The Fleet Challenge Green Fleet Leadership Awards are presented annually in recognition of accomplishments made by Ontario's public and private sector fleet managers in making their on-road, licensed motor vehicle fleets more environmentally responsible and/or having reduced fuel consumption, harmful greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing air contaminants, in the previous one-year period.

The award ceremony is held in conjunction with the annual Green Fleet Expo as co-hosted by the Cities of Toronto and Hamilton, and Fleet Challenge. Award winners are chosen based on an evaluation process that includes a points based scoring system and a review by a 5-person Peer Review Panel.

Monday, June 20th – Laurie Canning, Manager Fleets and Supplies, Town of Markham, was presented with the Green Fleet Leadership Award by Fleet Challenge, during the General Committee meeting at the Markham Civic Centre.

This annual award is in recognition of accomplishments by Ontario's public and private sector fleet managers in making their on-road, licensed motor vehicle fleets more environmentally responsible and/or having reduced fuel consumption, harmful greenhouse gas emissions and smog causing air contaminants, in the previous one-year period.

Mayor Frank Scarpitti also presented Mr. Canning with a Certificate of Recognition from the Town of Markham to acknowledge his dedication and accomplishments in greening the municipality’s fleet.

The Green Fleet Leadership Awards (GFLA) were presented at the 2011 Green Fleet Expo, at the Courtyard Marriott in Hamilton,hosted by FC, Cities of Hamilton and Toronto and the Ministry of Transportation on June 2-3, 2011, in Hamilton, Ontario.

Awards presentations were made by Roger Smith (FC), Chris Hill (City of Hamilton), Drew Shintani (City of Toronto) and Mike Cole (Ministry of Transportation) to the following winners: 

 

  • Greg Black, VP, Flex-Mor Industries (2nd time winner)  
  • Laurie Canning, Fleet Manager, Town of Markham  
  • Steve Clark, Director - Fleet Management, Canada Post
  • Imre Zalan, Fleet Manager, Frito-Lay Canada (in absentia)
  • Canadian Tire Corp. (team award)
  • Kevin McLaughlin, President, Auto-Share (in absentia)
  • Mike Hewlett – Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF THE 2011 GFLA RECIPIENTS!

 

The 2010 award ceremony was held on June 10th at Centennial College, Ashtonbee Campus, Toronto as the closing segment to the Green Fleet Expo

Congratulations to all of the 2010 Green Fleet Leadership Award Winners!

• Brian Barkley - County of Simcoe

• Larry Conrad - Region of Peel

• Inderjit Grewal - Toronto EMS

• Ralph Hole - Toronto EMS

• Sarah Gingrich -City of Toronto

• Michael Cole - Ministry of Transportation

• Shaf Khan - Ministry of Transportation

Brian Barkley - County of Simcoe

Brian is responsible for an EMS ambulance fleet within his varied portfolio of responsibilities at the County of Simcoe. He demonstrated leadership by being one of the first to take the challenge of greening his EMS fleet as part of County of Simcoe's ambulance fleet. Brian has been an active and involved partner in the Fleet Challenge Police and EMS (PEMS)Vehicle Idling Reduction Demonstration Project and now, to his credit and as a result of his leadership, has possibly the first ambulance anywhere equipped with a diesel fired Auxiliary Power Unit configured to the Fleet Challenge HIRS (Hybrid Idle Reduction System).

Larry Conrad - Region of Peel

Larry has supported and guided his staff in developing and implementing a system that produces biodiesel from waste cooking oils collected through the Region of Peel's Household Hazardous Waste Program. As a result of Larry's leadership this biodiesel has been used in their car and light truck fleet Waste Operations sections since 2007.

Inderjit Grewal and Ralph Hole -Toronto EMS - Team Award

Inderjit and Ralph have made significant changes and improvements within Toronto EMS in the areas of Green Fleet Action Planning, idling reduction, vehicle specifications, operations and maintenance procedures, fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions. They introduced hybrid vehicles into their fleet and were the very first EMS fleet to join the Fleet Challenge Police and EMS (PEMS)Vehicle Idling Reduction Demonstration Project as stakeholders.

Their Toronto EMS ambulance was the first vehicle to be converted to the Fleet Challenge HIRS (Hybrid Idle Reduction System). Such leadership and dedication inspires other fleet managers to review their own operations find ways to go green.

Sarah Gingrich - City of Toronto Fleet Services

Sarah was responsible for a tremendous undertaking by writing the 2008 to 2011 Green Fleet Plan that coordinates green fleet planning for the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Fire, Emergency Medical Services, and the Toronto Police. She was also responsible for the "Idle Free" project for the City of Toronto and a host of other initiatives including the "real time" fuelling pilot project, a project to install auxiliary cab heaters in refuse trucks to reduce idling and the hydrogen bus pilot with Ford of Canada. Sarah has repeatedly demonstrated her enduring conviction and leadership toward positive environmental change.

Michael Cole and Shaf Khan - Ontario Ministry of Transportation - Team Award

Shaf has been quietly involved in greening his own fleet while participating in external activities such as the Repair our Air Fleet Challenges, as offered by Darlene Varaleau several years ago. He also serves in an advisory role for biodiesel fuel.

Mike Cole, formerly of Ontario Shared Services, developed policies and procedures around greening the fleet and achieved excellent progress toward hybrid vehicle uptake within the Ontario Public Service Fleet. He is currently teamed up with Shaf Khan at the newly formed Fleet Management Centre.

Together Mike and Shaf have accomplished significant advancement in greening Ontario's fleet by developing a Green Fleet Action Plan; implementing training and awareness programs; establishing idling reduction polices; tightening up vehicle specs to favor green vehicles; right sizing and downsizing; managing utilization, operations and maintenance; and more. Ontario's fleet is a model of modern big-fleet excellence because of Shaf and Mike's strong leadership over the years

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