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OGCA Symposium 2015 REPORT T his past April, OGCA held its 9th Construction Symposium at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood. Over 750 people attended, from 61 member companies and over 50 sponsors. Among the guests and speakers were Anibal Valente, Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association, David Morley of Infrastructure Ontario, Brad Humphrey of the Pinnacle Group, George Gritziotis of the Chief Prevention Office, and Rob Ellis of the MySafeWork Foundation, OGCA's designated charity. The attendees were asked to complete a short evaluation form following the sessions, and Mr. Humphrey received the best overall score. Comments from the participants included:  "Probably 'the best' speaker I have ever encountered at any of the previous 5 symposiums I've attended."  "Extremely motivational speaker! Great energy and well-delivered. Very practical takeaways." All of the presentations received great reviews, and the evening entertainment, for the most part, was well-received. Conference 2015 The OGCA Ontario Builder Awards were also presented. Winners were announced in the spring issue of The Generals. If you would like more information on the builder awards, please visit the OGCA website at The next round of awards will be presented at the 10th Construction Symposium, April 6 - 8, 2017. Thank you again to all of our sponsors and Strategic Partners. We encourage all of you to use the services that our sponsors provide, and pay special attention to the affinity partners that OGCA supports. UPCOMING EVENTS Gold Seal Exams Exam Date Oct. 16, 2015 Jan. 22, 2016 April 15, 2016 Apply By Sept. 4, 2015 Dec. 4, 2015 March 11, 2016 If you have any questions about the Gold Seal Program, please visit for more information, or call Julie Burke at the OGCA offices. This year, Incoming Chairman Jason Ball has selected New Orleans and the Roosevelt Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria property. Only one block from the famous French Quarter, this conference offers some pretty interesting elements ... Col. Richard Hansen of the Army Corps of Engineers will be speaking on what has been happening in New Orleans on the tenth anniversary following Hurricane Katrina ... a tour and dinner out at Mardi Gras World ... an optional tour of the World War II Museum, noted as being the fourth best museum in the United States ... Safety Awards presented ... golf at Lakewoods Golf and Country Club ... and so much more! Join OGCA Members and sponsors for this historic event in the Big Easy! September 23 - 27, 2015. Register online at 77th AGM and Conference New Orleans, LA - September 23 - 27, 2017 OGCA Golf Tournament Glencairn Golf Course, Milton - July 11, 2016 MILESTONES As we start another year at the OGCA, we wanted to bring to your attention that two OGCA staffers are celebrating a couple of milestones. Mary Wademan, Office Manager, will celebrate her 25th year at OGCA on October 15. And Julie Burke will celebrate her 10th year on September 20. Congratulations to both! Fall/Winter 2015 39

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