Pete Wilkinson, publisher of CFCM, has been nominated as this year’s recipient of the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association’s Roy Kennedy Award. This is CPCA’s highest level of recognition of an industry figure.

The Award will be presented to Wilkinson at the Chair’s Dinner at the Hockey Hall of Fame on May 24.

“Pete Wilkinson has been a fixture in the Canadian finishing and coatings industry for many years,” said CPCA president and CEO Gary LeRoux in announcing the wward. “Pete is tireless in his efforts to cover all aspects of the coatings industry and I’m very pleased to see him receive this recognition. His work clearly represents the main source for coverage of the companies, the people and the events across the full spectrum of the coatings industry.”

Wilkinson previously worked as publisher of a coatings publication for Rogers Media before launching Canadian Finishing and Coatings Manufacturing magazine (CFCM), which, LeRoux noted, has become a go-to resource for many in the industry. CPCA presents this award each year to an individual who epitomizes Roy Kennedy’s dedication to the paint and coatings industry and their outstanding volunteer service to the association and its members.

Former recipients of the Award include Andy Doyle, president of the American Coatings Association; Dale Constantinoff, president and CEO of General Paint Corp.; Andre Buisson, president of Société Laurentide; and Beauti-tone’s chief executive, Darrin Noble. At the dinner, CPCA will also honor 10 other individuals for their distinguished contributions to the industry.

The Industry Achievement Award will be presented to Eric Bos (Sansin Corp.), Chris Currie (John E. Goudey Manufacturing Ltd.), Eric Vaillancourt (CANLAK) and Steve Sides (American Coatings Association). This award is presented to an individual or an organization that has demonstrated exceptional achievement in advancing the interests of the industry and the association’s objectives.

Bos is managing director of privately-held Canadian-owned Sansin Corp., which has invested in the development of a waterborne stain since 1985 leading to the launch of its flagship Sansin Classic wood stain. He is an active member in the CPCA, the Ontario Wood Export Association, the Canadian Wood Council, the Forest Products Association, the Canadian Green Building Council and other groups. Currie is the CEO of one of Canada’s oldest family-owned and operated businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

For 65 years the company has manufactured professional quality interior stains and lacquers. They credit their success to a singular focus on interior wood finishes, their commitment to using the finest ingredients in formulations and close relationships with customers.

“Without volunteers from our member companies CPCA would not be able to advance the many important interests of the Canadian coatings industry,” said Tim Vogel, CEO of Cloverdale Paint Inc. and CPCA board chair.