CPA Board of Directors Contributing Member Award 

Open to individual members of the Canadian Parking Association who have demonstrated a continued commitment to the development of the image of parking as a professional industry by:

  • Excelling in their area of work and in their personal achievements;
  • Improving the value, efficiency and sustainability of the services they provide;
  • Participating in professional development activities which go beyond the average requirements;
  • Setting examples to which others aspire;
  • Develop a concept, process or procedure that enhances or improves the efficiency of an existing method that is adopted by their organization;
  • Showing evidence of leadership in the parking industry.

Business Excellence Award

Open to CPA members in the Supplier, Consultant and Private Operator sectors who demonstrate continued commitment to the development and advancement of the parking industry by:

  • Developing innovative technological advancements in areas that support the parking industry (innovations should go far beyond marginal improvements in existing products and services and will be based on breadth and depth of impact on the parking industry).
  • Successfully satisfying client expectations in terms of product adaptation and reliable service excellence after sales;
  • Demonstrating excellence in entrepreneurship & business leadership;
  • Displaying commitment to the Canadian Parking Association through program participation and supporting development of new initiatives for members;
  • Demonstrating the ability to develop new products/services or make improvements to existing products/services through the application of an existing or new technology;
  • Applying innovative approaches to emerging trends which directly impact the parking industry.


Award Eligibility
Any member or business member of the Canadian Parking Association

Who may make a nomination?
Members in good standing may submit a nomination. Nominations must be supported by no less than two additional members of the Canadian Parking Association who are not from the same company as the nominee. If you are not a member, join by contacting the Canadian Parking Association.

Closing Date for Submissions
October 1, 2017

Presentation of the Awards
The awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Conference and Trade Show.

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CPA Contributing Member Award Archive

Steve Wengrowich, Canada Ticket

Paula Nichols, City of Kingston

When Paula Nichols left the board she refused to leave the organization – she has continued to be of great assistance to our members by staying involved in the conference, the roundtable and in group discussions. She has helped many members by sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm. She has even helped make the AGM more relevant by asking questions and making suggestions for improvements – including for example – a simple but effective suggestion that we describe to members the CPA activities over the year before asking them to approve the board’s decisions.

Thanks Paula for your dedication and service to the CPA and its members – you set a great example!

Richard Smith, Saint John Parking Commission, Founding Member of CPA

Presented to an individual member of the Canadian Parking Association who has demonstrated a continued commitment to the development of the image of parking as a  professional industry.

A fixture around the CPA since its inception, Richard “Smokey” Smith has exemplified the term “mentor” for the parking industry, showing leadership and guiding many people through the early stages of their parking careers, including his staff and new members to the CPA.

Richard has organized, hosted and set the standard for networking in the Atlantic region over the years and has provided CPA members and the parking community in the four Atlantic provinces the opportunity to meet and share their parking experiences. He has chaired two annual conferences in Saint John and attended all but two of the 30 national conferences.

As a founding member of the Board of Directors and also as a Director on the Canadian Parking Foundation in past years Richard has co-ordinated the search for recipients deserving of the Ted Seeberg and Ed Keate Awards presented by the foundation at the annual awards luncheon.

Ken Petry  

Ken joined the CPA and has served as member, Director and Executive Member of the Board of Directors for 15 years. He is currently the Past President, and was Chair of the 2012 Nominations Committee.

Ken’s dedication to professionalism at the Canadian Parking Association has been evident throughout the years as he developed in his leadership roles, demonstrating commitment to the well-being of the Association and rolling up his sleeves to work beside his colleagues to the betterment of the association. Today, the association stands strong, thanks to Ken’s contributions.

Ken strives to ensure that new members coming into the CPA for the first time are met with a warm welcome and friendly offer to mentor and share his knowledge of parking and of the Canadian Parking Association.

CPA Board of Directors Parking Industry Business Excellence Award Archive

CALE Systems

Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.

Awarded for continued commitment to the development and advancement of the parking industry.

Founding members and instrumental participants in the establishment and development of the Canadian Parking Association, RJC staff have been supporting the industry for more than 65 years, and they have been instrumental in the modernization of parking garages. RJC demonstrated a commitment to the parking industry early on by being active in the establishment and success of the CPA through their contribution to and development of standards and technical papers, writing industry-specific articles for the Parker magazine, and by delivering various presentations at conferences and local chapter events.

RJC’s team members are demonstrated leaders in the industry, pioneering design, renovation and construction innovation for the parking industry.

As a company, RJC mentors, guides and promotes their own to ensure the strength of their organization from within, building a team of professionals that provide services across the country and beyond. The recipients of many awards for their continued innovative approaches to sustainability in new structures and rejuvenation of aging parking facilities makes them a winner to the Canadian parking industry.

ACT Canada

The Association for Commuter Transportation of Canada, or ACT Canada, has been on the leading edge of sustainable mobility in Canada for over a decade. With its focus on collaboration, multidisciplinary partnerships and the provision of integrated travel options for Canadians, it is reshaping how transportation is viewed in Canada.

ACT Canada’s first collaborative partner was the CPA in 2005 and that relationship was founded on the critical focus of how parking is integrated with all sustainable travel modes. It’s since forged partnerships with other key organizations in Canada such as the Canadian Urban Transit Association, TAC and FCM as well as engaging representatives of most urban centres in Canada and the Federal Government, helping CPA better understand emerging transportation trends in Canada.

ACT Canada ‘s dedication to sustainable integrated mobility has resulted in increased knowledge exchange and transfer amongst disciplines. It has helped to build capacity for carpooling, cycling, transit, telework and emerging options such as car sharing and bike sharing. ACT Canada has raised awareness of sustainable travel options and has leveraged parking as a key element in the provision of viable travel choices. It has helped to reshape how planners and engineers assess development applications.

Examples of the innovative work ACT Canada has accomplished includes:

  • TDM and Development Approvals Workshop – a workshop being taken across the country to train planners to implement TDM measures in development applications
  • Case for TDM in Canada – a guide for municipalities and consultants on the business case for sustainable mobility
  • Workplace Travel Plan Guide – helping employers implement a commuter options program for employees, including priority carpool parking and secure bike parking

Parking and its integration with sustainable travel options and the built environment is part of what ACT Canada members are engaged with.