TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - CSA Group, a leading standards-based
solutions organization, today officially announces the recipients of
the 2012 Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is an honour bestowed by
CSA Group to individuals that have demonstrated leadership in
developing Canadian voluntary standards and who, through technical,
administrative, or special standards activities, have advanced the
purpose of CSA Group.
The 2012 Awards of Merit were presented by Bob Cook, Chair of the Board,
CSA Group, at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Group
Annual Conference in Quebec City, Quebec.
"This year's Award of Merit recipients have all significantly
contributed towards the health and safety of Canadians nationwide,"
says Bonnie Rose "The Award itself recognizes a range of expertise in
the fields of science, engineering, health and safety, and
sustainability. CSA Group recognizes and applauds the outstanding
dedication of each recipient toward the betterment of society through
The 2012 Awards of Merit were presented to the following individuals:
Dr. Brahim Benmokrane of Sherbrook, Quebec receives the Award of Merit in recognition of outstanding leadership,
exceptional expertise and tireless effort in advancing standards
related to construction materials and structures. Dr. Benmokrane is a
Professor of Civil Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke.
Mr. Michael Birks of Moffat, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition
of long-standing participation, exceptional knowledge and strong
leadership in development of plumbing standards and the protection of
public water supplies. Mr. Birks is the Director of Sales and
Marketing at The Birks Company.
Mr. Andrei Blahoianu of Ottawa, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of
exceptional leadership and broad involvement in pressure retaining
components, structural and seismic design standards, and for persistent
advocacy of CSA Group's nuclear safety program. Mr. Blahoiuanu is the
Director of Energy Design Assessment Division at the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission (CNSC).
Mr. William Carson of Whitby, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of valued
expertise and superior leadership in developing and advancing standards
related to health care facility engineering and building
commissioning. Mr. Carson works at W.D Carson and Associates.
Mr. Pierre Desilets of Pointe-Claire, Quebec receives the Award of Merit in recognition of
dedicated leadership, invaluable counsel and exceptional knowledge in
developing and advancing a broad spectrum of electrical standards and
codes. Mr. Desilets is the Manager of Product Training and Regulatory
Affairs at Leviton Manufacturing of Canada Limited.
Mr. Gerry Granek of Toronto, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of
dedicated service, remarkable knowledge and valued influence in the
area of health care facility engineering and physical environment, and
the pioneering of smoke control measures in high rise office buildings.
Mr. Granek retired as a professional mechanical engineer and continued
to work 20 additional years into his retirement to develop standards
that help protect staff and patients in health care facilities.
Mr. Gary Hamer of Burnaby, British Columbia receives the Award of Merit in recognition
of fine leadership, trusted mentorship and valued guidance in the area
of energy efficiency for residential equipment and appliances. Mr.
Hamer is a Technology and Innovation Manager at BC Hydro.
Mr. Roy Hughes of North Vancouver, British Columbia receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of extensive knowledge, generous mentorship and strong
leadership in developing and advancing energy efficiency and lighting
performance standards. Mr. Hughes is the Principal at Hughes
Mr. Dan Murray of Burlington, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of
dedicated involvement, valued insight and long-standing contribution to
chainsaw standards and workplace safety. Mr. Murray retired in 2000
from his post as Manager, Technical Services for John Deere consumer
products, but continues to be active in CSA standards development work
and in representing the organization and its standards to international
Dr. A. Ghani Razaqpur of Hamilton, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of
inspiration leadership, pioneering work and passionate commitment to
standards for infrastructure durability, sustainability and security.
Dr. Razaqpur is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at
Mr. Peter Rogers of St. John's, Newfoundland receives the Award of Merit in recognition
of influential leadership, technical expertise and guidance in the area
of steel and concrete structures and offshore structures. Mr. Rogers is
a TN Technical Services Consultant with Suncor Energy Inc.
Ms. Linda Sagmeister of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland receives the Award of Merit in recognition
of dedicated leadership, exemplary problem-solving skills and tenacious
commitment to ergonomics and workplace health and safety standards. Ms.
Sagmeister is an Ergonomist with the Department of Government Services
Occupational Health and Safety Division.
The CSA Award of Merit
The Award of Merit was created in 1979 to honour and recognize
leadership in Canadian voluntary standards development. Nominations are
open to all present or past CSA Group voting members, as well as former
CSA Group employees that have: served in CSA Group committee activity
or other associated standardization work; showed leadership in
technical, administrative, or special committee activities; published
papers, or made public addresses, which have been of special benefit to
the work of the Association; and have advanced the prestige or interest
of CSA Group.
About CSA Group
CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit membership association
dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. Its knowledge and
expertise encompass standards development; training and advisory
solutions; global testing and certification services across key
business areas including hazardous location and industrial, plumbing
and construction, medical, safety and technology, appliances and gas,
alternative energy, lighting and sustainability; as well as consumer
product evaluation services. The CSA certification mark appears on
billions of products worldwide. For more information about CSA Group
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