TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The CN Tower was recognized by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) as an 'outstanding Canadian engineering achievement' and inducted as an honorary member during the annual EIC Awards held in Ottawa on February 25, 2012. Mark Laroche, President and CEO of Canada Lands Company, owner and operator of the CN Tower, and Andre Saker, Director of Facilities and Engineering at the CN Tower, joined fellow honorees at this pre-eminent national engineering awards ceremony.
"We are extremely honoured that Canada's National Tower has received this recognition," said Mr. Laroche. "Canadians can look to the CN Tower with pride as it remains an internationally acclaimed engineering marvel almost four decades after it was built. This award also recognizes the important ongoing role engineering has played in maintaining the CN Tower as a leading edge facility."
Jack Robinson, Chief Operating Officer of the CN Tower, added, "Upgrades and expansions such as the new EdgeWalk, the world's highest hands free walk on a building, ensure that the Tower continues to provide visitors with a memorable world class experience."
Celebrating 125 years, the EIC is Canada's premier engineering association, and today represents a federation of 11 Canadian member societies. Foremost among the community of Canadian Engineering Societies, the EIC Awards recognize outstanding engineers and companies for their exemplary contributions to engineering achievement in Canada and the World by virtue of their engineering achievements and involvement in societal endeavours.
Canada Lands Company joined fellow honorees McDonald Dettwiler for RADARSAT I & II and CANADARM, and TRIUMF and Strait Crossing Development Inc. for the Confederation Bridge.
Defining the Toronto skyline, at a height of 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 inches), the CN Tower is Canada's National Tower, an engineering Wonder and Toronto's must see attraction visited by over 1.5 million people annually. The first of its kind in North America, EdgeWalk at the CN Tower holds the Guinness World Record as the "World's Highest External Walk on a Building", a full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower's main pod, 356m, (1168 ft , 116 storeys) above the ground. This adrenalin-fueled experience allows thrill seekers to walk the edge of one of the world's greatest man-made wonders. www.cntower.ca; www.edgewalkcntower.ca
Canada Lands Company
The CN Tower is owned and operated by Canada Lands Company (CLC) and EdgeWalk at the CN Tower is the newest initiative of the company. CLC is a federal Crown corporation that optimizes the financial and community value obtained from surplus strategic properties no longer required by the Government of Canada. The company is self-financing and implements innovative property solutions to create strong and competitive communities wherever it operates. www.clc.ca
The Engineering Institute of Canada
The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), now a federation of Canadian engineering Societies, was established as Canada's first engineering association in 1887. In concert with its current 11 member societies, the EIC recognizes outstanding engineers for their exemplary contributions to Canada and the World by virtue of their engineering achievements and involvement in societal endeavours. These awards are considered the senior ones in the Canadian Engineering Societies Community.
Image with caption: "Andre Saker, Director of Facilities and Engineering at the CN Tower and Mark Laroche, President and CEO of Canada Lands Company, owner and operator of the CN Tower, are joined by Tony Bennett, President of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) as the CN Tower is recognized as an 'outstanding Canadian engineering achievement' during the annual EIC Awards held in Ottawa on February 25, 2012. (CNW Group/CN Tower)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120228_C7652_PHOTO_EN_10483.jpg
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