The Canadian Construction Association presented its national awards honouring excellence in the Canadian construction industry. The following awards and recipients were announced at the awards ceremony, which took place during CCA’s 91st Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona:
CCA General Contractor Award of Recognition: Raymond Brunet, President of Ed Brunet and Associates located in Gatineau, QC. Raymond was CCA Chair of the Board in 2007, Past President of the Outaouais Construction Association in Gatineau and is the current Chair of the Federal Bridge Corporation. He has served on the CCA Gold Seal Committee and chaired the CCA Membership and Promotion Committee. Raymond has been an active participant in the General Contracting community for many years and has been dedicated to ensuring that CCA Council meeting discussions are in the best interest of the construction industry.
CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition: Hugh Loughborough is Vice-President, Contracts and Risk Management for Aecon Industrial Group. He has been actively involved in industry associations over the years, having served as President of his local Mechanical Contractors Association, a Board Member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Ontario, and as a Director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada. A long time volunteer on numerous CCA committees and councils, Hugh has also been actively involved in the development of Canadian Standard Construction Documents, providing input from the perspective of trade contractors.
CCA Roadbuilder Award of Recognition, sponsored by On-Site Magazine: Tom Johnson is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for JJM Construction Ltd., in Delta, BC. Tom has been actively involved in the construction community by volunteering his time and serving on the Boards of the BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and the Construction Safety Network. In addition, he has also been sitting on the Vancouver Olympic Committee’s Venue Construction Advisory Committee for the last two years. Over the years, Tom has become relied upon for his extensive knowledge, experience and wisdom. His contributions and volunteerism to the construction industry have been immeasurable.
CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition: Anthony Zammit, is Vice-President, Surety at Essor Insurance Investment Counselling in Montreal. He is a long time supporter and an active member in a number of associations in the construction sector throughout Quebec. In 2006 Anthony accepted the mandate entrusted to him to reestablish the CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Council, where he also assumed the position of Council Chair. Setting high standards for himself and the Council, Anthony’s effort and energy spent on recruiting committed members on the Council have paid off. The MSS Council now operates on a solid foundation, which will allow it to play a more proactive role within CCA.
CCA Member Association Award of Excellence. The 2009 recipient is the Grand Valley Construction Association, operating out of Cambridge, ON. In addition to lobbying, GVCA has focused on providing educational sessions to its members, including dozens of relevant, compelling seminars and programs. It has also launched a Women in Construction group to offer women in construction more educational and leadership opportunities. A new website, Blackberry tailored electronic communications, in-house safety training, and many more member benefits made GVCA a worthy recipient.
CCA International Business Award, sponsored by Export Development Canada: L’Association de la Construction du Quebec is the 2009 co-recipient. For some 10 years now ACQ has been promoting construction opportunities in foreign nations by organizing trade missions that have assisted its members to target and penetrate international markets, especially the United States. ACQ has also produced guides on foreign markets for their members with a major emphasis on the New England States. It has also launched a website that focuses on business development in the U.S.
The British Columbia Construction Association has developed a series of human resource focused projects aimed at recruiting and placing foreign construction workers with B.C. firms. BBCA has launched the European Union Skilled Trades Employment Program, or EU-STEP, which has placed skilled workers from such countries as Germany, Finland, Mexico and Russia with its member firms. It has also launched the Immigrant Skilled Trades Employment Program, or ISTEP, a pilot project to help landed immigrants build careers in British Columbia’s construction industry.
CCA National Safety Award, sponsored by Vipond Inc.: The 2009 recipient is George A. Kelson Limited of Newmarket, ON. At Kelson, their commitment to making health and safety a top priority is an ongoing process which ensures that all reasonable precautions are taken to protect the public, co-workers, employees, and the environment. Kelson’s safety department ensures that complicated work tasks such as Helicopter Hoisting, Tag and Lockout, Confined Space Entry, and Hoisting large or heavy items have written safety procedures which are communicated with all involved workers in a task orientation session before work begins.
CCA Environmental Achievement Award: The 2009 recipient is Miller Paving Limited, of Markam, Ontario for leading a research project designed to incorporate previously used shingles into new hot mix asphalt. The project goal was to divert these waste products from landfills, while at the same time increase the performance characteristics of conventional hot mix asphalt pavements. As a result of this now proven process, a significant amount of landfill waste can be diverted and reused to help resurface Canadian roads.
CCA Gold Seal Association Award: The Winnipeg Construction Association is the 2009 recipient. WCA provided input regarding policies and procedures to the Gold Seal Committee for the betterment of the program. It has promoted Gold Seal certification to its members through a variety of communication tools, including its Web site, its quarterly Upword magazine, its bi-weekly e-News reports, and through various presentations. The association has also worked very closely with the Red River College and is now delivering numerous Gold Seal accredited courses through the college. Online training is also available through WCA in partnership with the Construction Sector Council.
CCA Community Leadership Award, sponsored by Ed Brunet & Associates Inc.: The 2009 recipient is the Association de la construction du Quebec, one of the founding members of the Energy and Sustainable Construction Coalition. Founded in 2006, the coalition’s mandate is to promote energy efficiency with the perspective of sustainable development for existing buildings in the institutional, commercial and industrial sectors. The goal of the Coalition is to convince governments, owners and property managers to invest in building modeling of energy-inefficient and high energy-consuming buildings, which are prevalent in the Quebec building stock. ACQ led a major retrofit project of Moisson Montreal’s headquarters, Canada’s largest food bank, in order to demonstrate the benefits of such an investment.
CCA Excellence in Innovation Award: The 2009 recipient is Greyback Construction Limited, from Penticton, BC for the use of snow-making machines on the William R. Bennett Floating Bridge. Greyback used snow-making machines to cool the ambient air, instead of the concrete, to allow them to build pontoon structures where temperatures in the mid 30’s are not uncommon to the Okanagan Valley. The results were impressive, Greyback’s innovative thinking greatly enhanced worker safety and working conditions, was very predictable, improved the quality of
the concrete cure at minimal additional cost, and was environmentally “friendly” – using water that was already being pumped.
CCA Person of the Year Award, sponsored by the PCL Family of Companies: The 2009 CCA Person of the Year is Mr. Don Oborowsky of Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd. in Edmonton. When it comes to improving the construction industry and demonstrating leadership, there are few individuals in Canada that can compare to Don Oborowsky. Don’s tireless efforts, commitment of time and energy, and contributions through countless committees and boards such as the Canadian Construction Association, the Alberta Construction Association, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and the Canadian Construction Sector Council have firmly established him as one of the most respected and recognized leaders of the construction industry.