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2018 Canstruction Awards

May 8th, 2018In the News

Time is running out; don’t miss your chance to donate to vote!

Kitchener, ON – May 8, 2018 – The clock is ticking; don’t miss your chance to vote for the
prestigious People’s Choice Award at the 11th Annual Canstruction® Waterloo Region. Stop by
Conestoga Mall until May 13th, to see the impressive structures and donate to vote for your

Voting is easy and can be done in person at Conestoga Mall or online at: One dollar = one vote and that provides 3 meals in our community.

“Canstruction provides a much needed boost to The Food Bank, especially as we head into the summer months, where donations slow down,” said Wendi Campbell, Executive Director at The Food Bank. “All food items and funds raised help us provide food for 215 emergency hampers and more than 2,000 community meals, through the Community Food Assistance Network, needed every day in our community.”

The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on The Food Bank of Waterloo Region website and social media accounts.

Judging for the remaining categories – Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most
Cans, Honourable Mention and Judges’ Favourite – took place on May 7th, 2018. The judges’ – Angie Hill, 99.5 KFUN radio host, Steve Stecho, Grand Valley Construction Association board chair, Chef D, Chef D TV host, Doug Lockston, Conestoga College professor – have awarded the following winners in each category:

  • Structural Ingenuity – Stantec – “The Little Pollinator than CAN”
  • Best Meal – MTE – “Bring Hunger to Extinction”
  • Best Use of Labels – Wilfrid Laurier University, Faculty of Science – “Focusing on Science”
  • Most Cans – Stubbe’s Precast – “Canada from Coast to Coast”
  • Honourable Mention – Brock Solutions – “Exploring Engineering Limits”
  • Judges’ Favourite – MTE – “Bring Hunger to Extinction”

This year’s event features 12 teams: IBEW Local 804 – IBEW NextGen, Muslim Association of Canada, MTE Consultants, Quadro, Rombald, Engineering Society of University of Waterloo – Mechanical Engineering Class of 2019 & FEDS, Brock Solutions, Dillon Consulting, Laurier
Faculty of Science, Stantec, Stubbe’s Precast and WalterFedy.

“Canstruction is an opportunity for businesses, organizations and schools to come together and put their imaginations and talent on display to help those in our community,” said Becky Riley,
Community Events Coordinator for The Food Bank.

Thank you to our incredible sponsors: Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA), Conestoga Mall, Strassburger Windows and Doors, 105.3 Virgin Radio, Westmount Signs & Printing and the Waterloo Region Record Community Partnerships Program.


About The Food Bank

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is a charitable organization whose vision is “To channel our
community’s energy so no one goes hungry.” In Waterloo Region, 1 in 20 households needs food support. The Food Bank distributes 70,000 lbs of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food each week to 80 member agency & community food programs.

About Canstruction®

Canstruction® is a unique, international event engaging designers, architects and engineers to use their talents to help those struggling with food insecurity. The event raises funds, food and
awareness for local food banks. Participating organizations strengthen their team while gaining
profile in the community. In Waterloo Region, Canstruction® has raised food and funds to provide more than 600,000 meals since 2008. Each year more than 100,000 visitors to Conestoga Mall enjoy seeing the amazing creations and vote with their financial donations to select the “People’s Choice winner. Best of all, Canstruction® showcases the innovation of Waterloo Region while demonstrating that this is a caring community.

More information about The Food Bank and Canstruction® Waterloo Region can be found at


Jennifer Judges
Communications Specialist
519.743.1380 ext. 236

Thank you for your continued support of the Community Food Assistance Network in Waterloo Region and your commitment to working together to serve this community.