For more than a decade, the Edmonton Area Pipeline and Utility Operators’ committee (EAPUOC) has recognized an outstanding individual or company with the Bruce Wilson Contractor Safety Award.

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Jonah Porter, EAPUOC's Chair (on the right) presents the Award to Trevor Downham of CTL Canada

At the EAPUOC December General Meeting, Chair Jonah Porter had the honour of presenting the prestigious award for 2018 to CTL Canada for their continued care and attention to safety.

“CTL Canada’s staff have demonstrated a clear commitment to digging safely near pipelines and other underground facilities,” said Porter. “We are indeed fortunate to have such knowledgeable and diligent safety champions in the industry.”

With a team of 20 plus dedicated full-time employees, CTL is an underground utility contractor that provides a range of services from consulting to construction management. The company has a proven track record of minimizing risks and providing flexible solutions for their clients.

“We know that there is always room for improvement and we are committed to doing our part to elevate the industry as a whole” says Trevor Downham. As the leader of Field Operations, Downham has been instrumental in establishing internal procedures to identify utilities for directional drilling, hydrovac and excavation crews. Both he and Production Specialist Chris Robinson have also gone the extra mile, empowering CTL staff to be proactive, and sharing information that will broaden existing ultility company records.

“The key to safe ground disturbances is knowing what to expect but as with anything, there can be surprises,” explains Downham. “Our crews are essentially the front line for identifying undocumented structures and recognizing discrepancies with existing data sets.”

By connecting with utility companies, CTL is helping to round out vital information and protecting others from potentially life threatening hazards. This commitment to continuous improvement and safety is a hallmark for the company who also won the award in 2008.  

“It certainly means a lot to be recognized by EAUPOC in this way for a second time,” says Downham. “As always, this award is quite special because we know its storied history and the profound impact that Bruce Wilson has had on the industry.”

As a long time EAUPOC damage prevention consultant and safety innovator, Bruce Wilson had deep connections with the digging community. Be it handing out Safe Dig manuals at Safety Seminars and Trade Shows or visiting excavating contractors at their shops, he was instrumental in spreading the message that “every ground disturbance should begin with an Alberta One-Call.”

Following Bruce’s passing in 2006, it was decided that a safety award would be fitting. Not only would it serve as an enduring tribute to a great man who dedicated his career to enhancing safety and awareness in Edmonton’s digging communities, it would inspire others to strive for excellence.

“In the fall we start accepting nominations,” says Porter. “These names are then circulated and voted on by our membership before the big announcement at the end of the year.”

In addition to an engraved plaque, CTL will receive a cheque for $500. But most importantly, they have now joined the growing list of industry specialists who continuously demonstrate and advocate for responsible digging practices around pipelines and buried underground facilities.

Past recipients include:

  • 2017 - Janet Welter, Locate Management
  • 2016 - Joe Verbeek, Joe Verbeek Contracting Ltd.
  • 2015 - Dawn-Marie Rice, Jatec
  • 2014 - Harvey Hull
  • 2013 - Ernie Johnson, AECON
  • 2012 - Michael Gary Goebel, AltaFlights (Posthumously)
  • 2011 - Gerry Vandersteen, Precision Gradall
  • 2010 - Hydrodig Edmonton
  • 2009 - T.C. Backhoe and Directional Drilling
  • 2008 - Commercial Trenching Ltd.
  • 2007 - Sureway Construction Management Limited