John M. Beck Award

Generously sponsored by Aecon, the John M. Beck Award is presented annually to a project-based Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) in the Ontario construction industry. The award recognizes the contributions the committee has made to health and safety in the previous year. The Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) administers the award. The successful committee is recognized on a commemorative plaque presented each year at IHSA’s Annual General Meeting.

Jason Henry and Brian Everest accept the John M. Beck Award on behalf of Bridging North America.

2023 Winner: Bridging North America
Multiple joint health and safety committees’ initiatives–including a real-time hazard identification program for workers, emergency-response drills, and the provision of onsite chiropractic care—continued to protect the more than 1,000 people working on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, one of the continent’s largest infrastructure projects.

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Electrical Utility Safety Excellence & Innovation Award

The Electrical Utility Safety Excellence & Innovation Award recognizes organizational excellence and is presented annually at IHSA’s Annual General Meeting to an organization that has demonstrated health and safety innovation and advancement within the Electrical Utilities Sector.

Greg Barnes, Ashley Gabel, and Lynne Kulin accept the Electrical Utility Safety Excellence and Innovation Award on behalf of Ontario Power Generation’s Confined Space Electronic Application Team.

2023 Winner: Ontario Power Generation Confined Space Electronic Application Team
This multidisciplinary team piloted the development and implementation of a new digital solution to reduce documentation errors, decrease duplication, and ensure only qualified workers undertake confined space work. Their efforts improved a complex process and enhanced worker health and safety in a high-risk sector.

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Roy A. Phinnemore Award

The late Roy A. Phinnemore served as Executive Director of the former Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO) for many years. His dedication to injury and illness prevention during CSAO’s formative years encouraged others who have followed suit.

IHSA Board member Sandro Pinto accepts the Roy A. Phinnemore Award on behalf of recipient Jack Oliveira.

2023 Winner: Jack Oliveira - accepted by Sandro Pinto
Jack has contributed to health and safety in Ontario’s construction industry substantially over his 38-year membership with LiUNA Local 183 – the largest construction local union in North America – where he is currently Business Manager. Jack is a staunch advocate for worker rights Jack has been a staunch advocate for worker rights and safety, as well as inclusion and diversity efforts at construction and industrial workplaces.

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Safe Driver Award

IHSA’s Safe Driver Award program gives employers the opportunity to recognize their employees’ health and safety performance. Our Safe Driver pins are available for each year that an employee has worked without a motor vehicle incident (MVI)—up to 50 years.

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Safe Worker Award

IHSA’s Safe Worker Award program gives employers the opportunity to recognize their employees’ health and safety performance. Our Safe Worker pins are available for each year that an employee has worked without a compensable incident—up to 50 years.

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The Gil Samson Award

Gil Samson served as General Manager and Executive Director of the former Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO) for many years. His dedication to accident prevention has encouraged others who have followed suit.

Don Toshack and Kevin Middlestadt accept the Gil Samson Award on behalf of the North Bay Regional Labour-Management Committee.

2023 Winner: North Bay Regional Labour-Management Committee
The committee expended its reach beyond the North Bay area by organizing multiple hybrid education-sessions on subjects including supervisor communication, silica exposure, mental health resources, opioids in construction, and crisis management. Committee members advanced the cause of workplace health and safety—especially psychological health and safety—throughout their region.

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IHSA Recognition of Performance Achievement Milestone Award

This award program recognizes IHSA member firms that have achieved a specific number of work hours (based on their firm size) without a lost-time injury (LTI). Formerly known as The President’s Award, the name and criteria for this award program has been changed to account for the new firm size requirement. Employers can apply for this award when they have reached the milestone listed below for their firm size.

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IHSA COR® Excellence and Milestone Award

This new award program has the same criteria as the IHSA Recognition of Performance Achievement Milestone, except that it is only open to IHSA member firms that have achieved and maintained their Certificate of Recognition (COR®). COR® is a national standard for recognizing a well-functioning health and safety management system.

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Ken Hellawell Transportation Safety Award

Ken Hellawell was a true ambassador in the Canadian trucking community. He was a pillar and a pioneer of promoting truck safety. Back in 1964 a small group of safety managers and stakeholders met to form the genesis of the Transportation Safety Association and the Fleet Safety Council that carries on to this day.

The Ken Hellawell Transportation Safety Award was awarded to Dave McDonald, who was not able to attend the ceremony.

2023 Winner: Dave McDonald
Recently retired, Dave supported driver and fleet safety for over forty years at Bridgestone Tire Company and throughout many years on the Fleet Safety Council’s Northern Ontario chapter. The knowledge he imparted in wheel-off and commercial vehicle alignment workshops has helped thousands of dealers, fleet managers, and operators to improve the safety of the vehicles.

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Maria (Filice) Mason Award of Excellence

Maria (Filice) Mason started her career in the construction sector as a residential framer. She became passionate about occupational health and safety and devoted her career to preventing workplace injuries and fatalities. She obtained her Construction Health and Safety Officer (CHSO) certificate, Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation, and completed the Occupational Health and Safety Program at Metropolitan Toronto University (formerly Ryerson).

Carrie-Lynn Carpenter receives the Maria (Filice) Mason Memorial Award of Excellence.

2023 Winner: Carrie-Lynn Carpenter
Carrie-Lynn has committed more than ten years to improving health and safety of coach operator’s and customers at Ontario Northland. In 2023, Carrie-Lynn oversaw departments responsible for driver training at the company – including in non-violent crisis intervention and anti-human trafficking measures – and coordinated with the Thunder Bay OPP to stop the transport of illegal drugs and weapons in Northern Ontario.

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