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Concrete Ontario Annual Convention 2023

  • March 23, 2023
  • March 24, 2023
  • 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Delta Hotel
75 Lower Simcoe Street
  • $1500 Full Registration

Event Details

Two years have passed since we had planned to celebrate Concrete Ontario’s 60th Anniversary at our Annual Convention in March of 2020, that ended up being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Collective action, industry adaptability, and health and safety considerations were at the forefront of our industry’s success in working through the state of emergency to support infrastructure and essential work. Many other social and economic trends that were already prevalent in the construction industry, have also been emphasized by the impacts of the pandemic. As we look forward to reconnecting with everyone at our first in-person Convention since Covid-19, our primary focus is on Sustainability – in both an environmental and personal sense. Our commitment to working towards net-zero carbon emissions, developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and making the most of our raw materials, as well as recognizing personal health in terms of stress management and work-life balance are all key issues as we continue to build up the concrete industry to deliver inclusive economic growth, responsible business practices, and safety for all our people and our communities. Please consider joining us March 23 – 24, 2023, as we celebrate the perseverance of our industry and moving towards more conscious concrete construction in the province!

Our Convenor Andy Wallgren, along with his Committee, Francis Brazeau, Kevin Hurley, Karl Rammler, Andy Unger, Harpreet Singh and Savio DeSouza, would like to welcome all Concrete Ontario Active and Associate Members to join our collective efforts in promoting sustainability and celebrate being back together again. We kick things off on Thursday with Registration starting at 11:00 am and finish off with a night of fun, games, and great company at The Rec Room on Friday. We are excited to present this year’s Convention program, which covers a wide range of industry topics and engaging guest speakers that make our 2023 Convention the perfect event to welcome everyone back!

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Presentations & Speakers

Thursday – March 23rd 

  • Ontario Infrastructure Updates | (invitation sent to) Hon. Kinga Surma
  • Concrete & Cement Sustainability Initiatives | Adam Auer, CAC and Bart Kanters, Concrete Ontario
  • Safety Recognition Program – Awards Presentation | Kevin Hurley, Heidelberg Materials
  • Bulletproof! The Best Stress Busting Strategies to Boost Your Performance | Julie Daniluk

Friday, March 24th 

  • Why we need EPD’s – A Contractor’s Perspective | Jolene McLaughlin, Ellis Don Corp
  • How to Attract and Retain Youth to the Construction Industry| Jon Callegher, Job Talks 
  • The Benefits of Using Recycled Crushed Aggregates in Infrastructure Projects| Amy Pastor, EXP
  • Financial Outlook for Canada and Ontario | Lou Schizas
  • General Contractor Labour Challenges and Initiatives | Giovanni Cautillo,  Ontario general Contractors Association 
  • Labour and Safety Issues Facing the Residential Construction Industry | Andrew Pariser, RESCON 
  • Balancing Life with Humour | Kate Davis


Thank you to our current Convention sponsors :

Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Email Janelle Emanuel at [email protected] for more information.


Hon. Kinga Surma
Minister of Infrastructure

Kinga Surma is the Minister of Infrastructure for the Province of Ontario and the Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke Centre.

Minister Surma is committed to building and strengthening communities across the province and ensuring that shovels get into the ground promptly and that projects are built quickly and efficiently, all while guaranteeing the best value for taxpayers.

Previously, Minister Surma served as the Associate Minister of Transportation. Her mandate focussed on collaborating with partners to build a better, smarter and more integrated transit network and subway plan and we wish to thank her for all hard work in supporting the Ministry of Transportation.

She is a devoted community leader, who has comprehensive knowledge of all orders of government that allows her to effectively address concerns of Ontarians and support the people of Etobicoke Centre. Minister Surma came to Canada from Poland at the age of 4 years old. As a successful immigrant and Canadian citizen, she understands the challenges that newcomers face when beginning their life in Canada. She holds a degree in Public Policy, Business and Commerce from the University of Guelph as well as Public Relations Designations from Ryerson University.

Jon Callegher
Executive Director, Job Talks

Dr. Jon Callegher is the Executive Director of Job Talks, a research and media agency that focuses on Skilled Trades workers. He has interviewed more than 150 young skilled tradespeople and surveyed thousands of workers about their careers. He has been the Project Director for more than $1.2 million in partnership research projects.
Jon has been invited to share his employment research and recommendations on CBC radio, Global National, Cityline, and at conferences across Canada and the U.S.
Jon is a full professor in the School of Marketing at George Brown College in Toronto. He is the author of Pearson Canada’s new standard university and college Marketing Research textbook. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Waterloo.

Lou Schizas

Lou Schizas is an equities analyst, investor, entrepreneur, professor and television and radio personality – and a true believer in the happiness-inspiring powers of capitalism.

Schizas is the ‘business guy’ for the John Oakley Show on Corus Radio’s AM640 Toronto Radio. His successful “Happy Capitalism” segments also air on The McArthur Show on AM980 in London and have been heard on AM940 in Montreal, and on AM770 CHQR in Calgary. Schizas draws inspiration for his segments from the business world, as well as from the stories of those he encounters.

Julie Daniluk
Co-Host of OWN Network’s Healthy Gourmet | Nutritionist | Bestselling Author

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk has a knack for breaking down complex scientific research into practical, real solutions that everyday people can relate to. The co-host of the Oprah Winfrey Network’s Healthy Gourmet ― a reality cooking show that highlights the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition ― and a regularly featured health expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and on CTV News Network, Daniluk is a trusted source for health-related information that can immediately be put to use.

Daniluk is the bestselling author of Meals That Heal Inflammation, Slimming Meals That Heal, and Hot Detox, which help thousands of people enjoy allergy-free foods that not only taste great, but also assist the body in the healing process. Her most recent title, Becoming Sugar-Free, quickly became a #1 Canadian bestseller in 2021 and continues to top the charts in 2022.

In the media, Daniluk contributes to various publications such as ChatelaineReaders DigestVitality, and Alive magazines, and has made more than 500 appearances on various television and radio shows including Dr. OzCanada AMBreakfast Television, CBC Radio and The Morning Show. She is also a regular contributor of Evolve with John Edward.

Kate Davis
Connectivity Expert | Humour in the Workplace | Work–Life Balance

Kate Davis has the unique ability to find humour in any situation and offers creative solutions to defuse frustrations in both the workplace and at home. A hit comedian, who has opened for the likes of Seth Meyers, Bill Clinton, and Barbara Walters, Davis’ generous insight and hilarious presence is a powerful combination that helps organizations empower their staff with effective tools for managing stress and sustaining motivation.

Theatrically trained in England, Davis went from a successful run on the Canadian stage to the many stages of motherhood, before she found her passion for comedy. Now she is a 12-time Canadian Comedy Awards nominee, including a nomination for the prestigious Phil Hartman Award, and the star of her own hour-long comedy special on CTV and the Comedy Network. In addition, Davis has appeared on Breakfast Television, Star TV, Toronto 1, Prime, WTN, TVO, and CBC Radio’s The Debaters. She also stars, writes, and produces the hit web series “Best Before”, which won at the Canadian Comedy Awards, and was chosen for “Standup and Pitch” at the Just For Laughs Comedy Pro. In 2018, Davis joined the Debaters Live theatre tour with Live Nation.

On stage, Davis has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Hubcap Comedy Festival, and the Kitchener Waterloo Comedy Festival, while also headlining across the country. During the 2008 season of Last Comic Standing, Davis’ sense of humour endured and carried her into the finals in Canada.

As a writer, Davis has been published in Today’s Parent and Mom and Caregiver magazines. She is also the author of two books, The Breastfeeding Diaries, which won the iParenting media award, and Second Best Mom: Stories, Tips, and Okay Advice. In 2019, Davis released her comedy album, House Arrest.

Adam Auer
President and CEO, Cement Association of Canada

Adam was appointed President and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) in April 2022. Formerly Vice President of Sustainability, Adam has spent more than two decades working with public, private and non-profit institutions, leading policies and programs to support industrial decarbonization. As CAC’s President and CEO, Adam’s leadership is focused on ensuring the cement industry remains a competitive leader in Canada’s transition to a climate resilient net-zero economy. He also serves as a Director of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute as well as on the Canadian Climate Institute’s Council of Advisors. Before joining the CAC in 2012, Adam managed Environment Canada’s Corporate Environmental Innovation initiative – a multi-stakeholder program to promote the business and financial case for corporate environmental leadership and the link between sustainability and an innovative and competitive economy. Adam holds a Masters’ of Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of British Columbia.




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