Alberta Transportation

Alberta provincial government enlists Martin Ignasiak to expediate Springbank dam project


Alberta Transportation




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The Springbank dam is a flood mitigation infrastructure which is to be built in Rocky View County to divert extreme flood flow from the Elbow River into a nearby reservoir. This reservoir is intended to protect Calgarians from an event like the 2013 flood disaster, where heavy rains and a melting snowpack caused flooding in the city and nearby communities. 

In March 2019, the project got a $168 million boost from the federal government, which came from the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. Despite the influx of capital, work cannot begin on the project until ongoing work by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and consultations with First Nations are satisfactorily completed.

On May 3 2019, the province announced it has appointed Martin Ignasiak, a partner at law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, to assess the project's status and advise on action that can be taken to move it forward. Martin has extensive experience developing and executing strategies to obtain regulatory approvals for large-scale projects.  As an independent expert, Martin will assess the project’s status and advise the government about immediate action to move the project forward. He will do this while respecting the regulatory approval processes and the ongoing consultations required with important stakeholders.