Concrete Ontario Annual Convention
It is with great excitement and anticipation that Concrete Ontario invites our membership to our 61st Annual Convention, hosted for the first time at the historical Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. As we once again gather to celebrate our industry’s commitment to innovation, we aim to further explore the opportunities within emerging technologies, ongoing sustainability efforts, and making the most of the amazing talent within the Ontario concrete industry.
Join us as we delve into building purposeful action plans to meet the demands of an ever-changing marketplace, exploring how technology is transforming legacy industries, and learning how to evolve to build a resilient work culture. Industry experts will share their experiences and expertise, providing the latest updates on sustainability through the Concrete Zero Action Plan, addressing the pressing concerns of recruitment and retention amid labor shortages, identifying legal pitfalls in construction, and discussing the ongoing housing crisis. As we explore these pivotal topics, safety recognition takes center stage, reflecting our unwavering commitment to prioritizing our people and their wellbeing above all.
Our convention continues to bring the concrete community together, allowing ideas to converge, collaborative discussions to take place, business relationships to form, and solutions to emerge. The concrete industry is deeply rooted in the foundations of our infrastructure, and concrete continues to evolve as we demonstrate that durability, reliability, and functionality are not compromised in the pursuit of a greener, more sustainable concrete landscape. This convention is not merely an assembly of professionals and concrete enthusiasts; it is a celebration of the collective commitment to shaping a future where concrete is not just a building material but the cornerstone of our communities.
Our Convenor Francis Brazeau, along with his Committee, Karl Rammler, John McCabe, Any Wallgren, Savio DeSouza, and Darryl Murray, would like to welcome everyone to Ottawa! We kick things off on Wednesday evening with the Associate Member’s Reception, registration starts at 8:00 am Thursday morning, followed by a full day of guest speakers and business sessions, a social event in a private suite at the hockey game, and finishes off with a half day of presentations on Friday. We had an amazing turnout at last year’s Convention as we returned to an in-person event in Toronto, and we hope to break that record this year.
We look forward to seeing everyone on March 20 – 22, 2024 in Ottawa!
For more details, view the Convention Guide Here
Confirmed Presentations & Speakers
Thursday March 21st
- Financial Outlook for Canada and Ontario | Lou Schizas
- How Technology is Changing Legacy Industries| Erin Bury, Co-Founder & CEO, Willful | Tech Expert
- International Advances in Low Carbon Concrete | Professor Doug Hooton, University of Toronto
- Legal Pitfalls in the Ontario Construction Industry | Dan Leduc, Soloway Wright LLP
- Powered by Purpose: Rewiring Resilience into Regeneration | Jay Kiew, Innovation & Change Strategist
Friday March 22nd
- Ontario Housing Crisis| Andrew Pariser, RESCON
- Concrete Zero Action Plan| Adam Auer, Cement Association of Canada & Bart Kanters, Concrete Ontario
- Concrete Ontario Labour & Workforce Efforts for Industry Promotion| Andrea Boddy, Andrea Boddy Consulting
- RMCAO Town Hall: Open Discussion with Association Staff and Board of Directors about issues impacting the industry
This year Convention attendees are encouraged to book at Fairmont Château Laurier as it will be hosting our Convention and we have a room block as well at the Lord Elgin hotel to accommodate our attendees. We will have a shuttle bus running between Fairmont Château Laurier and the Lord Elgin each day of the Convention.
There are limited rooms available at the Lord Elgin Hotel at our special guest rate. To book, please contact the Reservations Manager, Megan Ramirez at [email protected] or via phone at 613-563-6403.
Please email [email protected] for your sponsorship invoice.
Adam AuerPresident 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.
Erin BuryCo-Founder and CEO, Willful | Tech Expert
Named one of Bay Street Bull’s “2021 Women of the Year”, Erin Bury is one of Canada’s top female entrepreneurs as the co-founder and CEO at Willful. She is also a startup advisor and former marketer and technology journalist. Bury shows audiences how to apply entrepreneurial skills to a business of any size, leverage digital trends for business success, and create killer hybrid work cultures.
At Willful, an online estate planning platform, Bury drives the company’s mission to make it easier for Canadians to prepare for and deal with death in a digital age. She recently went head-to-head with CBC’s Dragons, securing a deal for her company in season 16 of Dragons’ Den. Willful was also named one of Bay Street Bull’s “Power 50” companies in 2021.
Prior to Willful, Bury spent six years as managing director of boutique marketing agency, Eighty-Eight, where she worked with big brands including Sony Pictures Television, Telus, and PayPal, as well as countless startups. Before joining Eighty-Eight, Bury was a tech journalist at startup publication BetaKit, and the director of communications at Sprouter, which was acquired by one of Canada’s largest media companies.
A journalism graduate, Bury is a former Financial Post columnist and CTV News tech commentator. She has also written for publications such as The Globe and Mail and TechCrunch, and comments frequently in the media on marketing and entrepreneurship. She has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, CBC, Toronto Star, and Inc. Magazine, and was named one of Marketing Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30”.
Bury has spoken at conferences and events across North America, including Haste & Hustle, CTAConf, Content Marketing Conference, and the Profit W100. She is also a skilled event host, moderator, and interviewer. She has interviewed leading executives and entrepreneurs on-stage including Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban.
In her spare time, Bury is the co-founder of The County Wine Tours, a bicycle wine tour company based in Prince Edward County. She also advises multiple startups, including podcasting platform Quill. She serves on the board for Save the Children Canada and is co-chair of the #Tech4SickKids initiative for SickKids Hospital.
Jay KiewInnovation and Change Navigation Strategist
Jay Kiew is a change navigation strategist and world-renowned keynote speaker with more than 13 years of strategy and human capital experience. He has created more than $2B of impact for 400+ executives by designing, developing, and delivering organizational transformation, but his story extends far beyond the professional arena. Kiew is a half-blind cancer survivor, whose life is a testament to resilience in the face of adversity. His remarkable blend of professional expertise and personal resilience equips leaders to hack through the thick of change and disruption.
Kiew spent his corporate career working at Deloitte, TELUS, and ADP, where he led mission-critical strategic transformations. This included a $150-million primary care health policy reform, $13-million tech transformations, doubling app users from 1 to 2 million, and scaling 15 product lines to $35 million in 12 months.
At the age of 19, Kiew became the world’s youngest Distinguished Toastmaster. He has since been featured in the Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Ivey Business Journal, Change Leadership, and more. He also sits on the Project Management Institute’s Board of Directors for the Canadian West Coast Chapter.
Kiew holds an MBA from the Ivey Business School and is a Prosci-certified PMP and Insights psychometric practitioner.
Dan LeducPartner, Soloway Wright LLP | Commercial Litigation & Construction Law
Dan Leduc practices almost exclusively in the field of construction law and dispute resolution. He is frequently called upon to advise and represent owners, subcontractors, suppliers, and builders in such front-end services as contract reviews, tender issues, and general construction matters, as well as in litigation and arbitration.
Mr. Leduc is experienced in negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, and litigating all manner of construction disputes including construction liens, trust claims, delay claims, construction insurance claims, and architect’s and engineer’s errors and omissions. He has experience in drafting and negotiating various forms of construction contracts on behalf of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Leduc also has experience in surety bond claims, including performance bond claims and labour and material payment bond claims, as well as managing cases involving large volumes of documents, at times, in excess of 2,000,000 documents.
Lou SchizasCIM, FCSI
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.