2017 Year In Review – Digitizing Your Legacy, The Year In Pictures

Jan 13th


Author By leon
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With Canada 150 complete, Centre Block is on the verge of a 10 year long rehabilitation.

Welcome to the best of 2017. It was no easy task to narrow our work to 100 or so images for the year. 

The OLRT continues to push ahead and comes in as our top story for 2017.

The NCHCA has a new Executive Director, Kathy Sutherland, and a new website for 2018. We will continue to work with board of directors on promoting the industry and growing our membership. Many big events are in the works for the association’s 40th Anniversary which will be celebrated in the coming year.

The Moodie Bridge with Karson and Aecon was a great project. Our services were contract to monitor progress and archive the unique “Post-Tension” structure. 

Parliament Hill renovations are looking spectacular from the air as well as on-site. The Centre Block rehab is about to commence and will take a decade to complete. Special coverings for the iconic building are being considered so that the building will remain visually appealing to tourists.

The Chaudiere Falls upgrades are coming to a close as ZIBI finally get some shovels in the ground. Just steps away from both is the award winning National Holocaust Monument.

After years of living just a few kilometres from CNL, I finally got to tour the site this year. It was great to see so many NCHCA companies staged and working inside the gates of the Chalk River nuclear facilities.

Some Tomlinson projects we worked on included Bearbrook, CSST, and the Amir Roller testing. I believe that Russ Perry has assembled the best team in heavy civil construction. The Tomlinson Group will move into The Core soon and at current pace, should start looking at The Core 2.0 expansion

Jeff Cavanagh continues to lead in the way in the green energy fields. The Almonte hydro dam will will soon provide power back to the grid as they work on a number of large residential/commercial developments continue around Kanata and Stittsville.

The CCC Group made a number of advancements this year to become a “One Stop Shop” for anything concrete including scanning, cutting, coring, finishing and removal. Next week Matt Webb, Dave Thompson and Mike Vezina will have me add something to that list! The geotechnical and environmental drilling divisions are showing no signs of slowing down. The Core 3.0 might be the new division at CCC Group.

LinkedIn became an important social media contact for Front Page Media Group. Jesse Perreault and I hosted Ottawa’s first social event to get people face-to-face with current and future connections. Two popular events later, and it looks like we will be planning a third gathering for the spring of 2018.

    This year we also gave our time to a few charities – DIFD and Pave The Way with Dsquared. Both these charities have a close personal and professional connection.

More of our projects and clients are going green and becoming environmentally conscious. Front Page Media Group has officially gone off the grid in 2018. With the help of Yeti’s Goal Zero, I am Ottawa’s first professional photographer with solar phones, cameras, computers and drones. More information about our solar set-up to come soon.

This year we lost a great Canadian icon. I got to see and photograph Gord Downie and The Tragically Hip no less than ten times. Each concert just got better and their music holds the soundtrack to 30 years of our lives.

    See you in the trenches in 2018…


OLRT tunnel at Rideau St.


Cavanagh hydro dam in Almonte.


R.W. Tomlinson’s new head office.


RedBull’s Crashed Ice comes to Ottawa.


Mont Bleu Ford massive renovations are now complete.


Cavanagh at work in Almonte.


We got to work with CWW on 3 different CIPP liners.


Loved working with all the crane teams in 2017.


Spent some time with Mayor Watson and Lord Stanley in early 2017.


Mayor Watson with Jim Flegg and Ken McIntyre, at the NCHCA AGM.


Covering the National Heavy Equipment Show in Toronto.


Fixing the Hogs Back Bridge with CDS Building Movers.


420 in Ottawa.


Down on Sparks St with Dufresne Piling Co that was bought by Tomlinson Group.


High water levels were a big problem in 2017.


D&D’s new HQ on Carling Ave.


Lansdowne Park was a busy spot hosting an NHL outdoor game and a Grey Cup.


New Ottawa Hospital location where the Sir. John Carling building on stood.


The National Holocaust Monument opened in 2017.


The Chaudiere Falls.


The Fairmont Chateau Laurier will begin renovations in 2018.


The new glass roof on West Block.


Tunnys Pasture and the start of the OLRT from the west.


Pimisi Station at the Booth St Bridge.


Kanata Pump Station on Maple Grove in Kanata.


James McNeil at the first Conflux Canada event in 2017.


OLRT Lees Ave Station.


Spent a little time at the track with Jeff Cavanagh.


The 2017 PotHole Open at Kanata Lakes.


The new Moodie Post-Tension bridge.


Had a private tour of the Kingston Penitentiary in June.


GreenBelt golf was bigger than ever.


Working with Strathmar Trenching in Beckwith on a new water-pad and playground.


Got to see Lewis Hamilton dominate the F1 race in Montreal. Big thanks to Kevin Fiset and Manulift.


D-squared2 fleet getting ready to roll out in the early morning.


D-squared2 rehabbing St-Laurent.


Brooke Henderson at media day in Ottawa.


We got exclusive access to Barrett-Jackson NE.


The new Champlain Bridge in Montreal.


Workers on one of the new piers for the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal.


Murals getting painted on the walls of the National Holocaust Monument.


The West Portal of the OLRT.


Jeff Cavanagh’s 50th birthday party.


Canada Day fire works.


Site of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge in Windsor.


The inside of the Moodie Post-Tension Bridge.




Mont Bleu Ford supplied us with this new F450 to field test around Ottawa.


Ron Tomlinson and Ken McIntyre at the NCHCA summer BBQ.


The massive 15 hour concrete pour on the Moodie Bridge.


Concrete filling in the Moodie Bridge.


CSL Group working in front of the Supreme Court of Canada.


OLRT Parliament Station.


Kontinuum in the ORLT tunnel.


Home by The Conscious Builder in Manotick.


Got my first tour of CNL in Chalk River.


Spent some time golfing with Grey Cup champ, Henry Burris in 2017.


LRT on track testing started in 2017.


More work with D-squared2.


Getting wet and dirty with In-Depth.


Stressing the Moodie Bridge.


Brooke Henderson’s Sunday run fell a bit short at the CP Open.


Magazine shoot with Bill Coleman and the CCC Group in the LRT tunnel.


Home Hardware fleet in Richmond.


Working with CDS on the LRT moving framework to the east.


CCC Group’s new concrete finishing crews.


ORS’s “Big_Boom” Genie 180 at work on a hydro dam.


Green Energy Doors Open.


The OLRT Belfast yard storage shed.


LRT testing at Blair Station.


Victoria vacation with Jordan Sweetnam, VP at Walmart Global eCommerce.


J&D wedding at the Lone Star Ranch.


Eric Lindros at Ottawa’s first concussion symposium.


Project completed with D2.


Working with R.W. Tomlinson on the Bearbrook Project.


Badger working on Parliament Hill.


West Block roof.


NCHCA Fall Dance.


Finally go to see the Amir roller and spend a little time on site with Russ Perry.


Jesse Perreault and I hosted Ottawa’s first LinkedIn social event.

Cannot wait to attend Live2Lead again with Mark Nesbitt.


GOHBA Sam Awards.


OCA Xmas party.


CCC Group’s new robotic demolition machine.


The NCHCA’s new Executive Director, Kathy Sutherland.


D-squared2′s charity, Pave The Way, supporting youth in sports.


The Tomlinson and Dragados joint venture CSST project.


Michael Dagenais speaks at DIFD Day in Kanata.


Gordon Edgar Downie (February 6, 1964 – October 17, 2017)










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