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The OGCA is excited to bring you our annual COR™ Open House and OGCA Leadership Conference on March 6. This conference is the best way to get the information you need to navigate the changing safety climate and to manage your safety program effectively.

The Leadership Conference will include Ron Kelusky, Chief Prevention Officer and Paul Casey, IHSA discussing the opportunities you will have as an accredited company. You will also hear more about WSIB’s financial incentives to accredited companies and for those that participate in the new Health and Safety Excellence Program.

The second part of the conference is about managing your company’s mental health and fit for duty program. The IWH will present the findings of their Cannabis use study, and Substance abuse professional Julian Toy will help you develop an effective fit for duty program.

This event is a unique opportunity for you to learn about COR™ from leaders in construction and safety. Please join us on March 6. Register now!

For more information about Leadership Day on March 6, 2020, please click here.

To register online, please click here

If you wish to pay by credit card on the OGCA website, please click here.

Clive Thurston recently attended the 23rd Convention of the Corporation des Entrepreneurs Generaux du Quebec at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau. Clive was the guest of Eric Cote, CEO of the CEGQ.

At the gala dinner, Eric and the CEGQ surprised Clive with a gift and a heartfelt thank you for his work in the industry.




Erich Schmidt is a specialist in government relations, stakeholder engagement and strategic communications. Erich has worked in all three levels of government, has served in the Ministry of Labour, and has worked on ten political campaigns, and counting.

He has a strong track record of success in providing strategic communications and public affairs advice to political, business, public service, media, and community leaders. 

He brings to the OGCA a strong knowledge of government processes and industry experience from other ICI construction associations. With his skills and experience, he is well equipped to engage with OGCA members, stakeholders and government.

Erich holds a Certificate in Strategic Public Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Law and Policy from the University of Toronto. He is currently working on his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

OGCA is pleased to be working with Erich!

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Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company is a Canadian specialty insurance and surety company with a passionate team that committed to fresh thinking and new ideas. In an industry that is beginning to adapt to the digital age, we’re leading the way with innovative processes that perfectly pair with our expertise in the field, delivering the results our clients are looking for seamlessly.
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Ransomware and virus attacks were up 103% in 2019 compared to 2018. And as Canadian companies have spent over $88 Billion on their IT needs in 2019. For 2020, the challenges are even greater with viruses and ransomware becoming more sophisticated and even powered by Artificial Intelligence. So, what can organizations do to protect themselves?

Isn’t having antivirus and doing regular Windows updates good enough? The answer is no.

We are pleased to announce that Modern Niagara and Chandos have joined the League of Champions.

As a national company, Modern Niagara has the capacity to do jobs of any scale. As an agile team, they can adapt, pivot and move fast whenever conditions and needs change. It’s a unique combination that sets them apart.

Modern Niagara helps building owners, managers and general contractors meet the mechanical, electrical and building control needs of their properties. They also offer building services that include proactive and emergency maintenance programs.

Modern Niagara has been named among Canada's Top 100 Employers for the second consecutive year and was recognized as one of Canada’s safest employers. They have also received a number of prestigious awards for their safety excellence.

Please click here to read more about Modern Niagara.


Chandos is an award-winning, 100% employee-owned national technical builder that is leading change in the Canadian construction industry. They are a purpose-driven organization and are proud to be the first and the largest B Corp certified commercial general contractor in North America.

They specialize in collaborative project delivery and are one of the largest mid-sized Canadian general contractors. At Chandos it’s about alliances and ideas, not egos or agendas. They compete on culture and are focused on people as enablers of client satisfaction and growth.

Chandos challenge conventional ways of thinking with a fresh perspective. Finding a better means to a better outcome. Looking beyond the obvious and seeing what others don’t.

Please click here to read more about Chandos.

Modern Niagara and Chandos are Safety Leaders and “Leaders Need to Lead”. The League of Champions inspires other leaders to be  health and safety champions. Together, we will make a difference in the Ontario construction industry.

Over 190 people attended the LOC and OGCA’s “Opportunities for Safety: An Introduction to the New Ontario Safety Programs” event on February 12, 2020 at Verdi Convention Centre. OGCA and LOC members, association members, speakers and experts in construction and safety were invited.

Craig Lesurf opened the program and in honour of Mississauga's Mayor Hazel McCallion, showed a League of Champions  jersey he asked everyone to sign. Dan Fleming presented the Roadmap to Accreditation. David Frame talked about the OGCA Leadership Day and introduced the event sponsors; IHSA, NORCAT and 4S.


Speakers were Diana Rea from WSIB, Paul Casey from IHSA, and Bill Roy from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development.

Diana Rea presented the Health and Safety Excellence (HSE) Program. Paul Casey discussed CORTM2020 and Bill Roy presented the Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers (SOSE) Program.

Paul Casey - IHSA, Rod Cook - WSIB, and Bill Roy - MOL, sat on the panel chaired by Craig Lesurf.

Thank you to all the speakers, special guests, participants and sponsors for making this event a success.

Please click here to see more photos from the event.

Is your company or association a Safety Leader? Are you a Safety Champion and want to make a difference in the Ontario construction industry? Do you want to join an organization that inspires leaders to be health and safety champions?

League of Champions Members and Patrons are committed to inspiring leaders to be health and safety champions.

Please visit the LOC website, Facebook and Twitter page for more information about the League of Champions. To apply to become a Safety Champion, please contact Marjorie Javier by email at Marjorie@theLOC.ca or phone 905-671-3969.

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Member News

Make your plans to attend the 2020 LCI Congress with over 1,600 Lean professionals October 19 to 23, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan.

Sharpen your skills, share perspectives and learn from experienced project teams, build your network, and experience Lean in action at an off-site Gemba walk!

For questions about the LCI Congress program, please contact Joan Piccariello, Director of Program Development.

For questions about LCI Congress sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities, please contact
Ilene Goldberg, Manager, Membership and Corporate Engagement.

Click here for more information.

Associate Partner News and Events

Our H&S Partner and Associate Partner member, 4S Consulting Services Inc., is conducting a H&S Leadership Summit on Feb 26, 2020.

They have invited elite speakers from the CPO’s office, WSIB, and IHSA to share their vital insights on safety leadership, COR 2020, MOL’s Accreditation Program (SOSE), and H&S Excellence Program. 

You’re Invited!! CLICK HERE to Register Now. 

What to Expect:

  • Learn more about the Supporting Ontario's Safe Employers Program
  • Discover how to be a H&S Leaders in Ontario while earning financial rebates through the new accreditation program
  • Find out more about updates in Ontario's Occupational H&S Prevention System from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
  • Know how to align your business to qualify for the CORTM 2020 standard. 

OGCA is pleased to continue our partnership with Cleveland Clinic Canada and provide OGCA members with a preferred rate for the Executive Health Program.

The Executive Health Program helps patients live healthier and more active lives. This program was designed to help patients perform at their best, as well as anticipate and address health issues in a way that is personalized, convenient, and proactive. This one-day, comprehensive medical and wellness assessment helps you learn about your current state of health, and provides you with an action plan so you can protect your most valuable asset – your health.

Click here for more information and how to contact Cleveland Clinic.

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Legislative & Legal Updates

The government has introduced Bill 171 that if passed, will give Metrolinx unique powers to expedite the planning and approvals for Toronto transit.

The Bill only applies to the four lines proposed in metro Toronto, including the priority Ontario Line. The proposal gives Metrolinx planning control of the transit corridor and includes limits to environmental studies, and power to determine relocation of utilities.

The Bill is now in second reading.

To read the full press release, click here.

The latest issue of the Ontario Legislative Reports is now available. Click here to access the Government Relations section of the OGCA website.

For issues prior to 2019, please contact Mary Wademan at the OGCA.