ORBA Webinars features a diverse range of topics and speakers to help you gain unique insights and perspectives on the transportation infrastructure sector. The series aims to provide the road building community a virtual space to stay informed and connected in the new normal.


Episode Twelve

Navigating Supply Chain Risk

Thursday, June 24, 2021


With the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more transparent that there is fragility in the global supply chain.  These disruptions to the supply chain can impact all industries and the construction industry has been no exception during this time.  From a scarcity of required materials, delays in projects due to government shutdowns as well as unknown or extended delivery/lead times for critical equipment, the impacts place a stress and strain on small to large companies alike.

To manage your supply chain risk, you must first learn how to properly assess your exposures and consequences to a disruption.  While there are many resources that can help with this process, where do you start?  Where do you go after an assessment to begin protecting your supply chain risk?  Should I look to onshore my supply line?  Or is near-shore/off-shore still reliable?  These are but a few basic questions being asked by various industries today.

This webinar will provide insights into understanding your supply chain risks as well as how to properly assess and protect your supply line and revenue.  Discover what is needed for businesses to recover from a supply chain disruption and what navigating risk may look like for the industry.


  •  Jennifer Fortunato, AVP Construction Specialties, Risk Engineering, Zurich Resilience Solutions
  •  Chris Snider, AMBCI, Head of Risk Services, Zurich Canada


Please take a moment to complete our pre-webinar poll before attending the event.


Episode Eleven

Positive Coping Skills: Being Your Best in Times of Crisis

Friday, May 21, 2021


Stress is a part of life at any time. However, in times of crises, like what the world is currently experiencing with the COVID-19 global pandemic, the impact of stress is far greater. Dave Neelyof D.K. Neely & Associates, will provide strategies and insights into emotional intelligence to help you develop coping skills to improve your well-being and the well-being of your employees.  He will provide guidance on remaining resilient while navigating through stressors in and out of the workplace.  The skills you can develop from this session will be life-changing.


  •  Dave Neely, D.K. Neely & Associates

Episode Ten

Reviewing and Interpreting Asphalt Test Results

Thursday, May 20, 2021


The Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA), in collaboration with the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council (OAPC),  Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) Municipal HMA Liaison – Education Subcommittee, and the Asphalt Institute, invites you to a lunch and learn webinar on “Reviewing and Interpreting Asphalt Test Results”.

The webinar will present practical information on the test results associated with asphalt mixtures and their related components generated during a project. The purpose of each test will be presented, as well as the potential ramifications of failing test results for each test.


  • Amma Wakefield, MASc., P.Eng., Canadian Regional Engineer, Asphalt Institute
  • Danny Gierhart, P.E., Regional Engineer, Asphalt Institute



Episode Nine

COVID-19 Vaccination & the Workplace

Thursday, April 8, 2021


With COVID-19 vaccination within reach for most Canadians, many employers want to know if they can require employees and, in some cases, customers to be vaccinated once vaccines are readily available. Employers are also uncertain about the information they can collect about vaccination and whether widespread vaccination in the workplace means fewer health and safety protocols such as distancing, masking, disinfecting, etc.

Join us for an interactive webinar that will address these, and other, COVID-related workplace issues.


  • Keith Burkhardt, Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Episode Eight

Overview of the Asphalt Mix Industry Standard

Friday, January 22, 2021


In October 2020, The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) published a new Asphalt Mix Industry Standard (AMIS), a technical standard  under O. Reg. 419/05 (Air Pollution – Local Air Quality).

In 2013, the OAPC asked the MECP to develop an industry standard for benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) as an alternative compliance option for asphalt plants under O. Reg. 419/05.  The OAPC, along with ORBA, have spent countless hours in stakeholder consultation with the MECP, advocating on behalf of industry, and the publication of the AMIS is the final milestone in that process. Asphalt plants now have an alternative means of complying with air emissions standards in Ontario if they choose.

This webinar will provide an overview of AMIS including: a) how industry standards work; b) how a facility should decide if they can/should register; and c) a  high-level summary of requirements.

Please click here to download a pdf of the presentation.


This webinar should be attended by those responsible for environmental requirements for asphalt plants.


  • Christina Wright, M.Env.Sc., EP, Senior Environmental Scientist, BCX Environmental Consulting

Episode Seven

Top 10 List of Ways to Get More Durable HMA Pavements – The Responsible Use of RAP

Friday, October 30, 2020



This hour-long webinar will provide an opportunity for discussion on the asphalt pavement recycling process using Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) materials combined with new materials, to produce asphalt mixtures that are of equal or better quality to virgin aggregate mixtures. This practice promotes sustainability and creates environmental benefits. Doubra will provide an overview on best practices for achieving more durable asphalt pavements through the responsible use of RAP.


Presented by Doubra Ambaiowei, ORBA/OAPC Technical Director. Doubra’s work at ORBA specifically supports all technical requirements to promote the quality use of hot mix asphalt, and all other road building materials and construction best practices in general.

Episode Six

TOOLS IN YOUR TOOLBOX: Strategies for Building Mental Health in the Construction Industry

Thursday, October 29, 2020



This will be an informative, frank and interactive one-hour webinar, which will provide the latest research and facts about mental health in the construction industry. You will learn to use ORBA’s Mental Health Toolbox, i.e., Observation, Resiliency, Bravery and Adaptability to confront, combat and compassionately deal with mental health issues. Improv will be used as an unconventional, effective way to manage mental health in the work place.


Presented by Nancy Watt, President, Nancy Watt Communications. Nancy Watt, Second City Conservatory Alumna, is a sought-after speaker, writer and improviser. She presents dynamic workshops on mental health and communications in unconventional environments. Nancy is also an instructor at ORBA’s Road Building Academy.

Episodes Three, Four, and Five

Welcoming Diversity and Inclusion in our Workforce

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Tuesday, October 27, 2020



This webinar will be a three-part series. Each hour-long segment will focus on a critical aspect of this complex topic and will feature viewpoints and opinions from both inside and outside of the construction materials and road building industries in North America. The webinar will include surveys, live discussions, and handouts.

The series segments will be:

  • Part One: Generational Diversity and Inclusion
  • Part Two: Gender Diversity and Inclusion
  • Part Three: Racial and Cultural Diversity and Inclusion


Presented by Bronwyn Weaver and her team at Q4 Impact Group. Bronwyn is President of Q4 Impact Group and has provided instruction and expertise on building a diverse workforce at CONEXPO.

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Episode Two

Smart Technologies and Innovations for Adapting to the New-Normal

Thursday, August 20, 2020


From smart helmets and innovative face-shields to disinfecting fleets, this webinar will provide an overview of innovative technologies and services that will help to enhance health and safety measures to keep workers and the public safe as we adapt to the “new normal.”


  • Marc Brunet, Business Development Representative, Jannatec Technologies
  • Bridgette Onucki, Senior Account Representative, Jannatec Technologies
  • Michael Romano, CEO, Val Resources
  • Travis Saunders, General Manager, PGC Services

Episode One

Leveraging Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems in Times of Crisis

Thursday, August 13, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic, and the hazards associated with this virus, have challenged workplaces across Canada to create and alter processes to ensure the health and safety of employees. The ease and confidence in which hazards have been identified, risks prioritized and controls implemented can be associated to the maturity and efficiency of a company’s occupational health and safety management system (OSHMS). This webinar will focus on how companies can leverage’s an OSHMS during times of crisis. The webinar will also include an overview of office sanitation needs and AEGIS Microbe Shield – how it works and how it is applied within office settings.


  • Enzo Garritano, President and CEO, Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)
  • Colin Dickey, President, Protect Technologies