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Ontario top award goes to ELLIS Engineering for Niagara bridge

April 21, 2015

Ellis Engineering receiving the Willis Chipman Award at the 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards on April 18.  Photo:  Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

Ellis Engineering receiving the Willis Chipman Award at the 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards on April 18. Photo: Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge reconstruction.

Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge reconstruction.

Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) held the 2015 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards Gala on April 18 at the International Centre in Mississauga. This year the association is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn addressed the crowd by a video message, while another special guest was the Honourable Bob Rae, former interim leader of the federal Liberal Party, and former leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party for whom he served as the province’s Premier from 1990-1995. In his speech he noted: “The monuments to engineers are all around us.”

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.

The awards recognized12 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.

The top award of the night, the Willis Chipman Award, went to ELLIS Engineering for developing an innovative approach to reconstructing the Canadian Niagara Power Forebay Bridge while preserving the original stonework of the arch structure.


Awards of excellence were awarded in categories according to firm size. Winners were:

– R.E. Poisson Engineering for Upgrading the Campbellville Well House in the Region of Halton (firms with 1-25 employees);

– Cowater International won for project management, construction supervision and environment management of Rural Water and Sanitation Projects (firms with 26-50 employees);

– Associated Engineering for providing design and CA services for the Oakville Water Purification Plant (firms with 51-100 employees);

– Halsall Associates, for the 360,000-sq. ft. CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Aquatics Centre and Field House in Toronto (firms with 100-350 employees);

– Hatch Mott MacDonald for expanding the Keswick Water Pollution Control Plant to service future development of the Town of Georgina (firms with more than 350 employees).

Awards of merit were awarded according to project type:

– Adjeleian Allen Rubeli for the abatement, demolition and seismic update of the Ottawa Heritage Building located at 180 Wellington, Ottawa (building engineering and building science);

– AECOM for the Toronto Source Separated Organics Facility (environment category);

– Hatch for a new Dam Safety Assessment Tool in partnership with Ontario Power Generation (industry, energy and resources);

– AMEC Environment & Infrastructure for the environmental assessment and site servicing of the Milton Pan Am/Parapan Am Velodrome (project management);

– AECOM with MMM Group for the Phase 1 Niagara to GTA Corridor Planning Study and Environment Assessment (studies and research);

– Parsons for the Vimy Memorial Bridge in Ottawa (transportation).
Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO) is a non-profit association representing 200 engineering firms employing nearly 20,000 Ontarians.

“The annual awards brings our industry together to recognize consulting engineers for their achievements and contributions to public service,” says Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of CEO.


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