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March 14, 2014 @ 11:47 PM

Serge Massicotte Elected 2014 Chair of Canadian Construction Association

PANAMA, Friday March 14, 2014 -- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) has appointed Serge Massicotte as Chair of the 2014 Board of Directors at its annual general meeting, held in conjunction with the 2014 CCA Annual Conference. Massicotte takes over the position from Frank Rizzardo, president and general manager of Emcon Services, a Merritt, British Columbia based maintenance, paving, construction and equipment rental company.

"I am very excited to be stepping into the role of CCA Chair, and look forward to working with our partners and stakeholders in the coming year," Massicotte said. "As the national voice of the Canadian construction industry, CCA has an important role in supporting one of the country's largest industries and our 20,000 member firms. I look forward to representing our members as we continue to build Canada's future with a strong and vibrant construction industry."

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March 11, 2014 @ 07:59 PM

Canada's Construction Industry Celebrates its Best and Brightest

Canada's Construction Industry Celebrates its Best and Brightest

Canadian Construction Association's National Awards Program celebrates industry excellence with 11 awards

PANAMA March 11, 2014 - Eleven individuals, associations and firms from Canada's construction industry were recognized at the Canadian Construction Association annual awards ceremony today for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the industry, their communities, and to Canada.

"Once again this year, the national awards program has showcased the incredible contributions from firms, associations and people across the country," said Frank Rizzardo, 2013 Canadian Construction Association chair. "The Canadian construction industry consistently demonstrates its ability to achieve excellence, whether through innovation, community stewardship or environmental achievement. As an association, we are proud to recognize these accomplishments each year through the CCA National Awards."

The awards ceremony, sponsored by Jardine Lloyd Thompson, was held in Panama City, Panama in conjunction with the CCA Annual Conference. The keynote speaker prior to the ceremony was Yvonne Camus, an Eco-Challenge participant in 2000, whose team was the first rookie team in history to complete the competition. Camus spoke vividly about her conviction that extraordinary achievements can come from teamwork, commitment, and an enthusiasm for life.

The 2013 CCA National Award recipients are:

Awards of Recognition

- General Contractor Award of Recognition - Anibal Valente, PCL Construction

- Trade Contractor Award of Recognition - Les LaRocque, Botting and Associates

- Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition - Wayne Morsky, Morsky Management Group

- Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition - Zey Emir, Revay and Associates

Awards of Excellence

- Gold Seal Association Award - Grand Valley Construction Association

- Community Leader Award - Paul Douglas, PCL

- Partner Association Award - Construction Association of Nova Scotia

- International Business Award - Aecon

- Environmental Achievement Award - Maple Reinders

- Excellence in Innovation Award – Hoban Equipment

- Person of the Year Award – William (Bill) Gyles, Kinetic Construction

"As CCA Chair, it is great to see so many well deserving recipients," Rizzardo added. "These awards showcase the best our industry has to offer, including the amazing diversity of individuals, firms and associations that make up the Canadian construction industry. The theme of our conference was 'Unlocking Canada's Potential,' and these awards are a demonstration of the amazing potential our industry already has."

More information about the awards is available on the CCA website, including a list of past recipients. Visit www.cca-acc.com/en/about-cca/awards to find out more.

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About the Winners

General Contractor Award of Recognition - Anibal Valente, PCL Construction

Currently Vice President - Vancouver – Buildings & Civil Construction, Anibal Valente oversees PCL’s strategic planning and construction operations in British Columbia. Having joined PCL in 1979 as a site engineer in Vancouver, he worked his way up as a project manager and district manager, and proudly displays his CCA Gold Seal certification in project management. An original member of the Vancouver Aboriginal Strategic Partnership project that resulted in hundreds of Aboriginal people working in the industry on projects leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games, this gentleman also nurtured the Construction Career Project, initiated within PCL, ensuring that the lives of hundreds of Aboriginal workers were changed through their introduction to and employment within the construction industry. His dedication to various aspects of the industry has been recognized by his peers. Brad Greene, Past Chair of CCA, said he “continues to be both a maverick and a tireless worker on behalf of those of us who build our country’s valuable infrastructure.” In his role at CCA, he demonstrates this same dedication and determination. In serving on the General Contractors Council, he has served as the GC rep on numerous task forces including the naming of subcontractors, CM guide, Auditing of Gold Seal Program etc. He is currently serving on the CCA Executive Committee as 2nd Vice-Chair, and will serve in 2014 as 1st National Vice-Chair.

Trade Contractor Award of Recognition - Les LaRocque, Botting and Associates

Since becoming president of Botting & Associates at the age of 30, Les LaRocque has grown the company from a small business with only 10 employees to one of the larger & well-respected mechanical contractors in Western Canada.  Constantly looking for innovative ways to be more productive on the respective jobsites, he has embraced 3D design in its infancy to complete projects under budget and ahead of schedule. As President, he was instrumental in mandating pre-job planning meetings for all construction projects.  As the business grew, so did his role in the industry, as he shared his time and experience with several industry and industry-related organisations including the Merit Contactors Association of Alberta, where he served as Chairman, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, the Alberta Economic Development Authority, and the Calgary Construction Association, where he is currently serving on their board of directors. He is also an active participant at the Canadian Construction Association, having served as Chair of the Trade Contractors Council, the Human Resources Committee, and   on the CCA Executive Committee

 

Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition - Wayne Morsky, Morsky Management Group

Wayne Morsky began working for his family’s business at the age of thirteen.  Now President and CEO of a thriving infrastructure development operation that for 55 years been involved in diverse sectors of the industry, including general contracting, highway construction, railway maintenance, industrial services, HySpeed soil nailing, and oil and gas development, his passion for family and business is evident. Graduating from Red River College’s Business Administration program in 1981, he not only devoted himself to his family’s business, but also to his industry as he founded the Regina chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise.  He has also served as President of the Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association of Saskatchewan, the Chair of the Western Canadian Roadbuilders Association, and was also Chair of the Canadian Construction Association. In his years at CCA leading up to his Chairmanship, this gentleman was an active part of several CCA councils in committees, including the Environment Committee, the Gold Seal Committee, and the Roadbuilders Council (now the Civil Infrastructure Council). He was instrumental in pursuit of a long-term federal infrastructure program representing the CCA at the first national infrastructure summit held in Regina in January 2010. He has also been a strong proponent of enhancing industry engagement with aboriginal communities to promote careers in construction. 

Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition - Zey Emir, Revay and Associates

A professional engineer, Zey Emir has more than twenty years of experience in project management and consulting to the construction industry in scheduling, cost control, document control and claims resolution. Specializing in the preparation of claims and expert reports for contractors and owners, this person has prepared, analyzed and negotiated the resolution of countless construction claims. With diverse project experience that includes work on bridges, pipelines, power plants and facilities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including several high-profile projects such as the construction of an offshore oil drilling platform, a 200 km natural gas pipeline, and an Olympic sports facility, Emir has shared both knowledge and experience through the development and presentation of training programs for a wide range of industry professionals.  Recognized as an expert witness in court as well as arbitration panels in the areas of delay, productivity analysis and quantification of damages, the recipient has also lectured at Dalhousie University and Concordia University. Emir has also co-chaired the CCA Vertical Building Forum and has  proven eloquent & knowledgeable  at CCA and Partner Associations events on a number of timely CCA and industry-raised issues, the latest being the Quality of Design Document in the construction industry.

Gold Seal Association Award - Grand Valley Construction Association

In 2007, the Grand Valley Construction Association’s Strategic Development Plan mandated the association provide opportunities for members to increase their excellence in all areas of the construction industry. This meant focusing on Gold Seal Certification and having all staff trained on the program and how it enhances both companies and individual members. With administrative staff orchestrating the “nuts and bolts” of offering classes, the President facilitating accredited instructors and holding onsite awareness workshops, - and  marketing staff preparing Gold Seal course awareness emails, web pages, print publications and personal contacts, this association surrounds their Gold Seal activities with dedicated support. As the association notes, “Projects that are Gold Seal Managed have in their contract documents the requirements for Gold Seal certification. Our staff proactively approaches members who would typically bid on these projects to alert them to the requirements, and from there a dedicated staff person meets with the firms to help them through the process.” To that end, of the 7 Gold Seal projects in its province, 5 are through this association’s members.

Community Leader Award - Paul Douglas, PCL

PCL’s spirit of community giving comes in large part from the commitment and examples set by leaders, none more so than those of its President and CEO, Paul Douglas. His commitment to giving is expressed in two forms: his personal service to the community and in his role as a leader who supports and encourages those with whom he works to take up his example. Currently he sits on the Business Advisory Board to the Edmonton International Airport, as well as the President's Think Tank for the University of Alberta, where he helps to guide the direction of one of Canada’s largest postsecondary institutions. He was a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and has since become a member of the World Presidents' Organization.  In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian Construction Industry. As a leader in his firm, he encourages the company’s districts across Canada to contribute financial resources to colleges, universities, museums, hospitals, sports associations, arts facilities, municipalities, and community organizations, and he has been at the forefront of establishing PCL’s partnerships with the Red Cross, the United Way, and Habitat for Humanity. He is also a supporter of local charitable organizations, and has championed PCL’s charitable matching program, ensuring that his company continues to demonstrate the same generosity that his employees, and he himself, exhibit.

Partner Association Award - Construction Association of Nova Scotia

The Construction Association of Nova Scotia is proud of its reputation for taking a proactive approach on issues and building relationships that advance the interests of its members and the industry.  This approach to government relations has led to successes that include significant changes to the province’s builders’ lien act. Education is another subject that this association takes great pride in. Having heard from its members that training can be difficult and costly, especially for those who operate outside of the City centre, this association developed a fully integrated, high definition video-based system which includes two fully-equipped physical classrooms and the ability to provide dedicated connection for virtual meeting spaces simultaneously. The association has also significantly increased its course offerings, and an additional 34 courses became Gold Seal Accredited, now making their entire course catalogue Gold Seal Accredited. The association has also partnered with its local university to develop a program which will enable candidates to develop critical leadership skills and sector-specific competencies in order to increase productivity, innovation and competitiveness. 

International Business Award – Aecon

In 2002, Ecuador awarded a 35-year concession to design, build, finance and operate the new airport high in the Andes Mountains, as well as to operate Quito’s existing airport until the new facility was finished.  Four years later, Aecon, and its partner Andrade Guiterrez Concessions S.A., broke ground for a new 700-million world-class airport designed to serve the city for the next century.  Work on the engineer/procure/construct contract involved the entire critical infrastructure required to make the airport operational.  Aecon successfully exported its project development, management, financing, construction and engineering expertise to Ecuador. In all, more than 40 Canadian companies were involved in this project, and more than 500,000 hours of specialized training were provided to over 7,000 Ecuadorians, allowing for presentation of best practices and construction and safety standards to a country with a vastly different construction culture and safety and labour codes.  On February 19th, 2013, the New Quito International Airport celebrated the first flight. Today, the Airport sees over five million passengers annually, and boasts the longest runway in Latin America. 

Environmental Achievement Award - Maple Reinders

In Metro Vancouver, approximately 700,000 tonnes of solid waste a year is sent to the landfill, of which approximately 40% is organic waste. The Harvest Energy Garden is able to use the organic waste in an innovative High Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) technology to process solid waste material into bio-gas, and then into electricity generation as well as high quality compost. Selected as a constructor for this project, Maple Reinders was happy to rise to the unique challenges associated with construction such a green facility including incorporating new technology, material selection and equipment installation.  New technology, developed in Germany, was being integrated into the project. Due to the emerging nature of the bio-gas industry, it meant that some of the necessary products needed were not available in North America, and needed to be sourced and imported from the European market. In addition, design codes and regulations had to be reviewed to ensure that safety and regulatory requirements were met. Materials selection was another significant challenge. The nature of the HSAD process resulted in an extremely aggressive environment, which required extremely durable materials.  The concrete mix design for the percolator tunnels used a silica fume additive, needed to achieve the necessary gas tightness and durability. This significantly improved the concrete strength, chemical resistance and impermeability of the mix and all tunnels passed the mandatory gas tightness tests upon completion.  For other components in the structure, epoxy-coated steel was used rather than galvanized steel to avoid potential corrosion from ammonia which is generated as one of the by-products in the process. The end result of this project is a facility that is processing in excess of 800 tonnes of organic waste per week, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 23,000 tonnes and is on target to produce power for more than 900 homes and provide high-quality compost for local farms and gardens.

Excellence in Innovation Award – Hoban Equipment/World Tech Solutions Ltd.

Hoban Equipment/World Tech Solutions Ltd. has developed an Aggregate Processing Control System (A.P.C.S.), an International Patent Pending control system, utilizing digital technology to integrate functions that provide safety features, plant controls, operations and quality control reporting, in an industry that typically has seen little to no growth in technology. The system reduces downtime by observing areas that are not always visible to workers for issues such as rock jams.  This ability to gather data for each specific project allows the user to predict possible future outcomes in a much quicker manner. Not only can downtime be reduced, but by identifying areas of concern, site safety and longevity of the equipment is significantly increased. Electronic information chronologically tracks Sieve tests, consecutive running averages and implements a Design Aggregate Gradation (DAG). This information is input directly into electronic monitoring systems that feed directly to the Tower Operator, providing immediate notification of possible out of specification results. These results can save the Aggregate Processing Plant hours in over producing an out of spec product, which in turn decreases costs as it relates to time spent on the job. Monitoring workers in hazardous environments ensures a decrease in near-misses and incidents as it enables everyone on site to become more aware of potential risks, and the amount of time they spend in specific zones. Using the information from the monitoring system to provide feedback to the crews and site supervisors helps prevent further infractions and enables the crew to proactively make decisions on work patterns.

Person of the Year Award - William (Bill) Gyles, Kinetic Construction

William (Bill) Gyles’ approach to construction can be summarized with the following: treat subcontractors with respect and as valued partners, consultants as team members working towards a common goal, and clients as people, their time and money respected. He believes in leading by example, and hiring smart people who share his values and work ethics. His firm’s strong corporate culture is a testament to his unique ability to build a community of like-minded people, committed to building great projects together. He inspires creativity, hard work, and a determination to reach goals and to strive to do more. As CEO, he has been responsible for a staff of up to 150 people at three branch offices, building projects with a total annual construction value of $50M.He has given countless hours over the years to the construction community, through his participation on numerous associations, including the CCA,  the British Columbia Construction Association and the Vancouver Island Construction Association. One peer had this to say about his work: “Through (his) tireless dedication to Construction Associations on both a local and national level, he has helped bring positive changes to contract language and the risks passed through to Contractors.” He believes in the work of associations so much that he expects members of the Youth Development Program he spearheaded, to be involved in both industry and community organizations.   One other initiative he has launched with his eye on the future is a career enhancement program that matches abilities, talent, and potential with appropriate training and mentoring. It is open to all employees, from senior management to labourers.

February 13, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

ACEC and CCA Welcome Federal Announcement on Policy Framework for New Building Canada Fund

(OTTAWA) February 13, 2014. The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) are pleased with today’s announcement made by the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada and the Hon. Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs on the policy framework for the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF).

“Federal infrastructure investment has been the catalyst leading national infrastructure renewal efforts for the past ten years,” said Michael Atkinson, President of CCA. “We are pleased that the Building Canada Fund will remain a key driver for this continued effort ensuring pan-Canadian leadership in the development of the trade-enabling infrastructure Canada will require to remain globally competitive for the next fifty years.”

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February 11, 2014 @ 09:52 PM

Canadian Construction Association Supportive of "Stay the Course" Budget

Budget 2014 reinforces importance of infrastructure investment and labour market development to Canada’s future economic prosperity

OTTAWA, February 11, 2014 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was encouraged by the continuing recognition in today’s federal budget of the importance of infrastructure investment and prudent labour market development to Canada’s long-term economic prosperity.

“Sustained investment in infrastructure is critical to Canada’s long-term economic growth,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “The additional federal commitments announced today, together with the earlier announced 10-year $53 billion Building Canada Plan effective April 1, 2014, will help governments across Canada continue the process of infrastructure renewal and set Canada on the path to a more globally competitive economy.”

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November 8, 2013 @ 02:18 PM

CCA Applauds Federal-Provincial Discussions on Skills Training and Development

OTTAWA, November 7, 2013 - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is pleased that federal and provincial skills ministers will be meeting in Toronto on Friday to discuss a better approach to labour market training, apprenticeship and skills development across Canada.

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October 15, 2013 @ 09:30 PM

Canadian Construction Association Awards Open for Nominations

Twelve national awards celebrate the best in the Canadian construction industry

The Canadian Construction Association national awards program is now accepting nominations for its 2013 awards, to be presented at the 96th CCA Annual Conference, being held next year in Panama.

Whether through innovation, environmental performance, safety, or community leadership, the awards celebrate the best in the Canadian construction industry. The awards are open to any eligible associations, individuals, or firms, including the more than 20,000 CCA member firms across Canada.

“The CCA national awards program is a fantastic way to celebrate the outstanding performance of our industry firms, associations and individuals across this great country,” said Frank Rizzardo, chair of the CCA board of directors. “Each year we receive nominations that showcase the exemplary work being done in our industry, on projects across Canada, and in the communities where we live and build. These awards help highlight the excellence our industry has to offer.”

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April 30, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

CCA Concerned Changes to Temporary Foreign Worker Program Will Harm the Construction Sector

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is very concerned that the changes to the Labour Market Opinion (LMO) and Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) programs announced yesterday will reduce the sector's ability and capacity to meet the increased demand for construction services across Canada.

“From a construction industry perspective, the TFW program is a stop-gap measure, which allows industry to keep pace with rising demand across Canada for construction services," said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “The cost of recruiting and employing temporary foreign workers in the construction sector makes this an option of last resort, but a necessary tool for the industry in terms of meeting industry demands."

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March 21, 2013 @ 09:55 PM

Canadian Construction Association Supportive of 2013 Federal Budget

Budget 2013 highlights importance of infrastructure and better labour market training to Canadian prosperity

OTTAWA, Thursday March 21, 2013 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was encouraged by several important measures contained in today’s federal budget, including the announcement of the new Building Canada Plan and government commitment to improve labour market training across Canada.

“Sustained investment in infrastructure is critical to Canada’s long-term economic growth,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “The investments announced today will help governments across Canada continue the process of infrastructure renewal and set Canada on the path to a more globally competitive economy. We look forward to working with the federal government to ensure a seamless and efficient implementation of these investments.”

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March 7, 2013 @ 03:31 PM

Canadian Construction Association Appoints Frank Rizzardo 2013 Chair of the Board of Directors

LA MALBAIE, March 7, 2013- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that Frank Rizzardo has been installed as the 2013 chair of its board of directors. Mr. Rizzardo was sworn in at the annual general meeting (AGM) on Thursday March 7, 2013, in La Malbaie, Quebec. He takes over the position from John Schubert, president of McCaine Electric and vice-president of business development for the Canem Group.

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March 6, 2013 @ 05:22 AM

Canadian Construction Association Celebrates 2012 National Award Recipients

LA MALBAIE, March 6, 2013- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) presented 11 well-deserving recipients with its national awards at a luncheon and ceremony sponsored by Jardine Lloyd Thompson in conjunction with CCA’s 95th annual conference.

The CCA awards recognize the outstanding individuals, firms and associations that represent the Canadian construction industry. “Listening to the awards ceremony, I really felt the breadth and width of talent in our industry,” said John Schubert, chair of CCA. “The CCA award recipients truly raise the bar for everybody involved in the industry. There are so many great minds that do so much not only for our industry but for communities across Canada.”

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February 12, 2013 @ 03:43 PM

Canadian Construction Association Supports Chamber of Commerce Report

Barriers to Competitiveness report identifies many of the issues the construction industry now faces

OTTAWA, February 12, 2013 -- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was pleased to see the release today of the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which once again stressed the importance of ongoing infrastructure investment, the need for increased innovation and productivity, and—ranked as the number one issue—the need to address the skills shortage in Canada.

“For the Canadian construction industry, this report highlights much of what our members across Canada are now facing as barriers to their own competiveness,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “As an industry, we are pleased to see those issues being brought up in discussions across Canada, and hope that our industry, amongst others, can assist in finding solutions to these barriers.”

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February 5, 2013 @ 05:03 PM

Canadian Construction Association Awards 38 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals

Medals recognize individual Canadians for their outstanding contributions to community and to Canada

OTTAWA, February 5, 2013 -- As part of the ongoing celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee year in Canada, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was pleased to accept and distribute—with its partner associations and members—38 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals to outstanding individuals across Canada.

The Diamond Jubilee celebration marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne. Only one other time in history—Queen Victoria in 1897—has this historic milestone been celebrated in Canada.

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December 10, 2012 @ 04:36 PM

Canadian Construction Association Pleased That New Federal Skilled Trades Program Will Provide Fast and Flexible Immigration System for Construction

New program will streamline application process and place greater emphasis on industry needs

OTTAWA, December 10, 2012 – The Canadian Construction Association was pleased to hear today’s announcement that the new Federal Skilled Trades Program is being launched on January 2, 2013. This new program will build the foundation to address labour shortages in the Canadian construction industry, while supporting increased growth for the Canadian economy.

“The introduction of a dedicated and streamlined program for skilled trades addresses many of the shortcomings from the current Federal Skilled Worker Program,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the Canadian Construction Association. “The new program ensures greater consideration is given to the needs of industry when processing eligible immigration applications.”

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November 8, 2012 @ 12:25 PM

CCA National Awards Program Now Accepting Nominations

Awards recognize individuals, firms and associations for their contribution to industry

OTTAWA, November 8, 2012 – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Canadian Construction Association National Awards Program, which recognizes the important contributions of projects, people, firms and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry. The awards program is open to all relevant organizations and individuals who meet the requirements of each award.

“For many years, the CCA National Awards Program has recognized the outstanding people and businesses that make up our industry,” said John Schubert, 2012 Chair of the Canadian Construction Association Board of Directors. “This program provides an opportunity to celebrate those individuals and organizations that, through their hard work and dedication, help build Canada’s future."

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November 5, 2012 @ 01:55 PM

New Guide Helps Improve Cost Predictability of Construction Projects

Joint federal government and industry cost predictability taskforce guide now downloadable from the Canadian Construction Association website

OTTAWA, November 5, 2012 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) announced today the availability of a new guide on cost predictability of construction projects. Prepared by a joint taskforce consisting of senior representatives from the construction industry and the federal government, the guide offers practical advice on ways to improve construction project cost predictability.

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October 18, 2012 @ 06:11 PM

Canadian Construction Association Supports Introduction of Navigation Protection Act

New legislation will enhance certainty, timeliness and predictability for industry

OTTAWA, October 18, 2012 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was pleased with today’s introduction of the Navigation Protection Act, noting that the new legislation will help streamline processes, while increasing predictability and certainty for the industry.

“Today’s announcement recognizes the importance of project certainty for the construction industry,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA. “Through the streamlining of approval processes, and eliminating uncertainty in those processes, the construction industry can continue to build the infrastructure that is essential for a healthy Canadian economy.”

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October 12, 2012 @ 08:08 PM

Conference to Examine Integrated Project Delivery

OTTAWA, October 9, 2012- The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), with its constituent organizations, is holding a conference November 8-9 in Toronto examining the topic of integrated project delivery, or IPD, and how this new project delivery method can benefit the construction industry.

The conference, being held at the Allstream Centre at Exhibition Place, is themed: Implementing IPD: A ‘Win-Win’ Solution in Construction. “We have heard a lot about the emergence of IPD, as well as some Canadian examples of how it is being utilized,” said Dave Pelletier, Chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada. “This project delivery method has shown its ability to maximize efficiencies for all parties, the added value of using BIM, and bring a new level of collaboration to construction projects. This conference program will explore those topics, and will provide valuable insight for all stakeholders. ”

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October 12, 2012 @ 04:06 PM

Ottawa’s Newest Landmark Takes First Place Design-Build Award for CDBI

St. John’s, NL -- The Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) announced today the winners of its 10th Award of Excellence in design-build at the 2012 National Design-Build Conference, held this year from October 11-12 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The 2012 Award of Excellence was awarded to the Ottawa Convention Centre, while two runner-ups were also awarded.

The Ottawa Convention Centre design produced a 34,000 square meter overall enclosed space of which over 20,000 square meters represent rentable space, supported by kitchen, storage, administration and support space. The center is spread over five floors, in addition to intermediate mechanical and electrical space. The project is presented by PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and Brisbin Brook Beynon Architects.

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June 18, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

Canadian Construction Association Pleased with Partnership Announcement to Build Windsor-Detroit Bridge

Construction of a second bridge highlights the importance of Canada’s core infrastructure as it relates to economic growth

OTTAWA, June 15, 2012 - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was very happy to see the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement today of a new partnership with Michigan to build a second bridge in the Windsor-Detroit transportation corridor. 

"Today's announcement shows the Government of Canada recognizes the importance and significance of new infrastructure as it relates to the Canadian economy," said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA. "Transportation corridors such as Windsor/Detroit help to transport millions of dollars in goods between Canada and the U.S., and construction of these projects not only provides economic stimulus during the project, but ensures a reliable and efficient infrastructure system exists to maintain a strong Canadian economy."

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March 29, 2012 @ 09:25 PM

Canadian Construction Association Supports Measures to Eliminate both the Federal and Infrastructure Deficits

CCA also encouraged by measures to introduce regulatory reform that can increase industry competitiveness

OTTAWA, Thursday March 29, 2012- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was pleased to see the federal government announced a number of measures that will address several longstanding issues of concern to the Canadian construction industry, while affirming its long-term commitment to the renewal of Canada’s aging infrastructure. These measures will ensure Canada remains set on a path to future prosperity.

“The reforms promised by the budget to the environmental assessment process and immigration will ensure the country is well placed to take advantage of the more than $500 billion in major economic projects expected in Canada over the next ten years,” said Michael Atkinson, president of the CCA.

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March 21, 2012 @ 05:33 PM

The Canadian Construction Association Announces Mr. John Schubert as the 2012 Chair of the Board of Directors

OTTAWA, March 21, 2012- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is pleased to announce that John Schubert has been installed as the 2012 Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Schubert was sworn in at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Construction Association on Friday March 16, 2012, in Savannah, Georgia. He takes over the position from Nadine (Dee) Miller, Vice President of JJM Construction and President of F.A.S.T. First Aid & Survival Technologies Limited.

Mr. Schubert joined the Canadian Construction Association Board of Directors in 2003, and became a member of the Executive Committee in 2006, where he served as First and Second National Vice-Chair and Honorary Secretary/Treasurer for the Board. In addition to his time with the Executive Committee, Mr. Schubert has been actively involved in many of CCA’s Councils and Committees, and he has served as Chair of its Finance Committee and Gold Seal Committee.

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March 14, 2012 @ 07:26 PM

Canadian Construction Association Announces 2011 National Award Recipients

SAVANNAH, March 14, 2012- The Canadian Construction Association announced today the 2011 recipients of the CCA National Awards Program. A total of 11 awards were handed out at the CCA Annual Conference, held in Savannah, Georgia. The CCA National Awards Program recognizes the outstanding individuals, associations and firms that represent the Canadian construction industry.

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March 2, 2012 @ 03:50 PM

Canadian Construction Association Strongly Supports the Government of Canada’s Direction Regarding Immigration Reform

Suggested measures could help address labour shortages in the Canadian construction industry

OTTAWA, March 2, 2012- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) was very pleased to learn of the proposed reforms to Canada’s immigration system, as outlined by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, in his keynote address to the National Metropolis Conference on Thursday.

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November 30, 2011 @ 02:58 PM

Canadian Construction Industry Applauds Federal Infrastructure Announcement

Announcement an important step to build and maintain vital Canadian infrastructure

OTTAWA, November 30, 2011 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) welcomed today’s federal government announcement unveiling its strategy to develop a successor program for the current Building Canada Plan.

“CCA applauds this announcement, which is an important first step in the development of a long-term national infrastructure plan,” said Michael Atkinson, president of CCA. “This will ensure that there will be no federal funding gaps when the existing Building Canada Plan expires in March of 2014.”

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October 31, 2011 @ 03:52 PM

Canadian Construction Association and CIQS Sign Certification Agreement

New arrangement allows CIQS members and Gold Seal Certificate holders to pursue dual certification

OTTAWA, October 31, 2011- A new certification agreement between the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) allows for cross pollination of both Associations’ Members and more importantly recognises the importance of gaining currency in professional associations.  CIQS, through its certification standards, will provide a path for Gold Seal Certificate holders to further their ambitions and pursue certification as an internationally recognised best-in-class construction professional.

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October 20, 2011 @ 01:08 PM

CCA National Awards Program Now Open for Nominations

OTTAWA, October 20, 2011- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2011 Canadian Construction Association National Awards Program, which recognizes the important contributions of projects, people, firms and associations that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry. The awards program is open to all relevant organizations and individuals who meet the requirements of each award.

“These awards are a great way to recognize the outstanding work being done in our industry,” said Dee Miller, Chair of the Canadian Construction Association. “There are so many individuals, projects, and organizations in Canada that are doing great things within the industry, and are very deserving of this recognition.”

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October 14, 2011 @ 07:36 PM

Duchess Park Secondary School Wins Top Design-Build Honours for CDBI

EDMONTON, October 14, 2011- Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI) announced today the winners of its 9th Award of Excellence in design-build at the 2011 National Design-Build Conference, held October 13 & 14 this year in Edmonton, AB.

Judges representing Owners, Consultants and Design-Builders had a difficult task of selecting top contenders for this year’s CDBI Award of Excellence. When high-quality submissions vie for recognition in the Canadian Design-Build Institute’s Award of Excellence, the task involved a multi-faceted weighted rating system and lengthy discussion to get consensus.

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October 7, 2011 @ 12:14 PM

Canadian Construction Association Launches New CCA Website and Opens Registration for 2012 Conference

OTTAWA, October 7, 2011- The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today launched a brand new website for the organization, featuring streamlined navigation, a modernized look, and updated content for CCA members and the general public.  

The bilingual website is part of an overall strategy to improve CCA communications to its membership and to those outside the organization. The new website also features CCA social media links, including YouTube, LinkedIn, and Twitter, where members and the general public can find out more about CCA activities.

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October 4, 2011 @ 03:52 PM

CCA Pleased with Permanent Gas Tax Fund Transfers to Aid Municipalities with Infrastructure

OTTAWA, October 4, 2011 - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is pleased to see the government moving forward with its commitment to introduce legislation to make permanent the annual transfer of funds to municipalities under the Gas Tax Fund. This marks the first time a federal infrastructure program has become a permanent fixture. 

“As the only permanent federal support for municipal infrastructure development and maintenance, this program is critical to the redevelopment and modernization of our nation’s infrastructure”, said Michael Atkinson. “Canada’s cities are the economic engines that will continue to drive growth and prosperity for future generations of Canadians. Unfortunately, without access to growth taxes, many municipalities are struggling to keep pace with the growing demands our aging infrastructure is placing on their municipal tax base. Making permanent an annual per-capita transfer under the Gas Tax Fund will help to address their infrastructure needs.”

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September 21, 2011 @ 08:03 PM

IBC is Seeking Input on BIM Use in Canada

OTTAWA, September 21, 2011- The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) is reaching out to Canada’s designers, constructors, operators, and owners of vertical and horizontal infrastructure to take part in a short survey to help assess the current BIM environment in Canada.

The institute has developed a number of strategic priorities for BIM, including an awareness program and the development of a practice manual for BIM users.

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September 15, 2011 @ 04:06 PM

Construction Industry Leaders Forum Gathers Top Companies in Toronto

OTTAWA, September 15, 2011- With registration closing at the end of September, there are limited spaces available for Canadian Construction Association’s Construction Industry Leaders Forum being held in Toronto October 25 - 26, 2011.

Sponsored by Reed Construction Data, this year’s forum, themed Re-Thinking the Basics, focuses on some of the many questions facing the industry, and how to best prepare for the future. In addition to panel and roundtable discussions from some of the construction industry’s leading minds, the event will feature a keynote speech from Robert Herjavec, chief executive officer of The Herjavec Group and star of CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

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September 1, 2011 @ 04:09 PM

CCA Announces Improvements to Gold Seal Construction Management Certification Program

Ottawa, September 1, 2011 – Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today announced the planned improvement to its Gold Seal certification program for construction management professionals. In addition to changes to program requirements in terms of education, training and application fees, in the upcoming months CCA will be launching an online application system, a learning management system facilitating preparing for the examination as well as significant improvements to how potential applicants can find information about the certification program.

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June 6, 2011 @ 03:20 PM

CCA Welcomes Long-Term Infrastructure Plan Committment

OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 – The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) today welcomed the federal government’s announcement in Budget 2011 of its intention to strengthen public infrastructure by introducing legislation to formalize the current $2 billion annual Gas Tax Fund transfers to municipalities and to work with provinces, territories, municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure that extends beyond the expiry of the Building Canada Plan.

“Within the next 10 years much of our infrastructure will need to be replaced or expanded to avoid economic stagnation. Canada needs to remain focused on the renewal of these critical assets as they are the foundation of our economy and the pillars that support a competitive and export-focused Canadian economy,” said Michael Atkinson, President of the Canadian Construction Association.

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May 10, 2011 @ 03:23 PM

CCA Launches a New Resource for Youth to Explore a Career in Civil Construction

OTTAWA, May 10, 2011 - Canadian Construction Association’s Civil Infrastructure Council last week launched a new website, http://www.careersincivilconstruction.ca, aimed mainly at high school and college students but applicable to anyone looking for information on civil construction careers. Civil construction, also called heavy construction, has to do with infrastructure like roads, tunnels, bridges and dams.

“The civil construction sector offers a whole gamut of careers from project managers to technicians, estimators, to heavy equipment operators. This site provides young people exploring career options with information about the industry and the resources they will need to get their careers in civil construction started,” said Gilbert Brulotte, Chair of the CCA’s Civil Infrastructure Council. 

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March 22, 2011 @ 03:38 PM

CCA Welcomes Ongoing Federal Commitment to the Renewal of Canada's Infrastructure

OTTAWA, March 22, 2011 – Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is very pleased with today’s announcement by the federal government in Budget 2011 that it plans to work with provinces, municipalities and other stakeholders to chart a path forward in meeting Canada’s future infrastructure needs by recapitalizing the Building Canada Plan in 2014.

“The investments made by all levels of government over the past 24 months have been critical to slowing the growth of our national infrastructure deficit. Not only were these investments long overdue, but they helped generate thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenues at a time when our economy was in dire need of stimulus,” said Michael Atkinson, President of the CCA.

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March 21, 2011 @ 03:42 PM

Canadian Construction Association and it's partners raise more than $600,000 to rebuild Haiti trade school

CCA Chair praises partners, cites cooperation for successful fundraising efforts

OTTAWA, March 21, 2011— Efforts to rebuild École Lakay, a Port-au-Prince trade school devastated in the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, can now get underway thanks to successful fundraising efforts by the Canadian Construction Association and its partners.

The more than $600,000 raised will be used to rebuild the workshops at the school and replace damaged or stolen machinery and equipment.

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March 15, 2011 @ 07:45 PM

Canadian Construction Association Honours National Awards Recipients

OTTAWA, March 15, 2011 – The Canadian Construction Association presented its National Awards to honour excellence and outstanding contributions of the people and companies who make up the non-residential construction industry in Canada. The award ceremony took place during the CCA’s 93nd Annual Conference, March 9, 2011.

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March 15, 2011 @ 03:44 PM

The Canadian Construction Association is pleased to announce Nadine (Dee) Miller as 2011 Chair of the Board of Directors

OTTAWA, March 15, 2011 - The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) would like to announce the installation of Nadine (Dee) Miller as the 2011 Chair of the Board of Directors. Mrs. Miller assumed her new duties on March 11th during the CCA’s Annual General Meeting and takes over the Chair position from Mr. Wayne Morsky of the Morsky Group of Companies.

Mrs. Miller joined the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association in 2003, became a member of the Executive Committee in 2006 and an Elected Officer in 2008.  She has served as First and Second National Vice-Chair and Honorary Secretary/Treasurer for the Board. During her time on the CCA Board, she chaired the International Business Committee and co-chaired the Membership and Promotion Committee.

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March 23, 2010 @ 04:11 PM

The Canadian Construction Association is pleased to announce Mr. Wayne Morsky as 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors

March 23, 2010 – The Canadian Construction Association would like to announce the election of Mr. Wayne Morsky as the 2010 Chair of the Board of Directors. Mr. Morsky was sworn in March 21st during the CCA’s Annual General Meeting, he takes over the position from Mr. Brad Greene.

Previously Mr. Morsky has served as the First and Second National Vice-Chair of the CCA, Honourary Secretary / Treasurer and is Past Chair of the CCA Environment Committee.

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