February is the shortest month of the year based on the number of days it has but I find it to be the longest when it comes to how slowly time passes.
February is the last month of winter where is your far away from the delight of the holidays and a long way from the start of spring and the arrival of the warm weather.
This month is also slow for industry events with no conferences, trade shows are interesting meeting on my calendar. The perception of slowly passing time does allow me time for planning for the rest of the year and setting up of articles well in advance.
March will be busy early on with a conflict in my schedule with the CSC No Frills Trade Show in downtown Toronto on March 5, the same day as the start of the Heavy Construction Show in Mississauga. I will have to try to find a way to be in two places at once, though cloning me is not an option for now.
Later, on March 19, I will be hosting the fifth Annual Construction Night in Niagara event with the Niagara Ice Dogs and the Niagara Construction Association (NCA). As the chair of the Young Leaders Committee this is the new event I launched to provide a networking event for members and partner each year with a local group that helps to improve the lives of the youth in the region. This year we selected Big Brothers Big Sisters as our charity of choice and will raise between $400 – $500 for the event in ticket sales and sponsors.
April will see me return to the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood for the Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) Symposium where we are Gold Sponsors. This is probably the most effective networking event I will attend this year along with the other 600 delegates many from the 200 plus general contractor members of the OGCA. Each day allows you a new chance to meet new people at the meals and networking events.
In the next few weeks I will be connecting with the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association Young Executives Committee to explore the launch of a partnership between the two association groups for the launch of an annual co-hosted networking event and strengthen the relationship of the up and coming leaders.
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