Canadian Dam Association wins national award

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) has been recognized for its work on public safety around dams with an “Associations Make A Better Canada” award.

The award is for CDA’s Guidelines for Public Safety Around Dams and the related workshop program that provide guidance on assessment and management of public safety risks at dam facilities.

Launched in 2011, the Guidelines and the accompanying three technical bulletins provide guidance to dam engineers in creating a public safety program. The workshops have been presented seven times across Canada to dam operators, managers and engineers. The Guidelines and the workshop are available in both English and French.

“We are pleased that a national association has honoured us in this way,” says CDA President Clare Raska, P.Eng. “The Guidelines and workshop are world-leading, and represent thousands of hours of work by CDA members.”

The project was spearheaded by CDA’s Public Safety working group and benefited from tremendous contributions by Ontario Power Generation.

The award was presented by the Canadian Society of Association Executives, the national body of association management professionals. The category recognizes that the organization “has developed and implemented significant guidance documents, training programs and efforts to build commitment to raising the standards of your industry or profession for the sake of those served”.

The “Associations Make A Better Canada” awards recognize CSAE member organizations that have initiated innovative projects or programs resulting in positive outcomes in the areas of public education/information, public affairs/government relations, professional development and education, and ethical, technical or professional standards. For more information, please contact CDA Executive Director Don Butcher at 416-255-7076 or