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Nicole Chabot takes over as Chair of the MHCA

John Highmoor appointed to Board of Directors

The Manitoba Heavy Construction Association saw the passing of the Chair’s position to Nicole Chabot, Vice-President, L. Chabot Enterprises, today, at the association’s Annual General Meeting. The Awards Event and the AGM were held as a webinar, due to the pandemic restrictions, with 100 members and guests joining in.

In addition to the change in leadership, the Board welcomed John Highmoor as a director. Highmoor is Vice-President of Tri-Core Projects. He takes the seat at the table vacated with the sudden passing last month of long-standing director Ron Duncan, who co-founded Tri-Core with Highmoor in 2003.

Chabot takes over the Chair’s position from Jack Meseyton, who has served in that post for the last two years.

“Nicole is a valuable resource and has been a prominent voice at every meeting with provincial ministers to which the MHCA has been invited in recent years,” Meseyton noted.

“I take the position of immediate past chair now, knowing that the leadership of MHCA and the pressing affairs of the industry rest in capable, impressive hands as Nicole assumes the Chair’s role.”

Chabot has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, was previously the Chair of the board’s Education, Training and Gold Seal Committee, and this year was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association.

Chabot thanked Meseyton for his long service to the industry, and in the last two years to the association.

“Jack has given generously of his time and presence when called to the steps of Broadway, for meetings at the MHCA or for important business events, such as dinners with provincial and municipal leaders,” said Chabot, who has served as Vice-Chair of the Board since 2019-19.

“Jack never shied from speaking his piece with his trademark direct but respectful style at these meetings with politicians and senior public servants; he ably represented the perspective of the whole industry, for the whole industry and for the greater interest of Manitobans and the provincial economy.”

The AGM heard Meseyton speak to the MHCA year-in-review, noting several accomplishments through a turbulent time. He noted the association added new members to its roster and that the achievements could not have been possible without the support of the membership.

MHCA President Chris Lorenc spoke to the association’s 2021 priorities.

The new Board of Directors, with executive and committee assignments, is available here.

The full MHCA 2020 Annual Report is available to members here.

Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler addressed the industry during the Awards Event, speaking to Manitoba Infrastructure’s priorities for the coming year. MI posted online its tender advertising schedule for the 2021 construction season.

Schuler said the investment priorities for his department are 1. safety of our highways and, 2. economic growth through investing in trade corridors – ensuring no matter where they live, work, grow or manufacture, Manitobans will have quick access to an RTAC road for efficient access to markets.

Further, the minister said that MI budgets for highways will not fall below $500 million in each of the next two years. Starting in 2021, for the 2022-23 budget year, the department hopes to consult with the MHCA and its Board of Directors on its annual investment plans.

The minister also presented the MI Project Awards for 2020. The winners are:

  • Grading: Earthmax Construction Ltd.
    • Location: Rural Municipality (RM) of Grahamdale
    • Project: Lake St. Martin Outlet Channel Access Road.
  • Paving: Maple Leaf Construction Ltd.
    • Location: RM of Roland, RM of Grey and RM of Dufferin
    • Project: Paving on Provincial Trunk Highway (PTH) 3.
  • Special Projects: Maple Leaf Construction Ltd.
    • Location: RM of Woodlands
    • Project: Paving and shoulder work on Provincial Road (PR) 227.
  • Urban Works: Nelson River Construction
    • Location: City of Winkler
    • Project: Concrete reconstruction, incl. land drainage systems, sidewalks, traffic signals, PTH 32.
  • Major Structures: M.D. Steele Construction Ltd.
    • Location: RM of West St. Paul
    • Project: Structure at Grassmere Drain on PTH 9.
  • Minor Structures: Coco Paving (Canada) Inc.
    • Location: Grandview Municipality
    • Project: Reinforced concrete box culvert at Munson Creek on PTH 5.
  • Water Management: WBS Construction
    • Location: Town of Morris
    • Project: Pump station and gravity outfall at the Morris Ring Dike.

In addition, the AGM heard from Canadian Construction Association President Mary Van Buren, and CCA Chair Joe Wrobel.

Wrobel thanked MHCA and President Chris Lorenc for the dedication to raising the profile and priority of investment in trade transportation across the West and in the country.

Van Buren picked up on that theme, noting that “We can’t take infrastructure investment for granted” calling on all construction associations across Canada to keep pressing for governments to recognize the high return to the GDP that public investment in infrastructure holds. The MHCA presented service awards to long-standing members. They are:

10 Years of Service:

  • Bestland Excavation Ltd.
  • Breezy North Construction Inc.
  • Cummins Western Canada
  • Dig-It Enterprise Ltd.
  • Granite Concrete Services
  • Impact Utilities Inc.
  • D. Steele Construction Ltd.
  • Major Excavation / Cartage Ltd.
  • MIG Insurance Group Ltd.
  • Dufour Ent. Ltd.
  • S & J Construction Ltd.
  • Silver Dirtworks Inc.
  • Southwood Ventures Inc.
  • Spence Construction and Transport
  • Superior Scales
  • Titan Environmental Containment Ltd.

25 years:

  • Cansel Survey Equipment Inc.
  • Dillon Consulting Limited
  • Uni-Jet Industrial Pipe Ltd.

35 years:

  • Collet Gravel Inc.
  • Emco Waterworks
  • Lavallee Trucking Ltd

40 years:

  • Centennial Gravel & Excavating Ltd.
  • Lehigh Cement

50 years – Arnason Industries

70 years – Taillieu Construction