Ontario Construction News staff writer
Rodrigue Gilbert, currently senior vice-president of public affairs and procurement practices at the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). will take over as president on May 1, replacing outgoing president Mary Van Buren who announced her departure last fall.
“I am excited to take on this new role and want to thank the board and sub-committee for their trust and confidence, and I want to thank Mary for her leadership and mentorship over the last six years. I am ready to lead CCA forward to demonstrate the value of our industry and have our members’ voices heard and their contribution to Canada properly recognized,” Gilbert said in a statement.
Rodrigue participated in a thorough interview, completed a series of tests administered by an external HR firm, presented his vision for the CCA, and reaffirmed his commitment to the industry, Board chair Brendan Nobes said, announcing the appointment.
“In making their decision, the Board also considered the significant impact Rodrigue has had at CCA over the last six years, including his advocacy work to raise CCA’s profile with the federal government, the relationships and trust built with local construction associations across the country, leadership in standard practices for construction, his bilingualism, and the knowledge he has developed in best practices in contracting by overseeing CCDC and the modernization of contracting through the new SignaSur platform.”
Gilbert will work with Van Buren for the next several weeks “to ensure a smooth and strategic transition at the association,” Nobes said.