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ACL Leader in Focus – Marvin Ingebrigtsen

Marvin is a Professional Engineer, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Guelph, specializing in Water Resource Engineering.

Marvin has been employed by the City of Welland since 2005. From 2005 to 2010 Marvin held the position of Construction Services Supervisor and now currently holds the position of Infrastructure Planning & Development Supervisor, responsible for capital planning and asset management of the city’s infrastructure. 

Prior to his joining the City of Welland, Marvin spent approximately eleven years in the Consulting Engineering field involved primarily with the design and construction of municipal drainage, capital and private development projects.

Marvin has been the City of Welland lead on their climate change initiatives since approximately 2010 focusing on vulnerability and resiliency studies related to their wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.

How do you define civic leadership?

Civic leadership to me is about making a positive difference in my community.  A good civic leader is someone who can recognize opportunities to make improvements and takes action on these opportunities and empowers others to do the same.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I believe that each individual has a special gift or gifts and it is our responsibility to use these gifts for the betterment of each other, our community and in fact the world.  I believe that leadership can come in many different forms and feel that I have the ability to make a positive change through my abilities and gifts.  I have seen first hand the impact that a positive change can have, not only on a person but an entire group or community and I strongly believe every community would be better off and deserves this opportunity.  I would like to be a part of making these positive changes happen.  I have specific training and have gained skills and knowledge that I feel I can use to make positive change and am eager to do this.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

In my opinion, the most important issue facing our community is the vulnerability of the community’s infrastructure to extreme weather events/climate change. Our community, like many others, has aging infrastructure and was not constructed to perform under the extreme weather events currently being witnessed.  Our community, in particular, is surrounded by water and with increasingly high volume and intensity storm events, the results can be devastating with the loss of life supportive infrastructure/services.   If or when these events happen it impacts all of the residents of a community, particularly the most vulnerable.

October 15th, 2019