Recognizing and rewarding those in our industry that have shown exemplary leadership through their efforts during the floods and fires this past year.

 Construction Month 2022 Leadership Award Winners

James Zelinski, CAO (left) with Phil Robinson, Fabrication Manager

Winners Name: Philip Robinson

Organization: Pitt Meadows Plumbing and Mechanical (PMP)

Nominated by: Sara Searle, Pitt Meadows Plumbing

As soon as Phil heard about the flooding in Abbotsford in November, he acted. Phil was raised on a farm and knew how devastating the floods would be for so many large family farms. PMP offers vacation time to employees undertaking humanitarian efforts so Phil was able to spend time helping in the restoration of several properties. There was a crucial moment when a group of people were working day and night to stave off another diking breach and Phil was there with sandbags, helping the farming families. He brought PMP’s emergency response trailer to Abbotsford for farmers to use, and his heartfelt efforts help motivated PMP to donate to the Red Cross.

Phil gathered a small group that included 3 PMP employees who went from farm to farm assessing needs and providing assistance. They removed drywall, insulation, and flooring right after the flooding and then worked on cleaning out the garbage and going into basements and crawl spaces to assist residents.

“Phil has a gift for communicating with people and motivating them to do well, and has a big heart for those who are struggling,” says Sara Searle of Pitt Meadows Plumbing.

Scott Construction – (Left to right) Darin Hughes, President; Kaitlyn Cook-Maki, Senior Proposal & Marketing Specialist; Gavin Frey, Director, Field Operations; Dan Eagen, Senior Project Manager; Kim Deschaine, Director of HR; John Loop, Director, Special Projects

Winners Name: Scott Construction team

Organization: Scott Construction

Nominated by: Kaitlyn Cook-Maki, Scott Construction

The homeless population is particularly affected by floods, fires, and pandemic. In February 2021, Scott Construction (Scott) was the Construction Manager of a 60-bed homeless shelter in Vancouver. The fast-tracked project went from being an empty warehouse with no drawings or permits, to a fully functioning emergency shelter in just six months.

The entire team moved incredibly quickly, while ensuring a quality product and a safe space for the occupants. The synergy between all parties exemplified how Scott produced significant project benefits by having team members work together during the unprecedented challenges of the combined pandemic and homelessness crisis.

The Klahowya Tillicum Lalum shelter (meaning “welcome friend home”) is operated by Lu’ma Native Housing Society and is funded by BC Housing. The team (in alphabetical order) consists of: Access SMTAME Group, Applied Coatings, Atco, Carscadden (Architect), City of Vancouver, Davidson Bros, ML Painting, Omen Engineering, RJC Engineers, Shaw, Steele Electric, The Brothers Door Company, The Power Group, Tomwood Contracting, and Urban Saw.

Acres Enterprises Ltd. – (Left to right) Mike Broadway, Corporate Services Director; Jason Paige, Owner and President; Curtis Tarapaski, Assistant Director of General Department; Tammy Olsen, HSE Advisor; Jeremy Buchner, Director of Civil Department; Kyle Ruppel, Director of General and Industrial Department; Phillip Stagg-Tanner, Vice President

Winners Name: Tammy Olsen

Organization: Acres Enterprises Ltd.

Nominated by: Francesca Lucia, Acres Enterprises Ltd.

By being prepared for the historic B.C. heatwave in June 2021, Tammy was able to keep field employees safe, quickly reschedule work to avoid the hottest times of the day and prove cooling towels and electrolyte products to help hydrate staff and boost morale.

Tammy also checked on the wellbeing of all staff on projects near wildfire areas, reaching out to employees that were being evacuated from their homes or placed on evacuation notice. She stayed abreast of the wildfire situation, gave regular updates, provided face masks and respirators to all employees, and supported all levels of emergency response for evacuation.

Added measures she implemented for construction site safety during the wildfires were:

  • Early site shutdowns, quick access to appropriate fire suppression equipment;
  • Additional breaks for throat and eye irritation, with a day to rest inside away from the smoke;
  • Daily equipment checks to reduce the potential for a breakdown that could create an ignition source; and
  • Daily pre-task assessments, including monitoring outside temperature and wind speed direction.

When the flooding hit in November, Tammy and site supervisors coordinated emergency procedures for the evacuation of projects. Fortunately, only one site was impacted, where Tammy led the safe evacuation of team members.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations this year. It was great to read all the examples of individuals going above and beyond in our industry!

Marc Gauthier, Gauthier Homes – Nominated by Taz Lacroix, GT

Bercum Builders Inc. – Nominated by Shane Holtslander, Horizon Electric

Doug Murray, Mott Electric – Nominated by Katherine Falk, Mott Electric

Formwork Yard Assembly Crew, Bosa Construction – Nominated by Willow Mair, Bosa Construction

COVID Ambassadors, Axiom Builders – Nominated by Willow Mair

Whitney De Ruiter, Turner Construction Company – Nominated by Alistair McIntyre, Turner Construction Company

Norland Ltd. Safety Dept., Norland Ltd. – Nominated by Nicolette Wilson

Alistair McIntyre, Turner Construction Company – Nominated by Chris Rasmussen and Kelly Pospisil, Turner Construction Company

James Colongard, PVL Group – Nominated by Dale Mollinga, Brighhouse Civil Contracting DTM Ltd.

Neil Gawley, Avenir Construction Group – Nominated by Salina Merry, Avenir Construction Group

Graeme Dobbs, Overhead Door Co. of Vancouver – Nominated by Tanis Cairns, Overhead Door Co. of Vancouver

Michael Ramos, Omega Mechanical – Nominated by Jade Jones, Omega Mechanical

Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd. – Nominated by Corry Anderson-Fennell, BC Building Trades

Kenny Tran, Flynn Group of Companies – Nominated by Brian Bett, Flynn Group of Companies

Jennifer Parent, Essence Properties – Nominated by Shantt Attarmigir, Essence Properties

Mike De Jong, Ledcor – Nominated by Barry McCarty, Ledcor