The success of COCA is the result of the important contributions of numerous volunteers from our member associations. Each year COCA recognizes and honours outstanding contributions made throughout the year.
The 2015 recipients received their awards at the 2016 Annual General Meeting.
The Cliff Bulmer Award
This award is presented to the individual who has displayed an outstanding contribution to furthering the relationship between the construction industry and the Ontario government.
The 2015 Cliff Bulmer Award recipient is Ted Dryer.
Ted Dreyer is a partner at the law firm Madorin Snyder LLP located in Kitchener. He practices construction law, insurance law, and municipal liability defence. Ted handles lien claims, trust claims, delay claims, deficiency claims, contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, insurance defence, occupiers' liability claims, personal injury claims, and building code claims. He is a current director of the Grand Valley Construction Association.
While many volunteers are actively engaged in COCA’s policy development and advocacy initiatives, in 2015 there was one individual who truly shone above the rest.
Securing Prompt Payment legislation for construction projects in Ontario has been COCA’s top priority for many years. Whenever we visit member associations, the issue of getting paid always comes up in discussions.
On February 11, 2015 the government launched a review of the Construction Lien Act that would also examine payment issues in the construction industry and when the review’s first consultation document was published, COCA’s Construction Lien Act Task Force sprang into action. Taking on the leadership role right out of the gate was Ted Dreyer, a Director on the Board of Directors of the GVCA and a construction lawyer with the firm Madorin Snyder LLP. Ted effectively sought consensus on every point raised in the review’s two consultation documents and drafted COCA’s submissions on both the original consultation document and on the supplementary one. He also attended a meeting as part of a delegation from COCA with the reviewers and provided a summary of our views.
Industry Ally Award
COCA’s Industry Ally Award recognizes an individual or organization involved in a related industry, government department or agency whose efforts or assistance has aided COCA and the Ontario construction industry recognize improvements in the areas of standards, efficiencies or health and safety.
There are few organizations that impact everyone in the Ontario construction industry as much as the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. There are few organizations that are more complex than the WSIB. Michael Zacks is the Director who runs the Office of the Employer Adviser. The OEA provides Ontario employers with expert, free and confidential advice, representation and education on all workers’ compensation issues under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and on unlawful reprisal issues under the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Michael willingly serves as a member of our WSIB-OH&S Committee and is an important contributor to the affairs of the Ontario Business Coalition. His organization offers free seminars and webinars on a full range of WSIB matters. Michael is a huge resource for our industry. Nobody but nobody knows the WSIB better than Michael.
The President’s Award
The President’s Award recognizes the outstanding contributions made by a member association or by a staff member of a member association to the success of COCA in any or all aspects of its business.
The Construction Association of Thunder Bay’s General Manager, Harold Lindstrom, who I am pleased to recognize with a President’s Award. Harold represents COCA on Infrastructure Ontario’s Real Estate Stakeholder Committee and also serves as Chair of our COO Committee and Chair of the Plans Room Committee.
Craig has not only served as the representative of the Ontario Demolition Contractors Association on COCA’s Board for many years but he continues to serve as Chair of our WSIB-OH&S Committee and represents us on the Construction Legislative Review Committee of the Provincial Labour-Management Health and Safety Committee.
Paul Gunning was a newcomer to COCA a little more than a year ago but he stepped up right out of the gate. He brings his vast construction industry experience especially in the area of health and safety as a member of COCA’s WSIB-OH&S Committee. He was also an active member of our College of Trades Task Force and our Construction Lien Act Review Task Force. In addition, Paul represents COCA as a member of the Construction Legislative Review Committee
Andy Pilat has served on COCA’s Board of Directors for years almost too many to count. In our most serious deliberations, it’s always important not to jump to conclusions, not to make up our collective mind too hastily without taking all points of view into consideration. There’s a great danger when we all think alike. Some would call Andy a contrarian. I think he’s just doing a truly superior job as a responsible Director, making sure that all sides of an issue are considered and debated fully and thoughtfully.
The Chair’s Award
The Chair’s Award recognizes a volunteer whose contributions to the success of the COCA federation are well above and beyond expected performance for a volunteer. Recipients are identified by the Chair and there may be multiple recipients in any year.
Paul is the President of ACL Steel, a member and Past Chair of the Grand Valley Construction Association and is the current Chair of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction. Paul was appointed by COCA to serve as the Ontario Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association in 2012 and he served in that capacity responsibly, thoughtfully and effectively for four years.
Steve Dietrich and Jim Coates
Steve Dietrich and Jim Coates, a dynamic duo from the London District Construction Association, championed the cause of membership in our provincial construction federation around the board table at the LDCA. Without their leadership, we would not have the LDCA back in the COCA family today.
Don has served on the COCA Board of Directors for many years, including three years as its Chair. During his time as COCA’s “top dog” Don made sure all voices were heard around COCA’s diverse board table in order for true consensus to emerge. Don’s intelligence and his polite approach serve as a model to bring out the best in us. Although he recently sold his electrical contracting business to four former employees, Don continues to work on a number of projects for Gosen Electric. In addition, he keeps himself busy with an ever expanding teaching role at Conestoga College, looking after his own portfolio of properties and serving on the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Trades where he represents small non-union construction employers.
Board Service Recognitions
COCA is a volunteer driven organization. Without the contribution of our Board of Directors and others, COCA could not be able to fulfill its mandate.
First is Chris Welch from Flynn Canada who has represented the Toronto Construction Association on the COCA Board since 2008. Chris, we have always appreciated the thoughtful and professional perspective you have contributed to our Board and Committee discussions. Please come forward to accept a small token of our thanks for your many important contributions to the success of COCA and for the betterment of our industry.
Many of our member associations are long established and at least two are celebrating significant birthdays this year.
Ontario Painting Contractors Association
Since 1976, the Ontario Painting Contractors Association has fostered collaboration to achieve success in advocacy, industry standards and labour relations for the architectural and decorative painting and protective coating contractors in the province.
Reinforcing Steel Institute Of Canada
Founded in 1976, the Reinforcing Steel Institute of Ontario recently expanded its service area and was renamed the Reinforcing Steel Institute of Canada. For fourty years, the Institute has been promoting and supporting reinforced concrete as the most effective and efficient method of construction.