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MHCA stresses need for trade diversity at CCA Conference: March 9

Canada’s economy and its national security are inseparably connected and that is why our country needs to diversify its trade markets, to protect its long-term economic growth and the quality of life Canadians enjoy.

That’s the message that the CCA Conference (March 9-11) will address in a session called Investing in Trade Diversification – Protecting our national economic and security interests. Panelists, including MHCA President Chris Lorenc, will speak to the ties between trade, and Canada’s economic and national security, how Canada is faring against its global trade competitors and what the data on our investment in trade-enabling transportation infrastructure indicate, relative to Western countries.  

“We have been seeing, in real time, how inseparably entwined our economy and national security issues are,” said Lorenc, who is also president of the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.

Lorenc will present an overview on the issues confronting Canada on the global stage. “Everything from protectionism and the weaponization of trade from our two largest market countries – the US and China – to the state of our trade-enabling infrastructure in Canada is affecting our economic future. And that, by extension, affects our national security and Canada’s place at the global-stage tables where the big security issues get discussed.”

This session will also hear from panelists Carlo Dade, Director of the Canada West Foundation’s Trade and Investment Centre, and Paul Smetanin, President of the economic research group CANSEA.

Lorenc, in his presentation, will outline the need for significant increase in the national trade corridors fund, to allow regional development of trade-enabling transportation networks. The MHCA, through the Western Canada Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association, along with the CCA recently appealed to federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra to increase the fund to raise the country’s trade profile and productivity. 

The construction associations are pressing for support for a proposed Western Canada Trade Gateway and Corridor Initiative, to improve and build new trade transportation infrastructure across the West.

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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