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and Sustainability in the road building industry. Nicholas plays a large part in advancing that culture and mindset throughout the Miller Group. His dedication to the industry and Miller Paving so early on in his career have been invaluable. TRAVIS COATES, ALBERTA SAND & GRAVEL ASSOCIATION & BURNCO ROCK PRODUCTS, EDMONTON, ALTA. Travis Coates has worked in Alberta’s aggregate in-dustry for 10 years, gradu-ating from the University of Calgary in 2005 with a bachelor of sci-ence degree in civil engineering. This past January, Travis successfully com-pletely his term as the Alberta Sand and Gravel Association’s (ASGA) president, where he provided leadership and di-rection in major association initiatives. During the second year of his presi-dency, ASGA experienced complete turnover of its office staff. Travis not only re-staffed the empty ASGA office, but also created an additional position, expanding the association’s capability and ability to plan for the future. This increase in capacity has helped to build a more active association in Alberta’s industry. In addition to steering the associa-tion towards significant membership growth, Travis focused much of his efforts into championing health and safety projects that will have significant impact on the future of Alberta’s sand and gravel industry. In 2015, Travis worked alongside the association’s Part 36 subcommit-tee and the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association (AR-HCA) to represent the industry in the review of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Code. Travis worked with the committee, ARHCA and Alberta Labour, providing subject-matter ex-pertise into Part 36 (Mining). The efforts of this work may see the sand and gravel industry receive its own subsection as part of the Code. In 2016, Travis continued work on the association’s long-standing silica initiative, building on the Silica Code of Practice and Education Sessions de-veloped with ARHCA in the previous years. Travis once again championed the association alongside ARCHA, provid-ing strategic oversight and support to the Health and Safety Committee. The continuation of this project and subsequent research will have lasting impacts on regulations for the industry and has formed a positive relationship with Occupational Health and Safety. After the close of his presidential term, Travis moves into a new advisory role with the ASGA Board. Along with working as a volunteer ASGA board member, Travis is BURN-CO Rock Products’ land and resource manager for southern Alberta, where he is involved with all aspects asso-ciated with securing and permitting new and existing aggregate properties including minimizing environmental concerns, land use conflicts and final reclamation decisions. Travis ensures BURNCO’s compliance with increasing government pit regulations and is a key member of the BURNCO management team. ASGA is better positioned in its op-erations, government liaisons, mem-bership relations and overall viability thanks to the contributions of Travis Coates. HARLEY DIEDERICHS, PROJECT ENGINEER, POTZUS PAVING & ROAD MAINTENANCE, YORKTOWN, SASK. Harley Died-erichs is a civil engineer with 18 years of experience in the Saskatch-ewan heavy construction industry. He began his career as a consultant working mainly in the road construc-tion sector of the industry. Through his years in consulting he had the opportunity to meet and work with many of the members of the Sas-katchewan Heavy Construction Asso-ciation (SHCA). Harley joined Potzus Paving & Road Maintenance in 2012. His position as APRIL 2017 | ROCKTOROAD | 13

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