ORBA presents road building industry awards at virtual summit 

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Everett McIntyre of Aecon Group has attended more than 50 Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) conventions and this year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at a virtual celebration.

“We are honoured to have been able to virtually present his award and Hall of Fame jacket with the help of his granddaughter Ashley,” the ORBA wrote on Twitter following the ceremony.

The ORBA 2021 Virtual Summit honoured excellence, service and commitment to the association and the road building industry in Ontario.

This year’s theme was “Staying Head of the Curve.”

“We had no idea then that our convention’s tagline would become a household phrase related to the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic,” said ORBA CEO Bryan Hocking. “Normally we would be celebrating the accomplishments and milestones of our members in person at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  However, via the virtual summit, with 572 attendees sitting in front of their screens, we were able to still recognize these individuals and companies hard work and dedication to excellence.”

Contributions had a positive impact on not only the road building industry, but also within the communities in which they serve, especially in this unprecedented year.

Awards were presented in the following categories:

2020 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame designation is ORBA’s highest honour, created by ORBA in 2005 to recognizen distinguished individuals for their dedication to and leadership and achievement in Ontario’s road building industry.

  • Everett McIntyre, Special Projects Senior Advisor, Aecon Group Inc.

Routly Safety Awards recognizes ORBA member companies for their superior performance in worker health and safety in three categories.

  • Associated Paving & Materials Ltd. – for achieving up to 100,000 average person hours without a lost-time injury.
  • Duncor Enterprises Inc. – for achieving more than 100,000 average hours without a lost-time injury.

ORBA Community Leadership Award recognizes an ORBA member company or individual for selflessly undertaking philanthropic activities or providing community service for the betterment of their community and the world around them.

  • RW Tomlinson Limited
  • Powell Contracting Ltd.

ORBA Transportation Infrastructure Innovation Award recognizes innovative techniques and methods that improve the quality and/or reduce the cost of construction.

  • Kiewit
  • Bauer Foundations Canada

Winners were recognized for their work on the Kingston Third Crossing.

ORBA Distinguished Service Award recognizes a representative from a member company who has contributed significantly to the objectives of the Association during the past year, through volunteering of time and resources and through the leadership shown in achieving those objectives.

  • Richard King, President and Owner of Owen King Limited.

MTO Paver of the Year

  • J&P Leveque Bros. Haulage Limited, Contract 2019-5037, Northeast Region

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