The formation of the Canadian Parking Association more than 20 years ago lead to the realization that the parking industry is rich with professionals from many disciplines.
Contributions to the success of the industry range from the tireless dedication of volunteers to the creation of innovative systems and technology development. Many members of the parking industry have been acknowledged by Principals of Read Jones Christoffersen through two awards:
Ted Seeberg headed RJC’s Parking Division from 1964 until his untimely death in December of 1985. He was a charter member of the Parking Consultant’s Council and a member of both the NPA and the then IMPC (now known as IPI). Mr. Seeberg was present at the founding convention of the CPA and worked closely with founding officers to build and expand our Canadian association.
Norma Carswell - 2011 Winner
The Ted Seeberg Award was presented to Norma Carswell for her commitment and outstanding contribution to the parking industry that goes beyond her organization. In 1988 Norma Carswell began her career in the parking industry, the department grew and became increasingly complex. Norma embraced new technology and led her department to become pioneers in many new areas. She has worked tirelessly to support the CPA and encourage professionalism in the industry.
Carole Whitehorne – 2010 Winner
Carole Whitehorne is the Executive Director of the CPA. Carole would tell you that the strength of the CPA is due to the work of many people, and she's right. But she played a huge part in the CPA's success. The Canadian Parking Association is a strong, vibrant and above all financially strong organization that brings tremendous benefit to its members.
Carole's guidance and fiscal management were major factors that helped the CPA to become as strong finanicially as it is today. Carole's vibrant and forceful personality has influenced the CPA's growth and success. It has been said that "she knows when to swing a big stick and when not to".
John McBride - 2008 Winner
City of Kitchener - Director of Transportation Planning
John has been employed with the City of Kitchener Ontario for almost 30 years and is currently the Director of Transportation Planning. John has contributed greatly to the parking industry with his involvement as a director of the CPA from 1993 to 1999 and then as a Parking Foundation director from 1999 to present. As a director with the Parking Foundation John was instrumental in developing the scholarship awards program and continues to assist with the administration of the program, and more recently, John has been working and is about to launch an international bursary program and a research program. Over the years John has shared Kitchener’s experiences with free parking programs, effect of enforcement, and the results of downtown revitalization, offering a first-hand look at the results of the City of Kitchener’s initiatives.
Ralph Bond - 2007 Winner
Ralph has been a speaker at many CPA conferences covering various topics within his area of expertise. A couple of years ago, he wrote a section for an International Parking Institute publication that dealt with identifying parking needs in a specified area and how to determine the best solutions to apply to that area. He has also attended the World Parking Symposium in various locations and has offered his services as a speaker at the last two events.
With his firm BA Consulting Group’s financial commitment to the parking industry, and in particular, the Canadian Parking Association through sponsorship of various events, Ralph has enabled the industry to grow and to become a recognized professional industry. In recent years Ralph has served in various capacities on the CPA board, most recently as its President, and was instrumental in developing a relationship and subsequent reciprocal arrangement with the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT Canada), whereby both associations can provide support and knowledge to each industry.
Ralph is “passionate about parkingand is a very deserving recipient of the Ted Seeberg Award.
Norm Webster - 2006 Winner
Read Jones Christoffersen
Norm Webster has worked for Read Jones Christoffersen for over 30 years and is currently the Managing Principal of the company's structural group located in Calgary, Alberta. He has served on the Canadian Parking Foundation Board as Secretary-Treasurer since the Foundation was founded (over 10 years). In addition to recording the minutes and managing the finances, he has been instrumental in advancing many projects that the CPF has had with the Canadian Standards Association during his time on the Board. He has served on the Canadian Standards Association Parking Committee for over 23 years, and as its Chair, for one term. He is currently the Vice Chair. His efforts in this area have contributed to the standards we have today for parking garages. He has served not only the Canadian Parking Foundation well, but the Canadian parking industry as a whole during his career and is very deserving of the Ted Seeburg award.
H. Allen Swanson, P.Eng. - 2005
Chair, Calgary Parking Authority
Awarded in recognition of Al's extraordinary contribuitons as a volunteer at the local, national and international level. As the founding Vice President of the Canadian Parking Association in 1984, Al also served on the executive of the ITE board and chaired a task force for the ITE to address the role of parking in the technical program of ITE. He has made numerous presentations at conferences and written several technical articles.
Frank Brown - 2004
Retired, (Formerly with Thunder Bay Parking Authority)
The first recipient of this award, CPA Founder Frank Brown was acknowledged for his initiative and determination that brought the organization together.
Maurice Anderson - 2003
Toronto Parking Authority
For contributions to the Canadian parking industry, Maurice was awarded the Ted Seeberg Award because "if Frank Brown gets the credit for starting the association, Maurice Anderson certainly earned the credit for holding the association together".
Ed Keate - 2002
(Formerly with Vancouver’s Downtown Parking Corp)
Harold Duerhammer - 2001
Zeag North America
Terry G. Ringler
City of North Bay
As a charter member, Terry drafted, circulated for approval and filed the CPA’s Constitution in 1989, served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President, and during that time, advanced the financial accountability process for annual financial reviews and inventory control.
Retired (Formerly with City of Ottawa)
Awarded for 9 years of dedicated service, including: service on the Board and in all Executive Positions, chairing two conferences, publisher, editor and writer of The Parker magazine, membership drives, to name a few.
City of Edmonton
Awarded for the following contributions: representing the Prairie region and his municipality as a Board member, Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of a Host Committee. Bohdan supervised the production of a conference manual for future host committees to use as a reference, worked on annual membership drives and researched the feasibility of an national Parking Week.
Retired (Formerly with Calgary Parking Authority & Easypark)
(Formerly with Syscorp and Traf-O-Data)
PGB Solutions Inc.
Paul T. Clough
Imperial Parking Corporation
John A. Bickley
John A. Bickley Associates Ltd.
Presented for work spanning the 1970’s to date. John was instrumental in the development of new codes and methods for design and maintenance/repair of concrete, helping to change the mindset of the community regarding durability. This is the first time the award was awarded, not for service to the CPA, but for significant contribution to the industry, and indeed to society.
Precise B/I Systems Limited
Presented for creating a system that makes pay and display systems truly suitable and feasible for on-street parking. The award recognizes the integration of pay and display; wireless communication and the Internet; remote monitoring; and solar power.
Larry Donoghue Associates Inc.
Presented in recognition of lifetime achievement and contribution in the field of revenue control for parking facilities. Also to show appreciation for the countless hours Larry expended in his numerous presentations, seminars and written technical bulletins and for his continuous support of the Canadian Parking Association.
Saint John Parking Commission
Presented in recognition of long-time unselfish dedication to the Canadian Parking Association and to the parking community in the Maritimes and throughout Canada. “Richard exemplifies the meaning ‘friend of the parking profession’."
Calgary Parking Authority
Awarded in recognition of Dale’s personal commitment to the parking industry as demonstrated through his +13 years as a Board and Executive member of the Canadian Parking Association and his leadership at the Calgary Parking Authority. Dale has been and continues to be a true champion in raising the level of professionalism in the parking industry.
Ed Keate was a founding member of the Canadian Parking Association. He was Manager of the Vancouver Downtown Parking Corporation but his family background in the newspaper business rubbed off on him. He was a "scribe", fascinated with the written word. He started the Parker as a means to pass on knowledge.
Donald Shoup – 2011 Winner
The Ed Keate Award was presented to Donald Shoup for his outstanding contributions to the advancement and transference of knowledge to the parking industry in Canada and Internationally.
Donald’s insightful and thoughtful views of the parking industry. His research focused on how parking policies affect cities, the economy and the environment. His book The High Cost of Free Parking has lead a growing number of cities to charge fair market prices for parking and to use the revenue to finance added public services in the metered districts. The Ed Keate Award was presented to Donald Shoup for his outstanding contributions to the advancement and transference of knowledge to the parking industry in Canada and Internationally.
Ralph Bond – 2010 Winner
Ralph Bond is the past president of the Canadian Parking Association and a recipient of the Association's Ted Seeberg award for outstanding contributuion to the Canadian Parking Industry. He is a board member for the Canadian Parking Symposium with an international focus. He is also a board member and the treasurer for Canada's Transportation Demand Management organization, the Association for Commuter Transportation, Canada (ACT Canada).
Ralph is the first person to be awarded both the Ed Keate award and the Ted Seeberg award.
Brian Hall - 2008 Winner
National Marketing Director, Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Brian Hall is the National Marketing Director for the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Brian and his organization have been members of the CPA for more than 2 decades. Over the last several years Brian has contributed numerous articles for the Parker magazine and has kept the Canadian parking industry abreast of the lasted developments in precast and prestressed concrete. Brian also introduced our industry to the early discussions on the LEEDS certification program. Over the years Brian has been a champion of the Canadian Parking Association and the industry by providing support at the local and national levels.
Anna Marie O’Connell - 2007 Winner
City of Guelph
In February 2004, Anna Marie O’Connell, Supervisor of Parking with the City of Guelph, championed and hosted the city’s first ever district chapter meeting and luncheon, drawing 39 participants from all sectors of the parking industry to discuss their parking concerns and issues. Speakers, sponsors and delegates came from as far away as New York and Michigan, Kingston, London, Toronto, Kitchener and Oakville, to name only a few.
The meeting generated positive feedback from all involved and offers of guest speakers and sponsors for the next chapter meeting were quickly received. With such an excellent response, Anna Marie persevered and scheduled the second chapter meeting for March 2005, which was attended by Canadian Parking Association (CPA) Executive Director, Carole Whitehorne who travelled from Ottawa.
In the second year, the event had to be moved to a larger venue as participation increased to 53 and suppliers were invited to set tabletop displays – a rather unique occurrence for a chapter meeting. Presentations were given by Sam Cusick of EDC Corporation and by Paul Aumuller of Newton Goldbeck.
The format developed by Anna Marie not only provides an ideal forum to network, it also allows the opportunity to finally meet many individuals from the region face to face. The excellent reputation of the Guelph chapter meeting continues to grow, enhancing further the participants’ desire to get together on a regular basis; it has become so popular that the Guelph chapter meeting has been established as an annual event.
Through Anna Marie O’Connell’s dedication and hard work, the symposium is a huge success that allows individuals from numerous cities to interact and garner information from one another. It is because of her determination and initiative that the Guelph chapter exists and thrives. She single-handedly developed the symposium and is involved in every detail to ensure that the topics are timely and relevant. Her energy and enthusiasm guarantee that everyone has a great time and the work she puts into these meetings is above and beyond the call of duty – all for the betterment of the parking industry and the Canadian Parking Association.
Blake Laufer - 2006 Winner
Blake Laufer was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of McMaster University. Blake was intent on a career in computer science but stumbled into the parking industry when he talked his way into a part time job helping the Parking staff at McMaster debug their first generation parking management software.
Based on his experience there, he set about developing parking management and hand held computer applications for the University of Western Ontario, eventually taking his product to market as the POMS application and his own company, Logic4U, which became very popular in the North American university sector.
In 1999 Blake merged his firm with T2 Systems Inc of Indianapolis, becoming Vice President, Research and Development for the larger company. Since that time T2 has grown into the largest provider of parking enforcement solutions in Canada and the US.
Blake has also developed a reputation for creating advanced and cutting edge software applications, as well as delivering far sighted, advanced and humourous presentations and articles for books and journals.
Awarded posthumously to Tom Arnold who exemplified the idea that we can enhance parking’s image and professionalism through focused education. He led or contributed to many significant initiatives. In addition, Tom’s real and endearing contribution is the humanity and respect he extended to his staff at York University and to his peers across Canada.
Calgary Parking Authority
Presented for a unique article published in the Parker: "New Approaches and a New Image for Parking Security and Enforcement." "New Approaches" puts emphasis on common sense, compassion & communication – "enforcement is a last resort".
Awarded for the many contributions to the analysis of data needed to keep the members apprised of the economic indicators of the industr y. In 1996, Domenic did a thorough survey and analysis of parking rates, and updated it in 1998. A more extensive survey was done in 2000 and, once again, he studied the results and reported them in the Parker. Domenic was also responsible for anecdotal response collection and analysis from World Parking Symposium I.
Dr. John Morrall
Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary
Presented for many contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the parking industry. Dr. Morrall has written more than 160 papers, including the "Long-Stay" and "Short-Stay" studies for the City of Calgary and numerous significant traffic and transit studies. Awarded for John’s recognition of and respect for parking related issues and the importance of a balanced transit system. As a result of his work over the years, municipal transportation and transit officials and politicians have come to appreciate the key role parking takes in augmenting the road and public transit systems.