The Regional Municipality of Durham

News Release

Works Commissioner Cliff Curtis recognized for exemplary service; Durham York Energy Centre named project of the year

WHITBY, ON February 19, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department’s Commissioner Cliff Curtis has been honoured for his career of exemplary service by the Ontario Public Works Association (OPWA). The 2014 OPWA Exemplary Service Award is presented annually to a public works professional to recognize the outstanding career service achievement, excellence and dedication in public service.

“Congratulations to Cliff Curtis on being recognized for his career of notable accomplishments in the field of public works,” says Garry Cubitt, Chief Administrative Officer for Durham Region. “A valued part of our senior management team, Cliff has seen more than 20 years of rapid growth in Durham Region and has many substantial projects under his belt—most recently, launching operations at the Durham York Energy Centre, one of the largest projects the Region has ever undertaken.”

The OPWA also honoured the Durham Region Works Department with a Project of the Year award (structures greater than $50 million category) for the Durham York Energy Centre. This award promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing an alliance among the managing agency, the consultant/engineer and the contractor.

“We have been working on the Durham York Energy Centre project for several years with our partner York Region,” says Roger Anderson, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Being honoured with the Project of the Year Award as we celebrate the commissioning of this facility is a wonderful accomplishment.”

The Durham York Energy Centre (DYEC), located in Courtice, is a state-of-the-art energy-from-waste facility that that is Durham and York Region’s primary long-term disposal option for waste. Funded through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the DYEC only processes the household waste remaining after Durham and York Regions’ aggressive composting, recycling and reuse programs. For more information on the Durham York Energy Centre, visit

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