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ORBA honours service to the industry with annual awards

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TORONTO—Several awards and honours were presented to members of the roadbuilding sector for their service to the industry in Ontario during the 90th Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) convention and annual general meeting held earlier this month at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.
The 2016 MTO Hot Mix Paver of the Year award was given to Rankin Construction Incorporated at the Ontario Road Builders’ Association 90th annual convention held in early February. The award was presented by Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca (left) to the firm’s president Brian Rankin for contract 2015-2022, Highway 3, between Port Colborne and Fort Erie.
The 2016 MTO Hot Mix Paver of the Year award was given to Rankin Construction Incorporated at the Ontario Road Builders’ Association 90th annual convention held in early February. The award was presented by Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca (left) to the firm’s president Brian Rankin for contract 2015-2022, Highway 3, between Port Colborne and Fort Erie. - Photo: ANGELA GISMONDI

"We are proud to once again honour our member companies and key industry individuals at our convention for their hard work and dedication to make positive changes to not only our transportation infrastructure industry, but also in the communities in which they serve," said Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA executive director, in a statement.

"The annual convention was a wonderful place to celebrate these accomplishments with record numbers of membership and public owners in attendance, and I would like to congratulate all our award recipients this year."

Awards were handed out in the following categories:

— 2017 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame Inductees: Robert Taylor and Silvio Bot

— 2016 Director of the Year Award: Steve Smith, Miller Paving Limited

— 2016 Distinguished Service Award: Cameron Wood, Roto-Mill Inc.

— 2016 ORBA Community Leadership Award: Kevin Cinq-Mars, R.W. Tomlinson Limited

— 2016 Transportation Infrastructure Innovation Award: Canada Culvert

Routly Safety Award Winners

Main Safety Award — Awarded to the member company that has worked the greatest number of consecutive man-hours without a lost-time injury.

— Category I Winner, less than 100,000 average annual man-hours: Cornell Construction Limited

— Category II Winner, more than 100,000 average annual man-hours: Capital Paving Inc.

The Milestone Awards are given to member companies reaching 500,000 and one million consecutive man-hours without a lost-time injury.

The recipients include:

— Black & MacDonald Limited (2,308,162 man-hours)

— K.J. Beamish Construction Co. Limited (591,288 man-hours)

ORBA Green Award

— 2016 Outstanding Achievement: Cruickshank. Honourable mention, Looby Construction Limited

MTO Paver of the Year

Award Winners

— 2016 MTO Hot Mix Paver of the Year: Rankin Construction Incorporated for Contract 2015-2022, Highway 3, between Port Colborne and Fort Erie

Finalists

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited for Contract 2016-4014, Highway 401, west of Port Hope from the regional boundary between Central and Eastern Regions to Wesleyville Road

Pioneer Construction Limited for Contract 2012-5100, Highway 69, south of Sudbury from north of Highway 607 to north of Highway 64

MTO Concrete Contract of the Year Award Winners

— Concrete Contract of the Year: Contract 2015-4056, Highway 401, at Montreal Street in Kingston.

The prime contractor was Aecon Construction and Materials Limited; the precast components were by Decast Limited; the precast girders were placed by Bot Construction Limited; and the concrete for cast-in-place operations was supplied by Lafarge Canada Incorporated's Kingston plant.

Finalist

Contract 2015-5100, Highway 69, south of Highway 522 near Key River.

The prime contractor was Aecon Construction and Materials Limited; the precast components were by Decast Limited; and the concrete for cast-in-place operations was supplied by Parry Sound Ready Mix Limited.

2016 ORBA Scholarship Recipients

— Joe Bunting Scholarship, which is awarded to a student entering their final year of a civil engineering technology program at an Ontario college: Xinnan Tian, civil engineering technology, Seneca College

— J.D. Chick Scholarship is awarded to a student entering their final year of a civil engineering program at an Ontario university: Colin Graham, civil engineering, Queen's University

— ORBA Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship, is awarded to a student entering their first year of a civil engineering technology program at an Ontario college: Daniel Woodhead, civil engineering technology, Georgian College

— ORBA Civil Engineering Scholarship is awarded to a student entering their first year of a civil engineering program at an Ontario university: Millar Coveney, civil engineering, Queen's University

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