Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards 2015

(L-R) Ken Wardstrom, Hennie Prinsloo, Ray DeMeyer, Catherine Roome, Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of BC, Dave Nicolson, Debbie Clyne, Warren Sparks, Richard Ballantyne

Congratulations to all of this year’s recipients!

Seven exceptional technical safety award recipients, an engaging keynote presentation by David Eaves, opportunities for industry connection, and the gala setting of the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, all made for a memorable event.

Thank you to all of this year’s sponsors, nominators, nominees, and attendees! Your support is critical to the ongoing success of this prestigious and invaluable event.

2015 Award Recipients:

Excellence in Electrical Safety
Andy Cleven, Electrical Joint Training Committee

Andy Cleven has 43 years of experience as an electrical journeyperson and the Director of the Electrical Joint Training Committee. He served on the Heavy Industry Training Advisory steering committee, where he developed a program for the Red Seal trade of Industrial Electrician. He is the driving force behind re-introducing mentorship in the electrical trades in order to ensure apprentices begin their career by developing not only trade safety skills, but also effective communication skills and resources. Additionally, Andy developed the national program standards and certification for photovoltaic solar installations and electric vehicle infrastructure. He has been an advocate for improving the process of integrating internationally trained workers into the Canadian workplace for successful careers in the electrical trade. He also serves on a number of committees including the National Electrical Trades Council steering committee.

Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety
Hennie Prinsloo, International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association

Hennie Prinsloo was born and educated as a metallurgical engineer in South Africa. He obtained a post-graduate qualification in welding engineering from the Schweißtechnische Lehr-und Versuchsanstalt (welding institute) in Germany in 1975, and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He was the senior engineer and major shareholder in RAE Engineering and Inspection, retiring from the organization in 2008. His experience in Canada focused on pressure equipment integrity engineering, including the development and management of pressure equipment integrity and safety awareness training for clients in the oil industry. He served as chief inspector for several oil and gas producers, and has been a member of the International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA) steering committee since 2007. Hennie served as  Chair of the IPEIA in 2014 and 2015 and is currently the Immediate Past Chair, bringing together various stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to share knowledge and collaborate on safety. Currently residing in North Vancouver, Hennie’s engaging methods of educating, training and mentorship have been a positive safety influence to many individuals over the past 23 years.

Excellence in Gas Safety
Ken Wardstrom, KG Wardstrom Industrial Gas

Ken Wardstrom is the owner and operator of KG Wardstrom, a multi-generational family-owned industrial gas maintenance and manufacturing company based in Surrey, BC. Ken has held both his class A & B gasfitter certification for over 40 years and earned his electrical endorsement for gas appliances in 1996. Ken and his team have worked on nearly all types of gas designs and equipment that have entered BC. Ken is always the first to identify safety and compliance deficiencies and influence solutions. In addition, Ken has pioneered a number of innovative gas systems designed to control and reduce environmentally harmful emissions and waste in BC. He has experience overseeing safety every step of the way from design, fabrication and installation, through to commissioning and operation.

Excellence in Elevating Safety
Ray DeMeyer, Vertech Elevator Services

Ray DeMeyer is a professional engineer and the Principal of the consulting company, Vertech Elevator Services. He was, for many years, a member and vice chair of the former Elevating Devices Safety Advisory Committee to the provincial government. He currently serves as co-chair of BCSA's Elevating Devices Technology Advisory Committee, of which he was previously the Chair and a member since its inception in 2005. He has participated in and chaired several sub-committees regarding codes and standards, combining expertise from various industry representatives with his own vast knowledge and research into parallel codes and standards in other jurisdictions, and together working toward agreement to further public safety. He is well-known in the elevating devices industry as a bridge builder within his industry, and a promoter of positive changes to safety and adherence to code.

Excellence in Passenger Ropeway Safety
Warren Sparks, Doppelmayr Canada Ltd.

Warren Sparks has enjoyed a productive and distinguished career with Doppelmayr Canada during the past 32 years, beginning as a project engineer, then as general manager for Western Canada, and finally as executive vice president. Warren held various senior positions spanning 25 years on the Canadian Standards Association passenger ropeways and electrical technical committees, upholding a high standard of safety for electrical safety systems for passenger ropeways. He is also a member of the Passenger Ropeways Technology Advisory Committee and the Alberta Passenger Ropeways Technical Council, providing advice on technical safety and regulatory issues for his industry. As a strong supporter of the Canada West Ski Areas Association operations seminar and Selkirk College’s ski lift mechanic curriculum, Warren’s dedication to safety extends from designing innovative passenger ropeway systems to working with operators on finding practicable safety solutions and enhancing technical training. Warren manifests and advocates duty to public safety as an integral part of his everyday life and has played a key role throughout his career in the achievement of passenger ropeways safety.

Excellence in Systems Safety (cross-industry)
Dave Nicolson, Fortis BC - Mount Hayes LNG

Dave Nicolson is a registered professional engineer in the province of BC and has been the operations manager for the Fortis BC Energy Inc., Mount Hayes Liquefied Natural Gas facility since 2012. Prior to his appointment to this position, Dave worked for 15 years with a number of companies in the oil & gas industry in Alberta. As Operations Manager, Dave leads a team of employees collectively charged with the operation of safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally responsible operations of the Mount Hayes LNG facility. Dave participates in a number of industry forums to keep abreast of best practices and LNG-related technologies, and has encapsulated this knowledge in a recently developed Safety Management Plan for the Mount Hayes LNG facility. His collaborative, practical and knowledgeable approach to emergency management is key in his vision of developing an enhanced safety culture at the facility, and is evident in his approach to training and preparing all staff for any incidents that might occur.

Excellence in Systems Safety (cross-industry)
Debbie Clyne, Clyne Consulting

Debbie Clyne has educated many on safety as part of her work on developing safety systems, including her work with the City of Burnaby's Emergency Management Program and the BC Common Ground Alliance's Committee. She has played an integral role promoting awareness and creating damage prevention best practices in Canada through her work on the Transmission Pipelines Committee and the very successful Dig Safe BC! contractor workshop series. The ultimate test of the reliability of these systems came through Debbie's volunteer work with the Canadian Red Cross, where she led response and recovery teams after three major disasters in: New York at Ground Zero after September 11, 2001; New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina in 2005; and High River after the massive community floods in 2013. She was made Chair of the BC Common Ground Alliance (BCCGA)'s Communication/Education Committee in 2008. Debbie co-founded and co-chaired the BCCGA Excavation Safety Committee in 2014, and established her own company, Clyne Consulting, which helps develop company management systems in risk management, including damage prevention for pipeline protection, excavation safety and public safety. 

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