1. The Summer BBQ Show n’ Shine is being held on Thursday, July 12 @ 1299 River Road starting any time after 4 pm, dinner being served at 6:30 pm. This event is less than 2 weeks away so please don’t delay and register for tickets online (E-Commerce, then click on Events). Sponsorships are still available for this popular event. See you all at the BBQ!
2. As most of you are aware we have re-instituted our NCHCA Bursary Program as of 2010. We are very proud to offer all member companies and their employees an opportunity for three bursaries, each valued at $1500:
The Founders Award – Robert Kimberley for financial need
The Harley House Award for the highest grade point average
The National Capital Heavy Construction Association Award for our Industry related award
This application is available online under the menu heading Member Services. All submissions are to be received by the Association office (PO Box 77, Greely, ON, K4P 1N4) no later than July 30, 2012. Feel free to call the office for further informtion @ 613.821.5940. Bursary winners will be announced at our Manhole Open on August 14th at the GreyHawk Golf Course.
Best of luck to all candidates!
3. As we know that there is currently a shortage of skilled construction workers, and the situation may get worse over the coming years, as more senior workers choose to retire. The Education Committee has been working very hard on recruitment and education aspects of the heavy civil careers and trying to raise the awareness of our industry needs within local schools, universities, colleges and institutions.
Following is a list of initiatives the committee is currently working on:
2013 Builder for a day, which is a construction theme day where kids can ride on heavy equipment rather than roller coasters.
Co-op placement program and procedures to help make the transition of hiring students clearer and easier for employers to partake in.
Blitzing high schools and colleges by making presentations to students on the wide array of job possibilities and choices available to them for carreers.
4. Bill 8, Ontario’s One Call System Bill finally received Royal Assent, and has officially become law. Bill 8, establishes a not-for-profit, single point-of-contact call system for all underground infrastructure location services in Ontario. The new industry-led one call system ensures that homeowners, surveyors, and contractors alike can trust that all underground utilities at the location of a dig will be marked, thus eliminating the need for the many time consuming calls that currently must be made.
5. Agenda items from the June 15th meeting were as follows:
QC for Compaction OPSS 501 vs SP F-5001
ERS & AC Index on small quantity of HMA
Provisions of Q sheets
Updated Organization Chart of City Staff
Contract Administration Sub-Committee
* Minutes for liaison meetings are available on the NCHCA website.
6. Traffic Congestion
Prepared a written submission for the Standing Committee on General Government’s Traffic Congestion Study. Requested that hearings be held in Ottawa.
7. May 18th City Liaison Meeting
After the Liaison meeting, the NCHCA met with City to discuss the concept of hosting monthly half-day education session during the period of January to March. There was considerable support to do this, with some discussion of moving the event around between city venues. Please forward any potential educational information session topics to the Association office.
8. College of Trades
The McGuinty government has imposed a membership fee on skilled workers and employees that translates into an $84 million tax grab. It is recommended that the NCHCA draft a letter to the Premier, Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Bob Chiarelli. D.Harley is to prepare a letter for review and revisions by the board.
9. Newsletter will be available on a monthly basis starting immediately. Other important links to bring to your attention are:
City Liaison monthly minutes https://www.nchca.ca/default/441
10. The OSWCA Young Executive Committee is looking for active new members from local associations. Members must be under the age fo 40. Anyone willing to be involved with this committee is asked to contact Jeff Mulcock at 613.521.3000.
11. CCTA Co-chair: The Canadian Technical Assphalt Association is looking for Conference Co-Chair from our industry. Ideally the person would be a high level manager (or even an owner) of a local asphalt supplier or paving contractor and they would commit additional staff resources toward the conference organization. Anyone interest in this position is asked to contact Stephen Goodman at 613.293.9224.
12. Contract Administration SubCommittee:
Meeting was held June 26, 2012 with the City of Ottawa to discuss the requirements for a contract administration subcommittee. Correspondence has been forwarded to the membership to submit “Top 3 Ideas/Compliants” that the committee can bring forward to the City of Ottawa. Please submit your suggestions to Perry Crozier @ email@example.com
2013 OSWCA Annual General Management meeting will be held in Ottawa
OSWCA would like to your feedback with “Tell us what you want” Membership Survey.