The Generals - Fall/Winter 2013 - (Page 7)
t has been a very busy and successful year
for the OGCA.
We started the year with a full agenda
and over the past year have accomplished
more than we set out to do. The OGCA is very
well recognized in Ontario for the quality of the
services we provide to our members and the
impact we have on our industry, which we know
will continue in future years. The benefits of
being a member are huge. The association is
strong and will continue to be involved in the
major issues that benefit our members.
Some of the accomplishments that were
achieved over the past year include:
Development of a New
Three-Year Strategic Plan
The new three-year plan was rolled out to our
members in February 2013. Our Mission remains
the same with the five key areas of 1) Advocacy;
2) Safety; 3) Procurement; 4) Education; and
5) Excellence. The development process of this
plan went together very well with the involvement of a group of Board Executives and some
of the members. The objectives and priorities
have been established. The OGCA staff and
board are currently working on developing these,
and further reports will be issued as things fall
into place. The objectives of our last three-year
strategic plan were completed well ahead of the
target dates and we hope to accomplish things
with this plan in a similar fashion.
Successful 8th Symposium
The association’s 8th construction symposium was successfully held in April at Blue
Mountain. The number of attendees was the
highest of all symposiums with 675 members
and partners present. The event included a
number of very informative and well-presented
sessions. We received a lot of coverage of the
event and a number of comments on the quality of the sessions. The event also included
the presentation of the builder awards, which
recognized some of our members’ significant
accomplishments. Mike Bullard’s entertaining presentation of the awards made for an
The OGCA is very well
recognized in Ontario
for the quality of the
services we provide to our
members and the impact
we have on our industry.
enjoyable evening while rewarding the winners
and runners up in all categories.
and reduced fees. Our involvement and monitoring of the progress will continue and we will
keep our members up to date with the progress.
Construction and Design
Alliance of Ontario (CDAO)
The OGCA has been very active in the development of the CDAO over the past couple of
years and our President, Clive Thurston, is the
current chair of the alliance. The CDAO includes
a group of 14 design and construction provincial
organizations. They are continuing to achieve
recognition at the Government level involving
some of the major issues in our organizations.
This has turned out to be a very valuable group
with which to be associated.
A safety-focused leadership day was held in
February and was well attended by our members.
The topics for the day were the WSIB, safety
prevention, and the Infrastructure Health and
Safety Association implementation of the COR
program. Elizabeth Witmer provided an update
for the changes happening to WSIB, George
Gritziotis provided an update for the Prevention
Office, and Paul Casey outlined how the COR
program implementation was going.
Prompt Payment Act
Working together, the OGCA and the National
Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC)
were successful in completing a proposed
Prompt Payment Act document that protects
and improves the payment process for contractors and subcontractors. The Act has been
introduced to the Ontario legislature, and has
now reached second reading with very little
opposition. OGCA and NTCCC involvement will
continue during the finalization of the Act to
ensure that the legislation continues to protect
contractors and subcontractors.
Procurement issues continue to be an ongoing requirement of the association in order to
support the members with the bidding conditions that arise. Progress has been made in this
area with a number of the major procurement
offices. A number of contracts have been rewritten due to the negotiating efforts of the OGCA.
The association is currently in negotiations with
a number of other organizations, which we hope
will create some further improvements in this
area. In October, another procurement day is
planned. It will include buyers, contractors and
consultants to discuss the tendering issues.
The OGCA will continue to monitor and get
involved in the issues that impact our industry and our members. It has been my pleasure to serve as your Chair and to represent a
great association. I wish your new chair, Sam
Cutruzzola, a successful year.
College of Trades (COT)
Since the OGCA has voiced its position that
it is not in favour of the COT, we have continued
to work with our coalition partners in opposition.
This has resulted in a slowdown of the program
Executive Vice President
McKay-Cocker Construction Ltd.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Fall/Winter 2013
Incoming Chairman’s Message
Upcoming Events - In Memoriam
Mitigating the Risk of Subcontractor and Supplier Default
Glen Murray Has Cause to Pause
Healthy Competition: Staying Onside the Competition Act through the OGCA’s New Compliance Program
Insurers and Contractors: Working Together to Support Investment in Critical Infrastructure
Thank You to Our 8th Construction Symposium Sponsors
Prompt Payment Legislation and the General Contractor
75th Annual General Meeting & Conference
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2013