Raymond Fung succeeds Paul Ham as Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership
NEWS RELEASE: In May 2008, the Green Infrastructure Partnership announced that Raymond Fung, Utilities Manager with the District of West Vancouver, has succeeded Paul Ham as Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership Steering Committee. Ham’s retirement from local government was the catalyst for selection of Fung to serve as Chair. Paul Ham was with the City of Surrey for over 30 years, where he had a distinguished career and rose to City Engineer.
Reflections by the Outgoing Chair
“It has been an honour and a pleasure to serve as Chair of the Green Infrastructure Partnership for the past 3½ years,” stated Paul Ham when he informed the steering committee of his retirement. “I believe the Green Infrastructure Partnership will be in good hands with Ray Fung as Chair.”
“Ray has already demonstrated his outstanding capabilities over the past five years in chairing the Water Sustainability Committee of the BC Water & Waste Association, and providing the leadership necessary to take the Water Sustainability Action Plan for British Columbia from concept to implementation… by developing tools and delivering an on-the-ground program,” added Paul Ham.”
Building on Success
The Green Infrastructure Partnership and the Water Sustainability Committee have developed a close working relationship over the years, mainly as a result of their collaboration in delivering program elements under the umbrella of Convening for Action in British Columbia. Ray Fung had stepped down as Chair of the Water Sustainability Committee earlier in 2008.
“Under Paul Ham’s leadership, the Green Infrastructure Partnership has achieved a great deal since 2005. The Showcasing Green Infrastructure Innovation Series, for example, has helped local government practitioners immeasurably by creating forums for them to share their experiences and lessons learned. This has created a ripple effect that has spurred even more innovation,” stated Ray Fung.
“To date, our focus has been water-centric, in part because of the resources that the Water Sustainability Committee has been able to bring to bear,” continued Ray Fung. “Looking ahead, our vision is that the Green Infrastructure Partnership will build on the foundation provided by past successes; and can then play an integrating role to cut across disciplines and ultimately help communities create neighbourhoods that integrate both good planning and innovative engineering designs, for overall greater sustainability.”
A Perspective on What has been Accomplished
Chuck Gale, formerly the City Engineer for a number of Metro Vancouver municipalities (City of Richmond, City of North Vancouver, District of Maple Ridge), was the founding Chair and driving force behind formation of the Green Infrastructure Partnership in 2003. Chuck Gale was also Chair of the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association (MMCD) from its inception in 1995 until he retired from local government in 2004.
When informed that Ray Fung had succeeded Paul Ham as Chair, Chuck Gale observed that: “I cannot think of a more suitable or reliable individual to build on Paul’s leadership. When we formed the partnership in 2003, green infrastructure was an emerging concept. Also, it was a bold leap forward in 2004 when the Green Infrastructure Partnership initiated a consultation process to develop a Model Subdivision Bylaw and Green Infrastructure Standards.”
“The paradigm-shift that occurred during Paul Ham’s watch far exceeds our original expectation that the partnership would be a catalyst for change,” concluded Chuck Gale. ” I am so proud of all those committed participants who have been instrumental in making this initiative an unqualified success in BC’s environmental history. I am also very grateful for the initiative of Kim Stephens, without whose energy and commitment this project would never have survived.”
About the Green Infrastructure Partnership:
The Green Infrastructure Partnership is a consortium of four organizations that share a vision of making green infrastructure practices more prevalent in communities across British Columbia.
Posted June 2008