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FEATURE 2015  ig Safe D Symposium Awards RICH DEKKER - 2015 Hall of Fame Inductee R 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 8 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 G 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 across Canada. 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 practices. 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

President's Message
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