The Don Currie Award is presented in recognition of individuals whose long-standing and dedicated service has contributed to the success of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta. The award is named in honour of D.V. Currie, P. Geol., who served as the third Managing Director of COAA, from 1985 to 2000.
Ernie Tromposch receives COAA Currie Award
Congratulations to Ernie Tromposch, Chair of our IRC Management Advisory Committee, who recently became the latest recipient of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Currie Award of Recognition. Tromposch was presented with the award on May 15, 2012, at the 20th Annual COAA Best Practices Conference at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.
The award is named in honour of Donald V. Currie, who served as Managing Director of the COAA from 1985 to 2000. It is presented in recognition of individuals whose long-standing and dedicated service has contributed to the success of the COAA. The award was first given in 2004 to Brian Bickley of Syncrude Canada.
“It is fitting that Ernie achieves this accolade in this historical year,” said COAA President Mike Horner in his award presentation speech, “because, for more years than I can remember, he’s played a key role in furthering the aims of this organization and the entire heavy industrial construction industry.”
Horner noted that Tromposch was instrumental in establishing the COAA’s partnership with the IRC. “He has long been a vital bridge and invaluable connection between academia and industry, contributing to unparalleled progress across almost every aspect of our business since then: benchmarking, rework, absenteeism, supervisory training, you name it,” he said.
Tromposch responded to receiving the award with characteristic humility and was particularly pleased to be presented the award by its namesake. “What’s particularly special to me is that the award is in honour of Don Currie, whom I consider to be one of my heroes,” Tromposch said. “Don is a true Renaissance man, a visionary, and a pioneer in our industry. Many years ago, Don showed some interest in my participation in COAA and nudged me into some projects that blossomed into continued participation in COAA leadership, which I view to be one of the highlights of my career.”
Past Award Recipients
2011 Herb Holmes, Construction Labour Relations - Alberta
2010 Stephen Revay, Revay and Associates Limited
2009 Jeph Virtue, Suncor Energy
2008 Neil Tidsbury, Construction Labour Relations - Alberta
2007 John Brogly, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.
2006 Don McLeod, SNC Lavalin Inc.
2005 Peter Dunfield, Syncrude Canada
2004 Brian Bickley, Syncrude Canada