The Moncton Northeast Construction Association held its annual meeting on Monday, February 25. In his report to the meeting, President Sandy Young captured some of the highlights in the previous year’s activities.

He noted the increase in training programs supplied to members by the Association, and commented on the success of the Association’s many networking events. He remarked that with its steady membership base and membership fee Moncton Northeast is the third largest Construction Association in Atlantic Canada ranking only behind Construction Association of Nova Scotia and Construction of Newfoundland & Labrador which are provincial, rather than regional, associations.

The meeting also saw the ratification of two bylaw changes previously adopted by the Board of Directors. As part of a provincial marketing strategy, Moncton Northeast had agreed early in 2012 with its sister organizations in Saint John and Fredericton to re-brand the three associations under the Construction Association of New Brunswick banner. This was formalized by having the Bylaws recognize Construction Association of New Brunswick – Moncton Northeast as the operating name of the Association. The official or legal name remains Moncton Northeast Construction Association.

Another Bylaw change saw the titles of the Chief Elected Officer and the Chief Operating Officer change. Mr Young noted that in his role he was more the Chair of the Board of Directors, while he felt the President should be someone who manages the affairs of the Association on a day to day basis. He pointed out that this is reflective of practice in private enterprise and many organizations such as Moncton Northeast have adopted the model whereby the Chief Elected Officer is the Chair and the Chief Operating Officer is the President. The Canadian Construction Association is one such organization. The meeting approved this change in the Bylaws.

Finally, the names of the 2013 Board of Directors were approved. Serving on the Board will be Sandy Young (Rice Contracting), Nick Bird (Avondale Construction), Andrew King (Fero Waste & Recycling), Jean Bourque (Strescon), Barry Blight (Eastern Fence), Mike Waddell (Modern Enterprises) , John Rice (Rice Contracting), Bill Schenkels (Sunny Corner Enterprises), Michael Ruggles (Harris Rebar), Daniel Basque (Enterprise Bastech), Doug Trenholm (Economy Glass), Eliane Doucet (Wolseley Canada), Marilou Savoie (Acadian Construction) and Mark Spence (Floors Plus Commercial). The Board will elect its officers at their next meeting scheduled for March 25.

Mr Young noted that Roger MacKenzie (Avondale Construction) and Jason Walsh (Enbridge Gas New Brunswick) were retiring from the Board and he thanked them for their many years of service.

Also at the Annual Meeting, Andrew King, Chair of the Public Relations & Entertainment Committee, announced the launching of another association networking event. He announced that the event called the Spring Thaw will be held on May 3 at the Lions Centre on Mark Avenue. The event is being billed as the construction industry social event of the year. It will feature food and music and will be themed as a “kitchen party”. Tickets are on sale now for $39 (+HST) and he was expecting to sell a minimum of 250. Mr. King noted that his Committee has already received overwhelming support for the event and indicated that several companies have come forward as sponsors. Platinum sponsors are United Rentals and RCS Construction; Gold sponsors are BSM Services, Hertz Equipment Rental and Laborers’ International Union Local 900, while RCM Fabrication, Eastern Fence and Fero Waste & Recycling have signed up as silver sponsors. He thanked the sponsors for their support and encouraged all to attend the event.