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Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council Awards Outstanding Member Service

14 FEB 2020


For Immediate Release: February 14, 2020

Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council Awards Outstanding Member Service

Mississauga, ON - The OAPC awards program celebrates individuals who make a positive difference in the asphalt industry and who are leaders and role models who teach, inspire and encourage the leaders of tomorrow. This year at the Awards Breakfast Program held on February 4th at ORBA’s 93rd Annual Convention and AGM, which took place on February 4th at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the OAPC awarded the Honorary Life Membership Award and the King Beamish Excellence Award.


Honorary Life Membership Award

The Honorary Life Membership Award recognizes members for their dedication to advancing the objectives of OAPC and who have performed notable service to the council. The 2019 honour was awarded posthumously to William (Bill) Graham who died on January 15, 2019. In 1959, he founded Graham Bros. Construction Limited, a large Ontario-based, independent, heavy equipment construction contractor.

Graham Bros. Construction was a founding member of the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA), predecessor of OAPC, and have been ORBA members for 50 years. Graham served on the board of the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) and in 2010 was inducted into ORBA’s Hall of Fame. Beyond his work as a road builder, Graham was a renowned thoroughbred horse breeder and racer. He also played professional football for several years in the CFL.


OAPC Chair Ivan Levac presents the Honorary Life Membership Award, awarded posthumously to William “Bill” Graham, which was accepted by Bill’s son-in-law Frank Steblaj, Vice President of Administration, Graham Bros. Construction.


King Beamish Excellence Award

The King Beamish Excellence Award recognizes a member of the Association who has made an exemplary volunteer contribution to the Council. The award was established to honour King Beamish, who founded KJ Beamish Construction Co Ltd. and who was a respected and valued OHMPA and ORBA member.

This year the honour goes to Christina Wright, a senior environmental scientist and partner at BCX Environmental Consulting in Newmarket. The company specializes in air quality consulting services. Wright has served tirelessly as vice-chair of OAPC’s Environment Committee since 2016 helping members interpret and implement environmental regulations. She provided invaluable expertise in the development of the council’s Environmental Practices Guide. She has also taken part in key discussions with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and helped ensure the council’s interests were represented when the ministry was drawing up new legislation.

She is a regular speaker at OAPC events and is known for being able to communicate technical language in plain English. In addition, her contributions to the Environmental Essentials column in ASPHALTopics magazine provide valuable advice to council members.


Incoming OAPC Chair Ivan Levac presents the King Beamish Excellence Award to Christina Wright, Senior Environmental Specialist and Partner, BCX Environmental Consulting.


OAPC congratulates this year’s award winners and thanks them for their dedication and commitment to the association and industry.

For more information contact Abigail Wright Pereira, ORBA Director, Marketing & Communications,

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