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March 11, 2005

CCA CONFERENCE COVERAGE

Handing out the hardware

CCA presents national awards at annual conference

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) presented its national awards honouring excellence in the industry at its annual conference this week in Cancun, Mexico.

The award recipients for 2004 are as follows:

— CCA General Contractor Award of Excellence: Paul Douglas, president and chief operating officer of Edmonton-headquartered PCL Constructors Canada Inc., is the recipient of the Robert Saunders Memorial Trophy. CCA said Douglas’s involvement in the construction industry dates back 25 years. In that time, he has sat on some 10 boards and committees dedicated to improving the construction industry in Canada.

— CCA Excellence in Innovation Award, sponsored by The Institute for Research in Construction: The 2004 recipient of the Hugh R. Montgomery Memorial Trophy is Dufferin Construction of Oakville, Ont. for its Slipstone extruded wall system. CCA said this innovation in road construction uses a rubberized mould that wraps around a roller attachment and fits onto a standard slipforming machine for media and barrier-wall construction. CCA said the result is to virtually eliminate the traditional hand-formed barrier process and thereby reduce labour costs by two-thirds.

— CCA Environmental Achievement Award, sponsored by Lafarge Canada Inc.: The 2004 recipient is Maple Reinders Inc. of Edmonton for its leading-edge environmental approach to the Jasper wastewater treatment plant. On this project, Maple Reinders achieved immediate improvements to the aquatic environment and far exceeded Canada’s most stringent environmental standards, CCA said

— CCA Roadbuilders Award of Excellence: The recipient is Barry Brown, president of Maple Leaf Construction Ltd. of Winnipeg. CCA said Brown has been a national leader in the Canadian roadbuilding and heavy construction sector, having served as chair of numerous associations in Manitoba and Western Canada. Brown took on a national leadership role in 2002 when he became CCA chairman.

— CCA National Safety Award: PCL Constructors Inc. of Edmonton was awarded the Gordon M. Vipond trophy in recognition of its commitment to company-wide safety practices and procedures. Ongoing training, communication and safety reviews are part of PCL’s comprehensive safety regime.

— CCA Member Association Award of Excellence: CCA said the winning Calgary Construction Association stood out in 2004 for a number of leading-edge initiatives it undertook. As one example, the association dedicated 2004 to reaching out to women, a campaign capped by a gala women in construction evening last May.

— CCA Community Leader Award, sponsored by Ed. Brunet et associes inc.: The recipient is Keith Gillam, chairman and chief executive officer of Vanbots Construction Corp. of Markham, Ont. CCA said Gillam, and to a larger extent, Vanbots, have exemplified the notion of giving back to the community. Gillam spearheaded the $1.1-million fund-raising and construction of York Region’s community safety village. He has been active in other charities as well.

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