Building OLeadership Development 

Celebrating our Industry’s Next Generation of Construction Professionals


Please note that nominees are listed in alphabetical order. They are all amazing young professionals in our industry!

Award categories are Craft, Customer Service Excellence, Leadership, Onsite, Outstanding Apprentice, Safety, and Spirit. Get details of the criteria required for each category.

Congratulations to our 2021 BOLD Award Nominees
Johnnie Abel

Navacon Construction Inc. 

Amanda Bachler

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Stuti Bhatia

S.G. Cunningham Ltd.

Julianne Boyko

MTE Consultants 

Lucas Brenneman

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Scott Burdett

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Shaman Clews

Collaborative Structures Ltd.

Brent Cochrane

Ball Construction Ltd.

Ashleigh Crofts

ABA Architects Inc.

Isaya Devries

Slotegraaf Construction

Caroline Dutka

S.G. Cunningham Ltd.

Aaron Engel

AEC Developments Inc. / WalterFedy

Kyle Getty

Sutherland-Schultz Ltd.

Kent Henhoeffer

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Peter A. Hertz

Duncan, Linton LLP

Mitch Kalbfleisch

Nith Valley Construction (2008) Ltd.

Rushin Khakharia


Chad Logel

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Mark McGuire

Axiom Material Handling Solutions

Jay Mealing

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Dan Merkus

Slotegraaf Construction

John Miskiewicz

Collaborative Structures Ltd.

Andrew Neill


Elisia Neves

Fabrik Architects Inc.

Geoffrey Parr

Conestogo Mechanical Inc.

Aaron Pietrkiewicz

Slotegraaf Construction

Chris Powell


Julie Proctor

Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Kyle Shiry

ABA Architects Inc.

Sahil Shoor

Gowling WLG

Adam Williams

Collaborative Structures Ltd.


Nominees and recipients will be recognized at a ceremony on July 14th immediately following our LinC Golf Tournament at Conestoga Golf and Country Club. Get details and register here!


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The 2020 BOLD Awards would have recognized young people in our industry who were aged 40 or younger in 2019. Unfortunately, nominations and the ceremony were put on hold because of the pandemic. To accommodate everyone who would have been eligible then, and now, we have made some changes to our 2021 BOLD program. The Awards will be presented at a ceremony in the summer of 2022.

The nomination process is very flexible.  Nominations can be provided through a variety of channels including through recommendation of employers, suppliers, colleagues or through self-nomination.  If you know someone who would be an amazing nominee from your company, another company, a partner company, a client, a supplier etc. please feel free to nominate them.


GVCA's BOLD Awards will be held every two (2) years and will pay tribute to young people in the industry who were aged 40 or younger in the previous two (2) years. If you submitted a nomination prior to COVID, it will be included this year.

How to Nominate:

Nomination forms must be submitted online through the GVCA website. If you have questions or issues with any of the forms, please contact Lisa Lackenbauer at 519-277-0431 or email 

Nominees can be an owner or employee of a GVCA member firm in good standing who meets the age requirement.

Age Requirement for Nominees:

To be eligible for a 2021 BOLD Award, a nominee must have been born in 1980 or later. If you do not know the exact birth date of the nominee, please confirm the year they were born on the nomination form.

A minimum of three industry experts will be selected as judges. All nominations will be stripped of personal and company identification to ensure non-bias.



Check out photos from our inaugural BOLD Awards Gala held January 23, 2020 at the Bloom, Conestoga College, Waterloo.

Photo Gallery: 2019 BOLD Awards Gala will appear here on the public site.

The recipients of the 2019 BOLD Awards were: 

Richard Gillies of Ball Construction received the Craft Award – given to a skilled tradesperson.

Mary Cathryn Lorentz of the City of Waterloo received the Spirit Award – given to an individual with social responsibility and who inspires others.

Pamela Tolton of ABA Architects received the Leadership Award – given to an individual who demonstrates professionalism and leadership qualities.

Jake Bergen of Stubbe’s Precast received the Onsite Award – given to an individual who has the ability to bring the team together.

Justin Cole of Frey Building Contractors received the Customer Service Excellence Award – given to a person who has provided exceptional customer service.

Brian Major of Melloul-Blamey Construction received the Outstanding Apprentice Award – given to an outstanding individual enrolled in an apprenticeship program who has shown their desire to make their chosen trade a career.

John Klyn of Stubbe’s Precast received the Safety Award – given to an individual with a strong commitment to safety.

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