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CCA Webinar – Diversity and inclusion: more than words

Diversity has been a persistent problem in construction industries and while many organizations are striving towards a diverse and inclusive workplace, it is essential to admit that racism and exclusionary behavior are still evident in the industry, a Canadian Construction Association webinar heard this week.

Four panelists in the webinar, moderated by MHCA Chair Nicole Chabot, shared their perspectives on how we can recognize that employers and workers in the industry have the power, an obligation and the ability to change course to create a more inclusive culture, remove bias and promote diverse approaches.

The webinar, part of the CCA’s Hill Days event in Ottawa, attracted some 40 participants and was led by Chabot and panelists Stephen Callender, President of the Afro Canadian Contractors Association; Tim Laronde, National Director, Indigenous Strategies, Chandos Construction; Lisa Stevens, Chief Strategy Officer, British Columbia Construction Association; and Karen Walsh, Executive Director/Project Consultant, Office to Advance Women Apprentices.

Chabot led off the discussion by explaining what drives her, as a leader in the industry and a heavy civil contractor, to champion diversity. She said as part of third-generation company leadership, she has had good mentorship and the good experiences far outweighed the negatives.

“It never occurred to me that I didn’t belong somewhere or couldn’t be part of something because I am a woman or because I am Indigenous,” Chabot said.  “And because that sense of connection is still exceptional, I’m driven to do what I can to support inclusivity, remove barriers and promote acceptance of diversity in our industry.

“The more I learn and experience, I believe diversity and inclusion are key to the future success of our industry.”

Among the topics the panelists discussed were

  • What challenges organizations face in promising a diverse and inclusive culture
  • What personal encounters or observations of racism/discrimination and how it was addressed
  • What programs are available in Canada to assist under-represented groups in introducing them to the construction industries
  • What challenges employers have when it comes to addressing inclusivity
  • Successful techniques for organizations to become more inclusive and diverse

This webinar was concluded with a reminder to visit the CCA website for more diversity and inclusion resources which includes education resources, toolbox talks, books and video recommendations.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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