Cheryl Nelms, P.Eng, Ph.D
Deputy General Manager, Engineering Services
City of Vancouver
2019, 2016 WIN Outstanding Leader finalist, 2015 WIN Awards judge
Cheryl Nelms is the Deputy General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver—a department of 1,900 employees that oversees more than 30% of the City’s $2.1 billion capital budget. Currently, she leads the city’s engineering work in the $2.8 billion Broadway Subway project, and the redevelopment of Northeast False Creek, Vancouver’s last waterfront destination area, which is slated to deliver $1.7 billion in public benefits.
Cheryl is an accomplished leader and professional engineer with over 19 years of experience, including senior executive roles in federal government. She has completed a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Project Management) and has a proven track record in project and financial management, complex labour relations, leading strategic transformation initiatives, and delivery of major infrastructure projects, especially capital projects that include public private partnerships. She is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, and is a frequently sought-after expert and speaker at conferences and inter-government committees of national interest.