Celebrating Excellence: The 2023 VICA Awards
The Vancouver Island Construction Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 4th Annual VICA Awards, which recognize individuals and companies who have dedicated themselves to building excellence and advancing the construction sector on Vancouver Island.
“The VICA Awards are a symbol of pride as we showcase and celebrate the contributions and achievements of VICA Member companies,” said Rory Kulmala, CEO, Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). “The crop of winners for this year’s awards reaffirms that Vancouver Island is home to some of British Columbia’s most competent, detail-focused and dedicated construction companies”
The 4th Annual VICA Awards, in conjunction with the BC Construction Association’s Construction Month, were presented during the 2023 Vancouver Island Construction Conference, which was held at the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort on April 14th in Victoria, BC.
Among the recipients is Victoria-based RC Roofing Ltd., who was awarded the VICA Member of the Year Award (1 – 20 Employees) for its support of the Association via longtime membership, engagement, event sponsorship, as well as supporting VICA’s Construct Your Future (CYF) Youth Employment Program through engagement and hiring students. VICA’s CYF Program specializes in supporting 18 – 29-year-olds who may have barriers to employment, and equips them with industry certifications, work experience, life skills and companies like RC Roofing play an integral part in making the CYF program a success.
“As a small business owner in the construction industry, the advantages and opportunities presented through my VICA Membership have been critical to RC Roofing’s growth and success,” said RC Roofing Owner Roy Corbett. “I’ve always believed in giving back to the industry, and it gives me great joy to support the association through its various programs — especially working with the students from CYF”.
The 2023 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 Jac-Lyn Mickelson (MGM Mechanical).
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VICA MEMBER OF THE YEAR AWARD
RC Roofing Ltd. (1 – 20 Employees)
Victoria Drain Services Ltd. (21 – 50 Employees)
Western Grater Contracting 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.
PRIME CONTRACTOR – OVER $20 MILLION AWARD
Casman Projects Ltd. | CAMEO ft. Star Cinema Movie Theatre
PRIME CONTRACTOR– $10 – $20 MILLION AWARD
Kinetic Construction Ltd. | Canadian Coast Guard Base, Hardy Bay
PRIME CONTRACTOR– $5 – $10 MILLION AWARD
CGI Constructors | 1810 Blanshard St; 4th & 5th Floor Renovation
PRIME CONTRACTOR– UNDER $5 MILLION
Knappett Projects Inc. | Craigflower Hall
SUBCONTRACTOR – $2 – $5 MILLION
DenMar Electric Ltd. | Berwick Parksville Retirement Community
SUBCONTRACTOR – UNDER $2 MILLION
Kerr Controls Inc. | PEXISEN Elementary & Centre Mountain Lellum Middle Schools
OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD
Keri Ellis, Trades Labour Corp. (TLC) Victoria
The 2023 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.
U40 PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARD
Diana Demmers, EllisDon Corp.
The 2023 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.
EDUCATION LEADERSHIP AWARD
Anna Hargreaves, Vancouver Island University
The 2023 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.
EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
Osprey Electric Ltd.
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.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
Sherry Bailor, 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.
- Durwest Construction Management Inc.
- EllisDon Corporation
- Houle Electric Ltd.
- IWCD Ltd.
- Knappett Projects Inc.
- Mazzei Electric Ltd.
- Mustang Landscape & Design Ltd.
- Prep Energy Limited
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.