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Retired Crane Inspector Gina Cody joins Order of Canada


January 8, 2021
By Jay Koblun

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Gina Cody was appointed to the Order of Canada in January. Image: LinkedIn

Gina Cody, a building scientist and namesake of Concordia University’s Gina Cody School of Engineer and Computer Science, was appointed to the Order of Canada. Cody, a retired engineering executive and crane inspector, also received the Canadian Standards Association’s Award of Merit and the Order of Honour from the Professional Engineers of Ontario.

Cody’s announcement, along with 60 other companions, officers and members, was made on Dec. 30 by Governor General Julie Payette. The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

She was cited “for her long-standing career as an engineer and business leader, and for being a trailblazer for women in the field”. She was the first woman to earn a PhD in building engineering from Concordia University; in 2010 she was named one of Canada’s top women entrepreneurs; and she was ranked as a top 25 Women of Influence in 2020.

As of January 2020, more than 7,000 people have been appointed to the Order of Canada.

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Cody’s career in the public sector began with performing crane inspections for the consulting engineering firm, Construction Control Group—the was the first woman to take on the role—and culminated as CCG Groups president and principal shareholder. After her retirement in 2016, the firm merged with McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers.

The Order of Canada is the highest honour bestowed to civilian citizens and recognizes exemplary contributions that enrich the lives of others and make a difference to the country.