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.



ORBA Webinars | Canada Ontario Job Grants

 Oct 19 & Nov 09, 2023 


Level Up Your Team’s Skills at the ORBA Academy and Let the Grant Carry the Cost!

In today’s dynamic landscape, training and upskilling are crucial. With the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG), not only can you fortify your team’s capabilities, but you can also secure funding to alleviate the training costs.

Kanchan Lakhotia, a seasoned COJG Application Consultant, will be guiding members to navigate the grant application seamlessly. Unlock the potential of your team without the financial strain!

Webinar Highlights Include:

Eligibility Insights: Understand which employers and employees qualify.
Application Mastery: Expert guidance on filling out the application for optimal results.
Reimbursement Details: Discover the substantial reimbursement levels employers can secure.
Application Strategy: Best practices and timelines to enhance the success rate of your application.


Kanchan Lakhotia, COJG Application Consultant, Achev

ORBA Webinar – MTO’s Expertise on Cross-Slope Specifications

Wednesday, Sept 13, 2023


The much-anticipated ORBA webinar featuring the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO).

Highlights of the webinar include:

  • Discover the latest updates and insights into SP103F56 and CAIS 313-06, focusing on crossfall/cross slope tolerance, exemption applications, and contract examples.
  • Explore real-life exemption applications and the nuances of trial/demo contract experiences.
  • Gain insights into historic performance data, addressing a major concern in the construction community.
  • An open platform to raise questions and get them addressed by MTO experts.


Mike Pearsall, Manager, Highway Design Office at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation

ORBA Webinar – Current and Future Applications of 3D Milling Technology

Wednesday, July 27, 2023


Immerse yourself in the cutting-edge world of 3D milling technology with our upcoming ORBA webinar. We dissect the current status of 3D milling globally and in Canada, specifically with respect to OPSS 510. Learn about the optimal application of 3D milling and paving technologies across diverse projects, and catch a glimpse of the future of 3D road repair.

We discuss the EU’s uncompromising push for “green technologies” in this sector and the potential impact on our practices. Join us for this comprehensive understanding tailored for our ORBA community, designed to equip you for the future


Dr. Vítězslav Obr, Ing. (M.Sc.), Ph.D., Technical Director of Exact Control System and Control System CA


NRC’s Platform to Decarbonize the Construction Industry at Scale

Wednesday, July 20, 2023


The National Research Council Canada (NRC) has received funding to support the construction industry to meet Canada 2030 and 2050 greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions. NRC’s work is focused on three areas:

• Regulations, Codes and Standards;
• Providing low carbon technical solutions; and
• Digitalization and Productivity

These areas cover a wide range of different activities, ranging from research and development, through field trials, demonstration projects and support for low carbon procurement to knowledge mobilization. This presentation will briefly describe NRC for those unfamiliar with the organization and then present information on the Platform and the two Challenge Programs that are being used to deliver it. The presentation will conclude with a focus on potential activities of interest to ORBA members.


Jon Makar, Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council’s Construction Research Centre


Navigating Naloxone Kits

Wednesday, August 17, 2022


The hour-long presentation entitled “Naloxone and Managing Opioid Overdose”, outlines the most recent drug use trends scene locally. It then leads into how a bystander can properly recognize behaviours that place someone at high risk of a drug overdose and why.

The presentation continues to introduce nasal naloxone as an overdose antidote and talks about how to quickly identify an opioid overdose. The presentation ends with a proper naloxone training and Q&A.


Mark Barnes, Pharmacist & Owner Respect Rx Pharmacies | mbarnes@respectrx.ca

Episode Fifteen

Battling Fuel Costs with PTO Refunds

Wednesday, June 15, 2022


Are Your Company’s Fuel Costs Rising? Many transport/trucking companies are not taking advantage of the PTO/Fuel Tax Rebates available in Ontario.

For over 23 years, Holly Transportation Services Inc. has been processing these rebates for customers so they can keep working. They handle the ‘red tape’ so you don’t have to.

This ORBA Webinar covered how Holly Transportation can save your organization money by providing the expertise and knowledge in determining the PTO refund. The best part is there are no up-front fees. Fees are only paid if a refund is recovered.


Ryan Thomas, Fuel Tax Specialist, Holly Transportation Services

Episode Fourteen

Fleming College | The Labour Market Gap

Monday, May 09, 2022


Pam Stoneham, will cover how Fleming College’s graduates can help meet your company’s skilled labour needs. Their 12-week program teaches students the operation and preventative maintenance of heavy construction equipment.

The Heavy Equipment Operator program is all about hands-on learning. Students develop the skills to operate bulldozers, rubber-tired loaders, tractor loader backhoes, hydraulic excavators, rock trucks, skid steers, and other construction site equipment.


  • Pam Stoneham, Dean of the School of Trades & Technology, Fleming College

Episode Thirteen

WSIB’s Health & Safety Excellence Program

Tuesday, April 19, 2022


The webinar will cover how the WSIB – Health and Safety Excellence program can  provide a clear road map for businesses to improve workplace safety, whether they are just getting started or want to optimize systems and processes they already have in place.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Reduced risk of hazards and a better health and safety culture in your workplace
  • Rebates on premiums and money saved by improving your safety experience
  • Recognition to show employees, customers, and investors your commitment to health and safety
  • Opportunities to network and share best practices with other like-minded businesses
  • The Health and Safety Excellence program is flexible – it is tailored to individual business needs across different sectors
  • The Health and Safety Excellence program can help businesses achieve best practice standard, such as COR2020 or ISO 45001


  • Tyler Beauchamp, Program Management Consultant, WSIB

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