Small Municipalities Task Force Mentoring Resource

One of the key elements of the Small Municipalities Task Force (SMTF) Work Plan involves providing mentoring to practitioners in small municipal agencies, who may lack resources and have limited access to information, recommended practices and subject matter expertise.

As a result, the SMTF has enlisted the help of experienced engineering professionals to assist staff as volunteer mentors in small municipalities across Canada. The nature and scope of the mentoring provided is determined by the specific issue and the good will of each volunteer.

It is not intended that the mentors provide specific solutions or engineering design output but rather offer guidance based on their significant body of experience.

Small municipalities seeking guidance are encouraged to contact the following mentors directly to initiate discussion on a topic of interest.  


Phil Blaker, P. Eng.
Phil is currently Manager of Strategic Projects at the City of Abbotsford, British Columbia. His area of expertise includes land development, project management of engineering works, utilities and roadway design, preparation of request for proposals, design-build proposal calls, public consultation, and management of engineering departments. Over the course of his 37-year career, Phil has held various positions including director of engineering, operations manager, utilities engineer and consultant.

Sany Zein, M. Eng, P. Eng.
As TransLink’s Director of Roads, Sany’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of road, bike and bridge-related projects and programs. This engineer by trade has 20 plus years’ experience in transportation projects throughout Canada and the United States. Sany has taught civil engineering courses at the University of British Columbia, and has chaired national committees for both TAC and the Transportation Research Board in the U.S.