In a first for DCC, it honoured outstanding employee achievements in a virtual, rather than in-person, ceremony on May 28, 2020. DCC's annual National Awards recognize the dedication and commitment of DCC staff across the country in support of the Client-Partners and Government of Canada.

"I see these virtual awards as yet another example of DCC's outstanding track record in adopting new practices, embracing new technology and further engaging the entire DCC organization," said Derrick Cheung, President and CEO, in his opening remarks.

Added DCC Board Chair Moreen Miller, "Your support for the defence and security of Canada is evident in the many complex projects delivered to our Client-Partners—and they appreciate your expertise, as do I. At the end of the day, you make life better for Canadians. All while helping DCC achieve great results."

Congratulations to the 2020 recipients:

  • President's Award: Sophie Tremblay, Program Leader, Bagotville, who has served DCC and the Client-Partners for 34 years, most recently on the $50-million Transport, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering facility, a large, high-profile and complex construction project at CFB Bagotville.
  • Service Development Award: Jonathan Duclos, Regional Service Line Leader, Real Property Management Services, Quebec Regional Office, who developed the Quebec Region's first-ever major facilities maintenance and support services contract.
  • Innovation–Internal Practices Award: Robin Entwistle, Team Leader, Contract Services, Kingston, who created new inspection, testing and maintenance contracting packages that support the needs of the Department of National Defence and provide value to the Crown.
  • Innovation–Client-Partner Service Delivery Award: the Esquimalt Jetty Project Blast Team (Eivin Hoy, Doug Kroeker, Jenna MacDonald, Tyler Slobodan, Steve Swonnell and Darrell Teng), which met a unique challenge: conducting underwater rock blasting in the Esquimalt Harbour without harming marine life.
  • Robert Graham Memorial Award (for contributions to workplace safety or environmental protection): Deanna Brewster, Coordinator, Environmental Services, Halifax, who was recognized for outstanding achievement in conducting environmental assessments for the Client-Partner.
  • Customer Satisfaction–Individual Award: Craig Taylor, Team Leader, Programs, Dundurn, who was acknowledged for his expertise and consistently exceptional performance in overseeing infrastructure projects at Saskatchewan's CFAD Dundurn and associated facilities.
  • Customer Satisfaction–Team Award: the Nanisivik Naval Facility Site Team (Eric Andert, Louis Lemay and Steven Poaps), which successfully shepherded this unique Arctic facility through six years of construction by creating a seamless, goal-oriented working relationship with the Client-Partner.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Award: Jenelle Ramnath, Coordinator, Environmental Services, Kingston, was recognized for her outstanding efforts to coordinate diversity-related activities for her colleagues and for being a Positive Space Ambassador in support of the LGBTQ2 community.
  • In addition, President's Certificates of Recognition for outstanding contributions were awarded to the following employees:
    • the Head Office Contract Financials Team (Rania Baroud, Louisa Dattilo, Frank Kouloufakos, Donna Lewis, Vesna Lukic, Nathalie McDonald and Chantal Montpetit), which provided outstanding service when DCC's information technology systems were unavailable;
    • the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee (Mark Barbeau, Vincent Bousquet, Yves-Marie Exumé, Robin Fraser, Lori Fudge, Erica Lyle, Ian Quane, Sabrina Rock, Phillip Stafrace and Marie-Claire Wihogora), which strongly supported DCC's strategy and action plan to promote cultural diversity and respect among employees; and
    • Sabrina Girard, Coordinator, Environmental Services, Bagotville, who implemented an environmental management system and contributed to the award-winning, carbon-neutral international air show at CFB Bagotville.

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