Canadian Construction Association

Canadian Construction Association

March 10, 2008 10:19 ET

Canadian Construction Association Honours National Construction Industry Award Recipients

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - The Canadian Construction Association has honoured excellence within the Canadian construction industry by recognizing the achievements of individuals, projects, and associations at its annual awards ceremony. The awards were presented during CCA's 90th Annual conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

The following awards and recipients were announced at the awards ceremony:

CCA Person of the Year Award: The 2007 recipient is Mr. Leo McArthur, President and CEO of the Miller Group of Companies located in Markham, Ontario. Leo has been an icon within the Canadian construction industry, having been among the first nominees to the Ontario Road Builders' Association Hall of Honour. In addition to growing Miller into a company employing over 3,000 people with operations in 6 provinces and the United States, Leo has sat on numerous industry Boards and Committees in both Canada and the US. His impressive community work earned him the CCA Community Leader award in 2006. Leo has truly stood out as a leader in the industry and in his community.

CCA General Contractor Award of Excellence: The 2007 recipient is Mr. Alfonso Argento, President and Chief Operating Office of Seven Brothers Construction in Montreal, Quebec. Alfonso has served as the President of the Association de la construction du Quebec - Montreal, Vice-President of the provincial association de la construction du Quebec, and was the 2006 Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association. He also sat on the Board of the Hopital Riviere-des-Prairies and the Musee Pointe-a-Calliere, and is currently a member of the fundraising team for the Ecole de technologie superieure, a Quebec engineering school.

CCA Trade Contractor Award of Excellence: The 2007 recipient is Mr. Dave Pelletier, President of D & G Mechanical Ltd located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Dave has served as President of the British Columbia Construction Association, and served on the Executive Committees of the Southern Interior Construction Association and the Canadian Construction Association, where he also has served as Chair of the Standard Practices Council.

CCA Environmental Achievement Award: The 2007 recipient is Windmill Development Group of Ottawa, Ontario for their Vento Project, located in Calgary, Alberta. The Vento Project is one of Canada's only LEED Platinum certified projects, and in fact was awarded the highest LEED point total for a residential mixed use project in North America. The Vento is a mixed business and affordable housing complex built on a brownfield, and located close to public transit and green spaces. Its low flow appliances and harvested rainwater systems reduce water use; its purchase of green energy, use of photocell lighting and timers reduce energy use; and 61% of the waste generated during construction was diverted away from landfills. It also served as a teaching project for many contractors and designers in the Calgary area.

CCA Roadbuilders Award of Excellence, sponsored by On-Site Magazine: The 2007 recipient is Mr. Doug Woods, President of Cope Construction located in Sarnia, Ontario. He is a Past President of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association, Past President of the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association, Past President of the Sarnia Heavy Construction Association, and has sat on the Boards of the Ontario Road Builders Association and the Construction Safety Association of Ontario. He has also been the Past President of the Kinsmen Club of Sarnia, leading a major fight against cystic fibrosis.

CCA National Safety Award, sponsored by Vipond Inc.: The 2007 recipient is the Ledcor Group of Companies headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta. Ledcor has developed a health, safety and environmental program for all its construction divisions. Anytime a new project is developed, Ledcor develops a tailored safety program for the project, which is supplemented by drug and alcohol testing, a safe work practices manual and mentoring. Such a heavy emphasis on safety has enabled Ledcor to realize a million Accident Free hours at its Suncor Expansion project in Fort McMurray and 2 million Accident Free hours at its Long Lake Opti Nexen Project in Fort McMurray.

CCA Member Association Award of Excellence: The 2007 recipient is l'association de la construction du Quebec - region de Quebec. ACQ - Quebec celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2007, a milestone that was celebrated with a weeklong celebration in spring 2007. ACQ-Quebec has also taken the lead in supporting the progress of many mega-projects in the Quebec region, leading to thousands of new construction jobs. Its plansroom is state of the art, including a lamination service for plans. Continuing education, promotion of Gold Seal, and training are key services that have been improved. Since the beginning of 2006, ACQ-Quebec has built on a successful membership drive by attracting some 230 new businesses.

An honourable mention was also awarded to the Calgary Construction Association.

CCA Community Leader Award, sponsored by Ed. Brunet et associes inc.: The 2007 recipient is Ms. Shirley Westeinde, Chair of the Westeinde Group of Companies located in Ottawa, Ontario. Aside from her industry activities which saw her take over as the first female Chair of the Canadian Construction Association, Shirley's community efforts are impressive. Today, she Chairs "Success by Six", a program to provide physical and mental nurturing to children entering school. She also Chairs the Board of Governors at Algonquin College, is a member of the Leadership Table on Homelessness. She has been involved with or sat on the Boards of well over a dozen local and regional not-for-profit organizations and charities in the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario region, and has been recognized by numerous awards for her various community endeavours.

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