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Canuck inspector conquers North America

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Richard Roberts has earned bragging rights among his peers, after walking away with top honours...


NEW ORLEANS, La. — Richard Roberts has earned bragging rights among his peers, after walking away with top honours at the North American Inspectors Championship in New Orleans from Aug. 14 to 20.

Roberts, a CVSA-certified North American Standard Level I inspector from Langley, B.C., bested 53 competitors winning the Grand Champion Award for his combined performances in six competition elements.

At the 14th annual championship, Roberts represented Canada along with five other inspectors from Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick. Three inspectors represented Mexico-SCT at the competition, while 44 inspectors made up a contingent representing the US.

Alain Riendeau, an inspector from Quebec, was a part of an eight-person group who were presented with a Team Award at the championship. The newly developed award recognizes the team that best demonstrates camaraderie and accumulates the highest point average.

As well, Riendeau was the co-recipient of the John Youngblood Award. Youngblood was a staff member for the first two championships and was killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings. Riendeau and Lorie Floyd of Wisconsin were presented with the award, which is given to an inspector who best demonstrates the qualities of congeniality, leadership, integrity, professionalism and commitment.


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