Public Works News

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

Announcing the Recipient of the 2018 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award

At its 2019 AGM, the Association of Ontario Road Supervisors honoured the winner of the 2018 Marvin D. Halladay Memorial Education Award:  Justin Metras, Manager, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Township of Oro-Medonte (Simcoe County 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 Justin!

Justin Metras (r) receives the 2018 Halladay Award from AORS President Rod Cameron.

Public Works Staff Rise to the Challenge

Parts of Southern Ontario experienced their first major winter storm of 2019 on January 19. Public Works had been waiting impatiently for the opportunity to put their winter maintenance plans to the test, and they weren’t disappointed. Some local media outlets also took notice. AORS member Marianne Tikky, Manager of Roadways and Parks for the City of Niagara Falls, was interviewed by CHCH television in Hamilton and the local Cogeco affiliate. A big thank you to Marianne and all the AORS members and their staff who do an excellent job keeping our roads safe.


The Association of Ontario Roads Supervisors (AORS) is pleased to announce six one-day workshops to be offered in 2019 across the province to assist municipalities with developing or improving the effectiveness of their municipal asset management plans.  This initiative is being delivered through the Municipal Asset Management Program, which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

The workshops will be geared towards public works professionals but will include information of value to municipal finance departments and new members of council. The day will be designed to engage participants with speakers who are currently working in the municipal field, case studies, and table exercises to encourage the exchange of experiences and ideas.

The workshops will be held in strategic locations across the province to maximize availability to all. One spring and one fall session will be offered in each of the three sectors – east, west and north.

Dates for the spring sessions are as follows:

  • April 25th in Peterborough
  • May 16th in Walkerton
  • May 23rd in Barrie

Registration forms are available on the Upcoming Seminars page of the AORS website.  Sessions will be limited to 50 participants so register early.

The fall sessions will be held September-October in London, Town of Perth, and Sudbury.

Watch the AORS website and various publications for further details.