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It has been a very busy time and I apologize for not providing members with an update sooner as there is much to talk about. In the last two weeks, I have been at the CCA meetings and last Friday, we completed our final Board meeting for this fiscal year. This year saw the adoption a new Strategic Plan to refresh and reinvigorate the organization. We are moving toward a more member-friendly service provider and away from such traditional programs as educational courses. That does not mean we are abandoning Education. Far from it - we are instead realigning our strengths and resources to provide better information on training that is offered across the Province. We will continue to be advocates for the Gold Seal program and provide web events as well as more regional events where I, David Frame and our Chair will be holding local Town Hall meetings.
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Industry News
Graham Brown, Associate at WeirFoulds, has written an interesting article on the recent announcement by the Competition Bureau of their plans to offer training to public procurement officials on ways to avoid fraud.
As head of procurement for the fastest growing community in Canada, Leslie Williamson, Manager, Purchasing and Risk Services for the Town of Milton, ON hates rejection.
In order to provide effective infrastructure, public owners need to achieve efficiencies to capitalize on the funding that is available. One way to achieve this goal is to embrace the inherent efficiencies of standardized specifications and standard contract language.
In this Special Edition of the LMD Information Bulletin, we're profiling seven Indigenous women who have crossed our paths at NWAC. Last month, we asked each of these women a few questions about their career, business, and work-life balance. The responses were phenomenal and we're very pleased to share them with you.
The latest League of Champions members received their plaques and jerseys on Friday, June 24 following the OGCA Board of Directors Meeting. From left to right: Clive Thurston (President), Craig Lesurf (Chairman of Safety Committee), Victor Aveiro (Aveiro Constructors Limited), Francis Pomerleau (Pomerleau Inc.), Jim Blair (Collaborative Structures Limited) and Jason Ball (Chairman of OGCA).
OGCA member EllisDon has taken the League of Champions goal of health and safety excellence and is taking the message across the country. The "Taking Safety to the Next Level" program includes a new Employee Safety Charter, which asks everyone to take the pledge of making safety personal, and focuses on everyone working together to build and expand the collective safety knowledge. It features a Jersey of Courage tour to 11 sites across the country. Rob Ellis, with EllisDon leadership, joined area leaders and employees to invite everyone to sign the Jersey as their pledge in each of the regions.
As part of their Safety Week events, Walsh Canada held a breakfast at their TTC Pioneer Village jobsite. Andy Byford came by to sign the League of Champions and advised he would like to be part of their next year's events for Safety Week. From left to right: Scot Norris - Walsh, Keith Sibley - Bechtel, Andy Byford - TTC, Mike Denham - Bechtel, Carl Berquist - Bechtel.
Concrete Flooring Association
K. Winter Sanitation Inc.
Many OGCA members appear to be paying the unnecessary high rate for their owner, partner, or executive officer who is not on the tools.
Masters Insurance Limited
Member News
June 14, 2016, Montreal, QC -- Pomerleau Inc., one of Canada’s leading builders in the institutional, industrial, commercial, infrastructure and civil works sectors, announced today that it has signed an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire most of the assets and projects of Giffels Westpro in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Giffels Westpro is owned by Ingenium.
Cory "One Punch" Raymond Knocks Out Cancer in Support of Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. Toronto, ON (June 8, 2016) -- After six months of intense training in Olympic-style boxing, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) project manager Cory "One Punch" Raymond won the coveted main event belt at the Fight To End Cancer (FTEC) black tie charity gala on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Held at the Old Mill Toronto, the sold-out event was hosted by CTV etalk's Ben Mulroney and brought together some of the city's top executives and influencers who cheered on five sanctioned Olympic-style boxing matches featuring 10 white-collar men and women with no prior boxing experience. Canadian Olympic-bound boxer Mandy Bujold presented awards for the female co-main event.
John Dawson of GEN-PRO recently celebrated a milestone birthday and during the OGCA Board of Directors meeting was treated to a cake to help mark this momentous occasion!
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Education & Events
In this unique, intensive, five-day certificate course, now in its sixth year, more than 20 senior legal and construction professionals will cover what you need to know from contract formation through to dispute resolution. Topics include the key participants and their roles in various forms of project delivery; different types of construction contracts in general use; bidding and tendering; the liability of the design professional; liens and trusts; recurrent claims issues, including unanticipated site conditions and disputes concerning changes; alternative approaches to quantifying and evaluating delay and impact claims; dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration; construction insurance; bonding and surety issues; delays; and construction health and safety risk management.
Contract Performance Management Session Sept. 28-29 in Toronto. 

This year's program will highlight:
  • Tap into cross-industry networking opportunities with speakers from industries as diverse as banking, construction, retail, telecommunications and utilities
  • Learn to skillfully navigate contract performance management issues and avoid litigation
  • Hear about best practices for using the right measures to monitor your contracts
  • Discover how to buck the status quo and create a win-win situation for vendors and end users alike through innovative collaboration techniques
  • Get an insider's view of the most pressing issues influencing procurement contracts in Canada
  • Implement your learnings to ensure that your contracts provide value for money every time!