Ottawa, Ontario – The 2010 Canadian Transportation Awards have been announced, recognizing leadership, excellence and achievement in the transportation sector. The awards are given by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).

“The Government of Canada honours these leaders in the transportation field who have proved their extraordinary skills,” said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Through their hard work, they help Canada achieve many of its objectives relating to the environment, safety and security, and system efficiency in the transportation sector.”

The Transportation Person of the Year, which honours an individual who has assumed a leadership role that has contributed to the improvement or advancement of the industry, was given to Anthony F.D. Russell of Mississauga, Ontario, in recognition of 38 years of innovative work in the engineering consulting field.

The Award of Excellence, presented to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the development and deployment of advanced traffic management systems and intelligent transportation systems, went to Philip H. Masters of Toronto, Ontario for his work on traffic engineering.

Two people were named to the Award of Achievement, given to individuals who have made positive and measurable improvements to transportation through innovation and who have shown initiative on a particular project. The winners, both from British Columbia, were Dale J. Bracewell of Vancouver, who lead a team that developed and implemented Vancouver’s Olympic Transportation Plan; and Michael Madill of Burnaby, who prepared TransLink for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.

The Award of Academic Merit also went to two individuals for their long-term contributions to the advancement of academic research and to the development of transportation leaders of the future. The winners are Dr. Said Easa of Toronto, director of Quality Assurance, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science at Ryerson University; and Dr. Tarek Sayed of Vancouver, professor and a distinguished university scholar in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

The awards were presented at TAC’s annual conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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