Public Works News

AORS Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, AORS is making adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our members, clients, staff, contractors and other stakeholders, their families, and the many communities they all serve so selflessly.  This remains our top priority.

AORS 2020 Municipal Public Works Trade Show – Postponed to 2021

AORS and the Simcoe County Road Supervisor Association, the hosts of the 2020 Trade Show, made the difficult decision to cancel the trade show this year.  After consulting with the hosts of the 2021 and 2022 shows, and with the approval of the Board of Directors, it was decided to postpone each of those events by one year.  Hence, the 2021 trade show will be held in Barrie, hosted by the Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association; the 2022 trade show will be held in Strathroy, hosted by the Middlesex County Public Works Association; and the 2023 trade show will be held in Cornwall, hosted by the Eastern Ontario Road Supervisors Association.  We want to thank the many suppliers who had committed to exhibit at the 2020 show for their loyalty and support, and look forward to seeing them in 2021 instead.  We also want to thank the many volunteer members of the Simcoe County Road Supervisors Association who worked diligently to plan the event.  Their hard work will not go to waste as they look forward to hosting the trade show in Barrie next year.  

AORS 2020 Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo – Postponed to 2021

Likewise, we decided to cancel the Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo, the 2020 Provincial Championship, both due to group gathering restrictions, and because none of the Local Associations held Roadeos, hence no competitors.  The District 8 Road Supervisors Association will now host the 2021 championship instead, in September 2021, in Napanee.  

AORS Training Events

AORS and our training partners are committed to delivering the quality training that our members and their staff need to provide the essential services their municipalities expect, safely and efficiently.

Wherever feasible, training programs are being adapted for online delivery.  These may be either as live webinars, scheduled on specific dates, or as prerecorded / self-paced modules that students can complete at their convenience.  AORS believes the networking, relationship building, and interaction between students and instructors that occur during in-person training are often as valuable as the course content.    So where possible, we’ve tried to incorporate these into the online sessions as well.

Not all training lends itself to online delivery, such as equipment operator or chainsaw safety training.  There may also be occasions when in-person training can be delivered to a small group, possibly as a hybrid of online and in-person.  Whenever in-person training is offered, we will do so in full compliance with public health guidelines or government directives on group gatherings, social distancing and disinfecting.

You can visit our Upcoming Seminars page for a list of scheduled training, check out the full complement of training available here, and contact Dennis O’Neil or Michelle Poirier for more info or to request a proposal.  

AORS Staff, Contractors and Volunteers

Those of you familiar with AORS know that we operate with a skeleton staff, and depend on a network of contractors and dedicated volunteers to deliver our quality programs.  Their health and safety are paramount. We continue to monitor and implement government guidelines for maintaining a safe workplace.  At this time, most staff continue to work from home or on site as required, with just one person at the office most days.  Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work through these challenging times.   Please send any requests for information to, and we will respond as soon as possible. 

AORS Announces New President and Executive

At its Annual General Meeting on February 24, AORS introduced its new President for 2020, Bill Wilson. Bill is Operations Coordinator for the Township of Perth East, and holds the CRS designation.  Joining Bill as Corporate Directors are Glenn Harding, CRS, 2nd Vice-President (Road Supervisor, Chatham-Kent), Mike Alcock, 1st Vice-President (Director of Public Works, Municipality of Morris-Turnberry), and Phil Wilson, CRS-S, Immediate Past President (Public Works Foreman / Fleet Manager for the Township of Southgate).

Pictured (l to r):  Phil Wilson, Past President; Mike Alcock, 1st Vice-President; Bill Wilson, President; Glenn Harding, 2nd Vice-President.

Announcing the Recipient of the 2019 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award

At its 2020 AGM, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors honoured the winner of the 2019 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award:  Atrayu Benish, Township of West Lincoln (Niagara Road Supervisors Association).  Each year, the Halladay award is presented to the individual 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 Tray!

Tray Benish (l) receives the Marvin D. Halladay Award from AORS President Phil Wilson.

AORS Announces 2019 Driver of the Year

Winners of the 2019 AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo

AORS is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo – Jeff Nielsen, from the Municipality of Trent Hills, representing the Northumberland County Road Builders Association.  Jeff beat out 33 other competitors from across the province, each of whom was a top driver from their Local Association.

2019 Driver of the Year, Jeff Nielsen (r), with 2019 AORS President Phil Wilson

This was the 26th annual AORS Provincial Safety Truck Roadeo.  It was held in Laurentian Valley on September 11, hosted by the Renfrew County Road Supervisors Association.

First runner up was Joe Ennis from the Township of Tay Valley, representing the Lanark County Road Supervisors Association.  Two drivers tied for second runner up: Erik Ramaker, from the Municipality of South Huron, representing the Huron County Road Supervisors Association; and John Gleeson, from the Township of Mississippi Mills, also representing Lanark County. John was the champion in both 2018 and 2011. 

Congratulations to all the competitors.

AORS Announces New President and Executive

At its Annual General Meeting on February 25, AORS introduced its new President for 2019, Phil Wilson. Phil is Public Works Foreman / Fleet Manager for the Township of Southgate, and holds a CRS-S designation. Joining Phil as Corporate Directors are Mike Alcock, 2nd Vice-President (Director of Public Works, Municipality of Morris-Turnberry), Bill Wilson, CRS, 1st Vice-President (Operations Coordinator, Township of Perth East), and Rod Cameron, CRS-S, Immediate Past President (Operations Manager, Town of Mississippi Mills).

Pictured (l to r):    Mike Alcock, 2nd Vice-President; Bill Wilson, 1st Vice President; Phil Wilson, President; Rod Cameron, Immediate Past President