This past week, OGCA hosted its 10th Symposium for a record number of sponsors, speakers and attendees. From all
accounts, this was the best Symposium yet. The sessions all received high scores
and were acclaimed for their value to the attendees. The Builders' awards presentation was a
terrific evening and a full report on the Award winners will come in future
editions, as will coverage in the DCN and Construction News and Report Group.
We were honoured that Premier Wynne attended
to address the attendees. She spent time on the floor speaking to members and
sponsors before delivering a terrific speech to the crowd.
During this event, OGCA Safety Committee Chair Craig
Lesurf and MySafeWork’s Rob Ellis presented the Premier with her personal Jersey of
Courage which has thousands of signatures on it collected by Rob Ellis and OGCA
over the past year.
There will be more follow up on sessions
and video interviews with many of the speakers, on key topics like Lien Act
Reform and Marijuana in the Workplace.
My personal thanks to Mary, Lyndsy and
Cheryl for their untiring efforts to ensure a smooth and successful event, which
David and I appreciated. Thanks to all our volunteers who, event after event, step up to assist us in making this — as several sponsors said to me — the best
organized and most valuable event they have ever experienced.
Look forward to our next endeavour in 2019.
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The League of Champions would like to
welcome its newest members and Patrons:
Hart-Well Electrical Co.
E&E Seegmiller Ltd. (shown, at left)
Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced
If you are interested in becoming a member of the League of Champions, please contact Lyndsy Miceli at the OGCA Offices (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For a small donation to the MySafeWork charity, you will receive a jersey of courage, bearing the League of Champions logo, and your name on the back.
Join some of the leading companies who believe in a safety culture and that everyone should go home safe every day.
On April 28, MySafeWork is holding its first annual Courageous Live-streaming event encouraging young workers around the provinces to stand up to unsafe work.
In support of changing the culture of safety in Canada, we recognize it begins in the schools.
Watch the live-stream event on April 28 at 9:00am EST by registering today.
Please click here to register.
Safety Month at OGCA is underway and many
of its members have begun planning their events in raising awareness in Health
and Safety. This month is an opportunity for workplaces to improve awareness
and share best practices.
Safety Week’s theme, "It’s in our hands"
includes many resources and tools for handling and promoting hand safety. For more information, please visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com.
OGCA is encouraging member companies to
tell us what your company has planned:
1 - Walsh Canada will be holding two events, at their
Etobicoke General Hospital jobsite and at their CFB Borden
May 2 - PCL Constructors will
be holding its Safety Event on their Milton District Hospital site.
May 5 & 6 – EllisDon holds
its 2-day EllisDon/Threads of Life Charity Hockey Tournament.
If you would like to see your event
displayed, tell us what you and your team have planned for safety week. Send information to email@example.com for inclusion in the next newsletter.
On behalf of the occupational health and safety system, George Gritziotis, Chief Prevention Officer, is pleased to share the Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario: 2015-16 Annual Report. The report highlights our 2015-16 accomplishments in advancing the integrated strategy, Healthy and Safe Ontario Workplaces.
The Chief Prevention Officer has extended
the April 1, 2017, deadline for Working at Heights Training Requirements by
another six months.
This recognizes that there is a significant
group of workers who have not yet completed the training required for all
construction workers who may work at heights of three meters or more.
The extension only applies to those who
have registered in a recognized program to be completed before October 1, 2017.
Click here for further details.
Congratulations to all the winners of the Ontario Builder Awards, and in particular, to Kenaidan Contracting Ltd. who won the Achievement Award as overall winner for the West Harbour GO Station. In the next week or so, we will be adding the photos of the award winners to the OGCA website.
The Canadian Free Trade Agreement will have a significant impact on the construction industry. Major sections of the 324-page document address opening up procurement and labour mobility across the country.
Did you know that 1 in 7 people in Ontario have a disability? As our population ages, this number is expected to increase to 1 in 5. The need for accessibility in every aspect of our everyday life is becoming more important. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the legislative framework that will help make Ontario accessible by 2025.
Now that the 2017 Symposium is over, OGCA
staff will be working on our next event – the OGCA’s 38th annual
A.R. Timms Memorial Golf Tournament and Chairman’s Luncheon.
We hope you can join us on Monday, July 10,
2017, at the Glencairn Golf Course in Milton, for a round of golf, refreshments and networking with your fellow industry stakeholders!
And on another note ... we will soon be working on
the 79th Annual General Meeting and Conference, at the OMNI King
Edward in Toronto from October 19 – 22, 2017.
We have several interesting
sessions planned, including Ret. Brig. Gen. Bernard (Bernie) Banks, Duncan Glaholt
on adjudication (with a mock adjudication planned) and entertainment to keep
We hope you can join us for breakfast with MPPs in the
Legislative Dining Room on October 19 before the conference gets started. More
information on that to follow.
The Chairman's Dinner will be held in the newly refurbished Crystal Ballroom on Saturday, October 21.