Ottawa Food Bank Donation

With the proceeds from our Fall Dinner Dance flower arrangements and with the help of Clean Water Works, the NCHCA is proud to make a donation of $1,200 to the Ottawa Food Bank. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to all and your families!

NCHCA – New Executive Director

As part of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association’s (NCHCA) continued growth in the Heavy Civil Construction Industry in Eastern Ontario, it became clear to the Association that a full time Executive Director is needed to meet the demands of its members, to continue to grow stronger ties with the City of Ottawa and other local municipalities, all while developing stronger connections with both provincial and federal governments, and other common industry associations.

After a thorough search the National Capital Heavy Construction Association is very pleased to announce that Kathryn Sutherland, P.Eng., LLB, will be joining the NCHCA team as Executive Director commencing November 15, 2017.

Kathryn will be the main point of contact for NCHCA. She will work to support the members and enhance relationships with local city and municipal governments, the Governments of Ontario and Canada, partner associations and the media. Kathryn will be responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of the Association.

Kathryn is a civil engineer and a lawyer, and a long-time resident of Ottawa. Kathryn began her career working for Beaver Construction Limited and Oliver Manguine McCalla & Associates. Most recently, Kathryn was employed by Engineers Canada as Vice-President, Governance & International Affairs. Prior to that, she provided legal advice to clients across Ontario, primarily engineers and construction companies.

Kathryn is an active volunteer with Professional Engineers Ontario, where she has served as Chair of the Registration Committee and the Fees Mediation Committee. She is also a Warden of the Iron Ring and is a recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Volunteer Service Award. In 2016, Kathryn testified before the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on barriers to internal trade.

Please join me in welcoming Kathryn to NCHCA.
Kathryn can be reached at:
Phone:                   613.276.8921

As a result of this great addition to the Association, other organizational changes were required. Effective November 6, 2017, Dale Harley will no longer be representing the NCHCA. Dale has been a great asset to the association, during his tenure as Executive Advisor, and has expanded our influence and growth as an Association. His dedication and commitment to our Association will be greatly missed. We wish Dale the best in all of his future endeavors.
The Association is very excited about the future and is looking forward to continuing to expand its role as a leading Heavy Civil Construction Association.

2018 City Of Ottawa Budget Consultations

2018 City Of Ottawa Budget Consultations

The City of Ottawa has started its public consultations into the 2018 City Budget.  These are important consultations since the 2018 City Budget is an Election-Year Budget.  It is important that industry members get out and attend as many events with Councillors as possible.    Dale Harley, NCHCA Executive Director will be in attendance at all of these meetings and he can assist you in formulating questions and or positions for the Councillors. The following is a schedule of meetings:

Councillor Consultations
Date/Time Hosted By: Location
Tuesday, September 12

7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Councillor Eli El-Chantiry (West Carleton-March) Kinburn Community Centre, 3045 Kinburn Side Road
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Councillor Mathieu Fleury – Rideau-Vanier Rideau Centre, Freiman Mall, 50 Rideau Street
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

6:00 – 8:00 pm

Councillors Darouze (Osgoode), Qaquish (Gloucester-South Nepean), Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn) Emerald Links Golf and Country Club, 6357 Emerald Links Drive
Thursday, October 5, 2017

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Councillors Allan Hubley (Kanata South), Marianne Wilkinson (Kanata North), Shad Qadri (Stittsville), Scott Moffatt (Rideau-Goulbourn) Kanata Recreation Centre Hall A
Wednesday, October 11

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Councillor Mathieu Fleury – Rideau-Vanier Mauril Bélanger Public School -307 rue Montgomery, Vanier
Thursday, October 12, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Councillors Diane Deans (Gloucester-Southgate), Riley Brockington (River), David Chernushenko (Capital), and Jean Cloutier (Alta Vista) Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (Ellwood Hall), 1265 Walkley Road
Thursday, October 19, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Councillors Keith Egli (Knoxdale-Merivale), Michael Qaqish (Gloucester-South Nepean), and Mark Taylor (Bay) Nepean Sportsplex Hall C and D, 1701 Woodroffe Avenue
Thursday, October 26, 2017


Councillor Rick Chiarelli – College Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Chamber
Committee Meeting Consultations
Date/Time Committee Location
November 8

10:00 am

City Council – Tabling of 2018 Draft Budget City Hall – Council Chambers
November 21

9:30 am

Environment Committee – Tax and Rate Supported City Hall – Champlain Room
November 23

10:00 am

Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Centre Point – Old Nepean Council Chambers
December 6

9:30 am

Transportation Committee City Hall – Champlain Room
December 13


City Council – Approval of 2018 Budget City Hall – Council Chambers

Other ways to have your say on the 2018 City budget is through the following channels:

  • Online: Submit your ideas for the 2018 Budget by contacting your Member of Council
  • Email:
  • Twitter: @ottawacity (link is external) using the hashtag #ottbudget
  • Call: 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-2401). Rural residents call 613-580-2400

The Citizen Budget tool ( ) is an interactive way to submit ideas on how you would like to see your property tax dollars spent. You must be a resident of the City of Ottawa to access the tool.

You and your staff can use the tool to provide feedback on City services, and to understand where your tax dollars go. You can also see how changes in spending would affect your tax bill.

Three easy steps:

  1. Enter the amount of your current property value or use the current urban residential average of $403,867.
  2. Give your input on service levels by moving the slider or keeping it where it is.
  3. Provide comments on what changes, if any, you would make to current services.

Feedback can be submitted through Citizen Budget until November 8 when the Draft Budget will be tabled. A summary report of the feedback will be provided to City Council for consideration and shared prior to the approval of the 2018 Budget on December 13.

Please take the time to participate in the budget consultation process and stress the importance of investing in heavy civil infrastructure in Ottawa.

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Safety Award Notice

On April 4, 2017, one of Louis W. Bray Construction Limited subcontractor’s arranged to have a load of steel casing delivered to a job site located adjacent to a major highway. The transport arrived on site loaded with four 60’ lengths of steel casing stacked two by two.. These casings were 1200mm diameter weighing upwards to 10 tons each.

After reviewing the subcontractors plan to unload the pipe, Darcy Dewar (site Foreman) deemed it unsafe to unload, due to the windy conditions and location of lay down area and therefore refused the delivery. The transport driver was instructed to travel to a local crane yard where the steel casings could be unloaded safely in a controlled environment. The load of steel casings was split into two shipments and later delivered to site without incident. Congratulations to Mr. Dewar for the good catch and taking the initiative to prevent possible injury. The award will be proudly displayed at the Louis W. Bray Construction Limited. head office.

As a reminder, please note that nominations should be submitted to by the end of each month. The Nomination Form can be found at on the ‘Safety’ page.
Thank you to everyone who continues to make our sites a safer place to work.

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