December 2020

TCA Offers You Our Best Wishes This Holiday Season!

Important Notice: Please click here to view TCA's Holiday hours. 

President's Message: Seasons Greeting!
Dear TCA Members,

What can I say about 2020? Definitely one for the record books.
Who imagined that 2020 would bring the first global pandemic in over 100 years and who among us actually prepared in advance for the mayhem that was 2020? The question is rhetorical of course. From my perspective, it feels like we looked both ways before crossing the road like we have done for 102 years in succession … and then got hit by an airplane!

I suppose if we are completely honest, it could have been worse. COVID-19 has decimated some sectors of our economy. Construction has actually fared pretty well, all things considered. A crisis this big, however, inevitably catalyzes huge changes, many of which will be permanent. It’s hard to imagine a sector that won’t be transformed, restructured or in extreme cases removed entirely. COVID is after all a catastrophic event.

Looking forward to 2021, none of us knows for certain what is in store. As Geoff Smith from ED pointed out in the keynote address that launched Buildings Week in early December, “nobody is even pretending to know what the future will bring.” Certainly not me.

Important Reminder to TCA Members

In an effort to keep you updated on TCA membership products and services, please contact us if staffing information changesthis is the best way for you and your colleagues to find out what's happening at TCA!

Upcoming Events - Mark Your Calendars!

Members Networking Workshop - Register now!
January 12, 2021 - Virtual
Contact: Nazak Ghobadi  416-499-4000, x4106

February 18, 2021 - Virtual Zoom Event
Contact: Amanda Pontisso 416-499-4000, x4113
*Due to the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19, we advise that you visit our website events page for updates on our future events!*

Buildings Week Opening Keynote Address With Geoff Smith Recap
On Monday, November 30, 2020, the first-ever Virtual Buildings Week kicked off with a highly relevant insightful keynote address with Geoff Smith, President & CEO, EllisDon, presented by the Toronto Construction Association and ConstructConnect™ Canada.

In his speech, Geoff addressed the unconscious bias in the construction industry, saying, "the construction industry needs to look more like Canada and called on all leaders to end racism in the industry."

Geoff also spoke on the following three points, consolidation in the construction industry, digitization, and margins and risks. After the keynote session concluded, John Mollenhauer, President & CEO, Toronto Construction Association, and Mark Casaletto, President, ConstructConnect™ Canada, discussed the state of Canada’s construction industry today.

If you missed the opening keynote, you can watch the recording of the session here.

THANK YOU For Visiting Our Virtual Booth At Buildings Week 2020  We Enjoyed Meeting You Virtually!
Thank you for visiting our virtual booth during the first-ever Virtual Buildings Week!

The 2020 virtual exhibition was an incredible success! It was a pleasure to connect with you and have the opportunity to share the benefits of a TCA Membership and all the other exciting things we have in store for 2021.

We sincerely value your time and appreciate your interest in our association!

If you would like more information or have specific questions, please contact us by phone: 416-499-4000 or email:
Click on the image to see highlights of some of the information we shared with you.
TCA 2020 Innovative Product Award Winners Announced At Buildings Week!

The winners of the 2020 TCA Innovative Product Award (IPA) were announced on Friday, December 4, 2020, at the first-ever Virtual Buildings Week event. The IPA Award (formerly known as TIPTA) was established in 1994 by TCA and is open to any supplier who can demonstrate the development and/or the use of innovative technologies in their respective industries.

A huge congratulations to this year's top three winners:

First Place Winner... Bio-Module 2
The Bio-Module 2 is unique from other green roofs as it combines the lessons learned from other green roof systems and their most effective materials to create an extensive system, which balances cost, weight and performance to truly change the industry. The following is a list of challenges which the Bio-Module 2 was designed to address: Water Retention; Wind Uplift; Product Waste; Ease of Installation; Ease of Transportation; Vegetation Establishment; Cost; Material Erosion and Longevity, and Irrigation Implementation.

Visit website here.
Second place: Intuitive AI
Intuitive AI is a technology firm that develops cutting-edge artificial intelligence to empower healthier buildings. Healthy buildings are the key to controlling and preventing the spread of infections.

Intuitive saw that the key to reducing the spread of infections was to eliminate touch-points by developing contactless systems that adapt and change as buildings do.

Visit website here.
Third place: Mitrex

Mitrex, produces integrated solar products that meet the construction and design needs of builders, architects, engineers, and developers. Mitrex make easily installed, aesthetically pleasing building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) that extend a structure’s energy-generating potential down to the vertical walls.

With Mitrex solar integrated technology, any building can become a micro power plant.

Visit website here.
We would like to extend a special thank you to Mary Van Buren, President, Canadian Construction Association (CCA) and her team who judged this year's competition, and to our partner Informa Canada for co-sponsoring this award.

Thank you to all those who participated and submitted applications for this year's Innovative Product Award and to all who tuned in to view the Virtual IPA Ceremony!

TCA Free Members' Networking Workshop Is Taking Place January 12, 2021!
Reconnect with your industry peers in 2021!

Members, you are invited to join us from the comfort of your home or office via Zoom, for TCA’s FREE Virtual Members’ Networking Workshop session on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

This highly interactive workshop includes networking sessions through break-out rooms and presentations facilitated by our seasoned networking expert Greg Dolenc, Technical Sales Representative, Sealing and Bonding, Refurbishment, CFRP, and Waterproofing, Sika Canada.

TCA's Virtual Members Networking Workshop aims to help you:

  • Apply effective networking skills that help build and grow your business relations.
  • Develop effective self-introduction and networking plans.
  • Network with our sponsors and attend virtual networking sessions.

To RSVP or for further details, please contact: Nazak Ghobadi
Email: or Phone: 416-499-4000, x4106


Deadline Extended For The TCA's 2020 "Best of the Best" Award Nominations — Due Janaury 8, 2021!
The deadline for submitting nominations for TCA's 2020 Best of the Best Awards is extended to Friday, January 8, 2021. There are nine award categories up for nominations. Winners will be announced at the TCA's 153rd Annual General Meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2021, virtually.

Nomination forms for the TCA Awards have now been posted on TCA's website.  

Awards include:

Chancellor's Award of Excellence (TCIC)
Community Leader Award
Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award
Green Building Culture Award
Innovation Award
Outstanding Safety Culture Award
Project Achievement Awards (Small, Medium & Large Projects)
Sean P. McKenna Young Construction Award
Trade Contractor Award

Please click here to access our Best of the Best Awards page and click on the award name for complete application details.

For more information, please contact Amanda Pontisso:
Phone: 416-847-9164 or Email:
Subscribe To TCA's YouTube Channel!
Did you know that TCA has a YouTube channel?

In the new year we will be hosting exciting events and posting industry related webinars and more. Also, all subscribers will be entered in draws and will have the chance to win prizes.

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ICI Investment (Oct. 2020); Employment (Nov. 2020)

Statistics Canada recently released new investment and employment data which, shows positive signs for Ontario’s ICI construction industry. Highlights include:

  • ICI investment remains stronger than last year in all three sectors
  • Despite the positive year-to-date numbers, ICI investment has declined each month since June
  • Construction industry employment reaches highest level since March
Click here to see the full OCS Economic Update bulletin with detailed analysis.

Safety Year-End Message From The Prevention Council

The end of the year is quickly approaching and we’re all looking forward to a brighter 2021. It is important that all Ontarians to remain focused on safety and to use the year end as a time to review safety plans for the New Year.

It hasn’t been an easy year, mainly due to the challenges we all faced related COVID-19 and how it has impacted our lives and our work. In addition, some hard-working Ontarians lost their lives while doing their day-to-day jobs. In December alone, there have been jobsite fatalities in London, Oshawa and Toronto. These recent jobsite fatalities highlight the fact that we need to proactively apply a safety lens to everything we do.

During the last few weeks of 2020, the PC recommends that we deliver on our safety responsibilities and follow these expectations:

Click here to read the full statement.

TCA Virtually Commissioning Statutory Declarations For Members Only
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, TCA is now commissioning statutory declarations virtually for our members.

If you require the signature of a commissioner of oaths, the virtual commissioning process will be as follows:

  • Email us at to set up the video conference.
  • Commissioning staff will ask for identification in order to verify the member's identity. Have your picture identification ready.
  • Once confirmed you will sign the Statutory Declarations while the commissioning staff witness. You will then need to scan and send it by email.
  • Once received, the commissioning staff will print and verify the signature that they witnessed and if everything is satisfactory, they will sign and email it back.

If you have any further questions regarding TCA's virtual commissioning process, please contact us by email:

COCA November 2020 Government Relations Report
Click here to read the full report.

Join Our Young Construction Leaders (YCL) Club
The Mission of our Young Construction Leaders Club (YCL) is to develop an informal communication network among construction industry future Leaders up to 40 years of age, in order to:

  • Promote networking relationships within the construction industry.
  • Develop a forum to establish industry contacts and business leads.
  • Provide information, industry activities and opportunities that will enhance and profit the individual and their respective organization.

One of our most important focuses is acting as a mentor and resource to the next generation of bright young minds that are entering the industry.

To learn more about YCL and how you can get involved, click here.

For more information, please email: Vishawn Thompson.

TCA Benefits Of Membership!

Meeting Spaces for TCA's Members

As part of your membership benefits, TCA allows you to book one of our meeting rooms for free to host your next meeting/workshop or seminar. However, due to COVID-19, please note that we have suspended the use of all of our meeting rooms until further notice. At TCA, we value the well-being of our members and staff and want to ensure that you know your health and safety is our top priority.
A free affidavit service is available to members requiring the signature of a commissioner of affidavits and oaths. There are five signing officers at the Toronto Construction Association office location. In light of COVID-19, TCA is now commissioning statutory declarations virtually for our members. To book an appointment online or if you have any questions, please contact us:
FREE Affidavit Service

Barbara Mirsky (Toronto Construction Association) 
Phone: 416-499-4000 x4101

For more information on membership benefits, please visit our website.
CCA News

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA), our federal partner, aims to be the national voice for the Canadian construction industry, giving our industry a voice in public policy issues; legal and standards development; and goals of contractors, suppliers and allied business professionals working in, or with, Canada's non-residential construction industry.

For a copy of CCA's weekly newsletter, please click here. 


The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA), our provincial partner, aims to bring concerns of our members at large to the attention of Queen's Park. COCA is committed to working with the Provincial Government to ensure that Ontario's legislative landscape is one in which our industry can grow and prosper.
Highlights from COCA's monthly newsletter include:

The Construction Institute Of Canada
TCIC is pleased to offer you the following courses, seminars and workshops taught by senior industry professionals:  

January 2021

Jan. 6 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 7 | Thursday | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jan. 13 & 14 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 13 & 20 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 14 | Thursday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Jan. 14 & 15 | Thursday & Friday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 18 & 19 | Monday & Tuesday | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jan. 19 - March 23 | Tuesday | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jan. 20, 27 - Feb. 3 | Wednesday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Jan. 21 | Thursday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Jan. 21, 22 & 25 | Thursday & Friday | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Mon. 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Jan. 21 - Mar. 25 | Thursday | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jan. 22, 25, 28 & 29 | Friday (x2) | Monday | Thursday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 26 & 27 | Tuesday & Wednesday | 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Jan. 27 & 28 | Wednesday & Thursday | 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Jan. 27 & Feb. 3 | Wednesday | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Jan. 27 - Apr. 7 | Wednesday | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Jan. 28 | Thursday | 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

For TCIC inquiries, please contact: 
Faith Chen, Manager, Professional Development
TCIC Featured Course Of The Month
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Welcome New TCA Members
Graystone Fill Management Inc.
Project Bid Opportunities
Thunder Bay Multi-Use Indoor Sports Facility

Stantec Architect is to design a new multi-use Community Facility for the City of Thunder Bay. The general construction of this project located at Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, offers opportunities for sports including soccer, ultimate frisbee, cricket, football, lacrosse, and baseball training, with a full size indoor field that can be divided in four for smaller games and practice.

The facility is a two-storey clear span metal building structure with an approximate building area of 11,617 m2, comprised of a 9,420 m2 main floor and 2,197 m2 second floor. The main floor plan includes community space, change rooms and storage for sports teams, and a sports facility – turf field and walking track. There is seating for 800 spectators all around the field on the second floor and open to the first floor for clear sightlines.

This project comes with an estimated value of $33.6 million.
Construct Connect Project Intelligence, Project ID# 3437490
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For specific questions about the program, please contact Barbara Mirsky at 416-499-4000, x4101.
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