In 1939, Canada was emerging from the Great Depression and preparing to enter the Second World War. That was the same year that a group of Ontario entrepreneurs got together to form a professional associa- tion that has since changed the face of general contracting across Canada. Today, we are all benefitting from that vision. At the incorporation of the OGCA almost 75 years ago, they might never have envisioned that the membership would one day include over 200 of the best small and large, union and open shop general contractors in all of Ontario.
It is up to all of us as members to continue to work and represent our association for the good of the industry. I believe that “by the members, for the members” rings as true today as the first time I heard it. Having been involved with the Board for almost 20 years and having experienced the benefit of attending most of the AGMs since New Orleans in 1993, I have had the opportunity to meet many of our association members and leaders who dedicate themselves to improving our industry both as staff and as volunteers.
Our strong foundation grounds us when we face necessary change. Our association has evolved into a recognized, respected and prominent voice within the industry and government circles. As we continue to reinforce our position, we need to understand that the status quo is not good enough. As my term has approached, I have become increasingly aware of the challenges that we face now and those we will have to conquer in the future.