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    2017 Award Winners see more

    On Thursday, February 22nd, the Council of Ontario Constructions Associations held it's Annual General Meeting, Member's Luncheon and Awards Presentation at Wodbine Racetrack.


    2017 Award Recipients.


    Anniversary Recognitions

    • London & District Construction Association is celebration, 120 years,
    • The Windsor Construction Association, 110 years,
    • The Electrical Contractors Association, 70 years
    • The Northeastern Ontario Construction Association, 70 years
    • The Sarnia Construction Association, 70 years
    • The Utility Contractors Association, 50 years

    Board Service Recognitions

    • Jim DiNovo,
    • John Mollenhauer, 
    • Martha George,
    • Jim Lyons
    • Don Gosen

    President’s Award

    • Adam Pinder of the Sault Ste. Marie Construction Association
    • Margaret Taylor of the Ontario Association of Demolition Contractors

    Chair’s Award

    • Dan Lancia,
    • Sandra Skivsky
    • Glenn Ackerley

    Industry Ally Award

    • Jim Lafontaine who served as the truly outstanding Management Co-Chair of the Provincial Labour Management Health and Safety Committee for more than twenty years.
    • J.S. Bidal who in his roles as Executive Director Strategic Revenue Policy and Executive Director of the Funding Modernization Office at the WSIB was an invaluable resource to COCA regarding the WSIB’s Rate Framework Modernization.

    Hard Hat Awards

    Last year we introduced a special new award, The COCA Construction Hard Hat Special Achievement Award.  It’s awarded to an individual or individuals who do something truly remarkable to advance the interests of the construction industry.  The awards are works of art in the form of personalized construction hard hats created by reputed Canadian artist David Arrigo.   David is perhaps best known for the masks he has customized and decorated for numerous NHL goalies. 

    • The Honourable General Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General of Ontario.  COCA has been lobbying for Construction Lien Act reform for 25 Years and for Prompt Payment Legislation since 2011.  Over that period, there have been many Attorneys General.  Only Minister Naqvi got it done, and in so doing he started a prompt payment movement across Canada.  This award recognizes Minister Naqvi’s tremendous leadership on a file that’s so important to the construction industry. 
    • The Honourable David Levac, the Speaker of the Ontario Legislature. Speaker Levac has been a long-time friend, advisor and supporter of COCA since his days as a back-bench member when introduced the very first prompt payment Private Members Bill, Bill 211 on June 1, 2011.  
    • Don Gosen.  Don Gosen provided outstanding leadership to COCA  as Chair from 2012 to 2105.  Prior to that he served as Chair of the GVCA and as Chair of the Ontario Electrical League.  Today he provides that same steadfast leadership to the Ontario College of Trades.    This award recognizes Don’s long service to COCA and the industry. 
    • Gary van Bolderen.  Gary has just completed his term as COCA’s chair.  During his term, Gary has been a dedicated and passionate advocate for not only COCA but the construction industry in general. Gary has been a difference maker for COCA.

    The Bulmer Award

    The Cliff Bulmer Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in furthering the relationship between the construction industry and the Ontario Government.  It is COCA’s very highest honour. 

    The Bulmer Award goes to Ted Dreyer.  Ted has chaired COCA’s Construction Lien Act Committee for several years and spearheaded COCA’s advocacy that led to Bill 142 and the new Ontario Construction Act.  Ted is a two time winner of the Bulmer Award. 


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    2018 COCA Annual General Meeting see more

    Over 60 members and guests attended The 2018 COCA Annual General Meeting which was held Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 at Woodbine Racetrack.  Photos of the event can be viewed online at 

    Guest speakers Charles Bird and Melanie Paradis of Earnscliffe Strategy Group provided an informative and well-received update on the upcoming Provincial Election.  Charles and Melanie provided a political overview, a party-by-party analysis, a look at the policy issues.  Particular attention was paid to the PC Leadership race and each candidate might fair as Leader of the Party.

    Chris McNally, Chair of the Canadian Construction Association, brought greetings from the CCA and provided an update on the CCA's policy initiatives.  

    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.   Each year COCA recognizes these contributions at the COCA Annual General Meeting and Awards Presentation.  Please click here for a list of this year's award winners. 

    The election of COCA’s Executive Committee is another highlight and members elected for 2018/19 are as follows:

    Chair of the Board
    Steve Dietrich
    Dietrich Steel Ltd.
    London District Construction Association

    Past Chair
    Gary van Bolderen
    Dutch Masters Construction Services Ltd.
    Canadian Farm Builders Association

    Vice Chair
    Ted Dreyer
    Madorin, Snyder LLP
    Grand Valley Construction Association

    Vice Chair
    Roger Hubbard
    AMJ Enterprises Ltd.
    Reinforcing Steel Institute of Canada

    Vice Chair
    Dan Lancia
    Holaco Installations
    Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario

    Romeo Milano
    Safetech Environmental Limited
    Toronto Construction Association

    Ron Johnson
    Interior Systems Contractors Association of Ontario

    Denis Shank
    Northeastern Ontario Construction Association

    Margaret Taylor
    Ontario Association of Demolition Contractors

    Director (COO Appointee)
    Harold Lindstrom
    Construction Association of Thunder Bay


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    COCA's 2015 AGM Highlights see more

    COCA’s 2015 Annual General Meeting Highlights

    On Thursday, February 26, 2015 COCA held its Annual General Meeting at the office of the Interior Systems Contractors Association in Woodbridge.  Always a great event, this year proved no exception.

    The keynote speaker was Workplace Safety & Insurance Board President David Marshall who used the opportunity to detail the incredible organizational transformation that has taken place at the WSIB since he took the helm in 2010.  In four years Mr. Marshall and his team have taken an organization on the brink of bankruptcy, losing $700 million dollars a year, to a surplus position in both 2012 and 2013.  They took an organization that was slow to respond to injured workers and their medical needs to one committed to seeing injured workers cared for quickly, competently and compassionately, and returned to work as soon as possible.  It truly was an inspiring address.  For more details of Mr. Marshall’s presentation, please click here.

    For his leadership at the WSIB and attitude of partnership with construction employers  Mr. Marshall was presented with COCA’s Industry Ally Award, an award presented to an individual whose efforts or assistance has aided COCA and the Ontario construction industry recognize improvements in the areas of standards, efficiencies or health and safety.

    As is custom at COCA’s AGM a number of other awards were presented.

    • Eryl Roberts, Executive Vice President of the Ontario Electrical Contractors Association (ECAO) and President of Prompt Payment Ontario was the 2014 recipient  of the Cliff Bulmer Award for his work on the prompt payment file
    • COCA Past President  and ECAO Board representative Dan Lancia was recognized with the 2014  Chair’s award for his leadership of COCA through difficult times and continuing commitment to the organization and the Ontario construction industry
    • Jim Lyons, Executive Director of the Windsor Construction Association was the 2014 winner of the President’s Award for his work with Infrastructure Ontario to ensure that COCA had a seat on their stakeholder committees
    • Domenic Mattina, former Executive Committee member and Hamilton Halton Construction Association Board representative, was presented with a plaque in recognition of his years of service to COCA and the Ontario construction industry
    • Sandy Alyman, Executive Director of the Hamilton Halton Construction Association accepted an anniversary plaque in recognition of HHCA’s 95th anniversary in 2015
    • Andy Pilat, Executive Director of the Sarnia Construction Association accepted an anniversary plaque in recognition of SCA’s 65th anniversary in 2014

    During AGM business the 2015 Board of Directors was elected and at the Board of Directors meeting that followed the 2015 Executive Committee was appointed.  COCA is pleased to announce the following people will make up COCA’s Executive Committee this year:

    • Gary van Bolderen, Chairman
    • Don Gosen, Past Chairman
    • Anita Stacey, Vice Chair
    • Roger Hubbard, Vice Chair
    • Dan Lancia, Vice Chair
    • Eryl Roberts, Treasurer
    • Martha George, Director
    • John Mollenhauer, Director
    • Ron Johnson, Director

    Thank you to everyone who attended!