The President’s Award is awarded at the discretion of the President and there’s a long list of criteria associated with it. It goes without saying that it’s always difficult to identify recipients for this award, since each and every one of our member associations and volunteers contributes enormously to the success of our provincial federation.
COCA as an organization has a lot of interests but we have a staff of only two. So it’s simply impossible for staff to take part in every industry committee, task force or roundtable that presents itself. From time to time, we have to recruit volunteers to ensure COCA is at the table so the voice of the Ontario construction industry is heard. Sometimes a volunteer comes forward, keen and willing to serve.
This year we are recognizing two truly outstanding individuals who not only at the forefront of the association management business in Canada but are also respected leaders in the construction industry.
John serves as a member of COCA’s Executive Committee and as a Director at Large on our Board of Directors. His extensive knowledge of the construction industry coupled with his very likeable personality make him a contributor that everyone wants to listen to and take seriously. It’s important to note here that John has made the TCA a leading provider of construction education in Ontario with an extensive offering of courses through the TCA’s Construction Institute of Canada
Like John, Martha’s extensive knowledge of the construction industry and her superior association management skills have made her a respected leader in our industry. Martha is a member of COCA’s Executive Committee and a Director at Large on our Board of Directors. She is on the Board of Governors of the University of Waterloo and was recently named as a member of the Ontario College of Trades Appointments Council. What separates Martha from the pack is her creativity, her innovation and her constant pursuit of the next big thing. It seems like she has a thousand ideas swirling around in her head at all times