Better Tomorrow - Iona Island WWTP and Pattullo Bridge Replacement projects

Hosted by the Vancouver Branch

Status: Registration is now closed.
Date: Thursday, May 11, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM–9:00 PM Pacific Time

Schedule of Events
6:30 PM: Check-In
7:15 PM: Introduction
7:30 PM: Presentation - Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project
8:15 PM: Presentation - Building for Resiliency - the Iona Island WWTP Projects
8:55 PM: Networking and Closing
Location: UBC Robson Square 800 Robson St Vancouver, BC V6E 1A7
To access the parking lot for 800 Robson Street (Lot 189), head south on Howe Street to the corner at Nelson Street. The parking lot entrance will be on your right, just before Nelson. Note that Howe is a one-way street. Once you have entered the parking lot, follow the directional signs to UBC Robson Square. The maximum height for the Robson Square parking garage is 6.5 feet. Link to Parking facility: https://indigoneo.ca/en/car-park/lot-189-robson-square
Presenter: Wendy Itagawa
Executive Director, Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project Transportation Investment Corporation

Cheryl Nelms
General Manager, Project Delivery, Metro Vancouver
Credit: Eligible for 3 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $25.00 + GST = $26.25

Non-Registrant Price: $30.00 + GST = $31.50

Student Price: $20.00 + GST = $21.00
Contact: For more information about this event, please email the Vancouver Branch.
Note: Registration deadline is May 9, 2023.
This presentation focuses on major infrastructure projects: The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project by TI Corp., and Iona Island WWTP by Metro Vancouver.

Event Description

The Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project

The Pattullo Bridge is a key connection between the communities of Surrey and New Westminster. The new toll-free 4-lane bridge will provide important improvements for everyone using the bridge, including people who are driving, cycling or walking, as well as communities on either side of the bridge: A safer crossing for all bridge users with modern, wider lanes, separated by a centre median barrier; Dedicated walking and cycling lanes, separated from traffic by a barrier on both sides of the bridge; and Better connections to, from and near the bridge. The new bridge will improve safety and reliability for drivers, cyclists and walkers, as well as goods movement. It will be designed to meet modern seismic, structural, and roadway design standards. The new bridge will be located just upstream and northeast of the existing bridge and will optimize the use of the existing road network and travel patterns. The existing bridge will remain in use until the new bridge is open to traffic. Once the new bridge is open, the existing bridge will be removed.

Building for Resiliency - The Iona Island WWTP Projects The Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant projects

Climate change at Iona Island is expected to result in rising seas, changes in rainfall patterns, and more severe coastal storm flooding. Measures to increase treatment plant resiliency include a higher flood construction level, more resilient utilities and access, and ground improvements to ensure the facility is operational following a major earthquake. The suite of ecological restoration and adjacent Iona Beach Regional Park projects include nature-based flood protection strategies addressing tidal habitats and sand dune ecosystems. Together, the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant projects will improve resiliency and enhance ecosystems for Iona Island and the surrounding area.


Wendy Itagawa

Executive Director, Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project Transportation Investment Corporation

Wendy is an experienced and successful leader in managing complex infrastructure projects in both the private and public sectors. She has been involved on some of BC’s largest public infrastructure projects during the definition, procurement, and implementation phases. Her major bridge and road project experience includes the Port Mann Highway 1 Improvement Project, the Golden Ears Bridge, the Sea to Sky Highway, and the South Fraser Perimeter Road. She also has experience on major transit projects including the South of Fraser LRT Project, the Evergreen Extension, and the Calgary West LRT Project. Her skill set includes strategic planning, technical design, procurement strategy, and contract management. She also has a strong background with intergovernmental liaison, communications, and stakeholder engagement. She holds both a Bachelor and Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from McGill University and is a registered professional engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Cheryl Nelms

General Manager, Project Delivery, Metro Vancouver

Cheryl oversees the delivery of a multi-billion-dollar portfolio of water infrastructure and tunneling projects with an overall 5-year spend of $5 billion. She is an accomplished project leader and professional engineer and has successfully delivered major regional and national infrastructure projects for more than 20 years. Cheryl has a PhD in civil engineering (Project Management) and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia teaching project management and connecting industry with new graduates.

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