Friends and colleagues,
Earlier this week, as President of the MHCA, and on behalf of industry and the Board of Directors, I extended my condolences to the colleagues and co-workers of Ruth Eden at Manitoba Infrastructure. Ruth’s death came as a shock to me, and to many here in the offices of MHCA and in the industry.
Ruth Eden graduated as one of five women from the University of Manitoba civil engineering program in 1988, and joined MI that year. She rose to increasingly more senior positions within Infrastructure, eventually being appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, responsible for technical services and operations. (Read Minister Ron Schuler’s condolences here.)
Ruth was a trusted colleague at the provincial level, always ready to take a phone call and assist with pressing issues or in discussions regarding the highways and water structures programs. Ruth engaged willingly, intelligently and with a good heart, consistently respectful of the work, concerns and the value of our industry and this association.
She will be missed by many and her absence leaves a huge hole. Ruth was relied upon in the recent years to help steward MI through a complex reorganization. She was regarded as a mentor, a consummate and skilled professional, and cherished colleague in the department.
On behalf of our members and the industry at large, the MHCA sends her family, friends and colleagues our sincerest condolences.
Chris Lorenc, B.A., LL.B.