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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE By Clive Thurston Then why is it constantly going so horribly wrong? Why, despite everyone saying they want to work with each other and respect each other, is the procurement system so rife with disputes? "F air, Open, and Transparent" - how many times have we all heard those words as they relate to our industry? At every legal lecture I have ever attended, the leading lawyers of our current industry generation all repeat these words. Every Guide, every recommended practice cites these words as their foundation. Even in the Broader Public Sector Procurement Guide (BPSPG), these words can be found. Just about every buyer of our Design and Construction Services claims to adhere by these words. Everyone says they abide by rules designed to meet these three objectives, for they are more than just words. They form the foundation for how all procurement of our services should be governed. Then why is it constantly going so horribly wrong? Why, despite everyone saying they want to work with each other and respect each other, is the procurement system so rife with disputes? One of the latest trends, and it's not new but is becoming more widespread, is the refusal by Public bodies to open their Tenders publicly after they close. Rather, they retire to back rooms and can take hours, days, or weeks to reveal the order of bids, never mind who might have been the actual compliant bidder. Why is this happening and why are taxpayerfunded projects not being opened publicly to meet the expectations of the bidders and the public in knowing the facts? Not who won - we all know and agree the opening is just to show who bid the general price and that no one was non-compliant. Then, after a full review, the compliant bidder is identified. This allows those whose prices are clearly not in the running to move on. Yet more and more we see secrecy govern the tendering process. We see manipulation by some owners to ignore the law established from Ron Engineering through to Tercon, yet people still try. Why? Quebec is just emerging from another scathing investigation into corruption in construction. Some are pointing fingers at Ontario and other Provinces as being just as bad (something OGCA would strongly dispute at another time), in fact suggesting a similar type of investigation is called for in Ontario. So why, considering all this attention being focused on public sector procurement of our services, would owners choose to retreat into the dark and not be transparent? By not acting, and being seen to be acting in a "Fair, Open, and Transparent" manner, it seems owners are playing into the hands of those who feel that there has to be something going on! The rules around the bidding and tendering of design and construction practices are very well defined in Canada. Unlike many other countries, we have a substantial foundation based on welltried case law that ensures we have a framework that tries to ensure fairness in this sector. So again I ask, why are so many Public owners trying to get around these rules? What is their goal? The OGCA supports these three pillars of our industry for everyone, not just our members but for Trades, Suppliers and Owners. We believe that only through these beliefs can we truly learn to trust one another and avoid problems. Only by working together in a "Fair, Open, and Transparent" industry can we all be successful. ■ Fall/Winter 2016 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016

Chairman’s Message
President’s Message
Incoming Chair’s Message
Government Relations Report
Events, Upcoming Events & Member Milestones
Index to Advertisers
Gateman Milloy Building Excellence
The Metron Case
League of Champions/Safety Awards
Accreditation/COR™
New Chairman: A Profile of Frank Perricone
Modern Infrastructure
Golf Tournament
78th Annual AGM and Conference
OGCA Builders Awards
10th Annual Construction Symposium- Building Canada for 150 Years
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - cover1
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - cover2
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 3
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 4
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 5
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Chairman’s Message
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 7
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 8
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - President’s Message
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 10
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Incoming Chair’s Message
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 12
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Government Relations Report
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 14
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Events, Upcoming Events & Member Milestones
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Gateman Milloy Building Excellence
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 17
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 18
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 19
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 20
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 21
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - The Metron Case
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 25
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - League of Champions/Safety Awards
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 28
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Accreditation/COR™
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 31
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - New Chairman: A Profile of Frank Perricone
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Modern Infrastructure
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Golf Tournament
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 78th Annual AGM and Conference
The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - 10th Annual Construction Symposium- Building Canada for 150 Years
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The Generals - Fall/Winter 2016 - Index to Advertisers
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