Good Roads
Annual Awards


This award was established by Good Roads to recognize the invaluable and outstanding contribution to the municipal sector made by our dedicated instructors and committee members who have made a significant contribution to Good Roads. Selection of the award recipient will be made by the association’s Nominating Committee based on the following criteria.

The nominee must:

  • Be a current and active volunteer;
  • Have served a minimum of five (5) years as an active volunteer;
  • Be an active and dedicated supporter of Good Roads and its mandate to represent the infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.

Current members of the Board of Directors and paid instructors are ineligible.

2021 Winner:

2021 Volunteer of the Year Winner
Mara Engel, C.E.T.

City of Kitchener




Good Roads is proud to recognize individuals who have dedicated their careers to advancing the good roads cause.

Eligible nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Have worked a minimum of 30 years in the road industry at the municipal, provincial and/or private sectors;
  • Have or will be retiring within one year of the Annual Conference;
  • Most recent employer is a member in good standing of Good Roads;

To nominate someone or learn more about this program, please contact Carmen Sousa.

2021 Winners are announced the Good Roads Annual Conference





The challenges of managing increasingly complex road networks in the 21st century demands innovation. At Good Roads, it is important to recognize and share these success stories. The Neidra Better Practices is intended to do just that. Every year Good Roads recognizes leaders in the following categories:

  • Innovative Management Practices, Asset Management, Maintenance Management
  • Equipment Innovation or a made in-house solutions
  • Innovative Service Delivery Maintenance & Construction activity

If you have been involved in a project or an initiative that has improved efficiency, increased effectiveness or service delivery, consider sharing your story.

All submissions will be reviewed by members of the Good Roads Research and Product Development Committee. Winners will be announced at the Good Roads Annual Conference.

Nomination and information forms can be downloaded here. Nominations can be submitted electronically to james@goodroads.ca.

2021 Winners:

Innovative Management Practices
City of Hamilton

Use of artificial intelligence to improve sign inventory and location mapping

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Innovative Service Delivery
County of Essex

Development of an internal construction process to provide special paint markings (arrows and yield blocks) that are maintenance-free and flush with the pavement surface

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Good Roads’ Municipal Concrete Awards annually recognize successful municipal-private sector collaborations in concrete road construction in Ontario.

All projects that involve the construction or maintenance of paving, bridges, culverts, flatwork, sidewalks or curbs are eligible. Projects need to be completed between January 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022.

Winners will be determined on the following criteria:

  • Conformance to specifications based on testing
  • Aesthetics
  • Workmanship
  • Innovation
  • Other considerations such as work window, night paving, traffic, interaction with public

To nominate a project, please complete the application form and provide supporting documentation no later than December 23, 2022.

Submissions will be reviewed and finalists decided by a minimum of five members of the CAC/CO/OGRA Municipal Concrete Committee.

Application form for the 2022 Municipal Concrete Award can be downloaded here.

2021 Winners:

Municipal Concrete Project Award
Town of Town of Midland, Tatham Engineering and Arnott Construction

Innovative use of concrete in the two-year reconstruction of the Town’s downtown core

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Good Roads’ Municipal Pavement Awards annually recognize successful municipal-private sector collaborations in hot mix asphalt road construction in Ontario.

All hot mix paving projects completed between January 1, 2022 and November 30, 2022 are eligible.
Winners will be determined on the following criteria:

  • Conformance to specifications based on testing
  • Aesthetics
  • Workmanship
  • Innovation
  • Other considerations such as work window, night paving, traffic, interaction with public

To nominate a project, please complete the application form and provide supporting documentation no later than December 23, 2022. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Submissions will be reviewed and finalists decided by a minimum of five members of the OAPC/OGRA Municipal HMA Liaison Committee.

The application form for the 2022 Municipal Paving Award can be downloaded here.

2021 Winners:

Municipal Paving Award
Regional Municipality of York and Brennan Paving and Construction Ltd.

Use of environment-friendly warm mix technology that allowed for lower production temperature, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced fumes and orders, and faster re-opening to traffic, resulting in overall cost savings

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At Good Roads we know that knowledge will power the 21st century and that education is the most effective way of gaining knowledge.

In recognition of this, Good Roads is committed to building the next generation of municipal leaders by helping offset the cost of school for one deserving candidate. Preference will be given to someone pursuing studies in a field related to Good Roads’ mandate such as civil engineering, public administration, or political science.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada;
  • Entering their first or second year at an accredited post-
    secondary institution in Ontario and studying in a
    municipal engineering or public policy related field;
  • Have made significant positive leadership contributions to
    your school and/or community; and
  • Have a parent/guardian currently employed by a Good
    Roads member municipality or First Nation

Application:

Write and submit a 750-word essay detailing the applicant’s area of study and answering this question in the essay:

How can Ontario’s transportation sector be changed to address climate change while also increasing social inclusion?

Please submit your essay to executivedirector@goodroads.ca.

Award: $2,500.00

Good Roads supports equity, diversity and inclusion. Students who are Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Metis), have a disability or are from a racialized background are encouraged to apply.

Submission must be emailed to the account above by December 2, 2022 at 1200h EST. Essays will be reviewed by a cross-function panel of Good Roads representatives.

Dependents of Good Roads staff and board are ineligible to apply.

The recipient will be announced April 2023 on our website and social media channels.

2022 Winner

Evelyn Cole
Lambton County

Congratulations to Evelyn who will be studying in the field of engineering and science.

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