About Us

Leadership

  • President

    David Seeliger, P.Eng. MPE Engineering Ltd.

    David Seeliger has over 23 years of international experience in the field of water resources and civil engineering including stormwater management, in general, and the implementation of LID in urban environments, in particular. During his years in Australia, which is a leader in the implementation of sustainable drainage practices, he was first a student and later collaborated with John Argue, Australia's LID guru, who was responsible for the development of Australia's handbook for the implementation of Source Control Practices.

    David brings a wealth of experience in integrated stormwater planning, design and construction incorporating LID practices, with a focus on projects involving stormwater reuse. He has provided strategic stormwater management advice to all levels of government and private clients and has provided expert witness services on a number of occasions.

    David previously held executive positions as director and secretary of the Hydrological Society of South Australia, a not- for-profit technical society promoting all aspects of the water cycle. Since moving to Canada, David has been intimately involved in a number of LID projects from high-level planning, developing technical guidance, subdivision planning investigations and detailed design. He has provided significant contributions to the ALIDP through conducting training seminars and taking on the design and documentation of the Olds College bioretention research site.

    “I am excited to promote the role of the Partnership in education, research and stakeholder engagement. Teamwork and good communications are vital to bring all aspects of LID together and I will work to build the ALIDP as a self-sustaining entity for the benefit of its members.”

  • Vice-President

    Katelyn Dunning, B.L.A, M.E.S. 02 Planning + Design

    Katelyn Dunning has been working as an ecological-based landscape architect for the last 5 years. She completed a Master’s thesis in ecological restoration at the Environmental Studies department of the University of Waterloo and received a bachelor's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph. Her career objective is to marry landscape architecture with ecologic restoration to promote sustainable development and instill a greater sense of ecological stewardship in the public mind. Katelyn is currently working at O2 Planning + Design Inc. where one of their core vision's is to enhance a site's ecological and cultural character, while providing a sustainable framework for development. Katelyn has been involved in several stormwater and LID projects throughout her career, such as stormwater wetland facilities, bioswales and rain gardens. She is looking forward to developing her tool box as LID techniques are advanced in Alberta. The ALIDP provides another avenue towards achieving Katelyn's career objective by progressing Alberta's best practices in urban infrastructure to incorporate more stormwater source control features such as rain gardens, green roofs, rain water reuse, bioswales and so on. These features help maintain or improve the health of Alberta’s watersheds in the direct view of the public (rather than underground). The partnership is important because it shares these best practices with practitioners and policy makers – a process that includes the entire industry and consequently provides a genuine chance to affect real improvements in stormwater management.

  • Secretary

    John Helder City of Edmonton Community Services (retired)

    John Helder is a horticulturist and received his horticultural education at the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture, Niagara Falls, Ontario. After working at Brock University and subsequently as Superintendent of the Niagara Parks Greenhouses, John came to Edmonton in 1977 to the position of Curator at the Muttart Conservatory and held the position of Director for most of his eighteen years at Muttart. From 1995 he was the Principal of Horticulture for the City of Edmonton, and retired in 2012. In that position, he worked with many varied beautification and naturalization activities, programs and partnerships. He has led Edmonton’s involvement with Communities in Bloom. Under this banner, he has been active as an advocate for community involvement and empowerment. He is convinced that everyone benefits when we work together to make our community greener, more beautiful and liveable.

    Working with the community, John is an advocate for community greening and he strives to raise awareness of the importance of nature in the urban setting. He works with community gardens, partners in parks, development of outdoor classrooms and natural area stewardship. At present, he is vice president of the Friends of the University of Alberta Devonian Garden.

    John is especially interested in the practical application of LID principles that contribute to biodiversity and a healthy urban environment.

  • Treasurer

    Craig Kipkie, M.Sc., P.Eng. Kerr Wood Leidal

    Craig Kipkie's core areas of expertise include stormwater planning, modelling, design, and performance monitoring of innovative stormwater management site services and facilities. He is well versed in environmental protection measures such as low impact development (LID), riparian setbacks, and detention facilities. In 2004, Craig worked on the Silver Ridge development, which was British Columbia’s first large-scale single-family residential subdivision that successfully met stringent Department of Fisheries water quantity and quality criteria through the use of roadside and on-lot rain gardens, infiltration, and detention. Currently, he is part of the project team that is finalizing the vegetative and absorptive practices module for the City of Calgary’s LID Design Guidelines Manual.

    Craig has worked for Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. for more than 15 years and, in August 2012, he moved from Vancouver to Calgary to lead KWL’s new branch office. He is keen to dispel barriers to and myths about LIDs through education, so that they become commonplace in our industry.

  • Director

    Xiangfei Li, Ph.D, P.Eng. City of Edmonton Drainage Planning

    Xiangfei Li has more than ten years of experience in water resources management and water/wastewater treatment. She obtained her Master degree from Tsinghua University (China) in 2002 and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta in 2009.

    Xiangfei is deeply involved with rolling out the City of Edmonton’s LID program in her role as an environmental engineer with Drainage Services. She has supervised LID-related studies including LID applications in cold climates and cost benefit analysis of LID. Currently, she is leading the LID implementation feasibility and strategy study to assess how to integrate LID into the City’s business process. She coordinates LID applications with internal stakeholders, provides technical support, and is developing a program for LID performance evaluation. She was project manager for the development of the LID BMP Design Guide for the City of Edmonton.The project team received the top three nominees of the City Manager’s Award of Excellence in Innovation Category in 2011.

  • Director

    Cathy Boddington, C.E.T. City of Chestermere

    Cathy Boddington, in her youth, was fortunate to spend summers on Georgian Bay where she developed an early passion for the protection of water, fisheries and all things environmental. She graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology (Toronto, ON) with a Resources Engineering Technologist Diploma followed by a CET designation.

    Before moving out west Cathy spent 10 years working as a Geomatics/CADD Technician/Water Sampling Tech for PLANSCAPE and Michalski Neilsen Associates (MNAL) in Bracebridge, ON. In her current position as Project Coordinator, City of Chestermere, Cathy participates in the building of collaborative and cohesive interdependent teams to achieve departmental objectives and successful completion of capital projects. This includes all aspects of project management from initiation through to closeout processes.

  • Director

    Fayi Zhou, Ph.D., P.Eng. City of Edmonton Drainage Services

    Fayi Zhou is the General Supervisor, Drainage Services at the City of Edmonton, an Adjunct Professor at Concordia University, Montreal and Director of Alberta Water Council’s Technical Committee. His expertise covers watershed planning, green infrastructure (LID), river engineering, wastewater and stormwater management, and flood prevention.

    Fayi has been the lead for several projects including the Water for Life Strategy – Drainage Master Plan (City of Edmonton 2013), Low Impact Design Guide (City of Edmonton 2011), and Edmonton Combined Sewer System Retrofit Numerical Study (Concordia University and City of Edmonton, 2011). In addition, Fayi has been an active team member in the Edmonton New Neighborhood Design Guide (City of Edmonton, 2014), Alberta Non-Point Source Pollution Control Strategy (Albert Water Council 2012) and the North Saskatchewan Watershed Integrated Management Plan (2010).

    Currently Fayi sits on the Board of the North Saskatchewan Water Alliance and was a former ALIDP board member from 2009 to 2011. He has written over 80 papers included in and presented at international journals and conferences and has co-authored a technical textbook, “Transient Flows”.

  • Director

    Anton Skorobogatov, B.Sc., M.E.Des. Source2Source

    Anton Skorobogatov graduated from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Environmental Design in 2014. With an interest in Low Impact Development his thesis focused on the hydrological functionality of plants and their application to stormwater management.

    During his time at University and his employment with Source2Source Anton has worked on several bioretention projects researching the absorbent potential of plants in a riparian environment (Okotoks 2015); interconnections between hydrology and plant physiology (2011-2014); the impact of developing vegetation on infiltration capacity and; the impact on water quality with the addition of organic matter in bioretention soil medium (Kennedale Works Yard, 2012-2014).

  • Director

    Robert Wills, Dip. LGAP City of Calgary Parks

    Robert Wills has more than 30 years of construction and landscape construction experience, with the last 26 at The City of Calgary. He started as an Arborist in Urban Forestry. From there he went on to be a natural areas foreman, development inspector, subdivision inspector in Urban Development, and an ESC inspector in Water Resources. Currently he is a Capital Project Coordinator for Planning & Development Services (Parks). His education includes a 2-year Broadcasting diploma out of Spokane, WA, and a Journeyman Landscape Gardener diploma from Olds College. He is also an accredited CISEC (certified inspector of sediment and erosion control) as well as a CISEC instructor. He currently sits on the board of directors for IECA (International Erosion Control Association) Canada

    An active community member, Rob is the Vice President of the Frank Wills Memorial Scout Hall in Cochrane, Alberta and has raised two beautiful children by himself. His family loves golfing, water slides and hot weather.

  • Executive Director

    Leta van Duin, B.Sc. ALIDP

    Leta van Duin’s background in GIS, communications, civil engineering support, and urban landscape stewardship has prepared her to appreciate the needs and interests of a wide range of stakeholders involved with the ALIDP. From her work in environmental modelling using GIS, including projects such as modelling and mapping erosion risk for arable land in the province of Manitoba and leading the GIS implementation for the West Nose Creek stream corridor assessment within Calgary, Leta has gained a deep appreciation of the many factors that are involved in understanding our watersheds. Through ten years of civil and environmental consulting engineering support she honed her graphic design and technical communications skills. More recently, she designed and managed the construction of the Emerald Award-nominated naturalization and rain garden project at Alexander Ferguson Elementary School in Calgary. This project is a case study in the Land Stewardship Network’s Green Communities Guide. She has consulted to the University of Calgary on bioswale plant selection and enjoys growing her own native plants.

  • Past-President 2012-14

    James Borrow, B.Sc. Horticulture City of Calgary Parks (retired)

    James Borrow, recently retired, held numerous positions over the past 25 years with City of Calgary Parks. His last position with the City was as Integrated Pest Management Lead. He started at the Calgary Zoo and was, at one point, District Supervisor of the Devonian Gardens. He is currently part of the City Hall Green Roof Committee. He has a strong commitment to the environment and protecting biodiversity.

    “The ALIDP does, and will play a crucial role in developing ecologically and environmentally sound urban landscapes. We need urban landscapes that protect the environment and enhance our quality of life."

  • Past President 2010-12

    Past Secretary 2007-10

    Bert van Duin, M.Sc., P.Eng. City of Calgary Water Resources

    Bert van Duin is the Drainage Technical Lead at The City of Calgary Water Resources. He is responsible for guiding the development of LID technical resources and supporting the practical implementation of source control practices by staff and the development industry.

  • Past-President 2007-10

    Doug Marter City of Calgary Parks

    Doug Marter is the Manager Planning & Development with The City of Calgary Parks, and the Enmax Legacy Park Program Manager.