Ontario Construction News staff writer
Abe Dick of Dick Masonry has taken the helm as the Niagara Construction Association (NCA)’s president, following two years of leadership by Carol Danis of PEC Roofing.
The changeover occurred at the NCA’s annual general meeting on April 23.
The event featured a keynote address from Ian Cunningham, President of the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA).
After the formal meeting, attendees enjoyed dinner together, catching up with colleagues and making new ones from both within the ICI (industrial, commercial and institutional) construction industry and from all four levels of local government.
Joining the NCA Board of Directors and NCA members were dignitaries Vance Badawey, MP for Niagara Centre; Dean Allison, MP for Niagara West; Sam Oosterhoff, MPP Niagara West; Jennie Stevens, MPP for St. Catharines; St. Catharines’ Mayor Walter Sendzik; City of Thorold’s Mayor Terry Ugulini; Town of Lincoln’s Mayor Sandra Easton; Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Lord Mayor Betty Disero; Niagara Regional Councillor Gary Zalepa (Niagara-on-the-Lake); and St. Catharines Councillor Sal Sorrento (St. George’s).
Special guests included City of Thorold’s CAO Manoj Dilwaria, St. Catharines Director of Economic Development Brian York and Economic Development Officer Sabrina Maselli, and Niagara College’s Vince Sheikh (Dean of Media, Trades & Technology), and NHBA Executive Officer Chuck McShane.
“The call today is for active engagement, committed leadership and effective advocacy,” said Karen Sheldrick, the NCA’s general manager for the past 15 years. “We have the board and staff to make this happen.Let’s do this together for the betterment of our Association and the Niagara region as a whole.”
The event was held in the Stone Mill Ballroom of Johnny Rocco’s, a fully-restored historic factory that once was a cotton factory of grand proportion and was redeveloped into a commercial plaza. Built in 1860, it was a pioneering cotton mill in the Dominion of Canada in its day. The restoration retained many of the factory’s original architectural features making for a striking and apropos venue for the NCA’s AGM.