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Reinders Honoured to Stand Alongside OGCA Builders

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"There are many other people who have contributed (to the OGCA and the industry) and who continue to do so," he said, using the examples of OGCA President Clive Thurston, the association's executive committee and its board of directors.

In 1990, the OGCA created the award to honour individuals who have been affiliated with the association and have made an outstanding contribution to the general contracting industry.

Reinders is president of Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and a former OGCA chair who has sat on the association's board of directors since 1996. He also sits on the board of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).

He was nominated for the award by Ball Construction President Jason Ball. He cited Reinders' strong commitment to the construction industry.

"Mike is (also) well respected by his peers for his ethics and integrity," Ball said.

The award was presented at the OGCA's recent 76th annual general meeting and conference in Las Vegas.

Reinders, who served as OGCA chair in 2012, said the association works hard at improving the industry "so that all may benefit from good construction, including contractors, subcontractors and suppliers."

Over the years, Reinders has been active on various OGCA committees, including the nominations committee and the prompt payment task force.

He also provided input on revamping the OGCA's flagship Ontario Builder Awards.

"At first, you sit there taking it all in and learning about the industry and some of the struggles that go on," he said.

"Gradually, you learn and gain confidence and start to weigh in on issues and become a contributing member of the board and the construction industry.

"I would urge contractors to get involved, get educated (on issues) and give back to the industry and the OGCA. It will benefit them and their companies."

The Chairman's Award of Recognition is one of three presented by the OGCA. The others are the Jock Tindale Memorial Award for integrity in the construction industry and the Douglas Chalmers Award for Safety.

At his firm, Reinders leads the senior management team in developing and implementing strategic plans while ensuring the operational integrity of the firm.

He oversees the execution of construction projects from coast to coast in Canada. Completed contract values are in excess of $350 million per year.

Maple Reinders was the 2013 recipient of the CCA's environmental achievement award. The firm also has won an award of excellence from the Canadian Design-Build Institute.

 

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