THE EXCHANGE
Volume 8, Issue 28
March 2015

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60th Annual Curling Bonspiel

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Over 70% Sold Out!

The HHCA's 60th annual Curling Bonspiel is on Wednesday, March 4th at Glendale Golf & Country Club with over 70% of the spots sold out!  This event is a great for networking and meeting up with new and current colleagues.  You will begin the day by enjoying a buffet BBQ lunch, followed by optional lessons and curling. We will end the night with a delicious buffet dinner where we will crown the curling champs!

Register your team for $440 or individuals are welcome at $110 per person (all skill levels are welcome). We are requesting that each player bring a prize as well. Limited availability, contact Stephanie.

The HHCA would like to thank Kemp Construction for being our annual Trophy Sponsor and Wentworth Financial Services for their photography sponsorship!

HHCA's 60th Curling Bonspiel
95th Annual General Meeting
Pan Am Engagement Information Session
Mercedes-Benz Oakville
BuildForce Construction Forecast
HHCA Plans on Display Highlights
MOL Safety Blitz's
Events & Seminars
HHCA Member Benefits
Ontario Launches Construction Lien Act Review

 

95th Annual General Meeting

The HHCA hosted our 95th Annual General Meeting & Dinner on Thursday, February 19th at Carmen's Banquet Centre. Many highlights of the evening included the induction of two worthy Hall of Fame contractors, Walter Koppelaar of Walters Inc. and James Barclay of the Barclay Construction Group.

The HHCA also presented Kevin Voorberg of Schreiber Brothers with the Young Leader Award. A Cheque Ceremony was held for Habitat for Humanity with a cheque for $9.800. These funds were donations raised by HHCA members throughout the 2014 year. Finally, HHCA contractor members were awarded a safety award for excellent scores in injury/frequency for the 2012/2013 year.

The HHCA's sponorships sold out as well!  Thank you to our many sponors who help make this night a success!  Our sponsors included Masters Insurance (Hamilton), Trisura Guarantee Insurance Company, L.J. Barton Mechanical, Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers, Schreiber Brothers, Contractors Rental Supply, Acumen Insurance, Wentworth Financial Services, Aon Risk Solutions, Hamilton Halton General Contractors Association of Hamilton, B&G Roofing & Sheet Metal, Barclay Construction Group, and Walters Inc.

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L-R - Cameron Nolan, Blair Hubber, Walter Koppelaar,
Doug Corby
L-R - Cameron Nolan, Jim Barclay (on behalf of
James Barclay), 
Blair Hubber, Doug Corby
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L-R - Blair Hubber, Kevin Voorberg, Cameron Nolan L-R - Bob McConkey & Blair Hubber

Pan Am Business Engagement Information Session

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On behalf of Hamilton's Pan Am Committee there will be a Pan Am Business Engagement Information Session on Thursday, March 5th at 6:00 p.m. at Hamilton City Hall - Council Chambers.

At this session, you will meet with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee (TO2015), the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Integrated Security Unit (ISU) to learn more about how your community may be affected by the Games.

They will talk about how they will keep the athletes, spectators, business owners and residents moving safely and efficiently during the Games, and they will provide an update on some temporary traffic measures that will be implemented.

For the Notice of Meeting and more details click here.

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2015-2024 Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward Available!

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BuildForce Canada has posted the new 2015-2024 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward data on www.constructionforecasts.ca.  

The new provincial highlight reports and PowerPoint presentations will be available later in March.

Plans Room Highlights

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Here are some new projects recently posted in BestBidz:

Sandalwood Transit Facility, City of Brampton - Closing March 10, 2015
Woodlands Secondary School Renovations in Mississauga, Peel District School Board - Closing March 18, 2015
King Street Reconstruction, City of Hamilton - Closing March 11, 2015
Installation of a New HVAC System at Glanbrook Arena in Binbrook, City of Hamilton - Closing March 26, 2015

Interested in getting access to these or any other projects? Contact Alana to get a 2-Week Plan Room Trial!

Upcoming MOL Safety Blitz's

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) takes a proactive approach on workplace injuries and fatalities by issuing safety blitzes each season. The MOL has the following safety blitzes in the upcoming months. Slips, Trips and Falls will be starting in February until March. A Slips,Trips and Falls fact sheet has been provided on the MOL website with further details.

For the May through August safety blitz, the MOL will be focusing on New and Young Workers during the summer months.  A fact sheet for New and Young Workers have also been provided with further details.

For more details and a list of the blitzes that are held throughout the year, please visit the MOL website.

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Upcoming Events & Seminars for 2015

Events Seminars

Curling Bonspiel - March 4, 2015

 Spring Golf Classic - June 2, 2015

HHCA Golf Day - August 13, 2015

Don't Forget - The HHCA offers E-Learning Courses

 

HHCA Member Benefits: 

The HHCA has plenty of discounts for the upcoming March break!

If you are travelling, don't forget that the HHCA offers discounts on Park n' Fly and Choice Hotels!  If you are looking for kids entertainment, the HHCA has discounted tickets at Medieval Times and Waterpark, Dining and Entertainment packages for Niagara Falls!

Contact Alana for discount information or click the logos below!

Ontario Launches Expert Review of Construction Lien Act - Review to include Payment Issues in Province's Construction Sector

Ontario is launching an expert review of the Construction LIen Act that will include the examination of payment issues within the construction sector.

Ontario has selected Bruce Reynolds as Counsel to conduct the review, which was commissioned in response to stakeholder concerns related to prompt payment and effective dispute resolution in Ontario's construction industry, such as encouraging timely payment for services and materials, and making sure payment risk is distributed fairly.

Mr. Reynolds is a leading expert in construction law and a senior partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He represents various participants in the construction industry, including constructors, subcontractors, suppliers, private owners, municipalities, condominium corporations, homeowners, lenders, government agencies, insurers, sureties, and industry associations. Mr. Reynolds was chosen for his in-depth, practical experience and his scholarship in the field.

Mr. Reynolds will be supported by BLG partner and co-Counsel Sharon Vogel, and an experienced legal team from BLG's Construction Law Group.

It is anticipated that the review will be completed by December 2015, and will involve extensive consultation with the construction industry followed by a report to the Province. The report will include the results of the consultation process, the expert advice of Mr. Reynolds and his recommendations for changes, if necessary.

An introductory letter will be issued to key stakeholders by the review, describing next steps and preliminary plans for stakeholder outreach.

Strengthening Ontario's construction sector is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. the four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

Ontario's Construction Lien Act establishes a system of lien and holdback rights, and trust provisions to provide financial protection to those who supply services or materials to a construction project.

The Construction Lien Act was enacted in 1983 and last amended in the Open for Business Act, 2010, to incorporate feedback from construction stakeholders.

Source: COCA

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