TORONTO — Craig Sparks, director of health and safety for Maple Reinders, is being awarded the Doug Chalmers Award as part of the Ontario General Contractors Association’s (OGCA) annual Leadership Day today (May 6).
The Doug Chalmers award, named after a former chairman of the board, is presented annually by the OGCA to an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the advancement of occupational health and safety in the construction industry.
With over 20 years experience in the industry, Sparks has led a company with one of the best safety records in Canada and worked to improve safety culture across Ontario, indicates a release. Sparks focused his career on continually improving onsite health and safety practices for employees, suppliers and trade partners.
Nominated for the award by Dan Fleming from NORCAT and by the Maple Reinders team, Sparks has taken on a number of leadership roles including chair of the OGCA COReXchange Committee and the League of Champions Campaign for Safety Culture. He has exemplified the characteristics of a leader in health and safety, indicates a release. He also piloted the first application of the culture survey, led a culture of collaboration and personally assisted members as they achieved COR certification.
The award is presented during Leadership Day, an annual event presented by OGCA and IHSA which celebrates safety champions that have shown excellent leadership and dedication to health and safety improvements.
“It is a true honour to be this year’s recipient of the Doug Chalmers award,” said Sparks in a statement. “2021 was a very tough year for everyone in the construction industry. I’m very proud of the steps we have taken at the OGCA to improve health and safety of the construction industry. The association’s work developing safety culture survey and sharing best practices over COReXchange will make this province safer.”