2017

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017

ORBA HOSTS 3rd ANNUAL QUEEN’S PARK RECEPTION

Mississauga, ON – Over 100 Ontario leaders and decision makers joined the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) in Toronto for its third Annual Queen’s Park Reception. Held May 1 at downtown’s iconic legislative building, the event brought together ORBA reps and government officials for an evening designed to raise ORBA’s profile and the voices of its members.

“This initiative is about getting in front of our politicians and talking to them about the importance of transportation infrastructure, as well as letting them know who we are and what we do,” said Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA’s Chief Operating Officer. “This is also an opportunity to bring our contractors into the discussion because they’re the ones who have real world perspectives about how investments in infrastructure are working for them, their employees, and Ontarians.”

The reception was attended by politicians and Queen’s Park staff from all sides of the floor, including Hon. Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation; Michael Harris, MPP (Kitchener-Conestoga) and Taras Natyshak, MPP (Essex). It was led by ORBA President Geoffrey Stephens, who thanked attendees for their ongoing support and for contributing to what has fast become a popular industry gathering.

“We are very pleased to have everyone here this evening and really excited to host speakers from all three parties,” he said. “Our association is committed to government partnership with the utmost transparency and professionalism. We fully appreciate that when we work together in the interest of the taxpayer, that the best answers emerge for delivering true quality and value.”

If nothing else, Stephens added, “I hope you take home an understanding of our association and how we are working to improve our industry throughout the province.”

Minister Del Duca took a few moments at the podium to return his appreciation, noting, “The relationship that exists between the Government of Ontario – in particular, the Ministry of Transportation – and ORBA is so important to the quality of life for the people we’re all very proud to represent, regardless of partisan stripe, and in making sure our economy continues to grow.”

MPPs Harris and Natyshak also shared a few words with the crowd. Harris congratulated ORBA on the success of its Site Unseen safety campaign, saying, “I know we all saw the commercials and it’s extra important that we continue to communicate how imperative it is to keep our workers safe.”

Natyshak agreed, saying, “Thank you for making that investment, for making our roads safer, and for the contributions you make. You’re a world-class model for other jurisdictions to follow and we look forward to continuing to work with you.”

An Annual Tradition

2017 marked the third year for ORBA’s Queen’s Park Reception. The event was conceived in 2015 as a way to raise the association’s profile and bring attention to the issues and opportunities surrounding Ontario’s road building industry.

“We’ve always had meetings with government officials, but wanted to do something more,” recalled Ashley DeSouza, ORBA’s Director of Government Relations. “The amount of support we’ve received so far has been amazing, and to see people like Minister Del Duca become familiar faces at these receptions shows how much support we have from our government partners.”

While the event marked De Souza’s final reception with ORBA, he is confident the reception will only gain traction: “These events will be even more important as we push forward on our issues of importance. It’s become an annual staple and ORBA will continue to make it bigger.”

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The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For more information, please contact:

Abigail Wright Pereira
Marketing & Communications Director, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 227
abbi@orba.org

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2017

ORBA launches Buildforce online construction courses

Mississauga, ON – The Ontario Road Builders’ Association is pleased to announce that it is now offering to both members and non-members a full range of online courses in construction through its partnership with Buildforce Canada.

A wide variety of courses are offered under the topics of business management, health and safety, supervisor training as well as the Construction Industry Ethics course, which is now compulsory for Gold Seal Certification. Gold Seal is a national program which certifies industry estimators, superintendents, project managers and safety officers as construction professionals. Course fees range from $100 to $400.

“Offering the online courses provides the industry a continuous learning opportunity that is both economical and convenient, as the courses can be taken at any time,” said Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA Chief Operating Officer. “Expanding our educational offerings also helps our members and the industry to raise the bar in terms of quality, and that is our ultimate goal.”

Current available courses include:

● Construction Industry Ethics
● First Level Supervisor Training Program
● Confined Spaces Safety Awareness
● National Construction Safety Awareness
● Pipeline Construction Safety Training
● Communications, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution
● Construction Law
● Construction Project Management
● Introduction to Building Information Modeling
● Introduction to Construction Estimating

For full details on the online courses go to ORBA’s website, orba.org/onlinecourses.

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The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey-Lee Wright
Education and Member Services Coordinator, ORBA
stacey@orba.org or 905-507-1107, ext. 222

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2017

Now Accepting Applications for 2017 ORBA Civil Engineering and Technology Scholarships

Mississauga, ON – Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is now accepting applications for its 2017 Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarships, each valued at $2,000.00.

The submission deadline is May 31, 2017.

The Civil Engineering Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario university.

The Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship is awarded to a student graduating from an Ontario high school and entering the first year of a Civil Engineering Technology or Technician program at an Ontario college or equivalent.

“It’s important for ORBA to offer financial support to those students who are going to become the next generation of road builders,” said John Blake, ORBA Education Committee Co-Chair. Adds Geoffrey Stephens, ORBA Education Committee Co-Chair, “We look forward every year to help students who are entering a civil engineering program develop the skills and knowledge to be successful when they join our industry.”

Applicants are required to submit an essay describing why they are pursuing a post secondary engineering or engineering technology education and discussing their goals in pursuing a career in civil engineering/technology. Past work experience, particularly directly related to the civil construction or broader construction industry, is a key criterion. Involvement with special projects or volunteer activities that demonstrate a commitment to the applicant’s local community, school or charitable organization is heavily factored into the assessment along with reference letters from employers and recommendations from professors.

Additional details and applications are available online at orba.org/scholarships.

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The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey-Lee Wright
Education and Member Services Coordinator, ORBA
stacey@orba.org or 905-507-1107, ext. 222

For Immediate Release: March 21, 2017

Traffic concerns in Ontario – Investments in roads is the solution

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON – A new survey released today by a broad consortium of both public and private sector transportation organizations found that more than nine in ten Ontarians (96%) support government investment in transportation infrastructure, and among those surveyed, ranked investments in roads and bridges as number two on their list of top infrastructure spending priorities.

A majority of Ontarians feel that traffic is at least somewhat of a concern in their daily lives, and many see investments in road infrastructure as the solution to road traffic concerns across the province.

Residents felt that for every dollar government invests in infrastructure, 17 cents should be spent on hospital infrastructure, 13 cents should go towards roads and bridges and 12 cents should be earmarked for repairing Ontario’s schools. Investments in affordable housing and public transit rounded out the top five.

Just over half (53%) of Ontarians feel that highways, roads and bridges are the most important potential infrastructure investment as opposed to 26% who feel investments should be made towards light rail transit (LRT) and subways.

On the topic of road tolls in Ontario, there were 66% of Ontario residents who think that tolls collected on roads should go towards road maintenance (47%) or infrastructure improvements and expansions (19%).

The survey results have shown that residents in Ontario feel a top priority is for government investments to be made in road infrastructure to provide relief to the traffic congestion on the roads in their communities.

The research is supported by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA), Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) and Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition (OGRSC).

Quotes

  • Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA)
    • “Infrastructure plays a vital role in our economy today and into the future. Immediate action to relieve traffic congestion and improve our transportation infrastructure networks will continue to place Ontario at a competitive advantage. These results clearly show that while investments being made in expanding Ontario’s public transit systems are necessary, Ontarians feel strongly that government spending priorities should include investments in highways, roads and bridges at the top of the list.”
  • Scott Butler, Manager, Policy and Research, Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA)
    • “Ontarians, appreciative of the importance that transportation plays in their lives, are looking for all orders of government to invest in infrastructure that makes getting around easier.  If governments are to successfully address these concerns, innovative approaches to infrastructure investments will be critical.”
  • Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations, Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA)
    • “The vast majority of Ontarians – 83 percent – feel that having a vehicle is a necessity for their household. Investments in highways, roads and bridges are critical to meet the transportation needs of Ontario residents now and into the future. With Ontario’s population set to increase by 4 million people over the next 25 years, now is the time to put road infrastructure construction into high gear that will meet future demand, cut commute times and support Ontario’s auto sector.”
  • Gord White, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Waste Management Association
    • “Ontario’s economy relies on a well-maintained network of roads and bridges to move goods and people around the province. The survey results show that Ontarians understand the importance of investing in these vital infrastructure projects as a way to reduce gridlock in our cities and on our highways. Continuing to focus public investment on repairing, expanding and building roads and bridges in Ontario will help to relieve congestion and improve the province’s economic competitiveness.”
  • Jamie West, Co-Chair, Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition
    • “Ontarians clearly understand the importance of the infrastructure that surrounds our roads and the importance of maintaining it. The Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition will continue to encourage Ontario’s road authorities to use modern, crash-tested standards to guide their equipment choices and maintenance practices.”

Supporting Materials
Impressions of Ontarians on Roads, Traffic and Investments Survey Summary

About the Nanos Survey
Nanos Research conducted an RDD dual frame (land- and cell-lines) telephone random survey of 500 residents of Ontario, 18 years of age or older, between January 25 and February 2, 2017 as part of an omnibus survey. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone using live agents and administered a survey. The results were statistically checked and weighted by age and gender using the latest Census information and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Ontario. Individuals were randomly called using random digit dialing with a maximum of five call backs. The margin of error for a random survey of 500 residents of Ontario is ±4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

About the Ontario Road Builders’ Association
ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

About the Ontario Good Roads Association
The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the transportation and public works interests of municipalities through advocacy, consultation, training and the delivery of identified services. Visit www.ogra.org for more information.

About the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association
Since 1908, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Ontario’s new car dealers. Our 1,100 dealers represent every brand and franchise, operate across Ontario and employ 53,000 people. Visit www.tada.ca for more information.

About the Ontario Waste Management Association
The OWMA is the largest waste management association in Canada and represents more than 250 members within Ontario’s private and public sectors. OWMA members manage 85% of Ontario’s waste and have diverse interests and capital investments in areas, such as waste and recycling collection, material recycling and resource recovery, organics processing and composting, hazardous waste recycling and safe disposal, and landfills and transfer stations. Learn more about the OWMA at www.OWMA.org.

About the Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition
The Ontario Guide Rail Safety Coalition (OGRSC) represents companies from across Ontario that, collectively, install about two-thirds Ontario’s road-side safety equipment and employ more than 500 people. OGRSC members are responsible and professional businesses that seek to improve Ontario’s road safety.

For further information: Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, ORBA, 905-507-1107, ext. 223 or ashley@orba.org.

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017

2017 Convention Honours ORBA Members

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON – At last week’s 90th Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Convention and Annual General Meeting, several awards and honours were presented to members in the industry for their service and commitment to the association and the road building industry in Ontario.

“We are proud to once again honour our member companies and key industry individuals at our Convention for their hard work and dedication to make positive changes to not only our transportation infrastructure industry, but also in the communities in which they serve,” says Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA Chief Operating Officer. “The annual Convention was a wonderful place to celebrate these accomplishments with record numbers of membership and public owners in attendance, and I would like to congratulate all our award recipients this year.”

Awards were handed out in the following categories:

2017 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame Inductees – Robert Taylor and Silvio Bot

2016 Director of the Year Award – Steve Smith, Miller Paving Limited

2016 Distinguished Service Award – Cameron Wood, Roto-Mill Inc.

2016 ORBA Community Leadership Award – Kevin Cinq-Mars, R.W. Tomlinson Limited

2016 Transportation Infrastructure Innovation Award – Canada Culvert

Routly Safety Award Winners

Main Safety Award- Awarded to the member company that has worked the greatest number of consecutive man hours without a lost-time injury

Category I Winner – less than 100,000 average annual man-hours
Cornell Construction Limited

Category II Winner – more than 100,000 average annual man-hours
Capital Paving Inc.

Milestone Awards – Awarded to member companies reaching 500,000 and 1,000,000 consecutive man hours without a lost-time injury

Black & MacDonald Limited – (2,308,162 man hours)
K.J. Beamish Construction Co. Limited – (591,288 man hours)

ORBA Green Award

2016 Outstanding Achievement – Cruickshank
2016 Honourable Mention – Looby Construction Limited

MTO Paver of the Year Award Winners

2016 MTO Hot Mix Paver of the Year: Rankin Construction Incorporated
Contract 2015-2022; Location of Contract: Highway 3, between Port Colborne and Fort Erie.

Finalists:

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited
Contract 2016-4014; Location of Contract: Highway 401, west of Port Hope from the regional boundary between Central and Eastern Regions to Wesleyville Rd.

Pioneer Construction Limited
Contract 2012-5100; Location of Contract: Highway 69, south of Sudbury from north of Highway 607 to north of Highway 64.

MTO Concrete Contract of the Year Award Winners

2016 MTO Concrete Contract of the Year: Contract 2015-4056
Location of Contract: Highway 401, at Montreal St. in Kingston.

  • The prime contractor was Aecon Construction and Materials Limited.
  • The pre-cast components were by DECAST Limited.
  • The pre-cast girders were placed by Bot Construction Limited.
  • The concrete for cast-in-place operations was supplied by Lafarge Canada Incorporated’s Kingston plant.

Finalist:

Contract 2015-5100
Contract Location: Highway 69, south of Highway 522 near Key River.

  • The prime contractor was Aecon Construction and Materials Limited.
  • The pre-cast components were by DECAST Limited.
  • The concrete for cast-in-place operations was supplied by Parry Sound Ready Mix Limited.

2016 ORBA Scholarship Recipients

Joe Bunting Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their final year of a Civil Engineering Technology program at an Ontario college
Xinnan Tian, Civil Engineering Technology, Seneca College

J.D. Chick Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their final year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario university
Colin Graham, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University

ORBA Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their first year of a Civil Engineering Technology program at an Ontario college
Daniel Woodhead, Civil Engineering Technology, Georgian College

ORBA Civil Engineering Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their first year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario university
Millar Coveney, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University

More information about the ORBA Awards can be found at orba.org/awards.

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 The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For further information contact:

Geoff Wilkinson
Chief Operating Officer, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 224
geoff@orba.org

For Immediate Release: January 30, 2017

ORBA Releases Early Tender Calls Advocacy Paper

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Over the past several years, early tender calls have been identified as a top priority issue by the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA). ORBA has worked with its members to release an advocacy paper showing the clear benefits of early tender calls. The paper incorporates statistical information from public owners on early tender calls and figures on the benefits of overall infrastructure investments.

ORBA will also use this advocacy paper as it continues to work with public sector owners, including municipalities, to make early tender calls an industry standard in the province.

“Early tender calls provide clear and tangible benefits for both contractors and public owners by allowing proper planning for the upcoming construction season and eliminating inefficiencies in the delivery of projects. ORBA would like to see the current trend of early tender calls in public projects continue to grow and strengthen throughout the province,” says Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, ORBA.

The advocacy paper also discusses recommendations for municipalities and other public owners on how they can adopt early tender calls.

To download a copy of the advocacy paper, please visit ORBA’s website at orba.org/early-tender-calls-advocacy-paper.

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 The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For further information contact:

Ashley De Souza
Director, Government Relations, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 223
ashley@orba.org

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2017

2017 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame Inductees
Silvio Bot and Robert Taylor

 

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Silvio Bot (receiving the award posthumously) and Robert Taylor will be inducted into the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at ORBA’s 90th Convention and Annual General Meeting.

Silvio Bot – Bot Construction Limited

Silvio Bot was a founder of Bot Construction. He led the company over some 38 years of growth and expansion and was a well-known and prominent member of Ontario’s roadbuilding industry. Silvio was born in a small farming community in the northern Friuli Region of Italy. He came to Canada in 1948, and in 1953, he took his first construction job with Halton Paving, building curbs, gutters and culverts in south western Ontario. He became a foreman and superintendent and learned the local construction business from the ground up.

In 1957, Silvio started Bot Construction Limited as a curb and gutter forming business, along with his brothers Jack, Carlo and Luigi. The company’s first office and equipment shop opened on Speers Road in Oakville, in the same location that the company operates from today.

In the 1960s and 1970s, Silvio focused on growing the company’s service capacity and heavy equipment fleet, and was ready to go where the work was. Over the two and a half decades that followed, Silvio grew the company into a full service general contractor, with completed projects across Ontario and as far north as the Canadian Arctic. These included expansion projects on Highways 11, 17, 69, 416 and 417, access roads and bridges at Pearson International Airport, and major structures works, such as the Highway 401/410 interchange, one of the highest and longest post-tension fourth level bridge structures in Ontario of its time, and access roads and dams for hydroelectric projects at James Bay, Quebec.

By 1995, (the time of Silvio’s passing), Bot Construction had grown to be one of Ontario’s largest privately owned road building organizations.

Silvio enjoyed strong relationships with his peers in the road building industry. He was a long-time member and active supporter of ORBA and OSWCA, and worked alongside the many great leaders who championed the technical and business issues of their day.

Silvio was a strong supporter in his community and The Silvio Bot Charitable Foundation was established to commemorate his life through giving to others. The company continues its support as a major donor to health care services needs and as a steady contributor to community events and charitable activities locally in Oakville and in the communities in which it works.

Robert Taylor – McLean Taylor Construction Limited

Robert Taylor is the former Chairman and President of McLean Taylor Construction Limited. Rob retired in December 2012. Rob was also President and Chairman of sister companies Stone Town Construction Limited and Meadowridge Properties Ltd.

McLean Foster Construction was founded in 1947 by Lloyd McLean, and in 1955, Rob’s father Eric Taylor became Vice-President. Rob became President in 1978; and in 1983 McLean Foster was renamed as McLean Taylor Construction Limited recognizing Rob’s role, impact and ownership in the company.

Under Rob’s guidance, McLean Taylor built bridges, culverts, dams, and roads throughout South Western Ontario since its inception for MTO, municipalities, the federal government, and private businesses. Also, Rob was one of the initial innovators in the Temporary Concrete Barrier industry in the province, and McLean Taylor remains an active supplier of TCB for the industry.

One of Rob’s greatest accomplishments is that McLean Taylor continues to successfully operate as a third-generation, two-family business. Some highlights under Rob’s supervision include being the first company to pump concrete into a bridge deck for MTO on Highway 4 in the early 1960s; working on MTO’s first mechanical lift bridge in Port Dover in 1968; and being selected by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to install the Emergency Temporary Water Treatment Facility during the Walkerton water tragedy.

Over his time in the industry, Rob was involved in many associations including ORBA where he served on the Board of Directors for 16 years and was president in 1994. He was also a member of OSWCA and many of the Heavy Construction Associations in the London area.

Rob is also very involved in the community and volunteers in many different areas. He is currently honorary co-chair with wife Cathy, and fundraising committee member for the St. Marys Hospital “Someone I Know” $5 million fundraising drive. He has also been involved with helping others by coaching minor hockey and minor ball, as well as mentoring young business owners.

We invite friends and colleagues to attend the induction ceremony, which takes place during the President’s Dinner, with the reception beginning at 5:00 p.m. To attend, please select Package E when registering online at orba.org/convention.

Established by ORBA in 2005, the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame recognizes and honours distinguished individuals for their dedication to, and leadership and achievement in Ontario’s road building industry.

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 The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For further information contact:

Christina Jannetta
Director, Member Engagement, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 228
christina@orba.org

silvio-bot
Silvio Bot

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Robert Taylor

2016

For Immediate Release: December 2, 2016

Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Response to Auditor General’s Report

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Since 1927, the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) has advocated on behalf of the road building industry with the highest standards of service and integrity. One of ORBA’s guiding principles is the promotion of fair, open, transparent and equitable procurement policies by all public owners.

ORBA is disappointed by what we consider a clear mischaracterization of the relationship between ORBA, the Ministry of Transportation, and discussions on the issues concerning our industry. We have been and remain committed to participating in what we consider to be transparent, good faith discussions with public sector agencies to the benefit of all Ontarians.

 

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 The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, visit www.orba.org.

For further information contact:

Geoff Wilkinson
Executive Director, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 224 or geoff@orba.org

For Immediate Release: November 24, 2016

ORBA Commends Mayor John Tory for Taking Real Actions to Commit to Much Needed Investments for Transportation Infrastructure

TORONTO – The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is pleased to hear of Mayor John Tory’s intention to create dedicated funding to invest in vital transportation infrastructure for the City of Toronto. Bold and decisive leadership is urgently needed to relieve congestion that has negatively affected Torontonians for too long.

“Traffic congestion has become the #1 issue affecting economic growth and social prosperity in Ontario,” said Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations of ORBA. “Dedicated funding is necessary to repair our crumbling municipal assets and to expand our existing transportation networks.”

Transportation infrastructure is a critical public asset that affects people’s everyday lives and business competitiveness, while also playing a key role in long-term economic growth and development. Traffic congestion has become an increasingly troubling issue, particularly in the City of Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe, where it causes upwards of $11 billion a year in lost economic productivity.

The City of Toronto’s road, bridge and transit infrastructure is aging and congested, with present funding barely offsetting the erosion of the existing networks due to underinvestment in previous decades. There is a need for expanded road, bridge and transit capacity to address increasing urbanization and resulting traffic congestion.

A predictable long-term investment plan is a crucial component to attaining sustainable infrastructure development. It will enable the City of Toronto to commit to their own long-term capital plans and begin to tackle the City’s massive municipal infrastructure deficit as well as get on with building transit now.

“Infrastructure plays a vital role in our economy today and into the future. Immediate action to relieve traffic congestion and improve our transportation infrastructure networks will continue to place Toronto at a competitive advantage,” added Mr. De Souza.

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The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the voice of the transportation infrastructure sector in Ontario. Our members build the majority of provincial and municipal roads, bridges, transit and transportation infrastructure across the province, and employ in excess of 30,000 workers at peak season. To learn more about ORBA, go to www.orba.org

For further information contact:

Ashley De Souza, Director, Government Relations, ORBA
ashley@orba.org; 905-507-1107 (ext. 223)

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2016

2016 ORBA Scholarship Recipients

Students enthusiastic about making a difference in the transportation infrastructure industry

Mississauga, ON – Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) congratulates this year’s recipients of the Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering Technology Scholarships.

Millar Coveney, entering his first year this month in the Bachelor of Science Engineering and General Engineering program at Queen’s University, was awarded the $2,000 Civil Engineering Scholarship. Millar recently worked in a co-op placement at an engineering firm in their municipal department where he gained insight and knowledge into the practical application of engineering in the field. He has a goal of using civil engineering skills along with his concerns for the environment to reduce the harmful effects of climate change by implementing long-term sustainable projects that will benefit communities. With Millar’s drive and desire to reduce the environmental impact on future projects, he will be a great asset to the industry.

Daniel Woodhead, entering his first year in the Civil Engineering Technology program at Georgian College, was awarded the $2,000 Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship. Already having spent his summers working in the construction industry with his family business, Daniel has learned firsthand about the different types of projects in the civil engineering field that drive his interest in bridge construction. Daniel also has an interest in municipal infrastructure and having lived in a rural area, he would like to see improved designs and current technology used in his own community. With a desire to pursue a career working in the field, Daniel’s effective communication and problem-solving skills will play a vital role within a team on a jobsite.

“ORBA members congratulate Millar and Daniel on their scholarships and we wish them great success as they develop and apply the skills to help them become part of the future generation of building Ontario’s transportation infrastructure,” said ORBA Education Committee Co-Chair, John Blake. Fellow ORBA Education Committee Co-Chair Geoffrey Stephens added, “ORBA is proud to provide financial support to students who have selected a career path in our industry where they are passionate to contribute to the industry and make a difference in so many communities.”

Scholarship applicants are reviewed based on their submission package that includes an essay, past work experience, involvement with special projects or volunteer activities with their local community, reference letters from employers and recommendations from professors.

Millar and Daniel will be recognized for their achievements and presented awards for their scholarships in February 2017 at ORBA’s 2017 Convention in Toronto.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Stacey Lee-Wright
Coordinator, Member Services
ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 222
stacey@orba.org

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016

Enhancements Being Made to
Oversize/Overweight Permitting Process

 

Mississauga, ON – Through the joint Government of Ontario/Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Open for Business Roundtable process, changes are being implemented to the Oversize/Overweight (O/O) permit process in the province of Ontario.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) plans to change the duration of a single trip permit from four days to seven days and extend weekend travel to include loads over current annual dimensions (with the exception of police-escorted loads).

“Finding ways to reduce paperwork and the administrative burden on businesses without compromising safety is the ultimate win-win,” said the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation. “By working with ORBA, the Ministry has made improvements that will help streamline processes and improve the speed of permitting without sacrificing security.”

In December, the O/O Permit Application Process was one of five issues presented at the Opening Roundtable for review to address concerns identified with the current O/O permit wait times and to improve efficiencies and effectiveness of the permit application process. As part of the Roundtable process, ORBA members populated a working group that worked with the MTO to suggest ways to improve the permitting process and help reduce the administrative burden on companies applying for permits.

“ORBA is pleased by the changes being implemented to the oversize/overweight permitting process,” said Ashley De Souza, ORBA Director of Government Relations. “The changes to the permitting process will help improve the turnaround time for companies to obtain permits, improve business efficiency, speed up time to complete construction projects and create greater value for taxpayers.”

The partnership between ORBA and the Province of Ontario in an Ontario Open for Business Roundtable, has helped remove barriers and burdens to businesses in the road building industry by reducing the time and effort that ORBA members spend complying with provincial requirements.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

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For more information, please contact:

Ashley De Souza
Director, Government Relations, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 223 or ashley@orba.org

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2016

New Water Taking Regulations to Provide a Quicker and More Streamlined Process

 

Mississauga, ON – The government of Ontario passed regulatory changes, effective March 29, 2016, for short-term water taking activities that were previously subject to Permit to Take Water (PTTW).

Ontario Road Builders’ Association’s (ORBA) Environment Committee worked closely with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in the development of the regulation changes. ORBA submitted two stakeholder papers throughout the various consultations period.

“We are pleased to have worked together with the Ministry to deliver solutions that will improve the coordination and operations in the road building industry,” said Allan West, ORBA President. “With the new Permit to Take Water regulations, our ORBA members with see more streamlined processes and substantial wait time reductions.”

The issue of PTTW was also included in the ORBA Open For Business Roundtable with the government held earlier this year. The Roundtable process identified opportunities to streamline processes and improve operations in order to reduce burden on, and create tangible, positive impacts for ORBA members.

The regulations:
• Clarify or exempt certain activities from the requirements to obtain a PTTW and;
• Require other activities to be registered on the newly developed Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR).

As part of the new regulation, MOECC has developed an EASR, which is an online registry that provides a streamlined system that replaces the requirement to obtain an Environmental Compliance Approval or PTTW. The process can be completed in minutes.

The EASR allows persons engaged in prescribed activities (in this case, water taking) to register with the Ministry instead of applying for a PTTW. The EASR lays out the set of rules that must be met in order to maintain compliance with the regulations. There is a registration fee of $1,190 for the EASR.

Under the PTTW model, applications could take up to 90 days for approvals. Through the EASR, registration is done immediately and operations can begin three months earlier.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

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For more information, please contact:

Ashley De Souza
Director, Government Relations, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 223 or ashley@orba.org

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2016

Open For Business Roundtable Removes Burden and Barriers on Road Building Industry

 

Mississauga, ON – The partnership between Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) and the Province of Ontario in an Ontario Open for Business Roundtable, will help to remove barriers and burdens to businesses in the road building industry by reducing the time and effort that ORBA members spend complying with provincial requirements.

“Our government knows the importance of building strong, reliable infrastructure. We are pleased to partner with the Ontario Road Builders’ Association to support the growth of our province’s booming transportation sector,” said the Hon. Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure. “The roundtable process is an excellent way to make sure that government and industry are working together and I am thrilled with the progress we have made today.”

Intended to identify opportunities to streamline processes and improve operations, the Open for Business Roundtable was established to create tangible, positive impacts for ORBA members.

In December, the Opening Roundtable was held in Toronto and was chaired by Minister Duguid with representatives from Open for Business, lead provincial ministries and ORBA Board of Directors.

The five following issues were presented for review with a focus on improving coordination and operations:
1. Oversize/Overweight Permit Application Process
2. Recycled Aggregates
3. Species At Risk: Contract Compensation
4. Species at Risk: Information Sharing & Mapping
5. Permit to Take Water (PTTW) / Environmental Activity and Sector Registry (EASR) for Short-Term Water Takings

To address each issue, working groups were created that comprised of Provincial staff and ORBA representatives. The working groups had 60 days to develop mutually-agreeable solutions to these issues. If a solution was not able to be achieved within 60 days, the working group was required to provide an agreed upon plan of action that identifies how the issue can be resolved.

Over the next several weeks, additional media releases will be sent out highlighting the specific solutions for each of the five issues and the benefits to ORBA members.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

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For more information, please contact:

Ashley De Souza
Director, Government Relations, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 223 or ashley@orba.org

For Immediate Release: February 9, 2016

ORBA Honours Highlights 2016 Convention

 

Mississauga, ON – Last week at the 89th Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) Convention and Annual General Meeting, several awards and honours were presented to members in the industry for their dedication and service to the Association and the road building industry in Ontario.

“At this year’s ORBA inaugural Awards Breakfast, we were proud to honour our member companies for their hard work and continued efforts that have a positive impact on our industry,” says Geoff Wilkinson, ORBA Executive Director. “It was exciting to honour our award winners at our Convention in front of so many peers and public owners. Congratulations to all of our award winners.”

Awards were handed out in the following categories:

2016 Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame Inductee – Robert (Bob) Bugden

2015 Director of the Year Award – Geoffrey Stephens, Capital Paving Inc.

2015 Distinguished Service Award – Dave Reid, Cruickshank

2015 ORBA Community Leadership Award – Leo McArthur, The Miller Group

Routly Safety Award Winners

Main Safety Award – Awarded to the member company that has worked the greatest number of consecutive man hours without a lost-time injury

Category I Winner – less than 100,000 average annual man-hours
Cornell Construction Limited

Category II Winner – more than 100,000 average annual man-hours
Pioneer Construction Inc.

Milestone Awards – Awarded to member companies reaching 500,000 and 1,000,000 consecutive man hours without a lost-time injury

Dragados Canada, Inc. – (735,364 man hours)
Powell Contracting Limited – (650,271 man hours)
Bermingham Foundation Solutions Limited – (524,170 man hours)

ORBA Green Award

2015 Outstanding Achievement – Miller Paving Limited
2014 Honourable Mention – Roto-Mill Inc.
2015-2014 Outstanding Achievement – R.W. Tomlinson Limited

MTO Paver of the Year Award Recipients

2015 MTO Hot Mix Paver of the Year: Lavis Contracting Co. Limited: Contract 2013-3018, Location of Contract: Highway 23, North of London from Highway 7 to Highway 8.

Finalists:

Capital Paving Inc.: Contract 2014-2054, Location of Contract: Highway 6, North of Burlington from Highway 5 to Hamilton Rd 543, and South of Hamilton from Greens Rd. to Upper James St.

Aecon Construction and Materials Limited: Contract 2014-5106, Location of Contract: Highway 17, East of North Bay from Highway 94 to Highway 531.

Pioneer Construction Inc.: Contract 2014-6001, Location of Contract: Highway 17, East of Kenora between Highway 71 and Gordon Lake Rd.

2015 ORBA Scholarship Recipients

Joe Bunting Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their final year of a Civil Engineering Technology program at an Ontario college: Amy Isbister, Civil Engineering Technology, Fanshawe College

J.D. Chick Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their final year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario university: Amy Grzywnowicz, Civil Engineering, Western University

ORBA Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their first year of a Civil Engineering Technology program at an Ontario college: James Thompson, Civil Engineering Technology, St. Clair College

ORBA Civil Engineering Scholarship – Awarded to a student entering their first year of a Civil Engineering program at an Ontario university: Claudius Dalm, Civil Engineering, Windsor University

More information about the ORBA Awards can be found at orba.org/awards.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Geoff Wilkinson
Executive Director
ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 224
geoff@orba.org

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For Immediate Release: January 19, 2016

ORBA Expands Road Building Academy With 17 Exclusive Courses

 

Mississauga, ON – Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) unveiled its courses for its 2016 Road Building Academy. The 17 exclusive, Gold Seal accredited courses in the subject areas of Leadership, Business Management and Technical have been designed to educate more staff, including new courses for sales, human resource and health and safety professionals. Fourteen of the courses will take place during Academy Week, February 29 to March 4 at Sheridan College (Davis Campus) in Brampton.

The informative, custom courses have been designed to provide staff with practical concepts, tangible solutions and enhanced skills. Each Academy course presents current content and is delivered by professional educators and industry experts. Hosted in a professional learning environment, the interactive teaching creates an excellent forum for discussion and knowledge exchange with industry peers.

The Academy brochure with details on all 17 courses is now available. Member and non-member companies may register online at orba.org/academy.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Stamper
Manager, Member Services
ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 222
richard@orba.org

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For Immediate Release: January 13, 2016

Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame to Induct Robert (Bob) Bugden

 

Mississauga, ON – Robert (Bob) Bugden will be inducted into the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at the 89th Convention and Annual General Meeting of Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA).

Bob was raised in Chesterville, a farm community between Ottawa and Cornwall, and began his career in the construction industry in 1970 as Manager of Engineering for McAsphalt Industries where he oversaw the construction of asphalt terminals and production facilities.

In 1976, Leo McArthur and John Carrick purchased Miller Paving Limited at which time Bob joined Leo as they started their journey to transform Miller Paving from a traditional heavy highway contractor to a pavement preservation and recycling company. This was a transformative period for Miller Paving and Bob played a critical role in this process.

Bob’s extensive experience in the “nuts and bolts” of construction equipment ensured he had a solid foundation to manage the operations of Miller Paving in the 1990s. Bob helped amalgamate many of the Miller acquisitions into what today is known as The Miller Group. With over 4,500 employees, Bob developed and led a team of professional managers in all areas of the construction industry. Bob would eventually assume the COO position at Miller until his retirement in 2012.

He was also involved in numerous industry associations and initiatives, sitting on many of ORBA’s committees, the TARBA Board, OSSGA and OHMPA and his involvement on special industry tasks forces dealing with labour or contractual issues.

Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the induction ceremony which takes place during the President’s Dinner, the reception commencing at 5:30 pm. To attend, please select Package E when registering online at orba.org/convention.

Bob Bugden is the 20th member of the Hall of Fame. The Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame, established by ORBA in 2005, recognizes and honours distinguished individuals for their dedication to, and leadership and achievement in Ontario’s road building industry.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Stamper
Manager, Member Services, ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 222
richard@orba.org

 

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2015

For Immediate Release: June 3, 2015

Ontario Road Builders Applaud Increased Investments in Transportation Infrastructure

 

Mississauga, ON – Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) welcomes the transit and transportation infrastructure investments passed today in the Ontario Budget.

“ORBA’s member companies look forward to playing a key role in delivering on the Ontario government’s ambitious plans to upgrade the province’s transportation and transit infrastructure,” stated Geoff Wilkinson, Executive Director of ORBA.

ORBA is pleased to see that transportation infrastructure continues to be a top priority in the 2015 Ontario Budget. With the passage of Bill 91: Building Ontario Up Act, dedicated funds for Ontario’s transit and transportation investment plan, Moving Ontario Forward, increases by $2.6B for a total of $31.5B over ten years. Consistent and reliable infrastructure funding drives Ontario’s economy, contributing to Ontario’s wealth and productivity, and attracting investment and create jobs.

However, although there are significant investments made in the provincial budget to help municipalities with their infrastructure needs, more still needs to be done. Ontarians need to have a commitment from all levels of government to ensure that substantive measures are being taken to eliminate the staggering infrastructure deficit currently facing municipalities. Municipalities are currently facing an infrastructure deficit of over $60 billion, of which $28 billion accounts for the infrastructure gap for roads and bridges alone.

“Ensuring that Ontario’s infrastructure can be maintained, improved and expanded is an important facet in keeping our province and our economy moving forward. An efficient transit and transportation system is essential for a vibrant economy and good quality of life – connecting our communities and enabling businesses to get their goods to market,” added Mr. Wilkinson.

ORBA supports and promotes the growth of Ontario’s transportation infrastructure industry. As the voice of over 200 road building contractors and suppliers, ORBA members build and maintain the majority of Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads, bridges and other public transportation infrastructure, employing over 30,000 workers. Visit orba.org for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Ashley De Souza
Director, Government Relations
ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 223
ashley@orba.org

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For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015

Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA) response to Auditor General’s report

 

Toronto, ON – The people who plow our highways, Ontario’s Area Maintenance Contractors, care deeply about road safety. Our families, our friends are on these roads too. We take our role in maintaining Ontario’s roads extremely seriously.

The bottom line is this: the Auditor General is correct in concluding that the third-generation area maintenance contracts have serious flaws.

That’s why for the past several years ORBA has also raised concerns about this system. Last winter, ORBA began to work in cooperation with the Government of Ontario toward a solution.

We applaud Minister Del Duca’s decisive response to this report and look forward to continuing to work with the government to create a more effective winter road maintenance system.

ORBA received the Auditor General’s report today. We will now study it in detail as we continue to work with the government to keep Ontario’s roads the safest in North America.

About ORBA

Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) is the provincial voice of approximately 200 road building contractors and suppliers. ORBA’s Area Maintenance Contractors (AMCs) are the maintenance contractors that perform summer and winter maintenance for the Ministry of Transportation on Ontario’s roads and highways. ORBA has shared expertise about road construction and safety issues since its inception in 1927. Our members build and maintain Ontario’s provincial highway system, municipal roads and bridges and other public transportation infrastructure projects. ORBA members employ over 30,000 workers in Ontario. We created the Let The Blue Light Lead The Way (www.snowplowsafety.ca) campaign to help educate drivers about safe winter driving around snow plows.

For more information, please contact:

Geoff Wilkinson
Executive Director
ORBA
905-507-1107, ext. 224
geoff@orba.org

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For all media inquires, please contact Karen Walker, Communications Coordinator, at 905-507-1107 ext. 226 or karen@orba.org.