CCA pre-Conference Board and National Advisory Council meetings update

Left to right: CCA Chair Francis Roy and Vice Chair Trevor Doucette

CCA welcomes new Chair, Francis Roy, and Vice-Chair, Trevor Doucette

Leading up to the CCA Annual Conference in Punta Cana, several business meetings took place, including the final meeting of the 2023-2024 Board, the Annual General Meeting, and the first meeting of the 2024-2025 Board and five National Advisory Councils (NACs). Read on for the highlights.

CCA Board approved an updated scope definition

Recognizing the important role our members play in housing – from multi-unit builds to enabling infrastructure like roads, clean water, power connection and sewage – CCA is broadening its current definition to:

“The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is the national voice for Canada’s institutional, commercial, industrial, civil and multi-residential construction industry, giving voice to the public policy, legal and standards development goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, our industry.”

We encourage all partner associations, where appropriate, to consider adopting similar language.

Gearing up for a federal election: CCA to register

The current federal government was elected on September 20, 2021, meaning the next election must be held on or before October 20, 2025. However, constitutional conventions and recent electoral history indicate that an early election is likely to take place in the fall of 2024 or spring 2025.

New rules require that third-party organizations engaging in advocacy during the writ period must abide by a number of legal and accounting requirements dictated by Elections Canada and the Canada Elections Act. 

CCA will register so that we may prepare and launch a robust campaign in time for a possible fall election. CCA’s goal is to work with our partner associations to align our collective strengths and have an impact on the federal election platforms in support of long-term infrastructure investment and a plan, workforce capacity, and fair procurement. 

A new bulletin to be published

The Trade and General Contractors NACs worked collaboratively to prepare a bulletin on cost escalation. Long an industry issue, this bulletin sets out the guiding principles for addressing cost escalation in contracts.

SignaSur rolling out across the country

The Board received an update on the roll-out of the SignaSur platform, offering secure, digital CCA and CCDC contracts through our integrated partner associations. Many integrated partner associations are authorized document outlets, the majority of which have had a briefing on the service and are all at various stages of adoption and launch.

Partner Association reports – an overview of what is happening across the country

The Board of Directors greatly appreciates the thought that our partners put into summarizing important activities in their communities, bringing a grassroots point of view to the Board’s understanding of the ever-changing association and industry environment.

AGM brings in a new Board and By-Law amendments

Francis Roy is the new Chair of CCA, after having most recently served as Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. CCA sincerely thanks outgoing Chair Brendan Nobes, for his over decade of service to CCA, and to outgoing Board Director Nadine Fullarton.

CCA’s updated By-Laws, approved at the AGM, welcome integrated partner associations as members of the CCA. As previously communicated, this change in membership status has been reviewed and discussed over the past year.

If you missed the AGM, please take a few minutes to celebrate our achievements in 2023.

Trevor Doucette, CCA Vice-Chair flanked by Edward Applebaum, Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. (left) and John Mollenhauer, CCA Board member and President, Toronto Construction Association.

Trevor Doucette elected Vice-Chair

At the first meeting of the new Board following the AGM, the board elected Trevor Doucette, as CCA’s new Vice-Chair and Chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee. Trevor is a past Chair of the Alberta Construction Association, and most recently was CCA’s Chair of the General Contractors NAC.

Also appointed were Rick Wagner, Chair of the Trade Contractors NAC, John Mollenhauer, Chair of the Local Construction Associations NAC, Cory Richter, Chair of the General Contractors NAC, and Brad Scott, Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. They join previously appointed Chairs, Nicole Chabot (Civil NAC) and Amber Sandhu (Manufacturers, Suppliers & Services (NAC).

We sincerely thank all of you for volunteering and to those whose terms are completed.
Click to see a full list Board committee and NAC council members.

NAC meetings

All five NACs met to discuss issues of importance to their respective sectors. Members are welcome to join in on a NAC as an observer and participate in discussions.

Transition to new President

With the announcement of Rodrigue Gilbert as successor to current President, Mary Van Buren, the leadership team is working on a smooth transition for Rod’s start date of May 1, 2024. Mary’s incredible legacy was recognized at the AGM and the final night of the Annual Conference.

Upcoming meetings or events

  • April 11, 2024:  Orientation for Board, committee and NAC members – Virtual
  • May 6 – 7, 2024:  National Advisory Councils – Virtual
  • May 16, 2024:  Orientation for Board and Board committees – Virtual
  • June 6 – 7, 2024: CCA Board meeting and retreat – Charlottetown, PEI

As always, we are happy to participate in your AGMs, Board, or member meetings. Just reach out to Patricia Gougeon at to schedule us!