Eight awards were presented at a gala in Niagara Falls hosted by Engineers Canada, an organization that represents 12 provincial and territorial associations. Recipients included Wilfrid Morin, a Quewbec consulting engineer with expertise in civil, highway and water treatment engineering, and Catherine A. Roome, president and CEO of the BC Safety Authority.
Quebec’s Wilfrid Morin has been awarded the 2012 Gold Medal from Engineers Canada in recognition of his leadership in both the engineering realm and his Eastern Townships community. The award is the highest recognition of its kind in engineering in Canada.
A consulting engineer with expertise in civil, highway and water treatment engineering, Morin headed Teknika HBA, a Quebec engineering firm of 1,100 employees, and oversaw a merger that created exp, a world-class company with 3,300 employees.
His management and focus on workplace quality of life led to Teknika HBA being listed among Quebec’s best employers and the 50 best-managed companies in Canada, Engineers Canada said. Morin is a member of the Association des ingenieurs-conseils du Quebec and a former chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC).
“Wilfrid is an exceptional leader in this industry and a worthy recipient of this award,” said ACEC president John Gamble.
“He speaks with conviction and authority. I don’t think our association could be more proud than we are that he has received this esteemed honour.”
The award was one of eight presented at a gala in Niagara Falls hosted by Engineers Canada, an organization that represents 12 provincial and territorial associations that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada. In all, seven professional engineers and one engineering project were honoured.
The 2012 national award for an engineering project or achievement went to the Port of Belledune expansion along the Bay of Chaleur in New Brunswick. The largest single capital project in the port’s history, the $65.5 million project was undertaken by a team of primarily New Brunswick-based companies, led by ACEC member firm GEMTEC Ltd. Project manager David J. Purdue oversaw specific upgrades that included construction of a new roll on, roll-off terminal, a barge terminal and the retrofitting of an existing terminal.
Other winners included:
— Award for the support of women in the engineering profession: Catherine A. Roome, president and chief executive officer of the BC Safety Authority. Engineers Canada said Roome actively promotes the importance of diversity in the engineering profession and has encouraged “countless young women” to pursue engineering as a career.
— Meritorious service award for professional service: Paul Blanchard. An electrical engineer by training, Blanchard has amassed the equivalent of 140 years of volunteer service at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.
— Meritorious service award for community service: Anna Dunets Wills. A municipal engineer, Dunets Wills designs road, sanitation, housing, water, and food supply infrastructure that has served communities in Canada’s North as well eastern Europe and various African countries. Engineers Canada said Dunets Wills examines each project “to ensure the solutions being presented can be supported in the long term and are culturally appropriate.” The awards have been presented annually since 1972.