OCA reports healthy finances, plans room activity

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– The Ottawa Construction News

The OCA has reported a 2015 fiscal year excess of revenue over expenses (including $20,392 invested in tangle capital assets) of $206,490, leaving the association with a balance of $6,615,511 at year’s end, or an equity of approximately $5,430 per member (based on 1,175 members). Membership revenue was approximately $900,000.

At the assocation’s annual general meeting on Feb.18, honourary treasurer Brian Vlaming attributed some of the surplus to membership growth (the association added 42 companies), along with an unexpected windfall in revenue from a publisher which fulfilled an agreement between the OCA and 11 other provincial construction associations to share project plans and specifications. This publisher in turn pays a commission based on revenue from its subscribers, many of whom are located in the U.S., he said. “In 2015, just under $100,000 was received, more than expected and budgeted.”

Plansroom project activity increased significantly, with 3,132 projects reported compared to 2,584 in 2014. The City of Ottawa listed 382 projects. There was a sharp increase in the number of projects from “private owners and developers,” which increased to 629 from 190 in 2014.

The AGM’s invited guest speaker, The Ottawa Hospital cancer researcher Dr. John Bell, described the progress in developing viral therapies to treat and cure cancer. (See separate story page 10.)

The 2015 OCA executive includes: Chair: Mark Watson; first vice chair: Greg Clunie, D & G Landscaping; second vice chair: Brian Vlaming, LTR Industries; honourary treasurer: Wayne Jennings, Doran Contractors; honourary secretary: Dan Dillon, Dilfo Mechanical; and past chair: Tony Sotille, Modern Niagara Group.

By section category, OCA board members include:

General contractors:Wayne Jennings, Doran Contractors, section chairman; Hubie Splinter, Graebeck Construction, section vice chair; and Kevin Skinner, PCL Constructors, section director at large.

Trade contractors: Brian Vlaming, LTR Industries, section chair; Paul Mayer, Sapacon Drywall, section vice chair; Jason Adams, Duron Services, section director at large.

Mechanical/electrical: Tony Sottile, Modern Niagara Group, section chairman; Dan Dillon, Dilfo Mechanical, section vice chair; Ken Crawford, C & M Electric, section director at large.

Manufacturer/supplier:Mark Watson, Contractors Rental Supply, section chair; Tony Johnson, Essroc Italcementi Group, section vice chair; Ray Shannon, Bradley’s Insurance, section director at large.

Road builders and heavy construction: Tony Cerquozzi, O’Leary’s Ltd., section chairman; Greg Clunie, D & G Landscaping, section vice chair; and Tim Vizena, R.W. Tomlinson, section director at large.

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