The Canadian Association for Surface Finishing honours someone who has shown leadership, dedication and has made significant contributions over his/her career to the surface finishing industry.

This prestigious award is presented biennially at the CASF Conference.  Our list of award recipients is an extension of the former CAMF Wall of Fame inductees and is given to an individual who has performed outstanding service to the finishing industry.

The 2021 Recipient for Outstanding Leadership in the Surface Finishing Industry is …

Richard Thibodeau

Richard Thibodeau Accepts Industry Leadership Award

Richard Thibodeau accepts the Industry Leadership Award from CASF President Graham Douglas and long-time CASF board member Mike Kuntz.

The CASF golf tournament wasn’t just about the golf this year; it was about presenting our Surface Finishing Industry Leadership award to its very deserving recipient, Richard Thibodeau. This was accomplished with a very emotional introduction by our President, Graham Douglas, who then handed the microphone to Mike Kuntz, who has worked closely with Richard over many years at CASF and in industry. Mike gave a sparkling synopsis of Richard’s career to this point. A well-deserved congratulations to Richard!

Past award winners have been among the most dedicated individuals to improving our industry.

Dennis “DJ” Rogers

Oscar Kuntz

Paul Kuntz

Jim Sutherland

Ken Lemke

Joe Holody

Andrew Macdonald

Jai Balkissoonsingh

Bob Edwards

Ernie Pitman

Len Rauscher

Erich Knebel