Public Works News

2017 AORS Municipal Public Works Trade Show

The 2017 Trade Show, Hosted by the Perth County Road Superintendents Association was a huge success. There were 200 exhibitors and over 1,800 show attendees.



District 8 Looks forward to hosting you for the 2018 Trade Show in Bellevile, ON! Congratulations to Innovative Surface Solutions for winning the Spotlight draw for a free booth at the 2018 Trade Show!


Graham Zeisner retires as AORS Training Coordinator

At the end of March 2017, Graham Zeisner, CRS-S stepped down as AORS Training Coordinator.  When Graham took on the role 11.5 years ago, AORS training programs generated annual revenues in the 10’s of thousands of dollars.  In 2016, training revenues exceeded $1.1 million.  The programs introduced during Graham’s time as Training Coordinator include a broad range of equipment operator training and the very successful Public Works Leadership Development Program.  The Certified Road Supervisor (CRS) accreditation program also experienced solid growth during Graham’s term.

Thank you Graham, and congratulations!  Happy fishing!

At the AORS AGM, Graham Zeisner (l) received a certificate of appreciation for his 11.5 years of service from then President Greg Demers, CRS-I.





In February, AORS held a reception in Graham’s honour.  Among those who celebrated Graham’s contributions were many of the Presidents who served during his time as Training Coordinator.  Left to right, Paul Dalton (2004-5), Stephen Sage (2010), John Cane (2014), Ken Lauppé (2006), Brian Kral (2013), Graham Zeisner, Dennis O’Neil (2009), Larry Maddeaux (2007), Darrell Townsend (2015), Joël Yusko (2012), Greg Demers (2016), and Ewen MacDonald (2011).





AORS inducts new Executive

Kevin Boucock, CRS-S, was inducted as the new President of the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors at the AORS AGM on Monday, February 27, 2017.  Kevin hails from the Town of Fort Erie, where he is Supervisor, Road and Drainage Services.  Kevin also represents the Niagara Road Supervisors Association on the AORS Board of Directors.

AORS President, Kevin Boucock, CRS-S, speaks at the AORS AGM.





Upon completion of his term as AORS President, Greg Demers, CRS-I, (r) accepts an AORS honourary life membership from then Past President, Darrell Townsend, CRS-S (l).




Rounding out the AORS Executive are Greg Demers, CRS-I, Past President (County of Brant / County of Brant Road Supervisors Association); Rod Cameron, CRS-S, 1st Vice President (Town of Mississippi Mills / Lanark County Road Supervisors Association); and Phil Wilson, CRS-I, 2nd Vice President (Township of Southgate / Grey County Public Works Association).

AORS Announces 2016 Recipients of Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award

At its 2017 AGM, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors honoured two members who shared the 2016 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award:  George Guppy and Ken Krcel, both from the City of Timmins (Northeastern Ontario Public Works Organization).  Each year, the Halladay award is presented to the individual(s) who, among all those who completed the Public Works Leadership Development Program the previous year, achieved the highest overall average over all eight modules.  Congratulations George and Ken!

George Guppy (left) and Ken Krcel (right) receive the 2016 Halladay Award from AORS President Greg Demers.

AORS Recognizes 2016 Award Recipients

At its 2017 AGM, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) recognized a number of members who had achieved significant accomplishments or made noteworthy contributions to AORS in 2016.  Included among the recipients were 5 members who had helped organize major training events for their municipalities or Local Associations; 23 individuals who had completed the Public Works Leadership Development Program (PWLDP); and two members who shared the 2016 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award.  See the complete list of award recipients here.

Twenty-three individuals completed the PWLDP in 2016, including (pictured l-r) Jason Drummond, George Guppy, Shane Skinner, Barry Turcotte, Debra Larochelle, Ken Krcel, and Dave Knight, with AORS President Greg Demers (far right).