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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

NCA Member Tom Rankin Wins 2018 CCA Person of the Year Award

 The Niagara Construction Association (NCA) is pleased and proud to announce that Niagara businessman and construction icon Tom Rankin has received the prestigious 2018 CCA Person of the Year Award during the CCA’s annual conference and awards event. These awards recognize the important contributions of individuals, companies and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry. 

A nomination package was assembled by various NCA and other ICI construction industry members, including Stephen Coote, Jason Ball, and Emilio Raimondo of Raimondo + Associates Architects Inc. (NCA Past President), who stated, “We were attending last year’s CCA Conference and Awards when we mentioned to each other that we have an award winner right here in Niagara, Tom Rankin. He exemplifies the characteristics and qualities of this nomination. A man of Tom’s caliber is well-deserving of this prestigious, national recognition in shaping the physical environment around us in Niagara, and also through his philanthropy, his selflessness and giving to various organizations not the least of which is the Rankin Run for Cancer (raising and donating back to the community over $7,000,000 since 2010).” 

Tom Rankin has been an active and successful leader in the construction industry for decades. In 1978, Tom partnered with Dave Stephens to co-found Stephens and Rankin Inc., a heavy civil construction company, which later became Rankin Construction Ltd. He also created Rankin Renewable Power Inc. (RRPI) which was involved in the development of policy for wind power that balances the enablement of green technology with minimized impact on the local community. Tom has been an active donor to various organizations, such as Goodwill Industries Niagara, Jericho House, Pathstone Mental Health, Wellspring Niagara, and St. Martin Elementary School, to name a few. His numerous awards include an Outstanding Engineering Award, an Outstanding Business Award from the City of St. Catharines and a Niagara Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award, among many others. 

“Tom epitomizes what it means to be the CCA’s Person of the Year. Tom’s leadership and commitment to the community are an inspiration to all of us in the construction industry!” responded NCA Past President and CCA Executive Director Stephen Coote of Group 92 Mechanical Inc. 

Jason Ball of Ball Construction says this of Tom Rankin, “…we are proud to work and partner with him. Tom’s leadership and dedication to excellence in the construction industry have always impressed us. 

He has created an organization based on his ethics and integrity. He is a true champion for community improvement…who has the highest standards and principles and is most deserving of these Awards.” MEDIA RELEASE 

The CCA released a short video announcement HERE – “…it is not just the dollar value that he considered when building his company. He considered the impact on people and places.” 

Stated NCA GM Karin Sheldrick, “…his company carries out over $100,000,000 in heavy civil construction projects a year, making Rankin Construction one of the largest contractors in the Niagara Region. Tom’s ambitions, inspirational leadership skills, and accomplishments exceed the expectations for this Award, and his community efforts complement and make him highly deserving of (this) honour.” 

And from Carol Danis, NCA President, “Congratulations, Tom. We are proud to see a valued NCA member be recognized for this well-deserved, prestigious national CCA Award.” 

About the Niagara Construction Association: 

The Niagara Construction Association (NCA) is an NFP established to represent the interests of the Niagara ICI construction industry. Members are general and trade contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, architects, engineers and other professionals affiliated with the industry. Members automatically receive membership with the CCA and COCA. We keep on top of industry issues and advocate on our members’ behalf. We also offer numerous safety and educational courses (including Gold Seal), seminars and workshops. Additional benefits include project leads, industry updates, events/networking, Young Leaders committee, Women in Construction committee and marketing opportunities. 


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