The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) has presented the Jock Tindale Memorial Award to lawyer Glenn Ackerley, a partner in WeirFoulds LLP and chair of the firm’s construction practice group.
The award, created in 1998, honours an individual in the industry who has demonstrated a high standard of ethics and integrity in dealings with industry participants.
Ackerley is only the second lawyer to be given this award, dedicated to the memory of John William (Jock) Tindale, who passed away suddenly in Oct. 1997 in London, Ont.
“I am honoured to receive this award, particularly given the past recipients, who are all very well respected members of the construction industry,” he said.
“It’s an incredible honour to join this group.”
At WeirFoulds, Ackerley’s practice is focused on construction law, construction liens, and construction litigation.
He represents clients from across the construction industry, including public and private owners, developers, contractors, subtrades, suppliers and consultants in a variety of construction-related matters.
A past chair of the Toronto Construction Association, Ackerley has been active for years in the industry, participating on boards, committees and working groups to support and improve the industry.
Most recently, he was a member of the expert panel’s advisory group on changes to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act.
Last year, Ackerley was the recipient of the Canadian Construction Association’s Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition.
This award recognizes individuals and others for their commitment and dedication to the Canadian construction industry and the manufacturers’ and suppliers’ sector.
“For me, lawyering, particularly in the construction industry, goes well beyond sitting at your desk,” he said. “It involves getting out of the office and working with the industry on their matters of concerns.”
Ackerley was nominated for the Tindale Award by John Dawson, a project manager at Burlington Ont.-based GEN-PRO, and now the immediate past chair of the OGCA.
“This award is richly deserved,” Dawson said pointing to Ackerley’s longstanding service to the industry.
“It surprises me how he fits in work time (at WeirFoulds) with his voluntary commitments.”
The award was presented during the OGCA’s recent 81st annual AGM and conference in Muskoka, Ont.