The Edmonton Hardest Working Cities award on top of future city fire hydrants.

The Edmonton Hardest Working Cities award on top of future city fire hydrants.

EDMONTON (June 22, 2016) — Our visit to Edmonton made us realize why it's the city of champions. Yes, the city is known for its winning sports teams, but the real winners are its workers. From the new Ice District project to the construction on the new Stantec Tower, there's hard work happening around the clock in Edmonton.

After an exhaustive review of more than 400 metropolitan census areas, Edmonton was honored for being the #1 leader in North America for average number of hours worked and for being within the top 3 in per capita infrastructure expenditure.


We started our celebration on Tuesday morning along with the First Truck Centre team to meet with workers at three different jobsites around Edmonton. The first site was at a future school project by DeFord Contracting. Since 1967, DeFord has helped shaped land in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.

Workers take a break to allow us to thank them for all their hard work. Workers decked out in Hardest Working Cities gear get back to work on a future school project.

Our next stop was with workers at M.A.P. The company started in 1983 and is comprised of a number of companies, the three primary being M.A.P. Water & Sewer Services Ltd., M.A.P. Earthworks Ltd., and Williamson Equipment, all of which operate as three separate, distinct, and very versatile companies.

Our last stop was with workers on a small road construction project by ICON Ready Mix. As a relatively new company (established in 2015), ICON has already made a name for itself as one of the top ready mix concrete and concrete pumping businesses in the area.

At each stop, we brought Hardest Working Cities safety vests, koozies, hats, and the popular Canadian Brewhouse Food Truck, which served delicious food such as Canadian burgers, poutine, and BBQ pork sandwiches. The best part about the visit? Getting to talk with these hard workers one-on-one and finding out what hard work means to them.

We took a minute to thank workers for all their hard work. The Edmonton Hardest Working Cities presentation took place in the heart of downtown.


The next day, we headed to the heart of downtown Edmonton to host the Hardest Working Cities award presentation.

The event began with an introduction from First Truck Centre's president and CEO, David Leeworthy, followed by remarks from Daimler Canada's vice president of sales, Brad Thiessen, about the Hardest Working Cities program and why Edmonton received the award.

We were honored to have Councillor Bev Esslinger and Edmonton Economic Development's Glen Vanstone speak about why hard work matters and the future of Edmonton.

Pictured (L-R): Brad Thiessen, Councillor Bev Esslinger, Glen Vanstone, David Leeworthy.

We were honored to celebrate the city and, more importantly, take a moment to honor the men and women who do the jobs that help make places like Edmonton thrive.

This city is not only the “Gateway to the North,” but also the Gateway to Hard Work. Congratulations, Edmonton. Take a bow, then get back to work.

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