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General Contractors Association (OGCA) and The League of Champions (LOC),
together celebrated its Annual OGCA Award Ceremony on September 30, 2016 at the
Verdi Banquet Hall. Together, OGCA Chairman Frank Perricone, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, Rob Ellis of MySafeWork and Chief Prevention Officer George
Gritziotis, welcomed the league’s newest members and patrons. Elizabeth Witmer of WSIB helped present the Safety Awards for 2015.
Alberici Constructors Ltd.
Ledcor Construction Limited
Stubbe's Precast Commercial Inc.
Deep Foundations Contractors
Aecon Buildings, a Division of Aecon Group Inc.
Engie MultiTech Ltd.
Matheson Constructors Limited
Frank Perricone also presented Rob Ellis with a Jersey that represents the
corporate commitment which members and patrons have pledged in being the safest
companies in Ontario.
The League of Champions is an excellent initiative that supports safety
awareness and excellence. The Jersey of Courage has become an important symbol of
corporate commitment to excellence in health and safety. As the league
continues to grow and strengthen, I encourage all leaders to continue
advocating this important initiative. Become a member today. Click here for more information.
Rob Ellis from MySafeWork along with fellow
champions, Jason Ball and Suzanne Johnson from Ball Construction, Steve Hanley
from Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc., and Martha George from GVCA attended a
school presentation at Conestoga College. It was very well attended with over
250 students. Many students challenged Rob and our leaders with hard-hitting
questions. The Students at Conestoga College pledge to take a stand when it
comes to safety and making it their number one priority. To read more on this
event, click here
would like to extend an invitation to all Champions to attend two of his
upcoming school presentations. Come out and make a differences in mentoring
these young minds who potentially are the future of your workforce, leaders of
the construction industry. Please RSVP
your attendance to Lyndsy Miceli, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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NOVEMBER 21, 2016
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November 23, 2016
Session 1 – 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.; Session 2 | 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
forget to Follow and Like The League of Champions on Twitter and Facebook. If you
should have any questions and/or feedback, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at email@example.com or call 905-671-3969
Congratulations to the following companies which are celebrating milestones this year:
Alpeza General Contracting Inc. – 25 years
Aquicon Construction Co. Ltd. – 30 years
Aveiro Constructors Limited – 40 years
Berkim Construction Inc. – 50 years
More in the next newsletter! If you want your company to be recognized, send a quick email to Mary Wademan firstname.lastname@example.org
The release of the Review has initiated a very positive response. The OGCA Task Force assigned to review the report and represent our members has met and is very positive that the Report meets all of the issues raised by OGCA.
The comprehensive proposals to modernize the Construction Lien Act and address payment issues has been endorsed by the OGCA Members Committee.
York Region schoolboards
invite all Phase 1 vendors to a special in-person meeting
October 5, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 PM
York Catholic District School Board
320 Bloomington Road West, Aurora, L4G 0M1, Main floor Boardroom
please click here
York Region District School
Board and York Catholic District School Board are collaboratively launching a new,
fully-integrated online eProcurement tool that will allow vendors to view,
register and submit entirely online in one quick, easy and convenient location.
All Phase 1 vendors are invited to attend to an in-person session at York
Catholic District School Board where leaders there will provide a hands-on live
demonstration of the new tool. You will learn how to:
- Create a vendor account
- Navigate through the software
- Submit and withdraw a bid online
- Explore the vendor dashboard
- Manage your bid history
- No more late
bids - always online, always accessible
- No more calculation
errors - all calculations are done automatically
- No more locked
down documents - Bidders can preview bid documents prior to registering
- No more non-compliant
bids - built in bid compliancy checker for 100% compliant bids
- No more constraints - self serve tool allows
bidders the flexibility to modify and withdraw bids in advance of the
closing time and date from the comfort of their own computers, from
anywhere in the world
Due to space limitations, this
event is open only to Phase 1 vendors. York Region District School Board
and York Catholic District School Board ask that only one representative from
an organization register so that they can accommodate as many participants as
possible. Your feedback is important and we hope to see you there.
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (WSIA) governs workers'
compensation in Ontario. This course introduces the provincial legislation,
reviews the basics of accident reporting, managing workers' compensation claims
and reducing accidents costs to participants. The course reviews how claim
decisions are made and the appeals process. Tribunal decisions will be reviewed
and discussed in class.
This course, designed by Norm Keith, B.A., J.D., LL.M., CRSP, a leading employment
and labour lawyer and author of Canadian Health & Safety Law, focuses on:
· Overview of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act;
· Understanding workers compensation benefits
and how entitlement decisions are made;
· Effective accident investigations and
completing the WSIB Form 7;
· Effective claims management and cost saving
· Overview of the re-employment and co-operation
obligations for Early and Safe Return to Work (ESRTW) and effective return to
· Techniques for managing challenging claims;
· Appealing WSIB decisions and understanding the
The cost of this seminar is $295 plus HST per registrant.
An invoice will be sent via email upon completion of registration.
Register for this event today - space is limited. (http://www.fasken.com/workers-compensation-claims-mgmt-oct-2016/
OCSI is pleased to release the Outcome Statement from
the 3rd annual InfraForum held earlier this year in Toronto.
"The InfraForum allowed an
exchange of viewpoints from a wide range of stakeholders on how infrastructure
investments can best be utilized to promote economic growth and benefit the
citizens of Ontario," said Carl Bodimeade, Chair OCSI. "Other benefits which
could be realized include greater resiliency to climate change, better
accommodation of future population patterns and demographics, and increased
innovation. For these to occur, inclusive, multi-stakeholder forums such as
this are essential."
Link to the slides from
Special Invite to
Procurement Workshop - October 21st
Following up on one of the themes discussed in the InfraForum,you
are invited to participate in the Courageous Conversation: Procurement Workshop on Friday, October 21st, 2016.
This session is co-hosted by OCSI, WaterTAP and Consulting Engineers of
Ontario. There is limited seating for this event and we encourage you to
register early for the FREE event. REGISTER.
Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm
Location: University of Toronto, 35 St. George Street (Galbraith Building),
How can procurement lead
to sustainable municipal infrastructure in Ontario?
Join us for an interactive workshop that will harness your experience and
insight to develop a set of criteria for procuring sustainable municipal
infrastructure and an action plan for moving forward.
The municipal procurement process for infrastructure projects has been
criticized for its inability to provide value for money for municipalities.This leads to negative outcomes for municipalities, engineers, contractors, and
suppliers and strains the relationship between these parties. Despite
government, engineers, contractors, suppliers, and municipalities discussing
the downfalls of common procurement practice in Ontario, no major change has
occurred. Why is this the case and what can we do to address this issue
meaningfully? This Courageous Conversation will take place as part of
WaterTAP’s Ontario Water Innovation
Week and invites stakeholders to discuss these issues in a highly
interactive setting. We will emerge with a set of shared criteria for procuring
sustainable municipal infrastructure and a plan for moving forward toward
REGISTER for the Procurement Workshop.
OGCA's Clive Thurston and David Frame will once again be joining the folks from ORCGA for a session in London (October 20) and another in Thunder Bay (October 25).
Issues on Tendering, the Lien Act, MOL and WSIB regulatory changes and the League of Champions are the topics being discussed. We hope you can join them on this information tour! For more information, please contact Jennifer Parent at 866.446.4493.
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In September and October 2016, advisors and insurers will begin to frantically
race against time to make sure that insurance buyers are not heavily penalized
by the new tax rules that will take effect in January 2017. These changes apply
to permanent life insurance policies and annuities. Several sources have told The
Insurance and Investment Journal (IIJ) that universal life will be
particularly hard hit.
November, it may be too late to submit an insurance application because most
insurers will not be able to analyze the risk, check the medical history or
require supplementary exams and price the policy before December 31, 2016.
federal government announced the new tax measures in 2014. Even so, many
insurers and MGAs told IIJ that they were worried that advisors would submit
new proposals, or even convert policies, within too short a timeframe for them
to issue a contract before December 31, 2016. Past that deadline, clients would
have to pay more for insurance and lose important tax benefits linked to
savings accumulated in policies. For business insurance, the option of
accumulating savings in a policy tax-free will evaporate overnight!!
recent announcement from one major life insurance company. "We cannot
backdate any policy issued in 2017 to have an effective date in 2016."
warnings to financial advisors about this issue may well multiply in the coming
weeks. One managing general agency told IIJ that he believed insurers' IT
systems could well be disrupted or even paralyzed by the expected explosion in
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calendars now for the upcoming 10th Construction Symposium, April 6 –
9, 2017 at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood!
Andrew Younghusband, host
of Canada’s Worst Driver and Canada’s Worst Handyman will be hosting the Ontario
Builders Awards this year. Be sure to send in your entries by December 15, 2016 in order to be in included in this year's competition. Click the headline for the Entry Form.