Ron Wiebe Retirement
April 28, 2016
Senior Project Manager, Ron Wiebe, wraps up an accomplished career in civil engineering.
For the last 38 years, Ron has lived and worked in Surrey, currently the fastest growing city in the Lower Mainland with a population of 472,000 and 10,000 new residents a year. Ron has helped upgrade and expand Surrey’s infrastructure over the years, witnessing first hand the land evolve around him.
When I started working at the City the population was around 200,000.
When I drive around Surrey now, almost every road I drive on, I say, I remember when we built that.
Ron Wiebe joined Binnie in 2007 after completing 30 years primarily in the role of Project Manager in the City of Surrey’s Engineering Department. While with the City, Ron was responsible for the design and construction of major capital transportation projects, including roads, bridges, beautification, utilities, asphalt recycling, preloading, and traffic signals.
Binnie hired Ron in 2007. Having already completed a lengthy career at the City, Ron joined thinking he’d stay for a couple years, five at the most.
I remember working with Mr. Binnie and Rob Campbell back when we first hired them at Surrey. Rob was a Project Engineer at the time. I’d worked with Catherine Eiswerth, Scott Campbell, John Paley – so I knew a lot of the people here. I was pretty comfortable to come here – it was changing hats.
…didn’t expect to be here this long. Thought it’d be a few years, suddenly time flies, and it’s 9 years.
While with the City of Surrey, Ron’s achievements included early phases of the South Fraser Perimeter Road, Fraser Highway widening, and the development of the Campbell Heights Business Park. In his nine years at Binnie, Ron has completed several more significant projects in his home town, including:
- Widening of King George Boulevard, Surrey
- Widening of 96 Avenue, Surrey
- Widening of Fraser Highway, Surrey
Ron leaves Binnie’s younger staff with this message:
You’ve got to get really involved, buy into projects, they have to become more than just a job for you to be really good at it.
On the other hand, you have to not get so wrapped up in it that you don’t have time for yourself or your family. There’s a life you have, you have to be careful to separate that.
For now, Ron plans to work on some projects around the house and his garage, and is planning a road trip in his hot rod.
With three grown kids and several grandchildren (and a grand-dog), Ron says he’ll have plenty to do.
Binnie thanks Ron for his dedicated service over the past 9 years, and congratulates him on his “second” retirement.
A celebration event will be held Thursday, April 28th, from 4 – 6 pm at the Fox and Fiddle in Surrey.