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President's Report

This year, the OGCA held its shortened two-day conference at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. By all accounts, it was a very successful event, with over 40 OGCA member companies attending! Among the highlights were presentations by Rick Atkinson, Ray Bassett of Travelers, representing the Canadian Construction Association, Retired Brigadier General Bernard Banks, comedian Glen Foster (That Canadian Guy) and a very well-received session on Adjudication and the Construction Lien Act.

For those who attended, and those who were unable to attend this year, please feel free to take a look at the photos from the events. Click here to view the photos taken by Janis Rees of Kaleidoscope Photography. Photos will be available until the end of the year.



Congratulations as well to Mike Moore of Mike Moore Construction who was presented with the Chairman's Award of Recognition, and to Michael Atkinson, retiring President of the Canadian Construction Association who was presented with the Jock Tindale Award for Integrity in the Construction Industry.

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League of Champions

The League of Champions welcomes its newest members:

  • AGF Rebar
  • Ontario Electrical Construction Company Limited

To learn more about how you can become a champion, please visit www.theleagueofchampions.com

Legislative & Legal Updates

Early on the morning of October 19, 2017, OGCA members descended on Queen’s Park to lobby the members of the Ontario legislature and staff. The day began with a breakfast reception that included many members of the Board of Directors, APP, Lien Act Committee members and 20 members of the legislature plus staff.

The focus was on raising OGCA’s profile with the members and delivering our message of supporting and improving Bill 124 amendments to the Construction Lien Act.

Chairman Frank Perricone spoke to the importance of OGCA and our commitment to workplace health and safety, and Paul Raboud addressed the complexity of the Bill and the need to get the details right.

Attorney General Yasir Naqvi recognized OGCA’s vital role in the development of the legislation in our work with Bruce Reynolds, Sharon Vogel and their advisory committee. He praised the consultative process and the need to bring greater financial certainty to the industry through its proposals.

OGCA members broke into teams and met with 21 members in their offices to deliver our message and discuss industry challenges and the amendments to the Construction Lien Act.

Many members had the opportunity to be guests in Question Period and to be introduced in the Legislature.

It was a very successful Lobby Day as the Legislation has now moved to Committee deputations to be followed by a clause by clause review and consideration of amendments.

A special thanks to Craig Brockwell and Stewart Kiff of Solstice Canada who briefed our members and organized the breakfast event and meetings.

The latest Legislative Report (October 23, 2017) is now available on the OGCA Website - Click here to access.
Safety

 

IMPORTANT: Leadership Conference date has been changed to Friday, March 2, 2018. Location will remain at Verdi’s Convention Centre in Mississauga.

An exceptional program is being planned and details will soon be released.

OGCA and IHSA are looking for generous sponsors to get involved in the event and help us create a successful morning. This conference promotes Health & Safety in the construction industry, and it highlights many safety initiatives such as the Certificate of Recognition (COR), League of Champions and the S.C.O.T Safety Pass.

We are excited to offer this new sponsorship opportunity to all APP members to expose your company to more than 300 members and stakeholders.

For more information, contact Lyndsy Miceli at lyndsy@ogca.ca

 

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, Brown Daniels Associates Inc. hosted a fun company outing to the Royal Canadian Curling Club in celebration of safety.

With over 50 employees, the event focused on strategies needed to build a winning safety culture. Rob Ellis, President of MySafeWork, was there to advocate the importance of safety, challenging the employees to change the way they think and feel about safety.

To raise the bar, Brad Daniels, President of Brown Daniels Associates Inc., asked each of their employees to sign the Jersey of Courage to demonstrate their commitment to safety. Brad also gave thanks to Rob for sharing his personal story, which no family should ever have to face, the loss of his son. No company should ever have to suffer the loss of an employee either, which is why prevention is so important.

Congratulations to all Brown Daniels Associates champions for making safety their number one priority.

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Education & Events

Free Lecture, November 12, 2017 - Presented by Jason Moriyama of Moriyama & Teshimi Architects.

Jason Moriyama's presentation will focus on interfaith architecture and spaces created for museums, education, master planning and the environment. Jason will explore the idea that architecture can enhance the understanding of faith and interfaith spaces and will provide insight into the deliberations and decision-making process when designing sacred spaces.This presentation is part of the Ismaili Centre Canada 150 Series - a collection of diverse events commemorating Canada's sesquicentennial.

Click here to register.

Member News

Walsh Canada is proud to have received two awards from Canadian Occupational Safety magazine as part of its annual Canada’s Safest Employers awards, an annual cross-country competition recognizing Canada’s occupational health and safety leaders.

Walsh Canada Vice President and Business Group Leader, Craig Lesurf, and Health and Safety Manager, Dave Irwin, were called to the stage at the annual gala held on October 24th to receive the honours, which include the Silver Award for the Building and Construction category and the Silver Award for Young Worker Safety.

Click here to read the press release.

BMO Field Expansion and Rogers Place Earn ENR Global Best Project Awards The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that BMO Field Expansion and Rogers Place have each won an Award of Merit in the fifth annual Engineering News-Record (ENR) magazine Global Best Projects competition.

Fayolle Canada is pleased to announce that effective October 16, MC Group and its members - Alta, OCI & McKay-Cocker- are effectively rebranded under the Magil Construction banner.

Fayolle Canada purchased Magil Construction in 2009, McKay-Cocker Construction in 2010 and Alta Construction in 2013. All previous references to MC Group will now become part of our past, while the name Magil Construction will firmly unify all our companies across the country under one name.

Over the past few years, our leadership teams - spearheaded by Alain Gauvin, Owen Whelan, Jim Laurence and overseen by John Marcovecchio - have actively pursued and enacted strategies to further improve our positioning in the geographical markets in which we operate. Today, we strengthen brand recognition by all stakeholders for the expertise and depth of the divisions we perform under - Buildings, Civil, Industrial and Interiors.

Our immediate goals aim at showcasing our significant strengths, our coast to coast presence, our breadth of services, and our depth of expertise through one consolidated brand. We will continue to deliver on our word and empower our teams who have helped us fortify our position as a cornerstone in our industry.

Our branding will be visually different and modern, but the people responsible for our past successes remain true to our commitments and further dedicated to our future success. Today, we are united under one name: Magil Construction.

Please note that all our websites will be consolidated under one - www.magil.com- and our emails will have the Magil designation attached to it.

Calendar of Events

On November 3, 2017, Canadian Construction Innovations is holding a conference on "Construction on the Precipice of Massive Change." Please click here to access the website and register. 

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Industry News

WSIB wants to let you know that Compass, their new online health and safety tool, was launched early in October. Compass will provide greater transparency to workplace safety in Ontario, giving people the ability to find the health and safety statistics of any workplace and compare statistics between businesses.

To find out more:

watch our instructional video; and go to www.wsib.on.ca/compass to try Compass.

Compass is one more way WSIB is making workplace data open and accessible. Their efforts are aligned to the Province of Ontario’s Open Government Initiative and as such, the WSIB is working to maximize access to data, unless it is exempt for legal, privacy, security, confidentiality, or commercial sensitivity reasons.

Should you have any questions on this first phase of Compass or would like to arrange a demonstration for your associates, please contact Diane Weber at Diane_Weber@wsib.on.ca

For the second year, Mayor John Tory’s office will be hosting the Mayor's Youth Employment Expo on Sunday, November 19th, 2017 from 12pm to 4pm with the same simple goal -creating mutually beneficial connections between talented youth in search of employment and local businesses in need of talented youth.

This year, they've added resume writing, interview skills and networking workshops hosted by LinkedIn, Magnet and the Centre for Education and Training.

Registration for job seekers and employers is mandatory. For more information and to register, please visit youthjobexpo.ca

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Request For Proposals Closed for Brockville General Hospital Redevelopment

BROCKVILLE – The request for proposals (RFP) stage has closed for prequalified companies to submit bids to build and finance the Brockville General Hospital redevelopment project.

Following a fair, open and transparent request for qualifications process that began in June 2015, prequalified bidders were invited to respond to the RFP issued in May 2017. Four companies have submitted bids:

  • EllisDon Corporation
  • M. Sullivan and Son, Ltd.
  • PCL Constructors Canada, Inc.
  • Pomerleau Inc.

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Associate Partner News and Events
Pinchin is pleased to announce that they have joined forces with DEC Engineering Sustainability, a mechanical engineering and design firm with locations in Vancouver & Victoria, British Columbia.
Please click here to read the latest newsletter from the Cleveland Clinic, one of our APP members. 

Ontario’s rules and regulations for road-building machines have changed. This change affects the way road-building machines are legally defined and classified. Vehicles no longer considered road-building machines will be subject to requirements related to registration, licensing and hours of service.

Click here to read the full article from Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers.

Pinchin is once again offering several seminars on various topics. Please click here to view the latest offerings.

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