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ACEC-Ontario 2021 Awards Engineering Excellence Finalists and Winners

Ontario Engineering Project Awards (OEPA)

Published  May 21, 2021

May 20, 2021 – Toronto, ON.  Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Ontario (ACEC -Ontario) hosted their 19th annual awards program for the Ontario engineering community, recently renamed to the Ontario Engineering Projects Awards (OEPA).  For the second straight year, due to the pandemic, the gala was hosted virtually, premiering on YouTube.

For the past 46 years, ACEC-Ontario has been advocating for the advancement of the business interests of their membership along with promoting the value of their contributions to the social, environmental, and economic welfare of Ontario.  The OEPA program was created by ACEC-Ontario to recognize the dedication and the innovation advancements of their member firms within the engineering industry. 

This year, 12 prestigious accolades were awarded.  Taking home the top honour, the Willis Chipman award, was Integral Group for the work they conducted at George Brown College, the Arbour.  This structure is anticipated to become Toronto’s first tall wood, low carbon institutional building and the first Tall Wood Research Institute in the country.  For the first time in the history of these awards, the Willis Chipman award also had a finalist; Blackwell for Shopper Drug Mart new flagship retail location in downtown Toronto. 

Further congratulations go to the 2021 Awards of Merit winners and finalists in the categories of; Building & Engineering Science Environment; Industry, Energy & Resources; Project Management; Studies & Research; and Transit. The honours were awarded as per the below:

Awards of Merit
Building & Engineering Science
Winner:Blackwell: Shoppers Drug Mart Flagship
Finalist:WSP: Re-cladding project at Richmond Adelaide Centre
Winner:GHD Limited: The Regional Municipality of York – Forcemain Twinning
Finalist:Jacobs Engineering Group: Hanlan Feedermain
Industry, Energy & Resources
Winner:BBA: 300MW Henvey Inlet Wind Project
Finalist:Hatch Ltd.: Kelso Dam – Urgent Repairs & Rehabilitation Project
Project Management
Winner:Parsons: Major MacKenzie Drive – Schedule `C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design; and Detail Design
Finalist:CIMA+: Early Works Transmission Project
Studies & Research
Winner:Morrison Hershfield: Mushkegowuk Council James Bay All Season Road Feasibility Study
Finalist:WSP: Climate Change Adaptation Approaches and Planning Considerations for York Region’s Water and Wastewater Systems
Winner:Dillon Consulting Limited: Dundas Place Flexible Street
Finalist:R.V. Anderson Associates Limited: Alton Village Streetscaping and Road Construction

Awards of Excellence were awarded to: Integral Group: George Brown College, the Arbour, Blackwell: Shoppers Drug Mart Flagship, Tulloch: Huntsville Storm Sewer Inventory and Management, and WSP: Re-cladding Project at Richmond Adelaide Centre.

Award of Excellence
Firms with 1 to 50 employees
Winner:Integral Group: George Brown College – The Arbour
Finalist:BBA: 300 MW Henvey Inlet Wind project
Firms with 51 to 100 employees
Winner:Blackwell: Shoppers Drug Mart Flagship
Finalist:Eramosa Engineering: City of Guelph Wastewater Services SCADA System Master Plan
Firms with 101 to 350 employees
Winner:Tulloch: Huntsville Storm Sewer Inventory and Management
Finalist:R.V. Anderson Associates Limited: Alton Village Streetscaping and Road Construction
Firms with 351+ employees
Winner:WSP: Re-cladding project at Richmond Adelaide Centre
Finalist:Parsons: Major Mackenzie Drive Schedule `C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design; and Detail Design

An exciting new addition to the OEPA project occurred this year all well, the judging panel was so impressed with one submission an additional category was created to showcase the project and give nod to its exemplary work. The newly created award was named “Impressive Engineering International Project performed by Ontario Consulting Engineering Firm” (International Award) and it was given to Hatch Ltd. For their Hell’s Kitchen Geothermal Study.

ACEC-Ontario would like to thank all those firms that participated and submitted projects to be considered for the 2021 OEPA program.

About ACEC-Ontario

ACEC-Ontario represents the interests of over 130 consulting engineering firms that employ over 21,000 Ontarians. Accumulated gross revenues of consulting engineering firms across the country contribute more than $28 billion to the Canadian economy annually.