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GO Transit's McNeil wins Canadian transportation association's 'person of the year' award


Last week, GO Transit President Gary McNeil was named the 2011 Transportation Person of the Year by the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) as part of its 2011 Canadian Transportation Awards program, which is supported by Transport Canada to recognize leadership, excellence and achievement in all transportation modes.

The person of the year award is presented annually to an individual who has assumed a leadership role contributing to the improvement or advancement of Canada’s transportation industry. TAC recognized McNeil for contributing to GO Transit’s ridership growth and rider satisfaction with transit services for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area.

A nonprofit association that aims to promote safe, secure, efficient, effective, and environmentally and financially sustainable transportation services, TAC also presented the 2011 Award of Excellence to Manitoba Department of Infrastructure and Transportation Senior Transportation Planner Jake Kosior for his efforts to foster more efficient supply chain networks and transportation systems. The award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the betterment of the transportation industry in terms of safety, sustainable development, research, technology, policy or corporate development.

In addition, TAC presented the Award of Achievement — which recognizes an individual who has made contributions to transportation through innovation — to Garfield Dales, manager of the Windsor Border Initiatives at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. He has played an important role in developing the transportation network serving the Windsor-Detroit border crossing, according to TAC.

In the final category, the association presented the Award of Academic Merit — which recognizes an individual who has made a long-term contribution to the advancement of academic research and to the development of transportation leaders — to Liping Fu, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Waterloo.

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