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Celebrating our Industry’s Next Generation of Construction Professionals

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 Gala will be held in April, 2022. 


Moving forward, GVCA's BOLD Awards will now 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 Apply:

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 

Nominations can be provided through recommendations of employers, suppliers, colleagues or through self-nomination. The Customer Service Excellence category is the only category where you can not self-nominate. 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.

Award categories are Craft, Customer Service Excellence, Leadership, Onsite, Outstanding Apprentice, Safety, and Spirit.

The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2022.


 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: 

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.

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.

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.

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


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