Many will remember us as the Sudbury Construction Association, but we are responsible and held accountable for a much larger geographic area than just Sudbury; and the name was changed to the Northeastern Ontario Construction Association (NOCA) to reflect this.
Today NOCA's membership has expanded to also include Manufacturers, Suppliers, Architects, Engineers and Associate Service companies.
Geographically our area starts to our south including Manitoulin Island, Parry Sound and Nipissing; we span from the Quebec border to our east; cover all areas heading west to Elliot Lake and Chapleau, heading north to James Bay.
The primary function of NOCA remains unchanged in 7 decades. We strive to Promote the Construction Industry. We Act as the Employers Bargaining Agent in Union relations with the ICI Civil and Heavy Civil trades and we try to organize engaging social activities to bring members together to enjoy the culture and lifestyle that keeps us here in Northeastern Ontario.
The current Board of Directors and Committee Chairs have been working in the background to make improvements in our industry. Some of the NOCA Board accomplishments of 2020 are:
- we have broadened and increased membership,
- we have created a new Municipal Committee to collaborate with engineering and purchasing,
- we have created a new Women in Construction Committee to promote and recognize,
- we have revamped or budgets allowing for more training and professional development,
- we have implemented a benefit and pension package for NOCA staff,
- we have initiated training in labour relations and negotiations that will strengthen our representation at the upcoming trade talks that will lead to the 2022 provincial negotiations,
- we have improved our presence in the media and updated our online presence with a new web site and LinkedIn page,
- we have dedicated $25,000 over a 10-year period towards a scholarship for a first-year student in the program at the School of Architecture,
- we are working towards a relationship with the school boards to promote career options for young people choosing their path through secondary school and post-secondary.
Unfortunately, we have not been able to participate in many social activities in person, but the Entertainment Committee have many great ideas and we all look forward to the days in the near future that we can get together again.
I am proud to serve as President and of the changes and improvements over recent years and I thank the Board Members and Committee Chairs for the dedication and effort that made this possible.
Micheal R. Reasbeck, President