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Two Fredericton Engineers Awarded QEII Medals

Tue October 30, 2012

Two Fredericton engineers awarded
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

Ed LG HollisHollis Cole, P.Eng.,(right) retired CEO of ADI Group, and Edward Smith, P.Eng.,(left) principal advisor with Opus International, were each awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their work in creating better communities and a stronger Canada

New Brunswick’s Lieutenant-Governor, The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, presented the medals to the Fredericton-based engineers during a recent ceremony held at Government House.

“As the representative of the Crown in New Brunswick,
I am delighted to have presented these medals,” said
Lt. Gov Nicholas. “This honour symbolizes service -- to community and country – and both Mr. Cole and Mr. Smith have spent their lifetimes giving back. Each has spent their engineering career building a better New Brunswick. Their professionalism, and the engineers they have mentored, helped ensure a safer and more prosperous future for all New Brunswickers,”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal was created to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. At the same time, the commemorative medal honours the significant contributions and achievements of Canadians who share Her Majesty’s commitment in service to others.

Hollis Cole is an expert in the design and construction of solid waste management and wastewater treatment facilities. He is a past president of Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick and Engineers Canada, and has been named a Top 50 Hall of Fame CEO. During his 15 years at the helm of ADI Group, Mr. Cole received the Atlantic Canada Entrepreneur Award and accepted numerous national awards for engineering excellence and innovation.

Ed Smith has been involved with, or managed, large-scale surveying projects for the past 45 years—including the Fredericton-to-Moncton Highway and the Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline. He participated in the region’s pioneering efforts to develop and integrate all of the required constituents of an effective land registration and management system. As a past president of Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Land Surveyors, Mr. Smith is also considered an expert in his field.

Mr. Cole and Mr. Smith are two of approximately 40 engineers across Canada who were nominated to receive the medals.