Awards and recognitions

At CIMA+, our pursuit of excellence is unwavering. Over the years, our commitment to innovation, quality, and sustainable development has been recognized through a range of awards and distinctions. These honours reflect our dedication to tackling complex challenges, designing innovative solutions, and making a positive impact on our communities.

Explore this section to discover some accolades that acknowledge our hard work and our passion for engineering.   

ACEC-SK — Brian Eckel Awards — Award of Merit

Assessment of Potential Regional Water Systems 

CIMA+ evaluated the feasibility of developing these regional treatment systems in the southern half of Saskatchewan. This evaluation examined economic efficiency, promoting shared use of major infrastructure, and access to suitable water sources.  This study concluded that, if the top ten prioritized regional systems are developed, up to 72 water treatment plants can be replaced by 7 to 10 regional treatment plants. By expanding its network of water treatment and distribution systems in a cost-effective manner, SaskWater can better serve the water needs of all Saskatchewan residents.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category : Project management 

Centre hospitalier universitaire Ste-Justine – Growing Up Healthy – Phase 2

CIMA+'s Project Management team worked with CHU Ste-Justine to redevelop and modernize the spaces left vacant following phase 1 of the Growing Up Healthy project. The aim was to provide patients and care staff with spaces better adapted to current medical practices. The goal of the Grands Prix du Génie-Conseil québécois is to highlight the work of the teams and to showcase the skills, innovation, and quality of Quebec engineering.

Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards (CCEA)
Category : Project management 

Centre hospitalier universitaire Ste-Justine – Growing up healthy Phase 2 

CIMA+'s Project Management team worked with CHU Ste-Justine to redevelop and modernize the spaces left vacant following phase 1 of the Growing Up Healthy project. The aim was to provide patients and care staff with spaces better adapted to current medical practices. The goal of the Grands Prix du Génie-Conseil québécois is to highlight the work of the teams and to showcase the skills, innovation, and quality of Quebec engineering.

ACEC Ontario, Grand River Chapter 2023
Award of Merit 

Waterloo Region: CAM 1W Booster Pumping Station & Trunk Water main 

The Region retained CIMA+ to provide engineering services for the detailed design, tender and construction services to create the new pressure zone Cambridge Zone 1 West (CAM 1W). This project included the construction of a new booster pumping and chlorination station, a trunk water main on Coronation Boulevard from Hespeler Road to the new BPCS, and a new Zone 2E / Zone 1 pressure reducing valve chamber adjacent to Hespeler Road on Paisley Heights.

Gala des grands prix de reconnaissance 2023 de l’AQtr
Inspiring young professional: Annya Foo Kune 

Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) project  

Discover the REM – The Réseau Express Métropolitain: a revolution in public transit that offers an unparalleled mobility experience for all communities in the Greater Montreal area.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category : Energy 

Lac-Mégantic Microgrid

The Lac-Mégantic microgrid project involved the integration of photovoltaic solar panels, battery energy storage systems (centralized and decentralized), and building management systems. The principal goal of the 2022 Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois is to highlight innovation, complexity and sustainable development.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category : Industrial 

Construction of marine terminals in numerous cities along the east coast of the United-States 

The project consisted of the construction of a new maritime cement distribution network on the east coast of the United States and Canada, including a brand-new terminal in New York with a capacity of 44,000 metric tons—the equivalent of 1,500 trucks. The principal goal of the 2022 Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois is to highlight innovation, complexity and sustainable development.

Tunnelling Association of Canada Canadian
Project of the Year Award (Up to $100M CAD) 

Mount Royal tunnel: Unique Double Arch Replacement and Rehabilitation for the REM Project  

CIMA+ professionals, members of the CCH joint venture developed and successfully implemented an innovative method for the demolition, replacement and enlargement of a 100-year-old masonry double-arch tunnel that crosses Montreal’s Mont Royal mountain completely underground. Construction was carried out according to a sequence of phases from the installation of a canopy of grouted pipe spiles in an arch pattern, to the demolition of the double arch, followed by installation of full span steel ribs and sprayed shotcrete as permanent lining. This unique process, called the Sequential Demolition Method, was employed on a fast-track schedule. The project also included the development and implementation of an innovative, flexible observational rehabilitation approach that could be modified in response to structural conditions as they were exposed and observed.

CEA Showcase Awards – Business – Project management 

Terwillegar Drive Stage 2 Priority Ladder Process 

The team developed an ultimate and interim configuration for the project and carried out detailed design for the interim phase. A priority ladder developed by the CIMA+ team allowed the client, the City of Edmonton, to optimize the infrastructure budget available for the project by quantitatively identifying the most important components of the scope of work for the City plan and for Edmontonians. This includes the Whitemud Drive/Terwillegar Drive interchange upgrades, incorporating a bus-only lane, Whitemud Drive upgrades between 53 Avenue and 122 Street, and the Rainbow Valley Bridge widening and rehabilitation. The CIMA+ team is currently providing construction oversight for the project.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards
Project of the Year - Transportation​ $2M – $10M 

Region of Niagara : St-. David’s Road Reconstruction 

The Reconstruction of approximately 1.1 km of St. David’s Road (Region Road 71) from Highway 406, within the City of St. Catharines, to approximately 100 metres East of Regional Road 56, within the City of Thorold, was undertaken to implement multi-modal Transportation​​ation improvements. Following the completion of a Class Environmental Assessment Planning study which identified infrastructure needs, the design and construction administration stage included the following works: upgrading the existing two-lane semi-urban roadway to a two-lane urban profile, including the addition of a sidewalk and multi-use pathway for the full length of the project area (in alignment with the Region’s Official Plan for a regional bicycle network), construction of bus bays, addition of illumination, landscaping/streetscaping, signal modifications at the Rural Road 56 intersection, and signalization of the Barbican Gate intersection.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards
Project of the Year – Environment, $10M - $50M 

G.E. Booth WRRF Site Preparation Contracts for New Plant 1 

The G.E. Booth Wastewater Treatment Plant is among the largest in Canada, serving over 1.5 million people in the Region of Peel. The plant is comprised of three parallel conventional activated sludge facilities, and one of those – Plant 1 – is at the end of its useful life. The Region of Peel chose CIMA+ to replace it with a modern facility that would take it into the future.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards
Project of the Year - Environment, $2-$10 M

Waterloo Region: Cambridge Zone 1W Booster Pumping Station and Trunk Watermain 

The Region retained CIMA+ to provide engineering services for the detailed design, tender and construction services to create the new pressure zone Cambridge Zone 1 West (CAM 1W). This project included the construction of a new booster pumping and chlorination station, a trunk water main on Coronation Boulevard from Hespeler Road to the new BPCS, and a new Zone 2E / Zone 1 pressure reducing valve chamber adjacent to Hespeler Road on Paisley Heights.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA) Awards
Project of the Year - Small Municipality and First Nations Communities   

Municipality of North Middlesex: Ailsa Craig Water Storage Project  

In 2019, the Municipality completed a Class EA study that identified a storage deficit in the Ailsa Craig drinking water supply area as well as limited fire protection due to capacity limitations in the transmission main connecting the community to the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System. The EA study recommended the construction of an elevated storage tank with a minimum capacity of 1,300 m3, located approximately 2.1 km north of Ailsa Craig, as well as upgrades to the transmission main between the elevated tank and the community. CIMA+ was retained to complete the design and oversee the construction of the elevated tank. During the design phase, the minimum storage requirement was increased to 2,500 m3 to accommodate planned growth in the service area, and to mitigate the impact of service interruptions at the LHPWSS. Construction of the Ailsa Craig elevated storage tank began in July 2021, and the tank became operational in October 2022.

ACEC-Ontario, Grand River Chapter
Award of Merit, Diamond Award, Energy/Power  

Cogeneration Facilities Project for Region of Waterloo (partnered with Jacobs and Eramosa) 

The project team worked with the Region to optimize the design of the cogeneration system to maximize use of the biogas not just in the near term but over the entire lifespan of the cogeneration engines.

Association of consulting engineering companies Canada (ACEC)
Award of Excellence, Buildings Category 

Hot Pipeline condition assessment study for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority 

The Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA) operates a high-temperature hot-water pipeline network for Toronto Pearson International Airport. CIMA+ deployed a non-invasive acoustic method to assess the critical piping assets with the goal of improving system reliability. This innovative solution allowed the pipes to be inspected while remaining in service through the use of external and internal sound waves to accurately measure their condition. This testing method will be especially useful during in-service assessments and seasonal maintenance cycles, including the added benefit of preventing spills from reaching nearby watercourses and sewers.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category : International 

Igiugig Microgrid 

Located in Southwest Alaska, Igiugig is an Indigenous community of 69 people. The Kvichak River, which runs through the village to the nearby lake, provides the community with salmon and, since 2014, electricity. CIMA+’s partner, ORPC, provided a hydrokinetic turbine which helped reduce the community’s diesel consumption with a long-term vision of being 100% self-sufficient using only renewable energy. The principal goal of the 2021 Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois is to highlight innovation, complexity and sustainable development.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category: Telecommunications and new technologies 

Modernization of Melocheville tunnel systems 

Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated  (JCCBI), the federal Crown corporation responsible of the Melocheville tunnel, manages a major maintenance program for the structure given its critical function as a passageway under the Saint Lawrence Seaway. JCCBI retained CIMA+ to design the modernization of the electrical, automation-control and telecommunications systems, which made the operation of the tunnel more reliable and facilitated remote supervision and control of equipment Project evaluation focused mainly on innovation, complexity and sustainable development.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year – Transportation​​ation under $2M 

Municipality of Clarington: Bowmanville Valley Trail Extension 

The Municipality of Clarington retained CIMA+ to provide engineering services for the planning and detailed design of the Bowmanville Valley Trail Extension. The project involved design of a 600 m long trail extension to connect the Bowmanville Valley trail system to the Waterfront Trail. The trail extension crosses several of major infrastructure corridors (including Highway 401 and the CN rail national mainline) overcoming these barriers to create a safe and accessible pedestrian linkage between the urban area of Bowmanville and the Lake Ontario waterfront.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year Award - Small Municipality 

Bright’s Grove Water Treatment Plant, Clear Well and High Lift Pumping Station Upgrades 

Description: CIMA+ carried out a comprehensive assessment of the condition of the 9 ML/d water treatment plant. The assessment report identified significant deficiencies and priorities for a comprehensive capital implementation plan for asset replacement and major maintenance. CIMA+ assisted the Town with securing funding assistance and proceeded to complete the detailed design, tendering, and supervision during construction for the clear well and high lift pumping station upgrade to replace the aging facilities. The upgrades were commissioned in 2019.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year -Transportation under $2M  

Town of Lincoln: Thirteenth Street Reconstruction and Slope Stabilization 

The Town of Lincoln retained CIMA+ to undertake the detailed design and construction administration for the reconstruction of two existing embankment slopes along Thirteenth Street that had failed, including a portion of the roadway embankment that was damaged by a major rainfall event in 2014. As a result of the partial embankment failures, the south site was reduced to one lane of traffic and the north site was completely closed off. The reconstruction of the north and south embankment slopes presented many technical challenges, primarily with respect to selecting a design that provided a cost-effective and constructible solution that would prevent future embankment destabilization at the same time that it preserved the integrity of the environmentally sensitive corridor.  To mitigate environmental impacts at the north site, a naturalized 5580 m3 pond was designed, and the excavated material was used as backfill for the roadway embankment reconstruction. The size of the pond was directly tied to the fill requirements for the embankment to eliminate the need to import backfill material. Achieving this cut and fill balance allowed for dramatically lowering the project’s carbon footprint. In the end, the environmental restrictions were considered as strengths rather than hindrances.  The project benefited both financially and environmentally from designed and constructed solutions and was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year - Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair $2M - $10M  

York Region: Schomberg Water Treatment Plant Emergency Filter Rehab 

In May 2017, the Schomberg Water Treatment Plant experienced reduced filtration capacity due to the unexpected failure of one of three pressure filter trains, resulting in significant challenges to maintain system demands. The Region replaced the filter media and restored the filter to service, but flows were noted to be less than 50% of capacity due to limitations of the filter process. While system demands were addressed, the Region considered the security of the water supply for the community to be at risk.  A need was identified to increase capacity and redundancy to allow for improved optimization and ongoing maintenance.

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Saskatchewan
Brian Eckel Awards - PINNACLE Award & Award of Excellence in the project management category 

Regina Bypass Project

The Regina Bypass is the first project procured by Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure using the P3 Design-Build-Finance-Operate and Maintain (DBFOM) model. The project will provide an enhanced access to the Global Transportation​​ation Hub to the west of the city of Regina, and will facilitate north to south and inter-provincial trade routes throughout the region.

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Saskatchewan
Brian Eckel Awards - Award of Excellence, in the project management category 

Saskatoon Interchange Project 

The Saskatoon Interchange Project involved the construction of two new interchanges in Saskatoon, SK. CIMA+ was the lead designer for PCL Construction Management Inc. The project was designed to accommodate the future upgrading of College Drive and Highway 16 to six lanes, and included the design and construction of interchange ramps, structures, drainage systems, and relocation of utilities. Both the McOrmond Drive/College Drive interchange and the interchange at Boychuk Drive/Highway 16, were identified as critical Transportation​​ation priorities for the continual development of the City of Saskatoon’s east side. Both interchanges include five lane bridges over 4-lanes of highway network, and implement eastbound to north bound loop ramps, to replace the previous left turn lanes which experienced over 1.5km long queues during peak hours. The projects resulted in significant improvements to safety and traffic flow issues at these busy intersections.

Les Grands Prix du genie-conseil québécois
Category: Mechanical – electrical building 

Infrastructure improvement of the National Assembly 

The expansion of the Québec Parliament Building, the first in 100 years, was a unique undertaking. It made it possible to offer new parliamentary committee rooms and greater access to citizens, all in complete security. Thanks to an underground concept, more than 5,100 m² were added to this heritage building, without any alteration of its iconic image. The electromechanical genius of CIMA+ shines as much in the boldness and creativity of the design as in the finesse of its integration.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year Award – Transportation $2M – $10M 

Winston Road Reconstruction and Streetscaping Project, Town of Grimsby 

CIMA+ won the 2019 OPWA award for the upgrade of Winston Road in Grimsby. Reconstruction of the road improved mobility for all users, including cyclists and pedestrians, included a complete landscape design, decorative sidewalks, parking areas, and accessible amenities. CIMA+ was recognized for its excellence in management and administration.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year Award - Transportation

Municipality of Clarington: Mill Street South Transportation Improvements 

Description: CIMA+’s Landscape Architecture team and Civil Engineering group completed the detailed design and contract administration’ for improvements to Mill Street South in the Hamlet of Bond Head just east of the Village of Newcastle. The project won the Ontario Public Works Association 2019 Project of the Year Award for Transportation​​ation under $2 million.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year - Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair, $10M - $50M  

Public Services and Procurement Canada/Parks Canada Agency: Nassau Guard Gate Design and Construction 

CIMA+ was commissioned by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) to undertake the design and oversee construction of the Nassau Guard Gate at the entrance of the Trent Canal. The gate is designed to protect the Trent Canal from potential flooding of the Otonabee River and is a critical piece of infrastructure to protect the City of Peterborough from flooding and to protect the historic Peterborough Lift Lock system.

ASHRAE Technology Award
New Commercial Buildings’ and Regional Technology Award  

Giant Tiger Distribution Center Project 

CIMA+ collaborated with Giant Tiger in designing an energy efficient facility that meets the needs of its operators. This centre is built within an industrial park owned by Giant Tiger in the Town of Johnstown, Township of Edwardsburg Cardinal in Ontario, near the intersection of Highways 401 and 416. The new distribution centre has a total area of 59,291 m2, the equivalent of 10 football fields, while the overhead clearance inside the warehouse exceeds 15.2 m.

City of Hamilton Urban Design and Architecture Award
Award of Excellence for Civic Achievements  

North End Neighbourhood Traffic Management Plan and Public Art Project 

Throughout an integrated study process, CIMA+ conducted significant public consultation so that residents could express concerns relating to existing and anticipated traffic issues in the North End Neighbourhood. The issues included the infiltration of through traffic on local streets, the overall increase in traffic in the neighbourhood, the possible loss of on-street parking due to roadway improvements, traffic requirements during peak periods, the extension of the grid network into the waterfront development area (in particular, Pier 8), the traffic generated by special events in the waterfront area, and traffic safety and speeding.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year Award  - Small Municipality 

Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

After 40 years of operation, the old Petrolia Wastewater Treatment Plant,  required modernization. The upgrades increased the capacity of the facility to meet needs over the next 25 years, thereby reducing emergency wastewater costs and supporting the development of the city. CIMA+ won this award for its excellence in project management and administration.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the Year Award – structures $2M – $10M 

40th Street Sanitary Trunk Sewer Rehabilitation in Toronto 

The rehabilitation of the 40th Street Sanitary Trunk Sewer in Toronto took advantage of trenchless technologies to extend the sewer’s lifespan by 50 years. CIMA+ designed solutions, including lining, to address various issues such as infiltration, calcium deposits, and the deterioration of concrete sections. This initiative won the 2018 Project of the Year award in the Structures category from the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA), contributing to the maintenance and improvement of Toronto's aging infrastructure.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the year award – Disaster/Emergency/Construction/Repair  

Nassau Guard Gate Design and Construction 

CIMA+ designed and supervised construction of the gate at the Trent Canal entrance, helping to safeguard Peterborough from river flooding and providing quality drinking water. We managed all project stages, ensuring the 386 km Trent-Severn Waterway's protection.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Project of the year award – Disaster/Emergency/Construction/Repair 

Birch Glen Park Walkway Revitalization in Mississauga 

CIMA+ transformed a decaying timber retaining wall into a durable, low-maintenance walkway solution. The project featured a precast concrete wall, planter curbs, lighting, and landscaping. The quality and sustainability of the new structure earned the project the 2018 OPWA Disaster/Emergency Construction/Repair Award.

Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA)
Transportation - $2M - $10M  

Victoria Avenue Streetscape Rehabilitation, City of Niagara Falls 

The work carried out by CIMA+’s multidisciplinary team greatly improved the existing urban area through the implementation of new curbs, buried utilities, decorative concrete boulevards and sidewalks. This included upgrades to street parking, new bus stops, decorative lighting and signals in order to meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards.

Hamilton-Halton Civil Engineering
Project of the Year Award 

Hidden Valley Road Bridge Replacement, Burlington 

CIMA+ replaced the existing concrete rigid-frame road bridge on Hidden Valley Road spanning Grindstone Creek, which carried one lane of traffic in each direction to and from more than 50 isolated properties, with a new precast concrete culvert structure, complete with wing walls, curbs, barriers, and railings.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Catégory : Energy  

Saint-Joachim Hydro-Canyon power plant 

CIMA+ won a Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois for its contribution to this extraordinary hydroelectric plant. The preservation of the natural beauty of the site, a 440 m tunnel excavated in the rock, and the high seismicity of the site are some of the highlights of this project.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category: Urban Infrastructure 

Jacques-Cartier Street’s waterfront refurbishment, Gatineau 

This project contributed to the enhancement of the natural beauty of the Ottawa River’s banks and provided the local population and the general public with a high quality, functional waterfront development that reflects the image of the national capital. The project also restored access to two of the region’s important sites: the Gatineau and Ottawa Rivers. In 2018, this project received the Quebec Consulting Engineering Award in the “Urban infrastructure” category.

Les Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois
Category: Transportation 

Construction of the Normandie footbridge, Longueuil 

The objective of the Normandy footbridge reconstruction project is to provide passage over Highway 20 and restore walking access to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Innovation and sustainable development are at the heart of this unique undertaking. The unique appearance of the walkway, the choice of innovative materials, and the structural concepts used give the new footbridge the distinct, intelligent, innovative and sustainable character desired by the client.

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