The County of Grande Prairie is pleased to announce the appointment of Ryan Konowalyk as the County’s Director of Public Works, starting January 4, 2022. Konowalyk is currently the Regional Director for the Peace Region with Alberta Transportation.

“It is exciting, and certainly an honour, to be selected as the new Director of Public Works and especially to be able to continue to serve in the northwest part of our province,” said Konowalyk. “I truly have a passion for our region and hold the County of Grande Prairie in high regard. Council and Administration are passionate, knowledgeable and professional and I look forward to contributing as a member of the team.”

Konowalyk has over 23 years of progressive experience in the transportation infrastructure field, specifically in construction, maintenance, planning and policy development. This includes five years previously with Alberta Transportation as well as his current position as the Regional Director for the Peace Region (since 2015). In this position, he works with approximately 35 municipalities across northwestern Alberta and provides strategic leadership to a large team. He also spent 12 years in private industry including five years as the Senior Manager of Northwest Alberta Operations for a multi-disciplinary engineering firm.

“Ryan comes to us with both private and public sector experience, specifically in the transportation infrastructure field,” said CAO Joulia Whittleton. “Ryan brings with him successes of building and leading diverse groups of individuals. He has proven to be a strong advocate who cares about the northwest region. His ability to create relationships with a multitude of Alberta municipalities will benefit the County of Grande Prairie and our residents as demonstrated by his work in the northwest, including large initiatives such as the Highway 43 bypass and Highway 40 twinning projects.”

Current Director of Public Works Dale Van Volkingburgh is retiring at the end of May 2022 following an entire career with the County of Grande Prairie.

As Director of Public Works, Konowalyk will be responsible for leadership and daily operations of four County departments: Construction, Infrastructure Support Services, Public Works Operations and Technical Services.


Media Contacts: 

Joulia Whittleton,CAO

Ryan Konowalyk