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Tuesday, February 03, 2009

2008-2009 Ontario Readers Choice Award finalists

The second annual Ontario Construction Report Readers' Choice Awards attracted hundreds of votes from across the province, and the results reveal a diversity of successful businesses in every part of the province.

Voters selected their favorites in an on-line poll which concluded near the end of January. We tabulated the results, and have awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze recognition in categories where enough voters cast ballots.

Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations in Ottawa received the Gold for Customer Service. Martin is now chair of the Ontario Home Builders' Association Renovators' Council. He also received Bronze awards for the Best All Around General Contractor and Best Residential Contractor.

Tomlinson Environmental Ltd. in Ottawa tied with Michael J. Martin for the most awards (companies could be nominated in several categories). Tomlinison received Gold recognition in the Outstanding Sub Trade category. The company also received Bronze Awards for Outstanding Customer Service, and Outstanding Construction Industry Supplier.

Reid and Deleye in Courtland Ontario received the most votes overall, in the General Contractor category. However, Silver winner George W. Stone in Sault Ste. Marie also received many votes in the most popular category for voters.

Readers Choice Award winners and finalists, along with award sponsors, will be recognized in a special supplement to Ontario Construction Report in April. For more information about participating in this feature, please call Chase, Cindy Pilgrim, or Leslie Greenwood at 888-432-3555. You can also reach publisher Mark Buckshon at

There is no charge to enter or win the OCR Readers' Choice Awards, and success is defined simply by the number of votes received for each business in each category.

Outstanding Customer Service Award
Gold: Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations (Ottawa)
Silver: Hamblet's Roofing and Siding Inc. (St. Catharines)
Bronze: Tomlinson Environmental Services Ltd. (Ottawa)
Sponsor: Caswell Corporate Coaching Company

Outstanding Construction Supplier Award
Gold: Merkley Supply Ltd. (Ottawa)
Silver: Alpine Construction Supplies Ltd. (Ottawa)
Bronze: Tomlinson Environmental Services Ltd. (Ottawa)
Sponsor: Howard Johnson Inn and Suites, Toronto East

Best Equipment Rental Provider
Gold: Battlefield Equipment Rentals (Niagara Falls)
Silver: Contractors Rental Supply (CRS) (Barrie)
Bronze: Contractors Rental Supply (CRS) (Ottawa)

Outstanding Architect
Gold: Christopher Simmonds Architect (Ottawa)
Silver: Parkin Architects Ltd. (Toronto)
Bronze: MMMC Architects Ltd. (Kitchener)
Sponsor: Construction Links

Best All-Around General Contractor
Gold: Reid & DeLeye Contractors Ltd. (Courtland)
Silver: George Stone & Sons (Sault. Ste. Marie)
Bronze: Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations (Ottawa)
Sponsor: Ontario General Contractors' Association (OGCA)

Best Residential Contractor
Gold: FICMAR Builders Inc. (Sault. Ste. Marie)
Silver: Mountainview Homes (Thorold)
Bronze: Michael J. Martin Luxury Renovations (Ottawa)

Most Effective Construction Labour Agency
Gold: Labour Ready Temporary Labour Services (Barrie)
Gold: Labour Ready Temporary Labour Services (St.Catharines)
Silver: R-Con Services Inc.

Outstanding Sub Trade
Gold: Tomlinson Envirronmental Serices Ltd. (Ottawa)
Silver: multiVIEW Locates Inc.
Bronze: Top Performance Maintenance and Cleaning (Ottawa)
Sponsor: Royal and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada Ltd.

Green Project of the Year
Gold: Merit Contractors – Southbrook (Niagara)
Silver: Work Worth Doing – The Now House Project (Toronto)
Bronze: FinnWay General Contractors Ltd – Several Projects (Thunder Bay)
Sponsor: Sustainable Buildings Canada

Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Development
Gold: Homesol Building Solutions (Ottawa)
Silver: Roztek Environmental (Timmins)
Bronze: Cohos Evamy integratedesign(tm) (Toronto)
Sponsor: High Performance New Construction Program

Best All Around Construction Project of the Year
Gold: Merit Contractors – Southbrook (Niagara)
Silver: Work Worth Doing – The Now House Project (Toronto)
Bronze: Grey Forest Homes – Rose Glen Townhomes (Virgil)
Sponsor: Enbridge Gas Distribution

Outstanding Provider of Professional Services to the Construction Industry
Gold: Tomlinson Environmental Services Ltd. (Ottawa)
Silver: SBLR Chartered Accountants (Toronto)
Bronze: Team Resolution Arbitrators and Mediators (Toronto)
Sponsor: ModSpace

Best Landscape Architect or Landscape Designer
Gold: Brydges Landscape Architecture Inc. (Guelph)
Silver: Prestige Design and Construction (Ottawa)
Bronze: Tumber and Associates (Orangeville)
Sponsor: Geo. W. Dummond Ltd.

Owner or Developer of the Year
Gold: Minto Developments Inc. (Ottawa)
Silver: Concert Properties Ltd. (Toronto)
Sponsor: The Fireplace Center

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