The Academy Awards of Engineering: CEO Identifies the Best Engineering Projects  around the world

The projects were massive, ambitious and heart-breaking.

On the weekend, Consulting Engineers of Ontario, a non-profit association of engineering firms, announced the province’s top winners at the 2013 Ontario Consulting Engineering Awards.

One project winner had involved building and transporting a 780-tonne machine half way around the world. Another helped clean up 100 years of deadly pollution in Sydney, Nova Scotia. A third was just plain heart-breaking, when a lead engineer died during a project.

“The commitment, time and dedication that engineers devote to Ontario are astounding,” said Barry Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer of CEO. “Each of the 12 awards is an example of consulting engineering at its best – and, taken together, they show why this province is a world leader in engineering.”

Glen Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, agreed, calling Ontario’s engineering “geniuses.” He spoke at the event, held on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

The top engineering award, the Willis Chipman Award, went to Ottawa-based Adjeleian Allen Rubeli Ltd. for its work on the Ottawa Convention Centre.

William Goodings won a newly created award, the Consulting Engineers of Ontario Chairman’s Award for Career Commitment, for his 55 years as an engineering consultant in solid waste management, many of those years spent working in destitute communities in South America and Asia.

Five engineering firms won Awards of Excellence:

  1. Among small firms, with 1-25 employees, R. E. Poisson Engineering Inc. won for a project called Acton Wastewater Treatment Plant Inlet Works, in Halton Hills (Acton), Ontario.
  2. Among firms with 26-50 employees, The Municipal Infrastructure Group Ltd. (TMIG) won for its Elm Drive West project, in Mississauga, Ontario.
  3. Associated Engineering (Ont.) Ltd. won in the 51-100 category for its Avenue Road Watermain project, in Toronto.
  4. Among companies with 101-350 employees, R. V. Anderson Associates Ltd. won for its West Don Lands Stormwater Conveyance System, in Toronto.
  5. Among the largest companies, with 351 or more employees, Stantec Consulting won for its Retention Treatment Basin on Windsor’s Riverfront, in Ontario.
Six companies won Awards of Merit:
  1. In the Building Engineering and Science category: Halsall Associates for the Rideau Canal Skateway Chalets, in Ottawa.
  2. In the Environment category: AECOM for Sydney Tar Ponds and Coke Oven Sites Remediation, in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
  3. Industry, Energy and Resources category: Enermodal Engineering, a member of MMM Group, won the award for its Off-Grid Generating Station Renewal and Solar RV Retrofit in Wawakapewin First Nations community in Ontario.
  4. Project Management category: Hatch Ltd. for its Pueblo Viejo Project: The World’s Largest Autoclaves, in Dominican Republic.
  5. Studies and Research category: Morrison Hershfield for a project called Standardization of the Design and Construction of Aquatic Compensation Measures, in Ontario.
  6. Transportation category: Dillon Consulting Limited for its Terry Fox Drive Extension, in Kanata, Ontario.