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The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) president and general manager Ralph Suppa and Kevin Ernst (OS&B), Chair of the Plumbing & Mechanical Advisory Council has presented Kevin Wong with the Joseph K. Seidner Award. Wong is the 17th recipient of this award, which recognizes his outstanding contributions to Canadian plumbing codes and standards.
This award represents the latest recognition within his 12-plus-year career at CIPH.
In presenting the award, Ernst stated that: “This unique award and honor is bestowed to those in our industry who share their knowledge and expertise in developing better, forward looking, and safer plumbing codes and standards. Joe’s commitment to the industry was readily seen by his passion and belief that we could always put our best feet forward to do better and to make the system better for us all. Kevin follows Joe’s example and has been a key person for the regulatory and policy development, codes and standards development; participating on the plumbing side for the last 12 years. Kevin has managed the PMAC with obvious passion and vision. He has been a visionary, and a steady and reasonable manager under which PMAC has benefited and grown…”
In his acceptance speech, Wong noted that the award was the result of the dedication of many people in the room offering multiple points of view, experience and expertise.
“I have been honored and blessed with working with some of the brightest minds in this industry. They have made my job easy by comparison. It has been a fun journey of guiding PMAC to the high note it is on today,” said Wong. “Bringing the industry’s best minds together will attract government seeking our input, members seeking our council and other stakeholders seeking our help. Continue this work, it is important, now so more than ever as we face new challenges. Thank you for allowing me to be part of the journey.”
The award was established by the CIPH Board of Directors in November 2000 to honor Joe Seidner, the first recipient and an industry leader and friend of CIPH. Seidner passed away in 2003 at the age of 96.