Bulletin Board

Tony Pocobene Appointed 2nd Vice President

April 19, 2018

The OIRCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Tony Pocobene owner of Atlantic Roofers Ontariol Ltd. of Hamilton has been appointed 2nd Vice President effective immediately. 




New Members

April 20, 2018

The OIRCA Board of Directors is pleased to welcome the following new members:

GHD Limited (Consultant Member)

111 Brunel Road, Suite 200, Mississauga, ON L4Z 1X3

Fathi Gergis

fathi.gergis@ghd.com

www.ghd.com

LiveRoof Ontario Inc. (Industry Member)

23078 Adelaide Road, Mount Brydes, ON N0L 1W0

Kees Govers

kees@liveroofontario.ca

www.liveroofontario.ca

Plexxis Software Inc. (Industry Member)

14Abacus Road, Brampton, ON L6T 5B7

Chad Pearson

chad@plexxis.com

www.plexxis.com




2018 OIRCA Annual Golf-SOLD OUT Tournament

March 27, 2018

Markland Wood will once again be the location for the 2018 OIRCA Annual Golf tournament. The tournament sells out quickly, so get your registration in early. Each registration will receive confirmation from our office acknowledging your registration (if you do not receive an acknowledgement, please contact the office).

For registration click here

For sponsorship click here




2018 OIRCA Membership Directory Now Available

March 20, 2018

The 2018 OIRCA Membership Directory is now available.  To download a copy  follow this link: https://www.mediaedgemagazines.com/issues/on8d

or contact the Association office to order copies.

 




2018 Board of Directors

January 23, 2018

During the January 18, 2018 OIRCA Annual General Meeting, the following individuals from OIRCA member companies were announced as the 2018 OIRCA Board of Directors:

 

Mark Baxter, Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation (President)

Mark Mollison, Conestoga Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., Cambridge (1st Vice President)

Peter Serino, Soprema Inc., Woodbridge (Treasurer)

Wesley Lamb, Simluc Contractors Ltd., Ottawa (Past President)

Tony Pocobene, Atlantic Roofers Ontario Ltd., Hamilton

John Petrachek, Atlas-Apex Roofing, Toronto

Rob Kucher, Cardinal Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Thunder Bay

Doug Brown, Convoy Supply Ltd., Etobicoke

Barry Warner, Covertite Eastern Ltd., Kingston

Nelson Rites, Crawford Roofing Corporation, Toronto

Joel Dandele, Dantech Building Technologies Inc., Markham

Stephen Patti, Flynn Canada Ltd., London

Ron Foran, Foran's Roofing & Sheet Metal Ltd., Whitby

 

 

 




2018 Award of Merit

January 23, 2018

The OIRCA Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the 2018 OIRCA Award of Merit has been posthumously awarded to Mr. Frank Baxter the former owner of Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation.

The Association introduced this Membership Award a few years ago to recognize an individual from a member company who has made a significant contribution to the OIRCA or the greater roofing industry in this province.

Frank’s service to the Association and our industry spanned a period of just over 10 years. He served on the Membership Committee from 1997 to 2005 and the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.  Frank also played an important role on the Labour Relations Committee from 2001 to 2007 where he participated in three rounds of negotiations with the union (as a part of the OIRCA Negotiations Committee).  Finally he served on a number of ad-hoc committees including the Insurance Committee that successfully developed a liability insurance program for the membership.

Frank Baxter was a leader in all aspects of his participation with the OIRCA.  His strong voice and passion for our industry helped shape the roofing business we enjoy today.  His presence is sadly missed.

The award was presented at the Association’s Annual General Meeting Awards Luncheonn Thursday, January 18, 2018 at the Old Mill in Toronto.

Mark Baxter (centre), Frank’s son, accepted the award on his behalf.  Also with Mark, Semple Gooder Vice Presidents Peter McGoey (left) and Bill Gray.

   
   

 




Save the Date

November 28, 2017

The 2018 OIRCA Annual General Meeting (AGM) is scheduled for Thursday, January 18, 2018.  The venue will once again be the Old Mill in Toronto. The 2018 AGM will be structured differently than in the past.  Rather than two business sessions in the morning a Special General Meeting for the Active Members only will be held.  This meeting will be addressing proposed Association By-law changes and proposed revisions to be made to the Active Member Annual Performance Audit.

Following the morning meeting is the Awards Luncheon with the AGM in the afternoon.  All members are welcome to attend both.

Active Members are encouraged to make every effort to attend the Special General Meeting with the representative in attendance having the authority to vote on behalf of the company.

Specific AGM details and times will follow.




Fenn & Fenn Insurance Team Donates to Rooftop Rescue Foundation

August 30, 2017

 

Left to Right: Simon Fenn (CEO), Danielle Fenn (President) and Tara Klein (Business Development Specialist).

Industry Member Fenn & Fenn Insurance Practice Inc. who administers the OIRCA Liability Insurance Program recently dropped by the Association office with a cheque for Rooftop Rescue in the amount of $2,428.00.

Fenn & Fenn had collected donations from their OIRCA Program team including themselves, MS Amlin (Mitsui Sumitumo Insurance; Lloyds Syndicate) and CJ Coleman (Fenn’s London Broker).  Their fund-raising included the donation of the Grand Prize of a 65-inch television for our recent annual golf tournament. 

OIRCA and Rooftop Rescue appreciate the Fenn’s support of our programs, activities and initiatives.

 

 




2017 golf tournament

152 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day of golf at Markland Woods Golf Club on Monday, August 14, 2017. Thank you to all who attended and a special thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make the day a success:

The event also raised $1,960.00 for the OIRCA RoofTop Rescue Foundation.




ROOFTech 2017 Demonstration Videos

June 12, 2017

A big part of every ROOFTech Trade Show, and what makes it a truly unique exposition, are the demonstrations that take place on the show floor.  Full scale roofing systems are actually built right in front of visitors to the show. The 2017 demos were filmed and may be viewed at the following links:

Thermo- Plastic Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/thermo-plastic-roofing-systems/

Steep Slope Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/steep-slope-roofing-systems/

EPDM Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/epdm-roofing-systems/

Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/modified-bitumen-roofing-systems/

Green Roofing: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/green-roofing/

Built-Up Roofing Systems: http://www.buildingscanada.com/video/built-up-roofing-systems/




OIRCA Rescues Roof in Hamilton

August 10, 2017
 

 

Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

Left to Right: Dan Boyce (Superintendent, Semple-Gooder Roofing), Doug Brown (Convoy Supply) and Mark Baxter (Semple Gooder Roofing)

While making his final speech to the membership at the January 2017 Annual General Meeting, John Petrachek of Atlas-Apex Roofing… now Past President announced that his goal to establish a charitable foundation for the Association will become a reality in 2017.

The foundation, ultimately named the OIRCA Rooftop Rescue Foundation, was formed earlier this year with the establishment of a Board of Directors, creation of a logo and launching of a website.  While still early days for the charity and with a few details still to be worked out we are pleased to announce to the membership that the first roofing project for the Foundation was substantially completed last month in Hamilton. We received a letter of inquiry from the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centre for Hamilton.  The establishment of their learning centre will provide free remedial tutoring for children with dyslexia in the Hamilton area.  The Foundation Board reviewed their submission and decided their need would be a good opportunity for us to get our feet wet with our first roofing project.

Their facility is a residential property with a steep-sloped shingle roof and a small flat roof.  Semple Gooder Roofing Corporation of Toronto graciously volunteered to provide the labour, design services and miscellaneous roofing materials required.  Convoy Supply stepped up and supplied shingles, modified bitumen membrane and other roofing accessory materials.

Dave Walden former owner of OIRCA Member Company Conestoga Roofing served as our Project Manager for the work.

The fall issue of Ontario Roofing News will include a cover story providing the full story about this worthwhile Foundation project.  We just wanted to let the membership know that we have moved forward with this initiative and hope that this is just the first of many more meaningful projects that the Association and its Membership will support.

 

 

www.rooftoprescue.com




Trades & Apprenticeship Students Honoured at Awards Ceremony

May 25, 2017
 

More than 150 industry and donor-sponsored awards, valued at over $190,000, were presented to students at Conestoga College's eighth annual Trades & Apprenticeship Awards Presentation and Barbeque on May 24.  The ceremony took place at the Conestoga - OIRCA Centre for Roofing Training & Technology, Waterloo Campus.

The presentation, which recognized outstanding student achievements in a variety of skilled trades areas, including motive power, construction and industrial, is believed to be the largest trades and apprenticeship awards ceremony in Canada. It was attended by students, family members, faculty, donors and industry partners.

The roofing apprenticeship award winners are listed here:

J.D. Walden Student Achievement Award Year 2, Program: Roofer Apprenticeship
Donor: J.D. Walden Fund
Recipient: Jamie Dixon

J.D. Walden Scholarship Year 2, Program: Roofer Apprenticeship
Donor: J.D. Walden Fund
Recipient: Kevin Schaefer

Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association Award, Program: Roofer Apprenticeship
Donor: Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association
Recipient: Tyler Tobin

The Gooder Foundation Endowed Roofing Apprenticeship Award, Program: Roofer Apprenticeship
Donor: The Gooder Foundation
Recipient: Alex Bedard

 

 




OIRCA Launches Charitable Foundation

May 15, 2017
The Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA) has launched a charitable foundation aptly named Rooftop Rescue.  The Foundation's mission is to provide roofing services to individuals and organizations that are deemed worthy and unable to fund roofing construction on their own.  For more information visit the Rooftop Rescue website at www.rooftoprescue.com.

 




Why I Specify the OIRCA

August 25, 2016
Mark Clemmensen, RSW, B. Arch Sc., LEED AP and Specification Writer for AECOM Canada Ltd. tells why he specifies OIRCA.  Click here to find out why. 

 




Architectural On-Site Roofing Tour

August 11, 2016

 

OIRCA’s first ever Architectural on-site Roofing Tour was held on July 26th with great success. Feedback from attendees was extremely positive with interest in attending future tours.

The purpose of this endeavor was to bridge the gap between the design community and our Roofing Contractors; allowing Designers to gain firsthand experience on how roofing is actually installed on site.

The attendees learned about different roofing systems while talking to the roofing professionals who make it all happen. Some attendees even had the opportunity to try heat welding a single ply membrane for the first time.

A big thank you to Flynn Canada for demonstrating a single-ply TPO installation while being extremely courteous to our group, Dufferin Roofing for demonstrating a BUR installation and Semple Gooder Roofing for providing a detailed walk through of their picture perfect Modified Bitumen/Green Roof work done on the Yorkdale Shopping Centre.  Also to Peel District School Board who arranged to have our group visit the re-roofing of one of their schools.

Given the success of this venture we will be looking to hold similar on-site tours in the near future. Stay Tuned!

   

 




OIRCA Launches Q&A Forum on Website

January 28, 2016

The OIRCA has introduced a Q & A Forum on their Achitectural Documents wepage. The Design forum’s purpose is meant to be used as an ICI (Industrial, Commercial, Institutional) Roofing source of information. We encourage people from the design community as well as procurers of ICI roofing in Ontario to use this Q & A Forum as your go to resource for roofing related questions. As we cannot comment on product specific questions due to warranty requirements, we ask that you keep your questions generic.  The Architectural Documents page may be accessed on the silver menu bar.            




OIRCA Hosts Risk Management Symposium/Workshop

April 6, 2015

On March 26, 2015 the OIRCA hosted their first Risk Mangement Symposium/Workshop at the Toronto Congress Centre.  Sponsored by OIRCA's insurance partners Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Group and Cooper Gay & Co. Ltd. both of London England, the event was a major success with 40 members in attendance.

The morning included presentations by Mr. David Dexter of Mitsui and Mr. Tom Shanahan from the US's National Roofing Contractors Association.  The afternoon workshop was hands-on, interactive and professionally facilitated by Mr. Warren Wilson of the Intersol Group. 

 




New Roofing Safety Manual Released

April 11, 2014

 

The OIRCA in conjunction with the Roofers Labour-Management Health & Safety Committee of the Infrastructure Health & Safety Association has released a new 76 page roofing safety manual titled, Low-Slope Roofing, Health & Safety Manual.  This manual replaces the previous version, Health & Safety Guidelines for Low-Slope Roofing.

To download a free copy, click the Safety tab at the top of this webpage.

 









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