Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

March 16, 2011 14:00 ET

Canadian Construction Association Honours National Awards Recipients

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - The Canadian Construction Association presented its National Awards to honour excellence and outstanding contributions of the people and companies who make up the non-residential construction industry in Canada. The award ceremony took place during the CCA's 93nd Annual Conference, March 9, 2011.

The following awards and recipients were announced:

CCA General Contractor Award of Recognition: John Bockstael of Bockstael Construction Limited (Winnipeg, MB) John Bockstael has been a respected and committed member of several boards of directors, including the Canadian Construction Association, where he currently serves as Chair of the General Contractors Council. Mr. Bockstael has always demonstrated his commitment to high-quality work on a wide range of construction projects from high-tech and institutional structures, to commercial and renovation projects, to specialty structures and design-build collaborations with some of Winnipeg's leading architecture firms.

CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition: John Schubert of McCaine Electric Limited (Winnipeg, MB) John Schubert has been active in electrical construction since 1979, providing both dedicated service and committed leadership to the industry. As President of the Winnipeg Construction Association, he worked diligently to advance the human resource needs of the construction sector, including advocating expanded workforce training and promotional activities aimed at recruiting a dynamic future workforce. A dedicated volunteer on a number of Canadian Construction Association Committees, he will assume the Chair of the CCA in 2012.

CCA Roadbuilder Award of Recognition, sponsored by On-Site Magazine: Ron Legere of Industrial Cold Milling (Dartmouth, NS) Working for Industrial Cold Milling, a division of the Miller Group Inc., as Contract and Marketing Manager, Ron Legere is a pillar of the community and has been a strong supporter of the road building industry within Nova Scotia. Upon joining the CCA, he quickly made a mark, both on the Road Builders Council and later as a member of the Gold Seal Committee. Today, he continues to represent the road building community to the Gold Seal Program and gives his valuable time to correct exams and help market the Gold Seal designation at road building workshops.

CCA Member Association Award of Excellence: Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (Winnipeg, MB) On behalf of its members, this association successfully promotes sustainable and dedicated investment in core municipal infrastructure, safe and secure surface transportation systems, and strategic investments that support the economy. It is especially proud of its role as Chair of the Mayor's Trade Council, and in quadrupling the Manitoba highways capital program since 2005. This association remains dedicated to enhancing industry safety through its WORKSafely program. Its Certificate of Recognition Program is endorsed by the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations.

CCA International Business Award, sponsored by Export Development Canada: Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (Winnipeg, MB) The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association was an integral part of the conception and creation of an in-land port that will provide businesses with cheaper, faster and more efficient access to the North American marketplace. CentrePort Canada, the inland port in Winnipeg, sits on 20,000 acres including Winnipeg's International Airport – Canada's first true Foreign Trade Zone. CentrePort Canada has emerged as Canada's first "single window" test-case for international business development, and has been named one of the top 100 infrastructures projects in North America. MHCA serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors of CentrePort Canada.

CCA National Safety Award, sponsored by Vipond Inc.: Mike Moore and Sons Construction Ltd. (Sault Ste. Marie, ON) Founded in 1989, Mike Moore and Sons is a leading general contracting firm with a reputation for team dedication, excellence, and the delivery of quality construction services. Operating in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors of the industry, it has extensive experience in health care projects, pre-engineered steel building systems, overhead crane systems and concrete foundations. Widely respected for its strong dedication to workplace safety, it has lost no time to injury over the past 12 years, and is well on its way to reaching its goal of 1 million accident-free hours. Mike Moore and Sons also takes an active role in promoting health and safety at the community and provincial level, participating on numerous panels and task forces to make recommendations regarding improvements to construction health and safety in Ontario.

CCA Environmental Achievement Award: Black & McDonald (Scarborough, ON) Black & McDonald believes that true leadership is demonstrated by proactive efforts to minimize environmental impacts caused by the activities of an organization, even if there are no financial benefits. Their annual Environmental Strategic Plan identifies initiatives, measures performance, and provides a clear channel of communication with all stakeholders. Over the past 5 years, employees have been actively involved in the selection and implementation of the initiatives to gain great "buy-in" to the programs – participation is no longer because "they have to" but because "they want to". Each year, their environmental performance is measured by quantifying the results of each initiative. Black and McDonald views its investment as being a socially responsible member of the Canadian construction industry.

CCA Gold Seal Association Award: Calgary Construction Association (Calgary, AB) In addition to being the local construction association with the highest number of Gold Seal applications, the Calgary Construction Association undertook three major initiatives to build upon their commitment to the Gold Seal program. Hosting the first ever Designated Gold Seal project in Alberta, they also struck a joint venture with the Alberta Construction Safety Association to promote Gold Seal at the grand opening of ACSA's new training facilities. This event proved highly beneficial in the promotion of the Construction Safety Coordinator designation as well as with three other contractor disciplines, cementing the partnership with the endorsement of safer work sites monitored by Gold Seal Certified Construction Safety Coordinators. Most recently, this hands-on association initiated the "It's Time to Get Gold Seal Certified" campaign.

CCA Excellence in Innovation Award: EllisDon (Mississauga, ON) In order to build an unconventional building with over 200,000 m2 of structural slab formwork located on a 44 acre site; a revolutionary formwork system was required as conventional support systems would not meet schedule restraints. EllisDon had an idea to create a moveable formwork platform that could not only move in one direction, but two. Working with Peri Formworks, the result was a proprietary formwork system, the first of its kind ever built in the world. It became known as the Deflection Compensating System aka: the Column Mounted System. As a result of harnessing the power of shared thought on an unprecedented scale, the system was assembled and tested for Canada's cold weather climate and has allowed EllisDon to place and finish over 4,000 m3 of concrete per week, including the associated formwork requirements. The CMS increased productivity by 50 percent, thus advancing the overall construction schedule in addition to saving the owner many thousands of dollars.

CCA Community Leader Award: Robert Merkley of Merkley Supply Ltd (Ottawa, ON) Robert Merkley serves as President and CEO of Ottawa's oldest and most comprehensive masonry boutique. He has served on the Ottawa Construction Association as Chairman, the Ottawa Carleton Homebuilders Associations as Chairman on 2 separate occasions, the Canadian Construction Association as a board member, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association and the Ontario Masonry Association. In the midst of all this, he has found time to support a number of excellent organizations outside the industry as well, including the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, , the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, the Boys and Girls Club Camp Smitty, and the Hospice at May Court. He is also a major contributor to Roger's House, the Algonquin College New Centre for Construction Excellence, and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation. It is not only his time and financial support that he offers, it is spirit as well.

CCA Person of the Year Award, sponsored by the PCL Family of Companies: Walter Woloshyn (EllisDon) Mr. Woloshyn's career in the construction industry has been anything but typical. He joined EllisDon in 1966 as a Field Engineer, and quickly moved on to Project Superintendent, Project Manager and then Project Director, when he worked on the groundbreaking construction of the SkyDome in Toronto. In 1989, he was appointed Operations Manager and in 1991 named Vice President responsible for EllisDon's projects in the Toronto area. In 1992, he laid the groundwork for EllisDon's international business activities and was the Executive-in-Charge for all of EllisDon's work at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. In his current position as Executive-In-Charge and Senior Vice President he has provided executive leadership to many of EllisDon's largest projects. A Past Chair of the Ontario General Contractors Association and a recent winner of the OGCA's Contractor of the Year Award, Mr. Woloshyn is well-known by his peers and colleagues for his passion, his high ethical standards and his genuine compassion for the people he works with, his clients, the trades he brings aboard, the competition, and the industry as a whole.

The Canadian Construction Association is the voice of the national non-residential construction industry. It represents over 16,000 members in an integrated structure of some 70 local and provincial construction associations.

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