Life Members

Life membership may be granted to current or former CDA members whose lifetime of dedication and achievement has contributed significantly to the dam industry in Canada. The CDA Honours and Awards Committee recommends individual(s) to the Board for receiving Life Membership. Generally, recipients will have retired from active work (beyond occasional individual consulting) and will have been active members of the CDA or its predecessor associations for at least 10 years. Life Membership includes complimentary membership in CDA.

Life Membership Application Form

Meet Bob Patrick, P.Eng., 2023 recipient

Meet Richard Slopek, P.Eng., 2023 recipient

Richard Slopek was born in Manchester, England and moved to Montreal, Canada at the ripe old age of three. He graduated from Concordia University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He began his engineering career with Montreal Engineering Company Limited. In 1979 he was transferred to the company’s Calgary office. Richard worked for Montreal Engineering through its many iterations (Monenco, Monenco Agra, Agra Monenco, AMEC) for 25 years. During this time he got involved with dam safety work, initially for TransAlta, formerly Calgary Power, in the early 1980’s, and then for numerous other utilities and agencies across Canada. He attended his first dam safety conference, which was organized by Inge Anderson and Barry Hurndall of Alberta Environment, in Edmonton in 1986 and he has attended and participated in the majority of the Canadian Dam Association annual dam safety conferences since, and was part of the ed organizing committee for all of the conferences that were held in Calgary.

Richard joined Canadian Projects Limited in 2002 where he continued his career in dam safety, dam rehabilitation, hydro development, due diligence assessments and water resources work. He retired, or tried to retire, in 2018 but continues to provide support to Canadian Projects Limited, which is now a Tetra Tech company.


The previous honourees are:

  • Inge Anderson
  • Bob Barnes
  • Mona Bechai
  • Leo Christl
  • Bill Duncan
  • Joe Farwell
  • Richard Gervais   
  • Phillip Gilks
  • Jim Gordon
  • Christian Guillaud
  • Garth Haack
  • Yousef Hammamji   
  • Charles Holder
  • Marion Houston
  • Barry Hurndall
  • Sayed Ismail    
  • Will Jolley
  • Allan Kirkham
  • Pius Ko
  • Guy S. Larocque       
  • Denis LeBoeuf     
  • Tim Little
  • Norbert R. Morgenstern 
  • John Morrison   
  • Huu Phong Nguyen
  • John Nunn
  • Jean-Jacques Paré
  • Garry Poole
  • Marty Puro
  • Clare Raska
  • Anthony (Tony) Rattue
  • Stephen Rigbey
  • Gordon Schellenberg
  • Grant Smith
  • Ray Stewart
  • Mai Phat Tai
  • James Tang
  • Tony Tawil
  • Michael Thompson
  • Richard Trimble
  • Jean-Pierre Tournier
  • Gérard Verzeni
  • Don Welch
  • Andy Zielinski