Ontario Construction Report staff writer
The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) hosted its 55th Annual General Meeting and Convention Sept. 11 through 13 at the Muskoka Rosseau Resport & Spa in Minett.
The Halloween- themed event included a golf tournament, a costume dance, the annual safety awards presentations and concrete canoe races, and the chair’s gala and reception.
Marketing and communications director Tom Bellis says one of the event’s greatest successes proved to be the Camp Day Challenge for Campoochigeas for children with cancer. “Our goal had been $25,000 but so far we’ve raised $65,000 and members had until the end of September to get their donations in so we expect that number to rise a bit higher.”
Bellis says members were challenged to raise $125 per plant or associate member company and this year, for the first time, the RMCAO tied into the camp’s online fundraising option which he said provided great results and raised by far the highest amount the association has contributed to date. “Cudos go to the members, their families and their customers in this. This is a great accomplishment for the industry and we are very proud.”
Conference speakers focused on business insights and personal improvement. Bellis says Hamster Revolution author Mike Song spoke about managing inboxes and Lou Schizas, a commentator with the “Happy Capitalism” segment on AM640 Toronto radio spoke about the economy and provided great insights into both the Canadian and Ontario economies.
Dr. Karyn Gordon, one of North America’s leading relationship experts, introduced members to generation Z, about to graduate from post-secondary education. “She provided great insights into what members need to know to secure and retain talent from this generation. There is a gap in the needs and wants of each generation that needs to be understood.”
For the first time, guest speakers also included representatives from allied associations. Ontario General Contractors Association president Clive Thurston provided an overview of safety issues and requirements and spoke about members working together on job sites. Ontario Road Builders’ Association executive director Geoff Wilkinson also provided an overview of his association.
Always a hit, the concrete canoe races gave local universities a chance to showcase their craft and knowledge as they prepare for national and international competition in this event next year.
The gala saw several keynote speakers including outgoing chair Peter Moylan and incoming chair Andrew Wallgren. “The gala also recognized the efforts of our president John Hull who will be retiring at the end of the year,” Bellis said.
RMCAO started in 1959 to represent the interests of Ontario’s ready mixed concrete producers and the industry in general. It represents 96 per cent the province’s concrete production and manufacturing.
The association is active in all aspects of the industry including new concrete and admixture technologies, education and training, environmental stewardship and ongoing partnerships with industry partners.