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CBT VP moving on to Waneta expansion project

Wally Penner, Vice President of Community Partnerships, is leaving Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to join SNC-Lavalin Inc. as the Regional Project Manager for the Waneta Expansion Project, announced Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO.

"This is an exciting opportunity for Wally to literally be a part of building a legacy that both present and future generations will benefit from; however, he will be missed at CBT," said Muth. "Wally has been a mentor to both myself and many of our staff, and has significantly contributed to our efforts to assist residents and communities in the Basin. There is no question that Wally's heart and commitment is to the people in this region. On behalf of the Board and staff, we wish him every success in his new role."

Penner began his position with CBT in January 2007, following an extensive career in the Basin focused on consultation and engaging communities in meaningful, productive ways. He also worked with Columbia Power Corporation (CPC) for 12 years where he was the Regional Representative for the construction of the Arrow Lakes Generating Station and the Brilliant Expansion Project.

"I have a strong appreciation for the mandate and role CBT fulfills here in this region, and I am especially proud to have been able to help strengthen the ties and partnerships between CBT and the communities around the Basin over the past four years," said Penner. "While leaving CBT was not an easy decision, this opportunity with SNC-Lavalin is a chance to bring my project management experience working at CPC to the Waneta Expansion - a project that will continue the legacy we began in 1995 between CPC and CBT."

SNC-Lavalin Inc. is the preferred proponent selected to design and construct the Waneta Expansion Project.

"Wally brings an incredible amount of experience, and knowledge of the area and the people in this region," said Royden Heays, Project Manager, SNC-Lavalin Inc. "We are looking forward to having him on board to help make this project a success for the partners, the contractors and workers, and the community."

CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.