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Six recipients announced for BC Safety Authority’s Lieutenant Governor Safety Award


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November 15, 2013

Six recipients from several sectors have been selected to receive BC’s highest safety honour at BC Safety Authority’s 8th annual Lieutenant Governor Safety Awards. The awards, which will be presented by BC Safety Authority on December 2, 2013 at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC, recognize individuals and organizations who demonstrate exceptional leadership, achievement or innovation in the promotion of technical systems safety in BC. Recipients of the Lieutenant Governor Safety Award are chosen by the Safety Selection Committee, which includes a senior staff member of BC Safety Authority and others in the safety system. 

Awards in the HVAC/R industry include: Excellence in Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety (winner Nechako Green Energy) and Excellence in Gas Safety (winner Barry Cavens of Cavens and Associates).

Vanderhoof-based Nechako Green Energy is the first biomass heat recovery plant in the Canadian forest industry, taking steam waste from the company’s mill operations and turning it into electric power.  This technology creates opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of sawmills, and offers the potential to provide surplus power to new projects in support of economic development in northern communities. Nechako Lumber Company Ltd. was one of the first companies to submit a Safety Management Plan under the Alternative Safety Approaches regulation, introduced in April 2011, and is the first company to have its plan accepted by BC Safety Authority.  It is a recipient of BC Hydro’s Powersmart Award and was named Clean Energy BC’s 2012 Project of the Year.

Barry Cavens has over 40 years experience as a professional engineer, during which time he has served on numerous provincial and national committees, including CSA and BCSA Technology Advisory Committees.  He has contributed his expertise to the development of improved codes and standards in the gas industry in both Canada and the United States.  Throughout his career, Cavens has contributed to the development of emergency response plans for utilities and other organizations and has demonstrated a commitment to gas safety awareness and education initiatives, including the Call Before You Dig program.