TORONTO — 2023 Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) Alfred F. Wong Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Jim McLagan, Gilbert Grondin and Michael I. Gilmor were honoured at the recent Canadian Steel Conference for a lifetime of dedication to the advancement of steel construction in Canada.
The awards were handed out Sept. 27 in Toronto.
McLagan retired as senior vice-president with the Supreme Group in 2013. He graduated from the civil engineering program at Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland and worked in various departments of Redpath Dorman Long in England gaining the experience required to become a professional engineer.
In 1982, he was recruited as a project manager by Canron Western Bridge moved to Vancouver, B.C. During the next 31 years he worked in the company’s Upstate New York and Portland, Oregon operations as contracts manager before returning to Vancouver in 1999 as vice-president and general manager responsible for western operations.
McLagan was elected to the CISC Board of Directors in 2001. In 2012 he was elected chairman of the board and stepped down in 2015.
Grondin, PhD, P.Eng MSc, joined the firm Buckland & Taylor in Vancouver after receiving his PhD where he worked as a bridge engineer for three years. He spent one year as a visiting researcher at the National Research Council of Canada working on the development of the CSA S478 – Durability of Buildings.
Grondin has taught and conducted research for 20 years at Université de Moncton, Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Alberta. Areas of research include fatigue of steel structures, behaviour of steel connections and the stability of steel structures. He is currently at AECOM Canada Ltd.’s Edmonton office where he is a senior bridge engineer and steel specialist. He was the technical lead for the recent development of the Alberta Bridge Fabrication Inspection Manual. He served on CSA Committees for 35 years, the Research Council for Structural Connections, Structural Stability Research Council and AREMA.
Gilmor, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng., graduated from the University of Toronto in 1966 and was subsequently employed by the Toronto consulting structural engineering firm of Robert Halsall and Associates. In 1969 he obtained a masters degree in structural engineering from the University of Toronto and later was a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering.
In 1970, he joined the CISC and held various positions within the institute until June 2009. He became president of CISC in April 2002 and served until March 25, 2009. He was the editor of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction’s Handbook of Steel Construction and was co-author of the Canadian textbook, Limit States Design in Structural Steel.
In 2010, Gilmor joined Cast Connex Corporation as VP of marketing and sales were he served until 2013. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Canadian Welding Bureau Group was vice-chair of CSA S16, and was a member of CSA S473, Steel Offshore Structures, CSA W59, CSA S6 and the CSA Strategic Steering Committee on Structures (Design).
Gilmor was a member of the Standing Committee on Structural Design, Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada during the 1980s and was the chairman for six years of the Research Council on Structural Connections and was a member of the specification committee.
Internationally, he represented and led the Canadian delegation in ISO TC 167 and ISO/TC17/SC3 Steel. In 1992, Gilmor was elected a fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineers for his excellence in engineering and for services rendered to his profession and to Canada. In 2001, he was the recipient of CSA’s Award of Merit. In April 2023, he received recognition from CSA for his 45 years of service on technical committees of CSA standards.