January 18, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
Being a master at the ‘nuts and bolts’ of road construction and an astute business leader has landed Robert Budgen a well-deserved spot in the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame.
Bugden was raised in Chesterville, a farm community between Ottawa and Cornwall, and began his career in the construction industry in 1970 as manager of engineering for McAsphalt Industries where he oversaw the construction of asphalt terminals and production facilities.
In 1976, Leo McArthur and John Carrick purchased Miller Paving Limited at which time Bugden joined the company as they started their journey to transform Miller Paving from a traditional heavy highway contractor to a pavement preservation and recycling company. This was a transformative period for Miller Paving, and Bugden played a critical role in this process.
Bugden’s extensive experience in the “nuts and bolts” of construction equipment ensured he had a solid foundation to manage the operations of Miller Paving in the 1990s. He helped amalgamate many of the Miller acquisitions into what today is known as The Miller Group. With over 4,500 employees, Bugden developed and led a team of professional managers in all areas of the construction industry. He would eventually assume the COO position at Miller until his retirement in 2012.
He was also involved in numerous industry associations and initiatives, sitting on many of ORBA’s committees, the TARBA Board, OSSGA and OHMPA and his involvement on special industry task forces dealing with labour or contractual issues.
Bugden is the 20th member of the Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted during the association’s 89th Convention and Annual General Meeting on Feb. 2. Established by ORBA in 2005, the hall recognizes and honours distinguished individuals for their dedication to, and leadership and achievement in Ontario’s road building industry.