The Man

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.


The Award

Inspired by Roy A. Phinnemore’s achievements, former CSAO director Oliver J. Gaffney established a fund to recognize similar contributions to prevention. Mr. Gaffney’s donation was matched by Mr. Phinnemore’s son and daughter—Robert and Margaret—and the Roy A. Phinnemore Award was established in 1969.

The Phinnemore Award is the foremost award given by the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA) to Ontario’s construction industry. The winner is acknowledged with a commemorative plaque presented each year at IHSA’s Annual General Meeting.



The Roy A. Phinnemore Award is presented to the individuals who have diligently served the cause of construction health and safety through services, contributions, inventions, procedures, or any other means that the judging committee considers worthy of recognition. A judging committee is struck from IHSA’s Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee to review and judge the nominations.



The judging committee will review the nominations and select a recipient based on the information submitted.



Nominations should be submitted in writing, either on the attached form or by letter, and sent to:

The Roy A. Phinnemore Award
c/o Infrastructure Health and Safety Association
Stakeholder and Public Relations Department
21 Voyager Court South, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5M7