Executive Director's Report
The NOCA affinity program is slowly coming along. I am currently looking for more partnerships to be created that would benefit our membership. Currently, we have Home Depot, Choice Hotels, Hub International, Mark's Work Warehouse, Park'n Fly, Petro-Canada, SPI Health & Safety and TwoGreySuits as benefit partners. To engage more of our membership, NOCA has created two new committees: the Woman in Construction Committee, which is mandated to promote woman in construction in Northeastern Ontario, and the Municipal Committee – this committee will create a voice for NOCA with the City of Sudbury. The Health and Safety Committee was expanded and is having great success. NOCA canvased the membership and the feedback we received is that more Education Courses would be beneficial. NOCA will be offering more of these in the coming year.
Our Summer Marketing Student, Jaiden will be assisting us with new marketing ideas to gain more members and provide more value for existing ones. In the Fall of 2020, I had the opportunity to visit some of the other construction associations in the province and the tour was very successful and enlightening. I gained a lot of information on what other associations are doing to bring more value to their memberships.
NOCA, along with six other Construction Associations have formed the Ontario Construction Association Alliance (OCAA). The OCAA created the largest online platform for bidding opportunities and a cheaper site to publish Certificates of Substantial Performances and other notices at a flat rate of $199.00. All proceeds from plans purchased in our servicing area come right back to NOCA. I encourage all NOCA members to publish your company's CSPs with Link2build. After lobbying the Ministry of Transportation, they will be changing their own general conditions to allow contractors to file their CSP's with Link2Build. This is great news for NOCA and OCAA.
I look forward to more good things to come in the near future.
Brad Isaac, NOCA ED