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Think you know what sexual harassment is?
25% of Canadians who reported sexual harassment at work found management “unresponsive and dismissive”

Eye-opener on sexual harassment in the construction industry
Workplace Harassment in Heavy Industry | Contractor Management


  • Manitoba Human Rights Code – discrimination – Sec. 9 • view
  • WSH Act and Regulation definition of ‘harassment’ – Sec. 1.1.1 (1) • view
  • Preventing Harassment in the Workplace • SAFE Work Manitoba • view


  • Retiring military personnel looking for careers

    The Canadian Forces Transition Centre assists retiring military personnel to find jobs upon the return to civilian life after retirement.  Over 300 military personnel are retiring annually with varied skills related to the heavy construction industry. They are retiring from Winnipeg, Shilo, Moosejaw and Saskatoon.
    Companies can tap into these resources by registering with the Military Transition Engagement & Partnership Program (MTEP). The Military Spousal Employment Initiative seeks to help spouses of military personnel find work.


“Our industry needs to recruit new hires, to attract people looking for a good, well-paying start in a field with lots of opportunity to advance in a career. We have solid job-training programs, and our safety and health programs have served as the model for other industries.

“We have to get better at letting people know that, not just opening that door but convincing youth and people from diverse backgrounds to consider heavy construction.”

Nicole Chabot, MHCA Board Past Chair, Vice-president L. Chabot Enterprises


Report urges worker safety while respecting cultural differences
Journal of Commerce –
A new research paper argues that as increasing numbers of immigrants are welcomed to Canada as an important tool for economic growth, systemic improvements are required to occupational health and safety (OHS) practices to ensure they can work as safely as their non-immigrant co-workers.
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Nearly 1 in 4 Manitoba employers have seen issues with sexual harassment: survey
CBC News – Dec 29, 2017 
55% of private sector employers have a formal policy on sexual harassment, Probe survey suggests
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“Our industry just lends itself to diversity. Newcomers, especially, are drawn to it and they are more than welcome.”

Dennis Cruise, MHCA Board Chair, President & General Manager Bituminex Paving

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“Historically, heavy construction was a landing place for people from diverse communities, but now we have to be more deliberate about recruitment, more aware that there has to be accommodation in order to ensure all are welcome. And I see lots of signs the industry is not just ready, but enthusiastic in that effort.”

Chris Lorenc, MHCA President & CEO

“I think the biggest thing is mentorship. Everybody in this business has had mentors. They need a mentor from your crew.”

“You need someone on your crew to go help and bridge that gap – you’re two different cultures.”

Munro stresses that pre-employment preparation and job training, such as that provided by Manitoba Construction Sector Council, are very important because that helps potential new hires understand what to expect from the job, specifically for heavy construction — long hours, working conditions, or working remotely, for example, setting up transportation to the worksite, and the need to have in place some critical family supports, such as day care.

Colleen Munro, President of the Munro Group and Hugh Munro Construction, was the first female Chair of the MHCA Board of Directors, and of the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association

Interested in talking to someone about your future in heavy construction? Call us at 204-947-1379.

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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