Toronto, ON – Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) hosted its 15th Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards (OCEA) Gala Saturday night at the International Centre. CEO recognized 12 outstanding engineering projects by Ontario firms and celebrated the important contributions consulting engineers make in improving the social, economic and environmental quality of life across the province and Canada.
The premier award of the night, the Willis Chipman Award, went to R.V. Anderson Associates Limited for East Bayfront Stormwater Management System in Toronto. “Without water main infrastructure, sanitary and storm sewer infrastructure, the City of Toronto could not exist and all of that is below grade and works seamlessly to keep civil functioning,” says Peter Lagan, vice president of R.V. Anderson.
The gala celebrated the 15th anniversary of the OCEA which CEO initiated in 2003 to recognize the knowledge, skill and expertise of consulting engineers in Ontario and showcase projects across different disciplines of engineering.
“Over the past 15 years, CEO’s awards program has turned into a well-respected event. [This year,] 461 projects have been nominated for the awards. All of these projects had significant social, economic and environmental impact and most importantly, improved the quality of life of Canadians,” says Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of CEO. “CEO’s award program is a testament to what the consulting engineering industry has achieved,” adds Steinberg.
Four Awards of Excellence were handed out to Dillon Consulting, Mulvey & Banani International, Robinson Consultants and WSP. Six Awards of Merit were given to AECOM, Arup, DST Consulting Engineers, Hatch, Smith + Andersen Consulting Engineering and Parsons. McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers was given a specially created Creative Solutions Award for its ingenious way of using detection dogs to preserve endangered wildlife species the road improvement construction.
CEO’s Accolades Magazine which features stories about the winning and nominated projects is available for download at www.ceo.on.ca. CEO will issue a call for entries for the 2018 OCEA in September.