Ontario Construction Secretariat

March 03, 2009 16:16 ET

Ontario Construction Secretariat Hosts Economic Conference March 4th

The OCS & Leading Economists paint a clear and in-depth picture of today’s Challenging and Turbulent Economy.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, Media Editor, News Editor ETOBICOKE, ON, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 3, 2009) - Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) Hosts 9th Annual State of the Industry & Outlook Conference

The OCS & Leading Economists paint a clear and in-depth picture of today's Challenging and Turbulent Economy.

Etobicoke, ON, March 4, 2009: The Ontario Construction Secretariat will be hosting the State of the Industry & Outlook Conference March 4th, 2009, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Airport Hotel - 8:00 AM to 11:30 PM - Registration at 8:00 AM. The State of the Industry and Outlook conference is structured to provide attendees with an opportunity to hear and react to the opinions of professional industry experts. The annual conference is provided free of charge by the OCS as a service to our industry stakeholders.

The conference touches on many aspects of the ICI construction industry and will reveal how the construction marketplace performed in 2008 and what we can expect for 2009. Chief Executive Officer, Sean Strickland says, "The OCS is uniquely positioned to provide competitive information with respect to the ICI construction industry. Knowing key trends, opportunities and perceptions can give our contractors a strategic advantage over the competition; key deliverables in this area include newsletters, websites and of course this economic conference."

Featured speaker, Dr. Lloyd Atkinson, a widely respected economist and forecaster, will provide an overview of the economic conditions in an engaging and down to earth style to help unravel current economic indicators and predict future economic developments for Canada and Ontario. John Wright from Ipsos Reid will enlighten us as to what Canadians opinions are on the economy. Is our outlook optimistic, pessimistic or somewhere in between. And how important is our opinion anyways?

Finally, Katherine Jacobs, the Ontario Construction Secretariats highly respected Director of Research will provide attendees with her always anticipated, regional perspective on ICI construction activity in Ontario and a glimpse into the future as well share insights gleaned from a recent survey of Ontario contractors…..how do contractors feel about economic conditions and the construction marketplace going forward. Optimistic, pessimistic, confident, are they prepared for what the market place may throw at them?

The OCS was created by an amendment to the labour Relations Act in 1993. The twenty five organized building trade unions (the Workers) and the signatory contractors (the Employers) of Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) construction are the grass-root business partners comprising the OCS.

Together with representatives from the Provincial Government, we form a tripartite organization whose purpose is to enhance Ontario's unionized construction industry by developing relationships, facilitating dialogue, providing value added research, and coordinating the dissemination of information to our stakeholders to promote and enhance the well being of organized ICI construction sector in Ontario.

The OCS is a facilitator promoting relationships and interactions among its' component business partners to identify, research and inform regarding issues of common concern, including data to assess current and future construction market trends.

"WE" seek to facilitate an improved competitive position for our partners through upgraded knowledge, direct relations with buyers and owners, an enlightened fact-based public awareness and by encouraging our youth to become respected members of the unionized craft building trades.

For more information contact:

Contact: James Wright
Ontario Construction Secretariat
Phone 416-620-5210
Fax 416-620-5310
940 The East Mall
Etobicoke, ON M9B 6J7
Toll Free: 888-878-8868


Contact Information

  • Jim Wright, Projects & Communication Coordinator, Ontario Construction Secretatiat
    Primary Phone: 416-620-5210 ext. 226
    Secondary Phone: 416-620-5270 ext. 224
    Toll-Free: 888-878-8868
    E-mail: jwright@iciconstruction.com