MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Make this Canada Day the start to a better Canada

This country has a lot to talk about and this July 1st is a good time to reflect upon what Canada is to all its people.

Never before, I would hazard, has Canada Day “celebrations” involved so much introspection as to the meaning of our country, culture, history, our citizenship and abundance of wealth.

This year, with the revelations of unmarked burials at a number of former Indian Residential School sites, we are having a much different conversation – within ourselves and with each other.

Some have called for a cancellation of celebrations, or Canada Day straight out. Here’s what I am going to do:

I’ll remember how good Canada has been to me, and my family, and colleagues. But I’m thinking of those for whom marking Canada Day has been a painful, or deeply conflicted exercise.

I’ll reflect upon the truth about our country’s history, the legacy of colonialist policies that in part built a country into what it is, at the cost of its first peoples.

Like so many, I have a lot to be thankful for, personally and as a citizen. Indeed, Canada has a reputation globally for being a great place to live, for being a peacekeeper when the world needs one, and for leading in some areas of human-rights and civil-liberties recognitions.

On a deeply personal level, I have always celebrated Canada as a country that offers safe harbour for numerous generations of families that either escaped threat in their homelands or sought economic prosperity in a new land.

The fact that all of that is as true today as it was yesterday makes it particularly painful to acknowledge this is not the reality of our Indigenous peoples.

We at MHCA have been taking measures to fulfil our association’s obligations to move meaningfully toward reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, to learn about and account for the legacy of past policies that continue to “barrier” Indigenous individuals to full participation in society and to benefit from our collective prosperity.

This Canada Day, I am reflecting upon that and the full meaning of my good fortune to be Canadian.

Let’s use this day to gather with family and friends and to think about how we can become better than we are, and have the conversations that acknowledge we owe a lot to Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis people.

Let that truth, and reconciliation be the start.

This July 1st, be safe and well, and I ask that you pledge to help make that start.

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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