2018 Award of Distinction Winner – Dennis Blake

by Keith Powell
Dennis Blake (L) accepts the 2018 Award of Distinction award, presented by the Coal Association of Canada.

Dennis Blake (L) accepts the 2018 Award of Distinction award, presented by the Coal Association of Canada. — Photo courtesy Coal Association of Canada

EDMONTON, AB – The Coal Association of Canada is pleased to announce Dennis Blake as the 2018 Award of Distinction winner. The CAC Award of Distinction recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in the coal industry in Canada.

Mr. Blake, Senior Manager of Ridley Terminals, (pictured above - left) is being recognized for his dedication, knowledge and advancement of the coal industry in Canada. From the coalmine to the end customer, Mr. Blake is known as man with integrity and appreciation for the entire coal chain.

Throughout his 35-year career with Ridley Terminals, Mr. Blake has developed a deep and broad understanding of the Canadian coal sector. He worked at Ridley Terminals when the first lump of coal was moved off the train and into the cargo vessel in 1984 and moved his way into senior management. He has been a part of and responsible for many milestones and accomplishments including multimillion dollar facility upgrades, efficiency improvements and helping Ridley reach their impressive achievement of shipping 200 million tonnes of coal, which will be accomplished this year.

Mr. Blake’s contributions to the coal chain and helping improve how Canada is able to get our valuable resource to market are something to be recognized and the Coal Association of Canada is thrilled to be able to present this award to him.

The Award of Distinction is awarded annually at the Coal Association of Canada’s annual conference, which was held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award was presented during the Awards Reception on Thursday, September 13, 2018.

To nominate a coal industry leader for 2019, visit the CAC’s Award of Distinction web page.

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