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2015 ig Safe
RICH DEKKER - 2015 Hall
of Fame Inductee
ich Dekker's 35-year industry
career began as an installer and
serviceman for Bell Telephone,
right out of high school. He then moved
on to work with an independent phone
company that was converting smalltown phone systems from Magneto
or crank phones to dial systems. He
returned to the Niagara region to join
MacLean Hunter Cable TV at their new
system in St. Catharines.
Rich started Peninsula Video &
Sound (PVS) in 1977 as an installation
and service company for TV antennas
and Sound systems but quickly changed
to a Cable TV Contractor. In the 1980s,
PVS began performing locates for the
Cable TV Company.
PVS's business of performing locates
grew and other Utilities came on board.
In 1997, PVS had all five major utilities
in St. Catharines under contract. Since
all five companies were also members of
Ontario One Call, PVS had the first "One
Call One Locate" process in Ontario.
Today, PVS is recognized as one
of the premier locating companies in
Ontario. It continues to be one of the few
locate companies that has been able to
maintain a One Call/One Locate process
in the City of St. Catharines, which is
now spreading to other parts of the
Niagara Region. PVS Contractors now
provides locate services to 30 clients.
In 2013, PVS Contactors is became
a fully operational division of Oakville
Hydro Inc. and is a member of the
Ontario Locate Alliance (LAC)
Rich has been involved with the
ORCGA since its inception in 2003. He
played a key role on the original One
Call best practice committee when the
ORCGA was just getting started. Rich
also has served a Co-chair and is still
a member of the Events committee. He
has been a division leader at the annual
locate rodeo since it began. Rich is currently serving on the DPT Certification
& Advisory Board.
Rich has been a pioneer in the locate
industry for many years and has set a
high standard for the delivery of the
locate service in Ontario. His contribution to the ORGA has been admirable.
His induction into the ORCGA Hall of
Fame is so very well deserved.
GORD CAMPBELL - 2014
ORCGA Member of the Year
ord has over 25 years' experience
in Cable TV Business. He has
held positions as a technician of
Installations, Service & Maintenance
and as a Quality Assurance Inspector.
After leaving the field, Gord joined
Rogers Training for several years teaching technicians in Ontario and the East
Coast before taking on his current role
in Damage Prevention at Rogers.
Gord is a Platform Specialist for
Locates at Rogers Communications
Partnership. His responsibilities include
managing the day-to-day field locates
and the locate process in each province
He is a member of the Society of
Telecommunications Engineers as well
as the Associate Director for Training,
Development and Certification for
the Ontario Chapter. Gordon is also a
Certification Proctor for SCTE National
Certification Programs and a resource for
that interest in furthering their development in CATV.
Gord played a major role in the
ORCGA events, councils & committees
in 2014. He led a number of best practice task teams resulting in the successful outcome of new and revised best
Gord made a number of presentations on nearly all of the ORCGA
Councils across Ontario. He also
has worked on a number of seminar
presentations, including Alternate
Locating Agreements (ALA), understanding fibre optics, what constitutes
a valid Locate. He also led a seminar
at the 2014 Expo.
He is a regular volunteer at the
ORCGA events, including the annual
Locate Rodeo and Dig Safe Fall Expo.
The ORCGA is proud to add Gord
Campbell as the 2014 ORCGA Member
of the Year.
EAR TO THE GROUND
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ear to the Ground - Spring 2015
2015 Dig Safe Symposium Awards
Damage Prevention and Innovation
High Pressure Transmission Pipeline Safety
Delivery of Locates in Ontario
ORCGA's Damage Prevention Technician, DPT Program
Ice Storm 2013: We Have the Power to Survive
Our Industry is Constantly Changing
Index of Advertisers
Ear to the Ground - Spring 2015