1. The 34th Annual Pothole Open is now full. We will be hosting a BBQ lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm, shotgun start at noon and dinner at 6:00 pm. The format for this year’s golf tournament is a 2 man best ball. See you on June 19th at Kanata Lakes. Sponsorships are still available online.
2. Safe Communities Ottawa is working alongside numerous public and private sector partners to host Ottawa’s first Youth Safety Conference, June 2, Hampton Inn, Ottawa. Their main objective is to empower young people 15-24 to “Just Say It” when they have questions or concerns that impact their safety at home, work or play. They will provide education and information, provoke communication and dialogue, that throughout this half- day event will provide an unparalleled learning experience for Ottawa’s youth. Young people may register at www.ottawasafecommunities.ca and visit Safe Communities on Face Book for regular updates.
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 NCHCA would like to inform our membership of an initiative that has achieve phenomenal success over the last three years and something that the Association is interested in supporting next year right here in Ottawa.
Builder for a day is a construction theme day where kids can ride on heavy equipment rather than roller coasters, which will be taking place, for its 4th edition, on June 9 and 10, 2012 at the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport. The program is bigger than ever this year: more equipment, more workshops and more information booths will be available for visitors. Competitions and great shows are also planned.
Both the young and the young at heart will enjoy this extraordinary opportunity to operate a power shovel, mini-loader, backhoe loader and all of the other heavy equipment installed on the site. Visitors will also have a chance to get to learn about many of the different trades found within the construction field, from hands-on workshops like bricklayer, surveyor, plumber and electrician to floor covering installer and much more!
Please share this information with your teams, this is a wonderful opportunity for many workers to bring their children out to see what they do in a controlled environment.
Last year more than 7,000 people attended the event and we are encouraging our members to help support this growing event and support the benefits of many workers who enjoy working in the heavy civil construction industry.
4. Bill 8: Bill was introduced and has gained considerable support for a much needed one-call system in Ontario. The Bill is now in for a “Third Reading”, leaving only one major step before becoming law.
5. Bursary applications will be online shortly. Please ensure member employees are aware of our Bursary Applications and submit their applications on time. We have 3 bursaries available, each valued at $1500 each. The Founder’s Award – Robert Kimberley, The Harley House Award and the National Capital Heavy Construction Association Industry Related Award.
6. Approximately 750-800 participants attended the event. The Conference was extremely well received. Concern was expressed with the volume of traffic at the showcase. A decision was made at the April 9th Executive Committee Meeting, and confirmed at the April 11th Board meeting to proceed with the Conference portion next year (possibly spread out over the January to March timeframe). Construction Comment is doing a story on the event.