For over forty years, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association has represented the interests of the heavy construction industry in the national capital region. Our industry is a significant economic driver, with over 9,000 employees and an annual capital investment of $165 million. We play a vital role in the construction and maintenance of the infrastructure that is so critically important to maintaining the well-being of our community.
I am therefore honored to act as the 41st President of the Association and build upon the foundations laid by our Past Presidents and Board Members. Having served as an NCHCA Director for the past 7 years, I have observed significant changes in the way construction services are procured and managed. Now, as the first Consulting Engineer to hold the NCHCA Presidency, I hope to bring both this past experience as well as new insights while serving you to the betterment of the heavy construction industry in our Nation’s capital. I will also rely heavily on your guidance and input, which is why a focus of my presidency will be active engagement with our members.
I am also very fortunate to have the support of our committed Board of Directors, our Executive Director, Kathryn Sutherland, and outgoing President Steve Turner. It is clear that our strength lies in our members. As other associations struggle with membership, I am pleased to note that the NCHCA grew by approximately 10 percent in 2018 as the Board welcomed 18 new contractor and associate members. In order to meet your expectations and provide real value for membership, we have developed a detailed 3-year business plan that identifies what we will accomplish in 2019 through 2021. Our priority initiatives include:
- Host a new series of early morning President’s Breakfasts to provide an informal setting for NCHCA members to engage with other members, past presidents, and City councillors.
- Provide additional resources to our members, such as a guide on Vendor Performance Management (VPM) Best Practices for Contractors.
- Plan a community goodwill project that will provide a forum for our members to work together for the benefit of the community where we work, live and raise our families.
- Continue to work closely with the City and provide feedback on City initiatives such as VPM, COR Certification, vISion, and specification updates.
Move forward with a new student co-op program in partnership with the City of Ottawa and Consulting Engineers of Ontario.
- Continue our successful Education Series, working with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Chapter of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.
By all measures, 2019 looks to be a great construction year and I look forward to my term as President.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.
Stephen Goodman, Ph.D., P.Eng.