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OAPC recognizes industry excellence during milestone AGM

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OAPC recognizes industry excellence during milestone AGM
Ontario Road Builders’ Association chief operating officer Geoff Wilkinson (left) and Ontario Asphalt Paving Council executive director Vince Aurilio (right) presented Peter Jesik of Rankin Construction Inc. with the 2016 MTO Paver of Year Recognition Award for work completed on Highway 3 between Port Colborne and Fort Erie. -

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council (OAPC) recognized outstanding service to the association and the industry at its 43rd annual general meeting and awards luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto late last month.

During the luncheon, the Earl Kee Volunteer of the Year, King Beamish Excellence, Joe Bunting Mentorship and MTO Paver of the Year awards were presented.

This year’s annual general meeting was significant for the OAPC and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) as the event marked the amalgamation of the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) with ORBA.

OHMPA officially became the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council of ORBA on Jan. 1, 2017.

"We are delighted to come together and honour the legacy of OHMPA and recognize excellence in leadership in the asphalt industry," said ORBA chief operating officer Geoff Wilkinson in a statement. "This is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this new chapter as we forge ahead together as one unified and strong voice for the roadbuilding industry."

On behalf of Rankin Construction Inc., Peter Jesik, Rankin plant manager and Dave Evans, project manager, accepted the 2016 MTO Hot Mix Paver of Year Award for work completed on Highway 3 between Port Colborne and Fort Erie.

Steve Manolis, general manager CAE for Coco Asphalt Engineering, was named the 2016 Earl Kee Volunteer of the Year. Manolis is chair of the environment committee and worked to establish a Benzo(a)Pyrene technical standard with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, states the release. His contributions also played a key part in the 2015 publishing of the fifth edition of the OAPC’s Environmental Practices Guide and the Quality of Asphalt Pavement Task Force bulletins, including a white paper on asphalt cement quality and specifications.

Marianne O’Shaughnessy, asphalt terminal manager for IKO Industries Ltd. in Hamilton, was awarded the King Beamish Excellence Award for her volunteer efforts throughout the decades and her contributions to the OAPC marketing committee, adds the release.

R.W. Tomlinson Limited’s Bert Hendricks, executive vice-president of the municipal division, was awarded the 2016 Joe Bunting Mentorship Award in recognition of his passion, dedication and commitment to the advancement of the hot mix asphalt industry and his mentorship of numerous individuals.

"The association, its members and the industry have greatly benefited from the contributions of these individuals," said OAPC executive director Vince Aurilio. "OAPC’s awards program recognizes and celebrates individuals who make a positive difference in the asphalt industry, one road at a time."

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