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Amma Wakefield wins the OAPC Bleeds Black Award

December 14, 2021  By Rock to Road staff

OAPC Bleeds BlackAmma Wakefield

Amma Wakefield has received the 2021 Bleeds Black Award from the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council (OAPC).

The award was presented during the OAPC’s annual Fall Asphalt Seminar. The virtual seminar brought together over 120 industry leaders and stakeholders.

The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and passion to the continual improvement of asphalt throughout their career.

The inception of the award is credited to a past OAPC director who in 2012 described an individual as “his passion and commitment for all things asphalt is so great that when cut, he bleeds black.”


Wakefield holds a Masters of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering, and has worked in product development, testing and research positions within the construction industry for several companies, including LaFarge, The Miller Group and Aecon. Wakefield recently defended her PhD thesis with her research focus on improving the durability of the roadway material at McMaster University under the direction of Dr. Susan Tighe. In 2015, she was named to Rock to Road’s Top 10 Under 40.

“(Amma) has been involved in the development and application of numerous asphalt technologies and materials. Her knowledge is often sought after for numerous paving projects,” Tighe said.  “On a personal note, I have watched Amma and admired her growth into the professional she is today. She is passionate and her excitement about asphalt is truly infectious.”

OAPC Trillium Awards

As well, four asphalt plants have received the 2021 Trillium Awards and 13 plants were re-certified. Since 2002, 90 plants have earned the Trillium Award and 132 re-certifications have been completed.

The Trillium Awards were introduced in 2002. Recipients meet exceptionally high standards in seven categories which are appearance, operations, environmental, safety, permitting and compliance, community relations and industry participation.

The four new 2021 Trillium Award winning plants are:

  • Gazzola Paving Ltd. 345 Attwell Drive Asphalt Plant (Gencor)
  • Interpaving Asphalt and aggregate Limited, Garson Coniston Asphalt Plant
  • Steed and Evans Limited, Cambridge Asphalt Supply Inc.
  •  Steed and Evans Limited, St. Jacobs Asphalt Plant.

The 2021 Recertification Trillium Awards – Effective through 2024 are:

Coco Paving Inc., Barrie Asphalt Plant, Westbrook Asphalt Plant, Peterborough Asphalt Plant

Miller Paving Ltd., Atikokan Asphalt Plant #14 CR 88-28, Birches Pit Asphalt Plant #19 Boeing BMG 300, Chatham Asphalt Plant #9, Elk Lake Asphalt Plant #27 Astec 300, Garden River Asphalt Plant #7 CMI PTD 300, Longlac Asphalt Plant #20 CMI E3 TEREX, Markham Asphalt Plant #1, Norwood Pit Asphalt Plant #8 Astec Double Drum, Richmond Hill Asphalt Plant #2, Sandy Beach Asphalt Plant #18.

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