MASSENA -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao honored a number of employees from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation’s (SLSDC) Massena office at the 50th Annual Department of Transportation Secretary’s Award Ceremony:
• Meritorious Achievement Award to Carrie Lavigne, Chief Counsel, for her exceptional collaboration and policy development involving the shared binational management of the Seaway System between Canada and the United States. This is the third highest award bestowed by the Secretary in recognition of exceptionally meritorious service to the department or federal government.
• Secretary’s Excellence Award to Jeffrey White, Chief, Heavy Equipment Branch, for outstanding performance in all aspects of his work, deserving special commendation for his dedication and leadership particularly with regard to ensuring that the SLSDC’s cranes and heavy equipment were safe and reliable.
• Two teams of employees received a Transportation Safety Award, the Enhanced Ship Inspection Team for their dedication and expertise, which has contributed to a significant reduction in the number of vessel incidents in the waterway, and the Skiff Rescue Team for their efforts to identify and procure essential equipment as well as to develop procedures to conduct water rescues.