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Best Practices Awards

2020 Award Nominations Are Open – Safety Leadership

These Awards recognize companies and organizations which have provided outstanding leadership in developing, implementing and improving industry best practices, which have led to measurable advances in project, company or industry performance. The awards are presented annually at the Best Practices Conference in May to celebrate industry leaders and to provide inspiring role models for COAA Members and the industry at large.

The awards rotate among three themes to provide focus and sufficient time for organizations to make substantive progress from one cycle to the next. Two categories for each award accommodate both large and small organizations.

  • Safety Leadership (2020)
  • Workforce Development (2021)
  • Construction Performance (2022)

Other Awards

Don Currie Award of Recognition

Named to honour D.V. (Don) Currie, P. Geol., who served as the third Managing Director of COAA from 1985 to 2000, the COAA presents this award annually to recognize those individuals whose long-standing and dedicated service has contributed to the success of the COAA

AIT Scholarships

COAA created five scholarships presented by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) Scholarships to recognize the excellence of Alberta apprentices in a trade or trainees in designated occupations, and to encourage recipients to complete their apprenticeship or occupational training programs. The COAA scholarships are named after Neil Tidsbury, Jeph Virtue, Brian Bickley, Stephen Revay, and Herb Holmes. For more information on Alberta’s scholarship program, please click here.

Past Award Winners

2019 Construction Performance Leadership
Large Organization: PCL Industrial Management

2018 Workforce Development Leadership
Large Organization: Graham
Small Organization: Women Building Futures

2017 Safety Leadership
Large Organization: Kiewet Energy Canada
Small Organization: International Competency Assessment Board (I-CAB)
Individual: Jim Kanerva, Waiward Steel LP

2016 Construction Performance Leadership
Large Organization: Fluor Canada, Shell Quest Project

2015 Workforce Development Leadership
Large Organization: Chemco Electrical Contractors Ltd.
Small Organization: Skills Canada Alberta – Special Recognition

2014 Safety Leadership
Large Organization: Ledcor Group of Companies
Small Organization: Construction Labour Relations – An Alberta Association, Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta, Boilermakers Contractors Association

2013 Construction Performance Leadership
Large Organization: Muskeg River Mine (MRM) Tailings and Infrastructure Construction Management Team
Small Organization: Big Country Energy Services Projects Division

2012 Workforce Development Leadership
Large Organization: Jacobs Industrial Services, Building Trades of Alberta
Small Organization: Alberta Council of Turnaround Industry Maintenance Stakeholders (ACTIMS)

2011 Safety Leadership
Large Organization: Chemco Electrical Contractors Ltd.

2009 Safety Leadership
Bechtel Canada

2009 Best Practice Implementation
JV Driver Projects Inc.

2008 Safety Implementation and Performance Improvement
Large Organization: Ledcor Industrial Limited
Small Organization: Pillar Resource Service Inc.

2008 Safety Leadership and Innovation
Laird Electric Inc.

2008 Best Practice Implementation
Large Organization: Jacobs Industrial
Small Organization: CEP Construction – Quebec-Alberta Construction Limited Partnership

2007 Safety Implementation and Performance Improvement
JV Driver Projects Inc.

2007 Safety Leadership and Innovation
Colt Engineering

2007 Workforce Development
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