TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Canada's
leading developer of standards and codes, today officially announces the
recipients of the 2009 Award of Merit. The Award of Merit is an honour
bestowed by CSA 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 the Canadian
The 2009 Awards of Merit were presented by Julia Hill, Chair of the
Board, CSA Group at a special awards ceremony held during the CSA Annual
Conference in Gatineau, Québec.
"CSA technical committee members make an immeasurable contribution to
society through their dedicated efforts in developing standards for a better,
safer, more sustainable world where standards work for people and business,"
says Suzanne Kiraly, President, Standards, Canadian Standards Association.
"The Award of Merit is CSA's way of recognizing each recipient's leadership,
inspiration and outstanding dedication to developing standards that impact our
daily lives. These volunteers are being honoured for their exceptional efforts
in their field."
The 2009 Awards of Merit were presented to the following individuals:
- Tom Akerstream of Winnipeg, Manitoba receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of outstanding leadership, involvement and advocacy in
supporting the development and application of energy efficiency and
performance standards. Mr. Akerstream, is Energy Advisory and
Manager, Head Office Facilities, Manitoba Hydro.
- Ain Allas of Toronto, Ontario, receives the Award of Merit
posthumously in recognition of his outstanding leadership, persistent
advocacy and ground-breaking work in the area of standards for health
care facilities. Mr. Allas, was a director with Parkin Architects
- Irvin Benovich of Pickering, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of inspiring leadership, unwavering commitment and
technical expertise in environmental management standards for
Canadian nuclear facilities. Mr. Benovich is a Senior Technical
Expert - Environment Health Physics at Ontario Power Generation.
- Dr. Gina Cody, P.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D., BDS, ACCI, FCCI of Woodbridge,
Ontario receives the Award of Merit in recognition of extensive
involvement and committed leadership in the development and
advancement of standards for the construction industry. Dr. Cody is
President of Construction Control Inc.
- Stephen W. Douglas of Cambridge, Ontario receives the Award of Merit
in recognition of outstanding leadership, determination and
dedication to the development and advancement of electrical
standards. Mr. Douglas is an inspector member of the International
Association of Electrical Inspectors and a Vice President on its
Board of Directors.
- David Geddes of King City, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of his extensive knowledge, devotion and leadership to
the development and application of standards in the field of diving
and hyperbaric medicine. Mr. Geddes is the Program Coordinator for
Seneca College's Underwater Skills Program.
- Dave Graham of Toronto, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of inspiring leadership, long-standing involvement and
advocacy of safety standards for the Canadian nuclear industry. Mr.
Graham is Technical Director, Structural Integrity, Generation Life
Cycle Management at Kinectrics, Inc.
- Jane Larkworthy of Stratford, Ontario receives the Award of Merit in
recognition of 20 years of service dedicated to standards development
and promotion in the field of sport safety. As Director of
Officiating for Ringette Canada, Ms. Larkworthy authored, edited and
updated virtually every officiating resource material; in particular,
she championed a rule change that required players to wear CSA
certified ringette face protectors and even brought this message to
the international ringette community. Now retired from active
officiating, she continues to be involved in ringette as a player and
as the Discipline Chair for a 25-team adult league in southwestern
Ontario. She is also a volunteer with Special Olympics Ontario.
- Peter Lindsay, P. Eng. of Pickering, Ontario receives the Award of
Merit in recognition of invaluable technical expertise, unwavering
support, and for inspiring leadership in standards for the Canadian
nuclear industry. Mr. Lindsay is Vice President of Engineering and
Chief Engineer at RCM Technologies Canada Corporation.
- Bruce McWhirter, P. Eng. of Edmonton, Alberta receives the Award of
Merit in recognition of 20 years of support, technical expertise and
outstanding leadership in standards for the pressure vessel and
boiler industry. Mr. McWhirter is Resident Engineer at ABSA, the
pressure equipment safety authority in Alberta.
- Per E. Paasche, P.Eng., M.Eng., C.C.E. of New Maryland, New Brunswick
receives the Award of Merit in recognition of 30 years of superior
leadership and commitment to the development and advancement of
standards in health care facilities. Mr. Paasche is retired as
Project Engineer for the New Brunswick Hospitals Medical Engineering
Program at the University of New Brunswick.
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 voting members, as well as former CSA employees that have:
served in CSA 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 the Canadian Standards Association.
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is a membership association serving
industry, government, consumers and other interested parties in Canada and the
global marketplace. As a leading solutions-based standards organization,
providing standards and codes development, application products, training and
advisory services, CSA aims to enhance public safety, improve quality of life,
preserve the environment and facilitate trade. The Canadian Standards
Association is a division of CSA Group, which also consists of CSA
International, which provides testing and certification services for
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