On the Street: Victoria builders hand out hardware, name executives

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The VRBA handed out its hardware this week with Bob Gill of Pacific Concept winning the Jerry Hepburn Memorial Award; Ron Egli winning the Mike Kipot Award and Slegg Building Materials winning the Sponsors Appreciation Award.

Service awards went to Neils Anthonsen, Derek Ballman, Spencer Evans, Steven Hurst, and Pablo Miranda.

The Ocean Concrete Community Award went to Matt Peulen, and Ellie Sercombe won the Marilyn Ann Lee Award.

The VRBA board for the coming year will be headed by president Todd Halaburda, past-president Terry Johal, vice-president Jenny Martin, vice-president Kyle Ryan and treasurer Dusty Delain. Ryan will also act as Builders’ Council chair while Derek Ballman will be the Suppliers and Trades Council chair.

Other directors are Russ Barry, Mike Dalton, Steven Hurst, Lisa Dunsmuir, Matt Peulen, Ellie Sercombe, Paul Smith and Norm Verbrugge.

SendtoNews makes fastest-growing list in Canada, U.S.

SendtoNews is making its own news by making a pair of Deloitte lists. The Victoria-based company, which provides sports video content and advertising, has been ranked seventh in Deloitte’s Fast 50 list of Canadian technology companies and 24th in its Fast 500 list of North American tech firms.

“Recognition like this is shared with our publishing, league and sales partners. It’s a real team effort among our staff, and the staff of our publishing, sales and other partners who have embraced us,” said chief executive Matthew Watson.

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and Fast 50 programs reflect revenue growth over the past five years and celebrate technological innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Lawyer honoured with distinguished service award

Victoria lawyer John Waddell has been awarded the Georges A. Goyer, QC Memorial Award for Distinguished Service by the Canadian Bar Association.

The award is the highest honour given by association.

Waddell was called to the bar in Alberta in 1979. His current civil litigation practice emphasizes employment, personal injury, consumer protection, elections, privacy, sport, government and public law.

“As shown through his exemplary work, John Waddell is an extraordinary contributor within the legal profession and the community,” said Bill Veenstra, president of the CBA in B.C. “He embraces the value of listening to people, practising with compassion and giving back to his community.”

Waddell was one of 35 lawyers in Canada to be awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in