2017 NCHCA Membership Renewals & Updating of Member Account Profile Information for the 2017 Directory
NCHCA memberships are now available for renewal online. Deadline for renewals is February 15, 2017.
Please ensure your account profile information has been updated for the printing of the 2017 NCHCA Directory. When processing your membership renewal it is important that all members take the time to ensure that their company profile information is accurate as this profile is used for the printing of our upcoming 2017 edition of our NCHCA Directory (which will be available at our AGM, April 5 at the Centurion Center). This Profile Update must be completed by ASAP.
With your access passwords, members are asked to log onto the NCHCA website at www.nchca.ca , to complete the renewal. Membership renewals can be found under the menu heading “E-Commerce” or at the following link:
Select membership classification then follow the prompts to complete the renewal. Copies of your transaction can be found under “My Account”. Your attention to this matter would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the Association office at 613.821.5940; email@example.com for assistance if required. If you no longer wish to be a member of the National Capital Heavy Construction Association, please notify the office via email at firstname.lastname@example.org at your earliest convenience.
Membership pricing has remained unchanged once again for 2017. Annual memberships (including HST) are $819.25 and run January 1, 2017 through to December 31, 2017.
Please note: We are constantly trying to improve our means of communications with our membership. If there are any members who would like to be added to the email distribution list, please send me a request anytime throughout the year; email@example.com . It is imperative that members notify the office of any email address changes.
In recent years, more employers have become aware of mental health and how it affects workers and the workplace. Did you know that on any given week, more than 500,000 Canadians will not go to work because of mental illness and more than 30% of disability claims and 70% of disability costs are attributed to mental illness?[i]
Health Canada defines mental health as the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance one’s ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges. A person with a mental health challenge usually has trouble responding appropriately to situations and events often resulting in excessive stress, worrying, anger, frustration and self-esteem issues amongst other symptoms.
The Canadian Mental Health Association reports that approximately 20% of adults will suffer a form of mental illness in their lifetime, unfortunately, many people refuse to seek out support and often suffer alone. Breaking down barriers and encouraging people to speak up is a critical step to ensuring a healthy and safe work environment for all.
More than ever, our workforce is facing increasing external pressures, increased cost of living, tight work deadlines, household and family stress. It is inevitable that these stress factors may carry over into our professional lives as well.
As an employer, supervisor or co-worker, it is critical to identify early warning signs of mental health issues in an employee; some possible symptoms include:
Increased lateness or frequent breaks away from work site;
Excessive sick leave & ‘presenteeism’ (on the job absenteeism);
Reduced quality of work;
High rate of accidents;
Changes in behaviour, mood swings, negative attitude, withdrawal/avoidance;
Increased errors in work;
Changes in physical appearance;
Confusion or forgetfulness.
If you identify any of these symptoms in a worker, consult management, human resources and/or the employee assistance program.
Everyone has a role to play in workplace health and safety, and that includes mental health as well. By creating a workplace environment that is free from the stigma associated with mental illness and that promotes a good work/life balance, we can ensure our employees are healthy and safe at home and on the job.
[i] National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) – See more here
2017 NCHCA Education Series – Sponsorship Opportunities
Planning is proceeding on the 2017 NCHCA Education Series, in Partnership with the City of Ottawa and the Consulting Engineers of Ontario.
Each FREE session starts off with a networking /coffee at 8:00, followed by the actual sessions at 9:00. Registration is not required to attend.
This year’s topics include:
Thursday, Jan 12 – Construction Outlook (Centurion Center)
Thursday, Feb 9 – Moving People During Construction (Ben Franklin Place)
Friday, Feb 24 – Bridging the Gap between Owners, Consultants and Contractors (Ben Franklin Place)
Thursday, March 23 – Building Better Infrastructure (Ben Franklin Place)
2017 NCHCA Curling Bonspiel, Nepean Sportsplex, January 27
Thank you to our event Sponsors:
Gold Sponsors include Royal Bank, AON Reed , Karson Asphalt Paving Inc.
Silver Sposors included Wajax, Toromont Cat, Clean Water Works, Corix Water Products LP, Cooper Equipment Rentals, Taggart Construction. Lunch was sponsore once again by Goldie Mohr Limited
Tweedale Sewer and Water took home the hardward – Missing from the picture is Neil Tweedale.
Left to Right: Alan Fitzgerald, Alex Tomlinson, Brian Beamish.
Annual General Meeting, Centurion Conference & Event Center, April 5
NCHCA President, Ken McIntyre, invites all members to attend the Association’s Annual General Meeting our PREMIER INDUSTRY NETWORKING EVENT of the year. Sponsorship opportunities are now available online as well under the E-Commerce menu heading.
Time: 5:30 Cocktails, 6:45 Business Meeting, 7:30 Dinner
NCHCA is now an Official Supporting Organization of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017!
CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 registration is now open. NCHCA members receive the special $119 rate (and save up to $130) for the only show where every major construction industry is represented with 2,500+ exhibitors over 232,000 square meters.
Potential discounts on airline tickets and transportation
Additional U.S. visa support
Export Interest Directory – a free directory of the exhibitors interested in direct sales, distributorships, joint ventures and other business opportunities in overseas markets
International Trade Center
The International Trade Center (ITC) is a complimentary business center where exhibitors and attendees can receive general show assistance in major world languages, hold meetings and network with business partners and industry peers from around the world, take advantage of business matchmaking services, and much more.
The ITC is located on the 2nd floor of the Grand Lobby in room N250.
Business Services Include: High-speed internet, phone for local calls, computers, printers, private meeting rooms, and a lounge area
Mississauga, ON – Over the past several years, early tender calls have been identified as a top priority issue by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA). ORBA has worked with its members to release an advocacy paper showing the clear benefits of early tender calls. The paper incorporates statistical information from public owners on early tender calls and figures on the benefits of overall infrastructure investments.
ORBA will also use this advocacy paper as it continues to work with public sector owners, including municipalities, to make early tender calls an industry standard in the province.
“Early tender calls provide clear and tangible benefits for both contractors and public owners by allowing proper planning for the upcoming construction season and eliminating inefficiencies in the delivery of projects. ORBA would like to see the current trend of early tender calls in public projects continue to grow and strengthen throughout the province,” says Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, ORBA.
The advocacy paper also discusses recommendations for municipalities and other public owners on how they can adopt early tender calls.
To download a copy of the advocacy paper, please visit ORBA’s website.
Working at Heights training reminder – Deadline is April 1st, 2017!
In 2015 the Ontario Government made it mandatory that all construction workers take a full day Working at Heights training course.
The government provided a transition period for employers to get workers trained to the new standard and the deadline is April 1, 2017.
The training is mandatory for workers who use any of the following: Travel Restraint system; fall restricting system; fall arrest system, safety net; work belt or safety belt.
The NCHCA Health and Safety Committee members are proud to announce the winner of the award for safety excellence for December 2016: Honours for this month go to Robbey Harper of Direct Bore Inc.
Mr. Harper was preparing to leave his worksite for the evening when he observed a pedestrian walking around on an adjacent worksite. The neighboring contractor had left several open excavations unprotected. Mr. Harper realized the danger and promptly protected the open pits by installing plywood and snow fencing at the perimeters to provide a visual barrier for pedestrian safety.
Congratulations to Mr. Harper for the good catch and taking the initiative to prevent possible injury. The award will be proudly displayed at the Direct Bore Inc. head office.
As a reminder, please note that nominations should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of each month. The Nomination Form can be found at www.nchca.ca on the ‘Safety’ page.
As a reminder, please note that nominations should be submitted to email@example.com by the end of each month. The Nomination Form can be found here
Thank you to everyone who continues to make our sites a safer place to work.
Many thefts that happen on a job site are inside jobs. Most companies that have thefts from Sea Cans, trailers etc. have an employee that has some kind of inside knowledge. This information has been proven with the Ottawa Police undercover operations. Please be diligent with your equipment and remember to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any photos of suspicious vehicles on your job sites or anywhere you feel a thief could be looking for an opportunity.
For the most recent news coverage on our industry please see our Media Coverage section.