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OHMPA awards Roads Scholars at annual seminar

April 25, 2013  By Aggregates and Roadbuilding

April 25, 2013 – The Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA) held its annual
Spring Operations Seminar at the National Heavy Equipment Show, on April 18. More than 100 people
attended including six students from local colleges who participated in
OHMPA’s first annual Roads Scholars program.

Students Ryan Wilbee and James Hill of Fleming College, Jonathan Shuster and Travis Charters of Conestoga College, and Scott
Hoddy and Darren Ellis of Georgian College were recipients of the first annual Roads Scholars award. Colleges selected students
who displayed exemplary leadership in their respective programs and who expressed interest in the asphalt paving industry.

“The Roads Scholar Program was developed through OHMPA’s Plant and Paving Committee and is an initiative that we hope will
help to better engage and educate young people about the industry as they are making career choices,” said Mike Deckert, chairman of OHMPA’s plant and paving committee and vice-president of FLO Components.

Highlights from the 2013 Spring Operations Seminar agenda included the following presentations:

  • How to achieve smoothness at the milling level – Daulta O’Hanlon, paving specialist, Toromont.
  • Reduce plant operation costs with proper preventative maintenance – Dennis Hunt, senior vice-president, Gencor
  • How to handle the new asphalt cement mixes – Sandy Brown, OHMPA technical director, Asphalt Institute, regional engineer Canada.
  • Dust control – Tim Roussy, regional sales manager Eastern Canada, Astec Inc.
  • Ministry of labour plans for safety enforcement in 2013 and promoting longer term safety strategies construction projects – Michael Chappell, provincial co-ordinator, construction health and safety program, Occupational Health
    & Safety Branch, Ministry of Labour
  • OHMPA 2012 safety awards – Mike Deckert, vice-president of FLO Components

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