For almost forty years, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA) has represented our industry (road building, aggregate, bridge, sewer and water main construction firms as well as supporting businesses) in the construction and maintenance of sustainable infrastructure. With over 200 member companies and almost 9,000 employees our industry is truly an important economic driver in the Ottawa area.
As a recognized leading industry association in Ontario that continues to expand its circle of influence, the NCHCA has been very active with all three levels of government in promoting ongoing investment in heavy infrastructure. Our focus has been on investing in new infrastructure, as well as ensuring that roads, bridges, sewer and watermain systems are properly maintained. But we do much more than promote investment in infrastructure. We also organize a variety of social events throughout the year to promote goodwill, networking and cooperation within our membership. We strive to continue to improve on recruitment, education, training, specification updating, theft prevention and safety issues through our various committees. While we have accomplished much, there is still much more that needs to be done.
Your Board of Directors has identified a number of priorities for the upcoming year. These priorities include:
Working closely with the City of Ottawa, along with the Consulting Engineers of Ontario and the Ottawa Construction Association to ensure that the City’s Vendor Performance Management (VPM) system will be properly implemented and executed. With the City planning on rolling out the use of VPM scores in the evaluation of bids starting in 2018, it is critical that the criteria for scoring is clear and reasonable and that City Project Managers are properly trained to ensure consistency in scoring.
Continuing to develop our relationships with provincial associations such as ORBA and the OSWCA, in order to engage Queens Park and Ottawa for infrastructure funding and stimulus spending.
Working with educational institutions, as well as other groups such as the Ottawa Employment Hub in order to promote recruitment into our industry.
Pursuing our successful Education Series, in conjunction with the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Chapter of the Consulting Engineers of Ontario to develop meaningful, useful topics and recruit quality speakers.
Expanding the focus of the association’s Health and Safety Subcommittee to promote safe working practices within our industry for its employees, as well as for pedestrians, cyclists and the travelling public.
Conducting a membership survey in order to better understand the profile of our members and the economic impact we have on the community, while assessing the effectiveness of the association to ensure it is meeting member expectations, identifying training, recruitment and other member needs.
A common theme throughout these priorities is cooperation. Your NCHCA board pledges to continue to build relationships and work cooperatively with you and our stakeholders to promote our industry, educate our members and make our sector a safe, interesting and rewarding place to work and invest.