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President's Report
As a great philosopher once said, it appears to be "Deja-vu all over again." So it is not surprising that we in this industry seem to continue to replay yesterday’s issues, causes and themes. When we were researching the history of the OGCA for our 75th Anniversary, it was interesting that Board Agenda’s and minutes from each decade had the same key issues.
Legislative & Legal Updates
The Legislative Report is updated every two weeks and explains the intention and status of legislation and regulations that could impact the construction industry. Provided by Frank Zechner.
This year’s Leadership Conference again had a focus on the COR program and the progress it has made in establishing itself as the standard of excellence in construction health and safety. The Ministry of Labour is now preparing to develop its accreditation standard and it is looking first at COR. Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn is an enthusiastic supporter of the program. Introduction Video Minister Flynn speaks to COR Minister Flynn answers Question One Minister Flynn Answers Question Two
OGCA President Clive Thurston and G-R Director David Frame recently attended at Mohawk College to give the students some information about MySafeWork and Rob Ellis. The presentation was captured on video and shows just how passionate we are about safety!
Education & Events
Designed specifically for the construction sector, this two-day workshop provides participants with an overview of the core principles of Lean Thinking, and develops an understanding of the essential tools and practices that can be applied within a construction organization and on construction projects to increase efficiency, quality and satisfaction and decrease costs and waste. The program aims to create a basic proficiency in the application of key Lean tools and practices in a variety of construction environments to identify and realize improvement opportunities. The workshop is suitable for small, medium and larger construction organizations - general, mechanical and electrical contractors; subtrades, roadbuilders, professional engineers; project managers, etc. Participants receive a Lean Construction Yellow Belt certificate based on passing a one hour examination. Register online at OGCA - www.ogca.ca
With Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi taking a close look at starting up a Canadian Infrastructure Bank (CIB) to support the federal government’s $125-billion program over the next 10 years, it’s important to understand how this new bank could function most effectively.
This revolutionary eLearning course introduces the learner to the fundamental benefits, principles, tools and techniques of Lean Construction. Providing a highly interactive learning experience, the course takes approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete, includes construction examples and scenarios; ‘check your knowledge’ quizzes at the end of each module and a 10 question final assessment review. Upon completion, learners are provided with a certificate of completion.
Did you know that George Brown College's degree program in construction management was designed in collaboration with professionals from the construction industry? Field experience is a key component of the learning experience within this program, and we're inviting you to help a student get a head start in their career, while getting the services of a skilled employee for a short term.
Member News
OGCA is seeking four enthusiastic individuals in senior management positions to fill openings on the OGCA Board of Directors. We are pursuing particularly those members who are in Membership Fee Category 1 and Category 2. If you are interested in becoming a part of your association’s Board of Directors, please forward your name and company to Mary Wademan (mary@ogca.ca). If approved by the Executive Committee, your nomination will be approved by the membership at the Annual General Meeting in Washington, D.C., in September 2016.
Toronto, ON (February 22, 2016) – In a feat of engineering that has dramatically transformed the skyline surrounding the City of Toronto’s historic Exhibition Place grounds, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) raised the roof on BMO Field’s south concourse the morning of February 21, 2016. "A critical lift such as the one we performed to raise the roof on BMO Field is an orchestration of precision and patience to ensure that every element goes exactly as planned," says PCL Toronto senior project manager Neil Barrows. "We have been methodically planning for this moment for over two years in coordination with our partners to ensure it’s done right for the safety of all workers and the enjoyment of fans."
Calendar of Events
This year, we are again at Glencairn Golf Course in Milton on Monday, July 11, for an exciting and event filled round of golf! Registration Forms will be going out shortly, so if you are interested, and want us to hold you a foursome or two, please contact Mary Wademan (mary@ogca.ca) at the OGCA.
This year, we are in Washington, D.C., staying at the fabulous Four Seasons Hotel in the quaint Georgetown area. Incoming Chairman Frank Perricone and his wife Janine have prepared an exciting program for you, including dinner out at the District Architectural Centre, a Segway tour, passes for the Hop On, Hop Off buses and tickets to the International Spy Museum! Registration Forms will be going out shortly, and we look forward to welcoming you to the amazing city of Washington!
 Videos provided by NAT Productions.