Merit Contractors Association

Merit Contractors Association

April 23, 2014 09:30 ET

President of Contractors Association Eyes Retirement on the Horizon

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - April 23, 2014) - After 28 years with Merit Contractors Association, President Stephen Kushner, announced his plans to retire in early 2015.

"Being a part of the Merit organization has been a tremendously fulfilling career choice and much has been accomplished, but there comes a time in one's life where living life a little less intensely is also important", says Kushner.

Stephen Kushner has been with Merit Contractors Association since its inception, guiding the organization from its fifteen founding members, to 1,300 today, Canada's largest open shop construction association. One of Merit Contractors Associations' main programs is the Hour Bank benefit program, which in 1986 provided benefits to 1,000 employees and their families. Since then the number has grown every year, and in 2013 that number crested to some 63,000 employees plus family members and is the largest plan of its type in Canada.

"Merit's Hour Bank benefit plan has been a tremendous solution for helping contractors attract and retain quality workers while meeting the needs of a mobile construction workforce", says Kushner.

On top of the extraordinary growth in the Hour Bank benefit program, Kushner has spear headed the development of the Merit College of Construction, industry wide retirement programs and numerous public policy changes to help the industry meet growing demands. Under Kushner's leadership Merit Alberta helped develop Merit organizations throughout Canada including a national office in Ottawa.

Brian Lacey, VP of Clark Builders and Merit Alberta's Chairman, announced today that Davies Park has been engaged by the Merit Board of Directors to lead the executive recruitment process. "Stephen Kushner has taken the organization to great heights and we thank him for his tremendous leadership and now our task is to find a person to continue to build this organization that is so important to our industry", says Lacey.

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