This award recognizes CDA members for their valued contributions and outstanding commitment to the advancement of the Association. The award is offered annually to one or more members of CDA and honours the memory of Peter Halliday, P.Eng.
Meet, Chad LePoudre, 2022 recipient:
D. Chad LePoudre is the Global Practice Lead Tailings for BHP, employed with BHP since August 2019. Prior to joining BHP, Chad was the Vice President of GeoSciences and Materials testing for SNC-Lavalin. He came to SNC-Lavalin in 2011 through acquisition of MDH Engineered Solutions of Saskatoon, SK where he was Vice President of Geotechnical Services and part owner of the company. His career has mostly been focused on provision of engineering services related to tailings storage and dam safety.
Chad began volunteering with CDA around 2010, assisting with the coordination of the 2012 CDA conference in Saskatoon. Chad was elected to the Board of Directors of CDA in 2012 at the Saskatoon conference, as the Saskatchewan Director, and subsequently took on responsibilities as the Secretary Treasurer. Chad was elected as Vice-President in 2016, served as President in 2017, and Past President in 2018. Chad was also active in the Mining Dams Committee, Finance Committee, and contributed to other committees and various workshops, including as an instructor during several of the Dam Safety Review workshops.
Chad completed his Civil Engineering Degree and graduate course work at the University of Saskatchewan. Chad and his family reside near Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The previous recipients are:
Peter completed his engineering degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1980 and started his career at Newfoundland Power. As a longtime employee of Newfoundland Power, Peter was a person who could be relied upon to get the job done, no matter how great the task. He thoroughly enjoyed the work and cherished the company and people that he worked with. Peter’s ability to work with people, while displaying professionalism at all times was indeed a talent that was recognized by all whom he came in contact with. Peter was the true essence of a volunteer. Whether the need was national, provincial, municipal or neighborhood, he was quick to step forward. He had the ability to attract and coerce others into organizations he was involved with. Peter was a founding member of his city’s Sports Alliance, which raises funds so thousands of kids can participate in amateur sport. He also served as it’s President for a term. He spent countless weekends and evenings working for “Habitat for Humanity”. He didn’t volunteer because he had to, he did it because he loved to. He not only brought himself along but was able to attract many others with his enthusiastic and colorful demeanor.
As a Professional Engineer, Peter served at the executive level of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland. He also served on a number of committees within the association. Peter’s introduction to the National Dam Safety community started in 1991 when it was suggested that he might be a good fellow to get involved in the local organizing committee for the upcoming Canadian Dam Safety Association (CDSA) Conference to be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Peter brought enthusiasm, experience, great ideas and of course, his incredible sense of humor to the organizing committee. The committee and conference were simply the first steps for Peter in the CDSA as he quickly became involved in the Dam Safety Guidelines and later joined the Executive. At that time there were two national dam organizations, the CDSA and Canadian Commission on Large Dams (CANCOLD). Many saw the need for amalgamation and under the leadership of the Presidents of both organizations, it was decided to attempt to find common ground. Peter stepped forward and was instrumental in, not only forging the “terms of union” but also in writing the original bylaws for what we all know today as CDA. It seemed to be a natural progression that he become later the President of CDA, a position he held with distinction in late 1990’s. Peter was serving as Past President of CDA at the time of his passing in 2001.
Peter was someone who always came forward and someone from whom you could seek advice and be assured that he would point you in the right direction. His ability to put things in perspective came naturally. He had a way of bringing out the best in people and his enthusiasm and work ethic were an inspiration to all who had the pleasure of meeting him. Peter’s lasting memory will be that of a true mentor and dedicated volunteer to both the community, and to the CDA.