TORONTO—Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) recognized 12 engineering firms that have applied outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation at its 2015 awards gala.
"The annual awards brings our industry together to recognize consulting engineers for their achievements and contributions to public service," says Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of CEO.
The awards ceremony, which was held on April 18 at the International Centre, celebrated the CEO's 40th anniversary.
"Congratulations on the 40th anniversary of Consulting Engineers of Ontario," said Premier Kathleen Wynne in a video message.
"It is my pleasure to help you celebrate the incredible technical excellence and knowledge you bring to your profession and to our province."
The evening's keynote speaker was the Michael Coteau, the minister of tourism, culture and sport and the minister responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
In his remarks, Coteau recognized the partnership between engineers and the province in building Ontario up to welcome visitors from around the world.
The most anticipated award of the night, the Willis Chipman Award, went to ELLIS Engineering for developing an innovative approach to reconstructing the Canadian Niagara Forebay Bridge while preserving the original stonework.
The 2015 CEO Awards of Excellence went to the following firms:
— Among firms with one to 25 employees, R. E. Poisson Engineering Inc., for upgrading the Campbellville Well House in the Region of Halton.
— Among firms with 26 to 50 employees, Cowater International Inc., for handling project management, construction supervision and environment management of rural water and sanitation projects.
— Among firms with 51 to 100 employees, Associated Engineering Ltd., for providing design and CA services for the Oakville Water Purification Plant.
— Among firms with 100 to 350 employees, Hallsall Associates, for building the 360,000 ft 2 CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House.
— Among firms with more than 350 employees, Hatch Mott MacDonald for expanding the Keswick Water Pollution Control Plant to service future development of the Town of Georgina.
The following firms were also recognized by the CEO with an Award of Merit:
— In the Building Engineering and Science category, Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd., for the abatement, demolition and seismic update of the Ottawa Heritage Building located at 180 Wellington.
— In the Environment category, AECOM for designing the Toronto Source Separated Organics Facility.
— In the Industry, Energy and Resources category, Hatch Ltd., for building a new dam safety assessment tool in partnership with Ontario Power Generation.
— In the Project Management category, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, for conducting the environmental assessment and site servicing for the Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome.
— In the Studies and Research category, AECOM, for conducing the Phase 1 Niagara to GTA Corridor Planning Study and Environment Assessment with MMM Group Ltd.
— In the Transportation category, Parsons, for Vimy Memorial Bridge in the City of Ottawa.
In its 13th year, the CEO Awards is one of the province's most respected engineering events. CEO is non-profit association representing 200 engineering firms.