STEVESTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 10, 2016) - The Prix d'Excellence is the Harbour Authority Recognition Program's most prestigious award honouring teams and individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the ongoing success of the Harbour Authority Program and to Fisheries and Oceans Canada's Small Craft Harbours Program.

Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, presented a Prix d'Excellence in the category of National Individual Commitment to Mr. Joel Baziuk, Operations Supervisor for the Steveston Harbour Authority in British Columbia.

This award acknowledges individuals who have shown extraordinary dedication to the success of their harbours or who have significantly contributed to the Harbour Authority Program.

The Government of Canada is pleased to recognize the leadership and dedication of Mr. Baziuk who has demonstrated an outstanding personal commitment and contribution to protecting the environment and marine life. His efforts include leading the pilot development and expansion of a recycling program to remove abandoned and deteriorated fishing nets from Steveston Harbour and other area harbours in an effort to reduce environmental and marine life damage.

Mr. Baziuk also works collaboratively with the community, other local harbours and government agencies to improve Harbour Authority capacity as well as overall harbour management and safety practices. Whether working with local emergency agencies to improve response to harbour incidents, piloting the use of drones for harbour operations or serving as President of the Harbour Authority Association of BC, Mr. Baziuk's commitment to bettering his harbour, his community, the environment and other local harbours builds on the leadership example set by the Steveston Harbour Authority which was the recipient of Prix d'Excellence awards in 2009 and 2011.


"We are pleased to recognize Joel Baziuk for his ongoing commitment to the Steveston Harbour Authority. His hard work to improve the vitality of the harbour benefits the entire community and exemplifies the dedication that members of Harbour Authorities across Canada demonstrate every day."

The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"It is an honour to receive this award and a wonderful feeling to be able to give something back to my community and be able to work with such a solid support group, without whom none of the work that I've done would have been possible."

Joel Baziuk, Operations Supervisor for the Steveston Harbour Authority and recipient of the Prix d'Excellence

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Contact Information:

Leri Davies
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Patricia Bell
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Fisheries and Oceans Canada