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Past CCA Chairs

June 10, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

Past CCA Chairs

2001 –     1981 – 2000     1961 – 1980     1941 – 1960     1918 - 1940


2001 –

2014 S. Massicotte, Massicotte Construction Ltd., Vanier, ON

2013 F. Rizzardo, Emcon Services, Merritt, BC

2012 J. Schubert, McCaine Electric Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

2011 N.J. (Dee) Miller, JJM Construction, Delta, BC

2010 W. Morsky, Morsky Group of Companies, Regina, SK

2009 B. Greene, Project Management Services Inc., St. John’s, NL

2008 P. Charette, Bird Construction Company, Toronto, ON

2007 R. Brunet, Ed Brunet et associés inc., Gatineau, QC

2006 A. Argento, Seven Brothers Constr. Contractors Inc., Montreal, QC

2005 M. Farmer, Farmer Construction Ltd., Victoria, BC

2004 S. Westeinde, Westeinde Group of Companies, Ottawa, ON

2003 T. Brown, Ledcor Alberta Ltd., Edmonton, AB

2002 B. Brown, Maple Leaf Construction Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

2001 J. Gardner, Gardner Electric Ltd., Saint John, NB     Back to top

1981 - 2000

2000 P. McLellan, Alliance Energy Ltd., Regina, SK

1999 M. Butt, Buttcon Ltd., Etobicoke, ON

1998 W. Kirkpatrick, Maxam Contracting Ltd., Calgary, AB

1996-1997 B. Scroggs, Farmer Construction Ltd., Victoria, BC

1996 T. Billings, Consolidated Piping Ltd., Fredericton, NB

1995 J. Spratt*, Spratt Sand & Gravel Ltd., Stittsville, ON

1994 D. Whitmore, Vector Construction Group, Winnipeg, MB

1993 J. Morton*, E.G.M. Cape & Company Ltd., Willowdale, ON

1992 J. Ceriko, Ceriko Asselin Lombardi Inc., St-Laurent, QC

1991 J.T. Thygesen*, Fuller & Knowles Inc., Edmonton, AB

1990 R.G. Hunter, Carrier Canada Ltd., Mississauga, ON

1989 J. Flemming, Ocean Contractors Ltd., Dartmouth, NS

1988 P. Lysak, Redi-Mix Ltd., Regina, SK

1987 G. Désourdy, Le Groupe Désourdy, St-Hubert, QC

1986 A.I. Reed, Carmacks Construction Ltd., Edmonton, AB

1985 H.J. VanderNoot*, Franki Canada Ltd., Westmount, QC

1984 R.B. Schuett, CMT Construction Management Technology, Calgary, AB

1983 D.P. Giffin*, Giffin Sheet Metals Ltd., Toronto, ON

1982 R.M. Gosse, Avalon Const. and Engineering Ltd., St. John’s, NL

1981 N.S. Wither, Red River Construction Co. Ltd., Winnipeg, MB     Back to top

1961 - 1980

1980 L. Caletti*, Univex (Canada) Ltd., Ottawa, ON

1979 I.C. MacInnes, Ian MacInnes Enterprises Ltd., Dartmouth, NS

1978 R.C. Scrim*, The Beaver Group of Companies, Montreal, QC

1977 F.H.B. Charlesworth*, Dillingham Corporation Canada Ltd., Vancouver, BC

1976 D.A. Bain*, Asbestos Erectors of Canada Ltd., Montreal, QC

1975 D.R. Penner, Genstar Construction Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

1974 R.A. Bird, Bird Construction Ltd., Toronto, ON

1973 R. L’Heureux, Rély Construction ltée, Québec, QC

1972 E.L. Hartley*, Frankel Structural Steel Ltd., Toronto, ON

1971 R.C.T. Stewart*, Cameron Contracting Ltd., Dartmouth, NS

1970 R.G. Saunders*, Smith Brothers & Wilson Ltd., Vancouver, BC

1969 M. Stein, Magil Construction Ltd., Montreal, QC

1968 A.W. Purdy*, Canada Cement Lafarge Ltd., Calgary, AB

1967 P.D. Dalton*, Dalton Engineering and Const. Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON

1966 A. Trottier*, Phillippe Trottier inc., Québec, QC

1965 N.R. Williams*, Maple Leaf Construction Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

1964 D.H. Jupp, O.B.E.*, Pilkington Bros. (Canada) Ltd., Toronto, ON

1963 T.A. Somerville*, E.G.M. Cape & Company Ltd., Montreal, QC

1962 H.R. Montgomery*, Pentagon Const. (1959) Co. Ltd., Montreal, QC

1961 A.G. Sullivan*, Foundation Maritime Ltd., Halifax, NS     Back to top

1941 - 1960

1960 J.M. Soules*, Robertson-Yates Corp. Ltd., Hamilton, ON

1959 J.E. Harrington*, Anglin-Norcross Corp. Ltd., Montreal, QC

1958 H.J. Ball*, Ball Brothers Ltd., Kitchener, Ontario

1957 T.N. Carter*, The Carter Construction Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON

1956 A. Turner Bone*, J.L. E. Price & Co. Ltd., Montreal, QC

1955 W.G. Malcom*, Malcom Construction Co. Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

1954 R. Brunet, O.B.E.*, Ed Brunet et Fils ltée, Gatineau, QC

1953 J.N. Flood*, John Flood & Sons Ltd., Saint John, NB

1952 P.G. Wilmut*, E.G.M. Cape & Company Ltd., Montreal, QC

1950-1951 R. Drummond*, Angus Robertson Ltd., Toronto, ON

1948-1949 A.C. Ross*, Ross-Meagher Ltd., Ottawa, ON

1946-1947 A. Deschamps, O.B.E.*, Albert Deschamps ltée, Montreal, QC

1944-1945 H.C. Nicholls*, Milne & Nicholls Ltd., Toronto, ON

1942-1943 J.B. Stirling* O.C., LL.D. E.G.M. Cape & Company Ltd., Montreal, QC

1941 J.E. Clarke*, Carter-Halls-Aldinger Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON     Back to top

1918 - 1940

1940 C.H. Gunn*, John Gunn & Son Ltd., Winnipeg, MB

1938-1939 C.D. Harrington*, Anglin-Norcross Corporation Ltd., Montreal, QC

1936-1937 F.G. Rutley*, Foundation Company of Canada Ltd., Montreal, QC

1934-1935 W.H. Yates*, W.H. Yates Construction Co. Ltd., Hamilton, ON

1932-1933 C.J.A. Cook*, Cook & Leitch Ltd., Montreal, QC

1930-1931 H.P. Frid, LL.D.*, Frid Construction Co. Ltd., Hamilton, ON

1928-1929 S.E. Dinsmore*, Dinsmore Construction Ltd., Windsor, ON

1926-1927 C.B. Jackson*, The Jackson-Lewis Co. Ltd., Toronto, ON

1925 J.V. Gray*, John V. Gray Construction Co., Toronto, ON

1923-1924 J.M. Pigott, C.B.E.*, Pigott Construction Co. Ltd., Hamilton, ON

1922 J.B. Carswell, O.B.E.*, Carswell Construction Co., Toronto, ON

1918-1921 J.P. Anglin*, Anglin-Norcross Corporation Ltd., Montreal, QC Back to top


* Deceased

In 1973, the structure of the association was revised so that the position of CCA president became that of chair of the board (CCA’s most senior elected officer). At the same time, the office of president became that of the association’s full-time chief executive officer, in Ottawa.

CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition

March 7, 2013 @ 02:54 AM

CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition

The CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition recognizes individuals, firms, corporations or associations for their commitment and dedication to the Canadian construction industry and the manufacturers’ and suppliers’ sector of the industry.

2013 Award Recipient – Zey Emir, Vice-President Eastern Region, Revay and Associates Ltd.


A professional engineer, this recipient has over twenty years of experience in project management and consulting to the construction industry in scheduling, cost control, document control and claims resolution. Specializing in the preparation of claims and expert reports for contractors and owners, this person has prepared, analyzed and negotiated the resolution of countless construction claims.

With diverse project experience that includes work on bridges, pipelines, powerplants  and facilities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including several high-profile projects such as the construction of an offshore oil drilling platform, a 200 km natural gas pipeline, and an Olympic sports facility, it is no wonder that this person  has shared both knowledge and experience through the development and presentation of training programs for a wide range of industry professionals.  

Recognized as an expert witness in court as well as arbitration panels in the areas of delay, productivity analysis and quantification of damages, the recipient has also lectured at Dalhousie University and Concordia University.

Having been elected the MS&S Council Chair in 2010, her objective was to increase the level of participation at the Council level and to increase its effectiveness at CCA,  and  through implementing  its new meeting schedule, the Council is now working with other CCA Councils on a number of initiatives including:

  • Quality of specifications and drawings
  • Naming of subtrades
  • e-bonding
  • Summary of provincial lien legislation statutes for CCA to develop a model lien act from the industry’s perspective

The recipient has also co-chaired the CCA Vertical Building Forum and has  proven eloquent & knowledgeable  at CCA and Partner Associations events on a number of timely CCA and industry-raised issues, the latest being the Quality of Design Document in the construction industry.

For her dedication to her sector through her work on  the MS&S Council, and her contributions to the industry, CCA is proud to recognize Zey Emir as the recipient of the CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition.


Past Recipients

2011 Geza Banfai, Heenan Blaikie

2009 Ian Steer (Aluma Systems)

2008 Anthony Zammit (Essor Insurance Investment Counselling)

CCA Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition

March 7, 2013 @ 02:44 AM

CCA Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition

Sponsored by On-Site Magazine


The CCA Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition recognizes a CCA member for their commitment and dedication to the Canadian construction industry and the road building and heavy construction sector. 

2013 Award Recipient – Wayne Morsky, Industrial Services Ltd. 

This gentleman began working for his family’s business at the age of thirteen.  Now President and CEO of a thriving infrastructure development operation that for 55 years been involved in diverse sectors of the industry, including general contracting, highway construction, railway maintenance, industrial services, HySpeed soil nailing, and oil and gas development, his passion for family and business is evident.

Graduating from Red River College’s Business Administration program in 1981, he not only devoted himself to his family’s business, but also to his industry as he founded the Regina chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE). He has also served as President of the Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association of Saskatchewan, the Chair of the Western Canadian Roadbuilders Association, and was also Chair of the Canadian Construction Association.

In his years at CCA leading up to his Chairmanship, this gentleman was an active part of several CCA councils in committees, including the Environment Committee, the Gold Seal Committee, and the Roadbuilders Council (now the Civil Infrastructure Council).

He was instrumental in pursuit of a long-term federal infrastructure program representing the CCA at the first national infrastructure summit held in Regina in January 2010. He has also been a strong proponent of enhancing industry engagement with aboriginal communities to promote careers in construction to aboriginal youth. 

His pursuit of excellence can be seen through his Gold Seal certified status, his firm’s numerous awards for innovation, environmental achievement and project of the year. He was also awarded with Red River College’s Distinguished Alumni Award for both his leadership in the industry and the community, sharing his philosophy on community service with the comment that  “when you give bread, it comes back buttered.” 

For his many contributions to the Civil Infrastructure Council, the Canadian Construction Association and to the construction industry as a whole, CCA is proud to recognize Wayne Morsky as the recipient of the Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition.


Past Recipients

2012 Al Reed

2011 Gord Lee (Nelson River Constructing)

2010 Ron Legere (Industrial Cold Milling)

2009 John Flemming (Ocean Contractors)

2008 Tom Johnson (JJM Construction)

2007 Doug Woods (Cope Construction)

2006 Bob Noseworthy (Pennecon)

2005 Tom Brown (Ledcor Industries)

2004 Barry Brown (Maple Leaf Construction)

2003 Leo McArthur (Miller Group)

2002 Lloyd Ferguson (Dufferin Construction Company)

2001 John Redfern (Lafarge Canada)

CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition

March 7, 2013 @ 02:30 AM

CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition

Presented with the Ernest Dobbelsteyn Memorial Trophy

The CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition recognizes a CCA trade contractor for their commitment and dedication to the Canadian construction industry and the trade contractors sector of the industry. The award also recognizes their time and dedication to the CCA Trade Contractors Council. The trophy was donated by the Dobbelsteyn family in 1969 to honour the memory of Ernest Dobbelsteyn, who was, for many years, an active member and supporter of the CCA Trade Contractors Council.

2013 Award Recipient – Les LaRocque, Botting & Associates Alberta Ltd.

This gentleman holds a diploma in mechanical engineering technology and has over 34 years of experience in the mechanical contracting business.  Since becoming president of Botting & Associates at the age of 30, he has grown the company from a small business with only 10 employees to one of the larger & well-respected mechanical contractors in Western Canada.  Constantly looking for innovative ways to be more productive on the respective jobsites, this gentleman embraced 3D design in its infancy to complete projects under budget and ahead of schedule. As President, he was instrumental in mandating pre-job planning meetings for all construction projects.

As the business grew, so did his role in the industry, as he shared his time and experience with several industry and industry-related organisations including the Merit Contactors Association of Alberta, where he served as Chairman, the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board, the Alberta Economic Development Authority,   and the Calgary Construction Association, where he is currently serving on their board of directors. He is also an active participant at the Canadian Construction Association, having served as Chair of the Trade Contractors Council, the Human Resources Committee, and   is now serving on the CCA Executive Committee.

He is an individual who instils confidence and respect in everyone around him. He understands that people and teamwork are the pillars of strength for any successful business and is himself a dedicated, hardworking entrepreneur who leads by example. He has a genuine compassion and interest for the people he works with, the trades and his clients.

His integrity, vision, leadership and communication style have made him a valued asset on every board or association he has served. These traits have also earned him the admiration from everyone in the business community and Government.

For his enthusiasm and dedication to the trade contractors sector and to the construction industry as a whole, CCA is proud to recognize Les LaRocque as the recipient of the CCA Trade Contractors Award of Recognition.


Past Recipients

2012 Francis Roy (Gyptech Acoustique)

2011 Grant Neal (Vipond)

2010 John Schubert (McCaine Electric)

2009 Adrian Morrison (Black & McDonald)

2008 Hugh Loughborough (Aecon Industrial Group)

2007 Dave Pelletier (D & G Mechanical)

2005 Don Oborowsky (Waiward Steel Fabricators)

2003 David Oulton

2002 Andre Morin (Acier AGF)

2001 Don Oborowsky (Waiward Steel Fabricators)

CCA General Contractor Award of Recognition

March 7, 2013 @ 02:21 AM

CCA General Contractor Award of Recognition

Presented with the Robert G. Saunders Trophy

The CCA General Contractors Award of Recognition recognizes a CCA general contractor for their commitment and dedication to the Canadian construction industry or their contributions to the CCA General Contractors Council.

2013 Award Recipient - Anibal Valente, PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

As proof of his dynamic and dedicated role in the construction industry, this gentleman was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal designated for Canadians demonstrating outstanding service in the construction industry. He has served as Chair on numerous association boards including the Regina Construction Association, the Saskatchewan Construction Association,  the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, the BC Construction Association and the BCIT Foundation Advisory Board.

Currently Vice President - Vancouver – Buildings & Civil Construction, he oversees PCL’s strategic planning and construction operations in British Columbia. Having joined PCL in 1979 as a site engineer in Vancouver,  he worked his way up as a project manager and district manager, and proudly displays his CCA Gold Seal certification in project management.

An original member of the Vancouver Aboriginal Strategic Partnership project that resulted in hundreds of aboriginal people working in the industry on projects leading up to the 2010 Olympic Games, this gentleman also nurtured the Construction Career Project , initiated within PCL , insuring that the lives of hundreds of aboriginal workers were changed through their introduction to and employment within the construction industry.

His dedication to various aspects of the industry has been recognized by his peers. Brad Greene, Past Chair of CCA,  said he “continues to be both a maverick and a tireless worked on behalf of those of us who build our country’s valuable infrastructure.” In his role at CCA, he demonstrates this same dedication and determination. In serving on the General Contractors Council, he has served as the GC rep on numerous task forces including the naming of subcontractors, CM guide, Auditing of Gold Seal Program etc. He is currently serving on the CCA Executive Committee as 2nd Vice-Chair.

For his dedication and unique perspective on many industry issues, CCA is proud to recognize Anibal Valente as the recipient of the CCA General Contractors Award of Recognition.


Past Recipients

2012 Louis Fontaine (BPR Construction)

2010 John Bockstael (Bockstael Construction)

2009 Serge Massicotte (Massicotte Construction)

2008 Raymond Brunet (Ed Brunet and Associates)

2007 Alfonso Argento (Seven Brothers Construction)

2006 Paul Charette (Bird Construction Company)

2005 Richard Moore (Daoust Moore Construction)

2004 Paul Douglas (PCL Constructors Canada)

2003 Terry Brown

2002 Karl Green (Marlyn Construction)

2001 Brad Greene (Project Management Services)

CCA Gold Seal Association Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

CCA Gold Seal Association Award

Sponsored by Travelers Guarantee Company of Canada

In support of excellence in the management of construction

sponsor logo_travelersThe CCA Gold Seal Association Award recognizes outstanding achievements by CCA partner associations to promote and support the CCA Gold Seal program.


2013 Award Recipient – Grand Valley Construction Association


In 2007, this association’s Strategic Development Plan mandated the association provide opportunities for members to increase their excellence in all areas of the construction industry. For this association, that meant focussing on Gold Seal Certification and having all staff trained on the program and how it enhances both companies and individual members. With admin staff orchestrating the “nuts and bolts” of offering classes, to the President facilitating accredited instructors and holding onsite awareness workshops, -  to marketing staff preparing Gold Seal course awareness emails, web pages, print publications and personal contacts, this association surrounds their Gold Seal activities with dedicated support.

As the association notes “Projects that are Gold Seal Managed have in their contract documents the requirements for Gold Seal certification. Our staff proactively approaches members who would typically bid on these projects to alert them to the requirements, and from there a dedicated staff person meets with the firms to help them through the process.” To that end, of the 7 Gold Seal projects in its province, 5 are through this association’s members.

This association also recognizes that Young Leaders are the engine that will drive excellence.  Upon establishing a Young Executive Club (known as Linc – Leaders in Construction) the LinC committee became the de facto engine behind education and training, with all members encouraged to register in the program through multiple mediums.. The goal is to have 100% of the members Gold Seal Certified. In addition to their efforts, this association:

  • Holds events to honour GSC accomplishments
  • Believes that all board members must be Gold Seal certified if there is a discipline for them.
  • Promotes Gold Seal as an HR Strategy to retain and attract top talent.
  • Identifies gaps in applicants’ education/skills, and meets those specific needs through a steady flow of relevant and timely GSC courses.

For its substantial and unwavering support of the Gold Seal Certification program,   CCA is proud to recognize the Grand Valley Construction Association as the recipient of the Gold Seal Association Award.


Past Recipients

2012 Hamilton-Halton Construction Association

2011 Construction Association of Nova Scotia

2010 Calgary Construction Association

2009 Grand Valley Construction Association

2008 Winnipeg Construction Association

2006 Southern Interior Construction Association

2005 Association de la construction de Quebec - Region de Quebec

2003 Ontario Roadbuilders Association & Ontario Sewer and Watermain Association

2002 Ontario General Contractors Association

CCA Community Leader Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:37 PM

CCA Community Leader Award

The CCA Community Leader Award recognizes CCA member firms, partner associations or individuals employed by a CCA member firm who have devoted their time and efforts to the betterment of their communities.

2013 Award Recipient - Paul Douglas, President & CEO PCL families of Companies

PCL’s spirit of community giving comes in large part from the commitment and examples set by leaders, none more so than those of its President and CEO. His commitment to giving is expressed in two forms: his personal service to the community and in his role as a leader who supports and encourages those with whom he works to take up his example.

Currently he sits on the Business Advisory Board to the Edmonton International Airport, as well as the President's Think Tank for the University of Alberta, where he helps to guide the direction of one of Canada’s largest postsecondary institutions. He was a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and has since become a member of the World Presidents' Organization.  In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his outstanding contribution to the Canadian Construction Industry.

His service also extends internationally. Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed him to the High Level Panel on Infrastructure Development where he was the only Canadian and industry participant on a panel of G20 countries that was tasked with assessing solutions to infrastructure challenges in the developing world.He is also highly regarded in the community as a leader and philanthropist. This spirit of leadership extends to the tremendous commitment he inspires across the organization. As a leader in his firm, he encourages the company’s districts across Canada to contribute financial resources to colleges, universities, museums, hospitals, sports associations, arts facilities, municipalities, and community organizations, and he has been at the forefront of establishing PCL’s partnerships with the Red Cross, the United Way, and Habitat for Humanity. Some of these charitable initiatives have been recognized for setting a new standard for charitable donations. He is also a supporter of local charitable organizations, and has championed PCL’s charitable matching program, ensuring that his company continues to demonstrate the same generosity that his employees, and he himself, exhibit.


Past Recipients

2012 Paul McCarney (Greenbelt Construction)

2011 Bob Walker (Ledcor)

2010 Robert Merkley (Merkley Supply)

2008 Association de la construction du Québec

2007 Shirley Westeinde (Westeinde Group of Companies)

2006 Leo McArthur (Miller Paving)

2005 Don Oborowsky (Waiward Steel Fabricators), honorable mention Martinway Contracting

2004 Keith Gillam (Vanbots Construction)

2003 Reid Schwabe (Ledcor Construction) & PCL Constructors

CCA Partner Association Award of Excellence

March 6, 2013 @ 11:31 PM

CCA Partner Association Award of Excellence

Presented with the Jake Thygesen Trophy

The CCA Partner Association Award of Excellence was created in 1992 and is presented with the Jake Thygesen Trophy. The award recognizes CCA integrated partner associations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in industry enhancement (through lobbying, government relations, etc.), education, and member recruitment.

During his year as Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association, Jake Thygesen was a firm believer in CCA’s success being directly linked to the success of its individual partner associations.

2013 Award Recipient – Construction Association of Nova Scotia


This association is proud of its reputation for taking a proactive approach on issues and building relationships that advance the interests of its members and the industry.  This approach to government relations has led to successes that include significant changes to the province’s builders’ lien act. The association, through its role on the Apprenticeship Employer Review Panel,  also made formal recommendations to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. During a press conference, the Minister accepted these recommendations which will see employers more involved and accountable and will create more apprenticeship opportunities and improve support for apprentices.  This association is also increasing its rapport with municipal governments.  Its inaugural Council and Construction Event held between its executive committee and the Regional Municipality City Council was a huge success and future events are being planned as follow up.

Education is another subject that this association takes great pride in. Having heard from its members that training can be difficult and costly, especially for those who operate outside of the City centre, this association developed a fully integrated, high definition video-based system which includes two fully-equipped physical classrooms and the ability to provide dedicated connection for virtual meeting spaces simultaneously.

The association has also significantly increased its course offerings, and an additional 34 courses became Gold Seal Accredited, now making their entire course catalogue Gold Seal Accredited. The association has also partnered with its local university to develop a program which will enable candidates to develop critical leadership skills and sector-specific competencies in order to increase productivity, innovation and competitiveness. 

The association has also developed a membership engagement and recruitment strategy which includes a new referral program, a relationship management structure, and improved communications with members and potential members through social media including the commencement of developing mobile apps to access relevant association content.

After a two-year consultative process, the association recently launched its new logo, reflecting its over 150-year history and moving towards its anticipated next 150 years.

For its on-going commitment to consistently improving and updating its services to its members, CCA is proud to recognize the Construction Association of Nova Scotia as the winner of the CCA Partner Association Award of Excellence.


Past Recipients

2012 Grand Valley Construction Association

2011 Edmonton Construction Association

2010 Manitoba Heavy Construction Association

2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association

2008 Grand Valley Construction Association

2007 Association de la construction du Quebec

2006 Regina Construction Association

2005 Ontario Road Builders Association

2004 Calgary Construction Association

2003 Hamilton-Halton Construction Association

2002 Alberta Construction Association

2001 Calgary Construction Association

CCA National Safety Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

CCA National Safety Award

Presented with the Gordon M. Vipond Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by Vipond Inc.


The CCA National Safety Award was created in 2000 and is presented with the Gordon M. Vipond Memorial Trophy. The CCA National Safety Award recognizes CCA partner associations and member firms for demonstrating outstanding achievement and commitment to the pursuit of safety in the construction workplace. The award recognizes achievements in program development, staff training, industry contribution, as well as safe work record accomplishments.

2012 Award Recipient – Aecon Construction Group

1CCA is pleased to recognize Aecon Construction Group’s commitment to driving best practices beyond legislative compliance and using their resources to eliminate health and safety risks. Aecon’s environmental health & safety program is based on established behavioural safety techniques. Developed in-house, the program meets OHSAS 18001 standards and complies with all jurisdictions, in many cases exceeding local requirements. Third-party audits covering oil and gas operations, civil infrastructure, ICI building construction, heavy civil and mining projects are performed annually by industry and provincial bodies, and clients. Aecon has 200 dedicated safety personnel at job sites throughout Canada ensuring strict implementation of its program.

4Some of the other recognitions that Aecon has received for its efforts include the Douglas Chalmers Award for Safety from the Ontario General Contractors Association as well as the first Certificate of Recognition (COR) designation in Ontario, adding to Aecon’s COR certification in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.

Past Recipients

2011 Black & McDonald

2010 Mike Moore and Sons Construction

2009 Aluma Systems

2008 George A. Kelson

2007 Ledcor Group of Companies

2006 Mike Moore and Sons Construction

2005 Dufferin Construction Company

2004 PCL Constructors

2003 Waiward Steel Fabricators

2002 Aluma Systems

2001 Ledcor Industries

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CCA International Business Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:19 PM

CCA International Business Award

Sponsored by Export Development Canada

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The CCA International Business Award recognizes the outstanding activities, programs, or accomplishments of a Canadian-based business or association active in the construction industry in the area of international business or trade.

2013 Award Recipient – Aecon Group Inc.


In 2002, Ecuador awarded Corporacion Quiport, a concession led by this firm and its Brazilian partner Andrade Guiterrez Concessions S.A.,  a 35-year concession to design, build, finance and operate the new airport high in the Andes Mountains, as well as to operate Quito’s existing airport until the new facility was finished. 

Four years later, the partners broke ground for a new 700-million, US- dollar, world-class airport designed to serve the city for the next century.  Work on the engineer/procure/construct contract involved all the critical infrastructure required to make the airport operational, including the passenger terminal, runways, taxiways, control tower, and ancillary buildings such as cargo and catering, ground service facilities, as well as the supply and integration of the IT, navigation and security systems. 

With this project, this business successfully exported its project development, management, financing, construction and engineering expertise to Ecuador. This was a trailblazing initiative as the company and its partners had to create the regulatory, legislative and legal framework necessary for the project’s financing. The team also worked with the central government to create a free-trade environment.  In all, over 40 Canadian companies were involved in this project, and over  500 000 hours of specialized training were provided to over 7000 Ecuadorians, allowing for presentation of best practices and construction and safety standards to a country with a vastly different construction culture and safety and labour codes.   

The Operational Readiness and Transition team executed a smooth transition from the old airport to the new; a logistical exercise involving the over-night relocation of over 4,000 employees, 19 airlines, 30 airport service companies, 70 retail business, and 12 tour operators.

On February 19th, 2013, the New Quito International Airport celebrated the first flight. Today, the Airport sees over five million passengers annually, and boasts the longest runway in Latin America. 

This firm “… has demonstrated not only the quality that Canadian firms can bring to international infrastructure projects, but also the importance and value of corporate social contributions to local employment, environmental sustainability and other social issues," said Marc Whittingham, President and CEO of the Canadian Commercial Corporation.

For its partnership with a Brazillian company on a significant and complex project, its work with the local government, and its expanding of best practices to the Latin American industry, CCA is proud to recognize Aecon Group Inc. as the recipient of the CCA International Business Award.  


Past Recipients

2012 DIRTT Environmental Solutions

2011 PCL

2010 Manitoba Heavy Construction Association

2009 Aluma Systems International

2008 L’Association de la Construction du Québec & British Columbia Construction Association

CCA Environmental Achievement Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:11 PM

CCA Environmental Achievement Award

The CCA Environmental Achievement Award was created in 1991, and recognizes the leadership role that CCA member firms and associations have taken to promote and undertake exemplary environmental conduct within the Canadian construction industry.

2013 Award Recipient – Maple Reinders Inc. 

In Metro Vancouver, approximately 700,000 tonnes of solid waste a year is sent to the landfill, of which approximately 40% is organic waste. As part of its waste reduction strategy, Metro Vancouver is banning organic materials from its facilities by 2015. Until now, there had not been many viable options for what could be done with this waste.

The Harvest Energy Garden is able to use the organic waste in an innovative High Solids

Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) technology to process solid waste material into bio-gas, and then into electricity generation as well as high quality compost. Selected as a constructor for this project, this firm was happy to rise to the unique challenges associated with construction such a green facility including incorporating new technology, material selection and equipment installation.

New technology, developed in Germany, was being integrated into the project. Due to the emerging nature of the bio-gas industry, it meant that some of the necessary products needed were not available in North America, and needed to be sourced  & imported from  the European market. In addition,  design codes and regulations had to be reviewed to ensure that safety and regulatory requirements were met.

Materials selection was another significant challenge. The nature of the HSAD process resulted in an extremely aggressive environment, which required extremely durable materials.  The concrete mix design for the percolator tunnels used a silica fume additive, needed to achieve the necessary gas tightness and durability. This significantly improved the concrete strength, chemical resistance and impermeability of the mix and all tunnels passed the mandatory gas tightness tests upon completion.

For other components in the structure, epoxy-coated steel was used rather than galvanized steel to avoid potential corrosion from ammonia which is generated as one of the by-products in the process.

The end result of this project is a facility that is processing in excess of 800 tonnes of organic waste per week, reducing carbon emissions by approximately 23,000 tonnes and is on target to produce power for more than 900 homes and provide high-quality compost for local farms and gardens.

For its dedication to enhancing and improving environmental performance in its projects, CCA is proud to recognize Maple Reinders Inc. as the recipient of the CCA Environmental Achievement Award.


Past Recipients

2013 JJM Cinstruction

2011 Lafarge

2010 Black & McDonald

2009 Morsky HySpeed Soil Nailing

2008 Miller Paving

2007 Windmill Development Group

2006 Maple Reinders Constructors, honourable mention Morsky Industrial Services

2005 Dufferin Construction Company

2004 Maple Reinders

2003 Kindred Construction

2002 Miller Paving, honourable mention Ledcor Alberta

2001 Maritime Road Development

CCA Excellence in Innovation Award

March 6, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

CCA Excellence in Innovation Award

Presented with the Hugh R. Montgomery Memorial Trophy

The CCA Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes outstanding construction firms in Canada who have implemented innovative construction practices within the past two years. These practices must have been a “first-time” use or adoption for use in Canada, but may have been previously applied or used elsewhere.

The Hugh R. Montgomery Memorial Trophy commemorates the life and work of Hugh R. Montgomery, a past president of CCA who gave generously his time and experience for the general well-being of the industry.

2013 Recipient - Hoban Equipment Ltd.

This firm has developed an Aggregate Processing Control System (A.P.C.S.), an International Patent Pending control system, utilizing digital technology to integrate functions that provide safety features, plant controls, operations and quality control reporting, in an industry that typically has seen little to no growth in technology.

With the implementation of this system, productivity is improved as all equipment is monitored. The system reduces downtime by observing areas that are not always visible to workers for issues such as rock jams.  This ability to gather data for each specific project allows the user to predict possible future outcomes in a much quicker manner. Not only can downtime be reduced, but by identifying areas of concern, site safety and longevity of the equipment is significantly increased.  

Electronic information chronologically tracks Sieve tests, consecutive running averages and implements a Design Aggregate Gradation (DAG). This information is input directly into electronic monitoring systems that feed directly to the Tower Operator, providing immediate notification of possible out of specification results. These results can save the Aggregate Processing Plant  hours in over producing an out of spec product which in turn decreases costs as it relates to time spent on the job. This in turn decreases costs to the client, and owner.

Further benefits include an increase in employee awareness in and around the processing plant. Monitoring workers in hazardous environments ensures a decrease in near-misses and incidents as it enables everyone on site to become more aware of potential risks, and the amount of time they spend in specific zones. Using the information from the monitoring system to provide feedback to the crews and site supervisors helps prevent further infractions and enables the crew to proactively make decisions on work patterns.

Another key benefit is a bird’s eye view for the tower operator, enabled through the use of LCD monitors. The control tower operator can quickly shut down or notify operators immediately of potential hazardous areas or concerns by being able to monitor locations that were previously blind areas.

Because Aggregate Processing Plants are seldom left at a location for long periods, it is important that all systems maintain portability and connectivity. This resulted in the development of solutions that could easily move the system and require minimal setup, maintaining cost and time effectiveness. Devices have to be robust and operable in temperature sensitive environments as the APP is located most often by itself in remote locations during various seasons and conditions. This resulted in a selection of highly durable items for the system.

For its innovative approach to improve safety, control, efficiency, and quality control, CCA is pleased to award the Excellence in Innovation Award to Hoban Equipment Ltd.


Past Recipients

2012 PCL Industrial Management ( Edmonton, Alberta)

2011 A&B Concrete Pumping

2010 EllisDon

2009 Ledcor Construction

2008 Greyback Construction

2006 Morsky Industrial Services

2005 Simlog, honourable mention Aluma Systems

2004 Dufferin Construction

2003 Fraser River Pile & Dredge

2002 Mammoet Canada, honourable mentions Auto Cad and Total Station Integration used by a joint venture of PCL and Maxam, Cana Management

CCA Person of the Year Award

March 6, 2013 @ 10:56 PM

CCA Person of the Year Award

Presented with the Robert Stollery Trophy

Sponsored by PCL family of companies


pcl con col lgThe CCA Person of the Year Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities of a leader and who applies the highest standards and principles of the construction industry and business community. This person has demonstrated a pursuit of excellence in any field serving the Canadian construction industry.

This award honours Robert Stollery, whose contribution to Canada’s construction industry symbolizes the qualities for which the award is given.

2013 Award Recipient - Bill Gyles, CEO, Kinetic Construction Ltd.


This gentleman’s approach to construction can be summarized with the following: treat subcontractors with respect and as valued partners, consultants as team members working towards a common goal, and clients as people, their time and money respected.

He believes in leading by example, and hiring smart people who share his values and work ethics. His firm’s strong corporate culture is a testament to his unique ability to build a community of like-minded people, committed to building great projects together. He inspires creativity, hard work, and a determination to reach goals and to strive to do more.

After working as a quantity surveyor both independently and for architects, he founded his firm in 1984. Over the years he actively managed all aspects of the company as General Manager, General Superintendent, Chief Estimator (and he is Gold Seal Certified in this role), Contracts Manager, and Controller. As CEO, he has been responsible for a staff of up to 150 people at three branch offices, building projects with a total annual construction value of $50M. 

In fact, Mike Walz, Vancouver Branch Manager of Kinetic, had this to say about him.

“ Over the past 13 years, (he) has been my mentor, leading by example, demonstrating honesty, integrity and fairness in everything he does. He has always provided room for growth, both personally and professionally, offering the opportunity to succeed through taking on new responsibilities and allowing innovation and progression.” 

He has given countless hours over the years to the construction community, through his participation on numerous associations, including the CCA,  the British Columbia Construction Association and the Vancouver Island Construction Association. One peer had this to say about his work: 

“Through (his) tireless dedication to Construction Associations on both a local and national level, he has helped bring positive changes to contract language and the risks passed through to Contractors.” 

He believes in the work of associations so much that he expects members of the Youth Development Program he spearheaded, to be involved in both industry and community organizations.   One other initiative he has launched with his eye on the future is a career enhancement program that matches abilities, talent, and potential with appropriate training and mentoring. It is open to all employees, from senior management to labourers. 

For his contributions to the construction industry, the example he sets as a leader and his personal beliefs of honesty and integrity, CCA is proud to recognize Bill Gyles as the recipient of the CCA Person of the Year Award.


Past Recipients

2012 André Morin Acier AGF

2011 Dwight Brown (PCL)

2010 Walter Woloshyn (EllisDon)

2009 Paul Charette (Bird Construction Company)

2008 Don Oborowsky (Waiward Steel Fabricators)

2007 Leo McArthur (Miller Group of Companies)

2006 John Westeinde

2005 Paul McLellan (Mancon Holdings)

2003 Curtis Washer (Ontario General Contractors Association)

2002 Michael O'Malley (PCL Constructors)

2001 Ira Greenspoon (Greenspoon Brothers Ltd & Canadian Eagle Recyclers)


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2010 Canadian Construction Association Accomplishments

September 23, 2011 @ 03:14 PM

2010 Canadian Construction Association Accomplishments

Infrastructure Investment

Canadian Construction Association (CCA) launched an intensive lobby campaign prior to the January 2009 Federal Budget to ensure that any stimulus measures in that Budget included infrastructure investment. The result was some $12 billion in infrastructure measures of which $11 billion was new money in addition to the Government’s previous $33 billion commitment.

Since the Framework Agreements were signed with the Provinces and the Territories in 2007-08, the Federal Government has announced the following funding (as of May 2010):

  • $3.89 billion for some 3,983 “shovel-ready” projects worth close to $10 billion under the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund;
  • Close to $1.6 billion for over 1,400 projects for small communities under the Communities Component of the Building Canada Fund;
  • Almost $5 billion for 128 major projects funded under the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund;
  • $563 million for 18 projects under the Green Infrastructure Fund; and
  • $1.97 billion for 536 projects at post-secondary educational institutions under the Knowledge Infrastructure Program.

As well, over the life of the Framework Agreements, which end in 2014, the federal government will provide municipalities with their per capita share of some $11.7 billion from the Gas Tax Fund.

Wood Preference Bill Defeated

CCA successfully worked with a Coalition of industry organizations to defeat at the Report Stage a Private Members’ Bill that passed on Second Reading that sought to amend the Public Works and Government Services Act to cause PWGSC to give preference to designs that favor wood.

Infrastructure Stimulus Deadline Extended


CCA closely monitored the implementation and roll-out of the stimulus infrastructure programs introduced in the 2009 Federal Budget and was a key voice leading to the December 2010 announcement extending the March 31, 2011 deadline to October 31, 2011.

Federal Contracting Issues


Limitation on Contractor Liability for Damage to Existing Federal Property  During 2010, CCA was able to successfully negotiate with PWGSC revised contract wording that limits the Contractor’s liability for damage to existing Crown property in a similar fashion to the approach used in CCDC2-2008. The new provisions are expected to be in place for PWGSC projects in the very near future. Defence Construction Canada (DCC) has also agreed to adopt this language. A CCA priority now is to see this implemented as soon as possible and expanded to other federal departments and agencies and to contracts let by PWGSC’s AFD Subcontractor SNC-Lavalin O&M.


  • CCA successfully negotiated with SNC-Lavalin O&M the use of CCDC2-2008 as its contract for construction work at federal facilities; and 
  • CCA developed the proposed model bidding instructions for fixed priced construction projects in Ontario and B.C. that straddle the HST effective date. CCA’s recommended approach was subsequently adopted by both PWGSC and DCC.

Gold Seal Program

The CCA Gold Seal Certification Program has gained considerable momentum in recent years, and is proving to be a timely and cost-effective investment for construction employers in terms of corporate HR recruitment, employee retention and professional development strategies. 2010 was another record year for Gold Seal. There are now some 7,000 Gold Seal certified individuals!

LEED Courses for Contractors

This past year CCA negotiated with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) an agreement that allows CCA Integrated Partner Associations be the lead deliverer of LEED courses for contractors, including the selection of course instructors and their compensation, the establishment of the course registration fees and the location and promotion. The first of these courses is entitled Contractor’s Toolbox for Projects Seeking LEED® related Certification. The course meets the criteria established by the USGBC’s Education Provider Program.

CCA Standard Documents

A major part of what CCA does is the development and promotion of national industry best practices, including standard construction forms and industry guides.

New documents published/to be published in 2010 include: •   Through the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC), a full suite of new CCDC Construction Management Contracts; •   New and updated version of the Trade Contractors Council’s A Trade Contractor’s Guide and Checklist to Construction Contracts; and •   The new P3 Guide mentioned earlier.

CCA early in 2010 through its regional and provincial Integrated Partner Associations made available to all CCA member firms at no cost to them a set of the most widely used CCA and CCDC standard forms and guides as a clear and tangible benefit of CCA membership.

Other priority documents that CCA and CCDC are working on include: •   New CCDC Design-Build Contracts •   CCDC guide on prequalification •   CSA Standard on Building Commissioning


CCA looks forward to continue working with its Partner Associations to advance and enhance the construction industry in Canada.

Project Management Team

September 20, 2011 @ 01:00 PM

Project Management Team


CCA's Priorities and Achievements

September 2, 2011 @ 12:48 PM

CCA's Priorities and Achievements

Industry Summit Still Shaping Association’s Priorities

  • Canadian Construction Association (CCA) held a national Non-Residential Construction Industry Summit in January of 2010 designed to identify the major trends that will impact the non-residential construction industry in the short term. The following six themes were identified:
  • Labour supply and training;
  • Infrastructure investment;
  • Awareness of environmental issues;
  • Public-private partnerships (P3s);
  • Increased competition from global/foreign firms; and
  • New technology.

Testament to the foresight of the summit participants, these themes are still top priority areas for the Canadian construction industry.

1. Labour Supply

According to Construction Sector Council’s (CSC) 2011 Labour Market Information (LMI) assessment, the construction industry in Canada will need to find some 335,000 new entrants by 2019 to replace retiring workers and to keep pace with increasing demand.


In the spring of 2011 CCA launched a new civil construction careers website.  See

Immigration Reform

The CSC LMI study concludes that of the 335,000 new construction entrants required by 2019, domestic sources can only provide some 163,000 leaving a net total of 172,000 that will need to come from foreign sources. Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program and immigration system generally, however, need to become much more “construction-friendly”.  CCA is lobbying for a number of changes in this regard to ensure that these programs work more effectively for the construction industry.  

2. Post-Stimulus & Infrastructure Investment – What Comes Next?

With regard to infrastructure investment and the post-stimulus marketplace, CCA continues to lobby for permanent, long-term infrastructure re-investment programs.

This past year the federal government followed-up on its promise to make the $2 billion annual Gas Tax contribution to municipal infrastructure a permanent program.
Last January, a National Infrastructure Summit was organized by the Big City Mayors Caucus within the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The purpose of the summit was to identify ways by which municipalities, working with senior levels of government, can best address the growing sizeable municipal infrastructure deficit.  CCA was a prominent sponsor and participant in that event and was invited to participate in follow-up discussions.
Subsequently the federal government made a commitment to work with the provinces, territories, the municipalities and other stakeholders to develop a long-term plan for public infrastructure that extends beyond the expiry of the current Building Canada Plan in 2014.  CCA expects to be involved at some stage in that process.

Infrastructure Report Card

CCA is also working with the FCM, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Canadian Public Works Association to develop a National State of Canadian Infrastructure Report Card, which it hopes to publish on an annual basis as a credible measurement of the current state of Canada’s key public infrastructure. The first phase will concentrate on core municipal infrastructure (e.g. roads, water systems and sewers). More than 400 municipalities have participated to date. The inaugural report is expected to be released early in 2012 to coincide with the lead-up to the 2012 federal budget.

3. Environmental Issues

On the environment front, CCA eagerly awaits the parliamentary review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act scheduled for later this year.
Environmental assessment in Canada is an extremely lengthy and inefficient process due primarily to the overlapping of federal and provincial jurisdictions. CCA recommends that the federal act be significantly revised to create a national environmental assessment standard and to reduce the federal “triggers” to cases where the federal government itself is the project proponent or where no other jurisdiction has assessment authority.

4. P3s and Foreign Competition

The move to the P3 delivery model by Canadian governments, especially at the provincial level, has attracted a number of large, international construction firms with considerable expertise in the P3 delivery method. These firms often bring with them competitive financing options not available to most Canadian domestic firms.
The interest in the Canadian construction market by foreign firms, especially those in Europe, is at an all-time high given the buoyant projections for the Canadian construction market and the devastating impact the recent recession has had on the US and European markets. Last March, Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics released a global forecast for the construction industry over the next decade to 2020.  Entitled Global Construction 2020, it predicts that by 2020, Canada will have the fifth largest construction market in the world behind China, the US, India and Japan.  It also says that while global construction activity on average will grow by 5.2 per cent annually, Europe’s construction market will experience stagnant growth of just 1.7 per cent, causing its construction firms to look elsewhere for work.  
CCA strongly supports free trade and open access to the Canadian market. Access; however, must be conditional upon equality of treatment and reciprocity between countries. As such, CCA has adopted a position that supports the equal opportunity and access to government procurement or government funded infrastructure development and/or construction opportunities for foreign firms operating in Canada, provided reciprocal access is granted to Canadian firms in the respective foreign country.
Most of Canada’s construction businesses are small- and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs. While CCA appreciates scale is important to overcome higher P3 pursuit costs, governments must, in balancing their needs, not adopt policies that disadvantage SMEs or create insurmountable obstacles to their participation in this growing segment of the public infrastructure market.    
CCA will continue to pursue fair and equal treatment for SMEs in the growing P3 market, including the pursuit of new policy options with the federal government to help SMEs play a greater role in the emerging P3 market.

5. Technology

With respect to new technology, CCA has established the new Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) and is examining the feasibility of creating a Canadian Construction Research Institute.

New BIM Institute

CCA led the establishment of the Institute for BIM in Canada last November. The new institute has created its own website, developed a business plan, completed a BIM environmental scan, started the development of a BIM practice manual, started to issue bulletins, and completed a communications strategy. A working group has also been formed to look at the development of contract language for the purposes of BIM. The website is
IBC has also established a Canadian chapter within buildingSMART International (bSI).

Proposed New Construction Industry Research Institute

CCA is exploring with like-minded organizations the possible establishment of a Canadian Construction Industry Research Institute to:
•    Identify the R&I needs in the construction industry;
•    Formulate a plan to fulfill these needs;
•    Strengthen the relationship and collaboration between industry and academia;
•    Learn from successful models implemented in other developed countries.

Other CCA Priorities

Hours of Service

CCA submitted its final application in support of an industry exemption from the cycle requirements of the federal Hours of Service Regulations and is working on a Winter Maintenance exemption request to be submitted in the late fall.

Gold Seal Construction Management Certification Program

CCA’s Gold Seal certification program has gained considerable momentum in recent years, and is proving to be a timely and cost-effective investment for construction employers in terms of corporate HR recruitment, employee retention and professional development strategies.
2010 was another good year for Gold Seal with the accreditation of an additional 152 construction management education courses/seminars and the designation of six Gold Seal Projects.  There are now over 7,500 Gold Seal certified individuals!

CCA 2011-2013 Strategic Plan

Another recent development that will affect CCA’s future course is the new Strategic Plan endorsed by the CCA Board of Directors in March of 2011. The strategic plan is available for CCA members in the Members Only section.

The strategic plan addresses seven major areas:  

  1. Advocacy – To ensure that CCA’s voice is an effective one with the federal government on issues of concern to the Canadian construction industry;
  2. Best Practices – To ensure that CCA continues to be a significant force in the development and use of best practices in the construction industry;
  3. Communications – To ensure that CCA communicates effectively to its members, its Partner Associations, its peer groups, government and the public-at-large;
  4. Partnerships – To ensure that CCA continues to enhance and make more effective its partnership with its Partner Associations;
  5. Membership Retention and Growth – CCA must work with its Partner Associations to ensure effective strategies to retain and grow our membership base;
  6. Advanced Business Practices – CCA must strive to become a source for information on new business trends and technologies that will impact the construction industry; and
  7. Organizational Capacity – CCA must streamline its internal operations and structure to better fulfill its mandate.


The outlook for the construction industry in Canada has never looked better. CCA is pleased with the progress it has made in 2011 in regard to its priority areas and looks forward to taking its efforts to a new level in 2012.

About the Canadian Construction Association

September 2, 2011 @ 12:42 PM

About the Canadian Construction Association

Construction Is One of Canada’s Largest Sectors

Construction has become a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. The sector employs 1.35 million Canadians or approximately 7 per cent of Canada’s total workforce. Annually, construction is responsible for nearly $90 billion in economic activity or 7 per cent of Canada’s overall Gross Domestic Product. In the decade ahead, the Canadian construction market is expected to become the 5th largest in the world, driven primarily by global demand for natural resources and the urgent need to modernize Canada’s aging national infrastructure.

CCA Represents Canada’s Construction Industry

Established in 1918, Canadian Construction Association’s (CCA) vision is to build Canada with ethics, skills and responsibility. CCA’s mission is to be the national voice for the Canadian construction industry.

Members firms join CCA through their local or provincial construction associations and are entitled to numerous membership benefits including standard documents, construction guides, as well as updates on federal public policy and regulatory requirements.

Across Canada, CCA represents more than 17,000 members firms drawn from 70 local and provincial integrated partner associations. CCA gives voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada’s non-residential construction industry.

How CCA Works

The day-to-day operations of CCA are handled by the CCA staff in the Ottawa office.

Since CCA was founded as an association of construction practitioners, only employees, officers or owners of a member firm are eligible to sit on its board. The board is drawn from local and provincial partner associations, as well as CCA corporate members. The current board consists of 80 individuals representing all aspects of the non-residential construction business in Canada. The chair and other elected officers are chosen from the board and serve on an executive committee made up of committee and council chairs. It is the executive committee that is charged with holding CCA accountable for implementing board decisions, as well as ensuring board adherence to CCA by-laws and governance principles.

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Consider a Career in Construction

September 1, 2011 @ 07:23 PM

Consider a Career in Construction

These are just some of the ways that a typical construction site makes sure that what is built and how it’s built is done in a way that makes the environment a priority. But like all environmental progress, it comes down to individual people. The over one million Canadian men and women who work in the construction industry are committed to improving their environment. Ongoing training and education ensure that construction personnel stay up-to-date on new environmental techniques and allow contractors innovative products and solutions to meet the construction challenges of today.

Canada’s construction sector offers many exciting career opportunities for youth interested in a career in environmental studies. Beyond the theoretical, construction offers first-hand, in-the-field opportunities to not only improve the environment, but to implement new systems and innovative solutions to challenges such as species management, deconstruction and recycling, brown field reclamation, water management, and energy end-use efficiency.

A career in construction pays above average wages, offers infinite opportunities to travel both in Canada and abroad, and the means to implement, with building owners, architects and government planners, sustainable solutions to improve Canada’s urban and rural landscapes. For more information on a career in civil construction, visit careers in civil construction.

After Construction

September 1, 2011 @ 07:22 PM

After Construction

Ensuring Long-term Environmental Performance

ev10Protecting human health and ensuring a safe environment does not end with the completion of a new building or structure. Increasingly, certification systems are being used to test, measure and assign a rating to the new construction based on its sustainability and eco- friendliness. These systems are also applied to older buildings and structures, thereby improving their overall performance and reducing their environmental footprint. For instance, the Green Globes program can tell building owners where work needs to be done to make their buildings more sustainable.

Contractors are the people who make existing buildings more environmentally friendly. Energy retrofits are one of the best ways to do this. Energy retrofits involve changing or upgrading windows, lighting, hot water tanks, heating and ventilation systems, and so forth to make these components more efficient and less energy-reliant.
A thorough energy retrofit can reduce a building’s energy use by 50 per cent. Of course, contractors must also regularly maintain and repair a structure – this usually ensures that the risk of environmental damage is minimized.

Making Cities Greener and Healthier

September 1, 2011 @ 07:22 PM

Making Cities Greener and Healthier

ev9It’s not just the way things are built that is beneficial to the environment – what gets built oftentimes is the environmental achievement in itself.

Think about the environmental impact of water and wastewater systems, sewage systems, wind energy projects, and public transit networks – all these facilities ensure that our towns and cities are cleaner, healthier and less polluted.

But construction also helps to clean up polluted areas as well. Brownfields are an excellent example. Brownfields are heavily polluted parcels of land, usually in core urban centres, that sit idle due to contamination. It is the job of remediation contractors to clean up these areas, and dispose of the contaminated soils in an environmentally friendly fashion – which allows cities to make use of these prime plots of land and ensure a cleaner, healthier city for all.

Infrastructure Design

September 1, 2011 @ 07:22 PM

Infrastructure Design

Environmental progress is not limited to just buildings. Tremendous strides have also been made in civil constructions to the environmental impact of new projects.

Today, many roadways on which Canadians travel daily contain a sizable component of recycled materials, including, but not limited to, asphalt, concrete, rubber from discarded tires, and even tar-based roof singles that would otherwise end up in landfills. Moreover, the industry is increasingly using warm asphalt mixes, which require less energy to apply and are equally durable.

The industry is also looking at ways to make pavement more durable. Significant advances in paving technologies have been made over the past few decades. Most new pavements last longer, perform better and have lower life-cycle costs than pavements used just 10 years ago. The industry is also experimenting with “perpetual pavement”, which would permit roadways to last upwards of 50 years without any need for significant structural rehabilitation.
Advances in trenchless technology have provided the ability for less invasive construction in urban areas and sensitive habitat locations reducing GHGs as well as reducing impact on people, wildlife and business.
Advances in material design have improved the operation of the component parts in new water and sewer systems and are reducing the amount of loss/infiltration which in turn reduces the cost of producing potable water and sewage treatment. Understanding of these losses/infiltrations by various levels of government has resulted in significant water replacement projects where losses range from 20 to 45 per cent. Replacement of combined sewer systems reduces pollution of rivers in the event of severe storms and replacement of heavily infiltrated sewer systems reduces the amount of treatment required at the treatment plants. Metering advances allow a better understanding of usage and as loss, encouraging conservation as well as replacement of old systems.

Industry equipment is also much improved and far less polluting than equipment used just 10 years ago. Since the late 1990s, diesel engine technology has made significant strides to reduce particulate matter and CO2 and NOx emissions. With the introduction of the new Tier 4 engines in 2012, particulate matter and NOx emissions from diesel engines will be reduced by a further 90 per cent, thereby reducing pollution from diesel-powered engines over the next decade significantly.


September 1, 2011 @ 07:21 PM


ev7Better insulation of buildings is also important to reducing overall building energy use. From the use of high R-value windows to the selection of building materials, many of today’s buildings offer superior insulation against the temperature extremes of the Canadian climate. The addition of Green Roof technology has also increased buildings' R-values. A green roof provides increased insulation and reduces both heating and cooling needs in all seasons.

Water Systems

September 1, 2011 @ 07:21 PM

Water Systems

Many new buildings are incorporating grey water recycling systems and rainwater harvesting to reduce overall water consumption. Grey water and rainwater can be used to irrigate grass, trees and office plants, thereby reducing the need to use treated municipal water for these functions. As such, overall
Low-flow toilets are also a part of today’s building-owner water management plan. Many new and existing buildings have been equipped with sensors and timers to limit water waste. Similar sensor systems are also being used to control lighting systems, driving down power consumption significantly. Moreover, many buildings constructed near large bodies of water are using innovative techniques to reduce their mechanical heating and cooling needs. By using ocean or lake water to cool the fluid systems that feed through a heat exchange process, the energy consumption of building chillers and boilers are lower, as are their use of CFCs.

Heating, Cooling and Energy Self-Sufficiency

September 1, 2011 @ 07:21 PM

Heating, Cooling and Energy Self-Sufficiency

Buildings consume large amounts of energy. Maintaining comfortable internal temperatures for work and relaxation are paramount in their design. Many new buildings are incorporating improvements in ventilation and design to achieve maximum efficiency in their use of heating and cooling systems.

Site orientation is one of the most effective means of gathering natural heat from sunlight to help bolster mechanical systems. During warmer months, solar shading is often used to help reduce the need for mechanical cooling through the use of awnings, blinds, shutters or glass tinting. These advanced building techniques can reduce mechanical air conditioning significantly.

Many new buildings use solar panels extensively to both heat water and generate electricity. Wind turbines are also used to help harness the power of the wind to reduce the need for importing power off existing electrical grids. In periods of low operation, excess power can be sold back onto the grid to help lower overall monthly energy bills.

Geothermal systems are also increasing in popularity as a cost-effective means of supplementing traditional heating and cooling systems. A geothermal heat pump is a central heating or cooling unit that uses the earth’s natural temperature to supplement heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

New systems are applying these same principles with sewer systems. Since wastewater typically maintains a temperature (above freezing), geothermal systems are being laid along sanitary sewer systems and adjacent to buildings to permit heat pumps to supply buildings with heating and cooling.


September 1, 2011 @ 07:21 PM


ev6While every industrial sector today is striving to improve efficiency and sustainability, within the construction sector, new technologies and construction innovations are contributing to reduce end-use energy consumption and building emissions. Many new buildings are incorporating these design improvements to help lower their operating costs and become more self-sufficient.

Getting Rid of Waste

September 1, 2011 @ 07:20 PM

Getting Rid of Waste

ev5Whether constructing a new building or road, or tearing down an existing structure, construction creates a lot of waste material. Instead of all that waste simply going to a landfill, greater proportions of construction waste are now being diverted to recycling plants for alternative uses or reused on site. Whether it is old concrete being crushed into gravel, steel being melted and reused as reinforcing bars or a scrap of drywall being crushed into gypsum and made into new drywall, the construction industry is at the forefront of minimizing the amount of waste being generated. Many contractors target and obtain 50 per cent recycling on all their projects, quite astonishing considering virtually nothing was recycled only 20 years ago. 

Reducing Greenhouse Gasses

September 1, 2011 @ 07:20 PM

Reducing Greenhouse Gasses

ev4The construction industry has made considerable strides since 1990 to reduce its environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

Today, many companies regularly upgrade their equipment to ensure they are using the most fuel-efficient engines available. A number of construction companies have also switched their fuel use to less harmful fuel types, and will soon be operating on B2 Biodiesel across Canada. When added to other important innovations in building practices and technologies, such as anti-idling devices, emissions for both vehicles and equipment have decreased considerably. According to the latest data collected by the Canadian Industrial Energy End-Use and Analysis Centre (CIEEDAC), the construction industry is a leader in the country, having reduced its energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 43% on an intensity level since 1990.

Although the construction industry is not a large emitter of greenhouse gases, the industry, through the Canadian Construction Association, continues to work with all levels of government on a voluntary basis in finding new and better ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Choosing the Right Materials

September 1, 2011 @ 07:20 PM

Choosing the Right Materials

ev3The construction industry is a big consumer of recycled materials. Be it asphalt, wood, cement, steel, or glass, much of what you see on a final project has been used elsewhere.

In fact, one of the biggest challenges facing the construction industry is a shortage of businesses that can produce enough usable recycled material in order to keep pace with demand. Many large construction companies have developed recycling companies just to handle the demand for recycled material.

Sometimes it is not possible to use recycled materials. In these instances, the construction industry does its part to minimize the impact to our environment. Materials are chosen that are manufactured close to the project site, eliminating long transportation requirements. Lumber is harvested from responsibly grown forests. Glues, solvents and other materials selected have no off-gassing or other harmful pollutants. Smoking is often banned on project sites to eliminate contamination of the finished product. In short, the construction industry recognizes it has a part to play in the protection of our environment.

Green Building Design

September 1, 2011 @ 07:20 PM

Green Building Design

ev2The environmental impact of construction starts right from the drawing board for most projects. Many of today’s projects are designed with a focus on “green design”, ensuring that new structures are built with a view to maximizing the performance of a structure in water use, energy consumption, air emissions and other factors that affect its environmental footprint.

Building rating systems such as the Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), Green Globes, BOMA BESt and others are helping to green the design process. LEED, for example, is a certification program that is growing in popularity and fast becoming a staple of construction across North America. LEED is a points-based rating system that measures a building’s environmental performance. In order for a building to obtain LEED certification, it must be designed, constructed and commissioned in strict accordance with the guidelines to ensure it meets very high environmental standards.

LEED awards four (4) ratings based on environmental design achievement: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Certified.


September 1, 2011 @ 07:20 PM


Construction and the Environment – Working Together

ev1Construction is one of Canada’s biggest industries.

Every year, Canada’s construction industry is responsible for the building and maintenance of apartment buildings and homes; roads, highways, bridges, sewer and water systems; office towers, shopping centres, factories, hospitals and schools; as well as rail, airport and port infrastructure. In short, the infrastructure necessary to sustain life in Canada.

According to the latest Statistics Canada data, 1.22 million Canadians work in the construction industry, which contributes $72.138 billion annually to the Canadian economy and accounts for 7 per cent of our national gross domestic product. These construction professionals have a unique responsibility to the environment and work closely with owners, architects, engineers, and others to reduce the environmental footprint of the thousands of new and renovation construction projects carried out each year across the country.

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September 1, 2011 @ 07:19 PM

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Donor Recognition Page

September 1, 2011 @ 07:19 PM

Donor Recognition Page

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) thanks all the donators for their generous contributions which helped us to meet and exceed the fundraising goal of $500,000. The following individuals and companies agreed to have their names published. If you donated and would like your name added, please contact Robin Borne.


Mr. & Mrs. Colin Anderson

Mr. Roman Babicki

Mr.Wilson Beck

Mrs. Robin Borne

Mr. Geoff Battimelli

Mr. John Bockstael 

Mr. Pierre Boucher 

Mr. Chuck Brook 

Mr. Dwight Brown 

Mr. Gilbert Brulotte

Mr. Hardy Bunn 

Mr. Ken Cameron 

Mrs. Fabienne Chaber 

Mr. & Mrs. Morris Chynweth 

Mr. Robert Culbert 

Mr. Gavin Davidson 

Mr. Greg Dixon 

Mr. Roger Dootson 

Mr. Robert Eades 

Mr. David Ellis 

Mr. Louis Fontaine 

Mr. Brian Gardner 

Mrs. Walentyna Karcz

Mrs. Eileen Keenan 

Mrs. Carmel Lafontaine

Mr. Bryan Leverick 

Mr. Manley McLachlan

Mr. John McLernon 

Mr. Chris McNally

Mr. Robert Merkley

Mrs. Margaret Munro

Mr. Scott Munro

Mr. Carl Nilsen

 Mr. David Ritchie

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Robinson

Mr. John Schubert

Mr. Richard Siegenthaler

Mr. Leslie Van Duzer

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Van Exan


Aluflex Inc. 


Association de la Construction du Québec 


BC Construction Association 

Bing Thom Architects Foundation 

Bockstael Construction Limited 

Brook Pooni Associates Inc 

Calgary Construction Association 

Canadian Construction Association


Cast Connex

Construction Denis Rivard Inc.

Construction Association of New Brunswick 

Da Architects & Partners

Edmonton Construction Association

Fredericton NorthWest Construction

Gateway Construction & Engineering Ltd.

Graham Construction

ITC Construction - University Of Calgary

Katom Ventures Inc.


Lang Construction

Les Constructions St-Laurent B.L. Inc.

Les Excavations Payette Ltée

Masonry Industry Association of Atlantic 

Maple Leaf Construction

Mechanical Contractors Association

Michael Garrett Architect Ltd.

Mini-Excavation M.T, Inc.

Moisan Portes De Garage Expert Inc. 

Moncton Northeast Construction Association 

NB Roofing Contractors Association

Nechako Northcoast Construction

Parkwest Projects Ltd

PCL Construction Management

PME Inc. 

Project Management Services Inc. 

RG Integration 

Roger Dootson Charitable Foundation

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Vancouver

Saint John Construction Information Centre

Spino Plomberie Inc.

Toitures Quatre-Saisons Inc

Ventilation C.F. Inc.

Western Surety

Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.

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Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.

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École Lakay Project

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École Lakay Project

The Canadian Construction Association together with its partners the British Columbia Construction Association, Builders without Borders and the Association de la construction du Québec are rebuilding École Lakay, a Port-au-Prince, Haiti, based trade school damaged by the January 2010 earthquake. Besides having an opportunity to learn a trade, students receive a hot meal three times a day, can take a bath, have clean clothes supplied and a safe place to sleep. While the original school’s capacity was only 80 students, the new school will span 2,100 m2 and be able to accommodate 200 students. Over $1.4 million has been raised for this project.

École Lakay Update (January 2015)

2014 Saw Several Milestones in Ecole Lakay Reconstruction Project

This past year included several significant milestones for the Ecole Lakay Reconstruction Project. To date, there has been increased progress and positive momentum toward the successful completion of the two-storey trade school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

In early 2014, with reinforcing steel on-site, the majority of the work was dedicated to the on-site preparation for the reconstruction project. As students took their classes in nearby, temporary facilities, the site for the new building was being prepared for construction. This included surveying, trenching and grading, and the drilling of helical piles to accommodate the steel structure.

While there were some early delays due to the placement of the helical piles, the construction team would eventually survey the site once again, and replace the appropriate piles to ensure the final project meets design specifications and seismological requirements laid out in the design.

CCA Chair Serge Massicotte made several trips to Port-au-Prince throughout the year to meet with local contractors and suppliers, and to oversee the various steps in the reconstruction project. This oversight, including local oversight from a project management firm in Haiti, has been integral to ensuring the project is completed to the standards initially identified at the outset of the project.

Steel Arrives at the Project Site

An additional project milestone was achieved when the donated steel from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction arrived in Port-au-Prince following its transportation from Quebec. In early February, the port in Port-au-Prince—which is very close to the Ecole Lakay site—received the steel. During this time, workers on site prepared for its arrival, creating laydown areas for the steel once it arrived. Following this work, and upon clearing customs, the steel was moved to the project site in preparation for steel erection.

Positive Momentum on Reconstruction Project

While there have been some setbacks in the Ecole Lakay reconstruction project, the project has seen positive momentum and several important milestones toward the end of 2014. The initial contractor hired to undertake the foundation work has since been replaced, and concrete foundations and reinforcing steel was put in place toward the end of 2014. After some final oversight and quality review, the site will be prepared for steel erection early in 2015.

It is anticipated that workers from Canada will be able to visit the site early next year to put the steel structure in place, which will make the next major milestone for the project.

For donors to the Ecole Lakay Reconstruction Project, the money raised has helped ensure the project can be monitored closely, that the quality of the project is being maintained, and that soon, more than 200 trades students in Port-au-Prince will have access to an excellent facility to learn the skills that can help rebuild their country. In early 2015, an additional trip is planned to gather more footage of the Ecole Lakay Reconstruction to showcase the positive progress that has been made to date.

École Lakay Update (January 2014)

École Lakay Update (December 2013)

Challenges in the Pre-construction Phase

As we embarked on the pre-construction phase, the news came that the Rinaldi Foundation had adopted a new functional plan that called for a new school twice the size of the existing one. New designs were done but the costs had more than doubled. More funding was secured through private pledges and the ACQ also raised significant funds at its AGM. Combined with the contribution made by the steel industry - who donated the reinforcing and structural steel as well as the connectors for seismic purposes - we were able to meet the challenge.

The project management team soon realized that the subsoil couldn’t support the structure and a canal needed to be relocated. The additional costs related to site preparation remain an issue.

The use of helical piles was suggested to solve the problem related to the site conditions. All details with the Rinaldi Foundation were concluded (elevation, foundation, roof, walls, ventilation, water tank, sceptic tank, windows, entrance, etc.). However, later the Rinaldi Foundation rejected the chosen contractor.

December 2013 Update

It was agreed, to avoid further delays, that CCA would piece-meal the project and hire contractors under its own supervision as well as that of local firms (geotechnical, structural and architectural consulting firms).

  • The site preparation (grading, new canal, infill, piles) was completed in November.
  • The foundation work is scheduled to begin in December.
  • The structural steel has been shipped and should clear customs early in January.
  • A Canadian team will erect the steel and work should begin in March on the building envelope.

More donations are expected for the interior systems, the plumbing and the electrical component of the project. Haitians, including the students, will be expected to contribute wherever practical, e.g. partitions, painting, door frames, etc. Stay tuned for the ribbon cutting date. We are producing videos, photographs, interviews and anecdotes to commemorate this challenging but satisfying project. Once completed, the new school will make us all proud of how the generosity of our donors, the adherence to the project objectives/principles and the devotion and tenacity of the project leaders Paul Charette and Serge Massicotte assisted by the project management team made it all happen.

École Lakay Update (November 2012)

Preparing for Contract Signing

The project management team for the École Lakay project, led by Paul Charette, CCA Past Chair and Chairman of the Board of Bird Construction, continues to meet on a regular basis to finalize various details relating to the project. They will be travelling to Haiti in early December to meet with the Rinaldi Foundation, the preferred contractor for the project, and the site supervisor to formalize the scope of work and the contract price and to prepare the contract documents for signature

New Donations

The school project doubled in size from its initial design, to better meet the needs of the many young people who attend the school. Members of the Canadian Institute for Steel Construction have reconfirmed their donations-in-kind of the structural and reinforcing steel, and an additional boost to the project occurred during a recent event by the Association de la construction du Quebec, where additional pledges were made by individual members and matched by the association.

École Lakay Update (September 2011)

The project management team for the École Lakay project has been meeting diligently the past two months via conference call and face-to-face meetings wherever possible. 

Update on School Capacity and Size

Through their communications with the school owners and management - the Rinaldi Foundation and the Salesian Order/ Mission - it has been determined that following a needs assessment (functional plan), the school now must service a population of some 150 students. Previously, the school held only 80 students.

A new design calls for a 2,200 square metre complex with concrete clock on the first floor and a steel frame on the second. The structure consists of an L-shaped building (i.e. building A) and a smaller square building joined via a roof that fits inside the L-shape (i.e. building B).

Additional Fundraising Underway

As one can imagine, the increased size of the project has raised the cost to approximately $1.3 million. Thanks to continuing donations, an additional $130,000 dollars has already been pledged, and another $100,000 is expected. Further fundraising efforts are underway in order to ensure that the school is built to the satisfaction of the Canadian construction industry.

Next Mission in Mid-September

Although the scope of the project has increased, the project management team is confident in its design, and its functional plan.  The geo-tech report has been completed and reviewed, and during the upcoming mission to Haiti, the task force will meet with possible contractors and begin the selection process of site supervisors.

Further updates and pictures will be available following the upcoming mission, which is taking place the week of September 18, 2011.

Read more

Overwhelming Generosity Helps Exceed Fundraising Goal to Rebuild a Trade School  in Haiti (April 2011)

On January 12, 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti. Centered less than 25 kilometers from its capital, Port-au-Prince, it left as many as 250,000 people dead and more than 300,000 injured. The earthquake damaged more than 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings.

École Lakay, a trade school located near Port-au-Prince, was seriously damaged. The École Lakay Project saw Canadian Construction Association (CCA) work together with the Association de la construction du Québec, British Columbia Construction Association, Builders without Borders, as well as The Rinaldi Foundation in Haiti to raise funds to rebuild the school whose graduates, through learning construction trades, will be in prime position to help rebuild their home country.

École Lakay Project Moves to the Next Phase

The original fundraising goal of $500,000 to rebuild École Lakay was reached during CCA’s Annual Conference in Hawaii. In a touching demonstration of generosity over $300,000 was raised during the Closing Gala, bringing the total funds raised by CCA and its École Lakay Project partners to over $600,000. CCA’s Chair Dee Miller expressed her appreciation for the donations that came in from all over Canada.  “Our members’ generosity is heart-warming,” she said. “Many of our members have held fundraisers and donated to this very worthy cause.”

The project is now moving on to the next phase. A project team is being assembled and is expected to travel to Haiti in mid-May. We will keep you updated on the École Lakay Project’s progress.


CCA's Committee & Council Chairs

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CCA's Committee & Council Chairs

Council Chairs

Mr. John Bockstael, Secretary-Treasurer
Bockstael Construction Limited 
1505 Dugald Road 
Winnipeg, MB  R2J 0H3
Tel:  (204) 233-7135
Fax:  (204) 231-0979

Mr. Gilbert Brulotte, Co-President
PME Inc.
8402-116 Street
Fort Saskatchewan, AB T8L 0G8
Tel:   (780) 992-2280
Fax:  (780) 998-4050 

Mr. Les LaRocque, President
Botting & Associates Alberta Ltd. 
340 Midpark Way SE, Suite 215 
Calgary, AB  T2X 1P1
Tel:   (403) 256-6544
Fax:  (403) 256-7039

Mme Zey Emir
, Vice-présidente, Est Canada
Revay et Associés
500 – 4333, rue St-Catherine Ouest
Montréal (QC) H3Z 1P9
Tel:   : (514) 932-2188 
Fax:  (514) 939-0776

Committee Chairs - Standing Committees

Mr. Bob Hildenbrandt
, Vice-President
Ledcor Construction Limited
1930 Maynard Road SE., Bay 28
Calgary, AB T2E 6J8
Tel:   (403) 264-9155
Fax:  (403) 264-9166

Mr. Jason Ball
, President
Ball Construction Inc.
820 Victoria St., North,  Box 1202
Kitchener, ON N2G 4G8
Tel:   (519) 742-5851
Fax:  (519) 742-6727

Mr. John Flemming

Ocean Contractors Limited
PO Box 604
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 3Y9
Tel:   (902) 435-1291
Fax:  (902) 434-1243

Mr. Frank Rizzardo, President & General Manager
Emcon Services Inc.
105 - 1121 McFarlane Way
Merritt, BC V1K 1B9
Tel:   (250) 378-4176
Fax:  (250) 378-4106

Mr. Murray Aitken
Morven Construction Ltd.
P.O. Box 10
Napanee, ON  K7R 3L4
Tel:   (613) 354-9768
Fax:  (613) 354-2302

Mr. Guy Houle, Technical Sales Rep
SIKA Canada Inc.
601, avenue Delmar
Pointe-Claire, QC H9R 4A9 
Tel:  (800) 933-7452
Fax: (514) 697-3087

Mr. Hugh Loughborough 
, VP Contact Admin & Risk Mgmt Control
Aecon Construction Group 
150 Sheldon Drive
Cambridge, ON N1R 7K9
Tel:   (519) 653-3200
Fax:  (519) 621-8437

Mr. John Miller
, President
JJM Construction Ltd.
8218 River Way
Delta, BC V4G 1C4
Tel:   (604) 946-0978
Fax:  (604) 946-9327

Committee Chairs - Special Committees

Mr. Doug Aris, Director of Preconstruction
EllisDon Design-Build Inc.
89 Queensway Ave. West, Suite 800
Mississauga, ON L5V 2V2
Tel: (905) 896-8900
Fax: (905) 896-8911

Mr. Barry Brown, President
Maple Leaf Construction Ltd.
777 Erin Street
Winnipeg, MB R3G 2W2
Tel:   (204) 783-7091
Fax:  (204) 786-3106

Committee Chairs - Board Committees


r. John Schubert, Managing Partner
McCaine Electric Limited
106 Lowson Crescent
Winnipeg, MB R3P 2H8
Tel:   (877) 786-2435
Fax:  (204) 783-2180

Mr. Wayne Morsky, President & CEO
Morsky Group of Companies
Box 4586
Regina, SK S4P 3Y3 
Tel:   (306) 924-1065
Fax:  (306) 924-1075

Mrs. Dee Miller, Vice-President Finance & Administration
JJM Construction Ltd.
8218 River Way
Delta BC, V4G 1C4
Tel:   (604) 946-0978
Fax:  (604) 946-9327

Mr. Wayne Morsky, President & CEO
Morsky Group of Companies
Box 4586
Regina, SK S4P 3Y3 
Tel:   (306) 924-1065
Fax:  (306) 924-1075

CCA Governance

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CCA Governance

Board of Directors

Canadian Construction Association's (CCA)s board has a fiduciary responsibility to exercise industry leadership, manage finances with probity, and provide value-added services to the overall membership.
The affairs of CCA are governed by the board of directors, elected annually, who are broadly representative of the non-residential construction industry. In order to be eligible to sit on CCA’s board of directors the individual must be an employee, officer or owner of a member firm. The firm must be active in the construction industry and be in good standing with CCA.

Executive Committee

The executive committee consists of the five elective officers, the president and the chief operating officer. The chair may appoint up to eight additional directors. The practice has been to appoint a full complement of members-at-large including the four council chairs and up to four standing committee chairs.

The role of the executive committee is to “conduct the affairs of CCA subject to the approval of the board of directors”. The executive committee is responsible for providing the board of directors with advice and recommendations, and to act as a facilitator in the development of critical board decisions.
Meet the CCA executive committee members

Governance Committee

The Chair of the Board appoints a sub-committee of the Executive Committee to serve as CCA’s Governance Committee. The Committee includes only the Elective Officers of CCA.
The Governance Committee meets on a regular basis (monthly) with the President and Chief Operating Officer of CCA to monitor its activities and ensure staff’s progress with the implementation of Board decisions.


Management of CCA operations falls within the purview of the president and the chief operating officer. Both the president and chief operating officer report directly to CCA’s governance committee.
View a list of CCA staff 

Councils and Standing Committees

CCA maintains several sectoral councils and standing committees to review and develop policy, and make recommendations to the board of directors. In addition, the board recently approved the creation of the Vertical Building Forum to help facilitate discussions of issues relevant to all those contractors engaged in ICI construction.

Vertical Building Forum

The Vertical Building Forum provides general and trade contractors as well as suppliers of products and services with a forum in which to debate and resolve issues of relevance to the ICI sector in a cooperative and integrated manner.


Councils exist to provide contractors and suppliers of services with a forum in which to discuss and debate issues of general interest to their specific sub-sector. The CCA maintains four councils:

  1. General Contractors' Council
  2. Trade Contractors' Council 
  3. Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Council
  4. Civil Infrastructure Council

Standing Committees

In addition to councils, CCA maintains several standing committees where issues of broader application to the industry are discussed. Membership on the committees is varied and not confined to board members of one specific construction subsector.

  1. Standard Practices Committee – responsible for the development of policy pertaining to industry standard practices and guides.
  2. Innovation and Technology Committee – responsible for the development of policy and dissemination of information to the board on issues pertaining to the introduction of new technologies and industry innovation.
  3. Business and Market Development Committee – responsible for the development of policy on issues pertaining to human resources, regulatory compliance and business development issues.
  4. Industry Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs Committee – responsible for the development and promotion of industry policy positions on matter of federal legislation and regulation.

Special Committees

CCA also has maintains and supports three special committees:

  1. Gold Seal Committee – the committee supports and directs the Gold Seal program on behalf of CCA.
  2. Canadian Design-Build Institute – the committee supports the activities of the CDBI which was established to promote and share industry best practices involved in design-build construction.
  3. Operations and Maintenance Council – the committee supports the development of public policies designed to increase the use of operations and facilities management services by the federal government.

Secretariat Services to Additional Committees

CCA is also responsible for providing secretariat services to the following committees:

  1. Canadian Construction Documents Committee – the committee is responsible for the development of industry standard documents.
  2. Institute for BIM in Canada – the committee is responsible for the development of programs to help promote and steer the introduction of BIM technology into the non-residential construction industry.



CCA Executive Committee

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CCA Executive Committee

AnibalV  CHAIR

  Anibal Valente


  PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

  Download Anibal's bio

  Watch a video interview with Anibal



  Gilbert Brulotte


  PME Inc.




  Chris McNally


  C & M McNally Engineering Corp.




  Serge Massicotte


  Massicotte Construction Ltd.



murray aitken  Murray Aitken

  Morven Construction Ltd.






RayBassett  Ray Bassett

  Travelers Canada






 JohnB John Bockstael

  Bockstael Construction Ltd.





KeesC  Kees Cusveller







ZeyE  Zey Emir

  Revay and Associates Ltd.





BHildenbrandt  Bob Hildenbrandt

  Graham Group Ltd.





 HughL  Hugh Loughborough

  Aecon Construction Group 







  Patrick Waunch

  Rambow Mechanical






  Joe Wrobel

  JPW Road and Bridge Inc.




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CCA National Awards Program

September 1, 2011 @ 07:18 PM

CCA National Awards Program

ccaawardlogoThe Canadian Construction Association’s National Awards Program recognizes the important contributions of individuals, organizations and projects that promote and enhance the Canadian construction industry, whether through innovation, projects, or dedication to the industry. The awards program is open to all relevant organizations and individuals who meet the requirements of each award, regardless of organization size, or project scope.

For each award, the nomination should demonstrate a promotion and advancement of the construction industry in Canada.

The CCA National Awards are presented annually in March at CCA’s Annual Conference with the submission deadline in December.

Download the awards Terms of Reference and nomination form here.

The 2012 CCA award winners were announced March 11, 2014. Read the press release. Pictures from the awards luncheon and ceremony will be posted on this and individual award pages by the end of March.

CCA Awards of Excellence

2013 CCA Person of the Year - Bill Gyles, Kinetic Construction

  • Presented with the Robert Stollery Trophy

Read more about the CCA Person of the Year Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


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2013 CCA Excellence in Innovation Award - Hoban Equipment

  • Presented with the Hugh R. Montgomery Memorial Trophy

Read more about the CCA Excellence in Innovation Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners

2013 CCA Environmental Achievement Award - Maple Reinders

Read more about the CCA Environmental Achievement Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners

2013 CCA International Business Award - Aecon Concessions

Read more about the CCA International Business Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners

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2013 CCA Partner Association Award of Excellence - Construction Association of Nova Scotia

  • Presented with the Jake Thygesen Trophy

Read more about the CCA Partner Association Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


2013 CCA Community Leader Award - Paul Douglas, PCL Construction

Read more about the CCA Community Leader Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


2013 CCA Gold Seal Association Award - Grand Valley Construction Association

Read more about the CCA Gold Seal Association Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners

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In support of excellence in the management of construction


CCA Awards of Recognition

2013 CCA General Contractor Award of Recognition - Anibal Valente, PCL Construction

  • Presented with the Robert G. Saunders Trophy

Read more about the CCA General Contractor Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


2013 CCA Trade Contractor Award of Recognition - Les LaRocque, Botting and Associates

  • Presented with the Ernest Dobbelsteyn Memorial Trophy

Read more about the CCA Trade Contractor Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


2013 CCA Civil Infrastructure Award of Recognition - Wayne Morsky, Morsky Management

Read more about the CCA Civil Infrastructure Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners


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2013 CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award of Recognition - Zey Emir, Revay and Associates

Read more about the CCA Manufacturers, Suppliers and Services Award, the latest winner and see a list of recent past winners