Meet the finalists of the 2021 Emerging Leader Awards

The 3rd Annual Emerging Leader Awards program honours members of the architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) community who demonstrate excellence, impress, and inspire their co-workers, and are well on their way to becoming the next leaders in the profession.

These awards recognize young professionals for excellence in design, leadership, initiative, and/or service to the community. Nominated by a member or members of their team, finalists were selected by a jury of peers. You can read more about the finalists in our December issue, so make sure to grab a copy!

Here are the finalists of the 2021 Emerging Leader Awards.

Emerging Leader Award – Initiative 

Acacia Ashick, CAPM
Construction project co-ordinator, Urbacon, Toronto

Nicholas Kaminski, P.Eng., M.Eng., PMP
Structural engineer, KGS Group, Toronto

Emerging Leader Award – Leadership

Principal, Henry Tsang Architect, Athabasca | Assistant professor, RAIC Centre for Architecture, Athabasca University

Vince Davenport, P.Eng., B.A.Sc.
Building & material sciences specialist, EllisDon Construction, Mississauga

Emerging Leader Award – Teamwork

Christopher Paul David, ARIDO, NCIDQ
President, David Visual Communications Ltd., North York


Faye Strong, B.Sc., BEDS, ALEP
Learning environment planner, Archiasmo Architectural Works Ltd., Calgary

Emerging Leader Award – Technology Advancement

Andrew Fahim, M.Sc.Eng
Manager, research & development, Giatec Scientific Inc., Ottawa

Kelsey Van Steele, P.Eng.
Associate, RJC Engineers, Vancouver

Emerging Leader Award – Community Contribution

Matthew Hickey, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Partner/lead design architect, Two Row Architect, Ohsweken

Samuel Oboh, FAIA, AAA, FRAIC, AIA
Principal/vice-president, region 3, Ensight+ Architecture Inc., Edmonton

Emerging Leader Award – Industry Contribution

Elisia Neves, OAA, MRAIC, B.A.Sc. (Honours), M.Arch
Founder and CEO, Fabrik Architects Inc., Cambridge

Janice Mills, P.Eng., M.Eng.
Construction administration team lead/associate, DIALOG, Edmonton




The winners will be announced live on December 1 at 3:30 p.m. EST, as part of the Buildings Week.

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