The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has revealed the winners of the 2019 Awards of Excellence. The annual awards honour individuals, companies and associations that promote and enhance Canada’s construction industry.
The BC Construction Association (BCCA) received the first ever CCA’s Workforce Excellence Award.
The award recognizes BCCA as a champion of diversity and inclusion in the construction industry and the demonstrated results delivered by its workforce development programs. BCCA initiatives such as the Skilled Trades Employment Program (STEP), Integrating Newcomers, and the Builders Code have connected thousands of British Columbians to careers in the skilled construction trades, and are helping to drive a long-overdue culture change across industry.
“It’s good to be acknowledged for our dedication to workforce development, which has been a focus of BCCA for many years,” acknowledged Chris Atchison, BCCA president. “We appreciate that the CCA has created this important award category. There has never been a more important time for our industry to demonstrate its dedication to supporting diversity in the workforce, and BCCA is proud to be leading the charge.”
The Person of the Year Awards was presented to Grant Beck. Beck served as president and CEO of Graham Construction from 2012 until his passing last year.
“Grant was an unfailingly hard worker, an inspiring mentor, and true friend. He was such a compassionate person both at work and in his personal life. It often amazed me how much he fit into his life,” says Andy Trewick, president and CEO.
The Excellence in Innovation Award went to PCL Construction for its Job Site Insights, the company’s cloud-based smart construction platform that provides real-time, cost-effective monitoring of environmental and energy conditions on project sites.
The company also won the Environmental Achievement Award for Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo. The project achieved Petal Certification as part of the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge. Panda Passage is the first project in Alberta, and the first for PCL, to achieve LBC certification.
The National Safety Award went to Alberici Constructors Ltd. while Westcor Constrution Ltd. was honoured with the Community Leader Award.
Association de la construction du Québec – Région de Québec won the Partner Association Award and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia won the Gold Seal Association Award.