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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Clive Thurston Through joint committees and sharing services that can enhance all organizations, we will be providing greater value to the members of our associations. W hat does it take to ensure the good health and continued prosperity of the Design and Construction industry in Ontario? That has been the major question facing OGCA and its many industry partners. For many years now, we have worked to address that question. Whether it is improvements to contracts and procurement, improved legislation, WSIB reform, or the promotion of a strong Safety Culture, OGCA and those we work with have made a difference. The world of associations has been changing for some time. We recognized this very early on and instituted a number of initiatives to meet that challenge. Today we know others have seen the writing on the wall. The world of construction associations is changing, along with the world we operate in. At the local level, it has become apparent to many that there may be too many local construction associations (LCAs) and with the closing or re-engineering of the plans room industry, many will have to reevaluate their value for membership and how to survive in this ever-changing landscape where technology and alliances are taking over. New ways are being explored, such as the CDAO which was the first virtual association to address this new world. Specifically targeting one of the most important aspects of our industry - procurement - and operating without the traditional administrative structure of current associations, it strives to make a difference in improving procurement. Its members have supported similar efforts to deal with other major files like health and safety. There is a blueprint here that may prove helpful in bringing together groups with similar goals in a working format. This includes developing a policy of collaboration and education aimed at the changing world of public procurement. As we face the loss of more and more industry-trained and experienced professionals, procurement of design and construction services has been treated as a commodity and not a service, which is causing major headaches for owners as well as the industry that is trying to respond. The failure to understand and respect industry processes long-established through its own set of Fall/Winter 2015 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Fall/Winter 2015

Chairman’s Message
Incoming Chair’s Message
President’s Message
Government Relations Report
Upcoming Courses & New Members
Taking Health and Safety and Compliance Training Online
Leadership, Safety and the Jersey of Courage
Social Media Russian Roulette
OGCA’s 2015 Construction Symposium
Upcoming Events, Symposium and Conference 2015
Fall Prevention for General Contractors
Past Chairman’s Luncheon and Golf Tournament
77th Annual General Meeting and Conference
Will the Threat of Jail Really Improve Workplace Safety?
Are You Prepared for a Visit from an Ontario College of Trades Enforcement Officer?
Index to Advertisers

The Generals - Fall/Winter 2015