According to the Academy, "Brian Garrod has played a pivotal role in some of the most challenging and innovative tunnelling projects of the past several decades: the Channel Tunnel, Boston Harbor Outfall, Dulles Airport tunnel, San Francisco’s BART extensions and TTC’s [Toronto Transit Commission] Sheppard Subway.

"From this background he has helped establish tunnelling in North America as a cost-effective, predictable and safe construction practice, as is demonstrated by the portfolio of recent and current tunnelling projects in Southern Ontario: OPG’s [Ontario Power Generation] massive new Niagara Diversion Tunnel, the Spadina Subway Extension, York Region’s Southeast Collector tunnels, Metrolinx’s Eglinton Crosstown subway, and Metro’s Coxwell Bypass, as well as the long-awaited pedestrian tunnel to Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport."

Earlier this year, Garrod was awarded the prestigious Ontario Professional Engineers Engineering Medal – Engineering Excellence Award. The award is jointly approved by the governing Council of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and the Board of Directors of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE).

Nick DeNichilo, president and CEO of HMM said, "Brian Garrod is one of our most prominent and accomplished engineering professionals, and we are gratified to see him receiving the recognition he deserves."

Garrod has 41 years of general civil engineering experience, the last 29 years devoted solely to transit and tunneling assignments.