Fine, Manuel

CivE 5T2
Inducted: 2010

Manuel Fine has been called the “Dear Abby” of the heavy construction and deep foundations world.

Manny is known around the world as a leading expert in the heavy construction and deep foundation industries, and although he has been semi-retired since 1994, he continues to be actively consulted within the industry.

After graduation, Manny went to work with the Department of Public Works, Canada, Harbours and Rivers Engineering Branch. Five years later Manny joined Russell Construction Limited in Toronto, where his projects would include the deepening of the Welland Canal and the Homer Bridge spanning it. He then spent another decade at McNamara Corporation, where he managed the design and full implementation of the Poe Lock in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, under contract for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; this project was the largest of its kind.

From 1972 to 1994, Manny worked for the Bermingham Group of Companies in a variety of positions including president of one of its corporations, and led the century-old company to be a leading exporter of deep foundation and heavy construction equipment worldwide.

•    Fellow, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, 1982
•    Executive Director, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, 1994-2007
•    Executive Director, Ontario Association of Foundation Specialists, 1994 to present
•    Distinguished Service Award, Deep Foundations Institute, 1998
•    Executive Director Emeritus and consultant to the board, Deep Foundations Institute, 1998 to present
•    Southern Ontario Section Award for lifetime achievement, Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2006
•    Honorary Member, Heavy Construction Association of Toronto, 2008
•    Publisher, DFI Journal, 2008 to present