OSWCA, GTSWCA announce new manager of government relations and communications

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Board of Directors of the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) and Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association (GTSWCA) have announced Stephanie Bellotto as Manager of Government Relations and Communications.

With extensive experience in provincial government, Bellotto has a strong background in communications, issues management and stakeholder and media relations. She most recently served as Premier Doug Ford’s regional press secretary and held several positions across the Ford government over the last five years, including with the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

“We are thrilled to welcome Stephanie to our team,” said Patrick McManus, executive director of OSWCA and GTSWCA. “Her extensive knowledge of the provincial political landscape and communications expertise will be instrumental in advancing the interests of our members, particularly during this pivotal moment within the construction industry as we grapple with issues around investments, growth, and workforce development.”

Bellotto will manage government and stakeholder relations, as well as the strategic communications for the OSWCA and GTSWCA. She will continue to foster strong relations with the provincial government and municipalities across Ontario and drive our advocacy efforts focused on sustainable investment, fair and transparent procurement, bridging the skilled trades gap, and helping to get critical infrastructure projects built faster.

“The sector plays a vital role in building, servicing, and supplying core municipal infrastructure that communities across Ontario rely on, while supporting economic development and job creation,” she said “I look forward to working with the OSWCA and GTSWCA Board of Directors and government partners to advance the priorities of our membership.”

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