The Vancouver Island Construction Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 3rd Annual VICA Awards, which recognize the work its members do to build and regenerate our local communities: the universities, hospitals, historic sites, airports, and condominiums.
“In what has been a turbulent past two years, I am proud of the resilience and dedication that VICA Members have displayed,” says Rory Kulmala, CEO of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). “Our VICA Awards recognize their efforts, showcasing the best work being done on Vancouver Island. The construction industry continues to be one of the largest economic drivers on the island, we could not be more pleased to celebrate the great work our members are doing throughout our communities”.
The 3rd Annual VICA Awards were presented as a pre-recorded online broadcast on April 29th, in-lieu of a live event and featured over 50 submissions and 15 category winners.
“With everything the construction industry has endured over these past 2 years I’m extremely proud of VICA’s membership, who express the best of the construction industry on Vancouver Island”, says VICA Board Chair, Chris Lyons of Omicron Construction. “We’ve endured a worldwide pandemic, extreme weather events, and global unrest, that have created significant challenges for the world, as well as our industry. Through all of this, while many sectors ground to a halt, we kept the construction industry moving forward — and we should celebrate these achievements”.
The 2022 VICA Awards saw an equal representation of projects across Vancouver Island, with winning projects from Port Hardy down to Victoria. This year’s panel of judges consisted of industry veterans, Katy Fairley (Fairley Strategies), Mark Taylor (Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services), and Barclay Ellis (Trades Labour Corporation Victoria).
MKM Projects Ltd. (1 – 20 Employees)
Allterra Construction Ltd. (21 – 50 Employees)
Island West Coast Developments Ltd (51+ Employees)
The VICA Member of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a company in the construction industry. The nominated companies have made a significant contribution to VICA through years of continuous membership, involvement in various VICA committees, and/or involvement in VICA programs and events.
Knappett Projects Inc. | CRD 200 RSCL: Pump Stations, Bridge Crossings and Valve Chambers
Kinetic Construction Ltd. | Port Hardy Airport Expansion
Island West Coast Development (IWCD) | Sooke Library Branch New Build
MKM Projects Ltd. | Cumberland Fire Department
Banyan Group of Companies | Victoria Customs House (Concrete Formwork)
Houle Electric | Nanaimo Airport Terminal Expansion
Leslie Myers, Number Ten Architectural Group
The 2022 Woman in Construction of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution or positive impact to the construction industry. This award is presented to a member who is an ambassador for women in construction and has made contributions to the VICA and/or the community through volunteer work or business accomplishments.
AJ Winters, Wilson M Beck Insurance Services (Victoria)
The 2022 U40 Person of the Year Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the potential for leadership and is committed to the advancement of the construction industry. This award is presented to a member that has made a significant impact or contribution to the workplace and/or a project; to VICA directly and/or VICA’s U40/YBN network; and to the community through volunteer work and/or business accomplishments.
Sidney Reist, EllisDon Corp.
The 2022 Education Leadership Award recognizes an individual who has volunteered a considerable amount of time in the role of advancement of education for the betterment of the construction industry.
The Employer of the Year Award recognizes outstanding achievement by a VICA Member company within the construction industry that has demonstrated sustainable compensation and finances, employee retention, and personal/professional development, while providing a safe and healthy workplace environment.
Sean Wallace, Knappett Projects Inc.
The Employee of the Year Award recognizes an employee who has made a significant contribution and/or positive impact to the company they work for. Nominees should have outstanding performance, superior dedication, and positive attitude on the job and be a leader in their respective company who has demonstrated a commitment to improving our industry.
The Safety Award is designed to honour those contractors who have maintained a superior safety record during the year. Awards are based on a contractor’s claims experience record with the Workers’ Compensation Board.