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Dean Report and Bill 70 are driving important changes to the Ontario College of
Trades. The Cabinet has now moved to appoint fresh faces to the College by
appointing three new construction industry representatives to the Appointments
Council which will make appointments to the Board of Directors, Sector Councils
and Trade Boards. Collectively, they will oversee the reforms of Bill 70 and the
George, President and CEO, Grand Valley Construction Association
Miller, President of Fowler Construction
Gallagher, General Vice President, IUOE
are all well known veterans of the Ontario Construction Industry, and we are particularly
pleased with Martha George’s appointment. She has an extensive background in
education and skills development, and actively worked to challenge the former
direction of the College. It’s an outstanding appointment. Congratulations, Martha!
Mississauga, ON – Over the past several years, early tender calls have been
identified as a top priority issue by the Ontario Road
Builders’ Association (ORBA). ORBA has worked with its members to release an
advocacy paper showing the clear benefits of early tender calls. The paper
incorporates statistical information from public owners on early tender calls
and figures on the benefits of overall infrastructure investments.
ORBA will also use this advocacy paper as
it continues to work with public sector owners, including municipalities, to
make early tender calls an industry standard in the province.
"Early tender calls
provide clear and tangible benefits for both contractors and public owners by
allowing proper planning for the upcoming construction season and eliminating
inefficiencies in the delivery of projects. ORBA would like to see the current
trend of early tender calls in public projects continue to grow and strengthen
throughout the province," says Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations,
The advocacy paper also discusses
recommendations for municipalities and other public owners on how they can
adopt early tender calls.
To download a copy of the advocacy paper,
please visit ORBA’s website at orba.org/early-tender-calls-advocacy-paper.
The Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA) is the voice of the
transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority
of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation
infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at
peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.
On February 8,
2017, Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management of George Brown
College, Casa Loma Campus, held its first League of Champions Safety Event.
With over 450 students in attendance, leaders, along with Rob Ellis, came
together to raise awareness and transfer knowledge about workplace safety. With
many George Brown students soon entering into the workforce, this presentation
allowed students to recognize what great companies look and sound like, when they have safe work environments at the center of their business. Students were
given the platform to ask questions of the leaders, which helps inspires and
promote building a safety culture. Students did take the pledge by signing GB’s
Jersey of Courage.
The League of
Champions is proud to have George Brown College as one of the very FIRST
College Patron Members, and for demonstrating to their students that safety does
matter. The College will be presented with their charter and jersey at
Leadership Day, which will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017.
month around the corner, don’t forget that the League of Champions has safety
paraphernalia for sale.
where employees may face hazards on the job, the right protective clothing can
help guard against injuries. For many companies that demand quality safety
garments, The League of Champions is the provider of choice for hi-visibility
workwear and protective clothing.
You can also
use the LOC merchandise as prize giveaways or to assist in promoting safety
recognition among your employees. To find out how The League of Champions
can help you simplify your company's protective clothing and safety
gear, while saving you both time and money, contact Lyndsy Miceli at email@example.com
On March 3,
2017, join IHSA and OGCA at this must-attend safety event of the year where
owners, leaders in government, and the construction industry meet to share
successes, set priorities and support the emergence of a safer construction
of Recognition (COR™) is a national standard for the measurement and continuous
improvement of workplace health and safety systems in Canada. It has been
gaining momentum in Ontario over the past few years, particularly with buyers
Come out and
hear from a panel of industry leaders as they share their stories and
experiences in achieving COR™.
also be welcomed into the League of Champions, an initiative that exists to
help companies build a safety culture and be recognized for their leadership. The
League of Champions is a catalyst for safety improvement in individual
companies and the industry as a whole. Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, WSIB
President Thomas Teahen, and Chief Prevention Officer George Gritziotis will
address new prevention initiatives. Register today!
Safety month is upon us, and as leaders, it is our
responsibility to ensure everyone in our industry goes home safely at the end of
each day. This should be at the forefront of everybody's mind and it takes
continued due diligence.Therefore, OGCA will be designating the month of
May as OGCA’s Safety Month.
OGCA’s Safety Chair Craig Lesurf wants to present
this challenge to all OGCA members: To demonstrate Safety Leadership and to
participate in SafetyWeek2017 and encourage all to participate on our jobsites
and in our offices.
Rob Ellis of MySafeWork often asks, "What do
good companies look like? Well, they care for their staff, they care for
others, are proactive about safety and lead by example."
The main objectives for raising the bar for Safety
in our industry are:
- Generating awareness
- Positive reinforcement
- Changing cultures
- Sharing best practices - after all, Safety is not
These objectives will support our efforts to ensure
that our workforce works safely, that our new and vulnerable workers are
protected and that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.
What can you do to raise the bar for Safety?
- Challenge the status quo
- Take part in OGCA Safety
Month (May) follow us @TheLOChampions and share your safety
- Take part in SafetyWeek2017
- Join The League of Champions to
use as your lever to improve safety culture at your company
After all, LEADERS NEED TO LEAD, and
unless we all step up to make a difference, people will continue to get hurt in
our industry and that is simply unacceptable.
Wishing everyone in our industry a safe and healthy
2017 and beyond.
OGCA is very pleased to announce the latest OGCA members, many courtesy of Clive Thurston's and David Frame's Road Trips. Please join us in welcoming:
Basekamp Construction Corporation, Vaughan
Magnum Constructors Inc., Sudbury
Caird-Hall Construction Inc., Burlington
Manshield (NWO) Construction, Thunder Bay
The Generals Magazine holds some interesting articles, including mention of several members who have Milestones they are celebrating this year. Be sure to watch for it, coming early March 2017.
Congratulations to Walsh Canada and Bondfield Construction Company Limited for the Project Achievement (Large) Award for their joint venture project - Women's College Hospital Redevelopment.
The award was presented by Toronto Construction Association.
TCA Chair Craig Lesurf presented John Aquino with the award during the latest OGCA Board of Directors meeting.
The Legislative Report is updated every two weeks and explains the intention and status of legislation and regulations that could impact the construction industry. Be sure to check it out on the OGCA website. Click here to access.
The world of workers’ compensation can be complex and frustrating for those responsible for managing claims. This Worker’s Compensation Bootcamp (previously titled Claims Management I and II) workshop will assist Claims Management Personnel, Human Resources Personnel, Managers and Supervisors to understand and navigate the claims management process. The session will familiarize participants with adjudication principles, provide guidance on how to avoid some of the pitfalls that can arise, and will help participants understand some of the more complex systems in the workers’ compensation. Click on the headline to register.
This half-day seminar will provide legal and practical information to assist with the identification, assessment and prevention of workplace violence and harassment. Click the headline to register.
Breakfast Event: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Norm Keith, LL.M., partner at Fasken
Martineau, will address this timely and important topic of the accountability,
criminal enforcement and the social responsibility of corporations in Canada.
Topics to be covered will include:
1.The "new normal" of
criminalizing corporate behavior;
2.How the Westray Mine disaster
changed corporate criminal liability;
3.The problem of proof in white
collar prosecutions (Dunn & Duffy);
4.Recent examples of white collar
convictions (Karigar & Kazenelson);
5.Will criminal prosecutions make
businesses "more ethical";
6.Towards a rationale model of
corporate accountability and compliance.
YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE- SPACE IS LIMITED!
MEMBERS COMPLIMENTARY (Subject to
space availability - includes unlimited employees of corporate members)
* Note: The hours from this
non-accredited seminar may be applied towards the 9 Substantive Hours of annual
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) required by the Law Society of Upper
Register on the Centre’s web site
at www.ethicscentre.ca or contact the Centre by phone: (416) 368-7525 or
noting any special dietary requirements.
League of Champions and OGCA members are invited to register for the 2017
EllisDon/Threads of Life Charity Hockey Tournament.
EllisDon is looking for teams to register no later
than April 1, 2017 for this two day hockey tournament, which is being held
at The Sports Village, 2600 Rutherford Road, Vaughan, Ontario on Friday, May
5 from 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and again on Saturday, May 6 from 10:00
a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Bring your family and friends to cheer your teams on.
Don’t forget to bring your little ones along too as there will be a family
skate on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
For information on how you can register for this
worthy cause, please contact Dan Fleming at 416-616-0252 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or, contact Lyndsy
Miceli at email@example.com