Top engineering projects honoured at the Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) held its 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala on April 18th at the International Centre. CEO’s premier event of the year recognized 12 engineering firms that have applied outstanding professional leadership and engineering innovation to improve the economic, social and environmental quality of life in Ontario and around the globe.

Special this year was the addition of CEO’s 40th anniversary celebration. Congratulating CEO for its commitment to positive change in the industry and Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne sent a special video message. “Congratulations on the 40th anniversary of Consulting Engineers of Ontario. It is my pleasure to help you celebrate the incredible technical excellence and knowledge you bring to your profession and to our province,” said Premier Wynne.

The evening’s keynote speaker was the Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. In his remark, Minister Coteau recognized the partnership between engineers and the province in building Ontario up to welcome visitors from around the world. Also speaking to gala attendees was the Honourable Bob Rae.  Remarking on their contribution to society he noted that “The monuments to engineers are all around us.”

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.

Other winners included R. E. Poisson Engineering; Cowater International; Associated Engineering; Hallsall Associates; Hatch Mott MacDonald; Adjeleian Allen Rubeli; Hatch with Ontario Power Generation; AECOM with MMM Group; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure; and Parsons.

Recipients of 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards

Willis Chipman Award

  • ELLIS Engineering Inc., for reconstructing the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge.

Awards of Excellence

  • Among firms with 1-25 employees, R. E. Poisson Engineering Inc., for upgrading the Campbellville Well House in the Region of Halton.
  • Among firms with 26-50 employees, Cowater International Inc., for handling project management, construction supervision and environment management of rural water and sanitation projects.
  • Among firms with 51-100 employees, Associated Engineering Ltd., for providing design and CA services for the Oakville Water Purification Plant.
  • Among firms with 100-350 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.

 Awards 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.
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