NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 19, 2014) - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) presented its Individual Leadership Awards in Niagara Falls today. The transit industry awards are presented each fall to individuals who have made a major contribution or an outstanding achievement in the areas of Heroism, Distinguished Service, Excellence, and W.G. Ross Lifetime Achievement.

The awards took place in front of transit leaders gathered in Niagara Falls for the CUTA Fall Conference and Trans-Expo, hosted by Niagara Falls Transit, Welland Transit, St. Catharines Transit Commission and Niagara Parks.

"Leadership takes many forms" says CUTA CEO and President Michael Roschlau "yes, there are the leaders by title and leaders by personality" he explains, "but leadership is also found far beyond these things. It is also found in the integrity of work, the commitment to customers, the ability to act when needed most, or a lifetime career of making transit better."

"Every year, it is our privilege and delight to showcase the achievements and efforts of transit leaders across Canada" added Daniel Bergeron, CUTA's Chair.

This year's recipients are:

Heroism Award
Michael Cook, Timmins Transit
Shawn Jeffrey, GO Transit, a division of Metrolinx

Excellence Award
Bill Fisch, Regional Municipality of York
Lawrence Hong, Community Volunteer
Mayor Hazel McCallion, City of Mississauga
Mayor Sterling "Stu" MacFadyen, City of Charlottetown
Preston MacDonald, St. Catharines Transit Commission
Paul Siller, Rocky View Bus

Distinguished Service
Ted Galinis, TOK Transit
Helen Gault, MMM Group Limited
John Hubbell, Calgary Transit
Jocelyn Leblanc, Société de transport de Montréal
Fred Wong, Calgary Transit

W.G. Ross Lifetime Achievement
Penny Williams, Transit Windsor

About CUTA:

CUTA is the collective and influential voice of public transportation in Canada, dedicated to being at the centre of urban mobility issues with all orders of government, and delivering the highest value to its members and the communities they serve. CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.

Contact Information:

Erin Brophy, Manager
Marketing and Communications, CUTA
Office: 613-804-0402