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The 2023 ORCGA Damage Prevention Symposium was a Huge Success!



With over 300 attendees, 33 exhibitors, 12 educational sessions, two great Tradeshow Networking receptions and one fantastic evening of music and celebration, this year’s symposium was a resounding success!

Approved presentations and photos will be available on our website very soon.

Thank to our speakers, attendees, and exhibitors for making this year’s symposium one for the record books.



This event would not be possible if it wasn’t for the support of our annual sponsors and of course our event sponsors.


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The 2022 ORCGA Achievement Awards were held on Wednesday, February 8th.
The ORCGA Member of the Year is presented annually to the ORCGA members whose dedication and service to the ORCGA went above and beyond the call of duty during a given year, and they might be considered the “most valuable player”.
The award recipient for the Jim Douglas Award of Excellence in Damage Prevention is an ongoing roster of damage prevention champions. The award honours ORCGA members that have served the organization over a long period of time and whose impact has left its mark on the organization in a positive and memorable way.
Enbridge Gas Inc.
Avertex Utility Solutions Inc.
Cablewave Utility Services
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These awards recognize excavators with the best in-class safe digging practices.  Excavator of the Year is determined by each contractor’s individual damage rate.  A damage rate is a calculation dependent on the volume of locates requests, measured against the number of digging related damages to underground infrastructure.
Input from infrastructure owners is also used in the determination.  To qualify, excavators must have a minimum of 500 locate requests to Ontario One Call.



Thank you to those who submitted a video to congratulate the ORCGA on 20 years in Damage Prevention!



Industry News
Source:  Link2Build
Ontario and the federal government are investing in a project they say will be the country's largest battery storage project in Six Nations of the Grand River.
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Ottawa is investing $50 million more into the Oneida Energy storage project in Ohsweken, Ont.
Premier Doug Ford says the province has directed the Independent Electricity System Operator to enter into a 20-year deal with the project as part of its push for more clean energy supply.
Ford says the project will draw and store electricity off-peak when power demand is low and return it when demand increases.
The premier says the project will begin operating in 2025 and will more than double the amount of clean energy storage.
Six Nations says they have invested in the project, which will provide economic returns and 97 per cent of the construction workforce to build it.
Source:  ConstructConnect 
Building permit activity in the City of Oshawa in 2022 was more than $900 million, exceeding any year in Oshawa’s recorded history and shattering its previous record of $614 million.
The city set 25 new building records last year including highest total construction value issued in any one year ($901-plus million); highest total residential construction value issued in any one year ($762-plus million); and 12 new industrial and commercial buildings.
New buildings issued in 2022 include RioCan’s development at Simcoe Street North and Winchester Road West, new industrial buildings across the city and two new apartment buildings.
From 2018-2022, the city issued more than $250 million in industrial building permits and more than $2.7 billion in total building permit values over the same period, indicates a release.
The Northwood Business Park presents the next prime employment development opportunity for the city with about 500 acres of developable land designated for employment and commercial uses. It is attracting further investment in proximity to post-secondary institutions and the Oshawa Executive Airport, adds the release.
“Prestige employment lands such as Northwood Business Park with the projection of thousands of new jobs, are bringing unprecedented momentum to Oshawa as an economically diverse and thriving employment hub within the GTA; one that blue chip companies and AAA industrial tenants are being attracted to in a way not seen since the Industrial Revolution,” said Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri, chair of the economic and development services committee, in a statement.
Source:  On-Site Magazine
Malcom Matwijec, a student at Centennial College who competed in the Heavy Vehicle Technology competition at WorldSkills, and Emma Kilgannon, a recent graduate of Humber College who competed in the Pâtisserie and Confectionary competition, were on hand at Humber College as they were presented with official WorldSkills Medal Recognition banners to hang proudly in their institutions.
Both won bronze in their respective trades at the international competitions this past fall. They were part of a group of seven Ontario competitors who were on Team Canada at the WorldSkills Special Edition. The special edition competition was held in 15 countries across 26 different cities.
Skills Ontario explained that institutions hang banners from provincial, national and world skills competitions in much the same manner as a banner from a championship in a sporting competition to display the achievement of skilled trade and technology students.
PGC Services
Vivax Canada
A & J Vacworx Inc.
Vermeer Canada Inc.
Member News
Source:  Benefit Partners 
Benefit Partners (a division of People Corporation) would like to provide access to an article on how organizations can support the mental health of their employees. This article discusses the challenges potentially faced by employees today and why it makes sense for employers to make mental health a priority. For further information on employee health and wellness solutions please visit
Reef Industries, Inc.