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BUSINESS – Mission Project Wins 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award

Ottawa/Mission – Golder Associates Ltd. has won an Award of Excellence at the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala, held Friday night in Ottawa. The firm was honoured in the Water Resources category for its contribution to Canada’s economy, environment and society through its innovative and high quality work on the Ruskin Dam ‒ Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade project in Mission, British Columbia.

Now in their 47th year, the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are presented jointly by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. They are considered the highest recognition for excellence in the consulting engineering industry.

“These awards highlight the outstanding talent and expertise of Canadian consulting engineering firms,” said ACEC President and CEO John Gamble. “By recognizing these projects with national awards, we are showcasing the important contributions of engineering firms to Canadians and the huge impact they have both here at home and around the world.”

Award winners were selected by a panel of 12 independent jurors who have distinguished backgrounds in various sectors of the industry.

“We are proud of the opportunity to work with BC Hydro on the Ruskin Dam Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade project. The success of this technically challenging project is testament to the collaborative environment fostered within the project team. We are honoured to be selected for the Award of Excellence and regard it as recognition of the longstanding working relationship between BC Hydro and Golder Associates Ltd.” ‒ Katherine McCann, Bid Manager – Golder Construction, Golder Associates Ltd.

Ruskin Dam ‒ Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade

BC Hydro’s Right Abutment Seepage Control Upgrade project was undertaken to address seepage issues and seismic performance. An innovative cut-off system was designed and installed by Golder Associates as the main contractor. The work included construction of a narrow, deep slot connecting a new plastic concrete cut-off wall system with the existing concrete dam, and development and installation of a custom designed flexible mastic asphalt membrane, the first known application in North America.

As a global, employee-owned organisation with over 50 years of experience, Golder Associates is driven by its purpose to engineer earth’s development while preserving earth’s integrity. The organisation delivers solutions that help its clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing a wide range of independent consulting, design and construction services in the specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. For more information, visit

ACEC represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering services to both public and private sector clients. These services include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields. For more information about ACEC and the 2015 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, please visit

Canadian Consulting Engineer is a bi-monthly magazine for engineers in the construction industry. It is a division of Annex Publishing & Printing Inc. The award-winning projects are described in full in the October-November 2015 issue of Canadian Consulting Engineer at

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